Josh Shipp, author of The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans, on tour October 2017

Posted By on September 15, 2017

About The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans

• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (September 19, 2017)

A practical guide to understanding teens from bestselling author and global youth advocate Josh Shipp.

In 2015, Harvard researchers found that every child who does well in the face of adversity has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. But Josh Shipp didn’t need Harvard to know that. Once an at-risk foster kid, he was headed straight for trouble until he met the man who changed his life: Rodney, the foster parent who refused to quit on Shipp and got him to believe in himself.

Now, in The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans, Shipp shows all of us how to be that caring adult in a teenager’s life. Stressing the need for compassion, trust, and encouragement, he breaks down the phases of a teenage human from sixth to twelfth grade, examining the changes, goals, and mentality of teenagers at each stage.

Shipp offers revelatory stories that take us inside the teen brain, and shares wisdom from top professionals and the most expert grown-ups. He also includes practice scripts that address tough issues, including:

  • FORGIVENESS: What do I do when a teen has been really hurt by someone and it’s not their fault?
  • COMMUNICATION: How do I get a teen to talk to me? They just grunt.
  • TRUST: My teen blew it. My trust is gone. Where do we go from here?
  • BULLYING: Help! A teen (or their friend) is being harassed.

Written in Shipp’s playfully authoritative, no-nonsense voice, The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans tells his story and unpacks practical strategies that can make a difference. Ultimately, it’s not about shortcuts or magic words—as Shipp reminds us, it’s about investing in kids and giving them the love, time, and support they need to thrive.

And that means every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Josh Shipp

Josh Shipp helps adults understand teens and teens understand themselves. He is a global youth empowerment expert and an acclaimed speaker. He has appeared on MTV, Lifetime, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, 20/20Good Morning America, and in the New York Times and other media. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, he is renowned for his documentary TV series that followed his groundbreaking work with teens. His organization, One Caring Adult, produces resources and training events for parents, educators, and caring adults.

Visit to learn more and for free resources.

Find out more about Josh at his website, and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Tour Stops

Monday, October 2nd: Tina Says…

Sunday, October 8th: Making Our Life Matter

Monday, October 16th: Instagram: @lorrainecladish

Tuesday, October 24th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Thursday, October 26th: Stranded in Chaos

Saturday, October 28th: Openly Bookish

Monday, October 30th: Harry Times…all jacked up

Wednesday, November 1st: Instagram: @overstuffedmom

Friday, November 3rd: Instagram: @tekey_w

Monday, November 6th: Instagram: @workkidswine

Tuesday, November 7th: Instagram: @natashanicholes


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