Books on tweens and teens
Tweens and teens can drive parents crazy. Here are some books to help you understand, and better communicate, with your older child.
By GreatSchools Staff
How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (Harper Paperbacks, 2006)
Faber and Mazlish, authors of some of the best books on parenting, provide ways parents of older kids can maintain a healthy relationship with them.
Positive Discipline for Teenagers
By Jane Nelsen (Three Rivers Press, 2000)
Nelsen, a psychologist and mother of seven, offers practical ways to keep a positive relationship with older children – especially how to resolve problems and discipline your child without fighting.
7 Things Your Teenager Won't Tell You: And How to Talk About Them Anyway
By Jennifer Lippincott and Robin M. Deutsch (Ballantine Books, 2005)
Great advice on understanding older children and how to help them make smart decisions by following these three guidelines: stay safe, show respect, and keep in touch.
Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying
By Michael Riera (Da Capo Press, 2003)
Riera, a former school counselor and principal, gives helpful advice on how to keep the lines of communication open with your teen.
Parenting Your Teens with T.L.C.
By Pat Sasso and Steve Sasso (Sorin Books, 2006)
By parenting with "T.L.C." – which according to Pat and Steve Sasso stand for "Time, Limits, and Caring" – you can have a strong, positive, and caring relationship with your child.
Get Crazy with Your Teen: The Why, the How, and What to do Now
By Michael J. Bradley (McGraw-Hill, 2008)
What should you do when your older child doesn't do what you ask, wears inappropriate clothes, flunks out, talks back? This easy-to-use guide from a leading expert on 'tween and teen behavior helps parents understand what to do – and what not to do!