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About Children, Adolescence and Parenting Skills

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The Center for Work and Family Life is available to help in the following ways:

  • practicing better self-care
  • activating and expanding your support sytem
  • applying and integrating the information found in these book & web resources into your daily living
  • connecting you with providers or community resources that specialize in this topic

Please call CWFL to request personalized assistance on this topic

Our phone is 213-821-0800

Reading List Notations:

Green font indicates books that have been read by Center for Work and Family Life staff.

The Center does not specifically recommend or endorse any particular literature, nor does the absence of books from this list represent a recommendation against such works.

The Center for Work and Family Life would like to thank and give credit to the Stanford University Faculty and Staff Help Center, which was instrumental in helping to assemble this reading list.

Web Resources Notations:

The links listed are being provided as additional resources for you. Most of these are not affiliated with the Center for Work and Family Life.

Neither the Center, nor the University, is responsible for these websites, their content or the referral information they provide. As such, we encourage you to be an educated consumer in using the links to take you to the resources available for that topic.

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CWFL Resources

The following parenting guides were created by professional staff member Jason Sackett, LCSW.

Parenting Tool Kit for parents of children aged 1-12

Parenting Tool Kit for parents of teenagers

Reading List - Parenting Young Children

Cohen, Lawrence J. (2001). Playful Parenting. New York: Ballantine Books.

Dinkmeyer, Don, & McKay, G. (1998). The Parent's Handbook: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP). Minnesota: American Guidance Services, Inc.

Faber, Adele, & Mazlish, E. (1980). How to Talk So Kids will Listen and Listen So Kids will Talk. New York: Avon.

Faber, Adele, & Mazlish, E. (1987). Siblings Without Rivalry. New York: MacMillan.

Gottman, John (1998). Raising an emotionally intelligent child. Seattle: Random House.

Phelan, Thomas (1995). 1-2-3- Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2 to 12. Illinois: Child Management, Inc.

Seligman, Martin (1996). The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience. New York: HarperCollins.

Severe, Sal (2003). How to behave so your children will too! Tempe, AZ: Penguin Books.

Shure, Myrna (1994). Raising a Thinking Child: Help Your Young Child to Resolve Everyday Conflicts and Get Along with Others. New York: Pocket Books.

Siegel, Daniel J., & Hartzell, M. (2003). Parenting From the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive. New York: Tarcher/Penguin.

Turecki, Stanley, & Tonner, L. (2000). The Difficult Child: Expanded and Revised Edition. New York: Bantam Books.

Note: Practical advice for parents of hard-to-raise children

Wolf, Anthony (1995). It's Not Fair: Jeremy Spencer's Parents Let Him Stay Up All Night. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Reading List - Parenting Adolescents

Bates, Louise (1988). Your Ten- to Fourteen-Year-Old. A Dell Trade Paperback

Bluestein, Jane (1993). Parents, Teens and Boundaries: How to Draw the Line. Health Communications, Inc.

Coburn, Karen Levin, & Treeger, M. L. (2003). Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years, 4th edition. New York: Harper Perennial.

Dinkmeyer, Don, & McKay, G. (1998). Parenting Teenagers: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP). Minnesota: American Guidance Services, Inc.

Fleming, Don (1989). How to Stop Battling with Your Teenager: A Practical guide to Solving Everyday Problems. Fireside

Kindlon, Dan (2000). Raising Cain: Protecting the emotional lives of boys. New York: Ballantine Books.

Giannetti, Charlene & Sagarese, Margaret (1997). The Roller Coaster Years. New York: Broadway Books.

Giannetti, Charlene & Sagarese, Margaret (1999). Parenting 911: How to Safeguard and Rescue Your 10 to 15 Year-Old from Substance Abuse, Sexual Encounters...and Other Risky Situations. New York: Broadway Books

Gravelle, Karen & Gravelle, Jennifer (1996). The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know). Walker & Co

Harris, Robert H. (1996). It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health. Candlewick Press

Jukes, Mavis (1996). It's a Girl thing: How to Stay Healthy, Safe, and in Charge. Knopf

Kindlon, Daniel J. (2000). Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. Ballantine Books

Kutner, Lawrence (1997) Making Sense of Your Teenager. William Morrow & Co. Inc.

Murphy, Timothy, & Oberlin, L. (2001). The Angry Child: Regaining Control When Your Child is Out of Control. New York: Three Rivers Press.

Pipher, Mary (1998). Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. New York: Ballantine Books.

Riera, Michael (1995). Uncommon Sense for Parents of Teens. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts.

Riera, Michael (2003). Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing.

Wiseman, Rosalind (2002). Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence. New York: Three Rivers Press.

Wolf, Anthony (2002). Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parents' Guide to the New Teenager. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Reading List - Helping Your Child with Friendships

Cooper, Scott (2000). Sticks and Stones: 7 Ways Your Child Can Deal with Teasing, Conflict, and Other Hard Times. New York: Times Books/Random House.

Posey, Kate Cohen (1995). How to Handle Bullies, Teasers, and Other Meanies: A Book that Takes the Nuisance out of Name Calling and other Nonsense. Highland City, FL: Rainbow Books.

Note: Older children can read this on their own; younger children will need an adult to go through it with them

Thompson, Michael, Grace, C. & Cohen, L. J. (2001). Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children. New York: Ballantine Books.

Thompson, Michael (2002). Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems. New York: Ballantine Books.

Web Resources