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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY A haunting, unforgettab...le mother-daughter story for a new generation the debut of a blazing new lyrical voice Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose highbrow taste was at odds with her hardscrabble life. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Kathi frequently kept Domenica home from school to watch such classics as the Godfather movies and everything by Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, telling her, “This is more important. I promise. You ll thank me later.” And despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by. With or Without You is the story of Domenica Ruta s unconventional coming of age a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit 90s youth and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process. In a brilliant stylistic feat, Ruta has written a powerful, inspiring, compulsively readable, and finally redemptive story about loving and leaving. Praise for With or Without You “A luminous, layered accomplishment.” The New York Times Book Review “A singular new coming-of-age memoir traces one girl s twisting path up from mean streets (and parents) to the reflective life of a writer. . . . The burgeoning canon of literary memoir . . . begets another winner in Domenica Ruta s searing With or Without You. . . . [A] gloriously gutsy memory-work.” Elle “Stunning . . . comes across as a bleaker, funnier, R-rated version of The Glass Castle and marks the arrival of a blazing new voice in literature.” Entertainment Weekly “Valiant and heartbreaking.” Bust “Powerful . . . Ruta found an unconventional voice, a scary good mixture of erudition and hardened street smarts. Her writing is also, as they say in Danvers, wicked funny though in her case wicked is more an adjective than an intensifier. . . . [With or Without You] hums with jangled energy and bristles with sharp edges. . . . Ruta writes with unflinching honesty.” Slate “Bracingly funny and poignant.” The Boston Globe “Exceedingly powerful.” Booklist Read More

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This wonderfully inspiring book, with over 4 million copies in print, has helped generations of readers. A perfect gift item for a...ny occasion of loss, this timeless masterpiece of instruction and understanding is, according to the New York Times, one of the most recommended books by clinical psychologists. The classic, inspirational first aid guide for emotional hurt. Read More

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There is no more magical moment than when a newborn baby is laid in a mother s arms. What was for many months a dream and a myster...y is now a miraculous new person at the threshold of a life filled with possibilities. Through a tender, inspiring tale, The Twelve Gifts of Birth reveals the birthright inheritance that all children receive at this moment. Wise women, otherwise known as fairy godmothers, announce the twelve gifts in the form of blessings and show how to use them to enrich one s life. This keepsake book encourages new parents to nurture and protect the wondrous qualities that have been bestowed on their tiny miracles. When shared with young children, this message helps form within them a strong foundation of values and self-respect. For teens and adults, this story offers healing and hope during times of diminished self-esteem and uncertain transition. It reminds all readers to see the dignity that is inherent in themselves and others. Read More

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When Harold Kushner s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and that he would only live until his early tee...ns, he was faced with one of life s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow. Since its original publication in 1981, When Bad Things Happen to Good People has brought solace and hope to millions of readers and its author has become a nationally known spiritual leader. Wise and compassionate advice on how to cope with tragedy, what to do about anger and how to keep from feeling guilty. Read More

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Desperateis for those who love their children to the depths of their souls but who have also curled up under their covers, fightin...g back tears, and begging God for help. It s for those who have ever wonderedwhat happened to all their ideals for what having children would be like. For those who have ever felt like all the “experts” haveclearlynever had a child like theirs. For those who have prayed for a mentor. For those who ever felt lost and alone in motherhood. InDesperateyou will findthe story of one young mother s honest account of the desperate feelings experienced in motherhood and one experienced mentor s realistic and gentle exhortations that were forged in the trenches of raising her own four children. Also in Desperate: QR codes and links at the end of each chapter that lead to videos with Sarah Mae and Sally talking about the chapter Practical steps to take during the desperate times Bible study and journalexercisesin each chapter that will lead you to identify ways in which you can grow as a mom Mentoring advice for real-life situations Q and A section with Sally where she answers readers questions Read More

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"This book fills a tremendous void..." wrote E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about the first edition of I AM NOT SICK, I Don t Need Help! ...Ten years later, it still does. Dr. Amador s research on poor insight was inspired by his attemps to help his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia, accept treatment. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Henry did not believe he was ill. I AM NOT SICK, I Don t Need Help! is not just a reference for mental health practictioners or law enforcement professionals. It is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness. Read and learn as have hundreds of thousands of others...to LEAP Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner and help your patients and loved ones accept the treatment they need. "I strongly recommend this book for [both] families and therapists." Aaron T. Beck, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Read More

