Books and programs that will help…

Conversations with the Wise Uncle: The Secret to Being Strong as a Teenager and Preparing for Success as an Adult (2012), by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D. For teen boys—the “heads up” conversations every man wishes he had when he was young. Read review…

“Coates has written a truly brilliant book. He has managed to fit into this short, easy read, dozens of critical life lessons such as: respecting women, thinking before you act, manners, being strong in the face of adversity, lifelong learning, the importance of giving, and the dangers of alcohol and drugs.” – David J. Singer, author of Six Simple Rules for a Better Life

“The book has a place in our homes, schools, youth clubs, and church youth groups. I highly recommend it.” – Roger Wenschlag, CEO

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Conversations with the Wise Aunt: The Secret to Being Strong as a Teenager and Preparing for Success as an Adult (2012), by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., and Kathleen Scott. For teen girls—the “heads up” conversations every woman wishes she had when she was young. Read review…

“I wish that I would have had this book while growing up and surviving my youth.” – Karen Scherrer, retired middle school principal and youth program director

“Having a guide that lays out in easy-to-read terms and compelling scenarios the secrets to becoming a successful person and adult is an invaluable tool. That’s what this book does.” – J. Webb, mother of three

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Other Books I Recommend for Parents

Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen (2004), by David Walsh, Ph.D. The best explanation of the teen brain, with advice related to all key teen issues.
Teen-Proofing: Fostering Responsible Decision Making in Your Teenager (1998), by John Rosemond. A consequence-based way of managing behavior that prepares teens for adult life. Read review…
CDO Chief Daddy Officer: The Business of Fatherhood (2011), by Christos Efessiou. A wealth of insights and advice from an executive whose leadership skills helped him raise his daughter. Read review…


Other Books I Recommend for Teens

The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make (2004), by Sean Covey. Covey’s colorful, conversational style is perfect for teens, and his advice is consistently on target.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (1998), by Sean Covey. For teenagers, an engaging adaptation of his father’s perennial best-seller for adults.
You, The Owner’s Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life (2011),
by Michael F. Roizen, MD, and others. A virtual encyclopedia of advice from a panel of doctors.
Life Lists for Teens: Tips, Steps, Hints and How-tos for Growing Up, Getting Along, Learning and Having Fun (2003), by Pamela Espeland. Dozens of how-tos and tips in the form of lists.
Teenagers Preparing for the Real World (1999), by Chad Foster. Straightforward success advice based on personal experience.
Success Express for Teens: 50 Activities That Will Change Your Life (2004), by Roger Leslie. Personal development exercises for teens.