Summer’s here! So, theoretically, you’ll have some time to catch up on reading, right? Maybe you’re a purely-fiction-kinda-gal (like most of my friends) and enjoy reading for pleasure in that way.
But, if you’re like me, you nerd out on self-help or motivational books while you soak in some rays.
Just in case you’re at a loss for titles, I’ve listed some of my favorite, most helpful-to-me books about parenting teens and college planning here for you to check out.
Parenting Teens with Love & Logic – Foster Cline & Jim Fay
Parenting teenagers can be so confusing, and even intimidating. These kids who used to talk to me lovingly are now angry at various times for seemingly no reason!
I’ve looked to the Love & Logic books since my daughters were just toddlers.
The authors have practical, easy-to-apply advice for parents about how to use natural consequences effectively with their teens. We’ve got a really calm, cool and collected way of dealing with issues that crop up at home, due in very large part to the techniques we learned here.
How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk – Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
We’re all interested in having a better relationship with our own teens, and this book offers lots of valuable skills for how to do go about it.
This is a must-have parenting book that dovetails nicely with the first book on the list, Love & Logic.
Chances are that you’d read, or at least heard of, the wildly popular “5 Love Languages” book for adults.
I was so very happy to learn that there was one designed especially for teenagers, too! They’re their own special breed, and this book helps to get to the bottom of learning great ways to communicate with and influence our teenagers in a positive way.
Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College – Andrew Ferguson
The author of Crazy U brings us through his experience in getting his son into college. This is an incredibly easy – and hilarious – read.
This is a chance to see behind the curtain of college admissions – and, of course as you might’ve guessed, it isn’t pretty. You’ll learn the stages this family went through during the college planning process, all in an attempt to create “the right candidate” that colleges are looking for.
Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges – Loren Pope
This book is a favorite among many of the college admissions professionals I know, and I’ve offered it to many families I’ve worked with.
It’ll take you out of the US News & World Report “Best College” rankings (which I find bogus) and will show you a better, more student-centered list of colleges that they may be a wonderful match for your teen.
Admission Matters – Sally P. Springer, Jon Reinder, Joyce Vining Morgan
Ok, it’s more of a reference book and I wouldn’t bring this one to the beach. But it’s great to have on hand at home to understand the myriad steps in the admissions process.
Between Mom Knows College and this book, you’ll have a really excellent foundation to help your teen plan.
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