If you are like most families in America, you may have one or more of these in your home. They eat all your food, they hide out for hours, and test your limits several times a day. What am I talking about? Why teenage humans, of course. We love them, but sometimes we just don’t understand them. So when I was asked to review The Grown-Up’s Guide To Teenage Humans, I was very happy to read it.
As a bookseller, I can tell you that there are quite a few books on parenting out there. The selection for teen parenting? Not so much. So I grabbed my coffee cup and started reading. I found myself nodding along at many of the parts, especially part 2: The Phases of a Teenage Human. Hey, wait a minute, I am not alone!
Without giving away too much by listing every great point, I still wanted to share this part that really stuck out to me:
Self-preservation. The are afraid of getting in trouble, so they hide the evidence, omit key details, or straight-up tell you things that are untrue. This isn’t because they are pathological sociopaths intent on destroying civilization. It’s because they are scared.
Wow, quite a revelation, and totally on the mark. So, as a parent, I can’t recommend this book enough. So the next time you are at your local bookstore, make sure you pick up a copy of The Grown-Up’s Guide To Teenage Humans.
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About The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans
• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (September 19, 2017)
A practical guide to understanding teens from bestselling author and global youth advocate Josh Shipp.
In 2015, Harvard researchers found that every child who does well in the face of adversity has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. But Josh Shipp didn’t need Harvard to know that. Once an at-risk foster kid, he was headed straight for trouble until he met the man who changed his life: Rodney, the foster parent who refused to quit on Shipp and got him to believe in himself.
Now, in The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans, Shipp shows all of us how to be that caring adult in a teenager’s life. Stressing the need for compassion, trust, and encouragement, he breaks down the phases of a teenage human from sixth to twelfth grade, examining the changes, goals, and mentality of teenagers at each stage.
Shipp offers revelatory stories that take us inside the teen brain, and shares wisdom from top professionals and the most expert grown-ups. He also includes practice scripts that address tough issues, including:
- FORGIVENESS: What do I do when a teen has been really hurt by someone and it’s not their fault?
- COMMUNICATION: How do I get a teen to talk to me? They just grunt.
- TRUST: My teen blew it. My trust is gone. Where do we go from here?
- BULLYING: Help! A teen (or their friend) is being harassed.
- DIFFICULT AND AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS: Drugs. Death. Sex. Oh my.
Written in Shipp’s playfully authoritative, no-nonsense voice, The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans tells his story and unpacks practical strategies that can make a difference. Ultimately, it’s not about shortcuts or magic words—as Shipp reminds us, it’s about investing in kids and giving them the love, time, and support they need to thrive.
And that means every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.
About Josh Shipp
Josh Shipp helps adults understand teens and teens understand themselves. He is a global youth empowerment expert and an acclaimed speaker. He has appeared on MTV, Lifetime, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, 20/20, Good Morning America, and in the New York Times and other media. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, he is renowned for his documentary TV series that followed his groundbreaking work with teens. His organization, One Caring Adult, produces resources and training events for parents, educators, and caring adults.
Visit OneCaringAdult.com to learn more and for free resources.
* I received a complimentary copy of this title to facilitate my post. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more details.