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Guides to Success

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Sean Covey
This is the same structure his father used for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, but adapted well for teenagers. Reinforces the fact that if you learn to be an effective teenager it will translate directly into adult life.

The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make
Sean Covey
The six decisions relate to school, friends, parents, dating & sex, addictions and self-worth.

The Girl Guide
Christine Fonseca
Covers lots of ground with worksheets, checklists, etc.

The Success Principles for Teens
Jack Canfield and Kent Healy
Twenty principles to review and adapt.

Cool Stuff They Should Teach in School
Kent and Kyle Healy
All kinds of stuff—attitude, people skills, leadership, jobs, money…

6 Steps to an Emotionally Intelligent Teenager
James Windell
Written for parents, but the content is relevant for teenagers if you don’t mind the parent focus – social skills, goal setting, self-defeating behaviors, being assertive, empathy, handling anger, resolving conflicts.



Everyday Leadership
Mariam G. MacGregor
Twenty-one sessions designed to be used in a group with a facilitator, but the topics are easy to understand and an individual can use the book without a group (always best in a group). Lots of specific actions.

The Student Leadership Challenge
James Kouzes and Barry Posner
This parallels their work on corporate leadership with five core practices—model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act and encourage the heart. Can get the book, a workbook, assessment tools, etc.


General Info

PBS—This Emotional Life: Parenting Tips

PBS—This Emotional Life: Adolescence

What’s a Struggling Teen

Johns Hopkins—lots of information across the spectrum of being a teenager

Seven Counties (Louisville, Ky)—good general information on adolescent development

MIT Teen Challenges


Search Institute—solid research on developmental assets—child and adolescent—lots of specific resources

Overview of Developmental Assets for Teenagers

Basic info for parents by age range (bullet points)



Commercial for English Class on Identity


The Trevor Project (LGBTQ focus)


Your Significance—If you give a little love





There are all kinds of resources out there on relationships of all kinds. Here is a starter list, but look around to see what speaks to you.


Healthy Relationships

Teens Health

Act For Youth—Resources for Young People

Tips on Active Listening


Unhealthy relationships

WebMD (resources on all kinds of topics)


Parent Child Relationships

Seven Counties Services

From Parent Perspective

KidSpot—Guidance for Parents



WebMD – Lots of information on lots of topics

Kids’ Health—straightforward basics on a number of teen topics




Suicide/Crisis Prevention – Sites & Hotlines

There are a lot of resources available through the web.  These are examples.  There is a lot of common ground, but different sites do have some different information and approaches.

Women's and Children's Health Network

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Youth Suicide Prevention Program

National Association of School Psychologists

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project (LGBTQ focus)

Crisis Text Line


Digital World

Prezi on Social Media

Article on how the digital world affects teenagers


Personal Finance




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