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7 Things Your Teenager Won't Tell You

And How to Talk about Them Anyway

Jenifer Lippincott, Robin Deutsch

With straight talk to parents about talking to teens to help them stay safe, this groundbreaking book offers effective conversational strategies designed to avoid the dead-ends and pitfalls that plague most parent-teen interactions.

21x13cm  272 pages  $25.00  

Adolescent Brain

Reaching for Autonomy

Robert Sylwester

Easy-to-understand theories and nontechnical language help educators and parents understand how the teenage brain thinks, feels, learns, and changes on its journey to adulthood.

23x15cm  157 pages  $50.00  

Bold Parents, Positive Teens

Loving and Guiding Your Child Through the Challenges of Adolescence

Karen Dockrey

In "Bold Parents, Positive Teens, " the author separates popular myth from spiritual reality, showing parents how to love and guide their teenagers while addressing their greatest needs. This invaluable guidebook focuses on ten of the greatest challenges faced by teenagers today.

224 pages  $36.95  


The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Daniel Siegel

Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important and often 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 affects teenagers’ behaviour 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.

24x16cm  320 pages  $33.00  

Curse of the Good Girl

Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence

Rachel Simmons

Argues that in lionizing the Good Girl we are teaching girls to embrace a version of selfhood that sharply curtails their power and potential. Unerringly nice, polite, modest, and selfless, the Good Girl is a paradigm so narrowly defined that it's unachievable. When girls inevitably fail to live up-experiencing conflicts with peers, making mistakes in the classroom or on the playing field-they are paralyzed by self-criticism, stunting the growth of vital skills and habits. Simmons traces the poisonous impact of Good Girl pressure on development and provides a strategy to reverse the tide.
Looking to the stories shared by the women and girls who attend her workshops, Simmons shows that Good Girl pressure from parents, teachers, coaches, media, and peers erects a psychological glass ceiling that begins to enforce its confines in girlhood and extends across the female lifespan. The curse of the Good Girl erodes girls' ability to know, express, and manage a complete range of feelings. It expects girls to be selfless, limiting the expression of their needs. It requires modesty, depriving the permission to articulate their strengths and goals. It diminishes assertive body language, quieting voices and weakening handshakes. It touches all areas of girls' lives and follows many into adulthood, limiting their personal and professional potential. Since the popularization of the Ophelia phenomenon, we have lamented the loss of self-esteem in adolescent girls, recognizing that while the doors of opportunity are open, many girls lack the confidence to walk through them. Simmons provides a catalog of tangible lessons in bolstering the self and silencing the curse of the Good Girl.

24x16cm  304 pages  $38.00  

Defiant Teens

A Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Family Intervention

Gwenyth H Edwards and Arthur L Robin and Russell A Barkley

This book is designed to teach parents the skills they need to manage difficult adolescent behavior and to improve family relationship overall. Clinicians are shows how to help all family members learn to negotiate, communicate, and problem-solve effectively.

28x23cm  250 pages  $54.95  

Drugs and Your Teen

All You Need to Know about Drugs to Protect Your Loved Ones

Gianni Devincenti Hayes, Michael Talley Jr

"Drugs and Your Teen" offers a quick, easy-to-read, comprehensive guide that provides answers-all the information you need to know for dealing with your kids and drugs. It offers step-by-step instructions in determining whether your child is experimenting, using, or abusing legal and illegal substances, including prescription medications, inhalants, alcohol, and street drugs. You'll review symptoms of use and addiction, and be able to identify pushers and dealers, as well as what sources and what risk factors could pull your child into the "addiction hell." You'll also begin to understand the stages of manipulation and abuse your child may be going through.

15x23cm  384 pages  $66.95  

Early Adolescence: Understanding the 10 to 15 Year Old

2nd ed

Gail Caissy

A comprehensive and practical guide to the important areas of development-biological, physical, emotional, intellectual, social, psychological, and sexual-taking place during the early adolescent years and what concerned parents can do to help their ten-to-fifteen year old get through this time of drastic upheaval.

20x13cm  280 pages  $42.00  

Five Love Languages of Teenagers

Gary Chapman

Just like adults, teenagers desperately need to feel that they are loved. yet communicating this truth to our kids can be challenging, since people naturally give and receive love in distinct - and often conflicting - ways. this book will teach you new insights into how and why teens need to be loved differently from pre-teens, what's at the root of much teenage misbehaviour and what you can do about it, how to stem the rising tide of violence, immorality and despair engulfing many teens today and insights on the special challenges of single parenting and blended families. Of course the book addresses how to speak your teenager's primary love language - quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, physical touch, acts of service.

