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10 days to a less defiant child.jpg​10 DAYS TO A LESS DEFIANT CHILD - The Breakthrough Program for Overcoming Your Child's Difficult Behaviour
Jeffrey Bernstein, PhD

Occasional clashes between parents and children are not uncommon, but when defiant behavior including tantrums, resistance to chores, and negativity becomes chronic, it causes big problems within the family. In "10 Days to a Less Defiant Child," family and child psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein shares a groundbreaking ten-day program to help parents understand their child s behavior and regain control of their household. 
In this updated edition, parents will learn how to face new challenges, including defiance resulting from excessive technology use (even to the point of addiction) and the stress of modern family life. Dr. Bernstein explains what causes defiance in kids and why it’s so destructive to the family, then offers parents a step by step guide on how to reduce conflict and end upsetting behaviors."

The ADD Answer.jpg​THE ADD ANSWER - How to Help Your Child Now - By Dr. Frank Lawlis

Every year, 17 million new cases of attention deficit disorder, or ADD, are diagnosed in children. But medications designed to treat the disorder don't work for many children and often leave families frustrated and searching for more options. 

In The ADD Answer, Dr. Frank Lawlis draws upon his thirty-five years of experience as a clinical and research psychologist to show parents how they can reclaim their central role in healing their children with comprehensive step-by-step advice on dealing with the problems of ADD. His approach blends the latest medical, nutritional, and psychological treatments that can increase brain function with expert insight into the emotional—and spiritual—support kids need.

Including assessment tests geared to help parents understand their child's particular needs
and practical information on proven treatment options, The ADD Answer explores:

• The role of nutrition in treating the disorder
• The positive effects of counseling and goal setting
• Advances in the field of biofeedback
• The importance of sleep, and much more

An inspiring and essential guide, The ADD Answer will help every family facing the
challenges of ADD create a more loving, healthy environment necessary for their child to
thrive.

​AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER - The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Newly revised and updated, this award-winning guide covers every aspect of understanding and living with autism today 

Comprehensive and authoritative, Autism Spectrum Disorders explains all aspects of the condition, and is written for parents, educators, caregivers, and others looking for accurate information and expert insight. Newly updated to reflect the latest research, treatment methods, and DSM-V criteria, this invaluable book covers:

• The causes of autism spectrum disorders
• Getting an accurate diagnosis
• Treatments based on behavioral, psychological, and biomedical interventions
• Coping strategies for families and education needs and programs
• Living and working conditions for adults with ASD
• Community interaction and teaching strategies and resources for educators and other professionals

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The Available Parent - Expert Advice for Raising Successful and Resilient Teens and Tweens

Dr. John Duffy

GET THE RELATIONSHIP YOU WANT WITH YOUR TEEN

Highly recommended by everyone from NPR to Fox News and the Today show, Dr. John Duffys The Available Parent will help you negotiate the ever-changing landscape of the teenage years.

Imagine healthy conversations replacing angry outbursts, slammed doors, obsessive texting or sullen silence. Begin to enjoy a healthy, satisfying, new kind of relationship with your teenager - one based on true availability, clear expectations and calm communication, rather than fear-based control. At a time when many helicopter parents micromanage and under-appreciate their children, Dr. Duffys step-by-step guide is an innovative approach to taking care of teens and tweens.

beyond magenta.jpgBEYOND MAGENTA - Transgender Teens Speak Out
Susan Kurlin

A  2015 Stonewall Honor Book

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.
Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

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BIPOLAR DISORDER - The Complete Idiot's Guide - Understand, treat and thrive with bipolar disorder

Jay Carter PhD

Clear answers on correctly diagnosing and living with bipolar disorder. 
This comprehensive and reliable guide addresses how bipolar disorder is different from other disorders, the latest research into bipolar treatments, strategies for living with bipolar disorder, and much more. 
A-Bipolar disorder is estimated to be the sixth leading cause of disability in the world, and the number of Americans diagnosed as bipolar may be as high as 10 million
A-Includes information on parenting a child with bipolar disorder.

The Book of Awesome.jpg​THE BOOK OF AWESOME

By Neil Pasricha

The author behind 1000awesomethings.com celebrates the good things in life- by the sheer power of their awesomeness. 

Based on the award-winning blog 1000awesomethings.com, The Book of Awesome is a high five for humanity and a big celebration of life's little moments and the underappreciated, simple things that make us happy, from popping bubble wrap to hitting a bunch of green lights in a row, to waking up thinking it's Monday and realizing it's Saturday. With wise, witty observations from writer Neil Pasricha, this treasure trove is filled with smile-inducing musings that make readers feel like kids looking at the world for the first time: AWESOME!

The Bully - Bullied - Bystander.jpg​THE BULLY, THE BULLIED AND THE BYSTANDER - From Pre-School to High School -- How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence

By Barbara Coloroso

It's the deadliest combination going: bullies who terrorize, bullied kids who are afraid to tell, bystanders who watch, and adults who see the incidents as a normal part of childhood. All it takes to understand that this is a recipe for tragedy is a glance at headlines across the country. In this updated edition of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, which includes a new section on cyberbullying, one of the world's most trusted parenting educators gives parents, caregivers, educators—and most of all, kids—the tools to break the cycle of violence.

Drawing on her decades of work with troubled youth, and her wide experience in the areas of conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice, Barbara Coloroso explains:

  • The three kinds of bullying, and the differences between boy and girl bullies
  • Four abilities that protect your child from succumbing to bullying
  • Seven steps to take if your child is a bully
  • How to help the bullied child heal and how to effectively discipline the bully
  • How to evaluate a school's antibullying policy
  • And much more

This compassionate and practical guide has become the groundbreaking reference on the subject of bullying.

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CARING FOR YOUR GRIEVING CHILD - Engaging Activities for Dealing with Loss and Transition

Martha Wakenshaw, MA, LMHC​

When children mourn the death of a loved one, a pet, their parents' divorce, or a great loss or change, most have not yet learned the coping skills necessary to ease the impact of this pain. By understanding both the signs of grief and the signs of healing shown by a grieving child in your life, you can actively help him or her cope with the grief process. Learn to identify the intense attachments, changes in behavior, and signs of stress, anxiety, and depression that grieving children exhibit. Then discover the effective play-based therapeutic techniques that have been proven to help kids heal from emotional wounds and loss. A wealth of expressive art exercises like the Magic Wand, where kids make the yucky feeling go away, and Drawing Out the Pain, where kids color with different crayons to express different feelings, not only help the child cope with feelings but also help you understand them. Find out how to notice different types of play and respond to each. The book offers healthy ways to communicate with children, tips on how to care for yourself while helping a child, and ways to recognize the signs children exhibit when they truly begin to heal.

cool down and work through anger.jpg​COOLD DOWN AND WORK THROUGH ANGER
Cheri J Meisners, M.Ed.

Presented in a social story format, the book includes a special section for adults, with discussion questions, games, activities, and tips that reinforce improving social skills.
Part of Free Spirit's popular Learning to Get Along series of social stories, Cool Down and Work Through Anger helps children learn to behave responsibly toward themselves and others as they develop the skills of anger management. For all homes, childcare settings, and primary classrooms as well as special education, including settings with children on the autism spectrum.

courage to be me.jpg​COURAGE TO BE ME - Living with Alcoholism

This soft cover book was written by and for Alateens of all ages. Young people and adults will treasure the honesty and strength of recovery revealed. Chapters include Courage, Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, Slogans, Newcomers, Working toward Solutions, and Sponsorship; indexed

depression for dummies.jpgDEPRESSION FOR DUMMIES

"What do you have to be depressed about?" Bet you've heard that one before. Or how about, "You're depressed? Just get over it!" Easier said than done, right? Or here's a favorite, "They have a pill for that now, you know."

Unfortunately, such naïve armchair psychology rarely works for someone suffering from the very real plight of depression. All it does is seek to trivialize depression and characterize depressed people as "whiners" who have nothing better to do than to "complain about their lives." But the truth is, depression is a very real problem. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that, on any given day, 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. And depression rates continue to increase – for example, kids exhibit depression at nearly ten times the rate of previous generations. Theories abound as to why depression rates are increasing, but regardless of the cause, this scourge continues to rob its victims of happiness, joy, and the capacity to give and receive love.

So why Depression For Dummies, when there's already a glut of self-help books on the market peddling so-called cures and remedies for depression? Because this book satisfies the need for a straight-talking, no-nonsense resource on depression. The only agenda of Depression For Dummies is to present you with the facts on depression and explain the options for dealing with it. Rest assured, this is no infomercial in a yellow and black cover.

Here's just a sampling of what you'll find in Depression For Dummies:

  • Demystifying the types of depression
  • Discovering what goes on in the body of a depressed person
  • Detecting and diagnosing depression
  • Seeking help through therapy and medication
  • Modifying depressed behavior and solving life's headaches
  • Dealing with depression resulting from grief and relationship issues
  • Cutting through the hype of alternative treatments for depression
  • Moving beyond depression: Avoiding relapses and pursuing a happy life
  • Top Ten lists on getting rid of a your bad mood and helping your kids and other family members out of depression

So, whatever your level of depression – whether you suffer from occasional bouts or you find yourself seriously debilitated by depression – Depression For Dummies can give you the insight and tools you need to once again find enjoyment and happiness in life. All it takes is one step.

difficult personalities.jpgDIFFICULT PERSONALITIES - A Practical Guide to Managing the Hurtful Behaviour of Others (and Maybe Your Own)
Helen McGrath, PhD
Hazel Edwards, MEd

An indispensable guide to understanding―and living or working with―people whose behavior leaves you frustrated and confused

We all have people in our lives who frustrate, annoy, or hurt us: workplace bullies, those who always claim to be right, or those with anxious or obsessive personalities. And most of us hurt others occasionally, too. Now, authors Dr. Helen McGrath, a clinical psychologist and professor, and Hazel Edwards, a professional writer, offer this highly readable, extremely practical guide to dealing with the difficult personalities we encounter every day―in others, and in ourselves.