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"You can t just be the smartest. You have to be the most athletic, you have to be able to have the most fun, you have to be the pr...ettiest, the best dressed, the nicest, the most wanted. You have to constantly be out on the town partying, and then you have to get straight As. And most of all, you have to appear to be happy." CJ, age seventeen High school isn t what it used to be. With record numbers of students competing fiercely to get into college, schools are no longer primarily places of learning. They re dog-eat-dog battlegrounds in which kids must set aside interests and passions in order to strategize over how to game the system. In this increasingly stressful environment, kids aren t defined by their character or hunger for knowledge, but by often arbitrary scores and statistics. In The Overachievers, journalist Alexandra Robbins delivers a poignant, funny, riveting narrative that explores how our high-stakes educational culture has spiraled out of control. During the year of her ten-year reunion, Robbins returns to her high school, where she follows students, including CJ and others: Julie, a track and academic star who is terrified she s making the wrong choices; "AP" Frank, who grapples with horrifying parental pressure to succeed; Taylor, a soccer and lacrosse captain whose ambition threatens her popular girl status; Sam, who worries his years of overachieving will be wasted if he doesn t attend a name-brand college; Audrey, who struggles with perfectionism; and The Stealth Overachiever, a mystery junior who flies under the radar. Robbins tackles hard-hitting issues such as the student and teacher cheating epidemic, over-testing, sports rage, the black market for study drugs, and a college admissions process so cutthroat that some students are driven to depression and suicide because of a B. Even the earliest years of schooling have become insanely competitive, as Robbins learned when she gained unprecedented access into the inner workings of a prestigious Manhattan kindergarten admissions office. A compelling mix of fast-paced storytelling and engrossing investigative journalism, The Overachievers aims both to calm the admissions frenzy and to expose its escalating dangers. Read More

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"More readable, more attractive, and more accessible” is how pregnant couples describe the latest edition of this million plus-cop...y seller! And, of course, it s got all the latest medical information and advice. The new edition is designed to expand the retail market for this authoritative and complete guide. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide is already one of the bestselling pregnancy books on the market, with more than one million copies in print! Now newly revised and redesigned, this comprehensive, authoritative “bible” provides expectant couples with abundant, valuable information about pregnancy, labor, birth, the postpartum period, and newborn care. This award-winning book presents the latest research-based information on pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood, including: • New information on complementary-medicine approaches such as acupuncture • Updated information on interventions during childbirth • Revised statistics and discussions on cesarean birth and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) • New advice on informed decision-making, one of the hottest topics in maternity care today • Plus much, much more! The book has been redesigned so it s more accessible and reader-friendly, with more photos, illustrations, and boxed features that allow for important information to be highlighted. Also included in the new design are fun and informative sidebars, such as “Common QandAs” about pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care; “In Their Own Words,” in which parents describe their pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting experiences from their point of view; and “Fact or Fiction?” in which the authors present common misinformation and the facts. New to this edition is an accompanying website, www.PCNGuide.com, where readers can find additional maternity care information as well as helpful forms and worksheets. Mom s Choice Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (2010) – GOLD AWARD: Pregnancy and Childbirth; iParenting Media Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2009) – Best Products Winner: Book; Living Now Book Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (2009) – Family (Parenting/Health/Safety): BRONZE AWARD; National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2009) – GOLD AWARD: Parenting Resources; USABookNews.com Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2009) – WINNER: Parenting/Family: Pregnancy and Childbirth; ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2008) – FINALIST: Parenting Read More

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There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy - this book s here to help you avoid all most of them.... And here s your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for her rather than what s happening to her. She s pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her 152 baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible. That s where John Pfeiffer steps in. Like any good coach, he s been through it. He s dealt with the morning sickness and doctor visits, painting the baby s nursery and packing the overnight bag, choosing a name, hospital, and the color of the car-seat cover. All the while he remained positive and responsive - there with a "You re beautiful" when necessary - but assertive during the decision-making process (he didn t want to wind up with a kid named Percy). And now it s your turn. She might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities. Read More

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A much-needed tool that parents of children with O.D.D. can use to identify the source of this turmoil and take back parental cont...rol. Dr. Douglas Riley teaches parents how to recognize the signs, understand the attitudes, and modify the behavior of their oppositional child. Read More

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From the authors of international best-selling marriage book The Love Dare comes The Love Dare for Parents, a 40-day journey of “d...ares” challenging one or both parents to understand, practice, and communicate Christ-like love to their children. Easy to read and work into a busy schedule, The Love Dare for Parents is designed to “turn the hearts of parents to their children and turn the hearts of children to their parents” (Malachi 4:6) so that moms and dads can more fully enjoy and delight in their children while maximizing the positive impact they have on their lives long term. Each day brings a promising key verse from Scripture, a biblical principle about love that applies to parenting, a specific challenge the parent does for the sake of their child, and space to journal thoughts and reflect on what happened that day. The Love Dare for Parents even includes access to a FREE online parenting assessment, helpfully keyed to select material in the book. Parents, take the dare! Read More

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What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if "Luke, I am your father" was just a stern admonishment from an... annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars® moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star ("Er, he looks just like you, Lord Vader!"), and the special bond shared between any father and son. Winner of the 2013 Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication Read More

