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Welcoming your little one into the world can be scary. Get answers to all of your burning questions from the many books that offer advice on parenting. Ask your friends for recommendations or read online reviews to help choose the ones best suited to your situation and parenting style.
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No one can truly understand what another person is going through unless he has had the same experience. Because I suffered the los...s of my first son to cancer when he was five years old, I feel that I have the understanding and compassion to provide encouragement to others in similar situations. Billy?s Story was written from my heart to honor God and help people. I live in Saint Charles, Missouri. The experience I went through with my son Billy was the catalyst to my ?seeing the light? and becoming a ?completed? Jew, i.e., a Jew who has accepted Jesus as their savior. Read More

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My eldest son served over twenty (20) years in prison for using a play, toy pellet gun that children use every day. I want the rea...ders to know that it can be very dangerous for your children to play with certain types of weapons, "play and toy" included. It depends when, where and how the toy is being used and whom it is used on. One of my missions and goals are to educate parents and teenagers on the insensitivity of the "NO TOLERANCE" atmosphere in society. I missed 20 years of celebrating his birthdays, 20 years of not having grandchildren from him, etc. I am not negating the fact that he did something wrong, I am adamant about explaining that my son served more time in prison than some murderers - IT IS UNJUST! I served twenty-one years (21) in the military. I have good family core values and taught my son "right and wrong"; he was enrolled in character building activities, such as Karate, Track and Field, Football, and he played music. If your teenager starts to make friends with peers that are going in a daunting path, then STOP! THINK! TAKE ACTION! In hindsight I would ask family members to have an intervention with my teen son. Your teenager will probably listen to his uncle, aunt, cousin or sibling when they will not listen to you. Take the appropriate action before it s too late. "Parents: please do not let your children play with TOY GUNS (plastic or pellet). It may land them in jail for twenty (20) years." Read More

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"Children can be like a foreign country, and this is the phrase book and guide book that adults need to navigate that landscape se...nsitively and effectively." - Catherine Connors, Editor-in-Chief, Disney Interactive Family "The Parents Phrase Book shares [Whit s] helpful insight into parenting in a way that is thought-provoking, heartwarming, and always entertaining." - Ed Sanders, TV Host (Owner s Manual, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) "Whit is...high on my list of people to ask for advice if I wasn t sure how to deal with a parenting issue." - Matt Blum, Editor-in-Chief, GeekDad.com "The Parents Phrase Book is the go-to guide...for the wild rollercoaster known as parenting." - Mike Adamick, Author of Dad s Book of Awesome Projects; MikeAdamick.com "No matter how much we study and experiment, our best efforts as parents get lost in translation.... This book is the closest thing we have to a Dead Sea Scrolls for parenting." - Charlie Capen, Author of The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions; HowToBeADad.com What do you say when your child gets caught in a fib? Or asks you where babies come from? With The Parents Phrase Book, you no longer have to worry about coming up with the right response on the spot. Written by Whit Honea, a parenting expert whose advice has appeared on BabyCenter, Babble, and the Huffington Post, this valuable guide provides you with the key language and tactics you ll need to deal with a variety of parenting situations. Inside, Honea explains why his approach quickly resolves issues and why so many of the parenting phrases you ll hear on the playground actually encourage your child to misbehave.From tackling sibling rivalry to handling bullies at school, The Parents Phrase Book will help you connect with your child and address even the toughest parenting dilemmas. Read More

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Parental anxiety is at an all-time high, and with parenting styles swinging from attachment parenting to that of "Tiger Moms," Rob...in Berman, MD, inspires mothers and fathers to find a graceful place in the middle. Children used to be seen and not heard, but now they are at the center of their parents universe. Parents today seem skittish about asserting their authority. They indulge in their children s demands and tantrums, and enter into endless negotiations, all for fear of hurting their children s feelings. Sadly, this indulgence is creating a generation of psychologically fragile individuals, and it undermines the very self-esteem it seeks to build. In between these parenting extremes lies a better way to raise thriving, well-adjusted children. Parents need to know that it is not only OK but essential to be in charge. Children with too much power often become anxious, and not allowing children to work through negative emotions leads to a lack of resilience later in their lives. Permission to Parent teaches parents to be comfortable setting boundaries while maintaining a loving connection, fostering self-esteem, respect, and emotional maturity. Children need limits more than they need indulgences, time more than schedules, and love more than stuff. Robin Berman, MD, provides the tools for great parenting by drawing from her extensive clinical experience and wisdom collected from seasoned therapists, revered teachers, and role-model parents. Permission to Parent strikes the perfect balance of advice, anecdote, and research to be an essential parenting guide. Read More

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Executive functions are the cognitive skills that help us manage our lives and be successful. Children with weak executive skills,... despite their best intentions, often do their homework but forget to turn it in, wait until the last minute to start a project, lose things, or have a room that looks like a dump! The good news is that parents can do a lot to support and train their children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses. Late, Lost, and Unprepared is a must-have book for parents of children from primary school through high school who struggle with: Impulse Control (taking turns, interrupting others, running off) Cognitive Flexibility (adapting to new situations, transitions, handling frustrations) Initiation (starting homework, chores, and major projects) Working Memory (following directions, note-taking, reading and retaining info) Planning and Organizing (completing and turning in homework, juggling schedules) Self-monitoring (making careless errors, staying on topic, getting into trouble but not understanding why) Written by clinical psychologists, Late, Lost, and Unprepared emphasizes the need for a two-pronged approach to intervention: 1) helping the child to manage demands in the short run, and 2) building independent skills for long-term self-management. Full of encouragement and practical strategies, the book s organization--short chapters with overviews, summaries, case studies, tips, and definitions--makes it easy to grasp concepts quickly and get started. Part I, What You Need to Know, provides information about: what executive functions are and how weaknesses in these skills affect development; the impact of weak executive function on children s emotional lives and their families; how professionals assess executive function problems; and associated conditions (AD/HD--children with an AD/HD diagnosis always have executive skills issues--learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, etc.). Part II discusses What You Can Do About It including how to change behavior and set reasonable expectations, and offers specific intervention strategies for children of different ages, varying needs, and profiles. Late, Lost, and Unprepared is chockful of ideas for helping your child or student be productive and independent--today and in the future. Read More

