The 10 Most Popular Teen Parenting Books

Goodreads members gave these books the highest ratings.


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How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

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Author: Julie Lythcott-Haims

Goodreads synopsis: This manifesto exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternate philosophy for raising teens. Goodreads members say, "I loved the examples on little things you can do to grow their self-efficacy and self-esteem," and that "every parent should read this."

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The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: A Practical Handbook for Parents, Educators, and Caring Adults

The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans by Josh Shipp

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Author: Josh Shipp

Goodreads synopsis: Discover field-tested strategies and scripts that troubleshoot over common issues parents with teens face. Goodreads members say, "If there was a book that I would recommend to all my friends and family with teenagers, this would be it," and that the book is "really hands on, instead of just offering generic advice."

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Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood By Lisa Damour

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Author: Lisa Damour

Goodreads synopsis: In this informative guide, Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and research to give parents a broad framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions. Goodreads members say, "I walked away with a greater appreciation for my older girls and the challenges and opportunities they’re facing in this stage."

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Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World

Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman

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Author: Rosalind Wiseman

Goodreads synopsisCollaborating with a large team of middle- and high-school-age editors, Wiseman offers an unprecedented look at the life teens boy are actually experiencing. Goodreads members say, "This book is the holy grail of 'guy' problems," and that "I would recommend this to all parents of boys."

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Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein

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Author: Peggy Orenstein

Goodreads synopsisFrom the author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter comes a clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face in the post-princess stage—high school through college. Goodreads members say, "It's a great tool for talking to our kids of both genders about sex," and that the book is "an amazing look at sexuality through the minds of actual teenaged girls."

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Smart but Scattered Teens: The Executive Skills Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential

Smart but Scattered Teens by Richard Guare, Peg Dawson, Colin Guare

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Authors: Richard Guare, Peg Dawson, and Colin Guare

Goodreads synopsisThis positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens' independence by building their executive skills. Goodreads members say, "It's the perfect book for teachers and parents who want to help teens get themselves together," and that "after trying a few of the solutions, I've been stunned at how well they work."

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Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe

Born to Be Wild by Jess Shatkin

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Author: Jess Shatkin

Goodreads synopsis: Adolescent psychiatrist Shatkin brings more than two decades' worth of research and clinical experience to explore why young people make dangerous choices—and what parents can do about it. Goodreads members say, "The book offers pragmatic and logical solutions," and that "every parent, counselor, or teacher would benefit from reading this book."

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The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen, Amy Ellis Nutt

Authors: Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt

Goodreads synopsis: An internationally respected neurologist offers a revolutionary look at the brains of adolescents, providing surprising insights, including why smart kids often do stupid things. Goodreads members say, "This is the most informative book I’ve encountered," and that "after reading this book, I have a much better understanding of the development of the teenaged brain."

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How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish

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Authors: Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Goodreads synopsis: Filled with straightforward advice and suggestions, this down-to-earth guide helps parents build the foundation for lasting relationships with their teens. Goodreads members say, "What's great is that these principles can be applied to communicating with most people, not just teenagers," and that "the drawings and illustrations make everything easy to understand."

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Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall?

Get Out of My Life by Anthony E. Wolf

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Author: Anthony E. Wolf

Goodreads synopsis: Full of insight and humor—while always remaining refreshingly non-judgmental—this book offers every parent a new perspective on teenagers from a renowned clinical psychologist. Goodreads members say, "This book has given me renewed confidence as we enter a new era of parenting," and that "I can't believe how accurate it is in depicting teens."

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