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Susan Van Sleet-artist, reunited birthmother, and writer-shares a gripping and sometimes raw account of being sent away as a pregn...ant teen in an era when the shame of giving up a child was punished by the deafening silence that followed. Her inspirational memoir sheds new light on the shadowy era of closed adoption and validates how her vow of secrecy manifested itself through emotionally saturated canvases and poignant poetry. Mary and Me, Beyond the Canvas was written following the author s reunion with her twenty-seven-year-old daughter. As an artist, Susan transferred feelings of guilt to her canvases. A series of self-portraiture began to emerge during her three-month period of confinement, in 1966. Having promised to surrender her firstborn child through closed adoption, she silently channeled her remorse through art therapy as she painted somber reflections of herself. Two months after giving up her baby, while taking a three-dimensional art course at college, Susan sculpted an unusual clay piece. The hollow-bellied, veiled woman represented loss and guilt. Following her year of studies, her artwork changed dramatically as guilt gave way to deep longing for the little girl she was forbidden to see. Susan had been told to forget about her child. That never happened. Continuing to use art as therapy, Susan processed her silenced emotions for more than two decades as the girl she privately named "Mary" grew up on canvas. When they met, Mary-whose given name is Jeanne-shared photos from her childhood. The resemblance between Jeanne s actual pictures and the paintings Susie created for two decades (never having set eyes on her daughter) were not a coincidence. There was a connection of epic proportion between mother and child, and a reunion that could not be denied. Their face-to-face experience brought eventual closure. As a writer, Van Sleet began putting pen to paper only after being reunited with her daughter. A floodgate of buried pervasive thou ISBN-13: 9781478712015 Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. Publication date: 6/25/2013 Pages: 176 Sales rank: 228,251 Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d) Read More

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In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son, Vader Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Em...pire now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia as she grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager. Smart and funny illustrations by artist Jeffrey Brown give classic Star Wars moments a twist by bringing these iconic family relations together under one roof. From tea parties to teaching Leia how to fly a TIE fighter, regulating the time she spends talking with friends via R2-D2 s hologram, and making sure Leia doesn t leave the house wearing only the a skirted metal bikini, Vader s parenting skills are put hilariously to the test. Winner of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication Read More

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When someone in your family suffers from Alzheimer disease or other related memory loss diseases, both you and your loved one face... immense challenges. For over thirty years, this book has been the trusted bible for families affected by dementia disorders. Now completely revised and updated, this guide features the latest information on the causes of dementia, managing the early stages of dementia, the prevention of dementia, and finding appropriate living arrangements for the person who has dementia when home care is no longer an option. You ll learn: -The basic facts about dementia -How to deal with problems arising in daily care meals, exercise, personal hygiene, and safety -How to cope with an impaired person s false ideas, suspicion, anger, and other mood problems -How to get outside help from support groups, friends, and agencies -Financial and legal issues you must address. Comprehensive and compassionate, THE 36-HOUR DAY is the only guide you need to help your family through this difficult time. Read More

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Parents need help to teach their teens how to make decisions responsibly and do so without going crazy or damaging the relationshi...p. Parenting Teens with Love and Logic, from the duo who wrote Parenting with Love and Logic, empowers parents with the skills necessary to set limits, teach important skills, and encourage decision-making in their teenagers. Covering a wide range of real-life issues teens face including divorce, ADD, addiction, and sex this book gives you the tools to help your teens find their identity and grow in maturity. Indexed for easy reference. Tyndale House Publishers Read More

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The "What s Happening to My Body?" Book for Boys Written by an experienced educator and her daughter in a reassuring and down-to-e...arth style, The "What s Happening to My Body?" Book for Boys gives sensitive straight talk on: the body s changing size and shape; diet and exercise; the growth spurt; the reproductive organs; body hair; voice changes; romantic and sexual feelings; and puberty in the opposite sex. It also includes information on steroid abuse, acne treatment, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, and birth control. Featuring detailed illustrations and real-life stories throughout, plus an introduction for parents and a helpful resource section, this bestselling growing-up guide is an essential puberty education and health book for all boys ages 10 and up. Read More

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A Marriage Book with a Difference! A Revolutionary Message “I ve been married 35 years and have not heard this taught.” “This is t...he key that I have been missing.” “You connected all the dots for me.” “As a counselor, I have never been so excited about any material.” “You re on to something huge here.” A Simple Message A wife has one driving need to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy.A husband has one driving need to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy.When either of these needs isn t met, things get crazy. Love and Respectreveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal withsuch conflict quickly, easily, and biblically. A Message That Works Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblicalresearch, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the Loveand Respect message across America and are changing the way couples talk to, thinkabout, and treat each other. What do you want for your marriage? Want somepeace? Want to feel close? Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage theway God intended? Then why not try some Love and Respect. This groundbreaking book--featured on Focus on the Family s radio program--offers much-needed help to husbands and wives everywhere. Introducing the biblical teaching of unconditional respect, Love and Respect shows readers how to decipher the communication code between male and female. Read More

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This parenting book shows you how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Learn how to paren...t effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character. Establish healthy control through easy-to-implement steps without anger, threats, nagging, or power struggles. Indexed for easy reference. Tyndale House Publishers Read More