Taking the American Psychiatric Association's widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) as its starting point, Difficult Personalities helpfully outlines over a dozen different personality traits and types, detailing their common characteristics and underlying motivations. It also equips readers with numerous strategies for dealing with difficult behavior, including:

  • Anger and conflict management 
  • Optimism and assertion training 
  • Rational and empathic thinking 
  • Reexamining your own personality. 

Readers will also benefit from sections on making difficult decisions and maintaining romantic relationships. Perfect for anyone who has ever wished that other people came with a handbook,Difficult Personalities illuminates the personality differences that so often serve as barriers to cooperation in the workplace and harmony at home.

dinosaurs divorce.jpgDINOSAURS DIVORCE
Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

Dinosaurs Divorce Will Help you Understand: * Divorce Words and What They Mean * Why Parents Divorce * What About You? * After the Divorce * Living with One Parent * Visiting Your Parent * Having Two Homes * Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions * Telling Your Friends * Meeting Parents' New Friends * Living with Stepparents * Having Stepsisters and Stepbrothers.

dont sweat the small stuff and its all small stuff.jpgDon't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff​ - Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
Richard Carlson

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff is a book that tells you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life.

You can learn to put things into perspective by making the small daily changes Dr. Carlson suggests, including advice such as "Choose your battles wisely"; "Remind yourself that when you die, your 'in' box won't be empty"; and "Make peace with imperfection". With Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... you'll also learn how to:

  • Live in the present moment
  • Let others have the glory at times
  • Lower your tolerance to stress
  • Trust your intuitions
  • Live each day as it might be your last

With gentle, supportive suggestions, Dr. Carlson reveals ways to make your actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life more calm and stress-free.

dont sweat the small stuff for women.jpg​Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Women - Simple and Practical Ways  to do What Matters Most and Find Time for You
Kristine Carlson

For women everywhere: Encouraging and soothing advice on reducing stress and increasing enjoyment, from the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love.

With more than 12 million copies sold and still going strong, the Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series has helped countless readers rethink the way they address lifes big and small problems. Now in a book written specifically for women, Kristine Carlson offers the same calming and encouraging advice in 100 short and spirited essays. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Women addresses such important and timely issues as balancing family and work demands, debating effectively with spouses and partners, dealing with children and friendships, finding time for reflection and self-care, and much more. With clever and memorable titles as Don't Be a Backseat Driver (Unless It Could Save Your Life), Know Your Hot Spots, Make Peace with the Mundane, and Stop Comparing Yourself to the Media Measuring Stick, Kristine Carlson helps readers focus on what's really important, keep in touch with their feelings, live with spirit, and--when all else fails--learn to laugh. A true life-saver, this potent book is full of sage advice and comforting thoughts, from one busy woman to another.

dr karyns guide to the teen years.jpg​Dr. Karyn's Guide to The Teen Years
Dr. Karyn Gordon

Teenagers are unique beings, requiring a whole new parenting approach. Dr. Karyn Gordon, or “dk” as teens call her, knows that approach and has been coaching adolescents and parents for over a decade. She’s a high-demand speaker, an expert on The Mom Show and the go-to teen parenting source for Canadian media. Using her dynamic, pragmatic advice and experience, Dr. Karyn cracks the mysterious code that defines teen behaviour.

The Drama of the Gifted Child.jpg​THE DRAMA OF THE GIFTED CHILD - The Search for the True Self

By Alice Miller

Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided thousands of readers with an answer—and has helped them to apply it to their own lives.Far too many of us had to learn as children to hide our own feelings, needs, and memories skillfully in order to meet our parents' expectations and win their "love." Alice Miller writes, "When I used the word 'gifted' in the title, I had in mind neither children who receive high grades in school nor children talented in a special way. I simply meant all of us who have survived an abusive childhood thanks to an ability to adapt even to unspeakable cruelty by becoming numb… Without this 'gift' offered us by nature, we would not have survived." But merely surviving is not enough. The Drama of the Gifted Child helps us to reclaim our life by discovering our own crucial needs and our own truth.

driven to distraction.jpg​Driven to Distraction - Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhool through Adulthood
Edward M. Hallowell, MD
John J Ratey, MD

Procrastination. Disorganization. Distractibility. Millions of adults have long considered these the hallmarks of a lack of self-discipline. But for many, these and other problems in school, at work and in social relationships are actually symptoms of an inborn neurological problem: ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder. 
Through vivid stories of the experiences of their patients -- both adults and children -- Dr. Edward R. Hallowell and Dr. John J. Ratey show the varied forms ADD takes -- from the hyperactive search for high stimulation to the floating inattention of daydreaming -- and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment. 
Driven to Distraction is a must listen for everyone intrigued by the workings of the human mind.

book3.jpg​The Dolphin Way - A Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy and Motivated Kids Without Turning Into a Tiger
Shimi K. Kang, MD

In this inspiring book, Harvard-trained child and adult psychiatrist and expert in human motivation Dr. Shimi Kang provides a guide to the art and science of inspiring children to develop their own internal drive and a lifelong love of learning. Drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Dr. Kang shows why pushy "tiger parents" and permissive "jellyfish parents" actually hinder self-motivation. She proposes a powerful new parenting model: the intelligent, joyful, playful, highly social dolphin. Dolphin parents focus on maintaining balance in their children's lives to gently yet authoritatively guide them toward lasting health, happiness, and success. 

As the medical director for Child and Youth Mental Health community programs in Vancouver, Dr. Kang has witnessed firsthand the consequences of parental pressure: anxiety disorders, high stress levels, suicides, and addictions. As the mother of three children and as the daughter of immigrant parents who struggled to give their children the "best" in life—her mother could not read and her father taught her math while they drove around in his taxi—Dr. Kang argues that often the simplest "benefits" we give our children are the most valuable. By trusting our deepest intuitions about what is best for our kids, we will in turn allow them to develop key dolphin traits to enable them to thrive

The Everything Guide.jpg​THE EVERYTHING GUIDE TO COPING WITH PANIC DISORDER - Learn How to Take Control of Your Panic and Live a Healthier, Happier Life

By Rudolph C. Hatfield, Ph.D.

Conquer panic once and for all!

Have you ever felt your heart race out of control for no reason? Everyone gets a little anxious now and again, but sometimes worry and fear can reach unhealthy limits. Panic disorder is a serious condition with symptoms that include sudden attacks of fear and nervousness, as well as physical symptoms such as sweating and a racing heart. With The Everything Guide to Coping with Panic Disorder, you'll learn how to gain control over panic and anxiety with a variety of helpful approaches. This guide includes information on:

  • Symptoms and warning signs of panic disorder
  • How stress and anxiety affects you physically
  • Professional treatments and therapies
  • Self-help anti-anxiety techniques you can do at home
  • Living with panic disorder

With detailed information treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, and mindfulness exercises, The Everything Guide to Coping with Panic Disorder will give you an arsenal of anti-anxiety techniques so you can stop panic before it starts.

The Everything Parent a Teenage Book.jpg​THE EVERYTHING PARENTING A TEENAGER BOOK - A Survival Guide for Parents!

By Linda Sonna, Ph.D.

Slamming doors. Staying out past curfew. Failing grades.

The teen years can be the most difficult years of growing up - for both the parents and the child. The Everything Parenting a Teenager Book is a survival guide for parents looking for a little advice and understanding.

This authoritative book, written by child psychologist Dr. Linda Sonna, helps parents navigate the emotional teens years, when "no" means "yes" and "I'm fine" means, "help me." In reader-friendly language, Dr. Sonna offers advice on everything from establishing curfews and handing over the car keys to coping with the more serious issues, such as substance abuse and school violence.

This timely new parenting book provides professional advice on:

  • Building self-esteem
  • Communicating effectively
  • Learning to let go
  • Setting limits and enforcing consequences
  • Understanding emotional and social development

The Everything Parenting a Teenager Book lets parents know that they are not alone during these trying yet rewarding years.

The Everything Stress Management Book.jpg​THE EVERYTHING STRESS MANAGEMENT BOOK - Practical Ways to Relax, be Healthy, and Maintain Your Sanity

By Eve Adamson

Let's face it: We're all stressed out. No matter how hard we work or how much time we spend on burdensome tasks, it seems our deadlines only get tighter and we're barely catching our breaths before new obstacles arise causing even greater tension. Will it ever end? The Everything Stress Management Book shows that it is possible to achieve your life goals and keep your physical and mental health intact. Beginning with an easy-to-follow quiz that helps you identify your vulnerable areas, the book then takes you step-by-step through the safest, most effective ways to relax, avoid stressors, keep perspective, and live a longer, happier life.

The Everything Stress Management Book also gives you the lowdown on the most popular stress-reduction methods, including:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Proper nutrition
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • And more

Whether you're frazzled and frustrated at work or at home - or are just plain stressed out - The Everything Stress Management Book helps you regain control, find your balance, and face the world with optimism and confidence.

The Explosive Child.jpg​THE EXPLOSIVE CHILD - A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

By Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.

