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In high school, Michael Crider was the jokester, the drummer in a band, the Howie Mandel impersonator. Fast-forward ten years and ...the funny man has married and become the family man. The Guy s Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood Crider s candid, down-to-earth account of his transformation proves that even without much sleep, he has kept his sense of humor completely intact.From the moment he hears the unexpected news that the pregnancy test is positive to the end of his son s first year of life, Michael Crider is awed, anxious, and all-too-human. In between these milestones, he endures the aches and pains of his wife s pregnancy (which had a clear impact on his own bodily comfort), swallows his pride when bunny wallpaper replaces his beloved Budweiser mirror, has a short and only partially-appreciated stint as her labor coach on the Big Day, and experiences every one of his son s ?firsts? as though they were his own. Honest, informative, hilarious, and heartwarming, The Guy s Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood is a must-read for all new parents. Read More

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The average pregnancy lasts 280 days and the suspense can be excruciating! The Pregnancy Countdown Book counts down the biggest mi...lestones every step of the way, with one page of helpful information for each day of your pregnancy. Here are tips from doctors and mothers, amusing anecdotes and quotes, and all of the uncensored details that other books won t tell you. The perfect gift for expecting moms of all ages, The Pregnancy Countdown Book is a delightfully irreverent look at the craziest nine months of your life. Read More

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The Companion Volume to How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk In this honest, illuminating book, internatio...nally acclaimed parenting experts Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish bring to life the principles of famed child psychologist Dr. Haim Ginott, and show how his theories inspired the changes they made in their relationships with their own children. By sharing their experiences, as well as those of other parents, Faber and Mazlish provide moving and convincing testimony to their new approach and lay the foundation for the parenting workshops they subsequently created that have been used by thousands of groups worldwide to bring out the best in both children and parents. Wisdom, humor, and practical advice are the hallmarks of this indispensable book that demonstrates the kind of communication that builds self-esteem, inspires confidence, encourages responsibility, and makes a major contribution to the stability of today s family. The renowned authors of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk reintroduce their vital primer for parents of kids of all ages--a guide filled with anecdotes, observations, dialogues, and practical suggestions any parent can learn from and use. Read More

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Following the success of Real Food, Nina Planck s Real Food for Mother and Baby explains why real food is better for woman and chi...ld. Nina Planck, one of the great food activists, changed the way we view old-fashioned foods like butter with her groundbreaking Real Food. T hen she got pregnant. Never one to accept conventional wisdom blindly, Nina found the usual advice about pregnancy and baby food riddled with myths and misunderstandings. In Real Food for Mother and Baby, Nina explains why many modern ideas about pregnancy and infant nutrition are wrongheaded and why traditional foods are best. While Nina can be controversial her op-ed in the New York Times on vegan diets for infants was one of the paper s most e-mailed articles she s no contrarian. Readers applaud her candor; they also trust her research and welcome her advice. Nina s basic premise hasn t changed whole foods are best but some of the details are surprising. Pregnant women need meat and salt, not iron supplements. Nursing will be easier if you act like the mammal you are. Delaying the introduction of certain solid foods doesn t prevent allergies. Cereals are not the best foods for tiny eaters; meat and egg yolks are better. From conception to two years, the body s overwhelming needs are for quality fat and protein, not for carrots and low-fat dairy. Even as she casts a skeptical eye on the conventional wisdom, Nina is reassuring. She shows you how to keep your baby healthy on good, simple food. Real Food for Mother and Baby will be the new classic on eating for two. ISBN-13: 9781596913943 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Publication date: 3/31/2009 Edition description: Original Pages: 288 Sales rank: 154,633 Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d) Read More

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About one in ten children nationwide meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder. Research has shown that if left untreated, childre...n with anxiety disorders are at higher risk for performing poorly in school, having being less developed social skills, and to be more vulnerable to substance abuse. This exciting solutions-oriented guide offers parents strategies that help children become happy and worry free, methods that relieve a child s excessive anxieties and phobias, and tools for fostering interaction and family-oriented solutions. Using a unique two-books-in-one approach-a practical, reader-friendly book for parents and a fun workbook for kids-this book covers the six most commonly occurring anxiety disorders in childhood: generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, specific phobias, social phobias, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The author gives kids and their parents successful strategies for achieving relaxation, conquering worries, challenging faulty thinking patterns, developing self-talk and facing one s fears. Read More

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Skinny Bitch created a movement when it exposed the horrors of the food industry, while inspiring people across the world to stop ...eating ?crap.? Now the ?Bitches? are back this time with a book geared to pregnant women. And just because their audience is in a ?delicate condition? doesn t mean they ll deliver a gentle message. As they did with Skinny Bitch, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin expose the truth about the food we eat with its hormones, chemicals, and other funky stuff. But even though they are ?Skinny,? they want women to chow down on the right foods and gain their fair share of weight through their pregnancies. They also won t mince words on these topics: ? the best foods for a healthy baby and mommy ? the dangers of common lotions, creams, and beauty products that women slather on their bodies (many contain carcinogens) ? why every mother should ?suck it up? and breastfeed ? the lowdown on what really happens ?post-push? (after birth) ? how the companies we trust don t care about children (choosing baby food and other products carefully) With the same sassy tone that made Skinny Bitch laugh-out-loud funny, Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven will give expectant moms the information they need to ?use their head? and have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. ISBN-13: 9780786731718 Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers Publication date: 3/17/2009 Sold by: Barnes and Noble Format: eBook Pages: 336 Sales rank: 131,656 File size: 581 KB Read More

