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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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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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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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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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Written in an accessible QandA format, here, finally, is the go-to resource for parents hoping to understand and communicate with ...their gay child. Through their LGBTQ-oriented site, the authors are uniquely experienced to answer parents' many questions and share insight and guidance on both emotional and practical topics. Filled with real-life experiences from gay kids and parents, this is the book gay kids want their parents to read. 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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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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A mindful approach to parenting that helps children (and their parents) feel happier, healthier, calmer, and less stressed in our ...frenetic era Rooted in the science of the brain, and integrating cognitive neuroscience and child development, Mindful Parenting is a unique program that speaks directly to today s busy families who make up what Dr. Race calls "Generation Stress." Research has shown that mindfulness practices stimulate the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Regular stimulation of this part of the brain helps us feel happier, healthier, calmer, less anxious, less stressed, and makes it easier for us to concentrate and think clearly the very behavior we are hoping our children will display. Dr. Race provides: An explanation of the way the brain works and why parents and kids today are more stressed, anxious, and angry than ever before Practical solutions to the problem: Things parents can do to change brain patterns and create a more relaxed and happier home "Brain Coolers": Quick tips that can be used in the moment to help families relax, recharge, and create happiness (such as "The Three Breath Hug") Mindful Parenting understands the realities of raising a family in our fast paced and often-frenetic world and provides hundreds of easy-to-implement solutions, both for parents and their children, to help them manage stress, create peace, and live happier lives. 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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An internationally renowned authority on children and divorce reveals the latest research-based strategies for helping children su...rvive and thrive before, during, and long after their parents divorce. The breakup of a family can have an enduring impact on children. But as Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll explains with clarity and compassion in this powerful book, parents can positively alter the immediate and long-term effects of divorce on their children. The key is proven, emotionally intelligent parenting strategies that promote children s emotional health, resilience, and ability to lead satisfying lives. Over the past three decades, Pedro-Carroll has worked with families in transition, conducted research, and developed and directed award- winning, court-endorsed programs that have helped thousands of families navigate divorce and its aftermath. Now she shares practical, research- based advice that helps parents: •gain a deeper understanding of what their children are experiencing ?develop emotionally intelligent parenting strategies with the critical combination of boundless love and appropriate limits on behavior fireduce conflict with a former spouse and protect children from conflict s damaging effects filearn what recent brain research reveals about stress and children s developing capabilities Filled with the voices and drawings of children and the stories of families, Putting Children First delivers a positive vision for a future of hope and healing. Read More

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An internationally renowned authority on children and divorce reveals the latest research-based strategies for helping children su...rvive and thrive before, during, and long after their parents divorce. The breakup of a family can have an enduring impact on children. But as Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll explains with clarity and compassion in this powerful book, parents can positively alter the immediate and long-term effects of divorce on their children. The key is proven, emotionally intelligent parenting strategies that promote children s emotional health, resilience, and ability to lead satisfying lives. Over the past three decades, Pedro-Carroll has worked with families in transition, conducted research, and developed and directed award- winning, court-endorsed programs that have helped thousands of families navigate divorce and its aftermath. Now she shares practical, research- based advice that helps parents: ?gain a deeper understanding of what their children are experiencing ?develop emotionally intelligent parenting strategies with the critical combination of boundless love and appropriate limits on behavior ?reduce conflict with a former spouse and protect children from conflict s damaging effects ?learn what recent brain research reveals about stress and children s developing capabilities Filled with the voices and drawings of children and the stories of families, Putting Children First delivers a positive vision for a future of hope and healing. Read More

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Here are the true essentials of effective parenting--the skills that parents most need to learn. Nurturing: How to nurture your ch...ild emotionally, as well as physically. Teaching: How to recognize and reinforce good behavior. Communication: How to listen to your child and how to express yourself so that your child will understand. Responsibility: How to decide who "owns" a problem and how to find solutions that recognize both your needs and yours child s needs. Discipline: How to deal with misbehavior in ways that build your child s sense of responsibility; and how to design choices and consequences. Self-Control: How to cope with anger. Boundaries: How to take care of yourself, as well as your child. Read More