Screaming, swearing, crying, hitting, kicking, spitting, biting...these are some of the challenging behaviors we see in kids who are having difficulty meeting our expectations. These behaviors often leave parents feeling frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, and desperate for answers. In this fully revised and updated book, Dr. Ross Greene helps you understand why and when your child does these things and how to respond in ways that are nonpunitive, nonadversarial, humane, and effective.

Dr. Greene describes how best to:

  • Understand the factors that contribute to challenging episodes.
  • Identify the specific situations in which challenging episodes are likely to occur.
  • Reduce or eliminate challenging episodes by solving the problems that cause them.
  • Solve problems collaboratively (rather than unilaterally) and proactively (rather than reactively).
  • Help your child develop the skills to be more flexible, solve problems, and handle frustration more adaptively.
  • Reduce hostility and antagonism between you and your child.

With Dr. Greene's practical, expert guidance, you and your child will forge a new relationship based on communication and mutual respect.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf.jpg​THE FALL OF FREDDIE THE LEAF - A Story of Life for All Ages

By Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D.

This story is a warm, wonderfully wise, and strikingly simple story about a leaf named Freddie--how Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter`s snow.

freeing your child from anxiety.jpg​Freeing Your Child From Anxiety - Practical Strategies to Overcoming Fears, Worries and Phobias and to be Prepared for Life - from Toddlers to Teens
Tamar E. Chansky, Ph.D.

Childhood should be a happy, carefree time. Yet too many children are stressed-out and exhibiting symptoms of anxiety. In Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, childhood anxiety expert Dr. Tamar Chansky shares a proven approach for helping children build emotional resilience for a happier and healthier life.
Parents everywhere want to know: What is normal? How can you know when stress has crossed over into a full-blown anxiety disorder? How can you prevent anxiety from taking root? And how do you help your son or daughter break free from a pattern of fear and worry and lead a happy, productive life? Fortunately, anxiety is very treatable, and parents can do a lot to help get their children’s emotional well-being back on track.
Freeing Your Child from Anxiety contains easy, fun, and effective tools for teaching children to outsmart their worries and take charge of their fears. This revised and updated edition also teaches how to prepare children to withstand the pressure in our competitive test-driven culture. Learn the tips, techniques, and exercises kids need to implement the book’s advice right away, including “How to Talk to Your Child” sections and “Do It Today” activities at the end of each chapter. These simple solutions can help parents prevent their children from needlessly suffering today—and ensure that their children have the tools they need for a good life tomorrow.

generation stressed.jpg​Generation Stressed - Play-based Tools to Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety
Michele Kambolis

Anxiety is rampant in society in general and among children in particular. Written by Registered Clinical Counselor and national parenting columnist Michele Kambolis, Generation Stressed explains the causes and effects of anxiety in children and equips concerned parents with an array of highly effective play-based tools with which to help their anxious child. Based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, this easy-to-use handbook is packed with original, engaging, and effective exercises developed by Kambolis to help parents alleviate the symptoms of anxiety in their children, bolstered by the power of parent-child attachment. Kambolis blends sound theory, practical intervention techniques, and clinical expertise with a warm, encouraging, and conversational tone of voice that parents will find instantly relatable.

get out of my life.jpg​Get Out of My Life - but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the Mall? - A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager
Anthony E. Wolf, PhD

Beleaguered parents will breath sighs of relief and gratitude over this bestselling guide to raising teenagers

In this revised edition, Dr. Anthony E. Wolf tackles the changes in recent years with the same wit and compassion as the original edition. Dr. Wolf points out that while the basic issues of adolescence and the relationships between parents and their children remain much the same, today's teenagers navigate a faster, less clearly anchored world. Wolf's revisions include a new chapter on the Internet, a significantly modified section on drugs and drinking, and an added piece on gay teenagers.

Although the rocky and ever-changing terrain of contemporary adolescence may bewilder parents, Get Out of My Life gives them a great road map

 

The Gift of Reading.jpg​THE GIFT OF READING - A Guide for Educators and Parents

By David Bouchard with Wendy Sutton, Ph.D.

Promoting literacy should be our focus from before our children are born until they leave secondary school. Teaching children to read and to love reading is the shared responsibility of every teacher, every administrator and every parent. Together, David Bouchard and Wendy Sutton explore how we can turn our homes and our schools into environments rich in literature and how we can model the love of reading for our children and our students.

The Grief of Recovery Handbook.jpg​THE GRIEF RECOVERY HANDBOOK - The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith

By John W. James and Russell Friedman, Founders of The Grief Recovery Institute

Updated to commemorate its 20th anniversary, this classic resource further explores the effects of grief and sheds new light on how to begin to take effective actions to complete the grieving process and work towards recovery and happiness.

Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories as well as from others', the authors illustrate how it is possible to recover from grief and regain energy and spontaneity.

Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss. New material in this edition includes guidance for dealing with:

·  Loss of faith

·  Loss of career and financial issues

·  Loss of health

·  Growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home

The Grief Recovery Handbook is a groundbreaking, classic handbook that everyone should have in their library.

"This book is required for all my classes. The more I use this book, the more I believe that unresolved grief is the major underlying issue in most people's lives. It is the only work of its kind that I know of that outlines the problem and provides the solution."—Bernard McGrane, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Chapman University

helping your child overcome an eating disorder.jpg​Helping Your Child Overcome an Eating Disorder

This book, written by the experts at the Yale University Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, offers you concrete strategies you can use at home to facilitate and support your child's recovery from an eating disorder.

Between 5 and 10 million people between the ages of twelve and twenty suffer from either anorexia or bulimia. This comprehensive workbook offers help to you and your family when one of your of children is struggling with an eating disorder. The book is also a powerful tool for professionals who work with adolescents and teenagers suffering from these disorders.

helping your kids cope with divorce.jpg​Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way
M. Gary Neuman, LMHC

Divorce is painful and confusing. Perhaps now more than ever, you want to give your child all the love, support, and guidance he or she needs, but everything seems harder and more complicated. Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way can help. Based on Gary Neuman's phenomenally successful Sandcastles program, which has helped more than fifty thousand children cope with divorce, this warm, empathetic guide shows you:

  • How to build a co-parenting relationship--even when you think you can't
  • When you or your child should see a therapist
  • Age-appropriate scripts for addressing sensitive issues
  • What to do when a parent moves away
  • How to stop fighting with your ex-spouse
  • How to navigate the emotional turmoil of custody and visitation
  • How to help your child deal with change
  • How to cope with kids' common fears about separation
  • How to introduce significant others into the family and help your child cope with a new stepfamily

More than a hundred pieces of artwork from children of divorce will help you appreciate how kids perceive the experience. Dozens of special activities and fun exercises will help you communicate and get closer to your child. This guide shows you that divorce need not be an inevitable blot on children's lives, but an opportunity for them to grow and strengthen the bonds with their parents.

How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid - The Straight Dope for Parents

Joseph A. Califano Jr.​

The highly acclaimed comprehensive guide to getting your child through the formative pre-teen, teen, and college years drug-free—now completely revised and updated.

Nearly every child will be offered drugs or alcohol before graduating high school, and excessive drinking is common at most colleges. But the good news is that a child who gets to age twenty-one without smoking, using illegal drugs, or abusing alcohol or prescription drugs is virtually certain never to do so.


Drawing on more than two decades of research at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia), founder Joseph A. Califano, Jr., presents a clear, common-sense guide to helping kids stay drug-free. All parents dream of a healthy, productive, and fulfilling future for their children; Califano shows which specific actions work and what parents can do to teach, protect, and empower their children to have the greatest chance of making that future come true. Teenagers who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are twice as likely never to try them, and this book provides the tools parents need to prepare their children for those crucial decision-making moments.


In this revised and updated edition, Califano tackles some of the newest obstacles standing between our kids and a drug-free life—from social media sites and cell phone apps to the explosion in prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and the increased dangers and addictive power of marijuana. He reveals what teens can’t or won’t tell their parents about their thoughts on drugs and alcohol, and combines the latest research with his discussions with thousands of parents and teens about the challenges that widespread access to drugs and alcohol present, and how parents can instill in their teens the will and skills to choose not to use. Califano’s insightful and lively guide is as readable as it is informative.

​How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk
Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

The ultimate "parenting bible" (The Boston Globe) with a new foreword—and available as an ebook for the first time—a timeless, beloved book on how to effectively communicate with your child from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors.

Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish "are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation" (ParentMagazine).  Now, this bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author's time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships, including innovative ways to: 

  • Cope with your child's negative feelings, such as frustration, anger, and disappointment
  • Express your strong feelings without being hurtful
  • Engage your child's willing cooperation
  • Set firm limits and maintain goodwill
  • Use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline
  • Understand the difference between helpful and unhelpful praise
  • Resolve family conflicts peacefully

Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, the down-to-earth, respectful approach of Faber and Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding. 

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid
Daniel Stefanski (an autistic kid)

"Clearly explains the difficulties with communication and social interactions that frequently accompany autism, while urging readers to reach out to and stick up for autistic children." Publishers Weekly


In How to Talk to an Autistic Kid, a 14-year-old boy describes what it's like being autistic. With frankness and optimism, author Daniel Stefanski provides personal stories, clear explanations, and supportive advice about how to get along with kids with autism.

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid answers many questions readers might have about their autistic peers, like: 

  • Why does my autistic friend sometimes talk too loud or stand too close?
  • Why does she talk so much about the same topic over and over?
  • He won't even look at me. Does he really want to be friends? 
  • Why does she complain about the lights (or the noise, or the smell)? 
  • Why does it seem like my friend doesn't understand what I'm saying? 
  • Is he smart?
  • How should I act when we're together? What can we do together? 
  • What can I do to help autistic kids? 

