And oh, I almost forgot: developing a foundation for critical thinking skills before the sensitive brain development window closes at the end of adolescence.
This last challenge is, in my opinion, the most difficult and momentous thing that happens to a teenager. Several parenting authors have addressed this factor, and none of them knows the science better and gives better advice on a range of issues than David Walsh. He is the man.
Parents really need to get the big picture, and they need to know how to guide a teen with firmness and respect while he or she learns how the world works. No one does this better than John Rosemond. With detailed example scenarios and on-target Q&A, he clarifies how to apply the principles of appropriate consequences with a teenager.
If you're a parent who wants solid advice about raising a teen, these two books are probably all you need. And no, I'm not affiliated with or receive compensation from the authors, the publishers or booksellers. Just buy them and read them and do what they say.
Books you can give to your teens...
Conversations with the Wise Aunt (for girls)
Conversations with the Wise Uncle (for boys)
Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2011. Building Personal Strength .