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RESOURCES

I have carefully curated a collection of the best resources available. This list is ever-evolving and growing as research comes to light, new books are written, and websites are available.

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RESOURCES

Carefully curated, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Please feel free to share your favorite websites and books here!

VIDEOS

BOOKS

RESOURCES

ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen, MD

You and Your Adolescent by Laurence Steinberg

Age of Opportunity by Laurence Steinberg

Fire Child Water Child by Stephen Scott Cowan

The Curse of the Good Girl by Rachel Simmons

Enough As She Is by Rachel Simmons

Boys and Sex by Peggy Orenstein

Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein

Fourteen Talk by Age Fourteen by Michelle Icard

MENTAL HEALTH

Adolescent Depression by Francis Mark Mondimore and Patrick Kelly

Is Your Teen Stressed or Depressed? by Drs. Arch Hart and Catherine Hart Weber

Crazy Stressed by Michael J. Bradley

Outgrowing Addiction by Stanton Peele and Zach Rhoads

Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety by John Duffy

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour

Life Without Ed by Jenny Schaefer

LGBTQ+

“Mom, I’m Gay” by Susan Cottrell (covers faith and spirituality too)

Radically Included by Susan Cottrell (covers faith and spirituality too)

Is It a Choice? by Eric Marcus

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids by Dannielle Owens Reid & Kristin Russo

The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs PhD

God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines (covers faith and spirituality too)

Oddly Normal by John Schwartz

The ABC’s of LGBT+ by Ashley Mardell

UnClobber by Colby Martin (covers faith and spirituality too)

Soul Not Skin by Jen SluMac

How We Do Family by Trystan Reese

How to They/Them by Stuart Getty

Raising My Rainbow – Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue   by Nicholas M. Teich

The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes  by Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together by Robert Bernstein

Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition by Elijah Neely

For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Not Enough by Keith Boykin

Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen by Allan Sadac

Transgender Teen by Stephanie Brill

Transgender Kids & Teens by Elijah C. Nealy

Parenting Your Transgender Teen by Andrew Maxwell Triska

Gender Identity Guide by Tavi Hawn

Embracing the Journey by Greg McDonald

Love Makes Room by Staci Frenes

SELF CARE

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Mantras in Motion by Erin Stutland

The Clarity Cleanse by Habib Sadeghi

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck

SPIRITUALITY

Super Attractor by Gabrielle Bernstei

The Universe has your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

Raising Hell by Julie Ferwerda

Don’t Just Sit There, Do Nothing: Healing, Chilling, and Living with the Tao Te Ching by Jessie asya Kanzer

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

 

PARENTING

Brave Parenting by Krissy Pozatek

The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman

The Parallel Process by Krissy Pozatek (treatment)

Not By Chance by Tim Thayne (post treatment success)

Differently Wired by Debbie Reber

Teenproofing: Fostering Responsible Decision Making in Your Teenager by John RosemundUntangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber

NATIONAL HOTLINES

RESOURCES

THE TREVOR HELPLINE:

1-866-4UTREVOR/1-866-488-7386

VISIT THE TREVOR PROJECT WEBSITE

*Suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth

TRANS LIFELINE

US: (877) 565-8860

VISIT THE TRANS LIFELINE WEBSITE

* Suicide prevention helpline for trans youth, staffed by trans people.

NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWITCHBOARD:

1-800-RUNAWAY/1-800-786-2929

VISIT THE NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWTICHBOARD WEBSITE

*Crisis intervention and referrals. National communication system for runaway and homeless youth.

RAINN – RAPE ABUSE & INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK:

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

VISIT THE RAINN WEBSITE

* National sexual assault hotline

GLBT NATIONAL YOUTH TALKLINE:

1-800-246-7743

VISIT THE GLBT NATIONAL YOUTH TALKLINE WEBSITE

*Talk to peers directly

NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE:

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

VISIT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE WEBSITE

NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE:

1-800-4-A-CHILD/1-800-422-4453)

VISIT THE NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE WEBSITE

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE & AIDS/HIV INFORMATION HOTLINE:

1-800-CDC-INFO/1-800-232-4636

NATIONAL YOUTH CRISIS HOTLINE:

1-800-442-HOPE (4673)

*Provides counseling and referrals to local drug treatment centers, shelters, and counseling services.

LOCAL RESOURCES

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~ DrMMcNally, Apple Podcasts

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~ zbkai189, Apple Podcasts

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~ MrsWeiselNMS, Apple Podcast

Eager to get into this. Thank you for clarifying that it's not just for parents. I think anyone involved in raising a child even if that's just part of an extended support community should have access to these resources.

~ Cameron Jones, Castbox

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~ Mom or them!, Apple Podcasts

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