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Parenting Books

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Active Parenting Today (For Parents of 2- to 12-year-olds)
by Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D. 

The Active Parenting method--which emphasizes open communication and democratic parenting--has been used by millions of parents to raise confident, cooperative children. This guide covers effective discipline using logical and natural consequences, instilling courage and self-esteem, developing responsibility, winning cooperation, family enrichment activities, and more. For parents of children ages two to 12.

Adventures in Parenting

Duplicate - Original B421

Being Your Best: Character Building For Kids 7-10

Even elementary school children can learn about and build important character traits like caring, citizenship, cooperation, courage, fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility - traits that will help them grow into capable, moral teens and adults.

Bringing out the Best - A Guide For Parents Of Young Gifted Children
by Jacqulyn Saunders with Pamela Espeland 

Hundreds of ways to promote creativity and intellectual development - without pushing. This popular handbook explains how to tell if a child is gifted, how to choose the right school, how to deal with teachers, and more. Includes activities to do together and tips for avoiding parent burnout. Ages 2-7

Building Independence and Cooperation in Children - Responsive Parenting
by Saf Lerman 

A good resource on how to raise children to be self-reliant and to work well with others.

Chicken Soup for the Soul
by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen 

Chicken Soup for the Soul inspires the reader and helps us remember the important things in life - love, connection and gratitude.

Como estimular el cerebro infantil (Building Your Baby's Brain)

Spanish version of Building Your Baby's Brain� If you are expecting your first child or the parent of an infant, toddler, or preschooler and want to learn what scientists are finding out about brain research, then this book is for you.

Coping When a Parent is in Jail
by John LaValle 

Written for high-school students, this book explains what happens in prison, the visiting process, and where teens can find support.

Correcting Without Criticizing

Duplicate - Original B167

Encouraging the Discouraged Child
by John Taylor, Ph.D. 

Contains the essential ingredients to reverse malperformance and discouragement in children and build self-confidence. Practical and easy-to-learn methods for parents and teachers.

Experts Advise Parents
by Eileen Shiff 

In this informative, practical guide, today's leading child-care authorities tackle the most difficult questions of child-rearing and offer time-tested solutions to common problems. Experts Advise Parents is a parenting handbook for mothers and fathers who see raising children as an exciting, creative challenge, one that starts before the child is born and continues for a lifetime.

Families Apart - Ten Keys to Successful Co-parenting
by Melinda Blau 

After the stress of a divorce, it becomes even more important to provide children with stability and support. This book clearly and sensitively describes children's concerns and distress, and how divorced parents can help them cope effectively. A new approach to co-parenting is offered with ten solid principles for maintaining communication, caring, and strong family relationships.

by Will Glennon 

The role of father is one of the most difficult yet rewarding challenges a man can face in his life. Fathering supports men in building a strong bridge to their children by passing on important lessons other fathers have learned.

Full Esteem Ahead
by Diane Loomans with Julia Loomans 

This book offers practical ideas for creating more love and less fear, more joy and less pain, and more achievement and less failure in people of all ages. Every page of this remarkable resource is filled with a love of children, a passion for life, and a deep wisdom gained from many years of conscious parenting and relating.

Get Out of My Life - But First Could You. . .
by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D. 

With common sense and wit, this insightful book explains why teenagers act the way they do. Once you understand your teen, you'll view the conflicts differently, and you'll parent differently, too. Includes solutions for handling many real-life struggles.

Helping Children as They Grow - Responsive Parenting
by Saf Lerman 

Offers a positive perspective on the ups and downs of childhood stages. Parents are introduced to some simple techniques that can bring more pleasure and sharing into day-to-day family life.

Helping Children Cope with Death
by Joan Singleton Prestine 

An invaluable resource to help adults help young children through the feelings most children experience after the death of someone that they love.

Helping Children Help Themselves - Responsive Parenting
by Saf Lerman 

A guide to positive discipline.

Helping Hands and Smiling Faces

Duplicate - Original B165

Helping Hands and Smiling Faces
by John Taylor, Ph.D. 

