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Getting your child to read self-help books for teenagers

We have all been there – those first few years as we leave childhood into adolescence – when everything seems to be a challenge, when the world seems to be against you and when you just hate everyone.

The world of Kevin, the teenage character created by comedian Harry Enfield, was too close to the truth for many parents, but peel away the grunts, the what ifs, the anger and the uncertainty – and for most of us there is a youngster, your child – and he or she needs help.

Believe it or not there are dozens of self-help books for teens available to assist them through those periods of low self-esteem. They are designed to turn youngsters into better people and prepare them for adulthood.

Great news – maybe not – have you tried recently to drag your son or daughter away from the screen and get them to read a book – even an e-book. So how do you tell your surly offspring that they really should read a self-help book for teens without sounding patronising?

Every parent of a teenager will tell you that it is just another challenge, but all it needs is a bit of creative thought and a little bit of indirect action as well. So let’s give you a few ideas based on personal experience and those of close friends, which I hope you find useful.

You could ask your teenager if he or she wants to be rich. At the risk of stating the obvious you will in most cases get some kind of positive answer depending on hormones, current state of mind etc. – but most importantly your teenager will want to know why you are asking.

This is your opportunity – don’t blow it now - when you say that you have just seen this great self-help book for teens which explains how you can train your mind to think positively and grow rich. Don’t worry about finding that book for the moment - we review dozens of inspiring titles on this website to help you to find what’s right for you.

More importantly, back up your sales pitch by telling your teenager that you will buy the book on condition they will support you in comfort in your old age. Cannot guarantee a positive answer in every case but you would have made your point.

Whatever the problem facing your teenager, start off your conversation in a similar way. Do you want to overcome your shyness? I have just seen this great book. Are you worrying about bullies? Do you think you are not attractive? Do you have body issues?

The list of questions is endless but if one of them strikes a chord with your child then it could be the first step to a more positive life for your teenager – good luck.

This website does not sell any product or service but we have reviewed the follow Top 20 self-help books for teenagers to help you decide if one or more could be right for your child – enjoy.

The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens

Do you have problems with anxiety? The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens is a much-needed, go-to guide to help you finally break free from the worry and ruminations that can get in the way of reaching your goals.

If you have anxiety, your fears and worries can keep you from feeling confident and independent. Teen milestones such as making friends, dating, getting good grades, or taking on more mature responsibilities, may seem much more difficult. And if you're like countless other anxious teens, you may even avoid situations that cause you anxiety altogether—leaving you stuck in a cycle of worry and avoidance. So, how can you take control of your anxiety before it takes control of you?

Self Esteen Workbook for Teens

As a teen, it is incredibly important to have self-confidence, especially when you consider societal pressures about appearance and grades. Just growing up is difficult in and of itself, and in the midst of all this life-related stress, you may not be seeing yourself clearly. In fact, you may be magnifying your weaknesses and minimizing—or even ignoring—your true assets.

Psychologists believe that low self-esteem is at the root of many emotional problems. When you have healthy self-esteem, you feel good about yourself and see yourself as deserving of the respect of others. When you have low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas, and may find yourself fading into the background of life. Without some measure of self-worth, you cannot accomplish your goals.

Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens

You aren't what you think! For teens with negative thinking habits, a licensed psychologist and a health journalist offers cognitive restructuring-a simple and effective cognitive behavioral approach to help you break free from the nine most common negative thinking habits that typically result in feeling sad, worried, angry, and stressed.
This workbook offers a powerful technique called cognitive restructuring to help you reframe your thoughts, regulate your emotions, become a more flexible thinker, and stop letting your thoughts define who you are and how you feel. You'll learn to target the nine specific kinds of negative thinking habits that can cause you to worry or feel bad, such as the I can't habit, the doom and gloom habit, the all or nothing habit, the jumping to conclusions habit, and more!

The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager

Calling all teenagers—quit the moaning and start loving life!

Don't be a cliché. Don't stay in your bedroom grunting and grumbling. How about getting motivated, energized and start making a difference?! The Art of Being A Brilliant Teenager teaches you how to become your very best self—and how to figure out who that is, exactly. The bestselling authors of The Art of Being Brilliant and Be Brilliant Everyday are experts in the art of happiness and positive psychology and, with this new book, you'll find your way to becoming brilliant at school, work, and life in general. Stay cool under all the pressures you're facing, and plot a map for the future that takes you wherever it is you want to go. Become proactive, determined, successful and most importantly: happy!

