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Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence. Laurence Steinberg, $22.95

The world's leading authority on adolescence presents original new research that explains, as no one has before, how this stage of life has changed and how to steer teenagers through its risks and toward its rewards.


The Available Parent: Expert Advice for Raising Successful and Resilient Teens and Tweens. John Duffy, $23.50

Dr. John Duffy’s The Available Parent will help you negotiate the ever-changing landscape of the teenage years. Imagine healthy conversations replacing angry outbursts, slammed doors, obsessive texting or sullen silence. Begin to enjoy a healthy, satisfying, new kind of relationship with your teenager — one based on true availability, clear expectations and calm communication, rather than fear-based control. At a time when many helicopter parents micromanage and under-appreciate their children, Dr. Duffy’s step-by-step guide is an innovative approach to taking care of teens and tweens.


Beautiful Boy: a Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction. David Sheff, $22.99

At its heart Beautiful Boy is an amazingly honest and exquisitely written account of a family’s torturous journey through addiction. It raises questions that reflect the fears of every parent: Where does one’s responsibility to a loved one end? How — and when — should a parent know whether his or her child is substance abusing? And how does a family recover from the wounds afflicted by addiction and get on with their lives? David Sheff has written a powerful and moving family portrait that will resonate soundly with all readers and is sure to become a classic.

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The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers. Wendy Mogel, $22.00

With her warmth, wit, and signature combination of Jewish teachings and psychological research, Wendy Mogel helps parents to ably navigate the often rough journey through the teenage years and guide children to becoming confident, resilient young adults. By viewing the frustrating and worrisome elements of adolescence as "blessings," Mogel reveals that they are in fact necessary steps in psychological growth and character development to be met with faith, detachment, and a sense of humor rather than over-involvement and anxiety. Mogel gives parents the tools to do so and offers reassuring spiritual and ethical advice.


Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Them Keep Safe. Jess Shatkin, $22.00

Texting while driving. Binge-drinking. Bullying. Unprotected sex. There are plenty of reasons for parents to worry about getting a late-night call about their teen. But most of the advice parents and educators hear about teens is outdated and unscientific — and simply doesn’t work.

Acclaimed adolescent psychiatrist and educator Jess Shatkin brings more than two decades’ worth of research and clinical experience to the subject, along with cutting-edge findings from brain science, evolutionary psychology, game theory, and other disciplines — plus a widely curious mind and the perspective of a concerned dad himself. Using science and stories, fresh analogies, clinical anecdotes, and research-based observations, Shatkin explains:

  • Why “scared straight,” adult logic, and draconian punishment don’t work
  • Why the teen brain is “born to be wild” — shaped by evolution to explore and take risks
  • The surprising role of brain development, hormones, peer pressure, screen time, and other key factors
  • What parents and teachers can do–in everyday interactions, teachable moments, and specially chosen activities and outings–to work with teens’ need for risk, rewards and social acceptance, not against it

Boys Adrift: the Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Men, Revised Edition. Leonard Sax, $22.49

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. The gender gap in college attendance and graduation rates has widened dramatically.

Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on more than twenty years of clinical experience to explain why boys and young men are failing in school and disengaged at home. He shows how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that is literally toxic to boys. He also presents practical solutions, sharing strategies which educators have found effective in re-engaging these boys at school, as well as handy tips for parents about everything from homework, to videogames, to medication.

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Brainstorm: the Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. Daniel Siegel, $24.00

Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important, and oftentimes maddening, ways. It’s no wonder that many parents approach their child’s adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.    

In BRAINSTORM, Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers’ behavior and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children’s lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.


Breathe Through This: Mindfulness for Parents of Teenagers. Eline Snel, $20.95

Simple mindfulness practices for parents of teenagers to help you stay present, positive, and open-hearted with your child during their teenage years. Includes an audio download of guided exercises.


But Dad! A Survival Guide for Single Fathers of Tween and Teen Daughters. Gretchen Gross & Patricia Livingston, $22.95

This book is for any man raising a tween or teen daughter, but particularly the single man — with or without full custody. This is the definitive guide to helping dads when it comes to issues their daughters may be facing like sex, friendships, alcohol and drugs, and personal hygiene.  This book covers it all, from what to keep stocked in the bathroom to how to talk about sex without being blown off. The authors help dads gain a better sense of what their daughters are going through, how their bodies are changing, how their relationships are changing, and how best to handle the ups and downs of these challenging years.  

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Campus Confidential: 100 Startling Things You Don’t Know about Canadian Universities, 2nd Edition. Ken Coates & Bill Morrison, $22.95

In a country where a high percentage of the population goes to university, but only a small percentage actually finds employment in their chosen field, understanding what’s going on in our postsecondary institutions is more important than ever. CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL offers a lively look at what’s really going on inside our colleges and universities.


Connected Parenting: How to Raise a Great Kid. Jennifer Kolari, $21.00

Connected Parenting offers a unique form of therapeutic parenting based on Kolari's groundbreaking application of the concept of "mirroring," an instinctive process that helps parents bond with their children and promotes optimum growth and development. Kolari's strategy is highly effective for kids of all ages, and has been proven to reduce a child's anxiety, increase self-esteem, and allow children to become more resilient and flexible. With step-by-step advice and examples from Kolari's years of experience, this is an easy-to-follow guide to strengthening the bond between you and your children.


Cracking the Boy Code: How to Understand and Talk with Boys. Adam Cox, $18.99

All too quickly, talkative, affectionate young boys seem to slip away. Adolescents may be transformed overnight into reclusive, seemingly impenetrable young people who open up only to their friends and spend more time on devices than with family. How do you penetrate this shell before they are lost to you? Drawing on decades of experience garnered through thousands of hours of therapy with boys, Cracking the Boy Code explains how the key to communicating with boys is understanding their universal psychological needs and using specific, straightforward communication techniques.

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Crashproof Your Kids: Make Your Teen a Safer, Smarter Driver. Timothy Smith, $27.00

In Crashproof Your Kids, certified driving instructor and dad Timothy Smith has combined the collective wisdom of numerous experts to develop the Crashproof Plan: a series of behind-the-wheel exercises designed to improve your teen's driving awareness, behavior, and skills. Written in a highly accessible, informal, and often humorous style, this comprehensive plan begins where drivers' education programs end.


Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today's Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience. Michael Bradley, $21.99

Mood swings, impulsiveness, poor judgment, and other problems peak in these years. Add stressors such as screen addiction, cyberbullying, increasing academic demands, and time-consuming athletic commitments... and it’s no surprise that today’s teenagers are anxious. Parents long to help, but how?

Based on a career counseling kids and their parents, psychologist Michael Bradley locates the most powerful protective trait: resilience. Teens with this crucial quality know how to handle difficulty, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks. Packed with insights from neuroscience and psychology, real-life case studies, and a dose of humor, Crazy-Stressed sheds light on the teen brain and offers a wealth of resiliency-boosting strategies. In it, Dr. Bradley reveals:

What kids these days are really going through • Ways to strengthen the seven skills every teen needs to survive and thrive • What-to-do-when suggestions for common behavior, school, and social issues • Tactics for coping with conflict, teaching consequences, improving communication, staying connected, and more

It’s not easy being a teen — and it’s certainly not easy parenting one. Always frank and often funny, Crazy-Stressed will become your go-to guide... and your kids may even thank you for it.


Dial Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting with Your Teenage Daughter. Colleen O'Grady, $21.00

One moment your daughter is fun-loving and energetic — a pleasure to be around. The next she’s sulking in silence, or worse, screaming and slamming the door. Congratulations, you’re the mother of a teenage girl. Your daughter is on an emotional roller coaster. Responding in kind just adds fuel to the fire and erodes your relationship. Teens need a stable anchor — a mom who calmly de-escalates scenes and parents intentionally, even when her child is pushing away. Written by a popular family therapist, Dial Down the Drama reveals how to reclaim your center and reconnect with your teen. It helps you:

Regain perspective • Break the cycle of conflict • Tune in to your daughter without drowning in her drama • Foster spontaneous conversations • Understand the developing adolescent brain and how it influences behavior • Appreciate her for who she is now—a wonderful, work in progress • Replace worrying and overreacting with effective communication and action • Forge a healthy and lasting bond together

Moodiness, anger, and defiance can stress the best of us. This empowering guide gives you the tools you need to defuse the drama — and dial up the joy.

