Archive for May, 2009

May 29 2009

Let’s Get Ready to Baby Shower Gifts that Give Back from! recently added a category “Baby Gifts for the Greater Good” to help visitors find great gifts that also give to worthy causes. Finding the perfect baby shower gift can be difficult enough but now you can browse these fantastic gift ideas knowing that your purchase will make a difference. You can support childhood cancer research, help save gorillas, plant a tree to help the earth, or help one of the many important charities listed here just by purchasing their products. Please consider the positive impact your gift can have beyond the baby shower and help these companies make a difference. 

  • Babe Ease Clean Shopper Supports Cancer Research
    Purchase the Pink Gingham Clean Shopper and $1.00 will be donated to help support the ESSCO-MGH BreastCancer Research Fund.
  • BuddhiWear Plants a Tree for Every Garment Sold
    BuddhiWear is focused on buying local, supporting small businesses, and being green. BuddhiWear is a socially conscious business that recognizes its responsibility to and dependence on the Earth.  BuddhiWear plants a tree for every garment sold.
  • Cards for Causes Lets you Give to the Charity of your Choice
    Cards for Causes donates twenty percent of the price of your invitations and announcements to the charity of your choice. Choose from Baby Birth Announcements or Baby Shower Invitations to the increasingly popular photo Birth Announcements.
  • Cedar Valley Donates 10% to Literacy Groups
    Cedar Valley Publishing donates 10% of all profits back to literacy groups, schools and non-profits!
  • Cottonseed Gives to K.I.D.S.
    Cottonseed is proud to be a sponsor of K.I.D.S. (Kids In Distressed Situations, Inc.) and donates 1% of their yearly revenue to this incredible organization. committed to helping improve the lives of children and their families who are ill, living in poverty, or are the victims of natural disasters.
  • Jilly Jellybug Helps Save Gorillas
    Your little GREEN bean can help spread the word about Jilly and the magical forest by wearing an organic Jilly Jellybug creation! A portion of your purchase will go to help protect the mountain gorillas of Virunga.
  • LaborKit Supports Programs for New Moms and Babies in Need donates $2 from each kit sold to two important charities: The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Calgary Health Region’s Best Beginning Program.
  • Donates 25 Percent to Children’s Charities’s goal is to donate 25 percent of all profits to children’s charities.
  • Organic Bouquet’s Flowers for Good Charitable Program
    Congratulate the new parents with flowers, gift baskets and chocolates. All products are eco-friendly. Organic Bouquet’s charitable giving program is Flowers for Good.
  • Psi Bands Gives Back to Fertile Hope
    Psi Bands are drug-free acupressure wrist bands that relieve nausea due to pregnancy, as well as travel (motion sickness), anesthesia, or chemotherapy. Psi Bands charitable partner is Fertile Hope which provides reproductive information, support, and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
  • Sweet Pea Cakes donates to Wigs for Kids and Alex’s Lemonade Stand
    Sweet Pea Cakes, Etc., is home of regular and organic diaper cakes, towel cakes and handmade baby shower gifts for every occasion! Sweet Pea Cakes, Etc. supports Wigs For Kids and Alex’s Lemonade Stand and join in as much fundraising as possible for local schools, children, and our own Children’s Hospital.
  • Smart Mom Helps Women and Children in Need
    Teething Bling® is the original patent-pending teething jewelry. In honor of the many mothers and children who inspire us daily, a percentage of all retail sales goes to these worthy organizations: with a mission to cure childhood cancer; (in special memory of Maria Jankowski Maurer) to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women
  • SnuggleBug’s Magical 9th Blanket Charity Program
    Snuggle Bug Baby Company’s focus is to create blankets that children will cherish and parents will love. We believe every child deserves a great blanket, that’s why every 9th blanket we make we donate to a child who needs to know we all care. Recipients of our Magical 9th Blankets include March of Dimes and The Elizabeth House.
  • Sweetsation Therapy Supports the March of Dimes
    Sweetsation Therapy is proud sponsor of March Of Dimes and donates a portion of every sale to help save the babies. Sweetsation Therapy Baby Skin Care line, “Baby Sweet Kisses” are organic and very gentle products with Aromatherapy elements, designed to sooth, heal and calm tiny loved ones, and promote comfort and happiness.
  • Tykecoon Supports Several Children’s Charities
    By purchasing the Grapple baby gift set you will be supporting One Laptop Per Child. The giraffe design was paired because the tall neck of the giraffe recognizes a new perspective and point of view computers will bring to the children who receive them. Tykecoon also gives to The Ronald McDonald House Charities as well as the Kids in Distressed Situations when you purchase specific products. Please visit for more information.

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May 28 2009

Let’s Get Ready For Brenda Nixon on Whining, Tattling and Tantrums!

How to Ignore Behavior 

Kids whining, tattling and tantruming? How about talking with a mouth full of food, thumb-sucking, nail biting, and nose picking? Welcome to the world of parenting (or working with kids).

