They always say that parenting doesn’t come with a manual, but no time in your parenting career do you wish for a manual than in the teenage years. Thankfully, we’ve found the books that come pretty close to a manual to make your job easier. These are the best parenting books about teenagers that you must read in order to survive these trying times

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Parenting a teenager isn’t always a walk in a park, sometimes it’s more like a crawl through a minefield. They can be tough to handle at times and it can be easy to let the problems and attitude get on top of us. One of the best forms of defense though is knowledge, and what better way to impart some knowledge on yourself that with books? We’ve found 25 parenting books for parents of teenagers that can teach you a thing or two about this mighty responsibility of ours.

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Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into...
  • Untangled Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood
  • Lisa Damour Ph.D.
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

This book looks specifically at the mystery of raising teenage girls, so it’s a must-have for anyone that falls into that category. By looking at not everything that occurs in our child’s life as a crisis and more of a snag in the road, we can make parenting easier for ourselves, as is the premise of this book.

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Queen Bees and Wannabes, 3rd Edition: Helping Your Daughter Survive...
  • Queen Bees and Wannabes 3rd Edition Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques Gossip Boys and the New Realities of Girl...
  • Rosalind Wiseman
  • Publisher: Harmony

If the name of this fictional book sounds familiar to you, you’re not wrong, as this was where the wildly popular Mean Girls film got its story. This is the more modern version that’s been updated to suit our times, but it will give you a fantastic insight into the lives of teenagers.

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The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising...
  • HarperCollins
  • Frances E Jensen, Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

Those looking for a book that can be read by both them and their teen, this is the one. This book discusses how the teenage brain works, why it’s more likely to take risks, and how it deals with powerful emotions. After one read you’ll see that you and your kid aren’t that different from everyone else, no matter how isolated you feel.

Sex, Likes and Social Media: Talking to our teens in the digital age
  • Deana Puccio, Allison Havey
  • Ebury Digital
  • Kindle Edition

They’re the hot topics that plague most teens these days and ones that can be particularly worrying for parents. Sex, Likes, and Social Media takes a look at the digital age and how it’s impacted our teens. The subjects include everything from college life to porn, and how all of these new digital landscapes are affecting the way our kids grow up. 

Divas & Door Slammers: The Secret to Having a Better Behaved Teenager
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  • Charlie Taylor
  • Publisher: Vermilion

If you’ve got a couple of divas and door slammers in your house, you’ve found the right book. Written by a behavioral expert, this book tries to help parents navigate through life with those unruly teens who like tantrums and acting out. Strategies that you can use and information you can relate to are what you’ll find in this essential guide.

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How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Adele Faber
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

This is part of a wider series of How to Talk Books and one that targets communication with teens specifically. How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and How to Listen So Teens Will Talk shows you everything you need to know about getting (and keeping) the lines of communication open with your not-so-forthcoming teenagers. 

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
  • A national bestseller, Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to teens...
  • This ultimate teenage success book provides a step-by-step guide to helps teens improve their self-image, build...
  • Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging

Following on from the success of the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, Sean Covey’s son has penned this book for the younger crowd. This is a guide for teens that won’t sound like a lecture or boring instructions that their parents give them, and it will allow them to take some more control in their lives. 

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Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
  • HARPER
  • Peggy Orenstein
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

The modern world of sex can be a scary place to send your teen into, and sometimes more for the parents of girls. Girls and Sex has a number of interviews with experts and psychologists about dealing with this tumultuous time and how to give your daughter the best information to allow her to make the right choices in life. 

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How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and...
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  • Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

It’s ultimately the goal we’re all trying to achieve, and Julie Lythcott-Haims makes it easy in her guide How to Raise An Adult. This book urges parents to break free of their possessive, overparenting styles and give their kids some room to make their own choices, right or wrong.

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The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable,...
  • The Me Me Me Epidemic A Step By Step Guide to Raising Capable Grateful Kids in an Over Entitled World
  • Amy McCready
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee

If you get the feeling that your kids are coming off a little too entitled, this might be the guide for you. The Me, Me, Me Epidemic looks at the recent trend sweeping the nation of the teens and young people who believe the world revolves around them. Teach them productive attitudes that they can take into adulthood and hope that they actually stick. 

The title might be enough to make you buy it, and Dr. Kevin Leman promises to deliver on it. This is a New York Times’ Bestseller so you know it has to be good! Leman shows parents the common complexities that we face raising teenagers and realistic strategies that you can try to fix them. 

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When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown...
  • Collins Living
  • Joshua Coleman
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

This book has been made for the parents of teens and older adult children who simply can’t get along anymore. Your child might be angry about something that happened in the past or just acting distant. When Parents Hurt shows you what you can do about it without being able to control the actions and thoughts of your child. 