Always straightforward and often humorous, How to Talk to an Autistic Kid will give readers (kids and adults alike) the confidence and tools needed to befriend kids with autism. They'll also feel like they've made a friend already.

The Hurried Child.jpg​THE HURRIED CHILD - Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon

By David Elkind

With the first two editions of this landmark work, Dr. David Elkind eloquently called our attention to the dangers of exposing our children to overwhelming pressures, pressures that can lead to a wide range of childhood and teenage crises. Internationally recognized as the voice of reason and compassion, Dr. Elkind showed that in blurring the boundaries of what is age appropriate, by expecting-or imposing-too much too soon, we force our kids to grow up far too fast.In the two decades since this groundbreaking book first appeared, we have compounded the problem, inadvertently stepping up the assault on childhood in the media, in schools, and at home. Taking a detailed, up-to-the-minute look at the world of today's children and teens in terms of the Internet, classroom culture, school violence, movies, television, and a growing societal incivility, Dr. Elkind shows a whole new generation of parents where hurrying occurs and why and what we can do about it.

I Don't Want to Talk About It - Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression

Terrence Real​

A revolutionary and hopeful look at depression as a silent epidemic in men that manifests as workaholism, alcoholism, rage, difficulty with intimacy, and abusive behavior by the cofounder of Harvard's Gender Research Project.

Twenty years of experience treating men and their families has convinced psychotherapist Terrence Real that depression is a silent epidemic in men—that men hide their condition from family, friends, and themselves to avoid the stigma of depression's "un-manliness." Problems that we think of as typically male—difficulty with intimacy, workaholism, alcoholism, abusive behavior, and rage—are really attempts to escape depression. And these escape attempts only hurt the people men love and pass their condition on to their children.

This groundbreaking book is the "pathway out of darkness" that these men and their families seek. Real reveals how men can unearth their pain, heal themselves, restore relationships, and break the legacy of abuse. He mixes penetrating analysis with compelling tales of his patients and even his own experiences with depression as the son of a violent, depressed father and the father of two young sons.

​I'd Listen to my Parents if They'd Just Shut Up - What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens
Anthony E Wolf, PhD

A practicing clinical psychologist for children and adolescents, Anthony Wolf, author of the phenomenal bestseller Get Out Of My Life, But First Can You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? ("I love this book!" —Parenting Magazine) returns with another wise, funny, and eminently practical guide to raising and understanding teenagers. I'd Listen to My Parents If They'd Just Shut Up offers frustrated moms and dads humorous, dialog-based advice and techniques for what to say and not to say when parenting teens today. 

 

​Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make it Right
Barbara Coloroso

"If we are to raise kids who can think and act ethically, we don't begin with the thinking or the acting. We begin with caring." —Barbara Coloroso

In her now-classic kids are worth it! , Barbara Coloroso offered solid advice and practical parenting techniques that above all preserved the dignity of both parent and child. Coloroso's underlying parenting vision ascribes to parents the responsibility to teach the next generation how to think, not just what to think, so that they may grow into the best people they can be.

Now, in this groundbreaking new book—a natural extension and a profound deepening of her original vision—Coloroso shows parents how to nurture their children's ethical lives, from preschool through adolescence.

There can be no more necessary book for our times.

We live in a world where children are so often given the message that the ends justify the means; where harmful, even violent behavior—in families, in communities, and around the world—goes unnoticed, unmitigated, and often unrepented; where children's ethical education can come from a T-shirt slogan or bumper sticker, an Internet site, or the evening news; where rigid moral absolutism or moral relativism has replaced true ethical thinking. In a world such as ours, Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make It Right is an essential tool.

Beginning with the idea that it is in us to care that we are born with an innate capacity for compassion and caring, Coloroso shows parents how to nurture and guide children's ethical lives from toddlerhood through the teen years using everyday situations at home, at school, in social settings, and in the world at large.

Rich in advice and anecdotes, Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make It Right offers no less than an ethical vision, one rooted in deep caring, by which we and succeeding generations may not only live, but thrive.

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KIDS ARE WORTH IT! - Raising Resilient, Responsible, Compassionate Kids

By Barbara Coloroso

​Featuring a new Introduction by bestselling author Barbara Coloroso, this parenting classic is set to teach a new generation of parents the importance of treating kids with dignity and respect. Rejecting the "quick fix" solutions of punishment and reward, Barbara uses everyday family situations—from sibling rivalry to teenage rebellion—to demonstrate sound strategies for giving children the inner discipline and self-confidence that will help them become responsible, resourceful, resilient, and compassionate adults.

life after loss.jpg​LIFE AFTER LOSS -  A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life After Experiencing Major Loss

By Bob Deits, M. Th.

"One of the classics in the field of crisis intervention" (Dr. Earl Grollman), Life after Loss is the go-to resource for anyone who has suffered a significant life change. Loss can be overwhelming, and recovery often seems daunting, if not impossible. With great compassion and insight, Deits provides practical exercises for navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and grief, helping readers find positive ways to put together a life that is necessarily different, but equally meaningful. With two new chapters and significant changes throughout reflecting Deits's ongoing experience in counseling, Life after Lossis an essential "roadmap for those in grief" (Lawrence J. Lincoln, MD, Staff, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Center).

masterminds wingmen.jpg​MASTERMINDS WINGMEN - Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World

By Rosalind Wiseman

Books for a Better Life Award Winner

Here is a landmark book that reveals the way boys think and that shows parents, educators and coaches how to reach out and help boys overcome their most common yet difficult challenges -- by the bestselling author who changed our conception of adolescent girls.
 
Do you constantly struggle to pull information from your son, student, or athlete, only to encounter mumbling or evasive assurances such as "It's nothing" or "I'm good?"  Do you sense that the boy you care about is being bullied, but that he'll do anything to avoid your "help?"   Have you repeatedly reminded him that schoolwork and chores come before video games only to spy him reaching for the controller as soon as you leave the room? Have you watched with frustration as your boy flounders with girls?
 
Welcome to Boy World. It's a place where asking for help or showing emotional pain often feels impossible. Where sports and video games can mean everything, but working hard in school frequently earns ridicule from "the guys" even as they ask to copy assignments. Where "masterminds" dominate and friends ruthlessly insult each other but can never object when someone steps over the line. Where hiding problems from adults is the ironclad rule because their involvement only makes situations worse. 
 
Boy world is governed by social hierarchies and a powerful set of unwritten rules that have huge implications for your boy's relationships, his interactions with you, and the man he'll become. If you want what's best for him, you need to know what these rules are and how to work with them effectively.
 
What you'll find in Masterminds and Wingmen is critically important for every parent – or anyone who cares about boys – to know. Collaborating with a large team of middle- and high-school-age editors, Rosalind Wiseman has created an unprecedented guide to the life your boy is actually experiencing – his on-the-ground reality.  Not only does Wiseman challenge you to examine your assumptions, she offers innovative coping strategies aimed at helping your boy develop a positive, authentic, and strong sense of self.

The Mindful Path.jpg​THE MINDFUL PATH TO SELF-COMPASSION - Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

By Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D.

"Buck up." "Stop feeling sorry for yourself." "Don't ruin everything." When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them? Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in--and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or self-blame--are essential steps on the path to healing. This wise and eloquent book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for putting it into action. You'll master practical techniques for living more fully in the present moment -- especially when hard-to-bear emotions arise -- and for being kind to yourself when you need it the most. Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author's website: www.mindfulselfcompassion.org.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit

​MINDFULNESS FOR PROLONGED GRIEF - A Guide to Healing After Loss When Depression, Anxiety, and Anger Won't Go Away

By Sameet M. Kumar, Ph.D.

If you have lost a loved one suddenly or traumatically, have experienced extreme trauma yourself, or simply cannot process the death of someone dear to you, the pain can be overwhelming. For most people, grief resolves on its own, given time; but for many others, grief can lead to serious psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, anger, and an intense, inconsolable yearning for the deceased.

Prolonged or complicated grief is a serious psychological condition that can leave you feeling dazed, stunned, or in shock for months or even years after your loss. Your sorrow does not diminish with time. In fact, it may even increase. No matter how much support you receive from family and friends, you simply cannot 'get over it.' However, there are steps you can take to begin healing.

Mindfulness for Prolonged Grief offers you real tools for overcoming the painful symptoms of prolonged grief. In the book, you will learn to relieve your pain by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, improving the quality of your sleep, and reconnecting with your life's goals. In addition, you will discover how mindfulness exercises and guided meditations can help you process your grief, manage your intense emotions, and deal with loss without resorting to avoidant behaviors (such as addiction) as coping mechanisms.

Loss is an extremely painful part of life, but with help you can build the resilience you need to heal, and use your grief as a powerful vehicle for growth.

mom theyre teasing me.jpg​MOM, THEY'RE TEASING ME - Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems

By Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., with Catherine O'Neill Grace

Through vividly written case studies and a reader-friendly question-and-answer format, Mom, They're Teasing Me is full of specific, how-to advice for parents to help their children navigate the sometimes harsh terrain of social life–which includes name-calling, after-school fights, esteem-crushing cliques, and malicious exclusion by the popular kids. Through thoughtful discussion and insightful suggestions, parents will discover

• The difference between real risk and normal social pain
• The appropriate time to intervene–and when to step back
• Tips on how to mediate between children–without appearing meddlesome
• The importance of teaching and encouraging leadership
• The redemptive power of friendship

Mom, They're Teasing Me answers key questions about the many manifestations of social cruelty, offers compelling descriptions of prime "teasing" scenarios, and illustrates how to counter them. It is an indispensable book for involved parents who want to make their child's formative years rich and rewarding.

more than moody.jpg​MORE THAN MOODY - Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression

By Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D. Founder and Director of the New York University Child Study Center

One of the nation's most distinguished child and adolescent psychiatrists shows parents the warning signs, risk factors, and key symptoms that offer important clues about depression. He also illustrates a broad range of treatment options including SSRI antidepressants as well as non-pharmaceutical approaches such as cognitive behavior therapy. With solid advice and compelling real-life stories, More Than Moody is an invaluable resource.

