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Ahead of the Game: the Parents’ Guide
to Youth Sports Concussion. Rosemarie Scolaro
Sports-related concussions, also known
as mild traumatic brain injuries, have become a national epidemic. New research
has shown that there is no such thing as a simple “bell-ringer,” and that
sending a child back on the field too soon puts his or her physical and
emotional health at risk. Yet it is all too easy to miss the warning signs of
concussion, or to encourage kids to “walk off” a potentially devastating
injury. AHEAD OF THE GAME is the first book to give parents of
school-aged athletes the tools they need to keep kids safe on the field, court,
diamond, or rink.
AHEAD OF THE GAME clearly lays out
the basics of identification, management, and treatment of concussion in kids,
and details the vital steps we can take to protect their most vital organ — the
brain — before an injury occurs.
Ain’t Misbehavin: Tactics for Tantrums, Meltdowns, Bedtime Blues and Other Perfectly Normal Kid Behaviors. Alyson Schafer, $17.95
This practical book offers a democratic approach to parenting, with ideas to help you manage every day, real-life misbehaviors. Here are the quick and humane solutions to the most common dilemmas of parenting young children that parents need.
Amazing Minds: from Newborns to Toddlers. Jan Faull & Jennifer McLean Oliver, $18.50
The science of nurturing your child’s developing mind with games, activities and more.
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And Baby Makes
More: Known Donors, Queer Parents and Our Unexpected Families.
Edited by Susan Goldberg & Chlöe Brushwood Rose,
A quirky, funny, and occasionally
heartbreaking collection of personal essays, this book offers
an intimate look at the relative risks and unexpected rewards
of queer, do-it-yourself baby-making, and the ways in which
families are formed in the process. The contributors — donors,
biological and non-bio parents, and their children — offer
provocative, nuanced insights into what it means to be or to
use a known donor, and how queer families are being re-conceived
to include new roles, new rules, and kinship ties that transcend
Connection: Parenting a Secure & Confident Child Using
the Science of Attachment Theory. Ruth Newton, $19.95
The Attachment Connection sorts
out the facts from the fiction about parent-child attachment
and shows how paying attention to the emotional needs of your
child, particularly during the first five years of development,
can help him or her grow up happy, secure, and confident.
You'll discover how your child's brain is developing at each
stage of growth and learn to use reasonable, easy-to-implement
guidelines based on sound science to foster secure attachment,
healthy social skills, and emotional regulation in your child.
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to
Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two, Revised 2013. William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears & James Sears, $23.99
An encyclopedic guide to your baby’s
development and care in the first two years, this popular baby care book provides
comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care. THE BABY
BOOK is a rich and invaluable resource that will help you and your baby grow
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Book: Pregnancy, Birth, Baby & Child Care from 0 to 3. $40.00
Take a new look at pregnancy and
parenting topics, celebrate the joys of parenthood, and discover fascinating
facts and practical advice in this beautifully illustrated guide to the first three
years of life.
Baby Meets World: a Journey Through
Infancy. Nicholas Day, $29.99
As a new parent, Nicholas Day had some
basic but confounding questions: Why does my son find the straitjacket of
his swaddling blanket comforting and not terrifying? How can he never meet
a developmental norm and still be OK? And when will he stop sucking my
finger? So he went digging for answers. They were not what he expected.
Drawing on a wealth of
perspectives — scientific, historical, cross-cultural, and personal — BABY MEETS
WORLD is organized around the mundane activities that dominate the life of
an infant: sucking, smiling, touching, toddling. From these everyday
activities, Day weaves together an account that is anything but ordinary: a
fresh, surprising story, both weird and wondrous, about our first experience of
Part hidden history of parenthood, part
secret lives of babies, BABY MEETS WORLD steps back from the
moment-to-moment chaos of babydom. It allows readers to see infancy anew in all
its strangeness and splendor.
Anthology Dedicated to Black Youth. Edited by Fiona Raye Clarke, $20.00
Are you feeling
portrayal of Canadian-Black relations is a passionate and eye-opening
collection of youth poems, essays, and stories exploring experiences of culture
shock, stereotyping, family, and the facts and fictions of Black Canadian
Bed Timing: the "When-To"
Guide to Helping Your Child to Sleep. Marc Lewis &
Isabella Granic, $16.50
Teaching your baby or toddler to sleep
through the night can be a bewildering and frustrating experience. Should you
let your child “cry it out” or follow a “no-cry” solution? Are you tired of
endless hours of rocking your baby to sleep? Why won’t your baby stay asleep?
And why is last month’s no-fail bedtime routine suddenly useless?
The key to sleep success is not which approach you take; what really matters is when you use it. Because your
baby is changing and developing, your sleep strategy should change too. Timing
is everything. For example, the Ferber method may work well for a 6-month-old
baby, but it is potentially disastrous for a 9-month-old. BED TIMING walks
you through the stages of child development, from birth to 4 years, and looks
at their implications for changing bedtime habits. Authoritative, sensible and
packed with informative case studies, BED TIMING is the essential
companion for all parents.
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Better Than a Lemonade Stand! Small Business Ideas
for Kids. Daryl Bernstein, $11.99 (ages 9 and up)
This creative book gives you 55 fun, simple ideas to
start your own business. From creating a plan to collecting your earnings,
you'll learn everything you need to know. So what are you waiting for? Who
knows where it will lead you!
Beyond Baby Talk. Kenn
Apel & Julie Masterson, $18.00
From speaking to spelling — a guide to language and
literacy development for parents and caregivers.
Beyond the Sling:
a Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the
Attachment Parenting Way. Mayim Bialik, $18.99
was the child star of the popular 1990s TV sitcom Blossom, but she definitely didn't follow the
typical child-star trajectory. Instead, Mayim got her PhD in neuroscience from
UCLA, married her college sweetheart, and had two kids. Mayim then did what
many new moms do—she read a lot of books, talked with other parents, and she
soon started questioning a lot of the conventional wisdom she heard about the
"right" way to raise a child. That's when she turned to attachment parenting, a
philosophy and lifestyle popularized by well-known physicians like Dr. William
Sears and Dr. Jay Gordon.
attachment parenting's natural, child-led approach not only felt right
emotionally, it made sense intellectually and instinctually. She found that
when she followed her intuition and relaxed into her role as a mother instead
of following some rigid parenting script, both she and her children thrived.
Drawing on both her experience as a mother and her scientific background, Mayim
describes the beauty, simplicity, and purposefulness of attachment parenting,
and how it has become the guiding principle for her family. Much more than a
simple how-to parenting guide, BEYOND THE SLING shows us that the core principles
underlying attachment parenting are universal and can be appreciated no matter
how you decide to raise your child.
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The Biting Solution: the Expert’s
No-Biting Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Early Childhood Educators. Lisa Poelle, $15.95
Biting doesn’t have to cause crises.
With THE BITING SOLUTION you can identify why kids bite, and teach them more
effective ways to express themselves and to get along with others.