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Until yesterday, no society had seen marriage as anything other than a conjugal partnership: a male-female union. What Is Marriage...? identifies and defends the reasons for this historic consensus and shows why redefining civil marriage is unnecessary, unreasonable, and contrary to the common good. Originally published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, this book s core argument quickly became the year s most widely read essay on the most prominent scholarly network in the social sciences. Since then, it has been cited and debated by scholars and activists throughout the world as the most formidable defense of the tradition ever written. Now revamped, expanded, and vastly improved, What Is Marriage? stands poised to meet its moment as few books of this generation have. Rhodes Scholar Sherif Girgis, Heritage Foundation Fellow Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George offer a devastating critique of the idea that equality requires redefining marriage. They show why both sides must first answer the question of what marriage really is. They defend the principle that marriage, as a comprehensive union of mind and body ordered to family life, unites a man and a woman as husband and wife, and they document the social value of applying this principle in law. Most compellingly, they show that those who embrace same-sex civil marriage leave no firm ground none for not recognizing every relationship describable in polite English, including polyamorous sexual unions, and that enshrining their view would further erode the norms of marriage, and hence the common good. Finally, What Is Marriage? decisively answers common objections: that the historic view is rooted in bigotry, like laws forbidding interracial marriage; that it is callous to people s needs; that it can t show the harm of recognizing same-sex couplings, or the point of recognizing infertile ones; and that it treats a mere “social construct” as if it were natural, or an unreasoned religious view as if it were rational. If the marriage debate in America is decided soon, it will be with this book s help or despite its powerful arguments. Read More

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There s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing h...omework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your "smart but scattered" child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there s a lot you can do to help. The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial "executive skills" - the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Small changes can add up to big improvements - this empowering book shows how. Read More

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À la carte wisdom from the international bestseller Bringing up Bébé In BRINGING UP BÉBÉ, journalist and mother Pamela Druckerman ...investigated a society of good sleepers, gourmet eaters, and mostly calm parents. She set out to learn how the French achieve all this, while telling the story of her own young family in Paris. BÉBÉ DAY BY DAY distills the lessons of BRINGING UP BÉBÉ into an easy-to-read guide for parents and caregivers. How do you teach your child patience? How do you get him to like broccoli? How do you encourage your baby to sleep through the night? How can you have a child and still have a life? Alongside these time-tested lessons of French parenting are favorite recipes straight from the menus of the Parisian crèche and winsome drawings by acclaimed French illustrator Margaux Motin. Witty, pithy and brimming with common sense, BÉBÉ DAY BY DAY offers a mix of practical tips and guiding principles, to help parents find their own way. Read More

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The secret behind France s astonishingly well-behaved children. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, sh...e doesn t aspire to become a "French parent." French parenting isn t a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren t doing anything special. Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. French kids eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. And while her American friends spend their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sip coffee while the kids play. Motherhood itself is a whole different experience in France. There s no role model, as there is in America, for the harried new mom with no life of her own. French mothers assume that even good parents aren t at the constant service of their children and that there s no need to feel guilty about this. They have an easy, calm authority with their kids that Druckerman can only envy. Of course, French parenting wouldn t be worth talking about if it produced robotic, joyless children. In fact, French kids are just as boisterous, curious, and creative as Americans. They re just far better behaved and more in command of themselves. While some American toddlers are getting Mandarin tutors and preliteracy training, French kids are- by design-toddling around and discovering the world at their own pace. With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman-a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal-sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. And she realizes that to be a different kind of parent, you don t just need a different parenting philosophy. You need a very different view of what a child actually is. While finding her own firm non, Druckerman discovers that children-including her own-are capable of feats she d never imagined. Read More

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If You re The Parent of a "Smart But Scattered" Teen, Trying to Help Him or her Grow into a self-sufficient, responsible adult may... feel like a never-ending battle. Now you have an alternative to micromanaging, cajoling, or ineffective punishments. This positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens independence by building their executive skills-the fundamental brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. Executive skills experts Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson are joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself. Learn step-by-step strategies to help your teen live up to his or her potential now and in the future-while making your relationship stronger. Read More

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To celebrate more than 250,000 copies sold, The Little Big Book for Grandmothers is back in an updated edition with a revised fore...word, new jacket design, new endpapers, and a new ISBN. This is a charming book filled with fairy tales, poetry, nursery rhymes, song, stories, words of wisdom, activities, and recipes that are sure to enchant and delight. The Little Big Book for Grandmothers is brimming with many of the classic and favorite things grandmothers grew up with, and illustrated with charming vintage art she is sure to adore from artists such as Jessie Wilcox Smith and Kate Greenaway. This packed anthology includes: -18 fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbkin, Snow White and Rose Red, The Fisherman and His Wife, and Rapunzel -19 poems by e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, Ogden Nash, Shel Silverstein, and others -13 nursery rhymes including Goosey, Goosey, Gander, and Old Mother Hubbard -15 songs from "Polly Wolly Doodle" and "Billy Boy" to "Little Red Caboose" and "Baby Beluga" -26 finger games and old-fashioned games such as Grandma s glasses and Tiddlywinks -More than 30 activities from embroidery and making a family quilt, to Little Red Riding Hood Puppet Show and holiday activities -More than 30 recipes to indulge and nourish from Ice Cream Sundaes and Strawberry Shortcake to Chicken Pot Pie and Momma Bread Includes 100 full-color illustrations and 150 line illustrations A collection of traditional tales, nursery rhymes, songs, literary excerpts, poems, finger games, recipes and more. Read More