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When Jessie Hawkins adopted daughter told her she had another mom back in Ethiopia, Jessie didn t, at first, know what to think. ...She d wanted her adoption to be great story about a child who needed a home and got one, and a family led by God to adopt. Instead, she felt like she d done something wrong. Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of reproductive rights, pitched as a ?win-win? compromise in the never-ending abortion debate. But as Kathryn Joyce makes clear in The Child Catchers, adoption has lately become even more entangled in the conservative Christian agenda. To tens of millions of evangelicals, adoption is a new front in the culture wars: a test of ?pro-life? bona fides, a way for born again Christians to reinvent compassionate conservatism on the global stage, and a means to fulfill the ?Great Commission? mandate to evangelize the nations. Influential leaders fervently promote a new ?orphan theology,? urging followers to adopt en masse, with little thought for the families these ?orphans? may already have. Conservative evangelicals control much of that industry through an infrastructure of adoption agencies, ministries, political lobbying groups, and publicly-supported ?crisis pregnancy centers,? which convince women not just to ?choose life,? but to choose adoption. Overseas, conservative Christians preside over a spiraling boom-bust adoption market in countries where people are poor and regulations weak, and where hefty adoption fees provide lots of incentive to increase the ?supply? of adoptable children, recruiting ?orphans? from intact but vulnerable families. The Child Catchers is a shocking exposé of what the adoption industry has become and how it got there, told through deep investigative reporting and the heartbreaking stories of individuals who became collateral damage in a market driven by profit and, now, pulpit command. Anyone who seeks to adopt of whatever faith or no faith, and however well-meaning is affected by the evangelical adoption movement, whether they know it or not. The movement has shaped the way we think about adoption, the language we use to discuss it, the places we seek to adopt from, and the policies and laws that govern the process. In The Child Catchers, Kathryn Joyce reveals with great sensitivity and empathy why, if we truly care for children, we need to see more clearly. ISBN-13: 9781586489434 Publisher: PublicAffairs Publication date: 4/16/2013 Sold by: Barnes and Noble Format: eBook Edition description: E-Book edition Pages: 352 Sales rank: 139,482 File size: 2 MB Read More

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Most children are afraid of the dark. Some fear monsters under the bed. But 10 percent of children have excessive fears and worrie...s phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood. If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, the program in this book offers practical, scientifically proven tools that can help. Now in its second edition, Helping Your Anxious Child has been expanded and updated to include the latest research and techniques for managing child anxiety. You ll learn how to help your child overcome intense fears and worries and find out how to relieve anxious feelings while parenting with compassion. Help your child practice ?detective thinking? to recognize irrational worries What to do when your child becomes frightened How to gently and gradually expose your child to challenging situations Help your child learn important social skills This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives. Read More

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It s not easy to be a teen girl, and it s definitely not easy parenting one. Parents everywhere struggle to respond appropriately ...to challenging behavior, hit-or-miss communication, and fluctuating moods commonly exhibited by teenage girls. More than previous generations, today s teen girls face a daunting range of stressors that put them at risk for a range of serious issues, including self-harming behaviors, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Is it any wonder that parents are overwhelmed? Parenting a Teen Girl is a guide for busy parents who want bottom-line information and tips that make sense and work. It also offers scripts to improve communication, and exercises to navigate stressful interactions with skill and compassion. Whether your teen girl is struggling with academic pressure, social difficulties, physical self-care, or technology overload, this book offers practical advice to help you connect with your teen girl. Parents and teens alike can enjoy a positive connection once common parent-teen pitfalls are replaced with solid understanding and strategies that work. In this book, you will learn how to: Maximize your teen s healthy development Understand what underlies her moods and behavior Implement strategies for positive results Communicate effectively about difficult issues Enjoy and appreciate time with your teen daughter Read More

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Now updated our bestselling guide to a safe and healthy pregnancy With robust sales and its own four-part cable TV series, Pregnan...cy For Dummies has been a perennial favorite, giving parents-to-be authoritative, friendly, up-to-date advice on every aspect of pregnancy and childbirth. This new edition offers all of the latest information expecting parents want to know, including expanded coverage on the health and well-being of both mother and child. It takes readers through the first, second, and third trimesters, providing new and updated coverage of prenatal genetic screening and diagnosis, amniocentesis, new high-tech ultrasounds, and the revised FDA/USDA food pyramid. It also discusses the recent celebrity trend of "on-demand" cesarean sections, multiple births, what to expect in labor and delivery, postpartum care, choosing bottle or breastfeeding, preparing a home (and siblings) for a new baby, caring for preemies, and the mother s mental as well as physical health. "A thorough, accurate, and highly informative guide." Los Angeles Times "This friendly, reassuring book will answer questions, help with significant decisions, and provide state-of-the-art guidance." Read More

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The Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) program has taught over two million parents how to encourage mutual respect..., cooperation, responsibility, and self-reliance in their kids. This completely revised edition of "Parenting Teenagers" features increased coverage of single parents and stepfamilies and more real-life examples. ISBN-13: 9780979554216 Publisher: Step Publishers Publication date: 7/28/2007 Edition description: New Edition Pages: 160 Sales rank: 222,665 Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.34 (d) Read More