The Book of New Family Traditions:
How to Create Rituals for Holidays and Every Day, Revised Edition. Meg Cox, $18.50
Quality family togetherness — everyone
wants it, but it seems increasingly harder to achieve. In a world run by cell
phones, computers, and virtual networking, the comfort of human connection
grows more important — and rarer — all the time. In a guide newly updated for the
next generation, family expert Meg Cox offers a solution. Family rituals
provide a sense of home and identity that kids and parents both need. From
holidays and birthdays to bed times, meal times, pets, and even
chores, THE BOOK OF NEW FAMILY TRADITIONS spotlights hundred of ways
to bring the fun and ritual back to family life.
Boomerang Kids. Carl Pickhardt, $16.99
A revealing look at why so many of our
children are failing on their own, and how parents can help.
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Boys on Target: Raising Boys into Men of Courage and Compassion. Barry MacDonald, $21.95
Parents and educators alike understand that simplistic answers to boys’ struggles at home and school don’t work. Boys on Target provides practical and compassionate wisdom that can help us see boys’ challenges anew.
Brain-Based Parenting: the
Neuroscience of Caregiving for Healthy Attachment. Daniel
Hughes & Jonathan Baylin, $29.50
In this groundbreaking exploration of
the brain mechanisms behind healthy caregiving, attachment specialist Daniel
Hughes and veteran clinical psychologist Jonathan Baylin guide readers through
the intricate web of neuronal processes, hormones, and chemicals that drive — and
sometimes thwart — our caregiving impulses, uncovering the mysteries of the
The biggest challenge to parents, Hughes and Baylin explain, is learning how to
regulate emotions that arise — feeling them deeply and honestly while staying
grounded and aware enough to preserve the parent–child relationship. Learning
to be a "good parent" is contingent upon learning how to manage stress,
understand its brain-based cues, and respond in a way that will set the brain
back on track. With this awareness, we learn how to approach kids with renewed
playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy, re-regulate our caregiving
systems, foster deeper social engagement, and facilitate our children's
Infused with clinical insight, illuminating case examples, and helpful
illustrations, BRAIN-BASED PARENTING brings the science of caregiving
to light for the first time. Far from just managing our children's behavior, we
can develop our "parenting brains," and with a better understanding of the
neurobiological roots of our feelings and our own attachment histories, we can
transform a fraught parent-child relationship into an open, regulated, and
Brain Rules for
Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five.
John Medina, $17.50
What's the single most important thing
you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child's brain?
What's the best way to handle temper tantrums?
In his New York Times bestseller BRAIN
RULES, Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really work — and why we ought to
redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in BRAIN RULES FOR BABY, he shares
what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children. This
book is destined to revolutionize parenting.
BRAIN RULES FOR BABY bridges the gap
between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and
funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels
how a child's brain develops — and what you can do to optimize it.
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Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother
Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. Pamela
When American journalist Pamela
Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French
parent." Yet as she soon discovers, Motherhood itself is a whole different
experience in France. There's no role model, as there is in America, for the
harried new mom with no life of her own. French mothers assume that even good
parents aren't at the constant service of their children and that there's no
need to feel guilty about this. They have an easy, calm authority with their
kids that Druckerman can only envy.
With a notebook stashed in her diaper
bag, Druckerman, a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, sets out
to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet
eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that French parents are
extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. She
realizes that to be a different kind of parent, you don't just need a different
parenting philosophy — you need a very different view of what a child actually
The Canadian Campus Companion: Everything You Need to Know About Going to University or College. Erin Millar & Ben Coli, $22.95
This comprehensive guide to the Canadian college and university experience offers down-to-earth advice to students on everything from choosing a major to surviving life in residence, from managing studying exams to staying safe.
Family Law, 10th Edition.
Malcolm Kronby, $29.95
For more than 30 years, Canadian
Family Law has helped readers to understand the
legal issues around marriage, co-habitation, separation
and divorce, child custody and support, property rights
and division of property. Now in its tenth edition, Canadian
Family Law provides information on recent developments
in family law such as same-sex marriage, alternate
dispute resolution and domestic contracts.
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Carried in Our Hearts: the Gift of
Adoption: Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents. Jane Aronson, $27.50
Over the course of the past three
decades, Dr. Aronson has touched the lives of thousands of adopted children
from around the world and in this inspiring book she presents moving
first-person testimonies from parents (and a few children themselves) whose
lives have been blessed by adoption.
Divided into thematic sections — such as "The Decision,"
"The Journey," and "The Moment We Met") — each prefaced by
Dr. Aronson, this book introduces readers to Claude Knobler, a writer from Los
Angeles whose journey to Ethiopia to adopt his son led to an unexpectedly
moving encounter with the boy’s courageous birthmother; actor Mary
Louise-Parker whose older adopted son’s bond with her newly adopted baby
daughter was deep and unwavering from the instant the two children met; and
Lynn Danzker, an entrepreneur who set off alone to adopt her son, Cole, and in
the process, met and married her husband. The authors of these testimonies
range from doctors to filmmakers, from financial consultants to celebrities—all
of them bound by their moving and transformative experience as adoptive
Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized
World. Susan Linn, $22.50
In The Case for Make Believe,
Harvard child psychologist Susan Linn tells the alarming
story of childhood under siege in a commercialized and
In an era when toys come from
television and media companies sell videos as brain-builders
for babies, Linn lays out the inextricable links between
play, creativity, and health, showing us how and
why to preserve the space for make believe that children
need to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Childhood Under Siege: How Big
Business Targets Children. Joel Bakan, $18.00
CHILDHOOD UNDER SIEGE reveals big
business's discovery of a new resource to be mined for profit — our children. It’s a winner-takes-all battle for children’s hearts,
minds and bodies as corporations pump billions into rendering parents and
governments powerless to protect children from their calculated commercial
assault and its disturbing toll on their health and well-being. CHILDHOOD
UNDER SIEGE is a shocking venture behind the
scenes of the widespread manipulation of children by profit-seeking
corporations—and of society’s failure to protect them.
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Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark. Ryan Knighton,
Becoming a father is a stressful, daunting rite of passage to be sure, but for a blind father, the fears are unimaginably heightened. But this is no pity party, and author Ryan Knighton has no time for sentimentality. Tackling these hurdles with grace and humour, Ryan is determined to do his part - and this is where the fun starts. From holding his daughter as she wails into the night to their first nerve-wracking walk to the cafe, no activity between father and daughter is without its pitfalls. In his struggle to "see" Tess, Ryan re-imagines the relationship between father and child during that first chaotic year.
Come Home Soon: a First Look at When
a Parent Goes to War. Pat Thomas, $8.99
This reassuring picture book explores
the issue of military parents being away from home. Children’s worries are
addressed and parents are given tips on how to help children manage this
A Complete Guide for Single Dads. Craig Baird, $24.95
A Complete Guide for Single Moms. Janis Adams, $24.95
Regardless of how you became a single
parent, these books are designed to help you raise a happy, healthy child on
your own. From infancy through adolescence, there is a wealth of information
here to cover every aspect of parenting.