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Kiyosaki expands on his belief that the school system was created to churn out Es / Employees... those "A Students" who read wel...l, memorize well and test well... and not the creative thinkers, visionaries and dreamers –entrepreneurs-in-the-making... those "C Students who grow up to be the innovators and creators of new ideas, businesses, applications and products. The book urges parents not to be obsessed with their kids "letter grades" ("good grades" might only mean they or the student themselves were successful in jamming a square peg into a round hole...) and focus, instead, on concepts, ideas, and helping their child find their true genius, their special gift. The path they can pursue with a love and true passion. Robert showcases success stories of "C Students" who grew up to be phenomenal successes – and HIRED those "A Students"(attorneys, accountants, and other school-smart specialists) to work in their businesses... while the more average students, "B Students," often find themselves in government-type jobs... Not surprisingly, Kiyosaki will coin his own definitions of what "A," "B," and "C" stand for as he gives parents and their children bits of wisdom as well as insights and tools for navigating an ever-changing world... an Information Age world where the ability to change and adapt, understand relationships, and anticipate the future will shape their lives. Read More

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Most people don t expect you to understand what we re going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don t expec...t you to care. And even if you care, they don t expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don t expect it to last. We do. – Alex and Brett A generation stands on the brink of a "rebelution" A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectations of today s culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God. And Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge. Do Hard Things is the Harris twins revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential. Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life. Then they map out five powerful ways teens can respond for personal and social change. Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of an already-happening teen revolution challenges a generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today. Read More

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This revised edition of the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic program addresses the difficult task of child discipline with humor, keen in...sight, and proven experience. The technique offers a foolproof method of disciplining children ages two through 12 without arguing, yelling, or spanking. By means of three easy-to-follow steps, parents learn to manage troublesome behavior, encourage good behavior, and strengthen the parent-child relationship avoiding the "Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit" syndrome which frustrates so many parents. Ten strategies for building a child s self-esteem and the six types of testing and manipulation a parent can expect from the child are discussed, as well as tips on how to prevent homework arguments, make mealtimes more enjoyable, conduct effective family meetings, and encourage children to start doing their household chores. New advice about kids and technology and new illustrations bring this essential parenting companion completely up-to-date. Read More

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"Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like ...this." --The New Yorker "A parenting zeitgeist" --Washington Post "A hilarious take on that age-old problem: getting the beloved child to go to sleep." --National Public Radio "A new Bible for weary parents" --New York Times "Resonates powerfully with almost everyone" --Boston Globe "Go the F*** to Sleep challenges stereotypes, opens up prototypes, and acknowledges that shared sense of failure that comes to all parents who weary of ever getting their darling(s) to sleep and briefly resuming the illusion of a life of their own." --Midwest Book Review Go the F*** to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach s verses perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, they open up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations, and laugh at their absurdity. With illustrations by Ricardo Cortes, Go the F*** to Sleep is beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny--a book for parents new, old, and expectant. You probably should not read it to your children. Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, a children s book inspired by Go the F*** to Sleep and appropriate for kids of all ages, is forthcoming from Akashic Books in April 2012 and available NOW for pre-order. Read More

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Socially, mentally, and spiritually, teenagers face a variety of pressures and stresses each day. Despite these peer pressures; it... is still parents who can influence teens the most. Get equipped to be a better parent as The Five Love Languages of Teenagers explores the world in which teenagers live, explains the developmental changes, and give tools to help you identify and appropriately communicate in your teen s love language. Get practical tips on loving your teen effectively and explore key issues in your teen s life including anger and independence. Finally, learn how to set boundaries that are enforced with discipline and consequences, and discover useful ways for the difficult task of loving when your teen fails. Get ready to discover how the principles of the five love languages can really work in the lives of your teens and family. Over 400,000 copies sold! GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. For more information visit his website at www.5lovelanguages.com. Read More

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Wow! A baby book that actually answers the big question about having a baby: How am I going to afford all this? With the average c...ost of a baby topping $7000 for just the first year alone, you need creative solutions and innovative ideas to navigate the consumer maze that confronts all parents-to-be. Baby Bargains is the answer Inside, you ll discover: NAME BRAND REVIEWS of car seats, bedding, strollers ,high chairs, diapers and more! Dozens of safety tips to affordably baby proof your home. How to use SOCIAL MEDIA and deal of the day sites to save even more. FIVE wastes of money with baby clothes and the best outlet bargains. NINE tips to saving money on cribs, plus in-depth reviews of crib brands. THE TRUTH ABOUT STROLLERS and which brands work best in the real world. The SEVEN MOST RIDICULOUS BABY PRODUCTS. DETAILED CHARTS that compare brands of cribs, strollers, car seats and more! This new 10th edition adds the latest tips and advice on getting bargains on baby gear, including: Expanded reviews of video monitors, including new model that let you see baby on an iPhone or Andriod device. More reviews of strollers the latest models, which strollers have the quickest fold and more. Crib safety: what to buy now and what to avoid, given the new safety rules. Organic baby food: what s new in stores. Is it worth it? And as always, the most up-to-date reviews of car seats, carriers, nursery furniture and more! Read More