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Why do some children thrive, and others struggle? The answers may surprise you. New research indicates that the seeds for adult su...ccess are actually planted in the toddler years, ages two to five. In How Toddlers Thrive, child psychologist and director of the renowned Barnard Center for Toddler Development Dr. Tovah P. Klein cracks the preschooler code, revealing what you can do to help your toddler grow into a fulfilled child and adult while helping you and your toddler live more happily together, every day. Dr. Klein s research and firsthand work with thousands of toddlers explains why the toddler brain is best suited to laying the foundation for success. New science reveals that drivers such as resilience, self-reliance, selfregulation, and empathy are more critical to success than simple intelligence. Dr. Klein explains what you can do today to instill these key qualities in your toddler during this crucial time, so they are on track and ready to learn when they enter school at age five. How Toddlers Thrive explains why the toddler years are different from any other period during childhood, what is happening in children s brains and bodies at this age that makes their behavior so turbulent, and why your reaction to their behavior the way you speak to, speak about, and act toward your toddler holds the key to a successful tomorrow and a happier today. This provocative new book will inspire you to be a better parent and give you the tools to help you nurture your child s full potential. Stop fighting with your child and start enjoying every minute of your time with them . . . while planting the seeds of happiness and success that will last a lifetime. Read More

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Offers practical, lighthearted advice to pregnant women, including tips on dealing with mood swings, sex during pregnancy, common ...fears, physical changes, childbirth, and more, in a new hardcover edition of the paperback best-seller. A delivery room veteran gives you the low-down as only the best friend can. From the top ten lies ("Maternity clothes are so much cuter now"), to the long-awaited birth, here are practical tips and hilarious takes on everything pregnant. Read More

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The world has entered an era of the most profound and challenging change in human history. Most of our children are not prepared, ...and we know it. Parents around the world see the change and know that the traditional three R s reading, writing, and arithmetic are necessary, but not enough. Their children need to become far more responsible, creative, and tolerant of differences. They need to increase their ability to think for themselves, take initiative, get along with others, and solve problems. Business leaders are not finding people whose skills and character match the demands of today s global economy, including strong communication, teamwork, analytical, technology, and organizational skills. They need young people who are self-motivated, creative, and have a strong work ethic. How will we bridge this ever-widening gap? The Leader in Me is the story of the extraordinary schools, parents, and business leaders around the world who are preparing the next generation to meet the great challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. In 1999, the A.B. Combs Elementary School in North Carolina was on the verge of being cut as a magnet school and needed to find new ways to educate its students. Teachers and administrators began teaching practical, principle-based leadership skills with remarkable results. In a short time, the number of students passing end-of-grade tests vaulted from 84 to 97 percent. Simultaneously, the school began reporting significant increases in students self-confidence, dramatic drops in discipline problems, and striking increases in teacher and administrator job satisfaction. Parents, meanwhile, reported equivalent improvements in their children s attitudes and behavior at home. As news of the school s success spread, schools around the world began adopting the mantra to "develop leaders, one child at a time." Business and civic leaders started partnering with schools in their communities to sponsor teacher training and student resources. Each school and family approached the principles differently, but the results were the same attentive, energized young people engaging in the world around them. The best way to prepare the next generation for the future is to emphasize the value of communication, cooperation, initiative, and unique, individual talent for nothing undermines confidence more than comparison. Whether in the classroom or at home, it is never too early to start applying leadership skills to everyday life. Drawing on the many techniques and examples that have already seen incredible success around the world, The Leader in Me shows how easy it is to incorporate these skills into daily life. It is a timely answer to many of the challenges facing today s young people, businesses, parents, and educators one that is perfectly matched to the global demands of the twenty-first century. Read More

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Now revised, updated, and expanded, this groundbreaking guide for parents and professionals covers the legal, financial, and emoti...onal realities of creating two happy and stable homes for children in the aftermath of a divorce, including custody arrangements, mediation, and more. Can children flourish in any custody situation? If their parents read Mom s House, Dad s House, the answer is a resounding yes. This unique ground-breaking classic, which has become the standard for two generations of parents, is again breaking new ground with examples, self-tests, checklists, and guidelines. This comprehensive guide looks anew at the needs of all concerned with even more creative options and commonsense advice, including: · The map to a ?decent divorce? and two happy homes; healing yourself and your children; the New Family Bill of Rights after separation. · Helping your children with age-specific advice; explaining change, giving them continuity and security; restabilizing their sense of home and family; danger signals; five ways to evaluate your children s time. · Negotiating Parental Agreements; legal do s and don ts; time arrangements; custody types; attorneys; how to get ready for negotiations; when to use mediation; using ?HIRT? test when an agreement is broken. · Breaking away from ?negative intimacy? with a difficult ex; how to talk to your former mate; steps to building a ?businesslike? relationship as parents; how to avoid becoming the neighborhood ?soap opera? · Sidestepping destructive myths; making the emotions, ?flashbacks,? and heartbreak of separation or divorce work for you and your child. · Handling long-distance parenting; managing the return of an absent parent, holidays, remarriage, life without another parent Read More

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New York Times bestselling author and educator Ron Clark challenges parents, teachers, and communities everywhere embrace a differ...ence in the classroom and uplift, educate, and empower our children. Read this book to find out why so many across the country have embraced these powerful rules. · Set the electric tone on day one · Teach your children how to study don t expect it to come naturally · Don t constantly stress about test scores · Not every child deserves a cookie · Lift up your teachers. No, really, lift them up! · If kids like you all the time, you re doing something wrong · Don t be a penny parent Be different. Be bold. Join in. Read More