23x14cm  259 pages  $28.00  


The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens

Kelly Huegel

This book addresses the most critical issues faced by contemporary GLBTQ teens: coming out, safer sex, reconciling faith with sexual identity, dating, bullying, transgender identity, legal complexities, and military service. The author does a nice job of treating all intended audience members equally, with scenarios and information for transgender or possibly transgender individuals interspersed throughout. Questioning teens are also addressed frequently and their situations are presented in a way that does not minimize their significance.

23x16cm  240 pages  $29.95  

Good Enough Teen

Raising Adolescents with Love and Acceptance (Despite How Impossible They Can Be)

Brad Sachs

The ages twelve to eighteen are often the most challenging and trying years for adolescents--and their parents. No other phase of life is characterized by so much physical and psychological change happening so quickly. And frequently the child parents had loved and understood becomes a teenager they hardly recognize--the child who loved music grows into a teen who wants to play video games rather than the piano; or the little girl who loved dolls becomes a teen who loves staying out with her older, rebellious boyfriend. The Good Enough Teen, however, shows you how to see your child's evolution as a window of opportunity--for you, for your child, and for your entire family. Rather than having you brace for your offspring's adolescence with your eyes shut and your jaw clenched, this book will help you to understand the invisible transformation teens are experiencing, as well as the ways in which your own adolescence intimately influences this understanding. You will find yourself better able to see even your child's most exasperating behaviours as steps in his or her striving towards maturity, rather than chronic problems or mean-spirited efforts designed to make you miserable.

20x14cm  330 pages  $24.00  

Helping Your Troubled Teen

Learn to Recognize, Understand, and Address the Destructive Behavior of Today's Teens

Cynthia Kaplan, Blaise Aquirre, Michael Rater

Destructive trends among today's youth are growing, making life very different from when their parents were growing up. The primary four self-destructive behaviors in adolescence today are excessive alcohol and substance abuse, promiscuity, self mutilation (ie: cutting and burning), and eating disorders. These will be covered in detail, along with other issues like Internet addiction and suicide. These problems are not only detrimental to teens' mental and physical health, but the legal consequences for injurious behavior have also changed. Identification and prevention are the most important aspects in stopping teenage self-destructive behavior. This book offers a comprehensive look at teens self destructive behavior and gives parents solutions for dealing with it.

23x17cm  296 pages  $29.95  

How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do If You Can't

Neil Bernstein

A clinical psychologist helps teens and parents navigate the difficult teenage years. He presents the various problems likely to arise and how to best cope with them.

23x15cm  518 pages  $25.00  

How to Really Love Your Teen

Ross Campbell

In this best-selling book, Dr. Campbell helps parents understanding the delicate dance between parents and their emerging teenagers. Learn how to create a solid, balanced approach for relating to your teen, how to communicate unconditional love, how to handle teenage anger, as well as your own, and how to help your teenager grow spiritually and intellectually.

22x14cm  144 pages  $19.50  

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk

Adele Faber , Elaine Mazlish

Filled with straightforward advice and written in their trademark, down-to-earth, accessible 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.

24x16cm  203 pages  $33.00  

I'd Listen to My Parents If They'd Just Shut Up

What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens

Anthony Wolf

Adolescents today are more likely to challenge their parents' authority because parents are less punitive with their children than in generations past. While most parents wouldn't want a return to harsh punishment or the potential of teaching children by aggressive example, they can't tolerate the sassiness of their teens. Child psychologist Wolf offers a broad perspective on adolescence and parenting in the digital age. He begins with an overview of child development and human psychology as it applies to adults and children, and how we all challenge what we consider to be impositions.

384 pages  $22.95  

Into Adulthood

A parents guide to life with an 18 to 25-year-old student

Dr Jean Edwards and Jenny English

Helps parents understand and deal with the stages that their children go through after finishing school and moving into post-secondary study. The authors, counsellors at two Melbourne universities, work daily with problems faced by students and know well the stresses associated with the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
Looks at the emotional and behavioural responses of students and parents to these changes. Many issues arise relating to separation from families and growing independence as the students struggle with questions such as 'Who am I? What do I believe in? What are my abilities? Am I gay or straight? What direction do I want my life to take?' and so on. Also examine the parentĐchild communication process with particular reference to 'difficult' subjects like drug and alcohol use/abuse and mental health issues.

22x14cm  181 pages  $24.95  

Parenting a Teen Girl

A Crash Course on Conflict, Communication and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter

Lucie Hemmen

It's not easy to be a teen girl, and it's definitely not easy parenting one. This book is a guide for busy parents who want bottom-line information and tips that make sense--and work. It also offers scripts to improve communication, and exercises to navigate stressful interactions with skill and compassion. Whether your teen girl is struggling with academic pressure, social difficulties, physical self-care, or technology overload, this book offers practical advice to help you connect with your teen girl. Parents and teens alike can enjoy a positive connection once common parent-teen pitfalls are replaced with solid understanding and strategies that work. In this book, you will learn how to: Maximize your teen's healthy development, understand what underlies her moods and behavior, implement strategies for positive results, communicate effectively about difficult issues, enjoy and appreciate time with your teen daughter.