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This first book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Stor...y of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers polls over 150,000 copies of the series in print! What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi s tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year-old become the last emperor of Rome? Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer s trademark, The Story of the World series covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This first revised volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor. Newly revised and updated, The Story of the World, Volume 1 includes maps, a new timeline, more illustrations, and additional parental aids. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world s civilizations. Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests each available separately to accompany each volume of The Story of the World Text Book. Volume 1 Grade Recommendation: Grades 1-5. Read More

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An inspirational, illustrated gift book offering a message of love and commitment for couples in all stages of matrimony. Anyone w...ho s ever said "I do" knows that a successful marriage is not founded on love alone. It takes commitment, hard work, and patience to make the marriage work. Charlene Costanzo s latest book, The Twelve Gifts in Marriage, reminds us all what marriage is about and offers inspirational advice that couples of all ages will cherish. Like Charlene s first two books, Marriage opens with a parable: An elderly couple warns a young bride and groom that their life together won t always be blissful or easy, but that their love will grow deeper with time if they remember to practice twelve innate gifts among them strength, faith, and compassion. The book then illustrates the twelve gifts with powerful and poignant hand?tinted photographs that offer an immediate, sensory connection to readers. Like Charlene s first two successful books, The Twelve Gifts in Marriage brings a hopeful, inspirational message to its readers, from newlyweds to couples celebrating their Golden Anniversary. ISBN-13: 9780060742522 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 12/14/2004 Pages: 48 Sales rank: 220,889 Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d) Read More

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Right after "Is it a boy or a girl?" and "What s his/her name?," the next question people invariably ask new parents is "Are you g...etting any sleep?" Unfortunately, the answer is usually "Not much." In fact, studies show that approximately 25% of young children experience some type of sleep problem and, as any bleary-eyed parent will attest, it is one of the most difficult challenges of parenting. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the assessment and treatment of common sleep problems in children, Dr. Jodi A. Mindell now provides tips and techniques, the answers to commonly asked questions, and case studies and quotes from parents who have successfully solved their children s sleep problems. Unlike other books on the subject, Dr. Mindell also offers practical tips on bedtime, rather than middle-of-the-night-sleep training, and shows how all members of the family can cope with the stresses associated with teaching a child to sleep. "...a child psychologist explains how parents can teach their baby or toddler to fall asleep and how parents and other members of the family can cope with the stresses a sleepless child can create." Read More

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Since its first publication in 1983, Surviving Schizophrenia has become the standard reference book on the disease and has helped ...thousands of patients, their families and mental health professionals. In clear language, this much–praised and important book describes the nature, causes, symptoms, treatment and course of schizophrenia and also explores living with it from both the patient and the family s point of view. This new, completely updated fifth edition includes the latest research findings on what causes the disease as well as information about the newest drugs for treatment and answers to the questions most often asked by families, consumers and providers. Read More

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Finally, kids do come with instructions! Surprisingly simple steps to boost your little child s sleep fast! Dr. Harvey Karp made d...octors applaud and parents cheer with his brilliant solutions to centuries-old problems such as colic and tantrums. Now, in The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, he works his magic once again on the #1 parent complaint: exhaustion! Dr. Karp s surprising insights include: Why parents should always wake their sleeping babies when they ease them into bed! How a new type of white noise can boost your baby s or toddler s sleep by 1 to 2 hours! Easy "no-cry" tips that end infant and toddler bedtime struggles in just days! Plus dozens more foolproof tips that have helped thousands of families turn nighttime shrieks into nightlong slumber. Read More

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What kind of mother feeds her kids dinosaur chicken nuggets . . . three times a week? What kind of mother lets hand washing slide ...after using the toilet, as long as it was just Number One? When Did I Get Like This? ISBN-13: 9780061963964 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 4/19/2011 Pages: 272 Sales rank: 260,689 Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d) Read More

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“You never listen to anything I say!” Yesterday, your child was a sweet, well-adjusted eight-year-old. Today, a moody, disrespectf...ul twelve-year-old. What happened? And more important, how do you handle it? How you respond to these whirlwind changes will not only affect your child s behavior now but will determine how he or she turns out later. Julie A. Ross, executive director of Parenting Horizons, shows you exactly what s going on with your child and provides all the tools you need to correctly handle even the prickliest tween porcupine. Find out how other parents survived nightmarish tween behavior--and still raised great kids Break the “nagging cycle,” give your kids responsibilities, and get results Talk about sex, drugs, and alcohol so your kid will listen Discover the secret that will help your child to disregard peer pressure and make smart choices--for life "This excellent book lets parents peek into the underlying, confusing thoughts and perplexing decisions that young tweens are constantly facing." --Ralph I. López, M.D., Clinical Professor or Pediatrics, Cornell University, and author of The Teen Health Book Read More