 

The Mother of All Parenting Books.jpg​THE MOTHER OF ALL PARENTING BOOKS - An All-Canadian Guide to Raising a Happy, Healthy Child from Preschool through the Preteens

By Ann Douglas

Parenting is the toughest job on the planet. Fortunately, Canadian parents have Ann Douglas to turn to as their guide. Using her trademark non-bossy approach to all of the perennial parenting hot topics, Douglas has pulled together the latest research on everything from teaching kids self-discipline to preventing power struggles within the family to encouraging kids to feel great about themselves. The result is an all-Canadian guide to raising healthy, happy kids — a book no Canadian parent should be without.

THE MOTHER OF ALL PARENTING BOOKS DELIVERS:

  • the facts on discipline-what works, what doesn't, and how your discipline methods need to evolve as your child grows older
  • practical tips on teaching kids morals and values
  • strategies for promoting healthy child-parent communication
  • advice on avoiding parent burnout
  • the lowdown on what it takes to keep kids safe today without smothering them
  • the facts on fitness, nutrition, and body image and the important role that parents have to play in modeling healthy living for their kids
  • research updates on bullying, eating disorders, childhood depression, and other important health and safety issues
  • tips for riding out the sometimes rocky preteen years
  • a listing of Canadian resources, including an Internet directory
my secret bully.jpg​MY SECRET BULLY

By Trudy Ludwig

Here is the all-too-familiar story of Monica.  She and Katie have been friends since kindergarten.  Monica loves being around her when she's nice.  But there are times when Katie can be just plain mean.  And Monica doesn't understand why.

Monica is a target of relational aggression, emotional bullying among friends who will use name-calling and manipulation to humiliate and exclude.  But with a little help from a supportive adult—her mother—Monica learns to cope and thrive by facing her fears and reclaiming power from her bully.

Including a foreword by the founder of the The Ophelia Project, as well as helpful tips, discussion questions, and additional resources, My Secret Bully is a vital resource for children, parents, teachers, and counselors.

overcoming anxiety.jpg​OVERCOMING ANXIETY (IDIOT'S GUIDES)

By Joni E. Johnston, PsyD, and O. Joseph Bienvenu, M.D., Ph.D.

Millions of people suffer from various types of anxiety-related disorders, including social phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, OCD, PTSD, and others. Idiot's Guides: Overcoming Anxiety, Second Edition, offers worksheets for self-evaluation, calming strategies and relaxation techniques, practical steps to take control of anxiety-inducing thoughts, and natural ways to alleviate physical symptoms, such as exercise, rest, nutrition, yoga, and more.

 

 

parent talk 50.jpg​PARENT TALK - 50 Quick, Effective Solutions to the Most Common Parenting Challenges

By Stanley Shapiro and Karen Skinulis with Richard Skinulis

Your child just won't go to sleep. Or won't stop asking "Why?" Or won't hurry up! You don't want to discourage their curiousity and self-expression, but…now's just not the time. And you're too busy to study an impenetrable parenting manual. How can you teach your kids to behave without compromising their naturally ebullient spirit?

Parent Talk strikes the perfect balance, offering a quick, concise, and light-hearted approach to solving the fifity most common parenting problems – from bossiness and bedwetting to temper tantrums and table manners.

Kids have reasons for their misbehaviour, and identifying those reasons is the key to turning bad behaviour into good habits. Whether your child is after attention, power or, yes, even revenge, Parent Talk will give you practical – and proven – strategies that will turn your home into a peaceful place. With useful checklists of do's and don'ts, clever and imaginative suggestions, and an understanding style, Parent Talk will be the one guide you turn to when your world is spinning just a little too fast.

parenting through crisis.jpg​PARENTING THROUGH CRISIS - Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief, and Change

By Barbara Coloroso

In this companion to her bestselling Kids are Worth It!, parenting educator Barbara Coloroso shows how parents can help children find a way through grief and sorrow during the difficult times of death, illness, divorce, and other upheavals. She offers concrete, compassionate ideas for supporting children as they navigate the emotional ups and downs that accompany loss, assisting them in developing their own constructive ways of responding to what life hands them.

At the heart of her approach is what she calls the T.A.0. of Family -- Time, Affection, and Optimism -- coupled with her deep understanding of how people move through grief. Barbara Coloroso's clear answers to difficult questions are enriched by uplifting humor and insightful anecdotes from her own experiences as a Franciscan nun, mother of three, and her thirty years as a parenting educator. With this Guide in hand, parents can feel assured that they are responding with wisdom and love when children need them most.

parenting through divorce.jpg​PARENTING THROUGH DIVORCE - Helping Your Children Thrive During and After the Split

By Lisa Rene Reynolds, Ph.D.

Divorce has devastating effects on children. Yet for divorcing parents who carefully consider and manage the intricacies associated with this difficult time, both parents, as seen from the child's perspective, can remain as loving and supportive as they ever were.

Parenting Through Divorce concisely lays out the specific emotions and reactions parents need to anticipate from their children while going through separation, divorce, and its after-math. Rather than weighing parents down with complicated plans, confusing information, and legal terminology, this book takes a common-sense approach, providing readers in a state of emotional distress with the practical, down-to-earth advice they need to sensibly and comfortingly guide their children through this often painful process. Covering the most common mistakes divorcing parents tend to make, as well as addressing special issues that come up for kids of different age groups, this book helps you retain a strong, healthy, and loving environment for your child, even in the midst of change. This is a much-needed repository of wisdom and practical counsel for any family going through a time of heightened feelings and fragile relationships.

​PARENTING YOUR ANXIOUS CHILD WITH MINDFULNESS AND ACCEPTANCE - A Powerful New Approach to Overcoming Fear, Panic, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

By Christopher McCurry, Ph.D.

We live in a chaotic and often unpredictable world, so it's only natural for you and your child to have anxieties. But seeing your child cry, cling to you, or even use aggression to avoid his or her own fears and worries may cause you to worry even more, trapping both of you in a cycle of anxiety and fear.

You can interrupt this cycle with the proven-effective mindfulness and acceptance skills taught in this book. Drawn from acceptance and commitment therapy, Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance offers a new way to think about your child's anxiety, as well as a set of techniques used by child psychologists to help children as young as four let go of anxious feelings and focus instead on relationships with friends, learning new things in school, and having fun. You'll learn these techniques, use them when you feel anxious, and teach them to your child. With practice, you both will let go of anxious feelings and your child will find the confidence to enjoy being a kid.

​PARENTING YOUR ASPERGER CHILD - Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills

By Alan Sohn, Ed.D., and Cathy Grayson, M.A.

Asperger's Syndrome is a form of autism—but with the right guidance, these children can go on to live happy, fulfilling lives.

In Parenting Your Asperger Child, Dr. Alan Sohn's and Cathy Grayson's groundbreaking Cognitive Social Integration Therapy (CSIT) offers practical solutions that help parents prepare their children for a fulfilling life of social interaction outside the confines of their syndrome, addressing such topics as:

- The six characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome
- How to identify a child's type of Asperger's—and the best approaches for dealing with it
- Understanding how an Asperger's child sees and interprets the world
- Replacing inappropriate coping techniques with productive skills
- How to survive and learn from a crisis
- How school programs can aid in teaching Asperger children - Making changes that last

The Parents Problem Solver.jpg​THE PARENT'S PROBLEM SOLVER - Smart Solutions for Everyday Discipline Dilemmas and Behavioural Problems

By Cathryn Tobin, M.D.

IMAGINE HAVING A PEDIATRICIAN ON CALL TO ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT PARENTING.

From tantrums to sleeping problems, bullying to bed-wetting, The Parent's Problem Solver offers parents quick, commonsense, and compassionate solutions that work, from an author who is not only a pediatrician but also a mother of four. Whether your child is an infant or already in school, Dr. Cathryn Tobin's insightful advice will help you create positive changes in your parenting strategies—and your relationship with your children—immediately.

"Discipline, in a nutshell, is giving children tools to succeed in life. This book shows parents how." —William Sears, M.D., coauthor of The Baby Book and The Discipline Book 

"Dr. Spock helped us understand our children, but Dr. Tobin helps us understand ourselves. By the time you finish reading the first chapter, you'll find a new approach to parenting problems that you can rely on." —John and Linda Friel, The 7 Worst Things (Good) Parents Do

"This is a wonderful book! Dr. Tobin gives us a brand-new twist on solving problems with our kids. If Dr. Tobin can't be your pediatrician, read her book!" —Jack Canfield, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

​POSITIVE DISCIPLINE FOR TEENAGERS - Empowering Your Teens and Yourself Through Kind and Firm Parenting

By Jane Nelsen, ED.D, and Lynn Lott, M.A., M.F.T.

A Positive Approach To Raising Happy, Healthy and Mature Teenagers
 
Adolescence can be a time of great stress and turmoil—not only for kids going through it, but for their parents as well. It's normal for teens to explore a new sense of freedom and to redefine the ways in which they relate to their parents, and that process can sometimes leave parents feeling powerless, alienated, or excluded from their children's lives. These effects can be magnified even further in this modern age of social networks, cell phones, and constant digital distraction. 

