Because the middle and high school years do not come with a manual, you may find these resources about the adolescent/teen years and parenting helpful.


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Adolescent Development and the Teenage Brain




  • Kids in the Middle
    A non-profit organization that provides counseling, education, and support for kids and families when parents decide to separate and divorce
  • Damage Control for Teens by Mark Gregston, on September 4, 2009


  • Annie’s Hope
    A non-profit organization that provides support services for children, teens, and families grieving the death of a loved one

Mental Health

  • Teens Health
    Provides information about the signs and symptoms of teenage depression and bipolar disorder, as well as resources for those ready to reach out and get help
  • National Alliance on Mental Illnesses
    Provides information about mental illnesses, as well as resources for those in need of help

Parenting and Family

  • Parenting Today’s Teens with Mark Gregston
    Find helpful blog posts or sign up for weekly emails. Mark Gregston is the founder and executive director of Heartlight Ministries, a Christian residential counseling program for struggling teens.
  • Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
    A nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers
  • Focus on the Family
    Provides Christian advice and resources on the topics of marriage, parenting, faith, and family

Recommended Books for Middle School Parents

  • Your Ten to Fourteen Year Old by Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D.
  • Emotionally Intelligent Parenting: How to Raise a Self Disciplined, Responsible, Socially Skilled Child by Maurice J Elias, Steven E. Tobias, & Brian S. Friedlander
  • Teen Tips: A Practical Survival Guide for Parents with Kids 11 to 19 by Tom McMahon

Recommended Books for Upper School Parents

  • The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine, Ph.D.
  • Why Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.
  • The Pressured Child: Freeing Our Kids from Performance Overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and Life by Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Social Relationships and Relational Aggression

  • Princesses and Bullies by Mark Gregston, August 20, 2009
  • Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman
  • Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children by Michael Thompson
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys by Michael Thompson
  • Mom They’re Teasing Me by Michael Thompson, Lawrence Cohen with Catherine O’Neill Grace

Study Skills

  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
  • How To Study
    Offers free articles and tips to improving study habits
  • Study Guides and Strategies
    Public service website that offers information on effective study habits.