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Since the original publication of The Birth Partner , new mothers mates, friends, and relatives and doulas (professional birth as...sistants) have relied on Penny Simkin s guidance in caring for the new mother from the last few weeks of pregnancy through the early postpartum period. Fully revised in its fourth edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide for preparing to help a woman through childbirth and the essential manual to have at hand during the event. This completely updated edition includes thorough information on: Preparing for labor and knowing when it has begun; Normal labor and how to help the woman every step of the way; Epidurals and other medications for labor; Non-drug techniques for easing labor pain; Cesarean birth and complications that may require it; Breastfeeding and newborn care; And much more. For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this book is indispensable. 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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Most parenting guides begin with the question "How can we get kids to do what they re told?" and then proceed to offer various tec...hniques for controlling them. In this truly groundbreaking book, nationally respected educator Alfie Kohn begins instead by asking, "What do kids need and how can we meet those needs?" What follows from that question are ideas for working with children rather than doing things to them. One basic need all children have, Kohn argues, is to be loved unconditionally, to know that they will be accepted even if they screw up or fall short. Yet conventional approaches to parenting such as punishments (including "time-outs"), rewards (including positive reinforcement), and other forms of control teach children that they are loved only when they please us or impress us. Kohn cites a body of powerful, and largely unknown, research detailing the damage caused by leading children to believe they must earn our approval. That s precisely the message children derive from common discipline techniques, even though it s not the message most parents intend to send. More than just another book about discipline, though, Unconditional Parenting addresses the ways parents think about, feel about, and act with their children. It invites them to question their most basic assumptions about raising kids while offering a wealth of practical strategies for shifting from "doing to" to "working with" parenting including how to replace praise with the unconditional support that children need to grow into healthy, caring, responsible people. This is an eye-opening, paradigm-shattering book that will reconnect readers to their own best instincts and inspire them to become better parents. Read More

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So you re going to be a parent. You might be asking yourself a series of important questions: Will I be a good parent? ? Will I be... able to afford this? ? Can I ever have sex again? Well, the answer to all these questions is a rock-solid no. But just because your existence is now a petrifying turd on the canvas of life doesn t mean your kid has to be as lame as you re about to become. That s why I ve written this book to teach you how to be an awesomommy or legendaddy. The Bro Code for Parents will help you: Choose a baby name that won t get your kid stuffed into a junior high locker ? Interview and hire a smokin hot nanny ? Teach your child instant classics like ?The Boobs on the Bus? and ?Bro, Bro, Bro Your Boat? With full-color illustrations, interactive work sheets, and even suggestions for how to turn a stroller into a broller, The Bro Code for Parents gives you all the tools you ll need to raise your child to be almost as awesome as I am. Almost. Read More

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An eye-opening guide to the world s best parenting strategies Research reveals that American kids lag behind in academic achieveme...nt, happiness, and wellness. Christine Gross-Loh exposes culturally determined norms we have about ?good parenting,? and asks, Are there parenting strategies other countries are getting right that we are not? This book takes us across the globe and examines how parents successfully foster resilience, creativity, independence, and academic excellence in their children. Illuminating the surprising ways in which culture shapes our parenting practices, Gross-Loh offers objective, research-based insight such as: Co-sleeping may promote independence in kids. ?Hoverparenting? can damage a child s resilience. Finnish children, who rank among the highest academic achievers, enjoy multiple recesses a day. Our obsession with self-esteem may limit a child s potential. Read More

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With Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative program for pregnancy, child...birth, and beyond. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine, Bardacke offers practices that will help you find calm and ease during this life-changing time, providing lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting. SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF MINDFUL BIRTHING: Increases confidence and decreases fear of childbirth Taps into deep inner resources for working with pain Improves couple communication, connection, and cooperation Provides stress-reducing skills for greater joy and wellbeing ISBN-13: 9780061963957 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 7/10/2012 Edition description: Original Pages: 384 Sales rank: 276,211 Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.03 (d) Read More

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ATTACHMENT PARENTING rests on one revolutionary principle: you already know the majority of what you need to know to be an incredi...ble parent. Popularized by physicians like Dr. William Sears and Dr. Jay Gordon, attachment parenting directly contradicts the two hundred years of Western culture that has convinced us that we need a lot of help: help giving birth; help ?teaching? our baby to sleep; help just being a parent. Beyond the Sling is not that kind of parenting book. Mayim Bialik shows us that by understanding the basic theories of attachment and infant development and incorporating age-old childrearing methods like breastfeeding, baby wearing, gentle discipline, and co-sleeping we can truly be the parents that nature intends us to be. With a PhD in neuroscience and a specialization in the hormones of attachment, Bialik is uniquely qualified to explain the science behind the method and how it s your evolutionary right to tap into your intuition and enjoy every stage of parenthood. A mother of two young boys, she also offers a firsthand account of how she came to follow the tenets of attachment parenting, plus a down-to-earth guide to making this lifestyle work for every kind of family. With candor and warmth, Bialik describes the beauty, simplicity, and purposefulness of attachment parenting and shows us that its core principles are universal and can be appreciated no matter how you decide to raise your child. ISBN-13: 9781451662184 Publisher: Touchstone Publication date: 9/4/2012 Pages: 272 Sales rank: 277,070 Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d) Read More