Practical methods for training children in helpfulness. Topics include methods of assigning chores, gearing chores to the child, adding variety to chores, and adjusting parental and children's attitudes towards work.

Helping Siblings Get Along Together - Responsive Parenting
by Saf Lerman 

Presents a fresh perspective on the age-old problem of sibling jealousies and rivalries.

Helping the Child Who Doesn't Fit In

Duplicate B140

How Does It Feel? Child Care From a Parent's Perspective
by Anne Stonehouse 

This popular guide helps directors and teachers develop respectful and sensitive relationships with parents by asking, "How would it feel . . ." In 30 specific situations, it provides insights to help challenging child care professionals to really understand the parent's perspective.

How to Handle a Hard-to-Handle Kid
by C. Drew Edwards, Ph.D. 

Some children are simply more challenging than others. If you're parenting one of these high-maintenance kids, this book is for you. Edwards doesn't just tell you what to do with a hard-to-handle kid, he explains why some children are especially aggressive and disruptive.

How to Parent So Children Will Learn
by Dr. Sylvia Rimm 

You can raise children who love to learn, even if you're facing school problems, behavior problems, or single-parent problems. This book is full of parent pointers, sample dialogues, and step-by-step examples, to make parenting easier, more effective, and more rewarding.

Kids Are Worth It!
by Barbara Coloroso 

Barbara Coloroso's powerful message is that good parenting begins with treating kids with respect. It means giving them a sense of power in their own lives, and offering them opportunities to make decisions, take responsibility for their actions, and learn from their own successes and mistakes.

Let's Talk About When Your Parent is in Jail
by Maureen K. Wittbold 

Written for elementary-school children, this book explains what is jail, why people go to jail, and the changes and feelings a child may experience during this time.

Little People
by Edward R. Christophersen, Ph.D. 

Guidelines for common sense child rearing.

Living with Children
by Gerald R. Patterson and M. Elizabeth Gullion 

Gives every parent and teacher practical techniques to deal with children's misbehavior. It is written in down-to-earth language to make it easy to read and use.

My Child is a Pleasure
by Diane Gossen 

This book is for parents to help their children learn and make decisions by thinking about the kind of people they want to be rather than behaving to avoid consequences or for rewards. Tapes available.

by Cynthia MacGregor 

This book presents an assortment of creative and enjoyable solutions for getting kids to settle down at night. From storytelling to silly songs and rhymes, quiet games, and innovative thinking exercises, these activities will soothe kids into sleepiness. A great way to spend one-on-one time with young children!

No More Sibling Rivalry

Duplicate - Original B166

No More Sibling Rivalry!
by John Taylor, Ph.D. 

Helps parents increase harmony in their homes and helps their children to become better friends. Explains how to decrease competition and encourage cooperation. Included are ways to deal with jealousy, a new baby, fighting and more.

Normal Children Have Problems, Too
by Stanley Turecki, M.D. 

Drawing on his highly successful practice, Dr. Turecki discusses a wide range of problems, including low self-image, aggressive behavior, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, sibling conflicts, sleep disorders, fearfulness, defiance, lying, lack of friends, and learning disabilities.

Nurturing Resilience in Our Children
by Robert Brooks, Ph.D, and Sam Goldstein, Ph.D 

In this book you will learn how to help your children acquire the building blocks of resilience and reinforce those lessons on a day to day basis. When you instill resilience in your children, you give them the emotional tools they need to resolve problems and make sensible, reasoned decisions throughout their lives. The resilient child also learns how to develop self control, build interpersonal skills, and handle challenges and frustrations more effectively.

Parenting for Dummies
by Sandra Hardin Gookin 

This complete handbook on becoming a good parent starts with the basics of proper parenting skills and effective communication. Everything a parent needs to know is contained in this book without the overwhelming technical psychobabble often found in parenting books. Simple, easy-to-follow explanations guide the reader through even the most complicated parenting situations.