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Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
  • Tarcher
  • Daniel J. Siegel MD
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee

The best way to understand teenagers is to understand how their brains work, and reading Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain can do just that. Daniel J Siegel shows parents how to turn this potentially troubling time in parenthood into something rewarding and pleasant. Using real facts and scientific data, you can get a good look inside their heads to see why they act the way they do. 

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The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure And Material Advantage...
  • Harper Paperbacks
  • Madeline Levine
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial

A book aimed at the children of more affluent families, The Price of Privilege shows you how to help your child succeed and do their best without expecting to be given everything. This book won’t be suited to all parents but for those raising their kids with more privilege than others, it’s an essential one to read, as it’s believed that these children may experience more intense mental health problems.

If you’re getting ready to send your teen off to college and have no idea where to begin, you’ll want to dive head first into this book. The Neurotic Parent’s Guide to College Admissions: Strategies For Helicoptering, Hot-Housing,  and Micro-Managing does everything the title promises. It’s ridiculously funny and will help you take a look at your own actions too, as well as giving you genuine advice on how to give your kid the best start in college. 

When Good Kids Do Bad Things - A Survival Guide for Parents of...
  • Katherine Gordy Levine
  • MetaPlume Corporation
  • Kindle Edition

Most of the time when our teens do something wrong, we know deep down that they didn’t mean to do it. When Good Kids Do Bad Things looks at this phenomenon and why teenagers might do the things they do. It deals with serious subjects like suicidal depression and issues like shoplifting, drugs and alcohol use, and toxic relationships. If nothing else, this book will show you that you and your teen are not alone in your struggles. 

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Raising Resilient Children : Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in...
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  • Robert Brooks, Sam Goldstein
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

Kids can be pretty darn resilient on their own, but as parents, we want to send them into the world being as strong and hopeful as they possibly can be. Robert B. Brooks draws on expertise from a number of child psychologists to give you real advice you can use, and some insight into what your teen might be going through. You’ll find practical terms and easy to follow guidance about raising a strong and optimistic adult.

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I would, but my DAMN MIND won't let me!: a teen's guide to controlling...
  • Jacqui Letran
  • Publisher: Healed Mind, LLC, A
  • Edition no. 2 (09/29/2016)

Ask any teenager and they’ll tell you that life is pretty unfair. I Would But My Damn Mind Won’t Let Me is the perfect book for teens who suffer from this affliction and is a non-fiction book for both kids and adults. Written by other young adults, it’s easily accessible to them and will give them real-life advice about simple steps to overcome everyday challenges that teenagers face. 

As parents, we’re all guilty of losing our cool from time to time, and then likely feeling a huge amount of guilt afterward. Getting to Calm will show you strategies you can use to stay focused and collected when dealing with your teenager when all you want to do is scream back at them. 

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Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence
  • Eamon Dolan Mariner Books
  • Laurence Steinberg
  • Publisher: Mariner Books

This book draws on current data and information to give you an insight into the scientific side of teenagers and adolescence. If you’ve wondered why these teenage years are so critical and what you can do to make your kids happy and successful in their adult years, Age of Opportunity is a must read. Written by an expert in the field of adolescence, this guide will teach you about the importance of self-control and self-regulation.

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Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall:...
  • Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Anthony E. Wolf
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

You’ve probably heard your own version of the title of this book at one point or another, which shows you that Anthony E Wolf knows what he’s talking about. A book about all of the basic issues which parents face raising teenagers, all handled with impeccable wit and a writing style that will draw you in from the beginning. 

Staying Connected To Your Teenager: How To Keep Them Talking To You...
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  • Michael Riera
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books

Often times as parents we can feel as though we’re losing touch with our teenagers, and it’s undoubtedly one of the hardest times of all. Staying Connected To Your Teenager is a book that deals with this process and shows parents how to keep communication and a relationship going with their teen, by following some simple steps.

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The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts
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  • Gary Chapman
  • Publisher: Northfield Publishing

You might have heard of the concept of love languages before, and this book uses them to target teenagers specifically. A guide that will look at the spiritual and mental growth of teens and how we can stay connected to them even through the most challenging times. Which of the love languages does your child relate to best and how can you put it to use in your parenting?

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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations
  • Brett Harris, Alex Harris
  • Books on Tape
  • Audible Audiobook

This is a Christan themed book that speaks to teenagers about living their absolute best lives. Rather than just going with the grain and delivering low on their expectations, Do Hard Things urges them to break free of this cycle for their own good and realize they’re capable of so much more.

Yes, Your Teen is Crazy! Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind...
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You’re not a parent if you haven’t wondered to yourself at one time or another if your child is crazy, and this book will help you feel not so alone. Yes, Your Teen is Crazy is about keeping your cool during these challenging years and dealing with the issues that face you without losing your mind in the process.

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