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On giving advice: They Don t Want It. They Don t Hear It. They Resent It. Don t Give It. We raise our children to be independent a...nd lead fulfilling lives, but when they finally do, staying close becomes more complicated than ever. And for every bewildered mother who wonders why her children don t call, there is a frustrated son or daughter who just wants to be treated like a grownup. Now, renowned editor Jane Isay delivers the perfect gift to both parents and their adult children real-life wisdom and advice on how to stay together without falling apart. Using extensive interviews with people from ages twenty-five to seventy, Isay shows that we re far from alone in our struggles to make this new, adult relationship work. She offers up groundbreaking insights and deeply moving stories that will inspire those in even the toughest situations. Isay s warmth and wit shine through on every page as she charts an invaluable course through the confusing, and often painful, interactions parents and children can face. Walking on Eggshells is the much-needed road map that will keep you connected to the people you love most. 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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The comprehensive ?Dr. Spock?-like reference that is both reassuring and realistic now updated to reflect the many advances in neo...natology. P reemies, Second Edition is the only parents reference resource of its kind delivering up-to-the-minute information on medical care in a warm, caring, and engaging voice. Authors Dana Wechsler Linden and Emma Trenti Paroli are parents who have ?been there.? Together with neonatologist Mia Wechsler Doron, they answer the dozens of questions that parents will have at every stage from high-risk pregnancy through preemie hospitalization, to homecoming and the preschool years imparting a vast, detailed store of knowledge in clear language that all readers can understand. Preemies, Second Edition covers topics related to premature birth, including: What are your risk factors for having a premature baby? Can you do something to delay early labor? What do doctors know about you baby s outlook during her first minutes and days of life? How will your preemie s progress be monitored? How do you cope with a long hospitalization? Are there special preparations for you baby s homecoming? What kind of stimulation during the first year gives your baby the best chance? Will your preemie grow up healthy? Normal? Read More

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What happens to Queen Bees and Wannabes when they grow up? Even the most well-adjusted moms and dads can experience peer pressure ...and conflicts with other adults that make them act like they re back in seventh grade. In Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, Rosalind Wiseman gives us the tools to handle difficult situations involving teachers and other parents with grace. Reassuring, funny, and unfailingly honest, Wiseman reveals: ? Why PTA meetings and Back-to-School nights tap into parents deepest insecurities ? How to recognize the archetypal moms and dads from Caveman Dad to Hovercraft Mom ? How and when to step in and step out of your child s conflicts with other children, parents, teachers, or coaches ? How to interpret the code phrases other parents use to avoid (or provoke) confrontation ? Why too many well-meaning dads sit on the sidelines, and how vital it is that they step up to the plate ? What to do and say when the playing field becomes an arena for people to bully and dominate other kids and adults ? How to have respectful yet honest conversations with other parents about sex and drugs when your values are in conflict ? How the way you handle parties, risky behavior, and academic performance affects your child ? How unspoken assumptions about race, religion, and other hot-button subjects sabotage parents ability to work together Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads is filled with the kind of true stories that made Wiseman s New York Times bestselling book Queen Bees and Wannabes impossible to put down. There are tales of hardworking parents with whom any of us can identify, along with tales of outrageously bad parents the kind we all have to reckon with. For instance, what do you do when parents donate a large sum of money to a school and their child is promptly transferred into the honors program?while your son with better grades doesn t make the cut? What about the mother who helps her daughter compose poison-pen e-mails to yours? And what do you say to the parent-coach who screams at your child when the team is losing? Wiseman offers practical advice on avoiding the most common parenting ?land mines? and useful scripts to help you navigate difficult but necessary conversations. Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads is essential reading for parents today. It offers us the tools to become wiser, more relaxed parents?and the inspiration to speak out, act according to our values, show humility, and set the kind of example that will make a real difference in our children s lives. Also available as a Random House AudioBook and as an eBook Read More

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From "the man who remade motherhood" (Time) comes the definitive guide to having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. THE HEALT...HY PREGNANCY BOOK guides expectant mothers and fathers through all stages of pregnancy from preconception through birth, focusing on how to enhance the health of mother and baby. In this uniquely authoritative and comprehensive month-by-month guide, the Searses address emotional and physical changes that take place during pregnancy, baby s brain development, healthy pregnancy habits, pregnancy superfoods, optimal weight gain, fitness, managing stress, sleep, choosing the right healthcare provider, birthing choices, the transition into parenthood, engaging personal stories, and more. Overflowing with the most up-to-date information, digestible and doable tips, and advice for every worry and written in the Searses trademark reassuring tone that makes their books long-term bestsellers THE HEALTHY PREGNANCY BOOK is the must-have resource to fit the greater demands of today s savvy parents. Read More

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Have you ever stepped back to watch what really goes on when your children play? As psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen points out, pla...y is children s way of exploring the world, communicating deep feelings, getting close to those they care about, working through stressful situations, and simply blowing off steam. That s why ?playful parenting? is so important and so successful in building strong, close bonds between parents and children. Through play we join our kids in their world?and help them to ? Express and understand complex emotions ? Break through shyness, anger, and fear ? Empower themselves and respect diversity ? Play their way through sibling rivalry ? Cooperate without power struggles From eliciting a giggle during baby s first game of peekaboo to cracking jokes with a teenager while hanging out at the mall, Playful Parenting is a complete guide to using play to raise confident children. Written with love and humor, brimming with good advice and revealing anecdotes, and grounded in the latest research, this book will make you laugh even as it makes you wise in the ways of being an effective, enthusiastic parent. Read More

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Sooner or later, most parents face challenges at bedtime. From infants and toddlers, to school-age kids and adolescents, sleeptime... problems can affect everyone in the family. And no matter what your child s difficulty may be – getting to sleep, staying asleep, bed-wetting, fears or nightmares – it s never too late to take steps to correct it. ISBN-13: 9781581107814 Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics Publication date: 9/3/2013 Edition number: 2 Pages: 217 Sales rank: 326,556 Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d) Read More

