- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 6, 2000

Teen books

"How to Live With Your Parents Without Losing Your Mind," by Ken Davis, Zondervan Publishing House, 1988. This Bible-based book offers warm, funny advice to help teens learn that the best way to change their parents is to change themselves.
m"Happiness Is a Choice for Teens," by Paul D. Meier and Jan Meier, Thomas Nelson Press, 1997. This husband-and-wife team offers teens practical advice on how adolescents can survive and even enjoy their teen years.
"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 cope with emotions such as anger, jealousy and guilt.
"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 helps teens handle everyday stress.

Parenting books

"A Parent's Guide to the Teen Years: Raising Your 11-to-14-Year-Old in the Age of Chat Rooms and Navel Rings," by Susan Panzarine, Checkmark Books, 2000. The author, a medical professional who specializes in adolescents, offers practical advice to parents from helping their teens deal with body changes to helping them cope with emotional mood swings.
"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parenting a Teenager," by Kate Kelly, Alpha Books, 1996. This book offers "idiotproof" guidelines to help parents understand, communicate with and cope with their teens.
"Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage and Let Go of Your 13-18 Year Olds," by Thomas Phelan, Child Management Inc., 1998. This is the third book by the author, a clinical psychologist who helps parents with discipline and behavior issues. The book helps parents distinguish between true problems and the annoying behavior that is part of adolescence.
"The Essential Guide to the New Adolescence: How to Raise an Emotionally Healthy Teenager," by Ava L. Siegler, Plume Publishing, 1998. The author is director of the Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies in Manhattan and has a private practice. In this book, she gives parents tools to help them and their adolescent deal with this challenging time.
"Ups and Downs: How to Beat the Blues and Teen Depression (Plugged in Series)," by Susan Klebanoff and Ellen Luborsky, Price Stern Sloan Publishers, 1999. This books helps parents differentiate between harmless blue moods and serious depressions. It also demystifies therapy and gives parents information on how and where to find help for their child.
"Helping Your Depressed Teenager: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers," by Gerald D. Osler and Sarah S. Montgomery, John Wiley & Sons, 1994. This book explains why teens are more at risk of serious depression in today's high-stress environment and offers resources for parents who are looking for help.
"Helping Your Child Cope With Depression and Suicidal Thoughts," by Tonia K. Shamoo and Phillip G. Patros, Jossey-Bass Publishers (now Wiley), 1997. This book offers practical advice to parents of depressed teens and helps them distinguish between serious problems and everyday stresses.

On line

Parents can find a wealth of information about teens at www.tipsonteens.com. Two experts on adolescence are behind the site Susan Panzarine, who holds a doctorate in nursing and has worked in adolescent health for the past 20 years, and Annapolis resident Elaine Rubenstein, a clinical social worker who specializes in adolescents.
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 via links to other teen-friendly sites.
About.com 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, a digital enterprise founded by Oprah Winfrey, offers a place where parents of teens can gather for advice and support at www.momsonline.com/agesandstages/teens. Advice, parent essays, message boards and information are offered in an easy-to-navigate format.

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