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Helpful Resources


These websites provide helpful insight and in some cases, a hearty education. Enjoy!

Winning the Fight Against Conversion Therapy






Local Resources

Fantastic resources in Chicago's Northern Suburbs

Haven Youth & Family Services

PFLAG - Deerfield

Glenview Youth & Family Services


Some of these books I've read cover to cover, others just chapters here and there; all receive my wholehearted recommendation.

Adolescent Development

The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen, MD

You and Your Adolescent by Laurence Steinberg

How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Age of Opportunity by Laurence Steinberg

Fire Child Water Child by Stephen Scott Cowan

The Curse of the Good Girl by Rachel Simmons

Enough As She Is by Rachel Simmons

Boys and Sex by Peggy Orenstein

Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein


Depression, Anxiety and Substance Use

Adolescent Depression by Francis Mark Mondimore and Patrick Kelly

Is Your Teen Stressed or Depressed? by Drs. Arch Hart and Catherine Hart Weber

Crazy Stressed by Michael J. Bradley

Outgrowing Addiction by Stanton Peele and Zach Rhoads

Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety by John Duffy



"Mom, I'm Gay" by Susan Cottrell (covers faith and spirituality too)

Radically Included by Susan Cottrell (covers faith and spirituality too)

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids by Dannielle Owens-Reid & Kristin Russo

The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs PhD

God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines (covers faith and spirituality too)

Oddly Normal by John Schwartz

Always My Child by Kevin Jennings

The ABC's of LGBT+ by Ashley Mardell

UnClobber by Colby Martin (covers faith and spirituality too)


Self Care

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Magic by Rhonda Byrne

Mantras in Motion by Erin Stutland

The Clarity Cleanse by Habib Sadeghi

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo


Super Attractor by Gabrielle Bernstein

The Universe has your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

The Calling by Rha Goddess


Brave Parenting by Krissy Pozatek

The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman

The Parallel Process by Krissy Pozatek

Not By Chance by Tim Thayne

Differently Wired by Debbie Reber



This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please feel free to share your favorite websites and books here!

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