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Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle: Resolve the Power Struggle & Build Trust, Responsibility & Respect. Neil Brown, $24.95

In virtually all families, there are moments when teens are unhappy with parental limits, rules, and requests — as well as times when those kids are disobedient or noncompliant, or get caught up in the moment and make bad decisions. But the parent-teen control battle goes beyond this; it’s a chronic relationship pattern that uses up the family’s emotional resources and can seriously impact child identity, self-esteem, and development, resulting in destructive behavior and causing stress for everyone around. This book offers a thorough understanding of the control battle and a clear prescription to end it.

With Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle, you’ll learn about the three elements that support this chronic conflict — reactivity, negative emotional tone, and being “other-person focused” — and discover the two key changes that can be made to address the underlying issues, allowing you to move toward a more positive way of seeing your teen while creating vital behavioral change. Using tools based in structural family therapy (SFT), which targets the core relationship pattern driving the control battle, you’ll be able to address specific issues and create a healthier pattern.

If you’re tired of the constant battle for control and you’re ready to cultivate a more loving, peaceful, and supportive environment for the whole family, this book has the skills and understanding you need to be successful, no matter what you and your teen face.


Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Loves. Rachel Simmons, $21.00

Rachel Simmons has been researching young women for two decades, and her research plainly shows that girl competence does not equal girl confidence — nor does it equal happiness, resilience, or self-worth. Backed by vivid case studies, Simmons warns that we have raised a generation of young women so focused on achieving that they avoid healthy risks, over think setbacks, and suffer from imposter syndrome, believing they are frauds. As they spend more time projecting an image of effortless perfection on social media, these girls are prone to withdraw from the essential relationships that offer solace and support and bolster self-esteem.

Deeply empathetic and meticulously researched, Enough As She Is offers a clear understanding of this devastating problem and provides practical parenting advice — including teaching girls self-compassion as an alternative to self-criticism, how to manage over thinking, resist the constant urge to compare themselves to peers, take healthy risks, navigate toxic elements of social media, prioritize self-care, and seek support when they need it. Enough As She Is sounds an alarm to parents and educators, arguing that young women can do more than survive adolescence. They can thrive. Enough As She Is shows us how.

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The Everything Parent's Guide to Teenage Addiction. Edward Lynam & Ellen Bowers, $18.99

A comprehensive and supportive reference to help your child recover from addiction.


For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values, and Health. Al Vernacchio, $31.99

Sex education today generally falls into one of two categories: abstinence-only or abstinence-based education — both of which tend to withhold important, factual information and leave young adults ill-equipped to make safe decisions. Al Vernacchio, a high school sexuality educator who holds a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality from the University of Pennsylvania, has created a new category: sex-positive education. In For Goodness Sex, he refutes the “disaster prevention” model of sex ed, offering a progressive and realistic approach: Sexuality is a natural part of life, and healthy sexuality can only develop from a sex-positive, affirming appreciation.

Curious yet fearful of being judged, young people turn to peers, the Internet, and the media, where they receive problematic messages about sex: boys are studs, girls are sluts; real sex should be like porn; hookups are better than relationships. Without a broader understanding to offset these damaging perceptions, teenagers are dangerously unprepared intellectually and emotionally to grow and develop as sexual beings. For Goodness Sex offers the tools and insights adults need to talk young people and help them develop healthy values and safe habits. With real-life examples from the classroom, exercises and quizzes, and a wealth of sample discussions and crucial information, Vernacchio offers a guide to sex education for the twenty-first century.


From Binge to Blackout: a Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking. Chris Volkmann & Toren Volkmann, $17.00

Throughout his college years, Toren Volkmann partied like there was no tomorrow, having what was supposed to be the time of his life. Like so many parents, his mother, Chris, overlooked Toren’s growing alcohol problem. But when he graduated, Toren realized he’d become a full-blown alcoholic. And he was not alone.

Considered a rite of passage, teenage drinking has skyrocketed to epidemic proportions, fostering a generation of young adults whose lives are already beginning to come apart under the strain. This book, written from the viewpoints of both mother and son, is a riveting, enlightening, and heartbreakingly true story of a family that was able to confront the fear, pain, and denial that threatened to destroy them—and survive the epidemic of teenage drinking that’s putting America’s future at risk.

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The Gap-Year Advantage: Helping Your Child Benefit from Time Off Before or During College. Karl Haigler & Rae Nelson, $21.99

Taking time off before or during college or university can offer some students the opportunity to gain focus and discipline, learn to set goals, get real-world experience and ultimately get the most out of a college education. The Gap-Year Advantage provides parents with all the advice, tips and information they need to help students develop and implement a strategy for themselves.


Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled and More Miserable Than Ever Before. Jean Twenge, $20.00

In this provocative and newly revised book, headline-making psychologist Dr. Jean Twenge explores why the young people she calls “Generation Me” are tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also disengaged, narcissistic, distrustful, and anxious.

Dr. Twenge uses data from 11 million respondents to reveal shocking truths about this generation, including dramatic differences in sexual behavior and religious practice, and controversial predictions about what the future holds for them and society as a whole. Her often humorous, eyebrow-raising stories about real people vividly bring to life the hopes, disappointments, and challenges of Generation Me. Engaging, controversial, prescriptive, and funny, Generation Me gives Boomers and GenX’ers new and fascinating insights into their offspring, and helps those in their teens, twenties, and thirties find their road to happiness.


Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager. Anthony Wolf, $18.50

This is a newly revised and updated version of the best-selling classic book on raising adolescents. Dr. Anthony Wolf gives parents a humorous, wise and practical guide to the changing roles parents and the rapidly changing world of adolescence.


Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens & Teens, Revised Edition.  Laura Kastner & Jennifer Wyatt, $27.95

A practical, realistic and ultimately reassuring guide, Getting to Calm helps you navigate one of the most challenging aspects of parenting today: Staying calm and clear-headed with teenagers. Drs. Laura  Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt provide clear and useful tools for parents, giving them effective new ways forward. The book covers 14 of the most common hot-button situations that arise during the teen years, including:

  • When your teen is rude and sarcastic
  • When your smart teen gets into trouble with social media (NEW)
  • When teen problems drive a wedge between you and your spouse
  • When your teen is acting like a spoiled brat
  • When you’re worried you’re losing your teen
  • When teens are mean

With humor, wisdom and a deep understanding of the teenaged brain, Drs. Kastner and Wyatt provide clear and useful tools for parents, giving them effective new ways to manage their own emotions in the heat of the moment  with their teen while maintaining — and even gaining — closeness.

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Girl Positive: How Girls Are Shaping a New World. Tatiana Fraser & Caia Hagel, $22.00

Girl Positive takes an engaging, cutting-edge view of the cultural, social and political issues facing girls today. Looking closely at topics from social media, sexual violence, hyper-sexuality and cyberspace identities to girls transforming the world as leaders and agents of change, Girl Positive offers stories of struggle and victory, and brings to light where today’s girls are finding new paths to empowerment.

The authors travelled from Montreal to Toronto, New Haven, Whitehorse, Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Francisco, Detroit and the Wemindji Cree Nation in northern Quebec, to hang out in coffee shops, dance studios, classrooms, gyms, skate parks, beaches and bedrooms, and talk with school girls, college students and young women in their early careers. Interspersed with their narratives are advice and input from experts in media, health, race and gender politics, sexuality, education and leadership.

Through Fraser and Hagel’s journey readers will learn how to better equip themselves to support girls (and boys) — as parents, friends, educators, mentors and activists. Each chapter also includes a Survival Kit, which offers tips and discussion questions for girls and the adults in their lives.


Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape. Peggy Orenstein, $33.50

A generation gap has emerged between parents and their girls. Even in this age of helicopter parenting, the mothers and fathers of tomorrow’s women have little idea what their daughters are up to sexually or how they feel about it. Drawing on in-depth interviews with over seventy young women and a wide range of psychologists, academics, and experts, renowned journalist Peggy Orenstein goes where most others fear to tread, pulling back the curtain on the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important possibilities of girls’ sex lives in the modern world.

While the media has focused — often to sensational effect — on the rise of casual sex and the prevalence of rape on campus, in Girls & Sex Peggy Orenstein brings much more to the table. She examines the ways in which porn and all its sexual myths have seeped into young people’s lives; what it means to be the “the perfect slut” and why many girls scorn virginity; the complicated terrain of hookup culture and the unfortunate realities surrounding assault. In Orenstein’s hands these issues are never reduced to simplistic “truths;” rather, her powerful reporting opens up a dialogue on a potent, often silent, subtext of American life today — giving readers comprehensive and in-depth information with which to understand, and navigate, this complicated new world.


Growing Strong Girls: Practical Tools to Cultivate Connection in the Preteen Years. Lindsay Sealey, $22.99

Girls today face an astounding degree of pressure to grow up fast, to be “perfect” in every way, and to be all things to all people. They yearn to connect, but sometimes this yearning turns into negative, even destructive patterns such as passive aggressiveness, gossip, or excessive stress and anxiety. It’s heart-breaking to watch even the most confident little girls disconnect and lose their spark — and their way — when they hit the 9–14 years.

In Growing Strong Girls, educator and girl expert and advocate Lindsay Sealey reveals the tremendous power of connection to activate self-awareness, self-acceptance, and healthy social and emotional development. This wide-ranging and positive book is chock-full of ideas, tips, activities, stories and specific ways to connect with and equip girls to know and trust themselves, to create vibrant friendships and communities, and to step into their tween and teen years with resilience, bravery, confidence, and inner strength. Growing Strong Girls offers hundreds of practical ways to cultivate connection right now. Making a difference in the lives of girls is easier than you might think and powerful beyond measure.

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The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakeable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult. Josh Shipp, $21.00

In 2015, Harvard researchers found that every child who does well in the face of adversity has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. But Josh Shipp didn’t need Harvard to know that. Once an at-risk foster kid, he was headed straight for trouble until he met the man who changed his life: Rodney, the foster parent who refused to quit on Shipp and got him to believe in himself.

Now, in The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans, Shipp shows all of us how to be that caring adult in a teenager’s life. Stressing the need for compassion, trust, and encouragement, he breaks down the phases of a teenage human from sixth to twelfth grade, examining the changes, goals, and mentality of teenagers at each stage. Shipp offers revelatory stories that take us inside the teen brain, and shares wisdom from top professionals and the most expert grown-ups. Written in Shipp’s playfully authoritative, no-nonsense voice, The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans tells his story and unpacks practical strategies that can make a difference. Ultimately, it's not about shortcuts or magic words — as Shipp reminds us, it’s about investing in kids and giving them the love, time, and support they need to thrive. And that means every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.


Helping Teens Who Cut: Using DBT® Skills to End Self-Injury, 2nd Edition. Michael Hollander, $24.50

Discovering that your teen “cuts” is every parent's nightmare. Your most urgent question is: "How can I make it stop?" Tens of thousands of worried parents have turned to this authoritative guide for information and practical guidance about the growing problem of teen self-injury. Dr. Michael Hollander is a leading expert on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), the most effective treatment approach for cutting. Vivid stories illustrate how out-of-control emotions lead some teens to hurt themselves, how DBT can help, and what other approaches can be beneficial. You'll learn practical strategies for talking to teens about self-injury without making it worse, teaching them skills to cope with extreme emotions in a healthier way, finding the right therapist, and helping reduce stress for your whole family. Incorporating the latest research, the second edition offers a deeper understanding of the causes of self-injury and includes new DBT skills.


Helping Your Angry Teen: How to Reduce Anger and Build Connection Using Mindfulness and Positive Psychology. Mitch Abblett, $24.95

Does your teen get angry easily or act out? You aren’t alone. Parenting a teen is hard enough, but parenting an angry teen is especially difficult. You might feel unable to keep your own cool during disagreements, or even worry that your relationship with your teen is doomed. So, how can you make sure you stay grounded when the drama rises and re-establish a sense of connection?

Written by a psychologist and teen expert, this book offers techniques based in mindfulness, compassion, and positive psychology to help you face the challenges that parenting an angry teen presents. You’ll discover the clinical and psychological underlying conditions that can contribute to teen anger, skills for improving communication, and mindfulness tips for staying calm yourself. If you’re ready to take control of your own reactions and start reconnecting with your angry teen, this book will help guide the way.

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Helping Your Anxious Teen: Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Your Teen Beat Anxiety, Stress, and Worry. Sheila Achar Josephs, $24.95

Most parents find it frustrating when common sense and logical methods such as reassurance don’t seem to work to allay their teen’s anxiety.  They want to know:  Why is anxiety so hard to get rid of once it takes hold?  Why aren’t my efforts to help working?  And how can I best help my teen break free from anxiety to become happy and resilient?

This powerful book, based on cutting-edge research and cognitive behavioral strategies, will help you develop the know-how to effectively manage teen anxiety.  You’ll learn the best ways to support your teen in overcoming problematic thinking and fears, discover what behaviors and coping strategies unwittingly make anxiety worse, and understand how anxiety is best defeated with surprisingly counterintuitive methods.  Step-by-step guidance, along with numerous real-life examples and exercises, will help you to:

  • Sensitively redirect your teen’s worries when they intensify
  • Reduce social anxiety, perfectionism, and panic attacks
  • Proactively address common triggers of stress and anxiety
  • Implement a proven approach for decreasing avoidance and facing fears

From overcoming minor angst to defeating paralyzing fear, you and your teen will feel empowered by radically new ways of responding to anxiety. With Helping Your Anxious Teen, you’ll have a wealth of research-backed strategies to lead you in being an effective anxiety coach for your teen.


Helping Your Transgender Teen: a Guide for Parents, 2nd Edition. Irwin Krieger, $15.95

Going through puberty and adolescence presents unwelcome changes for many transgender youth, and this book provides advice to parents of transgender teens to help them understand what their child is experiencing and feeling during this challenging time.

Addressing common fears and concerns that parents of transgender teens share, the book guides them through steps they can take with their child, including advice on hormones and surgery and how to transition socially. It addresses the recent increase in teens presenting with non-binary identities, and reflects major legal, social and medical developments regarding transgender issues. The author's insights are gained from his professional experience of providing psychotherapy regarding gender identity. He provides resources and further reading to help parents expand their knowledge.

Although aimed predominantly at parents, this book is useful for anyone working with teenagers and young adults as it provides many answers to common questions about adolescent gender identity.


How to Connect with Your iTeen: a Parenting Road Map. Susan Morris Shaffer & Linda Perlman Gordon, $26.95

How To Connect With Your iTeen is the lifeline every Twenty-First century parent or educator needs. This realistic guide shows adults how to reopen communication with “silent” teenage boys and cut through the drama of teenage girls. Written in clear, straightforward language, it offers successful techniques for navigating everything from socially complex issues surrounding sexting and bullying to such everyday challenges around school and homework. This evidence-based guide equips you with:

  • Effective strategies to nurture and develop the 6 essential characteristics teens need to become productive and successful adults ― no matter how they define success
  • Dependable ways to maintain authority and stay emotionally connected to teens in a world of longer work hours, interrupted conversations, and planned activities
  • Reliable methods for keeping teens safe and protecting their privacy

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How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Julie Lythcott-Haims, $23.50

A provocative manifesto that exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternate philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood. 

In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success. Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twenty-somethings, and of special value to parents of teens, this book is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.