25x20cm  192 pages  $26.95  

Parenting Teens with Love & Logic

Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood

Foster Cline & Jim Fay

Presenting a unique approach to dealing with the turmoil of adolescence, the authors recognize that teens learn best when they're allowed to make choices and learn from the consequences. The trick is in setting up choices so the consequences are constructive.

24x16cm  317 pages  $37.50  

Parenting Your Out-Of-Control Teenager

7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love

Scott P. Sells

Every teenager rebels against authority at some point--talks back, breaks curfew, or disobeys. But literally millions of teens take their rebellion to a point where it disrupts their families and endangers their own futures or even their lives. If one of these teens is yours, you've probably lived through years of conflicting advice and pat solutions that don't last. Finally, this breakthrough guide from a master therapist will show you the seven steps to positive, permanent change for you and your teenager: 1. Learn the real reasons for teen misbehavior. 2. Make an ironclad contract to stop that behavior. 3. Troubleshoot future problems. 4. End button-pushing. 5. Stop the "seven aces" -- from disrespect to threats of violence. 6. Mobilize outside help. 7. Reclaim lost love within the family. Clear, compassionate, and packed with real-life solutions to real-life problems, this book gives parents the tools they need to turn their families' lives around for good.

14x22cm  368 pages  $30.00  

Preparing for Adolescence

How to Survive the Coming Years of Change

James Dobson

What do you say to an adolescent who's getting ready to enter those turbulent teenage years? Dr. James Dobson, knows how to speak directly and sincerely to today's adolescents about the topics that trouble them most. Topics include avoiding feelings of inferiority, handling peer pressure, drug abuse, puberty, sexual development, menstruation, masturbation, romantic love, overcoming discouragement, sound decision-making and handling independence.

22x14cm  163 pages  $26.00  

Six Steps to an Emotionally Intelligent Teenager

Teaching Social Skills to Your Teen

James Windell

Helping teenagers navigate the rocky years between childhood and adulthood has always been a parenting challenge— a challenge that has only grown more difficult in today's fast-paced society. Noted parenting author and psychologist James Windell knows teens. He interacts with them every day. In this book, he offers exercises and practical ideas on how parents can raise a well-adjusted teenager with a solid chance for a successful life. Unlike so many books on parenting and teens that focus on discipline, this book emphasizes the importance of goal-setting, communication, and the development of social skills during the teen years. It reveals how to develop teens' emotional intelligence by demonstrating to them how they can handle their own emotions and respond constructively to the emotions of others.

14x22cm  213 pages  $40.00  

Surfing the Internet Safely

A Guide for Teens and Adults

Whitney Hankison

Internet Guidance for youth and adults! Easy to read with great practice lessons, this book guides youth and adults into being able to find the information they need while doing so safely. With many pictures and detailed explanations readers will have fun while learning a skill that will last their whole lives.

23x15cm  84 pages  $32.00  

Surviving Adolescents

The must-have manual for all parents

Michael Carr-Gregg

Young people today enter puberty earlier than ever before and leave home later. The good news is that teenagers aren't impossible to live with, especially if parents adopt the common-sense strategies set out in this book. Surviving Adolescents is a clear and very down-to-earth manual, with advice on all the thorny issues that confront families with teenagers - sexuality, risky behaviours, laziness, school and study problems, and much more. And it is full of practical tips for everyday survival, including: communicating effectively with young people defusing family conflict setting limits keeping the stress of parenting at bay avoiding common mistakes like fighting over things that don't matter.

14x16cm  159 pages  $19.95  

Teen Grief Relief

Parenting with Understanding, Support and Guidance

Heidi Horsley, Gloria Horsley

Help Your Teen Grieve in a Healthy Way. Teenage grief is hard, lonely and painful. Parents want to know: How can I help? Teen Grief Relief provides both parents and teens with the help they need. Shared here are teen stories, feelings, techniques, references and resources for use in not only surviving but thriving after the painful loss of a family member or close personal friend. The journey can be hard and sad, but Teen Grief Relief can be a welcome and comforting companion.

