5 Books Every Teenage Parent Should Read
Being a parent of a teenager can be very difficult. I consistently meet with parents every week and discuss everything under the sun with it comes to their teenagers. One of the best ways I tell parents they can better understand their teenager is by reading. I recommend that every parent of a teenager read these five books for two reasons. First, some of the books on this list have great suggestions on how to parent through today’s culture. Secondly, others of the books will help parents understand todays teenager culture. Here is a summary of each book.
The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Kids
By Kara Powell
This is an amazing book for parents of teenagers. This book shows the reader how there is a higher chance of a teen staying in church and the Christian culture throughout their adult life if certain things are implemented. It walks through several ways parents can help the discipleship process in order for this to happen. If a parent was going to read one book about parenting a teenager this would be the one I would recommend!
by Chap Clark
This book been one of the most beneficial books I have ever read to help me understand todays teenage culture. It is based on years of research and helps the reader understand why teenagers navigate today’s world the way they do. It is not a quick read, but it is worth the time!
The Slow Fade
by Reggie Joiner, Chuck Bomar, & Abbie Smith
The Slow Fade informs the reader on the sad statistics that show many teenagers walking away from the church when they go off to college. The numbers are staggering. It then explains how for parents and churches, the finish line needs to be focused on the middle of their college years as opposed to their graduation from high school. We need to have a hands on model of discipleship that doesn’t end too soon. It also shows how important it is for your student to have more intergenerational discipleship relationships with great Christian mentors that will lessen the chance of them walking away from the church.
Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital World
by Kara Powell
This book deals with the ever changing and very stressful world of parenting your teenager through the digital world of technology and social media. This world usually can cause a teenager a tremendous amount of regret and shame if they do not navigate this world properly. You as a parent have to help them navigate this world during their teenager years and this is a great resource to help you do just that!
This book is very interesting to me for multiple reasons. One, it is by college students, for upcoming college students. This is one of the few books I have given graduating seniors that they actually seemed interested in reading. They may not read it all, but the chapters are topical and apply to specific topics different teenagers might be interested in. Also, this is super helpful for parents to read because it is a picture o the college culture that their child is about to walk into. This is one of the rare books that I recommend you read as a parent, see what you agree with and disagree with, and then give this book to your graduating senior and talk through the different chapters together as your child reads through the book. This book is great to open up conversations with your child about the college years they are about to walk through.
At the end of the day we want to see our children continue to grow deeper in their faith with God and God tells us as parents we have to play an active intention role in doing just that (Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6:6-9). These books are super helpful in creating a plan to help disciple your child. I hope you take advantage of them!