How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk. Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, $21.00

The renowned #1 New York Times bestselling authors share their advice and expertise with parents and teens in this accessible, indispensable guide to surviving adolescence. Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish return with this essential guide that tackles the tough issues teens and parents face today.

Filled with straightforward advice and written in their trademark, down-to-earth style sure to appeal to both parents and teens, this all-new volume offers both innovative, easy-to-implement suggestions and proven techniques to build the foundation for lasting relationships. From curfews and cliques to sex and drugs, it gives parents the tools to help their children safely navigate the often stormy years of adolescence.


I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from Their Parents. Michael Ungar, $24.99

Family therapist Michael Ungar, internationally-renowned for his work on child and youth resilience, takes us into his world each Wednesday, when he meets with three families with very troubled children. In the book, Michael shares nine things that all troubled kids need from their parents that will help them turn their lives around and flourish: 

  • Structure
  • Consequences 
  • Parent-child connections
  • Lots of peer and adult relationships 
  • A powerful identity 
  • A sense of control
  • A sense of belonging, spirituality, and life purpose 
  • Fair and just treatment by others 
  • Safety and support

Hopeful in tone, and using knowledge gathered from Michael's work around the world, the book shows that it is never too late to help our children change and reconnect with those who will always love them.

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I'd Listen to My Parents If They'd Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens. Anthony Wolf, $18.50

Is there any aspect of parenting more frustrating than when even the simplest conversation with your teenager quickly deteriorates into a take-no-prisoners war? Psychologist Anthony Wolf sympathizes, and in his new book he provides hope, humor, and practical tips for dealing with the everyday challenges of raising teens in the twenty-first century.

I'D LISTEN TO MY PARENTS IF THEY'D JUST SHUT UP will help you understand who your teenagers really are under all the attitude, and what new rules apply to successfully communicating with them in today's constantly evolving world of the Internet, electronics, and social media. Designed to make life with your teenage child a significantly more enjoyable experience, the book offers specific scenarios to illustrate which responses will work and which ones are doomed to failure the next time your 13-to-19-year-old refuses to listen or won't take "no" for an answer.


iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. Jean Twenge, $25.00

With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born in the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and later, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person — perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality. iGen is also growing up more slowly than previous generations: eighteen-year-olds look and act like fifteen-year-olds used to.

As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them: Friends and family need to look out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them. And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation — and the world.

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I'm, Like, So Fat! Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, $24.50

Author Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer shows parents how to strike the difficult balance between bolstering self-esteem and offering constructive advice. I'm, Like, So Fat! offers a wealth of science-based, practical ideas for instilling healthy eating and exercise habits, educating teens about nutrition and portion size, and talking about body image. Here is a rock-solid foundation that parents everywhere can build on to help their teens stay fit, eat well, and feel good about their looks in a world where too-perfect bodies are used to sell everything from cosmetic surgery to fast food.

Inventing Ourselves: the Secret Life of the Teenage Brain. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, $35.50

The brain creates every feeling, emotion, and desire we experience, and stores every one of our memories. And yet, until very recently, scientists believed our brains were fully developed from childhood on. Now, thanks to imaging technology that enables us to look inside the living human brain at all ages, we know that this isn't so. Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, one of the world's leading researchers into adolescent neurology, explains precisely what is going on in the complex and fascinating brains of teenagers — namely that the brain goes on developing and changing right through adolescence — with profound implications for the adults these young people will become.

Blakemore's discoveries have transformed our understanding of the teenage mind, with consequences for law, education policy and practice, and, most of all, parents.


Letting Go with Love and Confidence. Kenneth Ginsburg, $21.00

Raising responsible, resilient, self-sufficient teens in the 21st century — with expert advice on parenting through cell phones, the Internet, peer pressure, dating, driving and more.

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Loving Our Addicted Daughters Back to Life: a Guidebook for Parents. Linda Dahl, $25.50

The latest information on gender-specific treatment of addiction and recovery can be found in this go-to manual for parents seeking direction to help their daughters. Step-by-step guidelines present tools for recognizing substance abuse in young women; communicating with them and their care providers; dealing with relapse and long-term recovery; and managing parental shame, guilt, fear, anger, and loving detachment.


Navigating the Cyberworld with Your Child: a Guide for Parents, Teachers and Counsellors. Edited by Ong Say How & Tan Yi Ren, $21.99

There is no escaping it: broadband Internet access has forever changed the ways children

and teenagers learn, play and live. Yet addictive Internet use is a relatively new phenomenon of which many people are unaware, and for which treatment is often not sought. Left ignored, excessive Internet use may lead to deteriorating relationships or interfere with normal functioning in life.

Navigating the Cyberworld With Your Child highlights the different types of Internet-related addictions that a child or teenager may face — such as pornography, social networking and texting, gaming and online shopping — and discusses prevention and treatment approaches. It also explores legal problems that arise from cybercrimes, and offers intervention strategies, services and programmes available for both victim and perpetrator. Finally, it takes a look at future technology and potential research areas.


Navigating Life: Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me. Margaux Bergen, $35.00

You learn a few useful things at school — the three Rs come in handy, and it’s good to know how to perform under pressure and wait your turn — but most of what matters, what makes you into a functioning human being, able to hold your own in conversation, find your path, know what to avoid in relationships and secure a meaningful job, no teacher will ever tell you. This diamond-sharp, gut-punchingly honest book of hard-earned wisdom is one mother’s effort to equip her daughter for survival in the real world.

“I am not writing this to groom or guide you to professional or academic success,” she writes. “My goal is rather to give you tools that might help you engage with the world and flourish... Think of this as a kind of developing bath-time wisdom.”

Wise, heartbreakingly funny, and resonantly true, Navigating Life has invaluable lessons for students of life of all ages. It will challenge you to lead a more meaningful life and to tackle the bumps along the way with grace, grit, style, and ingenuity.

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A New Theory of Teenagers: Seven Transformational Strategies to Empower You and Your Teen. Cristina Santangelo, $19.49

Dr. Christa Santangelo, a psychologist and assistant clinical professor at the University of California-San Francisco, has seen many relationships devastated by the emotional hurricane that teenagers can inflict on a family. Yet Dr. Santangelo also understands how that conflict can be resolved and a new way forward mapped together between parents and teen. In A New Theory of Teenagers, she gives parents the advice, tips, support, and big-picture overview needed to see the teen years as an opportunities for growth and positive relationship changes. With counterintuitive steps (such as "Endure Emotions"), she offers hope and empowerment. Dr. Santangelo asserts that parents have a far greater impact on conflict with their teen than they may realize, metaphorically handing parents back the power to shift the situation to harmony.

And, Dr. Santangelo does it with a fresh and multi-dimensional approach to the parent-teen relationship by integrating conventional psychology with alternative methods including yoga and meditation-intended to work on building trust, sitting with and understanding emotions, and seeing room for positivity in the midst of it all.


Not Much Just Chillin' — the Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers. Linda Perlstein, $23.00

A parent's guide to the baffling no-man's land between child and teen.

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1-2-3 Magic Teen: Communicate, Connect, and Guide Your Teen to Adulthood. Thomas Phelan, $22.99

From rule-breaking and risk-taking to defensive communication and disrespect, parenting a teenager can feel like modern warfare — but it doesn't have to be that way. In 1-2-3 Magic Teen, internationally renowned parenting expert Thomas W. Phelan explains how to better understand your teenager, which problems are not worth fighting over, and why your child's behavior likely matches the definition of a normal adolescent! With helpful, straightforward advice backed up by research and parent-tested strategies, 1-2-3 Magic Teen will help you establish a calmer, more respectful home and family life and show you how to guide your teenager into healthy, functional young adulthood.


The Parallel Process: Growing Alongside Your Adolescent or Young Adult Child in Treatment. Krissy Pozatek, $28.95

For many parents of troubled teenagers, a therapeutic program that takes the child from the home for a period of time offers some respite from the daily tumult of acting out, lies, and tension that has left the family under siege. However, just as the teenager is embarking on a journey of self-discovery, skill-development, and emotional maturation, so parents too need to use this time to recognize that their own patterns may have contributed to their family’s downward spiral. This is The Parallel Process.