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Connected Parenting: How to Raise a Great Kid. Jennifer Kolari, $19.00
Connected Parenting offers a unique form of therapeutic parenting based on Kolari's groundbreaking application of the concept of "mirroring," an instinctive process that helps parents bond with their children and promotes optimum growth and development. Kolari's strategy is highly effective for kids of all ages, and has been proven to reduce a child's anxiety, increase self-esteem, and allow children to become more resilient and flexible. With step-by-step advice and examples from Kolari's years of experience, this is an easy-to-follow guide to strengthening the bond between you and your children.
The Conscious Parent. Shefali Tsabary, $23.95
Turning the traditional notion of parenting on its head, Dr. Tsabary shifts the parent-child relationship away from the traditional parent-to-child “teaching” approach to a parent-with-child relationship that is mindful, conscious and mutually supportive.
Creating Your Perfect Family Size. Alan Singer, $19.95
Creating Your Perfect Family Size takes an in-depth look at how to make an informed decision about having a baby — or having more than one. Invaluable and fascinating, the book includes a wealth of self-tests that helps individuals to customize their own decision making based on their unique background and current situation.
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Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections.
Amanda Soule, $23.00
With just the simple tools
around you—your imagination, basic art supplies, household
objects, and natural materials—you can transform your family
life, and have so much more fun!
Perfect for all families, the wide
range of projects presented here offers ideas for imaginative
play, art and crafts, nature explorations, and family celebrations.
This book embraces a whole new way of living that will engage
your children’s imagination, celebrate their achievements,
and help you to express love and gratitude for each other
as a family.
Nature of Human Development. Barbara Rogoff, $33.00
Three-year-old Kwara'ae children
in Oceania act as caregivers of their younger siblings,
but in the UK, it is an offense to leave a child under
age 14 years without adult supervision. In the Efe community
in Zaire, infants routinely use machetes with safety
and some skill, although U.S. middle-class adults often
do not trust young children with knives. What explains
these marked differences in the capabilities of these
Until recently, traditional understandings
of human development held that a child's development is
universal and that children have characteristics and skills
that develop independently of cultural processes. Barbara
Rogoff argues, however, that human development must be
understood as a cultural process, not simply a biological
or psychological one. Individuals develop as members of
a community, and their development can only be fully understood
by examining the practices and circumstances of their communities.
Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro. David Hill, $16.95
All fathers have heard it before — having
a baby really changes your life. Dr. David is a dad and a pediatrician. Inside
this practical book, dads and dads-to-be will find helpful information on
topics such as:
- Infant and child development
- Baby basics — crying, sleeping, pooping, and
- Everyday illnesses and what to look for — fevers,
ear infections, colds, stomach bugs, and sore throats
- A guide to vaccines, when to get them, and just
what they're for
- Sound advice to cope with toddlerhood and beyond
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Strategies for Working with Kids in Military Families. Karen
Petty, $34.95 (Ages 1-12)
Military kids face many unique
stressors and difficult transitions related to deployment,
relocation, separation from loved ones and changes in
family structure. Caring for these children requires
a clear understanding of the challenges and triumphs
military families deal with so that you can offer the
best support possible.
Deployment: Strategies for
Working with Kids in Military Families is a comprehensive
handbook which includes theory-based, practice-driven
strategies and curriculum suggestions to help children
move forward living full lives. Includes information
on how to enhance childcare programs using multiple intelligences
theory and the Reggio Emila approach.
Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?
Confessions of a Gay Dad. Dan Bucatinsky, $16.99
In 2005, Dan Bucatinsky and his partner,
Don, found themselves in an L.A. delivery room, decked out in disposable scrubs
from shower cap to booties, to welcome their adopted baby girl—launching their
frantic yet memorable adventures into fatherhood. Two and a half years later,
the same birth mother — a heroically generous, pack-a-day teen with a passion
for Bridezilla marathons and Mountain Dew — delivered a son into the
couple’s arms. Bucatinsky moves deftly from sidesplitting stories about where
kids put their fingers to the realization that his athletic son might just grow
up to be straight and finally to a reflection on losing his own father just as
he’s becoming one. Bucatinsky’s soul-baring and honest stories tap into that
all-encompassing, and very human, hunger to be a parent — and the life-changing
and often ridiculous road to getting there.
The Don't Sweat Guide for Grandparents: Making the Most of Your Time with Your Grandchildren. Foreward by Richard Carlson, $13.99
100 easy-to-do strategies show grandparents how to enjoy their time with their children and grandchildren to the fullest, without giving up time for themselves. Including how to set boundaries, how not to stress out about finances with reduced income, and to avoiding boredom and "retirement blues". This book is an invaluable help for grandparents who are finding life in their golden years less easy and peaceful than they imagined.
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The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk
about Surviving Middle School, Bullies, Brands, Body Image and More. Haley Kilpatrick, $18.99
In a few short years, they go through an
incredible number of biological and emotional changes, making this the most
formative time in their lives. Groups turn on each other, a trusted childhood
friend can reveal secrets by sending a text message or updating a Facebook
status, and deciding where to sit in the cafeteria can be a daily struggle. As
any tween will tell you, life for a middle school girl can be summed up in one
Filled with practical strategies from
tweens and teen mentors to help adults understand what girls today are facing, THE
DRAMA YEARS is a must-read for anyone struggling to help girls navigate
the often difficult transition into adolescence.
the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers
Grow Up Before They Grow Old. Joseph Allen & Claudia
Worrell Allen, $29.95
Today’s teens are starved
for the lost fundamentals they need to really grow: adult
connections and the adult rewards of autonomy, competence,
and mastery. Restoring these will help them unlearn their
adolescent helplessness and grow into adults who can
make you–and themselves–proud. With compelling
examples and practical and profound suggestions, Escaping
the Endless Adolescence outlines a novel approach
for producing dramatic leaps forward in teen maturity.
Every Canadian's Guide to the Law, 4th Edition. Linda Silver Dranoff, $24.99
Every Canadian’s Guide to the Law unfolds in a clear, accessible “cradle-to-grave” format, addressing issues from fetal rights to human rights, from teen sexuality to marriage and divorce, from workplace issues to will and estate issues. Linda Silver Dranoff provides insight into the process of law and how it responds to changing social values, revealing how laws evolve over time and pointing to future trends.
The new edition addresses important legal developments, including significant changes to family law—from stricter rules against non-disclosure and non-payment to tough orders against parental alienation, from revised pension-sharing rules to the novelty of three or more support-paying parents for some children. This encyclopedic guide elucidates new rights for the self-employed, drastic changes to retirement rules, laws against identity theft, dramatic changes to criminal law sentencing and upgraded protections for children, and more. As the number of self-represented litigants continues to grow, the need for an easy-to-understand and comprehensive guide to Canadian law has never been greater.