When I’m speaking on discipline and talk about passive Time Out – briefly ignoring undesirable or annoying behavior to extinguish it – most parents don’t realize that even scolding and yelling are forms of attention. (Kids will take negative attention over none at all.) Be careful, when you get angry and react, you may be teaching the very thing you don’t want your child to do.

Ignoring behavior is pretending its not occurring. Hard? You bet! If you’ve heard me speak on discipline and the power of passive Time Out, you know I preach; do not look at, talk to, touch or respond to your child during the inappropriate or annoying behavior.

“But if I briefly ignore my child, he’ll think I approve” parents tell me. If you fear silence equals approval, then make a short, simple statement such as “I don’t like it when you whine.” Then look away. 

Here are the two guidelines for passive Time Out:

  • Be consistent with this approach. Ignoring once, and scolding next time, is confusing your child and will likely increase the intensity of the behavior. He/she will think it’s necessary to escalate the behavior in order for you to respond. Expect the intensity of the behavior to increase before it decreases!
  • Give attention as soon as acceptable behavior begins. Ignoring must be followed by supportive
    attention as this teaches your child that appropriate behavior gets your attention. 


  • There are some situations where ignoring is NOT appropriate (when your child is hurting others or property).
  • Ignoring IS difficult. . .been there, done that with my daughters. But practice makes permanent.
  • Ignoring doesn’t always get immediate results. Be patient, persistent, and consistent.
  • Ask others in your family to ignore the negative behavior, too, otherwise they’ll sabotage your teaching.

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May 27 2009

Let’s Get Ready For a Book Review of “Today’s Mom”!

I have been as tired as Meredith Vieira!  Have you? 

Babies don’t come with instructions or an owner’s manual and that is exactly why two producers on NBC’s TODAY Show, Mary Ann Zoellner and Alicia Ybarbo, decided to write TODAY’S MOMS – Essentials for Surviving Baby’s First Year.  I loved this book filled with the 411 on baby’s first year and wish I would have had this book during my first year of parenthood.  I especially loved the personal stories from Matt, Meredith, Kathie Lee, Ann, Al (you got my vote for funniest story!) and from the Today Show parenting experts Janice and Dr. Nancy Snyderman.  The tips are worth repeating over and over again: sleep when the baby sleeps; don’t push yourself right after you have the baby; it’s okay to say no; babies cry – it’s their job; breastfeeding – hard work but so worth it!

Breastfeeding was hard work for me and was so worth it and at the same time.   I needed to be reminded that it is hard and moms need fluids, too!  I liked Kathie Lee Gifford’s tip to freeze cabbage leaves and place them on sore breasts!  I wish I would have had this resource during those first difficult days of struggling with Heidi latching on.  I would have realized that even Al Roker’s wife had a lactation expert visit her house as well. I would have been thrilled to know that Mary Ann liked breastfeeding but hated pumping.  I hated pumping and would pump and pump and pump and would only get an ounce!!! New moms are so tired they can’t think!!! I loved Meredith Vieira’s story about being so tired she fell asleep with the parts to the breast pump still on the stove – who can’t relate to being so tired you couldn’t wait until the water was done boiling!!! 

This guide puts a familiar face on parenthood and is a must-read for all new parents! If anything it makes you realize that you are not alone, many other parents, even the parenting experts, have felt just like YOU! 

Click on the book image above for more information and reviews.

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May 26 2009

Let’s Get Ready For School Forms with Lorie Marrero!

Lorie was the cover story in April’s Good Housekeeping Magazine with her amazing Clutter Free Approach to life and her mission to give us all a Clutter Diet!

I don’t know about you, but clutter is the bane of my existance.  With a husband and two little ones, we battle the clutter battle daily – kinda like battling the bulge, if you think about it!  Lorie has been a fabulous inspiration for me, and has sure helped me keep with the clutter diet – especially with all of those papers the girls bring home from school!

Lorie has been kind enough to allow me to post links to her free handouts to get yourself organized….I’ll let you go look at all of the other great (and FREE) forms she offers, but the one that really caught my attention was her “Note to School” form:  Just think of how much time printing this little form off will save you, when you need to correspond with your child’s school and teachers!

You can also get a free copy of Lorie’s “30 Ways to Find Time to Get Organized” report, if you sign up for her eNewsletter here:

For more information on Lorie and The Clutter Diet, please visit:

I can’t say enough good things about Lorie and The Clutter Diet and her blog – or about how much my house has been becoming clutter-free.  LOVE IT!

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May 22 2009

Let’s Get Ready To Celebrate our Entrepreneurs!

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What an uplifting and powerful video!

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May 21 2009

Let’s Get Ready for the new educational search engine: Wolfram Alpha!

