It's that time of year- the end of school is within reach. Warmer days, class field trips, and for high school students- finals and end of year exams. Before students leave for the summer, they inevitably have in hand their summer reading list. What I've included below is a summer reading list for parents/guardians. You may get through only one book and yet that one book brings you a little closer to understanding the developmental journey of your child.
Enough as She is by Rachel Simmons. Released in February of 2018, this book looks at how girls struggle to accept that their authentic selves are truly enough.
Untangled by Lisa Damour. This is an all-time favorite of mine. It guides parents of daughters through the seven stages of a girl's developmental journey.
Social Media Wellness by Ana Homayoun. This book provides insight on the lure of social media and tangible tips to help your child disconnect.
How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. It encourages parents to let their children do the work in terms of solving friendship struggles, managing schoolwork and demands. "What's your plan?" and "What's your next best step?" are great questions for parents to adopt when facilitating conversations with their children.
The Big Disconnect by Catherine Steiner-Adair. What happened to family meals around the dinner table? Steiner-Adair explores the way technology has changed family routines. Some families don't sit down at all anymore while others bring their devices to the table.
Interested in hosting a book discussion at your child's school or community group? Let me know! I've facilitated parent workshops around these books and countless others!