Parenting Teens with Love and Logic (Updated Edition)
by Foster Cline, Md & Jim Fay 

Teens today are faced with pressures and influences that were unheard of in their parents' day. Now, you can help your teenager navigate these challenges and make good choices. Our changing times require a new approach to parenting teens�the Love and Logic way. Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D., provide parents with simple techniques and practical solutions for dealing with key issues ranging from cars and driving to violence and gangs. The updated edition addresses current day issues including: entitlement, video game addiction, divorce, and internet usage.

Parenting with Love and Logic (Updated Edition)
by Foster Cline, Md & Jim Fay 

You'll raise children who are self-confident, motivated, and ready for the real world with this win-win approach to parenting. Your children will win because they'll learn to solve their own problems while gaining the confidence they need to meet life's challenges. And, you'll win because you'll establish healthy control without resorting to anger, threats, nagging, or exhausting power struggles. Parenting with Love and Logic puts the fun back into parenting! The updated edition includes: new Stories and examples, eight new Pearls of Love and Logic, an index of Love and Logic Tips, and what Love and Logic is not.

Please Tell Me This is Just a Stage

Duplicate - Original B26

Please Tell Me This is Just a Stage
by Kim Bushaw 

This book is filled with short stories, humor and sound child-rearing advice. Each story is short, separate and quick to read.

Positive Parenting Your Teens
by Karen Renshaw Joslin & Mary Bunting Decher 

Raising teenagers today is enormously challenging. Whether they're struggling with dating, homework, alcohol and other drugs, or battling depression, our teenagers need our support. This easy-to-use book offers parents workable strategies not only for surviving but for enjoying the teenage years.

Problem Child or Quirky Kid?
by Rita & John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D 

Should you be concerned if you child doesn't quite fit in or get along with others? Find help, not blame, in this commonsense guide written by two parents who happen to be psychologists. The authors give you examples, definitions, developmental and temperamental considerations, home-based strategies and recommendations for how to know when your child needs more help than you can offer - and where the help is. Instead of asking "Is my child normal?" you'll know how to help your child live well. Ages: All

Raising Your Spirited Child
by Mary S. Kurcinka 

The difficult or strong-willed child can easily overwhelm parents, leaving them feeling frustrated and inadequate. This book offers a refreshingly positive approach to parenting such children, offering parents the kinds of emotional support and proven strategies that they crave.

Rebuilding Children's Lives
by C.B. Baker, R.V. Burke, R.W. Herron & M.A. Mott 

A Blueprint for Treatment Foster Parents offers an approach to foster parenting that combines compassion with practical, outcome-oriented strategies for teaching children how to change their behaviors.

Setting Limits
by Robert J. MacKenzie, Ed.D. 

This knowledgeable, lively guide helps parents confidently strike a balance between permissiveness and severity. Using Dr. MacKenzie's clear and easily understood method, parents can set sensible limits, communicate the rules to their children, and get their children's cooperation.

Something Is Wrong At My House
by Davis/Megale 

Acknowledges children's feelings of anger, fear and loneliness when their parents fight. Offers ways to cope with the violence they see. (6 & up)

Staying Back
by Janice Hale Hobby 

Repeating a grade in school is a difficult experience. These true stories tell how the experience can be constructive--failure can be transformed into opportunity. (6 & up)

Successful Strategies for Working or Living with Difficult Kids
by Joyce E. Divinyi 

Offers strategies to help you stay energized when working with the most challenging child and adolescent. Includes guidelines for communicating with difficult kids and ten basic principles for encouraging positive behavior. Grade level: K-12

Surviving Fights With Your Brothers and Sisters
by Joy Wilt 

Deals with the friction that naturally exists between brothers and sisters and explains sibling rivalry. (9 & up)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
by Stephen Covey 

In this book, Covey explains that strong families don't just happen, but need the combined energy, vision, and dedication of all their members. Sharing insightful, humorous experiences from his own life and from the lives of other families, he imparts practical advice on solving common family dilemmas.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
by Sean Covey 

In an entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more.

The 7 Worst Things (Good) Parents Do
by John C. Friel, Ph.D. and Linda D. Friel, M.A. 