Wolfram Alpha is going to be to education what spell check is to dictionary!  It’s expanding on Google.  Wolfram Alpha can answer educational based questions and take those questions to the next level.  Google can show you all the links that match your search words, whereby many times answering the question or giving you more places to find your answer, but the big difference is that Wolfram Alpha can answer your educational-based question instantaneously with graphs and charts!

We tried it – using my webmaster’s birthdate:

Results:  Time difference from today (Thursday, May 21, 2009):
44 years  8 months  29 days ago
2334 weeks  4 days ago
16 342 days ago
44.74 years ago

Check it out for yourself at!

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May 20 2009

Let’s Get Ready To play The Chatterbox™!

This is definitely the little box that has families talking!  It’s for ages 3 and up and we love it!  With questions about family life, achievement, goal planning, money skills, getting along with others and more you can really spark the family conversation.  Each card has a question, a teaser question or task about the subject and more information regarding the topic on the back of the card!

Here is a great question on Cleanliness and Presentation: 

  • For 3-6 years:  Why do you have a bath and brush your teeth every day?
  • For ages 7-11:  Do you think people judge you by your appearance?  Do you judge others that way? 
  • For 12 years +:  Since people are judged by their appearance, do you believe there is a benefit to looking your best at all times? 

Another card is on Values. 

  • For ages 3-6:  What is important to you? 
  • For ages 7-11:  Do you know what you value?  Would you stand up for your values no matter what? 
  • For 12 years +:  If your friends want you to do something that you really don’t want to do, what stops you?  Does your family know what you stand for?

Another card Avoid Nay Sayers.

  • For ages 3-6:  How do you feel when someone says you can’t do something you think you can do?  Do you try it anyway?
  • For ages 7-11 years:  Do you let people who say you’re not good at something or you can’t do something affect you?  Why or why not?
  • For 12 years +:  Do you think any great discovery would have been made if the person listened to nay sayers?  Why do you think so many people listen to nay sayers?

Communicating with our children is the key to creating great kids!  Happy chattering!

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May 19 2009

Let’s Get Ready For Mom Knows Best!

Josephine Geraci inventor of gLovies was featured on ABC News in a thought-provoking segment on whether we are over protecting our children!  Many of you that follow my blog, know that I am a germ-freak, so many of you will know that the thought of my child touching a public restroom toilet seat gives me the chills! 

Check out the video of gLovies featured on ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America:  gLovies Feature

What’s your thoughts?

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May 18 2009

Let’s Get Ready For Another CVP Giveaway from Root & Sprout by Lis Garrett

Even though summer is quickly approaching and an extended break from school is on the horizon, learning doesn’t have to fall by the wayside. Stacey Kannenberg, author and publisher, has, with the help of parents, educators, and kids, penned a successful series of preparatory books entitled, Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten! and Let’s Get Ready For First Grade!.

The books are unlike traditional, paper-constructed workbooks. In fact, the Let’s Get Ready series is bound using sturdy, yet flexible pages on which children can mark with dry-erase pens. They are colorful and completely age appropriate in text and illustrations, and each book introduces concepts and ideas suitable to grade level in a fun and friendly way. Your child does not have to be a pre-kindergartener or upcoming first-grader to enjoy the Let’s Get Ready series. Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten! is appropriate for children aged 2 to 6, and Let’s Get Ready For First Grade! can be enjoyed by children aged 5 to 8.

To enter this giveaway, please read about Stacey and comment here with one interesting fact about her.

This giveaway contest is open to everyone now through May 24th. One winner will be chosen randomly and notified on May 25th.   To enter, please visit

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May 15 2009

Let’s Get Ready For Guest Blogger, Vanessa Van Petten’s 50 Best Parenting Book List

General Parenting Books for Parents of Teens

The Whipped Parent: Hope for Parents Raising an Out-of-Control Teen by Kimberly Abraham, MSW, CSW; Marney Studaker-Cordner, MSW, CSW; with Kathryn O’Dea

Helps parents learn to stop blaming themselves, handle disappointment from unmet expectations, and work with courts and schools. A practical, realistic and easy-to-understand resource for dealing with behaviors that can leave even the most experienced parents “whipped.”

Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage-and Let Go of-Your 13-18 Year Olds, Second Edition by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.

This book gives parents a step-by-step approach that will help end the hassles and offer concrete solutions. Concise and encouraging, Surviving Your Adolescents does not assume that parents of teens have infinite amounts of time, energy or patience. Dr. Phelan’s message is clear: you are neither alone or powerless.

You’re Grounded: How to Stop Fighting and Make the Teenage Years Easier by Vanessa Van Petten

A shameless plug, of course our teens were happy to review this parenting book, written by a teen for teens and their parents.  Traditional, and dare we say radical tips from the founder of Radical Parenting, written when she was just 17.

