Dr. Alex J. Packer is the author of 10 books for parents and teenagers including the award-winning bestseller, How Rude!: The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out, called by Voice of Youth Advocates “the most incredibly readable, enjoyable, laughable, enlightening and insightful book.” First published in 1997, How Rude! has just been released in a revised and updated edition that tackles all of the new manners violations made possible by technological progress and societal regress.
How Rude! was selected by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) as a “Popular Paperback for Young Adults” and a “Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.”
College Bound Magazine called How Rude! “…one fast-paced, fun-to-read book that covers the basics of good behavior for teens…. Just one look at the table of contents will convince you that this isn’t your grandma’s guidebook. This is a wonderfully hip and humorous easy read!”
Further acclaim comes from School Library Journal: “From its intriguing title to the tongue-in-cheek ideas for dealing with many kinds of situations, readers will find this manual humorous, nonthreatening, entertaining and educational.”
Dr. Packer shook up the self-help-for-kids world with his ground-breaking guide to “parent-raising,” Bringing Up Parents: The Teenager’s Handbook, described by Parade Magazine as “…a wonderful—and funny—handbook that can help teens get along with their parents and understand them better.” Parents’ Choice gave Bringing Up Parents its Gold Award, saying: “This book not only respects teens, it understands teens. It respects and understands parents. The humor, wordplays, and general tone of the book demonstrate Alex J. Packer's great skill and knowledge of his subject….Filled with great information presented in the perfect way to reach teens, this book should be on everyone's required reading list.”
The Nurturing Parent: How to Raise Creative, Loving, Responsible Children, co-written with John Dacey, Ph.D., and based on a ground-breaking four-year study of creative children and their parents, identifies 10 traits of thinking and personality creative children possess and shows how to encourage their development. Readers learn six fundamental principles for raising children who are creative, responsible and empathetic, as well as how to best protect their children from the forces that destroy creativity.
Parenting One Day at a Time shows parents how to use the wisdom and principles of recovery and 12-step programs to become better parents and raise better kids. The tools needed to maintain serenity and sobriety are the very tools parents need to improve family relationships, build trust, handle conflict, set limits, solve problems and raise children who will grow into confident, capable adults.
Dr. Packer’s book, WISE HIGHS! How to Thrill, Chill, and Get Away from It All Without Alcohol or Other Drugs, was named Outstanding Book of the Year by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, and received the Gold Award for Children’s Resources from National Parenting Publications. School Library Journal wrote “This is one of the best life-skills books on the market, and it should be on every teenager’s bookshelf.” According to the American Library Association Booklist, “Packer…has hit the jackpot again, this time with a text overflowing with effective ways to chill out or feel exhilarated without using drugs or alcohol.”
Dr. Packer’s books have been translated into many languages including Spanish, German, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Mandarin, Greek, Romanian and Serbian.