Being Adept


Featured Book

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We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction
by Nic Sheff 
“The longer I stay clean the more the world just opens up with possibilities and hope.”
– Nic Sheff





Allow Your Children to Fail if you Want Them to Succeed
Beckford, Avril Dr.

This book does a beautiful job of reminding parents how to support their kids without overindulging them, especially helpful for the elementary and middle school years.




Understanding Marijuana
Earleywine, Mitchell

An overview of the history of marijuana. A good summary of the research that has been done on this most commonly used illicit drug.




The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have
Gauld, Laura and Malcolm 

“Truth Over Harmony” and “The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Make You Miserable.” Just two of the great truisms in this inspiring book.




Finding the Heart of the Child: Essays on Children, Families and Schools
Hallowell, Edward & Thompson, Michael

Michael Thompson understands adolescence. In this book he talks about adolescents and schools with important messages for teachers and adults.




A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence
Hersch, Patricia

The message here is teens need to be listened to and have a voice. No matter what stage they are at, be available to listen.



Uppers, Downers, All Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects of Psychoactive Drugs
Inaba, Darryl

An Excellent guide to just about every drug on the market.




Imperfect Birds: A Novel
Lamott, Ann

Ms. Lamott’s story of a family in Marin County and struggles with daughter Rosie, a senior in high school. Her story is what Being Adept is all about.




The Price of Privilege
Levine, Madeline

High school kids have told me this book captures how they feel living in affluent Marin County.




Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
Neufeld, Gordon & Gabor Mate M.D

An interesting book that focuses on the importance of creating the kind of connection with your child that can last through all stages of development.




Staying Connected To Your Teen
Rierra, Mike

Some really good tips for keeping the conversations going with your teen.





Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
Sheff, Nic

An honest, raw and harrowing story of addiction. The companion book to Beautiful Boy by David Sheff, Nic’s father.




Odd Girl Out
Simmons, Rachael

A must read if you have a daughter, especially one who has been a victim of “relational aggression”, the term Simmons gives for the way females fight.




Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me &
Cheryl To the Mall?
Wolf, Anthony E. PhD

Wolf has some good strategies to make the teen years a  more harmonious time for parents.  He also has a wonderful sense of humor.