Parenting Through the Teen Years – Understanding that Helps

Parenting is a challenge.  Each stage requires something different. As soon as you think you have this parenting gig down, the next stage comes along and you start to ask, “Am I doing this right?” Because there is so much change happening during the teen years, it can be particularly difficult. To help parents of adolescents, there are currently three books we are highly recommending.

  • You and Your Adolescent: The Essential Guide for Ages 10-25  Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D

 This book is reminiscent of the “What to Expect When You Are Expecting” and “What to Expect the First Year” style of writing. Only this book looks at adolescent development and walks you through what is happening physically, behaviors you can normally expect to see during each stage of development and offers suggestions for how to best support your adolescent through all of it.

  • The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to raising Adolescents and Young Adults Frances Jensen, MD, with Emily Ellis Nutt

This book takes a look at what is happening developmentally in the brain and is presented in an interesting and practical way. It is filled with scientifically backed insights on how learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction and decision making are different for those going through Adolescence.

  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain Dr. Daniel Siegel

This book helps to reinforce the new messaging that we are working to get out to teens through the UNSTOPPABLE campaign. It provides insights into the brain development taking place during the teen years and helps dispel some common myths about adolescence.

All three of these books can be found at the Bloomington Public Library. The kind people there said they are happy to help you find them and you don’t even have to live in Bloomington to take advantage of their book offerings. All you need is an active library card at another library to check out books there. And, in case you didn’t know, any library can gain access to the books at the Bloomington Public Library through the inter-library loan program and have them sent over to your home library for easy pick up


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