This newly revised and updated edition of Positive Discipline for Teenagers shows parents how to build stronger bridges of communication with their children, break the destructive cycles of guilt and blame that occur in parent-teen power struggles, and work toward greater mutual respect with their adolescents. At the core of the Positive Discipline approach is the understanding that teens still need their parents, just in different ways--and by better understanding who their teens really are, parents can learn to encourage both their teens and themselves, and instill good judgment without being judgmental. The methods in this book work to build vital social and life skills through encouragement and empowerment--not punishment. Truly effective parenting is about connection before correction.

Over the years, millions of parents have come to trust Jane Nelsen's classic Positive Discipline series for its consistent, commonsense approach to raising happy, responsible kids. This new edition is filled with proven, effective methods for coping with such parenting challenges as:
 
-Fostering truly honest discussions with your teen
-Helping your teen handle the online world  
-Turning mistakes into opportunities
-Keeping your sanity while raising your teen—and making sure your own teenage issues aren't weighing you down
-Teaching your teen how to pursue the goal that make them happy…and a few that make you happy too (like chores)
-Making sure you're on your teen's side, and that they know that
-Avoiding the pitfalls of excessive control and excessive permissiveness

​POSITIVE DISCIPLINE FOR TEENAGERS – Resolving Conflict with Your Teenage Son or Daughter

By Jane Nelsen, ED.D, and Lynn Lott, M.A., M.F.T.

Everyone knows adolescence opens up vast new interests, problems, and potential in children. Topics include the difference between normal rebellion and excessive resistance, how to see the world through your teenager's eyes, and more.

 

​POSITIVE DISCIPLINE FOR WORKING PARENTS - Raising Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful Children When You Work Outside the Home

By Jane Nelsen Ed.D. and Lisa Larson M.A.

As a working parent, do you struggle to find a balance between work and family? Do you feel frustrated or helpless when it comes to enforcing family rules and discipline? You are not alone. Tens of millions of parents share these common concerns. But help has arrived! Over the years, parents just like you have come to trust the POSITIVE DISCIPLINE series for its consistent, commonsense approach to child rearing. Positive Discipline for Working Parents is an invaluable resource to nurturing cooperation, good character, and positive life skills in children. You'll learn how to:

• Avoid power struggles with your children
• Maintain schedules, plan meals, and reduce stress through effective time management
• Learn the power of family meetings in tackling discipline and developmental problems
• Help those who care for your children understand the important philosophy of kindness and firmness in setting boundaries
• And much more!

​QUIET - The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

By Susan Cain

The book that started the Quiet Revolution

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society. 

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader's guide and bonus content

Quiet Kids.jpg​Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World
Christine Fonseca

Being an introverted child is difficult, especially in an ever-increasingly noisy world. Often viewed as aloof, unmotivated, or conceited, introverted children are deeply misunderstood by parents, educators, and even their peers. That's where Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World comes in. Designed to provide parents with a blueprint for understanding the nature of introversion, Quiet Kids provides specific strategies to teach children how to thrive in a world that may not understand them. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses real-world examples and stories from introverts and parents to show parents and educators how to help children develop resiliency and enhance the positive qualities of being an introvert. With specific strategies to address academic performance, bullying, and resiliency. Quiet Kids is a must-read for anyone wishing to enhance the lives of introverted children.
raising a thinking child.jpg​RAISING A THINKING CHILD - Helping Your Young Child to Resolve Everyday Conflicts and Get Along with Others. The "I Can Problem Solve" Program

By Myrna B. Shure, Ph.D. with Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, M.Ed.

All of us like to think for ourselves. And so do children - if they have the skills to do it. That's why award-winning psychologist Dr. Myrna Shure decided to create a program to give them those skills. It's called I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) and for twenty-five years it has benefited thousands nationwide. Raising a Thinking Child, a book that will change your family dynamics forever - and help your child develop in ways you never thought possible - brings this positive parenting program directly into your home. Unlike other methods of child rearing, the ICPS approach teaches youngsters as young as four not what to think or do, but how to think - and the results are astounding. Through the program's specially designed and fun-to-do dialogues, games, and activities - easily incorporated into everyday family life - a young child learns how to solve problems and resolve conflicts with friends, teachers, and family; explore alternative solutions and their consequences; and understand the feelings of others. With ICPS, shy children become more assertive and impulsive children are less likely to act out when things don't go their way. Most important the ICPS-competent child is better equipped to avoid early destructive behaviors that later can lead to delinquency, substance abuse, violence, and depression. Helping your child become a thinking, feeling individual and grow up to be a socially adjusted, self-confident adult is what Raising a Thinking Child is all about. Based on years of research and evaluation, clinically proven, and child-tested, it may be the most important gift you can share with your child today...for tomorrow.

raising resilient children.jpg​RAISING RESILIENT CHILDREN - Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child

By Robert Brooks, Ph.D., and Sam Goldstein, Ph.D.

TOP CHILD PSYCHOLOGISTS OFFER EXPERT INSIGHT AND PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR RAISING STRONG KIDS IN TODAY'S COMPLICATED WORLD

"Thoughtful and sound in its approach, practical and clear in its suggestions, direct and supportive in its tone, Raising Resilient Children is the perfect book for parents searching for a caring method to help their children grow into healthy, happy, loving, and mature adults."William Pollack, Ph.D., author of Real Boys

." . . the down-to-earth strategies ensure this title will be used as well as read . . . truly valuable material." Publishers Weekly

" . . . a remarkable book that pulls together the research on resilience and makes it readable, understandable, and practical."Work and Family Life

"A very important work. This not-to-be-missed book debunks the paradigm ('Good enough for me: I turned out OK') and replaces it with a new model fostering resilience capable of meeting obstacles head-on."Library Journal (starred review)"

raising your spirited child.jpg​RAISING YOUR SPIRITED CHILD - A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, and Energetic

By Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

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.

 

reading magic.jpg​READING MAGIC -  Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

By Mem Fox

Best-selling children's author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read. With passion and humor, Fox speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and get the most out of a read-aloud session. She discusses the three secrets of reading, offers guidance on defining and choosing good books, and-for this new edition-includes two new chapters on boy readers and phonics, a foreword, and a list of Twenty Books That Children Love." Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a turn-to classic for educators and parents."

Scattered Minds.jpg​SCATTERED MINDS - A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder

By Gabor Mate, M.D.

Written from the inside by a person who himself has ADD, with the wisdom gained through years of medical practice and research, Scattered Minds explodes the myth of ADD as a genetically based illness, offering real hope and advice for children and adults who live with this disorder.

Secrets of Discipline.jpg​SECRETS OF DISCIPLINE - 12 Keys for Raising Responsible Children - For Parents and Teachers

By Ronald G. Morrish

In implementing behavior management, which allows children the freedom to make their own choices and then rewards them for making good choices, many parents and teachers have forgotten to limit children to choices that are theirs to make, and therefore fail to teach children the skills they need to become responsible, cooperative, and productive. This book presents a four-part discipline system designed to raise responsible children: training compliance, teaching skills, and managing choices. Part 1 of this book, "Discipline Gone Awry," describes how current discipline systems fail to set limits and explores problems in negotiating with children for compliance. The remaining parts of the book each correspond with the 3 steps of the system. Part 2 discusses compliance with fundamental rules as a habit trained through direct supervision and direct instruction. Part 3 presents information on teaching responsible behavior to children directly, the use of positive practice, the importance of practicing behaviors before they are needed, and teaching self-discipline. Part 4 concerns managing choices and discusses the importance of making decisions for children until they are mature enough to make decisions for themselves; this part also discusses chores, grades, courtesy, positive family relationships, setting standards, motivation and the concept of self-esteem, prevention, and dealing with lying and stealing, homework, disputes, temper tantrums, interruptions, teasing, and fighting. The book concludes with the charge that parents become committed to teaching their children skills and attitudes they need, make a commitment to their own authority, and insist on growth in their children.

Secrets of Resilient People.jpg​SECRETS OF RESILIENT PEOPLE - 50 Techniques To Be Strong

By John Lees

What do resilient people know that the rest of us don't?

Do they have a secret recipe for maintaining their equilibrium during tough times?

Is there a special alchemy at work?

'The Secrets of Resilient People' reveals the 50 things you need to know to survive and thrive in tough times, maintaining a positive and productive outlook whatever the circumstances. Some will surprise you, and all will inspire you. Put these 50 simple strategies together and you will have a recipe for success, a proven formula that will unlock the secrets and uncover your potential.

Seeing Red.jpg​SEEING RED - An Anger Management and Anti-Bullying Curriculum for Kids

By Jennifer Simmonds

Anger is a natural human emotion, but if it isn't managed properly its effects can be devastating. Seeing Red is a curriculum designed to help elementary and middle-school aged students better understand their anger so they can make healthy and successful choices and build strong relationships. This completely revised and updated edition includes a comprehensive anti-bullying component, complete with cutting-edge material specific to cyber-bullying and social media.

Designed especially for use with small groups, Seeing Red enables participants to learn from and empower one another. Its unique group process helps children and teens build important developmental objectives such as leadership skills (taking initiative, presenting in front of the group), social skills (taking turns, active listening), and building self-esteem (problem solving, interacting with peers). Key concepts and activities include:

  • Spotting anger triggers and taking responsibility for mistakes
  • Finding healthy ways to deal with provocation and avoiding losing control
  • Identifying feelings, learning steps to control anger and exploring consequences.