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Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith and Resilience from Children Facing
Illness. Maria Sirois, $24.95
When Maria Sirois worked on a pediatric oncology ward she
was astounded by the children she counseled. They seemed to
know intuitively what adults struggle to re-learn — that playing
relieves stress; it’s okay to cry; love is not a cure but
is a powerful antidote to pain; meaning in life comes not
from what happens to us but how we respond; that you should
look for ways to make each day special — even if it’s a bad
The Everything Child Psychology and
Development Book. James Windell, $19.25
A comprehensive resource on how children
think, learn, and play — from the final months of gestation to their adolescent
Activism: Empowering Your Community, Beginning with Family
and Friends. Roberto Vargas, $19.95
We live in a world that needs radical
transformation if our children and grandchildren are to live
healthy, peace-filled lives. But where to start? In this inspiring
new book, activist Roberto Vargas says the answer lies surprisingly
close: at home, with our closest relationships. In our daily
lives we experience countless opportunities to empower, inspire,
and support positive change in those around us. In Family
Activism Vargas explains how fostering what he calls
familia—close, loving connections with our relatives and with
those we choose to call family—can help us develop the skills
and attitudes we need to tackle broader problems in our community,
our nation, and the world.
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Far From the Tree: Parents, Children
and the Search for Identity. Andrew Solomon, $39.99
Solomon’s startling proposition is that
diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness,
dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities,
with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become
criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is
potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is
universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter.
All parenting turns on a crucial
question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are,
and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on
forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred
families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges.
Whether considering prenatal screening for genetic disorders, cochlear implants
for the deaf, or gender reassignment surgery for transgender people, Solomon
narrates a universal struggle toward compassion. Many families grow closer
through caring for a challenging child; most discover supportive communities of
others similarly affected; some are inspired to become advocates and activists,
celebrating the very conditions they once feared. Woven into their courageous
and affirming stories is Solomon’s journey to accepting his own identity, which
culminated in his midlife decision, influenced by this research, to become a
Elegantly reported by a spectacularly
original thinker, FAR FROM THE TREE explores themes of generosity,
acceptance, and tolerance—all rooted in the insight that love can transcend
every prejudice. This crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of
what it is to be human.
15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. Rebecca Cohen, $16.99
What if you got outside every day, and what if you could get your kids to come along? It sounds modest, but the effects, as dynamic outdoor spokesperson Rebecca Cohen herself can testify, are profound. This inspiring collection of activities gives families an idea for every day of the year, requiring little planning, no expertise and relatively little resources (time, cash, or patience!), no matter where they live. Simple and inspiring, this book is bursting with hundreds of easy ways to get your family out into nature a little bit every day.
The First 1000 Days: a Baby Journal. Nikki McClure, $14.95
This simple, beautiful journal is place
to record your baby’s firsts, your discoveries about your child, and your
wishes and dreams for the future.
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Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the
Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better
Students for Life. Peter Gray, $31.00
Children come into this world burning to
learn, but the enduring lesson of school is that learning is work, to be
avoided however possible. In FREE TO LEARN, developmental psychologist Peter
Gray shows that we can reverse the harmful effects of modern schooling by
liberating our children to pursue their own interests through self-directed
play. Gray, who has devoted his research career to understanding the biological
foundations of education, argues that to promote learning, we must engage the
core aspects of human nature — curiosity, playfulness, and sociability — instead of
inhibiting them. Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, and
history, Gray demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which
children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers,
and become emotionally resilient.
A brave, counterintuitive proposal for
freeing our children from the shackles of the curiosity-killing institution we
call school, FREE TO LEARN shows that it’s time to stop asking what’s wrong
with our children and start asking what’s wrong with the system.
French Kids Eat Everything (and Yours Can Too). Karen Le Billon, $22.99
How one family moved to France, cured picky eating,
barred snacking, and discovered 10 simple rules for raising happy, healthy
Gender Born, Gender Made:
Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children. Diane
GENDER BORN, GENDER MADE is a
comprehensive guidebook for the parents and therapists of children who do not
identify with or behave according to their biological gender. Drawing on the
case histories of several children, each "gender creative" in his or
her own way, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft offers concrete strategies for understanding
and supporting children who experience confusion about their gender identities.
She also discusses the latest therapeutic advancements available to
Traditionally, psychologists have sought
to "cure" gender variance by pressuring children to conform to
typical gender behavior. From her perspective as both clinician and parent of a
gender creative child, Dr. Ehrensaft advocates a new approach, encouraging
caregivers to support gender-variant children as they explore their gender
identities. Rather than offering a "cure" for gender variance, GENDER
BORN, GENDER MADE facilitates improved understanding and communication about
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Get Outside: the Kids Guide to Fun in the Great
Outdoors. Jane Drake & Ann Love, illustrated by
Heather Collins, $17.95
Armed with GET OUTSIDE, a kid will
never say, "I'm bored!" again. This book is a key to the world of fun
beyond the front door. Activities are divided into four categories (Nature
Lover, Outdoor Fun and Games, Cozy Inside and Look to the Sky), where readers
will find instructions for making things like sundials, bird feeders and kites,
as well as rules for games such as 500 Up, Spud and Shinny.
Accompanying these descriptions are fun facts and scientific, historic and
cultural context. The passage on playing jacks, for example, includes a sidebar
about a similar game played by the ancient Greeks. Children in Northern climes
will love learning to play traditional First Nations winter games and be
thrilled to find out how to create a backyard ice rink. It's a wealth of fun
and fascination that will captivate any young person — who won't mind ditching
the video game for the great outdoors.
Girl Land. Caitlin Flanagan, $16.50
Caitlin Flanagan explores the world of
middle-school girls, and how biological and cultural milestones shape their
budding identities. Adolescence is a transformative period that has radically
changed over the generations: from how a girl learns about her period to how
she expects to be treated by men, boys, and even other women. In a world where
privacy and personal freedom are encroached upon daily, Flanagan examines and
redefines the ultimate challenge that we face in protecting, nurturing, and
defending our girls.
Girls are Not Chicks Coloring Book. Jacinta Bunnell, illustrated by Julie Novak, $11.00
27 pages of ingenious, subversive fun, Girls are Not Chicks is a playful way to examine how pervasive gender stereotypes are in every aspect of our lives.
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Go the F**k to Sleep. Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés, $16.95
A bedtime story for real parents — new,
old or expectant — that you probably shouldn't read to your children.
Go Out and Play! Favorite Outdoor
Games from KaBOOM! $13.00
KaBOOM is an organization with a passion
for creating outdoor play spaces and getting families outside. In GO OUT AND
PLAY they have collected 70 well-loved games that will get kids and parents
outside and having fun.
Go Outside and Play: Why Kids Don’t
and Why They Should. Patty Goffinet, $16.95
Children used to spend most of their free
time outdoors. Playing. They had adventures. They explored. They got dirty.
