“Your Teenager Is Not Crazy” by Dr. Jeramy Clark & Jerusha Clark
This is an outstanding interesting book which describes many aspects of teenager brain development so then you can relate much better with your teenager AND become a better more relationally mature person yourself! I love books that teach & encourage me to be a better person!
Each chapter is titled with a phrase that teenagers commonly say, such as “I’m bored!” The authors then relate a story from their own or others parenting about this expression (the authors are married and have two teenage daughters). Each chapter is divided into 4 sections: Bio 101 (brain biology behind the phrase), Psych 101 (psychological & relational pearls), Faith 101 (spiritual lessons), and Try It Today (practical very helpful suggestions).
This is a must read for about everyone – parents, grandparents, and anyone with an interaction with teenagers!
From the back cover: The teenage years. These three words can incite panic in many of us. Will our sweet boy or girl morph into an incomprehensible bundle of hormones and angst? Is trouble inevitable in teenage years? What should we expect as our kids grow? According to the latest research, we can anticipate amazing things! To move from panic to peace, however, we need a change of perspective. As we begin to understand the widespread construction taking place in the teenage brain, we can see and relate to our teen in wonderful new ways.
Conveniently organized by what your teen says – things like You just don’t understand, I hate my life, It could be epic, or Why are you freaking out – this book will help you develop a deep compassion for your teen. Rather than seeing teenage years as a time to simply hold on for dear life, Dr. Jeramy & Jerusha Clark show that adolescence can be an amazing season of cultivating creativity, sel-awareness, and passion for things that really matter.
“By bring together scientific research, compelling stories, practical advice, and spiritual principles, the Clarks equip, encourage, and empower parents to compassionately and wisely navigate their children’s adolescent years.” Daniel Amen, MD