Parenting Your Teen and Loving It: Being the Mom Your Kid Needs by Susie Davis

Davis has been speaking to moms and teens nationwide, bringing insights and understanding to these perplexing-and frustrating-years. With humor, biblical wisdom, empathizing personal examples and unfailing encouragement, she walks frazzled moms through these changes and challenges so that they gain better perspective on a teen’s emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and physical development, while empowering them to become the best mom they can be-the mom God designed them to be.

“Help! My Teen is Dating. Real Solutions to Tough Conversations” by Mike Domitrz

Parents, teens, and tweens love the realistic and flexible solutions given to them in this interactive, entertaining, and useful resource. Regardless of your child’s personality, you will find various options for ways to connect with your son or daughter while helping him/her make better choices.

having a nervous breakdown being their mother by Beth Harpaz

Inspired by an Associated Press article she wrote about her son, 13 IS THE NEW 18: And Other Things My Children Taught Me While I Was Having a Nervous Breakdown Being Their Mother is Beth’s wry, frequently hysterical, and often poignant account of her son’s thirteenth year, during which he she tried, with varying success, to moderate her son’s increasingly rebellious behavior.

Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We’re Going to Grandma’s: Hanging In, Holding On and Letting Go of Your Teen by Carleton Kendrick

This book is a reassuring antidote to today’s epidemic of negative teen stereotypes, a collection of real-life, inspiring and amusing stories from the true experts – POAs, parents of adolescents. Nosering helps you stay lovingly connected with your teens while remaining aware of their goodness, confusion and desperate search for identity.

Get Out of My Life…. but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall? by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D

A parent’s Guide to the NEW teenager.

Get Outta My Face!: How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Council by Christine Hunt

This book goes to the heart of the issues that overwhelm parents of teens and provides both sound, intelligent principles and the steps to implement them. After years of struggle, reading dozens of books, and nearly giving up hope, the common sense principles in this book have brought us closer to our no-longer-teens than we have been since they hit the Tweens.

“12 Going on 29: Surviving Your Daughter’s Tween Years” by Silvana Clark

My 16 year old daughter and I wrote a book called “12 Going on 29: Surviving Your Daughter’s Tween Years” (Praeger Publishing) The book includes parenting advice as well as comments from my daughter. We also surveyed 400 moms and tweens asking about their relationships. Those answers are in the book as well.

“Keeping Your Sanity While Loving and Letting Go Of Your Teen” by Anne Barry Jolles

This book brings a light touch to some heavy subjects. Practical, humorous, simple wisdom condensed into a format that is immediately transformational for busy parents of teens. I call these “Drive Through” Life Tools because they are intended to be picked up and taken into busy family life. After all, who is going to pick up a complicated self help book when they are overwhelmed and frazzled? Parents of teens are doing the biggest job they will ever have and they need all the wisdom and compassion that we can possibly share with them. This book does just that! And you will laugh too! No teen bashing here!

Reality Check by Grant Baldwin

“Reality Check” is a guide to helping students make the transition from high school into college and the real world. I’d be happy to send you a copy if you’d like to take a look at it.

“Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex-What Parents Don’t Know and Teens Aren’t Telling” by Stephen Wallace,  CEO of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Reality Gap paints an alarming portrait of a modern-day adolescence filled with potentially deadly behaviors carefully hidden from the view of parents and other adults. But it is also a book about hope and inspiration, pointing to the incredibly powerful role that parents and other mentors can play in the lives of young people and highlighting the tremendous contributions that many teens are making to their families, schools, and communities.

Parenting Your Teen and Loving It by Susie Davis

Susie Davis provides the information you need to understand where your teen is emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. With humor and transparency, this seasoned mother of teens answers your big questions, like
How can I be responsible but not overprotective?
What do I say and do to get my teen’s attention?
What does my teen need from me most at this stage?
How can I avoid setting unreasonable expectations?
How do I influence without irritating my teen? Davis’s unfailing advice and encouragement will help you be the best mom you can be by empowering you to parent with wisdom.

Teenagers Suck: What to Do When Missed Curfews, Texting, and “Mom, Can I Have The Keys?” Make You Miserable by Joanne Kimes, R.J. Colleary, and Rebecca Rutledge, PhD

This book  teaches you how to pick your battles, handle curfew times, talk to a “texter”, and so much more.

“Yes Your Teen is Crazy!” by Dr. Mike Bradley

This is an extremely comprehensive book that informs parents about what teens are experiencing both physiologically and psychologically during puberty. Additionally, it teaches parents how to handle all the various challenging situations with which their teens may well present them. It emphasizes parenting with consistency, compassion, concrete acknowledgment of teens’ growing capacity for responsibility and the importance of maintaining a dispassionate demeanor during whatever emotional outbursts or rages parents are confronted.

What Kids REALLY Want to Ask: Using Movies to Start Meaningful Conversations‹A Guidebook for Parents and Children Ages 10-­14 by Rhonda A. Richardson, PhD and A. Margaret Pevec, MA

“What Kids REALLY Want to Ask provides an ingenious, fun, and effective way for parents and young people to connect. And it takes exactly this connection for adult wisdom to flow to kids-and for kids to offer their insights to parents.