Using case studies garnered from her many years as an adolescent and family therapist, Krissy Pozatek shows parents of pre-teens, adolescents, and young adults how they can help their children by attuning to emotions, setting limits, not rushing to their rescue, and allowing them to take responsibility for their actions, while recognizing their own patterns of emotional withdrawal, workaholism, and of surrendering their lives and personalities to parenting. The Parallel Process is an essential primer for all parents, whether of troubled teens or not, who are seeking to help the family stay and grow together as they negotiate the potentially difficult teenage years.


Parenting the Addicted Teen: a 5-Step Foundational Program. Barbara Krovitz-Neren, $26.95

An innovative approach that teaches parents how to reconnect with the entire family and reclaim their parenting power. The program is designed to help parents let go of the addicted family system and begin parenting with renewed strength and positive power. Krovitz-Neren's 5-Step Foundational Parenting Model is new to the addiction field and, unlike previous books, teaches parents a systematic approach to support their children in their successful long-term recovery. Unique in that it incorporates the perspectives, needs, and desires of teenagers and young adults, providing fresh insight and helping parents understand what their child is experiencing in active addiction. By applying these simple strategies parents can expect to:

  • Bring about more presence and emotional availability to all members of the family
  • Experience a deeper emotional connection with their children
  • Enjoy clarified family values, rules, and boundaries
  • Have improved parenting skills that allow them to create greater joy within the family

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Parenting the New Teen In the Age of Anxiety: a Complete Guide to Your Child's Stressed, Depressed, Expanded, Amazing Adolescence. John Duffy, $25.95

Learn about the “New Teen” and how to adjust your parenting approach. Kids are growing up with nearly unlimited access to social media and the internet, and unprecedented academic, social, and familial stressors. Starting as early as eight years old, children are exposed to information, thought, and emotion that they are developmentally unprepared to process. As a result, saving the typical “teen parenting” strategies for thirteen-year-olds is now years too late. Because of the exposure they face, kids are emotionally overwhelmed at a young age, often continuing to search for a sense of self well into their twenties. Paradoxically, Dr. Duffy recognizes the good that comes with these challenges, such as the sense of justice instilled in teenagers starting at a young age.

Readers of this book will:

  • Sort through the overwhelming circumstances of today’s teens and better understand the changing landscape of adolescence
  • Come away with a revised, conscious parenting plan more suited to addressing the current needs of the New Teen

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions: DBT Skills to Help Your Teen Navigate Emotional & Behavioral Challenges. Pat Harvey & Brit Rathbone, $25.95

Parenting a teen with intense emotions can be extremely difficult. This much-needed book will give you the tools needed to help your teen regulate his or her emotions. In addition, you'll learn the skills for managing your own reactions so you can survive these difficult years and help your teen thrive. In this important book, two renowned experts in teen mental health offer you evidence-based skills for dealing with your teen's out-of-control emotions using proven-effective dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

Helping your teen to effectively deal with their feelings now can have a lasting, positive impact on their future. After all, honing skills for emotion regulation will act as a foundation for your teen's overall mental health. This book will help your teen gain awareness of their emotions, and offers tools to help them choose how to respond to these emotions in effective ways.


Parenting the Teenage Brain: Understanding a Work in Progress. Sheryl Feinstein, $31.00

New and exciting light is being shed on these mysterious young people who have replaced the sweet children you knew. What was once thought to be hormones run amuck can now be explained with the help of modern medical technology, such as MRI and PET scans. To no one's surprise, it seems the teenage brain is still under construction. Understanding the neuroscience behind a teen’s development can help parents adjust to the highs and lows of adolescent behavior.


Parenting a Troubled Teen: Manage Conflict & Deal with Intense Emotions Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Patricia Zurita Ona, $24.95

Raising a teen is tough-especially when your teen has trouble regulating their emotions and lashes out. This groundbreaking book will give you the tools you need to stop unwittingly reinforcing your teen's bad behavior, reduce conflicts, and get your teen on track with the things that really matter. If you have a teen who experiences extreme emotions, either as a result of a mental health diagnosis such as borderline personality disorder (BPD), or simply because you have a highly emotional teen, you probably need help right now. Parenting a teen comes with its own challenges, but when your teen acts out you may feel like you are at your wits end. To make matters worse, you may have difficulty managing your own emotions and responses.

Written by an expert in teen mental health, Parenting a Troubled Teen is based in proven-effective acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). In the book, you'll find the tools you need to parent your troubled teen, pay attention to your own reactions, and put an end to the cycle of conflict that has taken over your home. In this book, you'll learn to observe the thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations that drive your own parenting behaviors, and how these behaviors can impact your teen.

This is not a book about how to be a perfect parent. Everyone makes mistakes and reacts negatively to a situation from time to time. But if you're committed to improving your relationship with your teen, helping them take charge of their emotions, and ending family conflict, this practical guide will show you how.

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Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & the New Realities of Girl World, 3rd Edition. Rosalind Wiseman, $22.99

In her groundbreaking book, Queen Bees and Wannabes, Empower cofounder Rosalind Wiseman takes you inside the secret world of girls’ friendships. Wiseman has spent more than a decade listening to thousands of girls talk about the powerful role cliques play in shaping what they wear and say, how they respond to boys, and how they feel about themselves, and how cliques play a role in every situation.

It’s not just about helping your daughter make it alive out of junior high. This book will help you understand how your daughter’s relationship with friends and cliques sets the stage for other intimate relationships as she grows and guides her when she has tougher choices to make about intimacy, drinking and drugs, and other hazards. With its revealing look into the secret world of teenage girls and cliques, enlivened with the voices of dozens of girls and a much-needed sense of humor, Queen Bees and Wannabes will equip you with all the tools you need to build the right foundation to help your daughter make smarter choices and empower her during this baffling, tumultuous time of life.


Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations, and Protection with Trust. Kenneth Ginsburg, with Ilana Ginsburg & Talia Ginsburg, $22.99

From pediatrician and award-winning author Ken Ginsburg comes this new work which explores an innovative idea in parenting: The Lighthouse Parenting Strategy. Offering essential tips on fostering resilience, this book helps parents understand how they can offer unconditional love, yet still set high expectations for their children; how to set boundaries — and when to get out the way so their teen can learn lessons firsthand.

Combining Dr. Ginsburg's experience as a doctor and parent, with the perspective of his two daughters — and more than 500 adolescents who participated in the youth view chapters, Raising Kids to Thrive offers a fresh take on how to successfully parent teens in today's complicated world.


Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. Mary Pipher & Sara Pipher Gilliam, $23.00

In 1994, Reviving Ophelia was published, and it shone a much-needed spotlight on the problems faced by adolescent girls. The book became iconic and helped to reframe the national conversation about what author Mary Pipher called "a girl-poisoning culture" surrounding adolescents. Fast forward to today, and adolescent girls and the parents, teachers, and counselors who care about them find themselves confronting many of the same challenges Pipher wrote about originally as well as new ones specific to today.

Girls still struggle with misogyny, sexism, and issues of identity and self-esteem. But they're also more isolated than ever before: They don't talk face-to-face to the people around them, including their peers, as they used to: They're texting or on social media for hours at a time. And while girls today are less likely to be in trouble for their drinking or sexual behavior, they have a greater chance of becoming depressed, anxious, or suicidal.

In this revised and updated Reviving Ophelia, Pipher and her daughter, Sara Pipher Gilliam (who was a teenager at the time of the book's original publication), have incorporated these new issues for a 21st-century readership. In addition to examining the impact that social media has on adolescent girls' lives today, Pipher and Gilliam explore the rising and empowering importance of student activism in girls' lives, the wider acceptance of diverse communities among young people, and the growing disparities between urban and rural, rich and poor, and how they can affect young girls' sense of self-worth. With a new foreword and afterword and chapters that explore these topics, this new edition of Reviving Ophelia builds on the relevance of the original as it provides key insights into the challenges and opportunities facing adolescent girls today.