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Step families or Blended Families Are the Norm Nowadays. The statistics show that 65 percent of remarriages will include children ...from previous relationships. When families "blend" to create step families things rarely progress smoothly. Some children may resist the many changes they face, while parents may become frustrated or disappointed when the new family doesn t function like their previous family functioned. This book teaches you to deal with basic issues such as privacy for individual family members, who should handle the discipline, giving your stepchildren space, not to expect respect, but to earn respect. How to deal with hot and cold behavior from your step kids. Contrary to myth, step families have a high rate of success in raising healthy children. 80% of the kids grow up and turn out to be fine. Do not beat yourself up about being a bad step parent, learn how to deal with the situation. Read More

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The bestselling author of Wherever You Go, There You Are (more than 1,000,000 total copies in print) and Full Catastrophe Living j...oins forces with his wife, Myla, in this groundbreaking revised edition of the classic book about mindfulness in parenting children of all ages. Updated with new material including an all new introduction and expanded practices in the epilogue Everyday Blessings remains one of the few books on parenting that embraces the emotional, intuitive, and deeply personal experience of being a parent, applying the groundbreaking "mind/body connection" expertise from global thought-leader, Jon Kabat-Zinn and his wife, Myla Kabat-Zinn. Read More

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Across the country, parents are fighting Herculean battles against an intransigent medical community that refuses to believe that ...autism can be healed. Mothers are going into battle for proper diagnosis and effective treatment, often at great personal cost. Jenny McCarthy knows what it s like-she put her career and personal life on hold when she realized something was wrong with her son, Evan. Her sacrifice has brought national awareness to the controversy over the causes and treatment of autism. Now, Jenny wants everyone to know that there are other warriors out there, and their stories will inspire and inform anyone facing a similar struggle. Read More

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After spending thirteen years teaching elementary education, Liz Parsons has gained a lot of experience raising kids. And with two... boys of her own, she has learned that the ultimate key to survival is laughter (and possibly this book). It is a secret she shares over and over again in Raising Huck and Ted a collection of rollicking, fun stories about raising two boys. As the tales of laughable events and heartwarming moments unfold, Liz exposes readers to many of the universal challenges that parents often face. Raising Huck and Ted is written with love, humor, and good values at heart. Each chapter is followed by a series of helpful, practical tips meant to encourage parents and make them laugh. Just when they think things are going badly at home, Parsons assures them that things may get worse (but will probably get better!). Acknowledging that parents will generally choose sleeping over any other activity, Parsons light, conversational style offers a warm, breezy read; comical tales of family life are sprinkled with tidbits of advice, ideas, and approaches that will connect with any parent (like how to deal with fads and fashions, how to survive the witching hour before dinner, and how to give children what every child wants). Many of her stories cover etiquette, discipline, and responsibility challenges that can be applied with equal good humor and fairness to children, parents and grandparents alike. Go ahead, raise a white flag, raise a glass, raise the roof just read Raising Huck and Ted. It s the perfect time-out for parents! Read More

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This practical and sensible guide Ten-Minute Parenting is a must-have for today s parents. Author Barbara Hair offers expert help ...for busy parents of children of all ages. She addresses issues from child development, parent-child relationships and situations parents experience everyday. From temper tantrums to homework she provides concise and practical tips that you need and will use each day. As stated in the book, if you do not form your children while they are young then the outside world will do it for you. She stresses the importance of parents raising kind and respectful children which in turn reaps bountiful rewards. The abundant problem-solving and parenting applications offered will prove invaluable to every parent. It contains new insights every parent and child will appreciate. Barbara Hair is a freelance writer, author and private tutor with over thirty years of classroom teaching experience. Ms. Hair earned her Bachelors of Arts in Education through Washington State University and Master s Degree in Education from San Francisco State University. She holds a Washington State Teaching Certificate with an emphasis in elementary and early childhood education. Throughout her years of teaching Ms. Hair has presented a variety of workshops for parents and educators. Read More

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The new millennium has seen a variety of parenting styles that differ greatly from previous generations. Titles such as Tiger Moms... and Helicopter Parents have received media attention by the general public but other styles such as Hippo, Free-Range and Divergent Parenting, as well as a host of others, are not so well known. This book provides a brief history of parenting in America, categorizes some of the parenting styles that currently are employed in the country and briefly explains some of the more popular titles. Read More

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Parenting today is no easy task but Tools for Effective Parenting can help. From years of raising his own children and caring for ...thousands of others Donahue has discovered some basic tools to make parenting easier and more effective. The good news is that most parents already have these tools on hand but do not think of them as parenting helpers. Can peer pressure be a parenting tool? Donahue says it can. So can having a pet, going to church, and easiest of all, listening to your kids. He discusses these and nine other tools. He uses poignant, real life stories told to him by ordinary kids to demonstrate just how these simple tools will be the answer to a parent s prayers. Read More