Childhood has changed and today’s kids live their lives indoors. Kids are
entertained, but the excitement, enthusiasm, and physical benefits are gone.
This cheerful and encouraging book will
help you discover why this is happening — and why it shouldn’t be. Most
importantly the book shows you what you can do about it.
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The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching
Your Kids in the Places They Live. Kathy Lee &
Lesli Richards, $32.95
Find exciting learning opportunities in
everyday occurrences, from using laundry to teach sorting to exploring growth
cycles in the garden, with the easy-to-organize, simple-to-start ideas, advice,
and activities in THE HOMEGROWN PRESCHOOLER. As straightforward as a
parenting how-to book and as easily applicable as a set curriculum, THE
HOMEGROWN PRESCHOOLER will inspire parents to use their homes as classrooms
and take advantage of the naturally rich learning opportunities existing in
With organizational tips, recipes, and
more than 200 easy-to-pull-together activities, homeschool educators will have
everything they need to offer a well-rounded preschool education rivaling the
best classroom experience. Convenient charts and checklists to document
children’s growth ensure that there are no gaps in educational, social, or
Honey, I Lost the Baby in the Produce Aisle! Alison Rhodes, $22.95
The ‘Safety Mom’s’ guide to childproofing — no matter where you are.
How Not to Move Back in With Your
Parents: the Young Person's Guide to Financial Empowerment. Rob Carrick, $22.95
of The Globe and Mail is one of Canada's most trusted and
widely read financial experts. His latest book targets
financial advice specifically at young adults graduating from university or
college and moving into the workforce, into the housing market and into family
life. Financial beginners, in other words.
Carrick offers what can only be described as a wealth of information, on the full
life cycle of financial challenges and opportunities young people face,
including saving for a post-secondary education and paying off student debts,
establishing a credit rating, basic banking and budgeting, car and home buying,
marriage and raising children of their own, and insurance.
The book is mindful throughout that parents have a big role to play in all
this. It addresses young readers throughout but regularly asks them to see
things from their parents' perspective. In that way, Rob Carrick is able to
offer advice to both generations. He even recognizes that in these difficult
times, moving back in with the folks is sometimes a short-term
necessity. This is a book that every parent needs to buy for each of their
kids, plus one for themselves.
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How to Have Your Second Child First:
100 Things That Are Good to Know… the First Time Around. Kerry Colburn & Rob Sorensen, $22.95
Clever tips, time-savers, smart advice,
and empathetic wisdom from parents who have learned the ropes through trial and
error. Here is everything experienced parents wish they had known… the first
How to Raise
a Drug-Free Kid: the Straight Dope for Parents. Joseph
How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid offers
advice and information on how to prepare your child for
the crucial decision-making moments and on many of the
most daunting parenting topics such as when to talk to
your kids about drugs and alcohol; how to respond when
kids ask “Did you do drugs”; how to know when
your child is most at risk and how to prepare your teen
for the freedoms and perils of college.
How Your Child Heals: an Inside Look
at Common Childhood Ailments. Christopher Johnson,
Good communication between parents and
doctors is the cornerstone of getting good care for the child. Doctors are
increasingly pressed for time and appointment visits are shorter than ever.
Unfortunately, when time is short, what often suffers is explaining to parents
what to expect and why. Parents need to learn how to make the most of their
brief time with the doctor. This book will help them do that. HOW YOUR CHILD
HEALS is not a description of a laundry list of pediatric diseases. Rather, it
uses specific, familiar examples — things like ear infections, asthma attacks,
broken bones, and appendicitis — to explain what is happening inside a child's
body as it heals. The book explains and demonstrates, using vivid narrative
techniques so readers can better visualize the processes being described.
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How the Child’s Mind Develops, 2nd Edition. David Cohen, $30.95
- How do we get from helpless baby to knowing
- What impact do television, computers, the
internet, video games and evolving technology have on the way children's minds
- Is cognition a question of learning and
environment or of heredity?
How we learn to think, perceive,
remember, talk, reason and learn is a central topic in psychology - and one
that sees constant new research. In this very readable book, David Cohen
examines the fundamental issues of how children learn to read and write, of how
their intellectual abilities are measured and the development of their
morality. He examines child crime and looks at how modern media affect the way
the child's mind develops.
HOW THE CHILD'S MIND DEVELOPS is an
integrated and thought-provoking account of the central issues in child
development. Parents, professionals and students will find it an invaluable
How to Stop Thumbsucking and Other Oral Habits: Practical Solutions for Home and Therapy. Pam Marshalla, $22.50
When children suck a thumb, finger or pacifier too long it can affect their speech, teeth, swallowing and appearance. How to Stop Thumbsucking is a practical guide to the most effective strategies used by speech therapists today.
The Human Spark: the Science of Human
Development. Jerome Kagan, $32.00
As infants we are rife with potential.
For a short time, we have before us a seemingly infinite number of
developmental paths. Soon, however, we become limited to certain paths as we
grow into unique products of our genetics and experience. But what factors
account for the variation—in skills, personalities, values—that results? How do
experiences shape what we bring into the world? In THE HUMAN SPARK, pioneering
psychologist Jerome Kagan offers an unflinching examination of personal, moral,
and cultural development, and explores the tension between biology and the
environment. He reviews major advances in the science of development over the
past three decades and offers pointed critiques and new syntheses. Most
importantly, he reminds us that a life, however influenced by biology and
upbringing, is still a tapestry to be woven, not an outcome to be endured.
Whether the reader is a first-time parent; an educator; or simply a curious
soul seeking self-knowledge, Kagan makes an expert and companionable guide.
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Instinctive Parenting: Trusting Ourselves to Raise Good Kids. Ada Calhoun, $17.00
Everyone wants to do what's best for his or her child. What does matter is providing the few absolute essentials (love, food, shelter) while teaching your little one how to be a kind, responsible human being. With its compelling mix of entertaining, hilarious firsthand accounts and refreshing common sense, Instinctive Parenting will show you how to do that — and even show you how to retain your sanity, your friends, your sense of humor, and your personal life in the process.
It’s OK NOT to Share … and Other
Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids. Heather Shumaker, $17.00
In this inspiring and enlightening book,
Heather Shumaker describes her quest to nail down “the rules” to raising smart,
sensitive, and self-sufficient kids. Drawing on her own experiences as the
mother of two small children, as well as on the work of child psychologists,
pediatricians, educators and so on, in this book Shumaker gets to the heart of
the matter on a host of important questions. Hint: many of the rules aren’t
what you think they are! This book focuses on the toddler and preschool
years—an important time for laying the foundation for competent and
compassionate older kids and then adults. Here are a few of the rules:
- It’s OK if it’s not hurting people or property
- Bombs, guns and bad guys allowed
- All feelings are okay, all behavior isn’t
- Boys can wear tutus
- Pictures don’t have to be pretty
- Paint off the paper!