The approach Pipher and Gilliam take in the new edition is just what it was in the original: a timely, readable combination of insightful research and real-world examples that illuminate the challenges young women face and the ways to address them. This updated Reviving Ophelia looks at 21st century adolescent girls through fresh eyes, with insights and ideas that will help new generations of readers.

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Saving for School: Understand RESPs, Take Control of Your Savings, Minimize Student Debt. Gail Vaz-Oxlade, $7.99

SAVING FOR SCHOOL will explain the ins and outs in Gail’s trademark clear, straightforward style. It takes parents and future students through the steps of putting money into a plan and taking it out in the most tax effective way. The book makes following the rules and regulations simple and shows you how to set your plan up to work for YOU (as opposed to making it easy on your financial institution). Beyond RESPs, Gail offers a full plan for minimizing your student debt and guides you through how much student loan you should take on, along with offering general tips and strategies for saving and for following a budget at school. With Gail by your side, there’s no excuse not to start SAVING FOR SCHOOL.


Say This Not That to Your Teenage Daughter: the Pocket Guide to Everyday Conversations. Ilana Kukoff & Jessica Yuppa Huddy, $17.99

If you’re the parent of a teenage girl, then it’s likely you never say the right thing. Ever. Say This, Not That is your convenient, pocket-sized guide to asking and answering questions, starting conversations, and filling in the silence with your teen.

Say This, Not That) is based on the work of Cognition Builders, a 164-person firm that teaches families all over the globe how to have constructive conversations. The authors have selected the most common and confounding conversational quandaries families face, and solved them for you. Chapters in this little treasure cover a variety of situations familiar to any parent of teenage girls, such as: When She’s In a Mood; When Her Heart Is Broken; When the Phone Becomes an Appendage; and When She’s “Totally Stressed Out.”


Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Teen: Eliminating Conflict by Establishing Clear, Firm, and Respectful Boundaries. Robert Mackenzie, $19.00

Parenting modern teenagers is an enormous challenge. Teens have always been prone to rebellion and limit-testing. But in today's world of Twitter and Facebook, enormous academic and extracurricular pressure, and corrosive media influence, raising a teen to be well-adjusted, respectful, and mature enough to make good decisions is tougher than ever. Fortunately, Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Teen offers powerful, time-tested tools for moving beyond traditional methods that wear parents down while getting nowhere, and zeroing in on what really works so parents can use their energy in more efficient and productive ways.

By understanding how to draw clear limits without lapsing into punishment or permissiveness, parents will be able to foster good judgment, build stronger bridges of communication and mutual respect, and end destructive power struggles. This is an invaluable resource for anyone wondering how to effectively build a positive, respectful, and rewarding relationship with their teen. 

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Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying, Revised Edition. Michael Riera, $22.49

How can families keep their connections strong when adolescence transforms even the happiest kids into defiant, independent teenagers? In the sage, practical Staying Connected to Your Teenager, family psychologist Michael Riera reveals that in every teen there are two very different people; many parents and guardians see only the rebellious child but miss seeing the more nuanced, increasingly adult thinker. It offers helpful strategies for promoting authentic, respectful conversations; moving from a "managing" to a "consulting" role in a teen's life; understanding and working with normal adolescent development; and guiding kids on everything from social media to college applications. Riera shows how to bring out the best in a teen — and, consequently, in an entire family.


Teen Speak: a How-To Guide for Real Talks with Teens about Sex, Drugs, and other Risky Behaviors. Jennifer Salerno, $27.95

Dr. Jennifer Salerno combines her professional expertise in adolescent behavior with a mother’s wisdom to help parents build strong relationships with their teenagers. Teen Speak presents practical communication strategies based on the ways teens think, act, and do the things they do—to help them make safer decisions when it comes to risky behaviors. Strategies are presented in an easy-to-use guide for parents and others interested in helping teens.

The book provides a detailed road map on how to get the conversation started, using real-world examples of teen-parent interactions and sample responses to common scenarios to support positive change and safer decision-making. In this book, you’ll gain practical strategies for connecting with your teen to reduce their risks, set them up for long-term success, and develop trusting relationships that will continue into adulthood.


The Teenage Brain: a Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. Frances Jensen, with Amy Ellis Nutt, $18.99

Driven by the assumption that brain growth was pretty much complete by the time a child began kindergarten, scientists believed for years that the adolescent brain was essentially an adult one — only with fewer miles on it. Over the last decade, however, the scientific community has learned that the teen years encompass vitally important stages of brain development.

Motivated by her personal experience of parenting two teenage boys, renowned neurologist Dr. Frances  Jensen gathers what we’ve discovered about adolescent brain functioning, wiring, and capacity and, in this groundbreaking, accessible book, explains how these eye-opening findings not only dispel commonly held myths about the teenage years, but also yield practical suggestions that will help adults and teenagers negotiate the mysterious world of adolescent neurobiology. Interweaving clear summary and analysis of research data with anecdotes, Dr. Jensen explores adolescent brain functioning and development in the contexts of learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction, and decision-making.

Rigorous yet accessible, warm yet direct, The Teenage Brain sheds new light on the brains — and behaviors — of adolescents and young adults, and analyzes this knowledge to share specific ways in which parents, educators, and even the legal system can help them navigate their way more smoothly into adulthood.

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To Change a Mind: Parenting to Promote Maturity in Teenagers. John McKinnon, $32.95

Using case studies gathered from his years helping parents with troubled adolescents, the author explores the ways that adolescent development can be derailed in today’s complex culture and how parents can prevent this from happening in the first place. Dr. McKinnon writes about how parents need to recognize their children as individuals, with their own feelings and opinions, as they start to establish their separate identities as young people and begin to negotiate their way through high school and beyond. He also makes clear that parents must continue to establish limits.

Packed with examples and sensible and practical advice for parents of pre-teens and teenagers, To Change a Mind is an essential guidebook for parents seeking to make their lives — and the lives of their children — richer and more fulfilling, as the family navigates together the potentially treacherous seas of adolescence.


Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive. Michael Ungar, $22.99

Internationally respected social worker and family therapist Michael Ungar tells us why our mania to keep our kids safe is causing us to do the opposite - put them in harm’s way. By continuing to protect them from failure and disappointment, many of our kids are missing out on the “risk-taker’s advantage,” the benefits that come from experiencing manageable amounts of danger. In Too Safe for Their Own Good, Ungar inspires parents to recall their own childhoods and the lessons they learned from being risk-takers and responsibility-seekers, much to the annoyance of their own parents. He offers the support parents need in setting appropriate limits and provides concrete suggestions for allowing children the opportunity to experience the rites of passage that will help them become competent, happy, thriving adults.

In our mania to provide emotional life jackets around our kids, helmets and seatbelts, approved playground equipment, after-school supervision, an endless stream of evening programming, and no place to hang out but the tiled flooring of our local mall, we parents are accidentally creating a generation of youth who are not ready for life. Our children are too safe for their own good.

—From Too Safe for Their Own Good


Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines. Nic Sheff, $19.99

The story that inspired the major motion picture Beautiful Boy featuring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. This New York Times bestselling memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery.

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge into the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It's a harrowing portrait—but not one without hope.

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The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens: Strategies for Unlocking Your Child's Full Potential. Douglas Haddad, $24.95

The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens offers a step-by-step plan for raising your adolescent through this tumultuous time. Douglas Haddad provides specific, proven tools for you to help your child become a problem solver and grow to be smart, successful, and self-disciplined.

