Parent Resources

Helpful Books for Parents of Adolescents

Chicken Soup for the Parents’ Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger & Raymon Aaron
A collection of stories that will remind you that parenting is possibly the most worthwhile and fulfilling role of your life. With contributions from single parents, stepparents, foster parents, and adoptive parents.

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey
Through vivid stories of the experiences of their parents (both adults and children), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey show the varied forms ADD takes-from the hyperactive search for high stimulation to the floating inattention of daydreaming-and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment.

Fueling the Teen Machine by Ellen Shanley and Colleen Thompson
Teenagers’ eating habits keep fast-food restaurants flourishing but do little to keep the kids themselves in shape and healthy. Fueling the Teen Machine addresses this problem by presenting the latest information on a wide range of food topics.

Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive me and Cheryl to the Mall?: A Parents’ Guide to the New Teenager by Anthony E. Wolf
Full of insight and humor, this book provides every parent a new perspective on their teenager. The author, a clinical psychologist, examines the issues that confront parents and shows why girls and books act so differently during this time.

Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters by JoAnn M. Deak
Mary Piper told us about the problems girls face in Reviving Ophelia; now in Girls Will be Girls, Jo-Ann Deak gives us the solutions. Deak draws from the latest brain research on girls to illustrate the exciting new ways in which we can help our daughters learn and thrive.

The Guy Book: An Owner’s Manual by Mavis Jukes
Provides information for boys on changes that occur in their bodies during puberty and offers advice on sexual topics, nutrition, drugs, girls, and more.

The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon by David Elking, Ph.D.
In this edition, Dr. Elking takes a look at the world of today’s child in terms of education, media, and social trends to find where the hurrying occurs and why.

Internet & Computer Ethics for Kids (and Parents & Teachers Who Haven’t Got a Clue) by Winn Schwartau
This is a user-friendly book that offers information on such topics as spam, plagiarism, software piracy, ethics and the law, and internet safety.

Learning to Kiss a Frog by James P. Garvin
The author, former Executive Director of the New England League of Middle Schools and past president of the National Middle School Association, explains the characteristics of early adolescents. This publication provides concrete guideline for parents as they confront this age.

Not Much Just Chillin’: The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers by Linda Perlstein
Perlstein, education reporter for The Washington Post, chronicles a school year at a suburban Maryland middle school.

Parents, Teens and Boundaries – How to Draw the Line by Jane Bluestein, Ph.D.
The author, a former teacher and counselor, looks at twenty relationship-building techniques all parents can use to set limits with their teens. These strategies can teach parents how to avoid conflict, resolve problems, and establish the foundation for mutual love and respect.

The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. with Teresa Barker
The renowned child psychologist and author of "Raising Cain" insightfully examines the lives of children and offers helpful advice on how parents should handle students during their critical school years.

Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman
Do you feel as though your adolescent daughter exists in a different world, speaking in a different language and living by different laws? She does. This groundbreaking book takes you inside the secret world of girls’ friendships, translating and decoding them so parents can better understand and help their daughters navigate through these crucial years.

Raising Children for Success by H. Stephen Glenn with Jane Nelson
In this book the author focuses on the significant seven as building blocks for developing capable young people and shows strategies and activities through which parents, teachers and other adults can help young people develop beneficial skills and capabilities.

Raising Confident Boys: 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers by Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer
Statistics show that boys have more behavior problems than girls have, as well as higher suicide rates. Boys can only take advantage of their new freedoms if they are raised to believe in themselves, and in Raising Confident Boys, Hartley-Brewer explains how parents and teachers can help.

Raising Confident Girls: 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers by Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer
Raising Confident Girls provides parents and teachers with the best hands-on, practical advice available for nurturing girls in a changing and challenging social environment.

Stop Negotiating Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent by Janet Sasson Edgette, Psy.D., M.P.H.
Is your teenager sullen, withdrawn, sarcastic, belligerent, and unmanageable? Are you defensive, wary, bewildered, ineffectual, and helpless? It’s time to start effectively communicating with your teen. Be the best parent you can be to raise your child to be the best adult he/she can be.

Talking to Tweens: Getting It Right Before It Gets Rocky with Your 8-to-12-Year-Old by Elizabeth Harley-Brewer
Giving sound advice that is firmly rooted in the real world and based on a clear understanding of tweens (children aged between 8-12), parenting expert Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer explains how staying close to our children while beginning to let go helps us achieve the balance that is so important for the parent-child relationship.

Too Old for This, Too Young for That! Your Survival Guide for the Middle School Years by Harriet S. Mosatche, Ph.D., and Karen Unger, M.A.
Information, advice, and support for middle schoolers on issues such as physical and emotional changes, connecting with friends and family, setting goals, and handling peer pressure.

When We’re in Public, Pretend You Don’t Know Me: Surviving Your Daughter’s Adolescence so You Don’t Look Like an Idiot and She Still Talks to You by Susan Borowitz
During these adolescent years, mothers are constantly struggling with how to handle their daughters-and themselves around their daughters-and themselves around their daughters. When We’re in Public…is a survival handbook that discusses such important issues as beauty and body image, public behavior (both hers and mom’s), privileges and punishment, written by the mother of a teenage daughter and featuring expert advice from a noted child psychologist.

Many of the summaries have been extracted from and from the John Winthrop Middle School online card catalog.