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WINNER! Mom s Choice Gold Award for parenting books Mom s Choice Awards: The best in family-friendly media "My kid is smart, but......" It takes more than school smarts to create a fulfilling life. In fact, many bright children face special challenges: Some are driven by perfectionism; Some are afraid of effort, because they re used to instant success; Some routinely butt heads with authority figures; Some struggle to get along with their peers; Some are outwardly successful but just don t feel good about themselves. This practical and compassionate book explains the reasons behind these struggles and offers parents do-able strategies to help children cope with feelings, embrace learning, and build satisfying relationships. Drawing from research as well as the authors clinical experience, it focuses on the essential skills children need to make the most of their abilities and become capable, confident, and caring people. Read More

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Harville Hendrix has illuminated the paths to healthy, loving relationships in his New York Times bestsellers Getting the Love You... Want and Keeping the Love You Find. Now, with his coauthor and wife, Helen Hunt, he brings us to a new understanding of the most profound love of all by helping parents nurture their own development as they encourage emotional wholeness in their children. This groundbreaking book offers a unique opportunity for personal transformation: by resolving issues that originated in our own childhood, we can achieve a conscious, and thus healthier, relationship with our children, regardless of their age. Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt help us explore: The Imago the fantasy partner that our unconscious mind constructs from those we loved as a child, a that has guided our search for a life partner Maximizer and Minimizer parents the defensive styles that internally shape what we say and how interact with our children A Parenting Process that helps to end the "cycle of wounding" the handing-down of wounding we received as children as we raise our own children Safety, Support, and Structure how to give children what they really need from us Modeling Adulthood using our healed sense of self as a model for our children. With other practical, insightful approaches that can powerfully shape the parent-child bond, Giving the Love that Heals gives us the keys to helping our children to become healthy, responsible, and caring people. Read More

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An expert clinician brings attachment theory into the realm of parenting skills. Attachment security and affect regulation have lo...ng been buzzwords in therapy circles, but many of these ideas so integral to successful therapeutic work with kids and adolescents have yet to be effectively translated to parenting practice itself. Moreover, as neuroscience reveals how the human brain is designed to work in good relationships, and how such relationships are central to healthy human development, the practical implications for the parent-child attachment relationship become even more apparent. Here, a leading attachment specialist with over 30 years of clinical experience brings the rich and comprehensive field of attachment theory and research from inside the therapy room to the outside, equipping therapists and caregivers with practical parenting skills and techniques rooted in proven therapeutic principles. A guide for all parents and a resource for all mental health clinicians and parent-educators who are searching for ways to effectively love, discipline, and communicate with children, this book presents the techniques and practices that are fundamental to optimal child development and family functioning how to set limits, provide guidance, and manage the responsibilities and difficulties of daily life, while at the same time communicating safety, fun, joy, and love. Filled with valuable clinical vignettes and sample dialogues, Hughes shows how attachment-focused research can guide all those who care for children in their efforts to better raise them. Read More

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Ten percent of the U.S. population has Sensory Integration Disorder-also known as Sensory Processing Disorder-which is characteriz...ed by the inability of the brain to accurately process information coming from the senses. For kids living with Sensory Integration Disorder, the world can be a scary place, full of potentially stressful experiences. Kids with Sensory Integration Disorder can howl in discomfort over the feel of a shirt tag or a sock seam on bare skin. They may find the sound of a whisper to be as loud and frightening as a siren, and may perceive the caring touch of a parent or jostling in the school lunch line as equivalent to an assault. The Everything Parent s Guide to Sensory Integration Disorder: Provides an in-depth definition of Sensory Integration Disorder and explains its effects Highlights occupational therapy treatments and explains techniques you can use outside of the therapist s office to calm your child Includes helpful advice for parents teaching their children how to deal with this disorder at school, home, and play, from childhood through adulthood In The Everything Parent s Guide to Sensory Integration Disorder, you ll find the answers you need as you search for ways to help your child. This reassuring handbook examines various forms of treatment and therapy, and provides professional advice for helping children with SID succeed in school, at home, and with friends. Author Biography: Terri Mauro is the About.com guide to Parenting Special Needs Children and is a member of Sensory Integration International. She edits Mothers With Attitude, a site for adoptive and special-needs parents that has been named a USA Today Hot Site and a Good Housekeeping Site of the Day. Terri lives in Clifton, NJ. Sharon A. Cermak, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is widely published and internationally known for her work in sensory integration, dyspraxia, and in development and sensory processing with children from orphanages in Eastern Europe. Dr. Cermak is a charter member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation s Academy of Research, a recipient of the AOTF A. Jean Ayres Award, and a Fulbright Scholar. She is the coauthor of a multidisciplinary book, Developmental Coordination Disorder: Theory and Practice. Sharon lives in Boston, MA. Read More

