On the Teenage Brain:

On Sex and Hookup Culture:

The Teenage Brain:

A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, Frances E. Jensen, MD with Amy Ellis Nutt, 2015


The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain,

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, 2013

Why Do They Act That Way?

A Survival Guide To the Adolescent Brain For

You and Your Teen,

David Walsh, PhD, 2014

American Hookup:

The New Culture

of Sex on Campus,

Lisa Wade, PhD, 2016

For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values and Health, Al Vernacchio

Girls & Sex:

Navigating the Complicated New Landscape,

Peggy Orenstein, 2016

Talk to Me First:

Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ “Go-To” Person About Sex,

Deborah Roffman, 2012

American Girls:

Social Media

and the Secret

Lives of Teenagers,

Nancy Jo Sales, 2016

Books to Share with Kids

These are books about puberty, puberty and sex, personal safety, and the digital world.  

Please read them first, before sharing with your child, to make sure that they are a good fit for your family.

The Tech Savvy User’s Guide

to the Digital World, 

Lori Getz,


Super Duper Safety School:

Safety Rules for Kids & Grown-Ups, Pattie Fitzgerald,


Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?,

Julie Metzger, Rn, MN,

and Robert Lehman, MD,


It’s Perfectly Normal,

Robie H. Harris,


Changing You,

Dr. Gail Saltz,


It’s So Amazing,

Robie H. Harris,


For Girls and Boys:

It’s Not the Stork

Robie H. Harris,


What’s Happening to Me?

Girls Edition,

Susan Meredith,


The Care and Keeping of You 2,

Dr. Cara Natterson, 2012

For Girls:

What’s Happening to Me?

Boys Edition,

Alex Frith,


Guy Stuff:

The Body Book for Boys,

Dr. Cara Natterson, 2017

For Boys:

So many

books, so

little time


Here are just a few

of Adolessons' Favorites

General Parenting Must Reads:

Parenting in the Digital World:

On Raising Girls:

Media Moms

& Digital Dads:

Approach to Parenting

in the Digital Age,

Yalda T. Urls, PhD,


The Curse of the Good Girl:  Raising Authentic Girls

With Courage and Conficence,

Rachel Simmons, 2009


Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood, Lisa Damour, PhD, 2016

Queen Bees and Wannabees:  Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boys, and the New Realities of Girl World, Rosalind Wiseman, 2016

On Raising Boys:

It’s A Boy!

Your Son’s Development from Birth to Age 18, Michael Thompson, PhD, 2008

Masterminds and Wingmen:

Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends,

and the New Rules of Boy World,

Rosalind Wiseman, 2013


The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, Michael Kimmel, 2009



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