- Sex Ed starts in preschool
- Kids don’t have to say “Sorry”
- Love your kid’s lies
- It’s OK not to share
of Family Traditions: a Season-by-Season Companion to Celebrations,
Holidays and Special Occasions. Jennifer Trainer
The Joy of Family Traditions offers more than 400 fresh ideas and creative approaches to cultivating
birthday, anniversary, holiday, and other rite-of-passage and seasonal
traditions that strengthen personal bonds and reflect a family's
individual style, spirituality, and values. This wonderful book:
- Inspires and instructs families on
how to create, personalize, adapt, and preserve relevant traditions
that reflect how we live today.
- Explores the historical, cultural,
and often quirky origins of holidays, customs, and milestones,
both uncommon and familiar.
- Includes holidays, holy days, annual
events, once-in-a-lifetime occasions, and personal celebrations.
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Keeping Your Child Healthy in a
Germ-Filled World: a Guide for Parents. Athena
The world is full of germs, and the news
is full of stories about infectious diseases and antibiotic-resistant
superbugs. Infections are harmful, but not all germs are bad. What can parents
do to protect their children?
Dr. Athena Kourtis, a pediatrician and
infectious disease specialist — and mother — teaches parents how to protect their
kids without going overboard. She helps parents sort through the latest
information about antibiotics, vaccines, hygiene, health foods, and home
remedies, and she identifies which rules to follow — and which ones to ignore.
- No to overprotecting your children from germs
- No to antimicrobial soaps and cleaning products at home
- No to over-prescribed antibiotics
- Yes to strategic hand washing
- Yes to being conscious of germs and the pathways they use
- Yes to vaccines
She offers tips for protecting your children wherever they are — at home or
school, on the playground, while traveling — and whatever they are doing — playing
sports, camping, visiting the beach — and answers questions that commonly worry
parents. Reading this comprehensive, illustrated guide is the first step to
keeping your family healthy. Up-to-date, accurate information and a clear
understanding of how germs and our bodies work will help you and your child
stay afloat in the microbial sea.
Your Child in Mind. Claudia Gold, $17.50
Overcoming defiance, tantrums and other
everyday behavior problems by seeing the world through your child's eyes.
Kidding Around: Connecting Kids to
Happiness, Laughter, and Humour. Sue Stephenson,
An activity-based book for teachers,
parents, grandparents and other care providers to use with kids of all ages —
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Kiss Me! How to Raise Your Children
with Love. Carlos González, $17.95
KISS ME is a book written in
defense of children. Dr. Carlos González — renowned paediatrician and author
of My Child Won't Eat! — advocates raising children based on love,
respect and freedom.
González believes that children are
good, selfless, generous, honest, sociable and understanding and deserve all
the love we can give them. A bestseller in Spain, now published for the first
time in English, this compassionate book offers a guide to ethical
parenting. Chapters include:
- Why children are the way they are
- Your child is a good person
- A few myths regarding sleep
- Rewards and punishment
- Quality time
The Last Bedtime Story That We Read
Each Night. Carol Gray, illustrated by James
Short, sweet and reassuring, this
bedtime book will become part of the bedtime routine — and help children to fall
asleep feeling safe in the knowledge that they are loved and cared for.
in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.
Richard Louv, $18.95
As children’s connections to nature
diminish and the social, psychological, and spiritual implications
become apparent, new research shows that nature can offer
powerful therapy for such maladies as depression, obesity,
and attention deficit disorder. In Last Child in the Woods,
Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious
leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists
who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Louv shows us
an alternative future, one in which parents help their kids
experience the natural world more deeply — and find the joy
of family connectedness in the process.
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Learning to Listen: a Life Caring for Children. T. Berry Brazelton, $27.50
From his childhood in Waco, Texas, where
he took expert care of nine small cousins while the adults ate Sunday lunch, to
Princeton and an offer from Broadway, to medical and psychoanalytic training,
to the exquisite observations into newborn behavior that led babies to be seen
in an entirely new light, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s life has been one of
innovation and caring. Known internationally for the Touchpoints theory of
regression and growth in infants and young children, Brazelton is also credited
for bringing the insights of child development into pediatrics, and for his
powerful advocacy in Congress. In LEARNING TO LISTEN, fans of Brazelton
and professionals in his field can follow both the roots of a brilliant career
and the evolution of child-rearing into the twenty-first century.
Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: a
Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids Into the Great Outdoors. Peter Brown Hoffmeister, $17.00
This inspiring guide to helping kids enjoy
nature and appreciate the great outdoors is drawn from the author’s experiences
as an educator, guide, writer, and father. Focusing on fun, Hoffmeister offers
a simple, practical introduction to hiking, camping, and all-around exploring
that will help parents feel empowered and capable. Whether you’re a veteran
outdoors person, a first-time hiker, or anything in between, get ready to put
your sneakers on, turn off the video games, and rediscover the simple,
overpowering joy of going out to play.
Go Outside! Jennifer Ward,
illustrated by Susie Ghahremani, $17.95
Let’s Go Outside offers
a range of activities perfect for fun in the city, the country
and everything in between. Get outside and run, jump, play,
explore, dance, hike or camp with your pre-teen and engage
your child in outdoor activities and projects that will get
the whole family closer to nature.
lol … OMG! What Every Student Needs
to Know about Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship, and
Cyberbullying. Matt Ivester, $21.95
The ease with which digital content can
be shared online has, in addition to its many benefits, has created a host of
problems for today’s high school and college students. All too often, students
are uploading, updating, posting and publishing without giving a second thought
to who might see their content or how it might be perceived.
lol… OMG! provides a cautionary
look at the many ways that today’s students are experiencing the unanticipated
negative consequences of their digital decisions — from lost job opportunities
and denied college and graduate school admissions to full-blown national
scandals. It also examines how technology is allowing students to bully one
another in new and disturbing ways, and why students are often crueler online
than in person. By using real-life case studies and offering actionable
strategies and best practices, this book empowers students to clean up and
maintain a positive online presence, and to become responsible digital
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Bombing: Reset Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat. Oliver James, $18.50
LOVE BOMBING is a radical new method for
resetting the emotional thermostats of troubled children, setting them on a
much happier trajectory. It is simple to do, easily explained, and works for
both severe and mild problems from aged three to the early teens.
Each chapter is about LOVE BOMBING a specific difficulty that children often
experience, illustrated with cases drawn from real life. Problems described
include temper tantrums, refusing to go to school, sleep problems,
hyperactivity, clinging, and shyness. LOVE BOMBING offers a simple,
inexpensive, and relatively trouble-free way for parents to engage with their
children, resolve underlying troubles, and help them to enjoy the best
childhood they can. Along the way, the author brings in a range of scientific
evidence regarding each issue, its causes and solutions.
Made to Play! Handmade Toys &
Crafts for Growing Imaginations. Joel Henriques,
From the creative mind of Joel Henriques
come these small, simple-to-make projects with big results! These playful
projects are sure to spark creative discovery, encourage open-ended play and
delight the young people in your life.