Positively Teen

An uplifting and optimistic guide to navigating the ups and downs of teen years and preparing for adulthood.
Author Nicola Morgan is an international expert on teen development and mental health. During her talks to parents of pre-teens, she immediately sensed two overriding emotions: fear and pessimism. Parents were worried about their children becoming teenagers, assuming that it would be a negative experience. Not only is that a sad outlook on the teenage experience--it doesn't have to be true!

Breezy and compassionate, Positively Teen teaches teens how to approach their adolescent years with optimism and understanding, giving them the skills they need to develop long-term well-being. Full of practical, proven strategies, it includes advice on how to flourish both physically and mentally--from learning to do things you enjoy, to understanding how to look after your diet, exercise and attitude, to understanding your personality. With these strengths and skills in hand, teens will learn to weather any storm and thrive on the challenges of this time in their lives.

Stop Anxiety from Stopping You

Breakthrough Program ─ How to Stop Anxiety and How to Stop Panic Attacks: Our pace of life has increased exponentially in the last few decades. We are often too busy or preoccupied to attend to our emotions until they hit with the strength of a tornado. When signs of anxiety and panic appear, they ravage our lives, our dreams and our spirit. Stop Anxiety from Stopping You: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Panic and Social Anxiety answers the questions:

  • What are the signs of anxiety?
  • What is a panic attack?
  • What is social anxiety?
  • What is anxiety disorder?

The Shed Method

Use your SHED - Sleep, Hydration, Exercise, Diet - to lock up negative thoughts and find the success you deserve.

Do you make poor choices when tired or stressed?
Is happiness perpetually out of reach?
Have you lost direction?

The SHED Method is a means of taking control of the reptile (fight or flight) and dog (bark or cower) parts of your brain to ensure you are always in control of your life and decisions.

Teen Life Confidential

With queen bees, drama queens and cliquey teens girl friendships can be tough! Teen Life Confidential is here to help with this guide for teenagers looking for help surviving the friendship game.
Hanging out with your best friends can be awesome, but what happens when things go wrong? Queen Bees, Drama Queens and Cliquey Teens answers your friendship problems and questions and gives advice on everything from how to cope with the bullies and mean girls at school, to how to be a better friend yourself. Written by experienced author Anita Naik, this title explores all aspects of teenage girl friendships and the problems that surround them. We look at what being popular means, the downsides of friendships and what to do when things go wrong

Love the Shit Out of Yourself

Daily affirmations build self-esteem: The world is changing all around us with increasing speed, making most of us feel we have no control. We are so busy doing and being productive and bullet journaling our way through life that we might be riding on the back of our own bus. Positive living and affirmation queen Zoey Poulsen has been to the edge of overwhelm and back again. While on her journey, she gathered a lot of wisdom and here is her big takeaway: Build your self-esteem with daily affirmations, and you can rule the world. More importantly, you can live a life filled with love, joy, fulfillment and satisfaction thanks to your own positive self-regard.

Stuff that sucks

Each of us has thoughts that are painful at times; sometimes the pain is sadness, sometimes worry or anger or shame or grief or some feeling that you don't even have words for.

If you are a young person struggling with your emotions, you do not want to be told that 'everyone feels like that' or that 'you will grow out of it'. You want to feel that your emotions are valid and that the person offering help truly understands how painful life can feel at times. With a strong emphasis on validation and compassion, Stuff That Sucks encourages you to accept your emotions rather than struggling against them. It also shows how to reconnect with what is really important to you, giving you the tools to help clarify your personal values and take steps towards living a life where those values can guide you in your day-to-day behaviour.

Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens

Confidence is like a magnet that attracts people to you and helps you get closer to reaching your goals. When you believe in yourself, you send the message that you have the brains, ability, and talent to handle whatever life sends your way. And the truth is, you do!

Using powerful skills based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens shows you how to tap into your self-esteem so you can be yourself in every situation, no matter how awkward you feel or scary that may sound. The fun exercises and tips in this confidence-coaching workbook will guide you past feelings of self-doubt and encourage you to believe in yourself, strengthen your friendships, and meet every challenge head-on.

