Photo Credit: Margaret Gorman, at age 16, First Miss America in 1921.
Summer is almost here, but I don’t think we’ll be doing much relaxing. For my teen, there will be camps, volunteering at Vacation Bible School, extra art classes, and studying for a learner’s permit, with some Algebra thrown in for good measure.
Come to think of it, there’s only three summers left before she’s a full-fledged adult.
Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time to teach your teen everything they need to know to grow up? How can a parent ever instill all the tools needed to navigate life? Thankfully, there are plenty of books to help our teens on their way …
Here are ten helpful books that teach our teens the life skills they need to know:
When I was a teen, my mother bought me my first cookbook. Sure, nowadays a recipe can be looked up on allrecipes.com or foodnetwork.com, but it’s wise to have a kitchen-tested hardcover in your hands. This cookbook is in a three-ring binder, so your teen can can pop out her chosen recipes and get to work.
2. Teen Practical Life Skills Workbook by John J. Liptak.
This great little workbook gets your teen thinking about what it takes to grow up. Because “adulting” is now a verb.
3. Getting Ready to Drive: A How-to Guide by Eva Apelqvist.
Education is key in teaching our teens to be defensive drivers and here is one book that will set them on the course to knowing how to be safe behind the wheel.
4. Smile and Succeed for Teens by Kirt Manecke.
It helps to get tips on how to succeed in the workplace. Before getting her first job, this book shares with teens how to give great customer service and the things she must do to become a top-notch employee.
5. So Long Insecurity Teen Edition by Beth Moore.
Do teen girls realize models in magazines are airbrushed and given hair extensions? Comparing themselves to these unrealistic images, teens wind up developing all sorts of insecurities. This inspirational book gives ways to find security in a world where it’s hard to come by.
6. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.
From the “Highly Effective” series of books, written by Stephen R. Covey, now his son, Sean Covey, shares all the tried and true advice his father gave him that works! Teens can also apply what they’ve learned to be successful in the companion workbook.
7. The Executive Functioning Workbook: Help for Unprepared, Late, and Scattered Teens by Sharon A. Hansen MSE NBCT.
For teens who have trouble making a schedule, taking initiative, and thinking outside the box, this workbook gives a preliminary test to find out what areas to focus on and then gives exercises on the areas where help is needed.
8. Facing the Facts: The Truth About Sex and You by Stan and Brenna Jones.
When your teen is ready to know a more detailed explanation of how babies are made, here’s the “how” behind physically developing into an adult, and why it’s good to wait until we say, “I do.” To some, abstinence may seem like shooting for the moon in this day and age, but giving teens high standards will help them to know there are better choices than what media is telling them, and that they don’t have to give in to peer pressure.
A continuation of the first book in The Care and Keeping of You series produced by American Girl, this book picks up where Book 1 left off. The realistic cartoon-style details share what girls need to know about how their bodies work and what to do to take the best care of them.
10. The How-To Handbook: Shortcuts and Solutions for the Problems of Everyday Life by Martin Oliver and Alexandra Johnson.
In this purse-sized book of over 50 essential life skills, your teen will find tons of tips to learn how to be a fully functioning adult!
Next post, I’ll be sharing The Ultimate “Adulting” List, so stay tuned!!!
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