Descriptions of the best books, web sites and programs…

Dr. Coates scans the Internet for the best books, websites, videos and other programs related to raising teenagers and posts his evaluations.

Larry Winget, with pet bulldog

Over the decades, a lot of bad advice for parents has been published. Strategies such as false praise and permissiveness may have played to parents’ fears of losing the love of their child, but the consequences have been horrendous.

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I’ve been writing about the teen brain for several years now, and I’m currently gathering the most important insights into a book for parents. I’m doing this knowing that during the past eight to ten years dozens of articles and about ten books about the teen brain have already been published. Why not just refer readers to the best of these works? Why another book about the teen brain?

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Teens are famous for doing wild and crazy things without thinking about the consequences. I shudder when I remember some my own antics as a teenager. Of course one of the reasons for this behavior is that they’re experimenting and exploring their independence at a time when the decision-making part of their brain is “under construction.” They’re also particularly vulnerable to peer pressure. A friend may suggest a joy ride, shoplifting, drugs, sex or some other ill-advised behavior. Faced with the disapproval of a friend, it can be very hard to say no.

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Some of the best authors on the subject of parenting have books about teens. Many of the more recent ones treat the topic of teen brain development. John Rosemond is my favorite authority on parenting who doesn’t talk about brain development.

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Do you have a teenager in your life?

I ask this question a lot these days, because a lot of people are in this situation. And a young person’s developmental experience during the 12-15 year period called adolescence has become on of my passionate interests.

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