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Books on Parenting:
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child - by Joan Declaire, John M. Gottman, Daniel P. Goleman. Explores the emotional relationship between parents and children and offers a five-step "emotional coaching" process to help children to recognise, express and address their feelings.
The Confident Child : Raising a Child to Try, Learn and Care - Terri Apter Focusing on children from five to fifteen, the book describes a method called "emotional coaching", which shows parents how to help their children learn how to solve problems, develop social skills, express feelings, understand others and manage emotions. Also provides children with skills to help them to manage peer pressure in adolescence. Recommended
How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too! - by Sal Severe A handbook for parents on taking control and disciplining children with dignity. This book has lots of ideas and exercises and is especially useful for the first-time parent, although all parents will find it a good handbook for managing their children and themselves!
Father Courage : What Happens When Men Put Family First - by Suzanne Braun Levin Through comprehensive studies and interviews, this work explores the changing face of fatherhood and the effect it can have on the family. It is interesting both in examining the quest to be "the fathers we wish we had", as well as the nurturing role of men in the family. In true journalistic style (the author is one of the founding editors of Ms magazine) Levin examines all sides of the revolution, including its effect on women and mothers. An interesting book which would make a useful and informative addition to the home library of all caring families!
Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep - by William Sears Excellent book which helps parents to understand the sleeping patterns, needs and habits of babies and young children. (and what can go wrong!) If you thought you'd never get an unbroken night's sleep again, read this book! A caring approach to an age-old problem!
Annie Stories - by Doris Brett, Stella Chess A well-written and reassuring book that helps young children to understand and express their feelings and anxieties by using the therapeutic art of story-telling. Recommended for all parents and their children!
Why Doesn't Anybody Like Me?: A Guide to Raising Socially Confident Kids - by Hara Estroff Marano Which parent hasn't heard this (or a variation of it) at some time or other? Children (like all of us) want to be liked and accepted. The author helps parents to encourage confidence, self esteem in their children and offers many useful suggestions and ways of improving their social and communication skills. A good grounding for future relationships.
How to Really Love Your Child - by Ross Campbell Written from a Christian perspective, this book explores how to spiritually nurture and demonstrate love and affection while still guiding your children, disciplining them and setting limits.
Back in Control: How to Get Your Children to Behave - by Gregory Bodenhamer good guide for parents who are feeling out of control as well as for those who just want to learn consistent and effective discipline skills. Deals with real-life situations from refusing to do chores to outright rebellion and aggression. Parent Empowerment!
Backtalk: Four Steps to Ending Rude Behaviour in Your Kids - by Audrey Ricker, Carolyn Crowder Verbal rudeness is a huge barrier to effective communication and closeness between parents and children. Kids are encouraged by the media to speak "smart", but this kind of communication is far from cute! Recommended.
8 Weeks to a Well-Behaved Child: A Failsafe Program for Toddlers Through Teens - by James Windell Any "failsafe" program needs to be read with intelligence and discretion (as I discovered every time I tried to bake a "flop-proof" chocolate cake!). But this is a book full of practical advice using real-life examples for discipline problems ranging from simple disobedience to juvenile delinquency.
Toughlove - by Phyllis York, David York, Ted Wachtel About taking responsibility and becoming an accountable, consistent and loving parent. Well worth reading, especially for parents struggling to set limits and define and enforce acceptable behaviour.
Mom's Guide to Disciplining Your Child - by Ericka Lutz, Vicki Poretta Light-hearted and humorous, but also to the point and useful! (A good combination, I think!) While disciplining is a focal point, other topics are included - like communicating with your child and dealing with subjects like sex, drugs and alcohol.
The A.D.D. Book : New Understandings, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child - by William Sears & Lynda Thompson A constructive guide by a pediatrician and an expert on A.D.D. children. Both potentially positive and potentially negative symptoms of A.D.D. are explored and parents are helped to understand and guide their children to their full potential while, at the same time, learning effective ways of managing their A.D.D. child.
Distant Drums, Different Drummers: A Guide for Young People With ADHD - by Barbara D Ingersoll Written for children and teenagers with ADHD and aimed at helping them view ADHD from a more positive perspective. The book stresses the value of individual differences and helps children and teenagers face the special challenges of ADHD in a creative and positive manner. Highly recommended for children from 10 to 16!
No More Ritalin : Treating Adhd Without Drugs - by Dr Mary Ann Block An excellent book written from the point of view of a mother and a doctor. Dr Block writes well and explores the many possible underlying causes of ADHD symptoms as well as the alternatives to drug therapy. Easy to read, clear and informative.
Eagle Eyes: A Child's Guide to Paying Attention - by Jeanne Gehret, Susan Covert For children from 9 - 12, this is a story about a hero who also happens to have ADHD. It is an entertaining read for this age group and also helps other children understand children with ADHD.
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