1. Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers (Youth, Family, and Culture) – What is going on with my teen? If you have ever struggled with trying to understand why your teen is behaving the way he or she is (and most of us have), this book is a vivid and insightful view into the world of today’s teenagers. Chap Clark dives into a detailed and practical explanation of how adolescents think and act. This is the second edition of the book and it has been fully updated with new chapters on youth at society’s margins and new material on social networking and gaming.
2. The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family – This book is wonderful for learning how to connect with children from all backgrounds, including but not limited to wounded children from trauma. Dr. Karyn Purvis does a wonderful job of giving easy to understand explanations to match the practical tools she gives adults in communicating with children. You do not have to work with children professionally to use the tools this book gives you. Learning basic respect and how that translates to children is a wonderful way to draw out the best in any child and this book teaches just that.
3. Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential – Designed for children ages 4-13, this book is wonderful for parents of kids who have a hard time finding their shoes, homework, hairbrush, or the floor of their bedroom. With some age appropriate quizzes, parents can discover their children’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to organizational skills and executive functioning. Once these areas have been identified, they you a specific plan to help develop each earea that your child may need an extra boost in.
4. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind – This read is wonderful to help those working or living with children to understand the functions of the brain when children are under stress (e.g. throwing a fit). By helping parents understand the fight or flight functions of the brain, these authors are equipping parents to ride the waves of tantrums and meltdowns to maintain healthy relationships even in trying circumstances.
5. No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind – Parenting is hard, no matter how you look at it and discipline is probably the pinnacle of the difficulty that most parents face. No-Drama Discipline provides a whole-brain approach to discipline that helps parents look beyond the behavior to see the child and study the reasons why a specific behavior might be happening. With practical tools and guidance, Drs. Siegel and Bryson help parents keep their cool while helping their children rediscover their own ability to be calm as well.