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Most driving literature for parents focuses on how to teach a teen to drive, without explaining why teen driving is so dangerous i...n the first place or giving parents a plan to preempt the hazards teens face. By contrast, Not So Fast empowers and guides parents to understand the causes and situations that most often lead to teen crashes and to take specific, proactive steps before and each time a teen driver gets behind the wheel to counteract them. This authoritative guide tackles hot button issues such as texting and distracted driving, parenting attitudes (conscious and unconscious), and teen impairment and fatigue and includes a combination of topics not found in other teen driving guides, such as: How brain development affects driving Why driver s ed does not produce safe drivers How and why to prepare a ?flight plan? for each drive before handing over the keys How and when to say no Proceeds from the sale of this book support the Reid Samuel Hollister Memorial Fund, which subsidizes infant and toddler education in greater Hartford, Connecticut, and worthy traffic safety causes. ISBN-13: 9781613748725 Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated Publication date: 9/1/2013 Pages: 144 Sales rank: 179,714 Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d) Read More

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Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober are professionals, wives, and mothers. They understand the challenges and rewards of two-career ho...useholds. They also know that families thrive not in spite of working mothers but because of them. You can have a great career, a great marriage, and be a great mother. The key is tapping into your best resource and most powerful ally the man you married. After interviewing hundreds of parents and employers, surveying more than a thousand working mothers, and combing through the latest government and social science research, the authors have discovered that kids, husbands, and wives all reap huge benefits when couples commit to share equally as breadwinners and caregivers. Mothers work without guilt, fathers bond with their kids, and children blossom with the attention of two involved parents. The starting point? An attitude shift that puts you on the road to 50/50 plus the positive step-by-step advice in this book. From ?baby boot camp? for new dads to exactly what to say when negotiating a leave with the boss, this savvy book offers fresh ideas to today s families offering encouragement, hope, and confidence to any woman who has ever questioned her choices regarding work and family. ISBN-13: 9781936740581 Publisher: Cleis Press Publication date: 9/17/2013 Pages: 340 Sales rank: 338,198 Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d) Read More

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Now in paperback, the national bestseller that s changing America, one student at a time After publishing his New York Times bests...eller The Essential 55, award-winning teacher Ron Clark took his rules on the road and traveled to schools in 49 states. He met amazing teachers, administrators, students, parents all kinds of people involved in bringing up great kids. In the best of them, he noticed the same qualities that he d observed in many of the outstanding individuals he d worked with during his time teaching in North Carolina and Harlem. Read More

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An indispensable reference which is sure to become the go-to health and wellness guide for parents. This comprehensive and contemp...orary guide is written by the pediatric experts at the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). It goes without saying that no one understands kids or relates to parents better than these extraordinary experts. It covers over 235 childhood conditions and illnesses in children ages newborn to ten in a friendly yet authoritative manner. Parents will find all the valuable information they need to better understand and manage their child s health concerns. All the illnesses are arranged alphabetically by "Condition and Care" -- making it easy, quick and accessible for parents -- for those situations when time really is of the essence. Parents will find expert advice on how to cope with everything from common accidents and emergencies that occur in childhood, to information on the nature of the many conditions that can affect their child. Most importantly, they get answers to three questions: 1) what is the condition, 2) what might happen as a result of the condition, and 3) how should the problem be treated? Some of the topics covered include: Fever, headaches and migraine, asthma, abdominal pain Croup, failure to thrive, thumb sucking and nail biting, night terrors Heart murmurs, infective endocarditis, measles, mumps and rubella Rheumatic fever, spina bifida, tonsillitis and strep throat Down syndrome, head lice, separation anxiety, shingles. There are photographs and diagrams featured throughout the book, making it easy for parents to accurately pinpoint what potential condition and/or illness their child may be experiencing. An extensive glossary of terms combined with a well-organized index complete this valuable guide. ISBN-13: 9780778804604 Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated Publication date: 10/8/2013 Pages: 448 Sales rank: 897,507 Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.00 (d) Read More

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Ready or not, here comes baby! Talk about a bump in the road. Whether you were waiting until "the right time" to have kids or hope...d and pleaded the day wouldn t come, you ll breathe a sigh of relief when you flip through Oops! In this collection of humorous essays, Jezebel.com blogger Tracy Moore shares her personal experiences with jumping headfirst into motherhood--without a clue what she was doing. Unexpectedly pregnant at thirty-three, Moore s life completely changed when she had to give up her beloved cigarettes and cold deli meats and quickly learn how to care for the little bundle of (ahem) joy growing inside her. Her honest advice will help you cope with all the changes and feelings that will occur on your way to parenthood. From stockpiling baby supplies in just a few months to being the lone sober one at a party, this book answers all your questions and braces you for the unexpected. Read More

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Oops! The Parenting Handbook empowers you to be the best parent you can be. Oops! is there for you! Timeless wisdom (and practical... tools) for parents with kids in all age groups. Oops! has a unique concept, and its advice contains the essence of all best parenting practices and methods. This parenting handbook has proven to enable parents to turn their parenting into all they dream of. Oops! Is full of support, loving guidance, and practical, down-to-earth tools. For parents with children in all age groups. Excellent for parents-to-be, as it prepares you really well. My fifteen years of parenting practice has shown me that parents are extremely well equipped to be great parents, because you love your child(ren)! Couple that with the skills and tips I share with you, and you are good to go. ISBN-13: 9781452580869 Publisher: Balboa Press Publication date: 9/16/2013 Pages: 110 Sales rank: 1,163,172 Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d) Read More