Facilitators will learn how to empower participants through role playing, helping them to identify associated feelings and recognize negative behaviors. Each session includes objectives, a list of supplies, background notes and preparation tasks for the leader, a warm-up activity, an explanation of the various learning activities, and a closing activity. See for yourself why Seeing Red remains one of the most highly-regarded resources among professionals in the field of children's anger management.

book1.jpg​SETTING LIMITS WITH YOUR STRONG-WILLED CHILD – Eliminating Conflict by Establishing Clear, Firm, and Respectful Boundaries

By Robert J. Mackenzie, Ed.D

Disruptive misbehavior, constant power struggles, manipulative or aggressive behavior--the challenges facing parents and teachers of strong-willed children can seem overwhelming at times. That's why thousands of parents and educators have turned to the solutions in Setting Limits With Your Strong-Willed Child. This revised and expanded second edition offers the most up-to-date alternatives to punishment and permissiveness--moving beyond traditional methods that wear you down and get you nowhere, and zeroing in on what really works so parents can use their energy in more efficient and productive ways. With fully updated guidelines on parenting tools like "logical consequences," and examples drawn directly from the modern world that children deal with each day, this is an invaluable resource for anyone wondering how to effectively motivate strong-willed children and instill proper conduct.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens.jpg​THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEENS

By Sean Covey

Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens will engage teenagers unlike any other book.

An indispensable book for teens, as well as parents, grandparents, and any adult who influences young people, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is destined to become the last word on surviving and thriving as a teen and beyond.

The Silent Cry.jpg​THE SILENT CRY - Teen Suicide and Self-Destructive Behaviours

By Joan Esherick

Though many teens seek independence and thrills through activities that can harm them, risk-taking in adolescence does not have to be self-destructive. This book looks at the five most self-destructive adolescent behaviors: substance abuse, risky sex, self-injury, eating disorders, and suicide.

Smart but Scattered.jpg​SMART BUT SCATTERED - The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential (4-13 year olds)

By Peg Dawson, Ed.D, and Richard Guare, Ph.D.

There's nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your "smart but scattered" child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there's a lot you can do to help. 

The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial "executive skills"--the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child's strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Small changes can add up to big improvements--this empowering book shows how.

Smart but Scattered Teens.jpg​SMART BUT SCATTERED TEENS - The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential

By Richard Guare, Ph.D., Peg Dawson, Ed.D., and Colin Guare

"I told you, I'll do it later."
"I forgot to turn in the stupid application."
"Could you drive me to school? I missed the bus again."
"I can't walk the dog--I have too much homework!"

If you're the parent of a "smart but scattered" teen, trying to help him or her grow into a self-sufficient, responsible adult may feel like a never-ending battle. Now you have an alternative to micromanaging, cajoling, or ineffective punishments. This positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens' independence by building their executive skills--the fundamental brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. Executive skills experts Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson are joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself. Learn step-by-step strategies to help your teen live up to his or her potential now and in the future--while making your relationship stronger. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

See also the authors' Smart but Scattered (with a focus on 4- to 13-year-olds) and their self-help guide for adults. Plus, Work-Smart Academic Planner: Write It Down, Get It Done, designed for middle and high school students to use in conjunction with coaching, and related titles for professionals.

Winner (Third Place)--American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Consumer Health Category

Sometimes I Act Crazy.jpg​SOMETIMES I ACT CRAZY - Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

By Jerold J. Kreisman, M.D., and Hal Straus

A source of hope, expert advice, and guidance for people with borderline personality disorder and those who love them

Do you experience frightening, often violent mood swings that make you fear for your sanity? Are you often depressed? Do you engage in self-destructive behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse, anorexia, compulsive eating, self-cutting, and hair pulling? Do you feel empty inside, or as if you don't know who you are? Do you dread being alone and fear abandonment? Do you have trouble finishing projects, keeping a job, or forming lasting relationships?

If you or someone you love answered yes to the majority of these questions, there's a good chance that you or that person suffers from borderline personality disorder, a commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed psychological problem afflicting tens of millions of people. Princess Diana was one of the most well-known BPD sufferers.

As a source of hope and practical advice for BPD sufferers and those who love them, this new book by Dr. Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Straus, bestselling authors of I Hate You, Don't Leave Me, offers proven techniques that help you:
* Manage mood swings
* Develop lasting relationships
* Improve your self-esteem
* Keep negative thoughts at bay
* Control destructive impulses
* Understand your treatment options
* Find professional help

Step Coupling.jpg​STEP COUPLING - Creating and Sustaining a Strong Marriage in Today's Blended Family

By Susan Wisdom, LPC and Jennifer Green

Love may be sweeter the second time around, but once the bliss of a newfound relationship wears off a little, the reality of being part of a stepfamily sets in. If you are one of the millions of remarried Americans facing the challenge of blending two existing families into one cohesive whole, you are part of a stepcouple—and you know all too well how hard it can be to make your marriage work in sometimes tough terrain. 

Different parenting styles, finances, relationships with ex-spouses, legal matters, and even seemingly simple issues such as the kinds of chores assigned to children can chisel away at your union if you don't always make your marriage a priority. 

Stepcoupling offers advice for stepcouples on how to do just that—all the while strengthening their blended family with a healthy marriage. Susan Wisdom and Jennifer Green provide tips and strategies on dealing with the issues remarried couples face, with a wealth of advice from real-life stepcouples, such as:

* Learning to tailor your expectations of your spouse or children and remembering that no family is perfect
* Knowing where your boundaries are, whether involving a hostile ex-spouse or a stepchild who demands too much attention
* Realizing that traits like flexibility, tolerance, forgiveness, and openness are especially essential in a stepfamily situation
* Making "us" time for talking, problem-solving, weekends away, and enjoying your marriage to constantly renew and strengthen your bond as a couple

Let this invaluable remarriage manual help you make your stepcouple the foundation of a strong, happy, and successful stepfamily.

​STOP OVERREACTING - Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions

By Judith P. Siegel, Ph.D.

When you are criticized or rejected, do you have a tendency to lash out or withdraw entirely? Both types of knee-jerk reactions can have lasting and unintended consequences, affecting our friendships, careers, families, and romantic relationships. The truth is, overreacting hurts us as much as it hurts the people around us. You may see overreacting as an unchangeable part of your personality, but in reality, this tendency, like any other, can be unlearned.

Stop Overreacting helps you identify your emotional triggers, discover a new way of processing impulsive thoughts and feelings, and understand how your emotions can undermine your ability to think rationally in moments of crisis and stress. You'll learn how to neutralize overwhelming emotions and choose healthy responses instead of flying off the handle. Ready to make a change for the better? It's time to stop overreacting and start feeling collected and in control.

Stressed Out for Parents.jpg​STRESSED OUT! FOR PARENTS - How to be Calm, Confident, and Focused

By Dr. Ben Bernstein with Michelle Packard

Parenting is one of the most stressful fulltime jobs around. School, lessons, sports, homework, hormones, dinner, dishes. . . . Parents want to know how to be calm and enjoy these wonder years. Dr. Ben Bernstein, celebrated performance coach for CEOs, professional athletes, and musicians, takes on parents this time around in his book Stressed Out! For Parents. Focusing on his nine steps to optimize performance during stressful situations, Dr. B. teaches parents in clear, entertaining, and thoughtful writing how to be calm, confident, and focused in all that they do. So, say good-bye to anxiety and optimize your parenting performance today!

The Third Alternative.jpg​THE 3rd ALTERNATIVE - Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems

By Stephen R. Covey      

From the multimillion-copy bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People—hailed as the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century—The 3rd Alternative turns Dr. Stephen R. Covey's formidable insight to a powerful new way to resolve professional and personal difficulties and create solutions to great challenges in organizations and society.

There are many methods of "conflict resolution," but most involve compromise, a low-level accommodation that stops the fight without breaking through to amazing new results. The 3rd Alternative introduces a breakthrough approach to conflict resolution and creative problem solving, transcending traditional solutions to conflict by forging a path toward a third option, a 3rd Alternative that moves beyond your way or my way to a higher and better way—one that allows both parties to emerge from debate or even heated conflict in a far better place than either had envisioned. With the 3rd Alternative, nobody has to give up anything, and everyone wins.

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids.jpg​THIS IS A BOOK FOR PARENTS OF GAY KIDS - A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life

By Dannielle Owens-Reid & Kristin Russo

Written in an accessible Q&A 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.

Time Out.jpg​TIME OUT! - A Parents' Guide to Understanding and Dealing with Challenging Children

By Malin Alfven & Kristina Hofsten

"I've failed as a parent," is a common statement of resignation when a child suddenly becomes awkward, defiant, angry, or generally impossible. What worked to calm them down a year ago might not necessarily work now and the parent blames herself for being too lenient or too strict.

There's usually nothing developmentally wrong with an unruly child, but it can be a pain to deal with. Written by two child psychologists, outlines all of the developmental stages toddlers, children, and adolescents transition through, and how their behavior reflects that.

With humorous anecdotes from real parents who have dealt with the same "crises" as most other parents, this guide offers hands-on-advice to deal with problems and also laugh a little.