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The fourth edition of this beloved classic completely revised and updated. When it was first published nearly forty years ago, Len...nart Nilsson s A Child is Born broke astonishing new ground, offering an unprecedented glimpse of life inside the womb. Now this completely new fourth edition of the international classic brings revolutionary photographic technology and artistry to a landmark work. Packed with breathtaking, never-before-seen photographs and entirely new text, this awesome journey from fertilization to birth is a timeless masterpiece completely revised for a new generation. Read More

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Sixty percent of second marriages fail. Yours can be among the ones that succeed. Relationship experts Les and Leslie Parrott show... how you can beat the odds with flying colors and make remarriage the best thing that s ever happened to you. Do you have the skills you need? Now is the time to acquire them--and build a future together that is everything marriage can and ought to be. Also available: men s workbook, women s workbook, and abridged audio cassette version Read More

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In this six-session small group Bible study DVD, Sacred Parenting, Gary Thomas uses a unique lens to look at parenting, moving bey...ond raising great children to becoming more holy as a person. What if one of God s primary intentions for you as a parent isn t about successfully raising perfect children, but about you becoming more holy? In Sacred Parenting Gary Thomas illustrates how God can transform lessons in raising children into opportunities to grow in the image of Christ. It will help you and your group, rediscover parenting from a different perspective: as a method of spiritual formation expressly designed by God to shape your soul in ways you could not imagine! Designed for use with the Sacred Parenting Participant Guide (sold separately), this DVD features six 10-15 minute live sessions with Gary Thomas and will help you dig deeper into learning how God can transform dirty diapers, toddler tantrums, and a teenager s silence into occasions for becoming more like Christ. Sessions include: 1. The Soul-Transforming Journey of Parenting 2. God-Centered Parenting 3. The Hardest Hurt of All 4. Embracing Our Insignificance 5. Walking on the Wild Side of Parenting 6. The Gold Behind the Guilt Read More

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In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do n...ot speak their language or accept their source of authority. Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to get in the driver s seat, keeping any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy. You ll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously through the minefields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables and most importantly get people thinking about Jesus. Soon, your conversations will look more like diplomacy than D-Day. Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl shows you how to: - Initiate conversations effortlessly - Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively - Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking - Skillfully manage the details of dialogue - Maintain an engaging, disarming style even under attack Tactics provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace. Read More

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Elder Rage is a Book–of–the–Month Club selection (caregiving book first) receiving 200+ 5–Star BandN reviews, required reading at ...numerous universities, and considered for a film. Over 50 endorsements include Regis Philbin, Leeza Gibbons, Jacqueline Bisset, Duke University Center for Aging, Dr. John Gray, Mark Victor Hansen, Julie Harris, Johns Hopkins Memory Clinic, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Dr. Rudy Tanzi/Harvard Medical School, and the National Adult Day Services Association. Elder Rage is a riveting, humorous, true story chronicling Jacqueline Marcell s trials, tribulations, and eventual success at managing the care of her aging parents. Also an extensive self–help book, Elder Rage provides solutions for effective management medically, behaviorally, socially, legally, financially, and emotionally of challenging elders starting to get dementia and resisting care. Elder Rage presents creative solutions for getting obstinate elders to: accept cleaning/caregiving help, give up driving, see new doctors, take medication, shower, eat, attend adult day care, move to a new residence, etc. Includes valuable resources, QandA, recommended reading. Also includes an extensive addendum by renowned neurologist/dementia specialist, Rodman Shankle, MD, A Physician s Guide To Treating Dementia, making it valuable for everyone from the family to the physician. MARCELL S MISSIONS: Help improve eldercare laws; show healthcare professionals how they can better help families they work with; provide solutions and hope to caregivers; encourage funding for Alzheimer s research and bring awareness to importance of early diagnosis; expose elder abuse, neglect and exploitation; encourage long–term care planning; bring attention to the need for Adult Day Care Services. MY MISSIONS: To: help improve our eldercare laws; educate healthcare professionals how to better help the families they work with; provide solutions and hope to families; encourage funding for Alzheimer s and Breast Cancer research and bring awareness to the importance of early diagnosis; expose elder abuse, neglect and exploitation; encourage long-term care insurance/planning; bring attention to funding needs for Adult Day Services which saved my parents lives as well as my own. I ve testified before the Assistant Secretary on Aging and am featured in an upcoming documentary on the subject. Read More

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When someone you love dies, Earl Grollman writes, "there is no way to predict how you will feel. The reactions of grief are not li...ke recipes, with given ingredients, and certain results. . . . Grief is universal. At the same time it is extremely personal. Heal in your own way." If you are grieving, Living When a Loved One Has Died can help. This gentle, reassuring book explains the bewildering feelings that arise after a loved one s death and helps you honestly confront your loss. While the journey through grief is neither straightforward nor simple, Living When a Loved One Has Died will be an invaluable companion as you sort through your feelings, take steps toward healing, and begin to build a new life. Read More

