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Teenagers Suck
By Joanne Kimes and R.J. Colleary
Mood swings? Check. Eye rolls? Check. Slamming doors and easily annoyed teens? Check. Check. Let's face it: Teenagers Suck. The authors take readers on a humorous but helpful ride through teenage troubles and show parents how to pick their battles, handle the clash of the curfew, talk to their teen when he's constantly texting, discuss teen sex, address peer pressure and much more. The best part is the topic index because we all know we're never prepared with those words of wisdom when we really need them. The best book I've read on teens so far - a lifesaver! $9.95 on amazon.com .
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How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents
By Joseph A. Califano Jr.
This comprehensive guide includes everything from basic questions a parent can ask at the dinner table to how to respond when your kid asks, "Mom or Dad, did you ever try drugs?" Califano warns parents about which drugs are likeliest to tempt teens and alerts parents to the signs of substance abuse and what to do if you see these signs. Available on amazon.com for $10.20.
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The Body Scoop for Girls
By Jennifer Ashton
Writing in a funny, fresh and young voice, Dr. Ashton has created a totally up-to-date health book that speaks directly to young women about the many pressures they face. This book covers the basics and beyond of puberty, sex, personal grooming, body piercings, eating disorders and hormone imbalances. Jennifer Ashton, an ob-gyn specializing in adolescent care, has great knowledge of life as a teenage girl in today's society. Available on amazon.com for $12.96.
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That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week
By Ana Homayoun
This book is a guide for parents striving to get their disorganized boys focused, engaged and thriving. Top academic counselor Ana Homayoun has helped transform even the most scattered and unfocused boys into successful and motivated students. The strategies Homayoun uses are effective because they are accessible, sensible and easy to implement. Available on amazon.com for $10.85.
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When Things Get Crazy with Your Teen: The Why, the How, and What to Do Now
By Michael Bradley
Teens often turn the world upside down without a moment's notice. When this happens, parents need handy, actionable advice that they can access right away. Using believable and engaging anecdotes and sage advice, Bradley draws a vivid picture of what teens are going through, helps parents understand the situation from their teens' eyes, and most importantly, gives parents the tools they need to tackle these difficult moments together. Available on amazon.com for $17.21.
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Strong Families, Successful Students
By Dr. Stephen M. Gavazzi
There's hope for parents who wonder if what they're doing is "good enough" when it comes to helping their teen experience success in school. Columbus author Dr. Stephen Gavazzi is a renowned researcher and family therapist who spent the last 25 years of his career studying how families matter in the lives of teenagers. Gavazzi says that parents are their own best experts when it comes to raising teenagers. Includes step-by-step exercises designed to get parents and teens talking. Available on amazon.com for $15. Read his blog!
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