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School is our children s second home. They will spend more time there than anywhere else in their formative years. We all need to ...talk honestly about the nature of this environment, how it works, and how it doesn t work. Our kids are depending on us to create a school system where they can learn as well as feel happy. The more we know about how school works, the better we will be able to navigate our way through "the system" and help our children do the same. What Every Parent Should Know About School is an honest, positive, thought-provoking look at what schools are today and what they could be in the future. ISBN-13: 9781459719040 Publisher: Dundurn Press Publication date: 9/10/2013 Pages: 208 Sales rank: 979,365 Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d) Read More

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An invaluable guide to children s brain development for parents, teachers, or anyone else who works with young children. With A Ch...ild s Brain you can learn how a child s brain works, develops, and changes during the critical stages of childhood. Robert Sylwester, author of twenty books, has written this latest book to help parents and educators understand children s cognitive development and provide suggestions on how to nurture children to their full potential. A Child s Brain is a rich resource that: Examines the neurobiology of childhood, explaining the body and brain systems that develop during pregnancy, infancy, and childhood Explores factors that can enhance or delay development, such as nutrition, family life, relationships, illness, intelligence, technology, creativity, and the arts Provides practical suggestions to help adults promote healthy development and successful learning in the children they encounter at home, at school, and everywhere else Includes a glossary of neurobiological terms And covers much more! A Child s Brain helps parents and educators understand the biological, emotional, and neurological changes that occur during childhood so they can support children s learning, socialization, and growth. ISBN-13: 9781626361638 Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Publication date: 10/8/2013 Edition description: Reprint Pages: 200 Sales rank: 979,277 Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d) 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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Since the last edition in 2006, much has happened in the field of eldercare. There is now an increasing awareness of the complex c...hallenges posed by the expanding aging population in North America. When our parents reach a certain age and have difficulty coping, we find ourselves wondering how to provide them with the kind of love, care, support, and attention they need, just as they have done for us all our lives. The third edition of Parenting Your Parents shows, through 24 case studies and the personal experiences of the authors, that you are not alone and offers crucial advice to help you along this difficult but rewarding journey. It also offers a new Vulnerability Index to measure what level of need your parents may have right now, as well as a financial planning section and resource directory. ISBN-13: 9781459710610 Publisher: Dundurn Press Publication date: 10/8/2013 Edition description: Third Edition Edition number: 3 Pages: 400 Sales rank: 551,418 Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d) Read More

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Each title in the Not Your Mother s Book series contains approximately 60 real-life stories dedicated to a unique theme, drawn fro...m the passion and experience of dozens of writers in a whimsical and entertaining mix of irreverence and humor. Founded by former coauthors and editors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, this similarly styled anthology series foregoes the sad, sappy, preachy, or death-oriented stories that were that series hallmark, and unlike that series, is never afraid to be a little risqué. These stories are funny, daring, different, and smart. Becoming a parent is part of the circle of life, and children bring joy to life that and poopy diapers. The stories in this book begin with conception and end with becoming a parent to a parent. Every story in between offers laughter and those joyous moments to which all parents can relate. ISBN-13: 9781938778100 Publisher: Publishing Syndicate LLC Publication date: 9/10/2013 Series:Not Your Mother s Book Series Pages: 319 Sales rank: 484,928 Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d) Read More

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Stress management solutions for you and your children! Kids today are more stressed, overwhelmed, and struggling with anxiety than... ever before. Children are not born with the coping strategies needed to navigate today s increasing demands of technology, bullying, academics, and family dynamics. You yourself might wonder how your own stressed-out lifestyle is affecting your children. Based on Lori Lite s award-winning series, Stress Free Kids provides relaxation techniques you can use to free your child from stress. Lite shows you how to apply breathing, visualizations, affirmations, and muscle relaxation exercises effortlessly throughout the day. These parenting solutions to everyday stressors will reduce worries and anxiety while increasing self-esteem. You and your children will gain freedom as you live a more joy-filled life with less stress. With this complete resource as your guide, your family will create your own collection of stress-free moments that add up to peace and confidence for you and your children. Read More

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In this breakthrough book, Carl Pickhardt exposes a hidden period of development that s causing college and post high school age k...ids to fail on their own. His new approach to understanding young adulthood proposes that, as a society, we expect 18- to 24-year-olds to have reached adulthood, when in reality they have reached the final stage of adolescence, called "trial independence." Boomerang Kids shows parents how to understand this little-discussed period in their child s life and the helpful role they can play during this time to ensure their child s success. 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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From the authors of international best-selling marriage book The Love Dare comes The Love Dare for Parents, a 40-day journey of ?d...ares? challenging one or both parents to understand, practice, and communicate Christ-like love to their children. Easy to read and work into a busy schedule, The Love Dare for Parents is designed to ?turn the hearts of parents to their children and turn the hearts of children to their parents? (Malachi 4:6) so that moms and dads can more fully enjoy and delight in their children while maximizing the positive impact they have on their lives long term. ? Each day brings a promising key verse from Scripture, a biblical principle about love that applies to parenting, a specific challenge the parent does for the sake of their child, and space to journal thoughts and reflect on what happened that day. The Love Dare for Parents even includes access to a FREE online parenting assessment, helpfully keyed to select material in the book. Parents, take the dare! Read More

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Be the Parent Your Family Needs If we are truly honest, most of us don t really know what we re doing as parents. We have good int...entions, but daily frustrations and ongoing struggles might be evidence that we were better prepared to drive a car or pursue our career than raise children. To counter the usual trial-and-error method of parenting, Jim Burns offers time-tested advice and strategies for today s busy families. Infused with his signature candidness and practicality, each chapter explores a different aspect of parenting--from breaking generational chains of dysfunction and creating a warm atmosphere at home to handling discipline issues and blessing your children with a legacy of faith. Helpful follow-up exercises and questions along the way reinforce the basics of good parenting and provide a foundation for developing your own family plan. You won t find any quick fixes here, but you will learn how to make a positive difference in your family. Read More

