- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Books for teens

• "My Feelings Are Like Wild Animals: How Do I Tame Them? A Practical Guide to Help Teens (And Former Teens) Feel and Deal With Painful Emotions," by Gary Egebert, Paulist Press, 1998. The book offers practical tips on how to deal with emotions, such as anger, jealousy and guilt. Its easy-to-read text is broken up with lighthearted illustrations and journal suggestions.

• "Life Happens: A Teenager's Guide to Friends, Failure, Sexuality, Love, Rejection, Addiction, Peer Pressure, Families, Loss, Depression, Change and Other Challenges of Living," by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman, Perigee Press, 1996. The book helps teens deal with difficult situations by using a checklist and following practical suggestions. One of the most useful chapters relates to teens and everyday stress.

• "Can You Relate: Real-World Advice for Teens on Guys, Girls, Growing Up and Getting Along," by Annie Fox and Elizabeth Verdick, Free Spirit Publishers, 2000. Ms. Fox has developed a cyber-following with her Internet advice column for teens and has expanded on some of the column's common themes dating, friendship, conflict with parents in this book.

Books for adults

• "A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescents," by Patricia Hersch, Fawcett Books, 1998. The author a journalist and mother of three spent three years following eight Reston teens and discovered a frightening adolescent environment where teens were largely abandoned by adults in a world they struggled to understand.

• "Raising a Teenager: Parents and the Nurturing of a Responsible Teen," by Jeanne Elium and Don Elium, CelestialArts, 1999. This is the newest parenting book by this husband-and-wife team. They advise parents to keep the lines of communication open while their children pass through this turbulent time, and to listen, as well as talk, to their teens.

• "Positive Parenting Your Teens: The A to Z Book of Sound Advice and Practical Solutions," by Karen Renshaw Joslin and Mary Bunting Decher, Ballantine Books, 1997. This handbook offers solutions to an alphabetical list of teen problems from acne to values.

• "How to Talk to Teens About Really Important Things: Specific Questions and Answers and Useful Things to Say," by Charles E. Schaefer and Theresa Fay Digeronima, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999. Written by two professors, this book advises parents how to discuss the tough issues, such as drinking, violence, drugs, sex and depression.

• "Active Parenting of Teens: A Parent's Guide," by Michael H. Popkin, Active Parenting Publishers, 1998. This book emphasizes open communication and a democratic style of parenting.

• "Parenting Teens with Love & Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood," by Dr. Foster Cline and Jim Fay, Pinon Press, 1992. This book extends Dr. Cline and Mr. Fay's "Love and Logic" parenting texts to cover the unique issues parents face when their children hit the teen years.

On line

• Netscape offers an extensive teen site (http://gettingreal.netscape.com) where teens can chat, sound off via a digital open mike, ask advice from experts and connect through links to other teen-oriented sites.

• About.com, a network of on-line experts in a wide range of topics, welcomes teens at http://home.about.com/kidsteens. There they can chat, send e-mail, get a tutorial about the Internet, post their Web pages or just peruse various areas that are dedicated to music, movies or pets.

• Oxygen Media, the new on-line family of sites created by Oprah Winfrey, offers a place where parents of teens can gather for advice and support at www.momsonline.com/agesandstages/teens. Advice, parent's essays, message boards and information are offered in an easy-to-navigate format.

• The American Library Association has a site (www.ala.org/parents) with links to more than 700 sites that appeal to parents, children and teens.

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