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Babies with Down Syndrome, the trustworthy guide which has benefited thousands of families since it was first published in 1985, i...s completely revised and updated in a new, third edition. Covering the best practices for raising and caring for children with Down syndrome through age five, this book is invaluable to new parents who have welcomed a baby with Down syndrome into their lives. This new edition incorporates the latest scientific, medical, educational research, and practical information available, as well as parents suggestions and feedback. Existing chapters have been revised, some completely rewritten by new authors, and in keeping with its parent-friendly reputation, most of the book s contributors are parents of children with Down syndrome. Chapters cover: What Is Down Syndrome?: A primer on the causes, characteristics, and diagnosis, including the latest information on genetics and prenatal testing; Adjusting to Your Baby: Advice from an experienced mother on coping with common emotions and announcing the news to friends and family; Medical Concerns and Treatments: An overview of possible health issues including celiac disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, reflux, and skin problems, with an emphasis on detecting signs early for needed treatment; Daily Care: The gamut of care from feeding to bathing, with expanded information about toilet training; Family Life: The impact on siblings and couples, discipline issues, and new material to help everyone understand that a child s behavior is a form of communication; Development and Learning: Expectations about developmentplus new material on variability in development, learning styles, using reading to develop language, memory strengths and weaknesses, and using play to encourage learning; Early Intervention: An overview of services and therapies for babies and toddlers with new information on the transdisciplinary approach, providing services in the natural environment, transitioning to preschool, and common questions and answers; Legal Rights and Financial Issues: Explains your child s educational and legal rights, and financial information, including the latest on federal education and civil rights laws, sources of financial assistance, health insurance, trusts, and guardianship. Full of new photos, parent statements, updated and expanded resources and reading lists, and a reprint of the inspiring essay, "Welcome to Holland," this guide is everything parents need to build a bright and healthy future for their child with Down syndrome. 2009 IPPY Award: Silver Medalist, Parenting/Family Read More

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Discover the gentle art of Infant Massage... In this completely updated version of her renowned classic, Vimala McClure, founder o...f the International Association of Infant Massage, and its premier proponent in the United States, helps you master the techniques of infant massage so you can incorporate this joyful and wonderful healing art into your baby s life. She shows you why a daily massage can be one of the greatest gifts you give your child...and yourself. For generations mothers the world over have known that the soft stroke of their hands soothes, calms, and communicates their love to their babies. Now scientific research proves that massage can do all that and more. In Infant Massage, McClure shares how massage benefits children easing discomfort, releasing tension, helping premature infants gain weight, even helping asthmatic children improve breathing function. She explains each step of the massage process with simple easy-to-follow instructions and delightful photographs demonstrating each stroke. You ll also find: Specific routines tailored to help relieve colic, fever, chest and nasal congestion Modified instructions for premature infants and babies with special needs Helpful hints on dealing with crying and fussing Lullabies, rhymes, and games to enhance the massage experience Guidance for teaching children about "good touch" A special chapter dedicated to fathers Compassionate advice for foster and adoptive parents And much more With more than 90,000 copies of the first edition in print, Infant Massage has been completely revised and updated to reflect fascinating new research about the effects of touch on parent-child bonding, infant stress, sensory development, and the care of special-needs babies. Read More

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Containing practical, specific parenting advice; strategies for effecting change with educators, store managers, corporations, and... more; and tips for challenging and changing the media, this essential guide gives parents the tools they need to fight back against the modern stereotyping and sexualization of young girls. Activist Melissa Wardy shares tangible advice for getting young girls to start thinking critically about sexed-up toys and clothes while also talking to girls about body image issues. She provides tips for creating a home full of diverse, inspiring toys and media free of gender stereotypes, using consumer power to fight companies that make such major missteps, and taking the reins to limit, challenge, and change the harmful media and products bombarding girls. Redefining Girly provides specific parenting strategies, templates, and sample conversations and includes letters from some of the leading experts in education, psychology, child development, and girls advocacy. Read More

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?Why do you always have to be at me about stuff when I m in the middle of doing something?? ?You don t have to yell at me! Everyth...ing has to be exactly when you want it! I hate this house!? Is there any aspect of parenting more frustrating than when even the simplest conversation with your teenager quickly deteriorates into a take-no-prisoners war? Bestselling author Anthony E. Wolf sympathizes, and in his new book he provides hope, humor, and practical tips for dealing with the everyday challenges of raising teens in the twenty-first century. I d Listen to My Parents if They d Just Shut Up will help you understand who your teenagers really are under all the attitude, and what new rules apply to successfully communicating with them in today s constantly evolving world of the Internet, electronics, and social media. A book designed to make life with your teenage child a significantly more enjoyable experience, I d Listen to My Parents if They d Just Shut Up offers specific scenarios to illustrate which responses will work and which ones are doomed to failure the next time your thirteen-to-nineteen-year-old refuses to listen or won t take ?no? for an answer. Read More

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"A wise and unique perspective..." Susan Newman, Ph.D. Is your family life stressful and unpleasant? Are you exhausted from never-...ending battles? Do you wish your child were more patient...or more outgoing...or less impulsive...or simply different from who she is? There is a way out of your endless loop of frustration. Parent coach Nancy Rose paves the way with a remarkably effective approach: Leading with Acceptance, which draws upon real life parent/child relationships, current studies, and groundbreaking methods for understand and accepting your child s CoreSelf traits. Leading with Acceptance will help you: ? Discover what you can and cannot change about your child ? Understand the power of acceptance in building a healthy parent/child connection, no matter how old your child is ? Gain peace of mind as you raise your children to become their best, happiest selves Read More

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This is an in-depth book about the different trials and tribulations that each parent can encounter as they raise their children. ...You ve probably encountered this situation before: You sit down to eat dinner and suddenly one of your lovely little darlings decides to throw a meatball at one of their siblings. You ve also probably taken one of your kids to the supermarket and gotten as far as the cereal aisle when your precious little bundle of joy starts to have a meltdown. Well, what this book does is show you many different techniques in which you can curb this kind of behavior before it even begins. We will also go through various parenting techniques to help your children eat well and teach them valuable lifelong lessons that will help your child succeed in the future. We ll show you everything that we have discovered to help you in raising kids that will be well rounded adults. Read More

