One book that I recently read and highly recommend is "Parenting Your Out of Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love" by Scott Sells. This book offers a hands-on approach to parenting a teenager who is struggling with parental boundaries and exhibiting hurtful behavior towards themselves and others. One thing that sets this parenting book apart from others is the manner in which Scott Sells approaches his writing-- he doesn't just describe situations and give an interpretation of the problem-- He offers direct feedback and solutions that parents can use with their kids. This book holds parents accountable for uncomfortable moments in parenting (e.g., specific techniques to setting firm boundaries) from a "tough love" perspective, combined with an approach (and specific techniques) to help the reader find ways to re-connect with their child/teen and find the "softness" in the relationship again. This book also addresses what your own parenting "hot buttons" are, which allows the reader to recognize when they are contributing to the relationship dynamics. Whether your parenting issues with your teen are just beginning, or if you feel at your wits end and have tried many things unsuccessfully, this book is definitely a "must-read" for anyone who is struggling with parenting issues!
Joleen Watson, MS, LMFT is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling. Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.