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  What can you give your teen-aged grandchild that they don’t already have?  What can you give them that doesn’t plug into the nearest electrical source? How about a gift book that helps prepare them for the world after high school?

Whether your grandchildren are college bound or looking for an alternative to more study, they’ll benefit from the wisdom and information given in one of the books below. What does your grandchild want out of life? Where is she headed?

We grandparents always want to share the things we’ve learned over the years with the younger generation. Sometimes it’s hard to do that in our busy, mobile world. Choose one of the books below, include a note sharing some of your best words of wisdom and then send it for a birthday or for a high school graduation gift. Your teens will love you for it.

The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens by Sean Covey

This book addresses the challenges teens face in today’s turbulent world. Decisions made in regard to academic stresses, communication with parents and teachers, dating and sex, and all kinds of peer pressures will affect the future for every teen. This book will help teens identify the issues and make important life decisions.

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know by Harry Harrison

Author Harry Harrison is bold and blunt in listing things a college student needs to know in order to actually graduate college. While some reviewers took issue with the authoritative tone of the book, many others appreciated its content. The tips, given with a bit of humour, make for a helpful read for those teens heading for college.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

Patterned after the book for adults on the same topic, Sean Covey outlines seven habits that can lead a young adult toward success or sure failure. The new edition is updated for the digital age and still contains the same perceptive topics: self-image, friendships, goal-setting and more.

Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School? By Cary Siegel

Many young people grow up without learning the basic principles of money management. This can lead to disaster when they leave home. Siegel’s book focuses on eight lessons on managing money and offers 99 principles to help guide young adults through their first years away from home.

Other Ways to Win: Creating Alternatives for High School Grads by Kenneth Carter Gray and Edwin Herr

A four year college degree is not the only way to enter the work force. Some young people would be better served to set their sights on a high school to work program, a two year degree or some alternative hands-on way of making a living. The authors advocate a plan in which teens take a realistic look at their financial and academic strengths or weaknesses and then make a realistic plan for their future.