Make Stuff Together: 24 Simple Projects to Create as a Family. Bernadette Noll & Kathie Sever, $23.99
Slow down, reconnect and get back to basics. One of the best ways for families to share experiences and meaningful time together is through crafting. This book invites you to look around your house you’re your neighbourhood to discover materials that are just waiting to find a new life.
Whether you’re a parent looking for innovative projects for your kids, or an advocate of the slow family movement, Make Stuff Together gives you 24 fun, versatile projects that help you build family connections while being creative and crafty.
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Making Grace. A Film by Catherine Gund. $27.95 DVD (86 minutes)
Ann and Leslie wanted to be mothers. They had
everything … but sperm.
This captivating documentary follows their journey of
creating a family — from selecting a sperm donor and deciding who will carry
the baby, to prenatal classes, baby showers and the challenges and joys of
MIXED: Portraits of Multicultural Kids. Kip Fulbeck, $23.95
This joyful collection reflects the voices and faces of mixed race children, and celebrates family, individuality and identity.
Money-Smart Kid$. Gail
Teach your children financial confidence
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The Mother of All Baby Books: an
All-Canadian Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, 2nd Edition. Ann Douglas, $26.95
THE MOTHER OF ALL BABY BOOKS is the
instruction manual that Mother Nature forgot to include with the new arrival — a
hands-on guide to coping with the joys and challenges of caring for your new
baby. It's a totally comprehensive guide that features a non-bossy, fresh, and
fun approach to Baby's exciting first year.
- Features a directory of Canadian organizations
for new parents
- Includes a list of Internet resources of
interest to Canadian parents
- Provides immunization schedules, baby growth
charts, and more
Based on the best advice from over 150
Canadian parents and a panel of experts, THE MOTHER OF ALL BABY BOOKS is
the ultimate guide to bringing up your baby in the Great White North.
Moving with Kids: 25 Ways to Ease Your Family’s Transition
to a New Home. Lori Collins Burgan, $11.95
Before you pack the boxes
and hire a moving van, help make your family’s next move a
positive experience with this helpful collection of experiences
from families who have moved many times. Whether you are moving
across town or across the world, Lori Collins Burgan offers
practical advice that will make the changes more exciting
and less scary for children — and their parents.
My Child Is Gay: How Parents React
When They Hear the News. Bryce McDougall, $19.00
A collection of parents'
honest and revealing responses to the news their child is
gay, My Child is Gay is a compilation of letters
written by parents. The letters have been written to be shared
— both to help parents come to term with their feelings, and
for gay men and women who are contemplating sharing the truth.
Together these letters reaffirm the regenerative power of
love and allow those with first hand experience to outline
the important steps on the road to understanding.
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The NDD Book. William Sears, $16.25
How Nutrition Deficit Disorder affects
your child's learning, behavior and health and what you can do about it –
New Father’s Survival Guide. Martyn Cox, $18.95
An informative and insightful overview of what new dads can expect before, during and after baby arrives.
Medicine Complete Family Health Guide. Annabel Karmel,
Integrating complementary, alternative
and conventional medicine, this is a comprehensive and
balanced guide to the best treatments for you and your
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Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It’s Good for Everyone. Richard Settersten & Barbara Ray, $17.00
The media has been flooded with negative headlines about 20-somethings, from their sense of entitlement to their immaturity to their dependence on their parents’ purse strings. The message is that these young people need to shape up and grow up—that they should take a fast track to adulthood just like their parents did. Now, drawing on almost a decade of cutting-edge scientific research, including analyses of over two dozen national data sets and 500 interviews with young people, Richard Settersten, Ph.D., and Barbara Ray shatter these widespread stereotypes. Settersten and Ray bring us a more nuanced understanding of this generation, and of the unique challenges they are facing as they come of age.
Not Quite Adults gets to the heart of how and why the course to adulthood has become so complicated, what these changes mean for families, and what we should do about it. The authors show how cultural and economic forces have radically transformed the “traditional” path to adulthood, creating a very different set of challenges as well as opportunities for today’s young adults. Filled with timely information and illuminating case histories, Not Quite Adults is a fascinating and enlightening look at an often misunderstood generation.
New Thinking about Children. Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman,
In a world of modern, involved,
caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel?
Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does
that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease
in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think
lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What's
the single most important thing that helps infants learn
NurtureShock is a groundbreaking
collaboration between award-winning science journalists
Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it
comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good
ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they
demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for
nurturing children are in fact backfiring — because
key twists in the science have been overlooked.
Nothing like a parenting manual,
the authors' work is an insightful exploration of themes
and issues that transcend children's (and adults') lives.
Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle
to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality. John Schwartz, $27.50
A heartfelt memoir by the father of a
gay teen, and an eye-opening story for families who hope to bring up
well-adjusted gay adults.
Three years ago, John Schwartz, a national correspondent at The New York
Times, got the call that every parent hopes never to receive: his
thirteen-year-old son, Joe, was in the hospital following a failed suicide
attempt. After mustering the courage to come out to his classmates, Joe’s
disclosure — delivered in a tirade about homophobic attitudes — was greeted with
dismay and confusion by his fellow students. Hours later, he took an overdose
of pills. ODDLY NORMAL is Schwartz’s very personal attempt to address his
family’s struggles within a culture that is changing fast, but not fast enough
to help gay kids like Joe.
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One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk about Open Marriage, Mixed Marriage, Polyamory, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love. Edited by Rebecca Walker, $20.00
An illuminating and provocative immersion into the modern family, celebrating love in all its diversity and complexity, with essays by ZZ Packer, Dan Savage, Neal Pollack, Min Jin Lee, asha bandele and more.
One and Only: the Freedom of Having
an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One. Lauren
A humorous, tough-minded, and honest
case for being and having an only child.
Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids: a
Guide to Getting Your Kids Active in the Great Outdoors. Eugene Buchanan, $20.50
With an informative and entertaining look
at biking, camping, swimming, paddling, fishing, snow sports, hiking, climbing
and more, Eugene Buchanan extends parents a helping hand in getting their kids
outside and instilling in them a respect for their health and the environment.
It's a fantastic guide toconnecting with kids and nature.
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Outside the Box: Why Our Children Need Real Food,
Not Food Products. Jeannie Marshall, $29.95
When Canadian journalist Jeannie
Marshall moved to Rome with her husband, she delighted in Italy's famous
culinary traditions. But when Marshall gave birth to a son, she began to see
how that food culture was eroding, especially within young families. Like their
North American counterparts, Italian children were eating sugary cereal in the
morning and packaged, processed, salt- and fat-laden snacks later in the day.
