I've talked about parenting books before, but typically with a focus on younger children. (See Grace Based Parenting and How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk). Both of those remain my favorites, and I have bought my own copies and re-read multiple times!
With our adoption finally approaching, I figured I could use some guidance on parenting teenagers. I picked up How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen so Teens Will Talk from the library. It's by the same authors as the kid version and written in the same conversational style. I love the practical help of exactly what to say. And the authors do not shy away from hard topics - drugs, sex, etc. are all talked about in a very straightforward manner.
The skills are generally the same as the kid book, but the teen book shows how to apply them in a way that makes sense for teens. It focuses on being respectful and getting results without using punishment and without exasperating our teenagers! I love the techniques because they are simple to understand and while they might be challenging at first to put into practice, especially in the heat of the moment, they promote healthy relationships and lasting responsibility. I highly recommend!