Fostering a love of reading in our children has many benefits, some of which new parents may not even realize. For example, when a child reaches those hard-to-navigate teen years, turning to self-help books that are written for teenagers may help them in immeasurable ways. Teenagers may find it hard to express their innermost insecurities and knowing how to scout out the right self-help guide is an invaluable skill that every kid should learn.
Some of the best self-help books for teenagers include:
❤ “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and It’s All Small Stuff ” — a teen-friendly book written by Dr. Richard Carlson. This collection of wise and practical ways to cope with the daily stresses of life is written to resonate with youth. Dr. Carlson presents ways of looking at things that usually requires a lifetime to learn. A believer in focusing on gratitude, generosity and kindness, Dr. Carlson holds a doctorate in psychology and is a psychotherapist and spiritual guide as well as author of 30 books.
❤ ” The PTSD Workbook for Teens: Simple, Effective Skills for Healing Trauma ” — a paperback guide for teens who have suffered painful experiences or have been exposed to trauma. If flashbacks, problems sleeping or fears of always being in danger are present, the sufferer is exhibiting signs of having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) Although this guide is geared toward teens, the tools it provides can be used by adults as well.
❤ ” The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens ” — written by Sean Covery. This book is a 1998 bestseller and covers steps to adopt from being proactive to renewing yourself on a regular basis. Seven simple rules to live by, which are the building blocks for creating a successful life, are spelled out in easy-to-digest form.
❤ ” Too Stressed to Think? A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You Crazy ” — two authors, Annie Fox and Ruth Kirschner, collaborated on this guide to dealing with negative stressors whether they occur at home, school or at the shopping mall.
Many wonderful self-help books for all ages fill shelves in libraries, bookstores and they can be found for next-to nothing on second-hand websites as well. Child therapists are also a great resource to ask for specific titles to help even the most troubled teen. In fact, some educators believe that books regarding the most basic of living skills should be required reading in public schools. Thankfully, a plethora of authors have published tomes that speak to the developing teen and offer insight, kindness and beneficial advice to aid personal growth.