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Unlike other college guides targeted at students or about the admissions process, Letting Go is a compassionate, practical and up-...to-the-minute self-help handbook for parents dealing with the confusing and conflicting emotions of watching their children go off to college. Using many anecdotes from students, teachers and administrators on the lines, the chapters lead parents through the transitional period from junior year of high school to senior year of college. The authors explain the mind-set of today s college students and what their hopes and fears are and offer parents help in figuring out when to encourage their child s independence and when to come to the rescue. With all-new sections on campus life, as well as the latest facts on the Internet and its impact on the admissions process, academics and student life, this is a must-have guide for every concerned parent. Author Biography: Karen Levin Coburn is Associate Dean of Students at Washington University and the co-author of The New Assertive Woman (more than one million copies sold) and Hitting Our Stride. Madge Lawrence Treeger, a long time member of the Washington University counseling service, is now a psychotherapist in private practice. 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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From a modern-day Mary Poppins and the former star of TLC s Take Home Nanny comes a holistic and guilt-free approach to parenting ...children ages seven and under. Emma Jenner lives, teaches, and nannies by this philosophy: if parents are in control, they can enjoy their children more. And what could be more enjoyable than well- behaved, respectful, healthy, thriving kids? Keep Calm and Parent On effectively places parenting expert Emma Jenner on your shoulder, helping you see your child s behavior from an objective standpoint that puts you firmly in charge. Each chapter opens with a checklist of questions to ask yourself when you run into a specific problem, whether it s sleeping, nutrition, communication, manners, consequences, or self-esteem. Jenner then breaks down each checklist, explaining how bad behavior is really just a habit that needs to be corrected. By connecting the dots in all areas of your child s life, you can understand why he or she is acting out and how to fix it. For example, the best discipline techniques in the world won t work if a child is sleep-deprived, and a child will not demonstrate good manners if communication is faulty and he doesn t understand what s expected of him. Each chapter also features handy sidebars, as well as instructive and memorable quizzes. A strong proponent of raising our expectations, Jenner shows how parents can do more by doing less for their children. With an interactive format and straightforward solutions, this invaluable guide is designed to give parents bite-size takeaways they can use immediately with their children. Jenner s blend of British and American parenting styles is more than advice; it is proof that all children are capable of behaving and that you have the keys to unlocking their potential. Read More

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Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years Let Jim Fay and Charles Fay, Ph.D., help you start your child off on the right foot. T...he tools in Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood will give you the building blocks you need to create children who grow up to be responsible, successful teens and adults. And as a bonus you will enjoy every stage of your child s life and look forward to sharing a lifetime of joy with them. Get help with: ? potty training ? daycare ? back-talk ? whining ? and many more everyday stresses faced by parents of toddlers Read More

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Called ?a poignantly searing fusion of heartbreak and hope? by Kirkus Reviews, this is the story of a woman and a neurobiologist f...orced to come to terms with her mother s mental deterioration, while bringing a new life into the world. Sybil Lockhart, a Berkeley neurobiologist, became a ?mother in the middle? when she was pregnant with her second daughter and her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease. When her mother begins to show the first subtle signs of the disease that is slowly ravaging her brain, Sybil refuses to consider the possibility of dementia, insisting that all her mother needs is a daughter nearby. She relocates her young family to her beloved San Francisco Bay Area, where her memories of her mother and her childhood are deeply anchored. As Sybil sets about creating new memories against the backdrop of her past, the emerging undeniable truth about her mother s condition threatens to overwhelm her ability to maintain her career, nurture her marriage, raise her young daughter, and care for herself during her second pregnancy. Even though she appreciates the beauty of the dramatic biological processes at work inside the brains of her family members, she also understands their inevitable power, and she bravely describes the complicated emotions denial, rage, ambivalence, exhaustion that so many caregivers experience. With a unique combination of science and intimate experience, Mother in the Middle is a story of mothers and daughters, science and creativity, and life s exquisite intertwining of love and loss. Read More

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Powerful kids don t just happen. They re created. Whether loud and temperamental, quiet and sensitive, or stubborn and manipulativ...e, powerful children can make living with them a challenge. But it doesn t have to be that way. All children need to face the realities of life, and the best place for them to do so is in the safe place of their home. For all the parents out there at their wits end, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman offers the fail-safe action plan to redirecting power surges into positive traits that will prepare the powerful child for a successful, happy, productive adult life. Parents will learn how powerful children are created, what makes them tick, what makes them explode, and what they can do to change the power plays . . . for the good of the entire family. All it takes is determination, persistence, willpower, and advice that works--guaranteed. Read More

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How do we build resilient children who can handle life s challenges? As parents today, we often feel that our role is to protect o...ur children from the world: to cushion them when they fall, to lift them over obstacles, and to remove sharp rocks from their path. But controlling a child s entire environment and keeping all pain at bay isn t feasible we can t prepare the world for our children, so instead we should focus on preparing our children for the world. ?The solution is not removing impediments from our children s lives,? writes Krissy Pozatek, ?it is compassionately encouraging them to be brave.? We need to show our kids how to navigate their own terrain. If our kids face small hurdles, small pains, at a young age and learn to overcome these obstacles, they will be much better equipped to face larger trouble later in life. Early lessons in problem solving teach self-confidence and self-reliance and show us that our kids are tougher than we think. Krissy draws her lessons from her experience guiding children in wilderness therapy and from her Buddhist practice showing us that all life is as unpredictable as mountain weather, that impermanence is the only constant, and that the most loving act a parent can do is fearlessly ready their child to face the wilderness. For parents of children of all ages. Read More