The title may focus on what we parents often get wrong, but this book is packed with helpful suggestions of how we can get it right. Whether your child is twelve months or twelve years old, this book is for you!

The Good Divorce

The good divorce? Impossible? In this provocative groundbreaking and authoritative new book, internationally acclaimed social scientist and family therapist Constance Ahrons defines the good divorce and shows how couples can achieve one. Counteracting the myths that divorce inevitably turns adults into bitter enemies, results in damaged children and broken homes, and rips apart the fabric of society, Dr. Ahrons focuses on what we can learn from those families that maintain family bonds and continue to meet the needs of their children.

The Parent's Little Book of Lists: Do's and Don'ts of Effective Parenting
by Jane Bluestein, Ph.D. 

Open this guide to discover organized categories including character building, relationship building, skill building and problem solving. This unique parenting resource offers hundreds of suggestions and a generous supply of common sense.

The Parents' Guide
by Don Dinkmeyer and Gary D. McKay 

The Parent's Guide provides practical, usable insights into parent-teen relations. The book shows parents how to encourage independence with responsibility, mutual respect and cooperation, self-confidence and self-esteem and democratic relationships.

The Roller-Coaster Years
by Charlene C. Giannetti & Margaret Sagarese 

A comprehensive guide for parents of 10 to 15-year-olds - the challenging "tween" years. This guide will help you help your child build skills, gain confidence and prepare for the breathless ride toward high school.

The Six Stages of Parenthood
by Ellen Galinsky 

Instead of writing on how children develop, Ellen Galinsky writes on how parents develop. She describes six distinct stages in the life of a parent: image-making; nurturing; authority; interpretive; interdependent; and the departure.

The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids
by Sally Yahnke Walker, Ph.D. 

Up-to-date, authoritative information about giftedness, gifted education, problems, personality traits, how to advocate for your child at school, and more.

The Unmotivated Child
by Natalie Rathvon, Ph.D. 

Rathvon solves the mystery of underachievement in children by looking beneath the child's surface behavior and pinpoints the warning signs to watch for. This book explores how parents and teachers can help a child live up to his or her potential.

Toddlers And Preschoolers
by Lawrence Kutner, Ph.D. 

Dr. Kutner offers powerful and effective techniques for solving some of the most perplexing situations faced by the parents of young children. Find out how to tame a temper tantrum, why children whine and what to do about it, how to handle ghosts and monsters, how to avoid bedtime battles and more.

Toilet Learning
by Alison Mack 

This children�s picture story of toilet learning is accompanied by an adult text that is a page-by-page guide to the child�s story. This book will tell you when children are ready and makes it easy to teach them.

Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!
by Robert H. Schuller 

Dr. Schuller shows you how to build a positive self-image, no matter what your problem. Whether it's unemployment, poor health, loneliness, fear or anything else that blocks your success, you can turn your negative into a positive.

Understanding Temperament
by Lyndall Shick 

Assessing temperament allows parents to work with their children's natural tendencies. Understanding Temperament helps parents discover how to reduce conflict between them and their child; teach the skills their child needs; build good family relationships; deal with misbehavior and much, much more.

What Kids Need To Succeed

Duplicate - Original B64

What to do When Kids are Mean to your Child
by Elin McCoy 

From sandbox spats to third-grade bullying, "in-house" squabbling to middle-school mockery and exclusion, kids of all ages suffer hurts and humiliations that leave parents at a loss about what to do.

What to Expect the First Year
by Arlene Eisenberg, H. E. Murkoff, and S. E. Hath 

The comprehensive month-by-month guide that clearly explains everything parents need to know about the first year with a new baby. With special sections on the older sibling; selecting the right physician; seasonal concerns and traveling with baby; managing childhood illnesses; and nurturing the adopted baby, the low-birth-weight infant, and the baby with specific problems.

You Are Your Child's First Teacher

You Are Your Child's First Teacher offers new ways of seeing and understanding your child that will provide fertile ground for your own creativity and help increase your confidence in what you are doing. Making the most of the magical years from birth to age six will enrich the lives of you and your child now and for years to come

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