Worth A Read

Below is a sampling of books I have found exceptionally helpful in raising a teen, understanding their behavior and learning how to communicate with them effectively.  I tried to cover a variety of topics to meet different interests and concerns.  The Teenage BrainThe Element, and Guiding the Gifted Child fundamentally changed how I viewed, educated, and spoke with parents and teens.

Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescents

Laurence Steinberg, PH.D

The Teenage Brain:  A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

Frances E. Jensen, MD with Amy Ellis Nutt

I'd Listen to My Parents if They'd Just Shut Up:  What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens

Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D

Smart but Scattered Teens

Richard Guare, Ph.D, Peg Dawson, EdD, and Colin Guare

The Price of Privilege

Madeline Levine, Ph.D


It's Complicated:  the social lives of networked teens

Danah Boyd

Guiding the Gifted Child

James T. Webb, Ph.D.,  Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, M.S.,  Stephanie S. Tolan, M.A.

How to Communicate Like A Buddhist

Cynthia Kane

The Element

Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

Check out a Few of Ken Robinson's Ted Talks:

How to Escape Education's Death Valley

Do Schools Kill Creativity?