Here are some books I've been reading... Enjoy!
by Frances E. Jensen, MD with Amy Ellis Nutt Year Published: 2015
This book helps parents understand how teens' brains are wired, which in turn explains why they do what they do. With chapters related to stress, substance use, mental illness, and others, this is a great tool for parents to have.
Some chapters are a little heavy on the brain structure and chemistry, but I found them still interesting. Skip them if you need to, but read the rest of the book!
by Julie Lythcott-Haims Year Published: 2015
A great read that tells us what we already know in our souls... Our childhoods were better because we were free from our parents' watchful gaze.
Perfect for parents of children of any age, including young adults!
by Josh Shipp Year Published: 2018
A well-written and humorous look at raising teens. The simple premise behind this book is that your teen needs you, especially when they least seem like it. This book includes practical strategies for various situations and awkward conversation topics. If you only read one, this "training manual" should be it!
by Jessica Lahey Year Published: 2016
This book can be summed up in two words: Butt out.
But of course that wouldn't be a very helpful book... The premise of this book is that we need to be supportive as our children learn how to fail and recover, before it's too late and they're on their own. I highly recommend this for parents of freshmen!
by Rachel Simmons Year Published: 2002
An intriguing look into "mean girls" culture and why (and how) it continues. The book can get a little bulky to read sometimes, but skipping forward to a more interesting part is allowed! A good read for parents of girls.
by Joanne Garfi Year Published: 2018
A great read for parents whose children struggle with attending school. Also helpful if your child *really* likes remote learning and may have difficulty when we return to the buildings full-time. It discusses why and how this becomes an issue, as well as practical ways for moving forward. An easy and short read!
by Kristina Kuzmic Year Published: 2020
This book is just for fun. If you need inspiration, hope, or just to laugh a lot about what it means to be a parent, grab this one! (Also, she's got a lot of videos on Facebook/Instagram/YouTube if you need more laughs in less time.)