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Occasional clashes between parents and children are not uncommon, but when defiant behavior such as tantrums, resistance to chor...es, and negativity becomes chronic, it can cause big problems within the family. In 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child, child and family psychologist Dr. Jeff Bernstein has developed a ground-breaking 10-day program to help parents gain back control over their defiant child or teen. This powerful and exceptionally reader-friendly guide explains what causes defiance in kids, why it s so destructive to the family, and shows parents step-by-step how they can end the behavior. Simple-to-follow and extremely effective, 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child will bring much-needed relief to the millions of frustrated parents out there living with defiant children. Read More

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Finally, a beginning . . . The time had finally come. The time I had been waiting for through all these long months that I knew so...oner or later had to occur. Now it was here. She had surprised me so much by actually crying that for a moment I did nothing but look at her. Then I gathered her into my arms, hugging her tightly. She clutched onto my shirt so that I could feel the dull pain of her fingers digging into my skin. She cried and cried and cried. I held her and rocked the chair back and on its rear legs, feeling my arms and chest get damp from the tears and her hot breath and the smallness of the room. Read More

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Give your child a smart start with What Your First Grader Needs to Know What will your child be expected to learn in the first gra...de? How can you help him or her at home? How can teachers foster active, successful learning in the classroom? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American first graders. Featuring a new Introduction, filled with opportunities for reading aloud and fostering discussion, this first-grade volume of the acclaimed Core Knowledge Series presents the sort of knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging first-grade education. Inside you ll discover • Favorite poems old and new, such as “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” and “Thirty Days Hath September” • Beloved stories from many times and lands, including a selection of Aesop s fables, “Hansel and Gretel,” “All Stories Are Anansi s,” “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” and much more • Familiar sayings and phrases such as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “Practice makes perfect” • World and American history and geography take a trip down the Nile with King Tut and learn about the early days of our country, including the story of Jamestown, the Pilgrims, and the American Revolution • Visual arts fun activities plus full-color reproductions of masterworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Georgia O Keeffe, and others • Music engaging introductions to great composers and music, including classical music, opera, and jazz, as well as a selection of favorite children s songs • Math a variety of activities to help your child learn to count, add and subtract, solve problems, recognize geometrical shapes and patterns, and learn about telling time • Science interesting discussions of living things and their habitats, the human body, the states of matter, electricity, our solar system, and what s inside the earth, plus stories of famous scientists such as Thomas Edison and Rachel Carson Read More

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New insights and practical solutions for overworked and stressed-out girls and their parents. In today s achievement culture, many... girls seem to be doing remarkably well excelling in honors and sports and attending top colleges in ever greater numbers but beneath the surface, girls are stressed out and stretched too thin as they strive to be ?perfect.? In their efforts to juggle schoolwork and extracurriculars, family life and social lives, friends and frenemies, as well as relationships online and IRL (in the real world), many girls begin to lose sight of who they really are, and instead work overtime to please their friends, parents, teachers, and others. With honesty, empathy, and a fresh perspective, The Myth of the Perfect Girl presents advice to empower both parents and girls themselves to discover what true success and happiness means to them and how to work to achieve it. ISBN-13: 9780399537714 Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Publication date: 12/31/2012 Pages: 304 Sales rank: 213,456 Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d) Read More

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True fear is often a signal that can save your life. Are you listening? The baby-sitter you ve just hired makes you uneasy what sh...ould you do? You sense you are being followed do you confront the stranger...or run? A fired employee says "You ll be sorry" should you take him seriously? A person in the elevator you are about to enter just doesn t look right do you wait for the next car? A date won t take "no" for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust and act on our gut instincts. In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation s leading expert on violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger before it s too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including...how to act when approached by a stranger...when you should fear someone close to you...what to do if you are being stalked...how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls...the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person...and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life. Read More

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Are two-year-olds really so terrible, or does the world have a slightly skewed view of this sometimes difficult, sometimes adorabl...e lot? Drs. Ames and Ilg, recognized worldwide as authorities on child behavior and development, offer parents practical advice and enlightening psychological insights on children this age. What are two-year-old girls and boys thinking and feeling? How do they see others around them? With humor and compassion, the authors describe the general characteristics of these complex toddlers: their physical growth trends, their emotional and psychological maturation. Also included are insights into how two-year-olds behave with family and other children, and advice on how to handle them, as well as tings to avoid. Included in this book: • A two-year-old s view of the world and himself • Bath and dressing routines • Sex differences • Stories from real life • A list of age-appropriate toys and books • A bibliography for parents “Louise Bates Ames and her colleagues synthesize a lifetime of observation of children, consultation, and discussion with parents. These books will help parents to better understand their children and will guide them through the fascinating and sometimes trying experiences of modern parenthood.” Donald J. Cohen, M.D., Director, Yale Child Study Center, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology, Yale School of Medicine Read More

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