Vitamin N.jpg​VITAMIN N - THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO A NATURE-RICH LIFE – 5oo Ways to Enrich the Health and Happiness of Your Family and Community

By Richard Louv

From the author of the New York Times bestseller that defined nature-deficit disorder and launched the international children-and-nature movement, Vitamin N (for "nature") is a complete prescription for connecting with the power and joy of the natural world right now, with

  • 500 activities for children and adults
  • Dozens of inspiring and thought-provoking essays
  • Scores of informational websites
  • Down-to-earth advice

In his landmark work Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv was the first to bring widespread attention to the alienation of children from the natural world, coining the term nature-deficit disorder and outlining the benefits of a strong nature connection--from boosting mental acuity and creativity to reducing obesity and depression, from promoting health and wellness to simply having fun. That book "rivaled Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" (the Cincinnati Enquirer), was "an absolute must-read for parents" (the Boston Globe), and "an inch-thick caution against raising the fully automated child" (the New York Times). His  follow-up book, The Nature Principle, addressed the needs of adults and outlined a "new nature movement and its potential to improve the lives of all people no matter where they live" (McClatchy Newspapers).Vitamin N is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive, and practical guidebook for the whole family and the wider community, including tips not only for parents eager to share nature with their kids but also for those seeking nature-smart schools, medical professionals, and even careers. It is a dose of pure inspiration, reminding us that looking up at the stars or taking a walk in the woods is as exhilarating as it is essential, at any age.

What Happens Next.jpg​WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? - Information for Kids About Separation and Divorce

From The Department of Justice Canada

What Happens Next? Information for Kids about Separation and Divorce is a booklet published by the Department of Justice Canada to help children between 9 and 12 years old cope with the separation or divorce of their parents. It is meant to help children learn some basic facts about family law and give them an idea of the processes that parents may go through when they split up. It is also meant to help children realize that it's normal for them to have an emotional response to their parents' divorce, and encourages children to voice their concerns to someone they trust. 

Whats Happening to Me.jpg​Usborne - WHAT'S HAPPENING TO ME? (for boys)

By Alex Frith

This volume is a detailed and sensitive guide to male puberty. It tackles key subjects from the physical changes that occur at this time to the emotional upheaval this can cause.

Whats Happening to Me for Girls.jpg​Usborne - WHAT'S HAPPENING TO ME? (for girls)

By Susan Meredith

A sensitive, detailed and informative guide to female puberty, this book will prove invaluable for both young girls and their parents alike, tackling key subjects from the physical changes that occur at this time to practical matters, such as buying your first bra. Bright, original colour illustrations and diagrams reveal everything young girls need to know about the changes they will experience as they approach puberty. The stunning artwork is accompanied by witty, yet clear and informative factual text that helps to demystify this often confusing and tricky subject. Approved by a team of top-notch consultants, this remarkable and reassuring book is entertaining, approachable and authoritative.

When a Parent is Sick.jpg​WHEN A PARENT IS SICK - Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children

By Joan Hamilton

What do you tell children when a parent has been diagnosed with a serious illness? What should you do? What should you talk about? When do you ell them? What words do you use?

This book provides parents and other caregivers with suggestions on how to approach children with the information that their parent is seriously ill. There are lots of examples of how and what to say to children and teens. 

The author reviews a child's understanding and response to serious illness at different stages of development. She provides suggestions of how adults may help children cope with the daily disruptions the illness has created.

The book also includes chapters on what to do when a parent is dying and what to do when a parent dies.

Also included is a list of books and other resources for parents and children who want to read further on the subject. 

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When Dinosaurs Die - A Guide to Understanding Death

Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

​A comprehensive, sensitive guide for families dealing with the loss of loved ones, WHEN DINOSAURS DIE helps readers understand what death means, and how to best cope with their feelings.

When Perfect Isnt Good Enough.jpg​WHEN PERFECT ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH - Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism

By Martin M. Antony, Ph.D. and Richard P. Swinson, M.D.

It's only natural to want to avoid making mistakes, but imperfection is a part of being human. And while perfectionists are often praised for their abilities, being constantly anxious about details can hold you back and keep you from reaching your full potential.

In this fully revised and updated second edition of When Perfect Isn't Good Enough , you'll discover the root cause of your perfectionism, explore the impact of perfectionism on your life, and find new, proven-effective coping skills to help you overcome your anxiety about making mistakes. This guide also includes tips for dealing with other perfectionists and discussions about how perfectionism is linked to worry, depression, anger, social anxiety, and body image. As you complete the exercises in this book, you'll find it easier and easier to keep worries at bay and enjoylife - imperfections and all.

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

Will my Child Grow Out of It.jpg​WILL MY KID GROW OUT OF IT? - A Child Psychologist's Guide to Understanding Worrisome Behavior

By Bonny J. Forrest JD, Ph.D.

At some point most parents wonder whether their child's behavior is "normal." He won't focus on his homework—could he have ADHD? She seems sad a lot—is she depressed? She's falling behind at school—could she have a learning disability? Such anxieties can plague parents, who are often hesitant to seek help for fear of stigmatizing their child or are unsure where to turn.
 

Will My Kid Grow Out of It? is an indispensable guide to the most common mental, neurological, and developmental issues kids—from newborn through high school—may be struggling with. Dr. Forrest draws on more than 20 years of experience treating and advocating for children to help worried parents sort through the health scares, contradictory information, and latest buzz terms to assess whether their child's behavior is typical for his or her age or a sign that professional attention may be warranted.

She uses lay terms to describe sets of behaviors that may be problematic, possible diagnoses, which professionals are appropriate to consult, effective treatments, and the steps to take to get support and services from schools and the state. The book even includes a code allowing readers access to a free online screening tool.

A vital guide to have on hand during a child's formative years, Will My Kid Grow Out of It? is the most informative, fresh, and essential parenting guide released in years.

You and Your Anxious Child.jpg​YOU AND YOUR ANXIOUS CHILD - Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life

By Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D.

One of the world's foremost experts on anxiety in children provides a guide to recognizing and alleviating a range of debilitating fears. 

Anxiety affects more children and teens than any other psychiatric illness, but it's also the most treatable emotional disorder. Some 25 percent of children and adolescents will suffer an anxiety disorder at several points in their lifetime, resulting in serious problems in their ability to function in school, with peers, and on a general day-to-day basis. A renowned researcher and clinician who has developed groundbreaking, proven coping strategies illuminates a new path to fear-free living for families. 

You and Your Anxious Child differentiates between separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, and social phobia, and guides parents on when and how to seek intervention. With moving case studies, such as Jon's, whose mother quit her job because his separation anxiety compelled her to stay with him full-time, this book elucidates the nightmare that families can be living, and helps them understand that they are not alone. Every step of the way, Albano illustrates proven therapies to manage anxiety issues in children while addressing the emotional needs of parents, too. You and Your Anxious Child brings much-needed hope to families, helping them shape a positive new vision of the future.

You Mean Im Not Lazy.jpg​YOU MEAN I'M NOT LAZY, STUPID OR CRAZY?! - A Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder

By Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo

For the first time since it was published in 1995, this seminal work on ADD—attention deficit disorder—in adults has been revised to include the latest research and treatments available today.

With over a quarter million copies in print, You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! is one of the bestselling books on attention deficit disorder (ADD) ever written. There is a great deal of literature about children with ADD. But what do you do if you have ADD and aren't a child anymore? This indispensable reference—the first of its kind written for adults with ADD by adults with ADD—focuses on the experiences of adults, offering updated information, practical how-tos and moral support to help readers deal with ADD. It also explains the diagnostic process that distinguishes ADD symptoms from normal lapses in memory, lack of concentration or impulsive behavior. Here's what's new:

-The new medications and their effectiveness
-The effects of ADD on human sexuality
-The differences between male and female ADD—including falling estrogen levels and its impact on cognitive function
-The power of meditation
-How to move forward with coaching

And the book still includes advice about:
-Achieving balance by analyzing one's strengths and weaknesses
-Getting along in groups, at work and in intimate and family relationships—including how to decrease discord and chaos
-Learning the mechanics and methods for getting organized and improving memory
-Seeking professional help, including therapy and medication

Your Defiant Child.jpg​YOUR DEFIANT CHILD - 8 STEPS TO BETTER BEHAVIOR - Restore your loving relationship with your child -- and bring peace to your home -- with this proven program!

By Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., Christine M. Benton

Every child has "ornery" moments, but more than 1 in 20 American children exhibit behavioral problems that are out of control. For readers struggling with an unyielding or combative child, YOUR DEFIANT CHILD: EIGHT STEPS TO BETTER BEHAVIOR offers the understanding and guidance they need. Drawing on Dr. Russell A. Barkley's many years of work with parents and children, the book clearly explains what causes defiance, when it becomes a problem, and how it can be resolved. The book's comprehensive eight-step program stresses consistency and cooperation, promoting changes through a system of praise, rewards, and mild punishment. Readers learn tools and strategies for establishing clear patterns of discipline, communicating with children on a level they can understand, and reducing family stress overall. Filled with helpful charts, questionnaires, and checklists, YOUR DEFIANT CHILD helps parents get their child's behavior back on track and restore harmony in the home.

Your Ruining My Life.jpg​YOU'RE RUINING MY LIFE! - Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting

By Jennifer Kolari MSW, RSW

Imagine that there is a medication you could administer to your teens that would help regulate their moods, increase their sense of trust, and improve their overall brain function. Imagine, moreover, that it's free, has no negative side effects, and helps to boost the immune system. And it's available in an unlimited supply.

It sounds too good to be true, but in You're Ruining My Life! Jennifer Kolari shows how her unique approach to parenting can have all these effects and more. Kolari's CALM technique is based on the therapeutic strategy of mirroring . Used regularly, it can strengthen the parent–child bond and build emotional independence.

Kolari provides information, advice, sample conversations, and anecdotal examples to show how parents can turn what they have learned into everyday practices that help them to reconnect with their teens so they can spend more time enjoying each other—and less time at war.