  • Discover the secrets of effective communication with your child
  • Learn the techniques to stop behavior problems right in their tracks when they happen
  • Know the strategies to best motivate your child and unlock their potential
  • Find out how to set appropriate limits and hold your child accountable for their actions
  • Understand today’s “child-limiting challenges” and the solutions for handling them with your child

Every parent wants the best for their child, and these years can be fraught with challenges: bullying, violence, gambling, sex, smoking, alcohol, substance use, eating disorders, depression, suicide, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, etc. Making sense of these challenges, this book offers exercises for incorporating the ten child unlimited tools into your parenting style and anecdotes to illustrate strategies and techniques. Supported by current research, the tools found in these pages will serve as a guide for any family with tweens or teens.


Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers, 3rd Edition. Michael Riera, $21.99

Author Michael Riera tackles some of the newest issues facing parents and teens, and gives a second look to the old standbys — alcohol and drugs, academics, sex and dating, sports and extracurriculars, eating disorders, making friends, single parenting, divorce, and more. Riera channels his unpatronizing approach and two decades of experience working with teens into this optimistic and indispensable book.

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Understanding Teenage Anxiety: a Parent's Guide to Improving Your Teen's Mental Health. Jennifer Browne, with Cody Buchanan, $24.99

Today’s teens are high-strung and socially overextended. We shrug it off as a millennial problem, but is it? In a world that encourages the quick fix, instant gratification, and real-time feedback, can we really expect our children to cope as we did less than two decades ago, in the land of handshakes, eye contact, elbow grease, and grit? This book is a product of a combination of three very different perspectives: those of the anxious teen, the parent, and the therapist. We need to understand what we’ve created in terms of our current society to gain proper insight on why we’re seeing increasingly rising levels of anxiety in our teenagers.

Within each chapter, author (and parent) Jennifer Browne and co-author (Jennifer’s teenage son) Cody Buchanan, who struggles with anxiety and depression, will weigh in on what this affliction feels like, physically, mentally, and emotionally. They share personal experiences to help parents better understand their teens and learn a lot along the way.


The Unofficial Guide to Therapeutic Parenting: the Teen Years. Sally Donovan, $29.95

An honest insight into the rollercoaster reality of therapeutically parenting teenagers. Raising any teenager is tough, but raising teens who have experienced trauma in their early years is a whole different — and more difficult — ball game. Adoptive parent Sally Donovan is here to answer every question you've ever wanted to ask about therapeutically parenting teenagers, and a whole lot more besides.

Therapeutic parenting is equal parts love, commitment, determination, and realism, and Sally writes about it all with equal parts blazing wit, tear-jerking honesty, and wisdom. Read this book to hear a voice speaking from experience — and above all, the heart — about everything to expect from therapeutically parenting your teens.


Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls though the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood. Lisa Damour, $22.00

In this sane, highly engaging, and informed guide for parents of daughters, Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct — and absolutely normal — developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, Untangled gives parents a broad framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions. Perhaps most important, Untangled helps mothers and fathers understand, connect, and grow with their daughters. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.

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Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen. Wendy Mogel, $23.00

Most parents are perfectly fine communicators — unless they’re talking to their children. Then, too often, their pitch rises and they come across as pleading, indignant, wounded, outraged. In tone and body language they signal, I can’t handle it when you act like a child. Dr. Wendy Mogel saw this pattern time and again in her clinical practice. In response, she developed a remarkably effective series of “voice lessons,” which she shared with parents who were struggling with their kids. The results were immediate: a shift in vocal style led to children who were calmer, listened more attentively, and communicated with more warmth, respect, and sincerity.

In Voice Lessons for Parents, Mogel elaborates on her novel clinical approach, revealing how each age and stage of a child’s life brings new opportunities to connect through language. Drawing from sources as diverse as neuroscience, fairy tales, and anthropology, Mogel offers specific guidance for talking to children across the expanse of childhood and adolescence. She also explains the best ways to talk about your child to partners, exes, and grandparents, as well as to teachers, coaches, and caretakers. Throughout the book, Mogel addresses an obstacle that bedevils even the most seasoned and confident parent: the distraction of digital devices, how they impact our connection with our families, and what we can do about it.


What If I Were a Parent? Raising the Right Questions to Build Mental Health. Mondy Stevenson, $17.00

In this book inspired by the workshops of Helen Jones, parents will find a treasure box of questions to engage teenagers’ thinking and prepare them to cope with life’s problems. Parents will learn how respect replaces the controlling need for obedience, and how to shift ownership of an adolescent's life choices to where they belong — with the teen.


What It Takes to Pull Me Through. David Marcus, $27.99

The Academy at Swift River specializes in one of the toughest tasks a school can undertake: helping teenagers in crisis regain their bearings. During a fourteen-month academic term at the school, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David L. Marcus witnesses the intense process that turns these kids around. In his time on campus, Marcus gets to know a diverse and remarkable group of teenagers: a former straight-A student reeling from the death of her mother; a teachers' son grappling with anger over being adopted; a southern girl immersed in drug abuse and unsafe sex and a boy from Queens overwhelmed by depression. Granted full access to the Swift River proceedings, Marcus is given the rare chance to observe the students' struggles and see their transformations from the inside. In What It Takes to Pull Me Through, he charts a path to redemption that any teen, any parent, can follow.

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What’s Wrong with My Kid? When Drugs or Alcohol Might Be a Problem and What to Do about It. George Leary, $17.50

A down-to-earth, judgment-free guide for parents on recognizing the warning signs of alcohol and drug use in their kids, and getting them the help they need to grow and flourish.


When No One Understands: Letters to a Teenager on Life, Loss and the Hard Road to Adulthood. Brad Sachs, $23.95

In this unique book, a therapist shares his moving letters to a troubled, sometimes suicidal teen. The anguish, loneliness and concerns shared by many teens — including relationships, drugs and alcohol, parents, school, stress — are all addressed with compassion and humility. Written for teens, parents and therapists, this respectful volume inspires growth and healing during the sometimes tumultuous days of adolescence.


When Things Get Crazy with Your Teen: the Why, the How and What to Do Now. Michael Bradley, $28.95

Offering practical “first response” advice, When Things Get Crazy with Your Teen tells you exactly what to do and what NOT to do in just about every scenario you’ll ever face with your kid - from messy rooms and monstrous moods to drug abuse and depression.


Wise Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens & Teens. Laura Kastner, $20.95

Raising a happy and successful teenager is a challenge for any parent, even the most patient and wisest among us. Parenting adolescents requires all sorts of skills that most of us don’t naturally possess. In this down-to-earth, practical guide, you’ll learn how to tap your “wise mind” to calmly navigate even the stormiest of parenting moments. You'll learn how to preserve your loving relationship while emphasizing the building blocks for success.

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Young People in Love and in Hate. Nick Luxmoore, $26.99

Using dozens of recognizable vignettes, psychotherapist and school counselor Luxmoore movingly explores the dramatic conflict between young people's loving and hating as they move from the intimacy of relationships with parents to relationships with boyfriends and girlfriends, frantically negotiating sex and sexuality, the meaning of love, faithfulness and unfaithfulness and many other issues vital to the adults these young people will become.

The book will be essential reading for professionals and parents struggling with the ferocity of young people's feelings where 'I love you!' and 'I hate you!' are never far apart.


Your Defiant Teen: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship, 2nd Edition. Russell Barkley & Arthur Robin, $24.50

If life with your teen has become a battleground, it's time to take action. This empathic book shows how. This book will give you the tools you need to overcome defiance and get teen behavior back on track. By following the authors' clinically proven 10-step program, learn how you can:

  • Reestablish your authority while building trust
  • Identify and enforce nonnegotiable rules
  • Use rewards and incentives that work
  • Communicate and problem-solve effectively — even in the heat of the moment
  • Restore positive feelings in your relationship
  • Develop your teen's skills for becoming a successful adult

Vivid stories and answers to frequently asked questions help you put the techniques into action. The updated second edition incorporates new scientific research on why some teens have more problems with self-control than others. 