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No one wants to get rid of obsessive-compulsive disorder more than someone who has it. That s why Talking Back to OCD puts kids an...d teens in charge. Dr. John March s eight-step program has already helped thousands of young people show the disorder that it doesn t call the shots--they do. This uniquely designed volume is really two books in one. Each chapter begins with a section that helps young readers zero in on specific problems and develop skills they can use to tune out obsessions and resist compulsions. Dr. March demonstrates how to: *Create a nickname for the illness to remember that OCD isn t you *Make a symptom chart so you can plan when and where to start talking back *Break the disorder s rules about the rituals The pages that follow the instructions for kids and teens show their parents how to be supportive without getting in the way, including tips for: *Separating the OCD from your son or daughter *Asking your child s permission to stop helping with rituals *Offering praise without imposing expectations After just a few months practice, your family will get back to spending time on things that matter, instead of following pointless orders from the illness. The next time OCD butts in, you ll be prepared to boss back--and show an unwelcome visitor to the door. Winner--Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit ISBN-13: 9781606238448 Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc. Publication date: 12/28/2006 Sold by: Barnes and Noble Format: eBook Pages: 276 Sales rank: 170,464 File size: 4 MB Read More

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Temper tantrums in the supermarket. Tears that seem to come out of nowhere. Battles over homework that are more like wars. When yo...ur child has problems regulating his or her emotions, there s no hiding it. Children with intense emotions go from 0 to 100 in seconds and are prone to frequent emotional and behavioral outbursts that leave parents feeling bewildered and helpless. Other parents may have told you that it s just a phase or that your child needs discipline. In reality, your child may have emotion dysregulation, a tendency to react intensely to situations other children take in stride. Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions is an effective guide to de-escalating your child s emotions and helping your child express feelings in productive ways. You ll learn strategies drawn from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), including mindfulness and validation skills, and practice them when your child s emotions spin out of control. This well-researched method for managing emotions can help your child make dramatic emotional and behavioral changes that both of you will be proud of. ISBN-13: 9781608824021 Publisher: New Harbinger Publications Publication date: 11/2/2009 Sold by: Barnes and Noble Format: eBook Pages: 224 Sales rank: 147,693 File size: 867 KB Read More

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What to Expect When You re Expecting meets Freakonomics: an award-winning economist disproves standard recommendations about pregn...ancy to empower women while they re expecting Pregnancy unquestionably one of the most pro­found, meaningful experiences of adulthood can reduce otherwise intelligent women to, well, babies. We re told to avoid cold cuts, sushi, alcohol, and coffee, but aren t told why these are forbidden. Rules for prenatal testing are hard and fast and unexplained. Are these recommendations even correct? Are all of them right for every mom-to-be? In Expecting Better, award-winning economist Emily Oster proves that pregnancy rules are often misguided and sometimes flat-out wrong. A mom-to-be herself, Oster debunks the myths of pregnancy using her particular mode of critical thinking: economics, the study of how we get what we want. Oster knows that the value of anything a home, an amniocentesis is in the eyes of the informed beholder, and like any compli­cated endeavor, pregnancy is not a one-size-fits-all affair. And yet medicine often treats it as such. Are doctors working from bad data? Are well-meaning friends and family perpetuating false myths and raising unfounded concerns? Oster s answer is yes, and often. Pregnant women face an endless stream of decisions, from the casual (Can I eat this?) to the frightening (Is it worth risking a miscarriage to test for genetic defects?). Expecting Better presents the hard facts and real-world advice you ll never get at the doctor s office or in the existing literature. Oster s revelatory work identifies everything from the real effects of caffeine and tobacco to the surprising dangers of gardening. Any expectant mother knows that the health of her baby is paramount, but she will be less anxious and better able to enjoy a healthy pregnancy if she is informed . . . and can have the occasional glass of wine. ? * * Numbers are not subject to someone else s interpretation math doesn t lie. Expectant economist Emily Oster set out to inform parents-to-be about the truth of pregnancy using the most up-to-date data so that they can make the best decisions for their pregnancies. The results she found were often very surprising… · It s fine to have the occasional glass of wine – even one every day – in the second and third trimesters. · There is nothing to fear from sushi, but do stay away from raw milk cheese. · Sardines and herring are the fish of choice to give your child those few extra IQ points. · There is no evidence that bed rest is helpful in preventing or treating any complications of pregnancy. · Many unnecessary labor inductions could be avoided by simply staying hydrated. · Epidurals are great for pain relief and fine for your baby, but they do carry some risks for mom. · Limiting women to ice chips during labor is an antiquated practice; you should at least be able to sneak in some Gatorade. · You shouldn t worry about dyeing your hair or cleaning the cat s litter box, but gardening while pregnant can actually be risky. · Hot tubs, hot baths, hot yoga: avoid (at least during the first trimester). · You should be more worried about gaining too little weight during pregnancy than gaining too much. · Most exercise during pregnancy is fine (no rock climbing!), but there isn t much evidence that it has benefits. Except for exercising your pelvic floor with Kegels: that you should be doing. · Your eggs do not have a 35-year-old sell-by date: plenty of women get pregnant after 35 and there is no sudden drop in fertility on your birthday. · Miscarriage risks from tests like the CVS and Amniocentesis are far lower than cited by most doctors. · Pregnancy nausea may be unpleasant, but it s a good sign: women who are sick are less likely to miscarry. Read More

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