About a month ago I signed up for any new books or blogs on "parenting teens." My email inbox is crowded now with these Google Alerts. What has come in is most interesting and unexpected. What I was hoping to find was all news related to books on parenting of adolescents. I am getting plenty of that, including Beth Harpaz' funny book 13 is the New 18 and other things my children taught me while I was having a nervous breakdown being their mother. Check it out for a light, fun read.
But I am also getting a look at a number of publications, blogs and books that address "parenting teens"--meaning "teens who parent"! Bristol Palin's publicity for her new baby and her ironic trumpeting of "do as I say not as I do" is only the most public example of teenagers who are parenting. As of 2006, the birth rate for 15-19 year olds started to rise whereas it had fallen steadily by over 30% over the previous 14 years.
The easily accessible internet can be a tremendous resource for teens most in need of information. I will be following with interest to see where advice is coming from and how supportive bloggers actually are of these young, vulnerable parents.