You're Ruining My Life! Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting. Jennifer Kolari, $21.00

In her new book, Jennifer Kolari applies her empathic approach to parenting to what may be the most difficult time for parents — adolescence. Combining her own experience as a therapist with the most recent scientific information about mental processes, she explains what's going on inside the teenage brain as well as what's going on in their world. This understanding allows parents to de-escalate confrontations by applying techniques such as CALM (Connect, Affect, Listen, Mirror) that bypass language and go directly to the part of the brain that regulates emotion. By understanding how teens think (or don't think) parents come to see why it's so important to create and maintain a strong emotional bond that will allow their almost grown-up children to correct and contain unacceptable behaviours.

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Complete Booklist

Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence. Laurence Steinberg, $22.95

The Available Parent: Expert Advice for Raising Successful and Resilient Teens and Tweens. John Duffy, $23.50

Beautiful Boy: a Father's Journey through His Son's Addiction. David Sheff, $22.99

The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers. Wendy Mogel, $22.00

Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Them Keep Safe. Jess Shatkin, $22.00

Boys Adrift: the Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Men, Revised Edition. Leonard Sax, $22.49

Brainstorm: the Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. Daniel Siegel, $24.00

Breathe Through This: Mindfulness for Parents of Teenagers. Eline Snel, $20.95

But Dad! A Survival Guide for Single Fathers of Tween and Teen Daughters. Gretchen Gross & Patricia Livingston, $22.95

Campus Confidential: 100 Startling Things You Don’t Know about Canadian Universities, 2nd Edition. Ken Coates & Bill Morrison, $22.95

Connected Parenting: How to Raise a Great Kid. Jennifer Kolari, $21.00

Cracking the Boy Code: How to Understand and Talk with Boys. Adam Cox, $18.99

Crashproof Your Kids: Make Your Teen a Safer, Smarter Driver. Timothy Smith, $27.00

Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today's Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience. Michael Bradley, $21.99

Dial Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting with Your Teenage Daughter. Colleen O'Grady, $21.00

Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle: Resolve the Power Struggle & Build Trust, Responsibility & Respect. Neil Brown, $24.95

Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Loves. Rachel Simmons, $21.00

The Everything Parent's Guide to Teenage Addiction. Edward Lynam & Ellen Bowers, $18.99

From Binge to Blackout: a Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking. Chris Volkmann & Toren Volkmann, $17.00

The Gap-Year Advantage: Helping Your Child Benefit from Time Off Before or During College. Karl Haigler & Rae Nelson, $21.99

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Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled and More Miserable Than Ever Before. Jean Twenge, $20.00

Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? A  Parent's Guide to the New Teenager. Anthony Wolf, $18.50

Getting to Calm: Cool-headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens & Teens, Revised Edition.  Laura Kastner & Jennifer Wyatt, $27.95

Girl Positive: How Girls Are Shaping a New World. Tatiana Fraser & Caia Hagel, $22.00

Growing Strong Girls: Practical Tools to Cultivate Connection in the Preteen Years. Lindsay Sealey, $22.99

The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakeable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult. Josh Shipp, $21.00

Helping Teens Who Cut: Using DBT® Skills to End Self-Injury, 2nd Edition. Michael Hollander, $24.50

Helping Your Angry Teen: How to Reduce Anger and Build Connection Using Mindfulness and Positive Psychology. Mitch Abblett, $24.95

Helping Your Anxious Teen: Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Your Teen Beat Anxiety, Stress, and Worry. Sheila Achar Josephs, $24.95

Helping Your Transgender Teen: a Guide for Parents, 2nd Edition. Irwin Krieger, $15.95

How to Connect with Your iTeen: a Parenting Road Map. Susan Morris Shaffer & Linda Perlman Gordon, $26.95

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Julie Lythcott-Haims, $23.50

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk. Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, $21.00

I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from Their Parents. Michael Ungar, $24.99

I'd Listen to My Parents If They'd Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens. Anthony Wolf, $18.50

iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. Jean Twenge, $25.00

I'm, Like, So Fat! Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, $24.50

Inventing Ourselves: the Secret Life of the Teenage Brain. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, $35.50

Letting Go with Love and Confidence. Kenneth Ginsburg, $21.00

Loving Our Addicted Daughters Back to Life: a Guidebook for Parents. Linda Dahl, $25.50

Navigating the Cyberworld with Your Child: a Guide for Parents, Teachers and Counsellors. Edited by Ong Say How & Tan Yi Ren, $21.99

Navigating Life: Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me. Margaux Bergen, $35.00

A New Theory of Teenagers: Seven Transformational Strategies to Empower You and Your Teen. Cristina Santangelo, $19.49

Not Much Just Chillin' — the Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers. Linda Perlstein, $23.00

1-2-3 Magic Teen: Communicate, Connect, and Guide Your Teen to Adulthood. Thomas Phelan, $22.99

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The Parallel Process: Growing Alongside Your Adolescent or Young Adult Child in Treatment. Krissy Pozatek, $28.95

Parenting the Addicted Teen: a 5-Step Foundational Program. Barbara Krovitz-Neren, $26.95

Parenting the New Teen In the Age of Anxiety: a Complete Guide to Your Child's Stressed, Depressed, Expanded, Amazing Adolescence. John Duffy, $25.95

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions: DBT Skills to Help Your Teen Navigate Emotional & Behavioral Challenges. Pat Harvey & Brit Rathbone, $25.95

Parenting the Teenage Brain: Understanding a Work in Progress. Sheryl Feinstein, $31.00

Parenting a Troubled Teen: Manage Conflict & Deal with Intense Emotions Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Patricia Zurita Ona, $24.95

Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & the New Realities of Girl World, 3rd Edition. Rosalind Wiseman, $22.99

Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations, and Protection with Trust. Kenneth Ginsburg, with Ilana Ginsburg & Talia Ginsburg, $22.99

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. Mary Pipher & Sara Pipher Gilliam, $23.00

Saving for School: Understand RESPs, Take Control of Your Savings, Minimize Student Debt. Gail Vaz-Oxlade, $7.99

Say This Not That to Your Teenage Daughter: the Pocket Guide to Everyday Conversations. Ilana Kukoff & Jessica Yuppa Huddy, $17.99

Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Teen: Eliminating Conflict by Establishing Clear, Firm, and Respectful Boundaries. Robert Mackenzie, $19.00

Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying, Revised Edition. Michael Riera, $22.49

Teen Speak: a How-To Guide for Real Talks with Teens about Sex, Drugs, and other Risky Behaviors. Jennifer Salerno, $27.95

The Teenage Brain: a Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. Frances Jensen, with Amy Ellis Nutt, $18.99

To Change a Mind: Parenting to Promote Maturity in Teenagers. John McKinnon, $32.95

Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive. Michael Ungar, $22.99

Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines. Nic Sheff, $19.99

The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens: Strategies for Unlocking Your Child's Full Potential. Douglas Haddad, $24.95

Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers, 3rd Edition. Michael Riera, $21.99

Understanding Teenage Anxiety: a Parent's Guide to Improving Your Teen's Mental Health. Jennifer Browne, with Cody Buchanan, $24.99

The Unofficial Guide to Therapeutic Parenting: the Teen Years. Sally Donovan, $29.95

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls though the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood. Lisa Damour, $22.00

Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen. Wendy Mogel, $23.00

What If I Were a Parent? Raising the Right Questions to Build Mental Health. Mondy Stevenson, $17.00

What It Takes to Pull Me Through. David Marcus, $27.99

What’s Wrong with My Kid? When Drugs or Alcohol Might Be a Problem and What to Do about It. George Leary, $17.50

When No One Understands: Letters to a Teenager on Life, Loss and the Hard Road to Adulthood. Brad Sachs, $23.95

When Things Get Crazy with Your Teen: the Why, the How and What to Do Now. Michael Bradley, $39.95

Wise Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens & Teens. Laura Kastner, $20.95

Young People in Love and in Hate. Nick Luxmoore, $26.99

Your Defiant Teen: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship, 2nd Edition. Russell Barkley & Arthur Robin, $24.50

You're Ruining My Life! Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting. Jennifer Kolari, $21.00

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