“A Precious Window of Time” (Lobster-Books, 2008), by Howard Hanger and Vicki Garlock

This book is about the middle school-years when young girls begin to find their voice and self confidence, and what parents, teachers and coaches can do to foster healthy development during that time period. Parents and their daughters will find the approach with this book refreshing – rather than focus on the problems of middle school, “A Precious Window of Time” concentrates on the many gifts of girls this age and the unique place in life in which they find themselves.

My Teen Has Had Sex, Now What Do I Do?: How to Help Teens Make Safe, Sensible, Self-Reliant Choices When They’ve Already Said “Yes” by Maureen Lyon, Ph.D and Christina Antoniades

The book offers strategies and tips to help parents communicate with their kids and deal with the issue of teen sexuality.

Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent’s Guide by Elizabeth Caldwell

Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent’s Guide is unique bevcause it was written by a parent and endorsed by teens and parents alike. Elizabeth Caldwell raised her son as a single parent and learned how to listen so he and his friends would speak. She does not preach, cajole or tell parents on how to raise thise kids, instead, she helps parents understand their kids.

Adolescence Isn’t Terminal by Kevin Leman

This book is AMAZING, this one is a teen focus and GREAT!

Teenagers Suck: What To Do When Missed Curfews, Texting, and “Mom, Can I Have The Keys?” Make You Miserable by Julie Harabedian

This is an emergency parenting guide that takes you on a humorous but helpful ride through teenage troubles and teaches you how to: pick your battles, handle the clash of the curfew, tackle the topic of teen sex, and address peer pressure.


Parenting Books for Parents With Kids of All Ages

Mental Toughness: Understanding the Game of Life by Dr. Timothy S. Wakefield

This book is designed as a tool to help parents discuss with their teens how to conquer life’s challenges before they’re forced to learn them the hard way. The book’s 61 short chapters cover everything from understanding the power of ‘networking’ to the importance of time management.

Boundaries with Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say No by John Townsend

Dr. Townsend gives important keys for establishing healthy boundaries-the bedrock of good relationships, maturity, safety, and growth for teens and the adults in their lives. The book offers help in raising your teens to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions.

Scream Free Parenting by Jenny Runkel

ScreamFree Parenting is a new approach to parenting that parents of teens and tweens rave about. The focus is on creating responsible, caring adults through improving your relationship with your child rather than just trying to “get them” to do the right thing. It contains universal principles, which teach parents to become the calm, cool, and connected influencers in their homes rather than trying to simply be game wardens or gate keepers.

Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes our Souls by Gary L. Thomas

Sacred Parenting is unlike any other parenting book you have ever read. This is not a “how-to” book that teaches you ways to discipline your kids or help them achieve their full potential. Instead of discussing how parents can change their kids, Sacred Parenting turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses our kids to change us.

Dancing with My Daughter by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

This book touches on every aspect of motherhood, from sibling rivalry and messy rooms to first loves and driving lessons. I get fan mail from all over the world; many moms have written to tell me they’ve used some of the poems at their sons’ and daughters’ weddings/birthdays/graduations, or turned the books into a sort of scrapbook by writing memories of similar experiences in the margins around my poems. Yes, these books are collections of poems-which is a perfect genre for busy moms, since it takes less than a minute to read most of the selections.

Help! My Kid is Driving Me Crazy: The 17 Ways Children Manipulate and What You Can Do About It by Dr. R. Conti

I am a child and family psychologist and, any bias aside, I strongly feel that it is a must read for any parent wishing to feel closer to their child. This book serves a valuable guide with step-by-step interventions to put an end to each of the 17 unique strategies kids use to get what they want. After reading this book, parents will be able to put an end to the stressful conflicts they face and restore peace and loving relationships back in to their homes.

Real Love and Real Love in Parenting by Greg Baer, M.D.

Greg Baer holds nothing back. Some of what he says feels like a slap in the face, but one that parents really need to have so that we can wake up and be REAL about our responsibilities and our role in our kids’ lives. Tweens and Teens of parents applying these principles will love the change they see in their parents and how they feel happier, receive more respect, autonomy, and skills to prepare them for a lifetime of powerfully REAL relationships and happiness.

Just Tell Me What To Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts For Perplexed  Parents

by Betsy Brown Braun

This book provides hands-on, just give-it-to-me-straight tools so that parents gain the skills and confidence they need to handle the sometimes challenging situations that inevitably accompany raising children ages 2-6 and beyond. Hailed by the New York Times as a “parenting guru,” Braun’s down-to-earth advice is derived from her expertise working with thousands of children (from toddlers to teens) and parents for over three decades.

Cracking the Parenting Code by Laura Heinsohn

Parents use investigative techniques looking how they were parented affects the way they are parenting. It includes the six reasons children walk away from their parent’s lifestyles, convictions and values. The author interviewed over 1000 people to find out why they embraced or walked away from their parents.