The Insomnia Workbook for Teens

Sleep is food for the brain—especially for teens. Based on the most current sleep science and evidence-based cognitive and behavioral interventions to improve sleep, The Insomnia Workbook for Teens helps teens change their sleep habits so that they can feel more alert and ready to face life’s challenges.

If you’re like many other teens, you probably aren’t getting enough sleep. And is it any wonder? Between early school start times, social media, electronic devices, extracurricular activities, and late-night homework—teens are at the highest risk of any age group for sleep deprivation. And in the long run, insomnia can lead to a host of health and mental health issues—including diabetes and depression. So, how can you cultivate a healthy sleep routine, so you can be your best?

It's All In Your Head

This witty, honest and enlightening guide to the whirrings of your brain is the perfect read for any young person who's ever felt overwhelmed, at a loss or in a downward spiral. From the author of My Mad Fat Diary, Rae Earl, it's full of friendly advice, coping strategies and laugh-out-loud moments to get you through the difficult days. Most of all, this is a book from someone who gets it - someone who won't try and fob you off with confusing jargon or irritating slogans, but instead will help you through it with a smile and a cup of tea on hand.

The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just flick a switch and make your shyness go away? No more worrying about what others think about you, no more embarrassment in front of other people. You could just relax and feel comfortable and confident, the way you probably think everyone else feels.

If you struggle with shyness, you’re all too familiar with the feeling of not knowing what to do or say, and you’ll do anything to avoid feeling that way. But, most likely, you also know that you’re missing out on a lot—friendships, potential relationships, and fun. You’ve chosen this book because you’re ready to stop hiding behind your shyness and start enjoying everything life has to offer.

A Guide To Help Teenagers Against Self Harm

Self-injury is a term utilized when somebody harms or injures himself or herself intentionally as opposed to coincidentally. Usual instances are cutting, hitting, scratching or smoldering. Endeavored self-killing is the most serious type of self-harm. For some, self-injury is seen as a sign of escaping from a situation. It is not utilized as a method for murdering oneself. The strategy used to self-injure can convey dangers, and in spite of the fact that the expectation may not be there, there might be grave repercussions. For other individuals, the expectation behind self-injury will be to killing themselves. These are clinically depressed individuals. Musings about suicide can be basic in teenagers who are clinically depressed. These could be latent considerations to dynamic musings.

The Worry Workbook for Teens

Break the worry cycle for good! This fun, practical workbook offers effective, easy-to-understand cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) exercises to help you understand your chronic worrying, toss "junk mail" thoughts, and manage your fears in a constructive way.

Do you worry all the time? Maybe you're worried about school, tests, making new friends, or even about what the future holds? The teen years are full of big changes, and it's normal to worry sometimes. But if you have chronic, difficult-to-control worries, you may have trouble sleeping, paying attention, and even experience physical symptoms like stomachaches and headaches. You need help putting things in perspective.

Rituals for Every Day

We all feel that desire for a calmer, more spacious way of living, but we’re often unsure exactly how to step off the crazy treadmill of day-to-day routines and responsibilities. Nadia and Katia have learned, through years of practice, that simple rituals can help you press the pause button on the pace of modern life. In Rituals for Every Day they share their easy-to-follow advice, step by step.

Free From OCD

You may not know anyone else who suffers from repetitive “stuck” thoughts and compulsive rituals, but plenty of other teens experience symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): the need to repeatedly wash their hands, check to make sure everything’s okay, count possessions, put things in order, or even repeat thoughts over and over. Rituals like these may calm you down when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, but you know all too well that the relief is temporary and you’ll have to repeat the ritual when you start feeling uneasy again. This cycle can make you feel trapped, but also may seem impossible or even frightening to break.

Free from OCD offers forty easy cognitive behavioral exercises to help you move past your symptoms and live freely and flexibly, without fear. You’ll finally be able to stop compulsive thoughts in their tracks and keep them from coming back.

Present, Not Perfect for Teens

A beautifully illustrated guided journal that helps teens slow down and enjoy life rather than pushing for perfection

Being a teenager today can be hectic. With hours of homework, sports, clubs, college applications, jobs, and squeezing in some hang time with friends, the stress on our teens is greater than it has ever been. Throw in the craziness of the teenage brain and some social networking, and teens have little time and even less energy for introspection. Present, Not Perfect for Teens will gently guide teens to slow down and spend some time exploring their innermost feelings and emotions, gaining self-knowledge in the process.

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