6 Books That Will Help You Finally Understand Your Teenager


Raising Teenage Girls Can Be Tough

Being a teenager is tough. I hated it. There was nothing more I wanted that to be grown up, out of school, and living my own life.

When I was growing up, I wished for more guidance from my parents. I hoped that they would comfort me and tell me that everything would be okay… that it was alright that I wasn’t beautiful (since they made it a point to tell me that I wasn’t), or that it would all pass and that I would survive it.

I couldn’t understand why my friends seemed to have it all together… perhaps my parents couldn’t understand it either. Maybe raising me was tough(er) because all my other siblings were boys. Who knows?

Now I know that not everyone hated their teen years, I think it’s fair to say that there are many others – and there will always be – who wished for what I wished.

So anyway, to help you (and other mamas like myself), here are 6 books you should read to help you in raising teenage girls.

1- Dial Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting with Your Teenage Daughter


Okay – so this is a guide for mothers all around! “One moment your daughter is fun-loving and energetic—a pleasure to be around. The next she’s sulking in silence, or worse, screaming and slamming the door.”

Sound familiar? I thought so! It can be incredibly overwhelming. We’re all going through it, I imagine.

In this book, O’Grady gives us real, practical solutions – no, not solutions… suggestions – on how to deal with it. The reality is there is no firm solution to make it all go away. The secret is in how we deal with it.


2- The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans

By breaking down the overwhelming stages of teens, Shipp thoughtfully reminds us of what it’s like being a teenager. Personally – I hated my teenage years and yet I still have to remind myself what it was like so that I can understand my daughters more.

Just because our teens are “now” 13, 15, or 17… it doesn’t mean that they understand what it’s all about.

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3- How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk


This will suit parents who wish to open or create a line of communication with their children. It teaches you how to engage with your teen and understand what is important.

Sometimes, we can get way beside ourselves in frustration; that we tend to lose sight of what’s important – and in many cases, very obvious.

This book is great in that it is suitable and can be applied to any child – tots, toddlers, tweens, or teens; because it so practical. You’ll find that some of the scenarios or examples don’t particularly fit in today’s society – but the gist remains the same.

4- Anxiety Sucks! A Teen Survival Guide


This book is not for you – it’s specifically written for your teen.

I really like this one, because the author is really talking to your teen in a way that makes them understand what they are going through. It speaks to them in a language that is easy to understand and relate to, and we all know how short our teens’ attention spans can be when it comes to things that don’t relate to their friends or social circles.

This book teaches our teens how the little character (Anxiety), that is somewhat ruling their lives, can be managed and overcome.

You can listen to a wee snippet here.    

5- Conversations on the Go: Clever Questions to Keep Teens and Grown-Ups Talking

You know those moments when you have no idea what to talk to your teen about because they just seem so uninterested? Well, this book helps you get over those times. It helps you to raise topics in a non-intrusive way – but it still opens the doors for reflection and honesty.

I feel that this resource is also good for new step-parents who are trying to raise teens, who the possibly have no connection with.

Think of it as ice-breaker conversations with depth.

6- Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

The calm, matter-of-fact and real manner is what makes this book relatable and practicable. It covers very important matters such as sex, drugs, and alcohol etc. It’s hard not panic or cringe when it relates to your own daughters.

It’s difficult to raise our daughters in a straight off-from-a-book manner, simply for the fact that all our children are different. What may work for mine, may not work for yours. And what works for the author’s daughters, won’t necessarily work for ours. So it’s important to note that when reading this book because the author does write from an anecdotal perspective. But personally, I think that is what makes it a strong read.

I hope these books help you, Mamas! I certainly found them to be very encouraging ♥

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