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An inspiring and practical book by a veteran high school teacher that shows how to make your child an avid reader -- even if he or... she now dislikes books. Virtually all teachers agree: The best students are avid readers. They re the kids who don t just do their homework, but pick up books and magazines to read for pleasure. Yet even parents who love to read sometimes find that their kids don t enjoy books. Now, Mary Leonhardt shows how to awaken, or reawaken, a child to the joy of reading. She even identifies the seven stages that children go through as they develop their reading skills and outlines what parents can do to help them along. Her advice is clear, down-to-earth, and proven effective. In reassuring, down-to-earth style, Leonhardt shows parents how to establish in their children a reading habit--be it through comics, teen magazines, or trashy novels--which can later be broadened into interests that will make them truly sophisticated readers. Includes a recommended reading list. Read More

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Children with Down syndrome master basic gross motor skills just as their peers do, but may need help along the way. Written by a ...physical therapist with sixteen years of experience working with children with Down syndrome, this guide describes and illustrates more than 100 easy-to-follow activities to encourage end maximize a child s gross motor development. The skills covered are those appropriate from birth to age six, such as head control, rolling, sitting, cruising, walking, kicking, jumping, and riding a tricycle. Readers learn why the physical characteristics of Down syndrome, such as low muscle tone and increased flexibility, can affect gross motor development, and how to overcome those obstacles. Gross Motor Skills emphasizes the importance of letting each child acquire basic skills at his or her own pace and gives authoritative information on the stages of motor development, as well as specific exercises to practice motor skills with o child and enhance his or her physical development. "Babies with Down Syndrome need additional help and encouragement when developing motor skills...this thoroughly detailed reference explains 100 activities that will help strengthen limbs and coordination." Read More

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Florence Littauer uses the proven principles from her popular Personality Plus to show parents how to raise their children individ...ually and take cues from each child s inborn temperament and personality. Readers will immediately be drawn in as Littauer dispels the myth that all children should be treated the same. The bottom line for successful child raising? Identify and understand your child s personality so he or she feels loved, respected, and supported as an individual. Read More

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You may be winning the battle in court, but losing the war at home, saddened at the wounds your children bear as a result of this ...conflict. But because you are willing to do anything to help your children thrive, you can learn to build a parenting partnership with your former mate in spite of the history between you. The Co-Parenting Survival Guide shows you how to avoid the hot spots and the common traps of hostility, inflexibility, and constant squabbling, and develop skills to sustain a co-parenting partnership based on love and concern for your children, so they can best benefit from two parents living separately but working together. Read More

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William C. Martin has freshly reinterpreted the Tao Te Ching to speak directly and clearly to the most difficult of modern tasks -...- parenting. With its combination of free verse and judicious advice, The Parent s Tao Te Ching addresses the great themes that permeate the Tao and that support loving parent- child relationships: responding without judgment, emulating natural processes, and balancing between doing and being. Read More

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If you re a parent of one of the more than one million children in this country with obsessive-compulsive disorder, you know how c...onfusing, even frightening, the symptoms of OCD can be. You re terrified of losing your child and angry about the havoc this disorder has wreaked in your family. More than anything, you want to be able to unlock the secrets of OCD, understand the cause of your child s bizarre symptoms, and help your child break free of these disruptive, relentless thoughts and actions. In her landmark book, Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Dr. Tamar E. Chansky creates a clear road map to understanding and overcoming OCD based on her successful practice treating hundreds of children and teenagers with this disorder. In Part I, Dr. Chansky "cracks the code" of the peculiar rules and customs of OCD -- the handwashing, tapping, counting, and so forth. She explains how OCD is diagnosed, how to find the right therapist partner, and how to tailor treatment options to your child s needs. You ll learn how powerful behavioral modification can be and when medication can help. In Part II, you ll learn how not to be pulled in by your child s debilitating rituals at home or at school, how to talk to your child about the "brain tricks" OCD causes, and how to create an effective OCD battle plan that will empower your child to "boss back" the OCD monster. You ll also learn how to cope in moments of crisis. Part III offers specific advice for how to help your child handle the most common manifestations of OCD such as fears of contamination, checking, getting things "just right," intrusive thoughts, and more. Part IV is an indispensable guide to additional resources, including books, videos, organizations, and websites. Filled with Dr. Chansky s compassionate advice and inspiring words from the many children with OCD whom she has helped, this book will be your lifeline. Battling back from OCD is hard work, but with the comprehensive, proven guidance in this book, you can help your child reclaim a life free from its grip. Read More

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