Pressured Parents, Stressed-out Kids: Dealing With Competition While Raising a Successful Child by Wendy Grolnick, PhD and Kathy Seal

This book shows parents how to stay calm and do the best possible job of parenting their teenagers amidst the stresses and strains of life today. It explains psychological principles such as intrinsic motivation and autonomy, and helps parents apply them to parenting and raise kids who are happy and successful, rather than anxious and burned out.

Secrets from the Sofa by Kenneth Herman

I am a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and author of the self-help book, “Secrets from the Sofa” which has proved to help many parents guide from a stronger emotional position. The secrets offered promote greater self-confidence, effective coping skills and improved quality of life. All are essential to meet the needs of children. To date the manuscript has been the recipient of four national book awards for: the Best Personal Growth Book of the Year, Psychology/Mental Health, and as a Guide to College Students. Reader’s comments and reviews may be seen at: Note there is a chapter offered free on the web site that is not in the book. It is entitled, “What Children Need from Parents. Good luck, Sincerely, Dr. Kenneth Herman. by Justin Sachs

This book is for parents of teens to teach their children the tools they need to succeed in school and throughout life. Book designed to be a great read for teens themselves as well!!

Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child by Dr. Jim Taylor

My book focuses on issues (pushing teens and popular culture, respectively) that are the biggest challenges for parents of teens. My book is insightful, informative, and practical (If I do say so myself).

Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids’ Values and How You Can Protect Them by Dr. Jim Taylor

My books focus on issues (pushing teens and popular culture, respectively) that are the biggest challenges for parents of teens. My books are insightful, informative, and practical (If I do say so myself).

Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn

As a parent of teens I thought I was through reading parenting books. But Unconditional Parenting really hit the mark. It’s also available on DVD. My son, then 15, insisted that the whole family watch the DVD.

Mom-in-Chief: How Wisdom From the Workplace Can Save Your Family From Chaos by Jamie Woolf

This book has an entire chapter devoted to surviving adolescence, featuring an inspiring story from Vanessa Van Petten about how to talk to teens about sex. Topics include how to help teens resist peer pressure, how to give (or not give) advice, knowing when to step in and when to step back, and how to find creative ways to stay connected with your teen.

Please Stop The Rollercoaster by Sue Blaney

Please Stop the Rollercoaster! is a well researched source of important parenting information that walks parents through questions, issues and situations they may face during the often tumultuous years of raising teenagers. It offers a hands-on approach to help parents improve the dynamics in their own families, and provides comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their struggles and concerns.

What Every 21st-Century Parent Needs to Know by Debra W. Haffner

Taking on new challenges for parenting in the 21st century, Debra Haffner draws on extensive research to debunk the myths, validate the concerns and address parents questions on a wide range of topics, including stress, self-esteem, drinking, achievement, drugs, internet safety, depression, bullying, abstinence and sex.

Pressured Parents, Stressed-out Kids: Dealing With Competition While Raising a Successful Child by Wendy S. Grolnick and Kathy Seal

A book that parents of tweens and teens will love because it helps parents calm down from the competitive anxiety so many kids and families face these days, plus, shows them how to do what really matters for their children’s success and happiness. This means nurturing their children’s autonomy and internal motivation.

From Diapers to Dating by Debra W. Haffner

“A valuable book” (Washington Post) to help parents identify and communicate their own values about sexuality to their children, infants to age twelve. Includes “values exercises,” special isues, teachable moments.

Hold On To Your Kids by Dr. Gordon Neufeld

Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s work is truly transformational. He takes development psychology and applies it to parenting so that we can parent with more ease and grace.

What Kids REALLY Want to Ask by Rhonda A. Richardson, PhD and A. Margaret Pevec, MA

Over 1100 middle schoolers (ages 10-14) answered this: “If you could ask your mom or dad one question and know you would get an honest answer, what question would you ask?” Their answers led to the 12 topics, each with a suggested movie and guidance for starting meaningful conversations, in this family-focused guidebook for keeping lines of communication open during the transformative middle-school years.

“Discipline Without Distress: 135 tools for raising caring responsible children without time-out, spanking, punishment or bribery” by Judy Arnall

Parents would like the school age and teen sections on parent-child relationship building, communication, tween and teen development charts and the step by step how-tos on empathic listening and problem solving. Great quick look up guide at the back for no-punishment options in handling common tween and teen behaviours and also a chapter on handling media/internet issues.

Parent Smart From the Heart by Derek Randel and Gail Randel MD

Giving consequences does not have to mean punishment. We want to achieve a change in behavior and be able to do this in a fun peaceful way.

Emotional Bullshit: The Hidden Plague That is Threatening to Destroy Your Relationships – and How to Stop It
by Carl Alasko, Ph.D.