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Powerful kids don t just happen. They re created. Whether loud and temperamental, quiet and sensitive, or stubborn and manipulativ...e, powerful children can make living with them a challenge. But it doesn t have to be that way. All children need to face the realities of life, and the best place for them to do so is in the safe place of their home. For all the parents out there at their wits end, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman offers a fail-safe action plan for redirecting power surges into positive traits that will prepare the powerful child for a successful, happy, productive adult life. Parents will learn how powerful children are created, what makes them tick, what makes them explode, and what they can do to change the power plays . . . for the good of the entire family. All it takes is determination, persistence, willpower, and advice that works--guaranteed. Read More

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Are you the child of toxic parents? When you were a child... ? Did your parents tell you you were bad or worthless? ? Did your par...ents use physical pain to discipline you? ? Did you have to take care of your parents because of their problems? ? Were you often frightened of your parents? ? Did your parents do anything to you that had to be kept secret? Now that you re an adult... ? Do your parents still treat you as if you were a child? ? Do you have intense emotional or physical reactions after spending time with your parents? ? Do your parents control you with threats or guilt? Do they manipulate you with money? ? Do you feel that no matter what you do, it s never good enough for your parents? In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents and discover a new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence. A guide to overcoming the hurtful legacy of toxic parents and reclaiming your life by the bestselling authors of Men Who Hate Women And The Women Who Love Them. Read More

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A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times...?bestselling author of Insane City. In his New York Times?bestselling I ll Mature When I m Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families. In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he s serious about that title: ?When my daughter can legally commence dating February 24, 2040 I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased?) to funeral instructions (?I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner?), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (?It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers?). Let s face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. Thank goodness we have Dave Barry as our guide! Read More

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A plain-English guide to teaching phonics. Every parent can teach reading no experts need apply! Too many parents watch their chil...dren struggle with early reading skills and don t know how to help. Phonics programs are too often complicated, overpriced, gimmicky, and filled with obscure educationalese. The Ordinary Parent s Guide to Teaching Reading cuts through the confusion, giving parents a simple, direct, scripted guide to teaching reading from short vowels through supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. This one book supplies parents with all the tools they need. Over the years of her teaching career, Jessie Wise has seen good reading instruction fall prey to trendy philosophies and political infighting. Now she has teamed with dynamic coauthor Sara Buffington to supply parents with a clear, direct phonics program a program that gives them the know-how and confidence to take matters into their own hands. Read More

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Do you ever find yourself asking . . . ? How can you get your children to do their homework without meltdowns, threats or bribes? ...? How can you have a drama-free morning where the kids actually get out the door in time for school? ? How can you better manage your kids screen time without making them want to hide what they re doing from you? Family therapist Susan Stiffelman is here to help. While most parenting programs are designed to coerce kids to change, Parenting Without Power Struggles does something innovative, showing you how to come alongside your children to awaken their natural instincts to cooperate, rather than at them with threats or bribes, which inevitably fuels their resistance. By staying calm and being the confident ?Captain of the ship? your child needs, you will learn how to parent from a place of strong, durable connection, and you ll be better able to help your kids navigate the challenging moments of growing up. Drawing upon her successful practice and packed with real-life stories, Parenting Without Power Struggles is an extraordinary guidebook for transforming the day-to-day lives of busy parents and the children they love. Read More

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The spirited child often called "difficult" or "strong-willed" can easily overwhelm parents, leaving them feeling frustrated and ...inadequate. Spirited kids are, in fact, simply "more" by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling their spirited child. Raising Your Spirited Child will help you: Understand your child s and your own temperamental traitsPlan for success with a simple four-step programDiscover the power of positive rather than negative labelsCope with tantrums and blowups when they do occurDevelop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school and many other situations Filled with personal insight and authorative advice, Raising Your Spirited Child can help make parenting the joy it should be, rather than the trial it can be. Author Biography: Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, M.A., is bestselling author of Raising Your Spirited Child. She is a nationally and internationally noted family educator providing training for parents and professionals who serve them through small group discussions and private consultations. Kucinka has more than twenty years experience as a pioneer and award-winning educator in Minnesota s Early Childhood Family Education Program and is the founder of the Spirited Child and Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles workshops. She lives with her family in Eagan, Minnesota. "A spirited child, often called difficult or strong-willed, has certain needs that may make parents feel overwhelmed and frustrated; this book explains how to understand and nurture these special children." Read More

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At last, a parents guide to understanding, treating, and living with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Written in an empathic st...yle by a parent who "has been there", Speaking of Apraxia offers hope and practical advice for parents of toddlers to teens with this neurologically-based motor speech disorder. Characterized by difficulties with planning and producing the complex set of movements necessary for intelligible speech, CAS can be a child s only diagnosis or can be accompanied by other special needs such as learning disabilities, Down syndrome, or autism. Parents and professionals will appreciate the author s clear explanations of everything from diagnosing CAS and working with speech-language pathologists (SLPs), to understanding how to distinguish it from other speech disorders, and getting appropriate early intervention and special education support. Drawing on the latest research, professionals insights, her own and other parents experience, the author covers these important topics: I: The Straight Scoop on Speech Basics CAS definition; An Overview of Speech and Language; Where to Get Help and What to Ask; Your First Appointment with an SLP II: Now What?! Getting, Coping with and Understanding the Diagnosis; Health and Genetics; All about Speech Therapy III: Helping Your Child Complementary and Alternative Medical and Treatment Approaches (Diet, Music, Movement Therapy and More) IV: Off to School Getting Ready; Special Education Ins and Outs; Phonological Awareness; Reading Issues V: Coping and Hoping Dealing with Emotions and Family Life; What the Future May Hold; Networking, Support Groups, and Advocacy Appendices: Information on insurance, summer camps and enrichment programs, speech-language milestones, and a glossary of terms Speaking of Apraxia is a comprehensive and authoritative resource any family, SLP, occupational therapist, or pediatric practice will be glad to own or recommend. Read More