21x14cm  87 pages  $27.00  

Teen Stages

How to guide the journey to adulthood

Ken and Elizabeth Mellor

Shock, horror teenagers actually want to be controlled and have their parents involved in their lives! According to parent educators Ken and Elizabeth Mellor, parents need to stay involved, not "step back", as their children become teenagers because teenagers in the early to middle teen years actually want ongoing guidance, despite appearances! As well as parental involvement, teenagers need attention to safety, clear expectations and limits, and for their parents to understand what is happening. Among the Mellors'other key points are:

•teenagers grow through six very different developmental stages that mirror earlier phases in their lives from infancy on
•each stage requires specific responses from parents that rarely work for the other stages
•teenagers need lots of time and attention in the early to middle years, particularly if they "slip back" to more infantile behaviour
•parents need to be aware of the more grown-up aspects of their teenagers' development so they can encourage this, even in the face of their children's emotional immaturity
•parents and teachers need to read any signs of trouble in a teenager correctly and the Mellors include a chart, the Rainbow Alert Scale, to help with this important task.

24x16cm  214 pages  $26.95  

Teen Years Explained

A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development

Clea McNeely, Jayne Blanchard

By understanding the developmental stages and changes of adolescence, both teens and adults can get the most out of this second decade of life. In plain English, this guide incorporates the latest scientific findings about physical, emotional, cognitive, identity formation, sexual and spiritual development with tips and strategies on how to use this information in real-life situations involving teens. Whether you have five minutes or five hours, you will find something useful in this book. This practical and colorful guide to healthy adolescent development is an essential resource for parents, teens, and all people who work with young people.

28x21cm  103 pages  $36.95  

Treating the Tough Adolescent

A Family-Based, Step-By-Step Guide

Scott Sells

This book illuminates the causes of severe adolescent behavioral problems and presents a research-based, 15-step model for helping families bring about meaningful change. Incorporating structural and strategic principles, the author's cohesive approach focuses on setting clear rules and consequences; changing the mood and direction of confrontations; neutralizing such problem behaviors as disrespect, truancy, running away, violence, and threats of suicide; and restoring positive, nurturing family relationships. Special treatment issues covered include adolescent substance abuse and managing problems that arise in single-parent and divorced families, as well as ways to collaborate effectively with outside systems. Featuring a wealth of illustrative case examples, this is an indispensable clinical guidebook and text.

23x16cm  320 pages  $79.00  

When Parents Ask for Help

Everyday Issues Through an Asset-Building Lens
Handouts for People Raising Adolescents

Howard Renie

With reproducible articles that speak directly to parents and caregivers about the dilemmas ADOLESCENTS face, this collection reframes issues from an asset-based point of view to give parents plenty of encouragement, hope, and practical ideas.
Everyday issues include curfews, homework, chores, dating, grades, body image, conflicts, risky activities, jobs and fights.
As a professional working with the parents of teenagers here is the opportunity to help them do more than just solve problems, you can help them build "developmental assets" - the qualities, values, and skills all children need to succeed.

27x21cm  144 pages  $53.95  

When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends

Resolving the Most Complicated Relationship of Your Life

Victoria Secunda

This, the first book ever to say that mother is not always a girl's best friend, is based on a landmark study of the mother-daughter relationships. Secunda offers breakthrough advice on understanding, and improving, what could be a woman's most critical relationship.

16x24cm  432 pages  $32.00  

Why Do They Act That Way?

A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen, 10th anniversary revised edition

David Allen Walsh

This popular, practical guide by an expert author and media favorite presents new scientific evidence on the physical changes to the teen brain and detailed advice that parents and teachers can use to protect, educate, and guide adolescents.

21x14cm  288 pages  $28.00  

Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!

Loving your kid without losing your mind

Michael Bradley

Here is the book that updates the rulebook, giving parents the training and skills they need to transform their teenage children into strong, confident, productive adults. It incorporates recent research on teen brain development with practical, sound advice for parents in a humorous and informed way.

Bradley, a psychologist drawing on current brain research, argues that teenagers are basically nuts. While 95 percent of the brain develops in early childhood, the most advanced parts aren't completed until adolescence is nearly over. As a result, teens can appear unstable, dysfunctional and unpredictable, with temporarily impaired judgment and decision-making processes. In addition, Bradley argues, contemporary culture further challenges teens' thinking capabilities; the prevalence of sex, drugs and violence makes the teen's job of cognitive balancing even more precarious. The good news is that parents do make a difference, and Bradley clearly explains how parents can encourage and guide their kids through these tumultuous years. Stressing that teens are still "children," Bradley encourages parents to respond like "dispassionate cops," teaching and remaining calm even when teens behave outrageously. While Bradley's prose--which he admits might be shocking and offensive at times--may be initially off-putting to some, the book is compelling, lively and realistic. Using crisp, believable anecdotes that are alternately poignant and hysterically funny (while avoiding generic examples, jargon or psychobabble), Bradley homes in on real-life scenarios, showing parents, for instance, how to respond when their teen is "raging," and how to set curfews and limits. Bradley draws a vivid picture of what the teen is going through, and gives parents the tools to tackle contemporary issues together. This book is an invaluable parachute to parents diving into the teen years.

23x15cm  332 pages  $27.95