Resources for Parents

Hope and Healing: Peaceful Parenting In An Uncertain World

Naomi Drew (2002), Citadel, Sacramento, CA.
Dealing with difficult emotions: healthy ways for parents and children to express fear, anger, anxiety and grief. Ways to attain calmness, and to cope through challenging times.

Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them

Garbarino, James.(1999) Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them. New York, NY: The Free Press.
Striking a sober but ultimately hopeful note, Psychologist and Cornell University Professor Garbarino (Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment) lends his voice to the growing chorus of concern about the difficulties boys face in their journey to manhood.

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

Simmons, Rachel (2002). Harcourt Trade Publishing Company. ISBN: 0-15-I00604-0Bestselling author Rachel Simmons exposes the truth about the hidden culture of girls’ aggression. Her book describes what is occurring in schools across the country and how parents can cope. This insightful book illuminates the most pressing social issues facing girls today.

Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence

Wiseman, Rosalind (2002). Three Rivers Press. ISBN: 1-4000-4792-7
This groundbreaking book takes you inside the secret world of girls’ friendships, translating and decoding them so parents can better understand and help their daughters navigate through these crucial years.

Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: 7 Crucial Habits for Parent Success

McIntire, R. (1999). Raising Good Kids In Tough Times: 7 Crucial Habits for Parent Success. Berkeley Springs, WV: Summit Crossroads Press. ISBN# 0-9640558-9-9
The seven habits of this book can help parents develop a good relationship and good rules that encourage good kids. The first three habits deal with the styles and routines in daily situations such as the family atmosphere. Habits 4-7 focus on strategies that have the parents happiness in mind as well as the child's progress. The habits in general will allow you to keep the family enjoyable and build good relationships with your children.

Raising Healthy Children: Day by Day

Roehlkepartain, J.L. (2001). Raising Healthy Children: Day by Day. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. ISBN# 1-57542-094-5
This book offers 366 readings for parents, teachers, and caregivers of children ages birth to five. The book give practical tips that will help you create a positive foundation for the young children in your life. Each day, you'll give them more of what they need to grow up caring, competent and strong.

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Pipher, Mary (2002). Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. Ballantine Books ISBN: 0345418786
Dr. Mary Pipher (1994), clinical psychologist, presents problems faced by American adolescent females in the 1990's. Rather than blaming the malfunctions of adolescents on the institution of the family, Pipher suggests that these problems are manifestations of growing up in a culture that sends mixed messages to its children. Pipher presents a variety of case examples which include substance addictions, abuse, divorce, and peer pressure. However, the basis of her ideas infer that the most prominent issue adolescent girls must confront is the competition between the authentic self and the self which she feels impelled to generate in order to fit into what the Western culture anticipates.

Sticks and Stones: 7 Ways your Child Can Deal with Teasing

Cooper, S. (2000) Sticks and Stones: 7 Ways your Child can Deal with Teasing. New York: Crown Publishing Group. ISBN: 0812932404
This straightforward, effective parenting teaches parents how to teach children how to stop bullying, overcome shyness, resolve disputes, resist peer pressure, and accept blame.

Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We're Going to Grandma's

Kendrick,C. & Cooke, B.(2003). Take Out Your Nose Ring, honey, We're going to Grandma's. Unlimited Publishing. ISBN 1-58832-076-6
"Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We're Going to Grandma's" is a reassuring antidote to today's epidemic of negative teen stereotypes, a collection of real-life, inspiring and amusing stories from the true experts: POAs, parents of adolescents.

Taming The Dragon In Your Child: Solutions for Breaking the Cycle of Family Anger

Eastman, M. (1994). Taming the Dragon in your Child: Solutions for Breaking the Cycle of Family Anger. Indianapolis, IN: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0471594059
Provides parents with realistic, healthy and positive ways to understand and diffuse situations that trigger their child's tantrums, flare-ups, sulks and arguments. This book shows parents how to recognize and break their own anger patterns which their children may be imitating. Each chapter combines specific information and advice with realistic examples of what to do in a variety of typical situations.

Teenagers and Parents: 10 Steps for a Better Relationship

McIntire, R.W. (2000). Teenagers and Parents: 10 steps for a Better Relationship. Berkeley Springs, WV: Summit Crossroads Press. ISBN# 0-9640558-6-4
This book offers comprehensive advice on how to raise teens into psychologically healthy adults and to deal with common problems along the way. It is a user-friendly guide which should help many teenagers feel more valued and capable,help parents feel less confllicted and more competent. Topics covered include: communication, blaming, social skills, sex, alcohol, punishment and alternative to punishment.

The Art of Talking with Your Teenager

Swets, Paul (1995). Adams Publishing. ISBN: 1-55850-478-8
"The Art of Talking with Your Teenager" offers proven, practical suggestions to help you build a strong, positive, lasting relationship with your teen. It teaches the communication skills you need to survive-with dozens of exercises and examples that show you how to get even the most reluctant teenager to talk-and listen!

The Families Book

Erlbach, A. (1996). The Families Book. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. ISBN# 1-57542-002-3
This book invites you to celebrate all kinds of families. This book shares stories of 35 kids ages 8-18. It also offers fun things you can do with your family. You'll learn about family traditions and how to start your own traditions as well as ways to solve family problems and strengthen family relationships.

The School-Savvy Parent

Rosemarie Clark, M.Ed., Donna Hawkins, M.Ed., and Beth Vacon, M.Ed. .The School-Savvy Parent. Freen Spirit Publishing ISBN 1-57542-072-4
“The School-Savvy Parent” has hundreds of tips to help parents help their children get ready for school, handle homework and tests, get along with others, be responsible and stay safe. Parents also learn how to form (and keep) a productive partnership with teachers, advocate for their children and be better prepared to meet the school challenges and head off school problems.

What Do We Say? What Do We Do?

Dorothy Rich, Ed.D. (1999) .What Do We Say? What Do We Do? MegaSkills Education Center ISBN 312854331
Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in the field of education, the author has developed a comprehensive framework of everyday strategies to help parents help their children build the social and emotional skills necessary for school success and beyond. The book offers specific examples of everyday situations concerning home-school problems. It then provides conversation guidelines and family activities to be used to create a cooperative problem-solving effort between parent and child. This book provides a tested wealth of opportunities for successful teaching and learning.

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