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An examination of childhood trauma and its surreptitious, debilitating effects by one of the world s leading psychoanalysts. Never... before has world-renowned psychoanalyst Alice Miller examined so persuasively the long-range consequences of childhood abuse on the body. Using the experiences of her patients along with the biographical stories of literary giants such as Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, and Marcel Proust, Miller shows how a child s humiliation, impotence, and bottled rage will manifest itself as adult illness be it cancer, stroke, or other debilitating diseases. Never one to shy away from controversy, Miller urges society as a whole to jettison its belief in the Fourth Commandment and not to extend forgiveness to parents whose tyrannical childrearing methods have resulted in unhappy, and often ruined, adult lives. In this empowering work, writes Rutgers professor Philip Greven, "readers will learn how to confront the overt and covert traumas of their own childhoods with the enlightened guidance of Alice Miller." Read More

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A call for parents to take responsibility for their children and give them what they truly need in order to grow, thrive, and love.... Take a good look around you: you can t go into stores or restaurants without seeing joyless children screaming and sulking while their parents ignore them. According to esteemed child psychiatrist Robert Shaw, this epidemic has become so much the norm that we often don t recognize its warning signs. This bold and timely book tells you how to save your child and your family with a commonsense approach that cuts to the core of the problem and shows us the cure. The Epidemic covers: Developing your child s ability to love Managing child care and minimizing the damage Raising cooperative, joyful, and creative children Promoting self-esteem and confidence rather than self-centeredness Avoiding the harmful effects of electronic media Healing angry, contemptuous, withdrawn, and out-of-control children Read More

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With advice on parenting coming from several angles, what do you listen to and what do you ignore? Develop your own biblical philo...sophy of parenting and use it to filter the many ideas that come your way. In this book you ll learn how to: Identify character qualities to address problems Build internal motivation Transfer responsibility for change to the child Teach kids to be solvers instead of whiners Use creativity to teach your kids spiritual truths Avoid the ?boxing ring? Envision a positive future And much more! With these strategies you ll be able to move from behavior modification to a heart-based approach to parenting. Instead of relying on rewards, incentives, threats, and punishment, you ll learn how to identify heart lessons to teach your child and implement them in practical ways. The Christian Parenting Handbook by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, compiles fifty parenting principles that use heart-based strategies to teach you how to face daily challenges. When parents focus on the heart, kids learn to ask different questions about life. Instead of asking, ?What s in it for me?? they learn to ask, ?What s the right thing to do?? You ll soon see how a heart-based approach to parenting looks deeper and brings about greater, lasting change. The daily interaction you have with your children can impact them for the rest of their lives. With these fifty heart-based strategies, you ll develop your own biblical philosophy of parenting and gain perspective, greater motivation, and confidence that you re moving in the right direction. As you envision a positive future for your children, they ll experience hope and direction and you will too. Start applying these principles today! ISBN-13: 9781400205196 Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc. Publication date: 4/30/2013 Pages: 240 Sales rank: 286,421 Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d) Read More

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The STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) program has taught over two million parents more effective parenting techni...ques, encouraging mutual respect between parent and child, cooperation, responsibility, and self-reliance. The Parent s Handbook shows parents the best way to raise responsible children who will grow into responsible adults. Illustrations and charts. Size C. 136 pp. 30,000 print. "...this popular parenting guide explains how to encourage children, effectively communicate with them, and enforce discipline, not punishment." Read More

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A brand new edition of the bestselling guide to raising teenagers When Anthony E. Wolf s witty and compassionate guide to raising ...adolescents was first published, its amusing title and fresh approach won it widespread admiration. Beleaguered parents breathed sighs of relief and gratitude. Now Dr. Wolf has revised and updated his bestseller to tackle the changes of the past decade. He points out that while the basic issues of adolescence and the relationships between parents and their children remain much the same, today s teenagers navigate a faster, less clearly anchored world. Wolf s revisions include a new chapter on the Internet, a significantly modified section on drugs and drinking, and an added piece on gay teenagers. Although the rocky and ever-changing terrain of contemporary adolescence may bewilder parents, Get Out of My Life gives them a great road map. Read More

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Written by two professionals who have "been there and done that" with their own sons with ADHD, "Raising Boys With ADHD" empowers ...parents to help their sons with ADHD find success in school and beyond. The book covers topics not often found in other parenting guides such as the preschool years and early diagnosis and strategies for teens transitioning to work and college. Filled with practical knowledge, resources, and tools needed to help parents address the many strengths and challenges of boys with ADHD, this book provides parents with encouragement and hope for the future. Read More