Why parents of teen and tweens would love it: Pinpointing the oft-ignored cycle of Denial, Delusion and Blame that prevents us from being happy, author and practicing psychotherapist Carl Alasko shows how to satisfy your core needs, cutting the Emotional BS out of your life – from the workplace to the bedroom and everywhere in between.

Still Going It Alone: Mothering with Faith and Finesse by Michele Howe

Just updated with my new book for single moms, Still Going It Alone: Mothering with Faith and Finesse When the Children Have Grown.

How To Talk To Kids So They Will Listen and How To Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber and Mazlish

One of the best books written on communication.

The Fight of Your Life by Jeffrey Dean

In his new book, The Fight of Your Life, author and popular youth speaker Jeffrey Dean challenges and equips parents to embrace their roles in the battle for their teens’ well-being-and for their very souls. “I’m convinced that today’s teens are desperate to stand for what is right. But many aren’t sure how to do so. That’s where you and I can help,” Dean says to parents. “We can’t sugarcoat what’s happening in your teen’s world. As a parent, you are engaged in one of the greatest fights of your life. It’s already on, whether you want it or not. The question isn’t, are you at war? The question is, are you equipped to do battle? ”

Parenting Books on Special Topics

Life As A Single Mom: It Isn’t Easy, Or Is It? by Stephanie M. Clark

“Learning about how our teens spend their time when they are not with us and/or are behind closed doors in their bedrooms must be a priority for the proactive parent. We must always try to be aware of attitude and behavior changes in our children and be prepared to take action to address their attitudes and behaviors. When we are more informed about teen culture, we will be better equipped to respond proactively should we need to seek help.”

A Mother of Sons by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

This book touches on every aspect of motherhood, from sibling rivalry and messy rooms to first loves and driving lessons. I get fan mail from all over the world; many moms have written to tell me they’ve used some of the poems at their sons’ and daughters’ weddings/birthdays/graduations, or turned the books into a sort of scrapbook by writing memories of similar experiences in the margins around my poems. Yes, these books are collections of poems-which is a perfect genre for busy moms, since it takes less than a minute to read most of the selections.

Living With an… Emo Kid by Charlie Mills with Paul Tunis

This book takes a humorous approach to helping parents understand the strange new complexities of living with an Emo Kid, a subset of teen culture. This book is a funny and funky way to promote parent/teen middle ground.

Living With a… Gamer by Charlie Mills with Daniel Kleinman

This book takes a humorous approach to helping parents understand the strange new complexities of living with a gamer, a subset of teen culture. This book is a funny and funky way to promote parent/teen middle ground.

Living With the Next  Big Thing by Charlie Mills with Erika Oppenheimer

This book takes a humorous approach to helping parents understand the strange new complexities of living with the next big thing in  teen culture. This book is a funny and funky way to promote parent/teen middle ground.

Friday Evening: Creating La Dolce Vita, one bite at a time by Michele Carbone

“The lifestyle I’m promoting, centers around keeping the family at the table at the end of the day for seven or so courses of simply prepared and delicious foods, with wine, and, of course, a dolce (dessert), with spirited and intelligent conversation. This lifestyle requires a lot of thought about food, some time, but most of all, time management. If you merely adjust your habits, you can achieve happiness through this simpler lifestyle while still having time to pursue many of your other interests.”

Beyond the Big Talk by Debra W. Haffner

“Debra Haffner gives parents the details” (USA Today) to guide their teenagers through the difficult adolescent years, with practical advice, sample conversations, and checklists to talk to teens about difficult topics.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Liberating Parents by Keith Gilbert

This book IS radical parenting. There’s no paying lip service to an ideal here – it walks the talk from first page to last. My favorite parenting book ever.

Out Last Best Shot by Laura Sessions Stepp

Science, emotions and physical development discussed with very practical suggestions for parents. Case studies are interwoven to see examples of topics and guidance. Each section ends with a bullet point list of “What Parents Can Do.”

Team Up for Your Child: A Step-By-Step Guide to Working Smarter with Doctors, Schools, Insurers and Agencies by Wendy Lowe Besmann

More than 10 million parents struggle to find good services for children with ADHD, autism, psychiatric and developmental problems. This step-by-step guide breaks through the confusion with easy charts and simple worksheets that turn a bewildering mess into tasks a parent can handle.

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Dealing with Bullies: from preschool taunting to cyber bullying, all you need to ensure your child’s safety and happiness by Deborah Carpenter with Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D.

This guide gives parents all the tools they need to recognize the problem, treat it properly, and prevent it from happening again.

Christian Parenting in an Age of IM & MySpace by Peggy Kendall

Over 1100 middle schoolers (ages 10-14) answered this: “If you could ask your mom or dad one question and know you would get an honest answer, what question would you ask?” Their answers led to the 12 topics, each with a suggested movie and guidance for starting meaningful conversations, in this family-focused guidebook for keeping lines of communication open during the transformative middle-school years.

