Availability: How to raise perfectly imperfect kids and be ok with it! : real tips & strategies for parents of today's Gen Z kids / Lisa Sugarman with Debra Fox Gansenberg.
In How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids and Be OK with It, humorist Lisa Sugarman takes her humanistic approach to parenting Gen Z kids and tells it like it is. Sugarman reminds parents that it's okay (and beneficial) for children to confront obstacles, it's okay if your children are not perfect, and it's okay to say "No." The goal is not to raise perfect children; the goal is to raise kind, responsible adults, and it's a process, and mistakes and problems lead to lessons.
Availability: Parenting right from the start : laying a healthy foundation in the baby and toddler years / Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych. ; foreword by Shefali Tsabary, PhD.
Parents naturally want to do what's best for their kids, but they often struggle to know what that is. The latest scientific research indicates that it is through a strong and stable sense of connection to their parents that children learn how to regulate their emotions, master social skills, and develop a sense of identity. Dr. Vanessa Lapointe shows us that parents can choose the kind of parent they want to be.
Availability: Rooted, resilient, and ready : empowering teen girls as they grow / Lindsay Sealey ; foreword by Shelby Rowland.
Today's teen girls face pressures such as an increase in mental health concerns, mounting demands to be both beautiful and successful, and addiction to social media and the approval of others, all of which can result in a damaging decline in personal satisfaction and self-esteem. The book guides parents through a 3-part approach to a happier, healthier teen and encourages them to nurture their teen's development and guide their teen girls even though they may often feel out of step with…
Availability: Freeing your child from negative thinking : powerful, practical strategies to build a lifetime of resilience, flexibility, and happiness -- from toddlers to teens / Tamar E. Chansky.
If unaddressed at the early stages, negative thinking can become the gateway to depression and more serious mental health issues. Habitual negative thinking creates chronic or occasional emotional hurdles and impedes optimism, flexibility, and happiness. In Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking, Dr. Chansky provides parents, caregivers, and clinicians with clear, concise, and compassionate guidance in equipping children and teens to overcome negativity.
Availability: Jim Trelease's Read-aloud handbook / edited and revised by Cyndi Giorgis.
Recommended by "Dear Abby" upon its first publication in 1982, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease's beloved classic for more than three decades to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook, edited and updated by education specialist Cyndi Giorgis, discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation.
Availability: Raising a rare girl : a memoir / Heather Lanier.
The author's daughter was born with a very rare genetic syndrome and faced a daunting prognosis: she would be a fraction of normal size, have innumerable physical and mental difficulties and likely a shortened lifespan. Now, at age eight she is attending standard public school classes. Loving Fiona opens Lanier up to new understandings of what it means to be human, what it takes to be a mother, and above all, the wonder that comes from embracing the unique life of her rare girl.
Availability: When a parent is sick : helping parents explain serious illness to children / Joan Hamilton.
This book provides parents and caregivers with suggestions on how to approach children with the information that their parent is seriously ill, including when a parent dies. 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.
Availability: And then they stopped talking to me : making sense of middle school / Judith Warner.
Characterized by a perfect storm of developmental changes-physical, psychological, and social-the middle-school years are a time of great distress for parents and children alike, marked by hurt, isolation, exclusion, competition, anxiety, and often outright cruelty. Part intellectual investigation and part call to action, this timely book unpacks one of life's most formative periods and shows how we can help our children not only survive it, but thrive.
Availability: Healing the heart : helping your child thrive after trauma / Christine Fonseca.
Trauma permeates our families, and no one is immune to its impact. Natural disasters, community and institutional violence, adverse childhood experiences- these events impact the developing brains and bodies of our youth. This book for parents combines the research on adverse childhood experiences and other traumatic events, positive psychology, and resilience to provide parents with specific tools to help heal their trauma-impacted children move from surviving to thriving.
Availability: Start here : a parent's guide to helping children and teens through mental health challenges / Pier Bryden, MD, and Peter Szatmari, MD.
As parents, we worry about our children--about their physical health, performance at school, the types of friends they have, and of course, their mental health. Peter Szatmari and Pier Bryden, two top child and adolescent psychiatrists break down the stigma of mental health illness and walk parents through the warning signs, risk factors, prevention strategies, and the process of diagnosis and treatment for mental health challenges. Wellness is a continuum, and there is a lot parents can…
Availability: The orchid and the dandelion : why some children struggle and how all can thrive / W. Thomas Boyce, MD.
From one of the world's foremost researchers and pioneers of pediatric health--a book that offers hope and a pathway to success for parents, teachers, psychologists, pyschiatrists, and child development experts coping with "difficult" children. A book that fully explores the author's revolutionary discovery about childhood development, parenting, and the key to helping all children find happiness and success.
Availability: Raising multiracial children : tools for nurturing identity in a racialized world / Farzana Nayani ; foreword by Dr. Paul Spickard ; afterword by Dr. Velina Hasu Houston.
Raising Multiracial Children gives parents the tools for exploring race with their children, offering practical guidance on how to initiate conversations; consciously foster multicultural identity development; discuss issues like microaggressions, intersectionality, and privilege; and intentionally cultivate a sense of belonging. It provides an overview of key issues and topics relevant to raising multiracial children and offers strategies that can be implemented in the classroom and at…
Availability: Happy parents happy kids / Ann Douglas.
You can find ways to take care of yourself while you're busy raising a family -- just as you can choose to use parenting strategies that work for you and your kids. This practical and encouraging book will help you: Discover what less-stressed-out parents know about minimizing the fallout from work-life imbalance (to say nothing of all the other things our generation of parents can't help but feel anxious about). Become a calmer and more confident parent.
Availability: The 5 love languages of children / Gary Chapman, Ross Campbell.
You know you love your child. But how can you make sure your child knows it? Now discover how to speak your child's love language in a way that he or she understands. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell can help you to assist your child in successful learning, to use the love languages to correct and discipline more effectively, and to build a foundation of unconditional love for your child. Plus: Find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child's love language.
Availability: Oh crap! I have a toddler : tackling these crazy awesome years--no time outs needed / Jamie Glowacki.
Offers honest, from-the-trenches parenting advice that will make life calmer, happier, and more fulfilling for you and your toddler. Empowers parents to trust their instincts. The author's methods will help give your three-to-five-year-old the freedom to grow at their own pace.
Availability: Helping your child with language-based learning disabilities : strategies to succeed in school and life with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, & processing disorders / Daniel Franklin, phd.
Based on research in neuroscience, education, and the principles of attachment-based teaching, this guide for parents offers tools and practices to help children transcend language-based learning difficulties, do better in school, and gain self-confidence and self-esteem.