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How can you make sure that your child gets what he or she needs in those critical first few years of life? For parents looking for... gentle guidance user friendly ideas for maximizing their child s development, tips for developing a strong parent-child relationship, and ways to ensure strong cognitive, social, and emotional success this book is for you! Above all, this book will teach you how to maximize your time with your young child whether you are a working or stay-at-home parent so that they get the best of you during the time you have to give! Making Kid Time Count For Ages 0-3 is research-based and parent tested highlighting the 4 key elements that are behind any successful parent-child relationship: Time, Connection, Interaction, and Play. More importantly, this book offers a combination of current research findings and hands-on, easy ?together time? activities designed for today s busy parents and their young children. ISBN-13: 9780984865789 Publisher: XAMOnline.com Publication date: 10/1/2013 Series:What Now? Series Edition description: First Edition Pages: 204 Sales rank: 587,255 Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d) Read More

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How do families find balance? Although the immediate answer is unclear, one thing is certain -- the American family needs help. My... Cup Runneth Over guides families in setting goals for themselves. Daryl and his wife have first-hand experience on this subject, both working full-time jobs, and raising three active children. This book uses a new management process called Meshing TM. The book is very different from most family books, focusing more on practical solutions. Daryl has used our experience as managers from the government, nonprofit, and private business sectors to assist families in this country to do what we have done--take control of our family. Written in an informal, entertaining style, it provides information to families that give them HOPE. Creatively illustrated with graphics and charts, the book is also indexed for quick reference. It is essential reading for families in search of purpose. Special Awards: January Book of the Month, The Larry Young Show 1998 Special Black History Award, and Featured on Heaven 600, The Top Gospel Radio Station in the Country ISBN-13: 9781492160960 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Publication date: 9/26/2013 Pages: 104 Sales rank: 1,408,011 Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.22 (d) Read More

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Parenting coach Terri Gregory has finally put her work into words. You can learn to become the parent you ve always wanted to be, ...improve your relationship with your child, and begin to awaken your own dreams. Terri is a consultant for change. Her humorous and kind perspective on parenting may just change your life and the life of your child. Don t go home without it! ISBN-13: 9781452580906 Publisher: Balboa Press Publication date: 9/17/2013 Pages: 234 Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d) Read More

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"A Father s Survival Guide to Divorce and Parenting" offers a unique perspective and firsthand information on managing divorce and... juggling the chores of everyday living with being a single parent. Divorce can be a humiliating, depressing and draining experience. It s often about the "blame game" and who can come up with the better strategy. Friends and family often cannot grasp the magnitude of the situation or the devastation of the divorce process. It takes a person who has been through a divorce to truly understand what it s like and to relate to your situation. With this book, you learn to prepare for the unexpected and navigate the divorce process. You ll start by learning to: -Prepare for the separation -Plan and manage the move out -Talk with your children and answer their questions -Understand the different types of child custody -Handle post-separation activities -Determine the divorce management options -Understand common terminology and processes -Find helpful publications your children -Calculate estimated alimony and child support payments -Prepare for divorce proceedings and associated costs -Calculate marital asset values -Protect future home purchases from spouse ownership -Find and work with a family law attorney -Understand attorney fees and tips for reducing legal fees -Prepare for a civil trial, depositions, interrogatories and testifying in court -Spot deceptive divorce tactics and mind games -Generate a parenting agreement. However, managing the divorce process is only part of the equation. It requires skills to juggle child care, career, daily household chores, bills, school activities and that s just for starters. Where before there were two parents to manage the household, now there s only one and that s you. This is no small feat especially when the politics of divorce tend to "take over." But, face it, you ve got very important children dependent upon you. So, to aide in this transition, you ll learn to: -Find emotional support for yourself -Cope with sleepless nights -Manage the barrage of questions from friends and family -Handle the daily activities associated with children rearing -Prepare and manage school activities -Use checklists to simplify household chores -Find creative new ways to celebrate holidays -Tackle traveling with children. The last part of the book includes a wealth of fun-filled activities that you can do with your children to lessen the impact of divorce. The activities can help you to maintain a positive relationship with your children and let them know they are loved deeply. This includes: -Free and low-cost activities -Fun games to play with the children -Secret treasure hunts using your GPS -Projects to make -Fun crafts and snacks to make -And more. Finally, this book features "did you know" facts, Web page links to related publications, noteworthy "Tips" and "Warnings" to indicated important subjects not to be overlooked. The concise writing style provides easy-to-follow, consolidated information, all designed to help you find your stride. ISBN-13: 9781490932736 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Publication date: 8/25/2013 Pages: 276 Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d) Read More

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In this abridged version of our award-winning book, "Sleeping with Your Baby," a world-wide recognized infant sleep authority prov...ides the latest information on potential scientific benefits of co-sleeping. The booklet instructs parents on how to create safe sleep environments. Complete with sections on minimizing hazards and risks, this booklet explains why and how to sleep with your baby. It contains all the key facts from "Sleeping with Your Baby" in an attractive format. ISBN-13: 9781930775251 Publisher: Platypus Media, LLC Publication date: 9/6/2013 Edition number: 2 Pages: 22 Sales rank: 1,369,080 Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.10 (d) Read More

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Being a parent is usually all about giving of yourself to foster your child s growth and development. But what happens when this i...sn t the case? Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from even very young children. This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder. From the author of Working with the Self-Absorbed and Loving the Self-Absorbed, this major revision of a self-help classic offers a step-by-step approach to resolving conflict and building a meaningful relationship with a narcissistic parent. Children of the Self-Absorbed offers clear definitions of narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder to help you identify the extent of your parent s problem. You ll learn the different types of destructive narcissism and how to recognize their effects on relationships. With the aid of proven techniques, you ll discover that you re not helpless against your parent s behavior and that you needn t consider giving up on the relationship. Instead, realistic strategies and steps are suggested for learning to set mutually agreed upon behaviors that can help you fulfill your needs and expectations. Read More

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