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12-01-2007, 10:01 AM #1
parenting teens books
My son will be 13 soon and starting some "teen behavior". Thought I
would get some help at the bookstore, but there were tons of books on
this subject. Does anyone have any favorites? Thanks.
12-01-2007, 10:04 AM #2
My son is 12. Go with your instinct. Give them enough rope to either tie themselves with it or shine. See what they do.
With my son, he is fairly responsible as far as not doing stupid things, but not responsible enough to let me know where he is always (he is also ADHD so that plays a part in his actions).
Be their parent, but not their buddy. Let them know you will be there for them, but you do have boundaries.
I do hope he has some books on adolescence and the changes his body will have. Those are the only ones I have for my son - not ant parenting. They are graphic, but in cartoons (as in Dilbert-like and as opposed to actual photographs) for the changes the body will go through for both boys and girls.
12-01-2007, 10:06 AM #3
Dr. Dobson is wonderful on family matters. He is a christian author. The one book I read was "Bringing up boys". It helped me understand boys life and development. From childhood, puberty, sexuality ,education etc.
12-01-2007, 10:13 AM #4
Although my son is only 10 years old, I already have some books in mind
for him when the time is right. I would first urge you to read the
books completely yourself before giving them to your son. If he is the
shy/private type (like my son!), perhaps just a post-it note on the
book, letting him know it's from you and that you are available if he
has questions or wants to talk, so that he's not embarassed.
I would recommend anything by Michael Gurian. A good starter might
be "The Good Son: Shaping the Moral Development of Our Boys and Young
Men", but he has several books that would all be helpful. Mr. Gurian
even has a book which recommends other books as well as movies for
morally shaping our young men.
Although my daughter is a bit young for this right now (she's only 7),
she will be getting "The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for
Girls" (American Girls Library) when the time is appropriate. I've
found a few books that are similar to this for boys:
"What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: The New Growing-Up Guide
for Parents and Sons"
by Lynda Madaras, Area Madaras (Introduction), Dane Saavedra, Simon
Sullivan (Illustrator), Jackie Aher (Illustrator), Martin Anderson
"What's Going on Down There?: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to
by Karen Gravelle, Nick Castro, Chava Castro, Robert Leighton
You might want to consider going onto Amazon.com to do some research on
books. I find that Amazon.com is a helpful tool, even if I don't
purchase the books from their site. They have publisher's notes, user
reviews and sometimes you can even look inside the book. If you are
frugal (and who in this group isn't?) then Amazon.com is great because
you can purchase used books, sometimes for as little as a penny. (I
bought lots of Christmas presents on Amazon.com last year for that very
Hope this info helps!