WORTH READING: Recommended Books on Understanding and Parenting Teenagers

Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen by David Walsh, Ph.D. (2004)

Reviews from Amazon:

“A powerful, practical book on the teenage brain. Walsh is a storyteller with the gifts of simplicity and clarity. This book is an easy read, but its message is fresh, nuanced, and important. I recommend it to all parents who ask themselves, ‘Why do they act this way?’”
– Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of “Reviving Ophelia”

“You’ll finish it feeling as if you’ve just had coffee with someone who is not only entertaining and enlightening but who knows exactly how it feels to be the mom or dad of a twenty-first-century teen.” – Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D., author of “Surviving Ophelia”

“Teenagers…those baffling and scary creatures your adorable kids turned into, leaving you puzzled and angry all the time. Dave Walsh’s weaving together of current understanding of the teenage brain with years of clinical experience with teens has produced a thoughtful, practical and down-to-earth guide that enables parents to understand and deal well with their teenager. ”
–Gail Saltz, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, The New York Presbyterian Hospital; Today Show Mental Health Contributor; Author of “Becoming Real”

“The adolescent brain is NOT an oxymoron! Parents and teachers need to understand its critical developmental needs, and Dr. Walsh’s clear, scientific, and humane counsel is just the ticket. I especially like his real-life stories and the chapter on helping kids manage the media.” –Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., Educational Psychologist and author of “Your Child’s Growing Mind and Failure to Connect”


Parenting the Teenage Brain: Understanding a Work in Progress by Sheryl Feinstein (2007)

Reviews from Amazon:

“I came upon this book title by mistake, but I see it was not a mistake at all! I have two teenage girls, 15yrs, and 18yrs old. Both completely different in all ways, this book has truly helped me individualize my teens behaviour and gave me the tools to work with them and mostly to just understand them. It is written in a clear easy short chapter format which made it easy to pick up at any given time to find relevant infomation. I will be sending a copy to my sister who has four children not yet teenagers.” — Mother of Two

“Parenting the teenage brain is an excellent book. It was very easy to read and very informative about how best to guide your teenager through their teen years. I gained valuable insight into why my son acts the way he does. It has been very helpful in dealing with the teenager in my house.” — Duane


Your Defiant Teen by Russell Barkley & Arthur Robin (2008)

Reviews from Amazon:

“The very best book of its kind for parents dealing with behaviorally difficult teens. Valuable real-life examples illuminate not just what defiance looks like, but why it happens, and how to bring about change while strengthening family relationships.” –Sam Goldstein, PhD, Department of Psychology, George Mason University

“The book provides very practical strategies for managing teenagers’ behavior and enhancing family relationships. It is written specifically for parents, but professionals and students also will find it a ‘must read.’” –Ronald T. Brown, PhD, Dean, Temple University College of Health Professions; Editor, Journal of Pediatric Psychology

“The book delivers tried-and-true techniques for resolving conflict in parent-teen relationships, together with wonderful practical tips and FAQs.” –Gerald J. August, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School

“This practical book shows how real change starts with you, the parent, and provides empowering tools and step-by-step guidance for making a positive difference in teen behavior.” –Sharon K. Weiss, MEd, coauthor of “From Chaos to Calm and Angry Children, Worried Parents”

“It is an easy read with many practical, commonsense ideas to try. The checklists and step-by-step approaches are very inviting. With all the pages to personalize our specific problem areas, it felt as though this book were truly written for my family.” –Lisa Boyadjian, elementary teacher and parent of teenager


Staying Connected To Your Teenager: How To Keep Them Talking To You And How to Hear What they are Really Saying Michael Riera (2003)

Reviews from TenBestParentingBooks.com:

“This book is as close to an “OWNER’S MANUAL” about teenagers as you’re going to get.  It will help you to better understand what’s going on inside your amazing teen and enable you to help him/her through a most awkward (not to mention dangerous) stage of life.”

“It doesn’t state the same platitudes over and over about your teenager. It gives you practical advice on when opportunities arise and how to read your teenager’s moods.”


7 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You: And How to Talk About Them Anyway Jenifer Marshall Lippincott, Robin M. Deutsch (2005)

Reviews from Amazon:

“…provides valuable new insights based on contemporary research, while showing parents how to identify the seven features of adolescent thinking through language and behavior.” by David Elkind, Ph.D., author of The Hurried Child

“This book shares…a goldmine of information, identifying the seven hot buttons, capturing the spirit of the dialogue, and offering concrete suggestions on how to deal.” By Robin Raskin, author and former editor-in-chief of Family PC Magazine

“Teens drive parents crazy; but if you follow the suggestions in this text, and listen to its message, I suspect that you, like me, will find yourself parenting with new skill and renewed inspiration.” — No Suspicion

“This book… took my breath away with its keen insights, new analyses, and helpful suggestions for every parent of every adolescent. In brief, the substance is outstanding.”
— Kathryn K. Baran


Other Books Recommended by TenBestParentingBooks.com:

Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do th… Michele Borba (2002)

What Your Explosive Child Is Trying to Tell You: Discovering the Pathway from …Douglas A. Riley (2008)

Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Buil… Tamar E. Chansky (2008)

Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind  Michael J. Bradley (2002)

Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall Anthony E. Wolf Ph.D., Anthony E. Wolf  (2002)

Teen-Proofing: Fostering Responsible Decision Making in Your Teenager by John Rosemond (1998)

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