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Below is a collection of books about parenting teenagers. Most of these have been read and recommended by The Kids Are All Right or our members.

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Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs - Paul DillonTeenagers, Alcohol and Drugs | Paul Dillon

When is the right time to start talking to my kids about drugs? How can I reduce the influence of peer pressure? How should I introduce alcohol to my child? How can I make sure that a party I hold for my teenager doesn’t get out of control? Can you really overdose on alcohol? Is cannabis really 30 times stronger than it used to be? A respected front-line campaigner answers the real and most commonly asked questions about alcohol and drugs.

Reviewer’s note: A very pragmatic and realistic take on what it’s like for kids today dealing with alcohol and drugs. I found this incredibly helpful and a fascinating read. (Rachel)

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Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls and How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It | Robyn Silverman

Based on Dr Robyn Silverman’s groundbreaking research at Tufts University, and filled with searingly honest young voices, “Good Girls Don’t Get Fat”:

  • Decodes the ripple effects of actions that damage our girls—and provides tools to help stop them
  • Shines light on the positive influence of women who embrace body types of any size—and explains how to model the right behavior
  • Shows how girls, whatever their size, can own their strengths, trust their power and accomplish amazing things

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Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind WisemanQueen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World | Rosalind Wiseman

When Rosalind Wiseman first published Queen Bees & Wannabes, she fundamentally changed the way adults look at girls’ friendships and conflicts-from how they choose their best friends, how they express their anger, their boundaries with boys, and their relationships with parents. Wiseman showed how girls of every background are profoundly influenced by their interactions with one another. Now, Wiseman has revised and updated her groundbreaking book for a new generation of girls.

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Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman

Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Your Son Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World | Rosalind Wiseman

Wiseman’s new book (released 2013) shows what’s really happening in boys’ lives. It creates a new language and analytical framework to understand the power of boys’ social hierarchies and how these influence their decision-making and emotional well-being. Wiseman’s hard-hitting challenge to parents and educators establishes a road map to reach boys and help them to grow into the best brothers, friends, students, athletes, boyfriends, and sons they can be.

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I Just Want You to be Happy | Paperback, 2009 | Bruce J. Tonge, Leanne Rowe and David L. Bennett

I Just Want You to be Happy | Bruce J. Tonge, Leanne Rowe and David L. Bennett

I Just Want You To Be Happy describes the factors contributing to increasing depression in young people and why our search for constant happiness is setting our children up for problems. It is important for parents to know that depression can be prevented and treated. An invaluable contact list of mental health organisations, support groups and websites is included.

Reviewer’s note: This book is an excellent read even if your child does not have depression. It gave me some great understanding of teenage behaviour. (Rachel)

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He’ll be OK - Celia LashlieHe’ll be OK | Celia Lashlie

Adolescent boys – they seem to disappear into another world where they barely communicate, and where fast cars, alcohol and drugs are constant temptations. Will they survive to become good men? After years working in the prison service Celia Lashlie knows what can happen when boys make the wrong choices. This funny, honest, no-nonsense book  reveals what goes on inside the world of boys, and that it is an entirely different world from that of girls. Celia offers parents practical and reassuring advice on raising their boys to become good, loving, articulate men.

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Yes Your Teen Is Crazy - Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your MindYes, Your Teen Is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind | Michael J. Bradley

An indispensable how-to manual for parents raising teenagers in today’s crazy world. The fear-based techniques of the past no longer work, says the author, who advocates an entirely new approach for parenting the echo boomer generation.

Reviewer’s note: I can’t recommend it enough, although I found it very challenging having to confront my ideas of parenting teens in times of conflict. I’ve tried out some of the responses and to my surprise they work! (Cammeray mum)

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Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters | Joann Deak

JoAnn Deak looks past the ‘scare’ stories to those that enlighten parents and enable them to empower girls. She draws from the latest brain research on girls to illustrate the exciting new ways in which we can help our daughters learn and thrive. Most telling of all, she gives us the voices of girls themselves as they struggle with body image, self-esteem, intellectual growth, peer pressure, and media messages. The result is a masterly book that addresses the key issues for girls growing up; one that fulfills a desperate need for clear guiding principles to help mothers, fathers, and their daughters navigate this chaotic contemporary culture.

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Don’t Peak at High School:From Bullied to A-List - Fiona Scott-Norman
Don’t Peak at High School: From Bullied to A-List | Fiona Scott-Norman

In her book Don’t Peak at High School, writer and comedian Fiona Scott-Norman, herself bullied in high school, has collected the stories of people like writer and ex-Triple J host Marieke Hardy, actor/director/playwright Brendan Cowell and writer/performer Charlie Pickering. These and others were, for a time, the outcasts at school.  This book is a serious shot of inspiration for the teenager who has found themselves at the bottom of the social barrel.

Reviewer’s note: I can’t recommend this book enough, even for kids who might not be bullied but perhaps just feel a bit like an outsider. It may help to know that some of Australia’s most successful and creative individuals felt the same way.

Read excerpt: Musician Megan Washington writes about her hellish high school years.

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What Teenage Girls Don’t Tell Their Parents - Michelle Mitchell
What Teenage Girls Don’t Tell Their Parents | Michelle Mitchell

Michelle Mitchell has spent the past 10 years day-in, day-out, listening and talking with teenage girls about their lives, loves, hates and hopes. In this book she reveals that its what your daughter isn’t telling you rather than what she does tell you that matters the most. Featuring an engaging and fresh voice, this book is full of straightforward advice in a complicated world. Its honesty, reality and practicality is ably illustrated by the many real anecdotes from teenagers themselves about their hectic everyday lives.

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