Below are some resources for Parents and Students


Books on Parenting Adolescents

Courtesy of Dr. Michael Resnick and Dr. Linda Bearinger

(Drs. Resnick and Bearinger spoke on Supporting Youth Through Stressful Times)



**A Parent's Guide to The Teen Years: Raising Your 11- to 14-year-old in the Age of Chat Rooms and Navel Rings

Panzarine, Susan

Checkmark Books, New York: 2000

190 Pages

            Early adolescence is the term professionals use to describe the time of life between 11-14 years of age- a period when young teens experience rapid and profound changes in the way they look, think, and act.  Their swift growth, along with the desire to be independent, creates tension in the family that is often difficult for parents to understand, accept, and handle.


Beyond The Big Talk:  Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens  from Middle School to High School and Beyond

Haffner, Debra

NewMarket Press New York:  2001

240 Pages

            What if I told you that your actions and your involvement in your teen's life could make a difference?  I promise you that if you follow the advice in this book, you can increase the chances that your teenager will not become involved in sexual behaviors that they are not ready to handle.



From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children

Haffner, Debra

NewMarket Press, New York:  1999

228 Pages

            A must read for all parents.  Practical information presented in a factual yet sensitive manner by one of the foremost authorities in sexuality education.  You will understand your child's sexuality-and probably your own- like never before…A must read for moms and dads, gramps and grandmas, who want their kids to be sexually healthy, responsible, and fulfilled.



What to do when your children turn into teenagers

Bennett, David & Rowe, Leanne

Random House Inc. New York, New York:  2003

387 Pages

By 16, one in three Australian teenagers has had sex.  By 14, one in two drinks alcohol weekly.  After car accidents, suicide is the most common cause of teenage death.  The statistics are frightening-and even worse if you are the parent of a teenager. 

            Every parent wonders if they are doing a good job.  When their kids become teenagers many begin to doubt themselves  even more.  What to do when your children turn into teenagers will change the way you parent your teenagers.  If you ever wanted to get your teenager to clean their room- without a full scale argument- this is the book for you.  If you want them to still love you as they grow into empowered adults- you can't do without it.


Resiliency:  What We Have Learned

Benard, Bonnie

WestEd, San Francisco, California, 2004

148 Pages

            Ten years ago, resiliency theory was relatively new to the fields of prevention and education.  Today, it is at the heart of hundreds of school and community programs that recognize in all young people the capacity to lead healthy, successful lives.  The key, as Benard reports in this synthesis of a decade and more of resiliency research, is the role that families, schools, and communities play in supporting, and not undermining, this biological drive for normal human development.  Of special interest is the evidence that resiliency most often prevails- even in extreme situations, such as those caused by poverty, troubled families, or violent neighborhoods.  Benard's analysis of how best to incorporate research findings to support young people is both realistic and inspirational.  It is an east-to-read discussion of what the research has found along with descriptions of what application of the research looks like in our most successful efforts to support young people.




What Teens Need To Succeed:  Proven, Practical Ways to Shape Your Own Future

Benson, Peter, Galbraith, Judy, & Espeland, Pamela

Free Spirit Publishing Inc. Minneapolis, Minnesota:  1998

361 Pages

            You've got the power to shape your future, change your life for the better, and make a difference in the lives of people around you.  This book tells you how.  Open it anywhere to learn how you can start building assets.  Not financial assets, but developmental assets- good things you need in your life and in yourself.  Things like a loving, supportive family.  A neighborhood where people care about each other.  A school where everyone is safe and free to learn.  Self-esteem.  Creativity.  Integrity.  Conflict resolution skills.  A sense of purpose.  And that's just for starters.  Why should you build assets?  Because they form a strong foundation for your life.  They have a positive influence on the choices you make and the actions you take.  They protect you from risky behaviors.  They make you a person other people look up too, count on, trust, and respect.