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My guess is that you landed here because you are the parent of a teenager. And I’m guessing you would agree that being the parent of a teenager is hard, messy, crazy, tough, and occasionally awesome! As the parent of a seventh grader, I would agree with you on all of that. I think we can all agree that parenting is tough, but parenting a teenager is off-the-charts difficult. But since you are here, let me quickly offer you a little bit of hope and a little bit of help!

First of all, I want you to know that there is hope! You are not alone. There is a God who loves you, and your teenager, more than you could ever imagine. Plus, there is a church family here at Saddleback Church that wants to journey through these years with you. We want to share in your pain and help celebrate in your victories.

I have a team of adult volunteers in Student Ministries here at Rancho Capistrano that volunteers hundreds of hours each month because they love teenagers and they want to help them live a life of meaning, significance, and purpose. A life that honors God, honors their parents, honor their friendships, etc. Alone, you are almost certain to doubt and be depressed. But together, we can have hope in the knowledge of Christ; that His plans are better than ours and that He loves each of us more than we can imagine!

Second, let me offer you some help! Below you will find some book recommendations, articles, video links, etc. These are trusted materials. I have personally read, listened to, watched, etc. each of these recommendations. Many of them are from friends of mine in ministry that I have personal relationships with. These are wise, seasoned, God-fearing, veterans of raising teenagers. This does not mean they aren’t flawed, but rather they are real, and they will even share some of their mistakes in hopes that you can learn from them without having to make the same mistakes yourself.

Thank you for caring enough about your teenager to seek out help. I pray that these resources are valuable to you. If I can ever be of ANY assistance to you, and or your family, please let me know. I am here to help!

Scott Glisson // Student Ministries Pastor  // Saddleback Church – Rancho Capistrano



• A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains by Mark Ostreicher

• Understanding Your Young Teen – Practical Wisdom for Parents by Mark Ostreicher

• Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers by Dr. Jim Burns

• Confident Parenting by Dr. Jim Burns


Jesus Centered Parenting in a Child Centered World

Tips for Parenting Teens


Helping Kids Thrive in Middle School

Preparing Teens for College

Connect With Your Teen