I’ve been reading parenting books since my children were born; in fact, I think I read a couple even before they arrived!
I try to gain wisdom from those who have walked this road before me, or those who have studied child rearing and can give me direction as I seek to parent our children.
Though I’ve only had teenagers for a little over two years, here are the best books I’ve read so far on parenting through this stage of my daughters’ lives. I have several more that I want to read, so I’ll update this list if it changes!
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1. Passionate Parenting: Enjoying the Journey of Parenting Teens by Cary Schmidt. My brother, who works with teenagers in a church and school setting, recommended this book and it was definitely a helpful and encouraging book! This post was based on a thought I found in it.
2. And Then I Had Teenagers: Encouragement for Parents of Teens and PreTeens by Susan Alexander Yates. As I initially wrote in my review of this book, it was encouraging because it confirmed that other teenagers act just like mine, and I am not alone in these parenting struggles! There’s also sound advice in here, like the following:
“Our kids will feel safe in coming to us when they know we will take them seriously, when they know we won’t laugh at them, when they know we will take the time to listen and not make snap judgments, and when they know we are committed to them no matter what.”
3. Making Home Work in a Broken Society: Bible Principles for Raising Children and Building Families by Paul Chappell. While this book actually covers all ages, there is one chapter directed at parents of teens and several chapters that deal with issues specific to teenagers. You can read my summary of this book here.
What’s your favorite book on parenting teens?