The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine, Phd

It is a must read for any parent. I would consider it almost a primer on how to raise healthy, happy children. She provides particular guidance for those parenting teenagers/tweeners.

Financial Peace Jr. by Dave Ramsey

A book to help kids learn to properly manage money.

“Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life” by Linda Sivertsen

Generation Green is the ultimate eco teen guide for greening up everything in your life while having fun!

Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control by Hilarie Cash, PhD, and Kim McDaniel, MA

Video Games & Your Kids helps parents who are worried that their children may be spending too much time playing video games by explaining what gaming addiction is, how much gaming is too much, and the affects gaming has on the body and brain. The authors give gaming advice on each stage of life and, where there is a problem, the authors provide parents with tools that will help them successfully set appropriate limits for their children.

“How To Win A Sports Scholarship” by Penny Hastings and Todd Caven

This is a great book for parents of college-bound student-athletes who are interested in how the recruiting process works and how they can help their teen get a sports scholarship to pay for the rising costs of a college education. Written by a mom and her teenage son, who because of their success, wrote a book to help others.

Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in the Age of Instant Everything by Dr. Michael Osit

Parents are overwhelmed by the new technology their kids are using: which boundaries to set, how they can use it, how they shouldn’t use it, and how to make it all fit together. Generation Text is a comprehensive guide to dealing with today’s kids who can text, IM, PayPal, Facebook, and Twitter.

Parenting an Adult with Disabilities or Special Needs: Everything You Need to Know to Plan for and Protect Your Child’s Future
by Peggy Lou Morgan

Every parent wants their child to have a great future, but parents of children with disabilites or special needs face an extra challenge-making sure their child will have a strong, independent life when they are gone. Instead of common practices of institutionalization or manual labor, Morgan shows parents how they can work to get their child to achieve their dream realistically and make sure they are cared for when the parents and protectors are gone.

Parenting Books About School, Career, College and Testing

“Parenting College Students: 27 Winning Strategies for Success” by Dr. Debi Yohn

If you’re a parent trying to understand how to be a better parent to your college student …(or parent of a child about to be a college student…) You’ve come to the right place…

Sending Your Child to College: The Prepared Parent’s Operational Manual by Marie Pinak Carr and her daughters: Katharine Carr, Ann Carr & Elizabeth Carr

All parents of a college-bound student (whether this is their first year or their fourth) will want to have this handbook – both for the “getting ready” phase and for quick reference later. There is information on safety, greening, privacy laws, paying tuition bills, managing a sick child no longer at home; as well as health care proxies, dorm insurance, identity theft, hidden costs and budgeting. The clear, concise instructions, organization charts and forms, tips and shopping lists allow parent and student to plan ahead, be eco-friendly, save time and money, and make the most of these exciting years.

Resumes for Children – 17 Years Old and Under! by Kris Manley

My book is a collection of fictitious children’s resumes.You’ll meet a student pilot, a student book reviewer, a Jr. Open Water Certified Diver; there are cover letters guiding parents how obtain to other people’s money to assist in funding their children’s activities and programs.
Most parents wait until their children are in need of a resume; parents also neglect to capture their children’s activities, accomplishements, and awards that were done and given at an early age thus forgetting their children’s early years experiences and acquired skills.


Based on my experience at Phillips Andover as a college counselor and my thirty years of experience. From it you can see that character matters significantly to the colleges, and from it you can gain insight into how the colleges define character. You might be surprised. I was.

Resumes for Children – 17 Years Old and Under by Kris Manley

It’s a collection of fictitious children’s resumes.You’ll meet a student pilot, a student book reviewer, a Jr. Open Water Certified Diver; there are cover letters guiding parents how obtain to other people’s money to assist in funding their children’s activities and programs.

How To Pay For College Without Going Broke by Reecy Aresty

For the past 30 years, I’ve shown thousands of families how to send their kids to the best schools for less than they ever dreamed possible.  Always remember that all the financial aid in the world is useless without that coveted admission ticket, and that paying is the easy part!

The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education by Maya Frost

The New Global Student is a conspiratorial how-to handbook for parents that shows how to completely avoid the angst and expense of the crazed college-prep process while giving kids a great global education that doesn’t cost a fortune. Whether you’re up for sending your student on a high school exchange, going on a family sabbatical,.encouraging your son or daughter to do an independent study abroad before or during college or simply doing school differently, this book is guaranteed to save you thousands of dollars and get you grinning from ear to ear.

Thinking Organized by Rhona M. Gordon, M.S., C.C.C.

Thinking Organized includes everything from tips on time management (for school, work and play), to writing research papers and getting organized in general.

Parent’s Guide to the Middle School Years by Joe Bruzzese, M.A.

This book provides training, and work life balance solutions for working parents.

Thank you to all who submitted, you guys rock and we so appreciate you giving your time, energy and careers to helping teens and parents!

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