Busy Italian parents were rejecting local markets for supermercati, and
introducing their toddlers to fast food restaurants only too happy to imprint
their branding on the youngest of customers. So Marshall set on a quest to
discover why something that we can only call "kid food" is
proliferating around the world. How did we develop our seemingly insatiable
desire for packaged foods that are virtually devoid of nutrition? How can even
a mighty food culture like Italy's change in just a generation? And why, when
we should and often do know better, do we persist in filling our children's
lunch boxes, and young bodies, with ingredients that can scarcely even be
Through discussions with food crusaders such as Alice Waters, with chefs in
Italy, nutritionists, fresh food vendors and parents from all over, and with
big food companies such as PepsiCo and Nestle, Marshall gets behind the issues
of our children's failing nutrition and serves up a simple recipe for a return
to real food.
School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation,
Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries.
Diane Peters Mayer, $18.00
School should be rewarding, not
terrifying. This unique guide shows parents how to make their
child's learning experience a positive one.
Filled with real-life examples
as well as proven advice for working with teachers, principals,
and counselors, this is the only comprehensive guide that
will enable every parent to help a child cope, build confidence,
and succeed in school.
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Child Who Has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills
to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts & Aggressive
Behaviors. Pat Harvey & Jeanine Penzo, $21.95
When your child has problems regulating
his or her emotions, there's no hiding it. Children with intense
emotions go from 0 to 100 in seconds and are prone to frequent emotional
and behavioral outbursts that leave parents feeling bewildered and
Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions is
an effective guide to de-escalating your child's emotions and helping
your child express feelings in productive ways. You'll learn strategies
drawn from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), including mindfulness
and validation skills, and practice them when your child's emotions
spin out of control. This well-researched method for managing emotions
can help your child make dramatic emotional and behavioral changes
that both of you will be proud of.
Parenting a Teen Girl: a Crash Course
on Conflict, Communication & Connection with Your Teenage Daughter. Lucie Hemmen, $22.95
It’s not easy to be a teen girl, but it
can be even harder to parent one. This population faces a unique range of body
image issues and psychological vulnerabilities that put them at increased risk
for depression, eating disorders, self-injury, anxiety, and mental health
Written by a licensed clinical
psychologist, who is also the mother of two teenage girls, PARENTING A
TEEN GIRL is a parent’s survival guide to navigating this challenging
time. This workbook offers parents the skills, exercises, and scripts they need
to rebuild communication with their daughters and build the foundation for
greater cooperation and connection in the future. It provides parents with
concrete tools and tips they can use right away to decrease their anxiety,
increase understanding in the parent-teen relationship, and become more
successful in communicating with their teen daughters.
Parenting Without Borders: Surprising
Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us. Christine
Research reveals American kids today lag
well behind the rest of the world in terms of academic achievement, happiness,
and wellness. Christine Gross-Loh exposes the hidden, culturally-determined
norms we have about “good parenting,” and asks, are there parenting strategies
that other countries are getting right that we are not? This book
takes us from Finland, and Sweden to Germany, France, Japan, China, Italy, and
more, and examines how parents successfully foster resilience, creativity,
independence and academic excellence in their children. Revealing the surprising
ways in which culture shapes our parenting, Gross-Loh also offers objective,
research-based insight into what strategies are best for children and why.
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Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance. Christopher
A powerful new approach to overcoming fear, panic and worry using acceptance and commitment therapy.
Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the way We Raise Our Children. Allison Gilbert, $27.99
Parentless Parents is the first book to show how the absence of grandparents impacts everything about the way mothers and fathers raise their children — from everyday parenting decisions to the relationships they have with their spouses and in-laws.
As the average age of women giving birth has increased significantly, millions of children are at risk of having fewer years with their grandparents than ever before. How has this substantial shift affected parents and kids? Journalist, award-winning television producer, and parentless parent Allison Gilbert has polled and studied more than 1,300 parentless parents from across the United States and a dozen other countries to find out. Through her pioneering research, Gilbert not only shares her own story, but also the myriad ways these mothers and fathers have learned to keep the memory of their parents alive for their children.
Parentonomics: an Economist Dad Looks at Parenting. Joshua Gans, $13.50
Like any new parent, Joshua Gans felt joy mixed with anxiety upon the birth of his first child. Who was this blanket-swaddled small person and what did she want? Unlike most parents, however, Gans is an economist, and he began to apply the tools of his trade to raising his children. He saw his new life as one big economic management problem — and if economics helped him think about parenting, parenting illuminated certain economic principles. Parentonomics is the entertaining, enlightening, and often hilarious fruit of his "research."
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The Parents’ Guide to Psychological First Aid: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Predictable Life Crises. Gerald Koocher & Annette La Greca, $34.50
Compiled by two seasoned clinical psychologists, The Parents' Guide to Psychological First Aid brings together articles by recognized experts who provide you with the information you need to help your child or teen navigate the many trying problems that typically afflict young people. An encyclopedic reference for parents concerned with maintaining the mental health of their children, this indispensable volume will help you help your child to deal effectively with stress and pressure, to cope with everyday challenges, and to rebound from disappointments, mistakes, trauma, and adversity.
Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family
after the Death of a Loved One. Phyllis Silverman &
Madelyn Kelly, $19.95
A comprehensive, thoughtful and commonsense book, A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children offers a wealth of solace, sound advice and hope.
Parenting: How Men and Women Parent Differently — Why It Helps
Your Kids and Can Strengthen Your Marriage. Kyle Pruett & Marsha
Kline Pruett, $20.00
Partnership Parenting offers couples
distinctly balanced ways to deal with everyday situations, from
bedtime and feeding to discipline and schooling. With wisdom
and humour, the authors help you and your partner take advantage
of your individual strengths to stay connected, improve your relationship
and confidently raise children together.
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Planning with Kids: a Guide to Organizing the Chaos
and Making Time for Family Fun. Nicole Avery,
Family life can be chaotic. This book will show you
how to organize the chaos and have time left over to actually enjoy being a
Practicing Mindfulness with Children. Thich Nhat Hanh
and the Plum Village Community, $33.50
A complete overview of all of Thich Nhat
Hanh’s practices for children, PLANTING SEEDS is full of hands-on activities to
help children and adults relieve stress, increase concentration and confidence,
deal with difficult emotions, and improve communication. It includes over 30
full-color illustrations and an audio CD with songs and easy-to-follow
The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know about Your Child’s Health. William Sears & Martha Sears, et al, $23.99
Imagine you are up at 3:00am with a sick child. Wouldn't it be nice to have expert advice readily at hand to help get you through the night? Encyclopedic in scope, The Portable Pediatrician features timely and practical information on every childhood illness and emergency, including when to call the doctor, what reassuring signs can help you know your child is okay, how to treat your child at home, and much more all in a convenient A-to-Z format.
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The Power of Validation: Arming Your
Child Against Bullying, Peer Pressure, Addiction, Self-Harm &
Out-of-Control Emotions. Karyn Hall & Melissa
Validation is the recognition and
acceptance that a person's feelings and thoughts are true and real for him or
her, regardless of whether or not those feelings make logical sense. This
seemingly simple concept can determine whether a child has self-esteem or not,
whether a child will grow to become an independent adult or a dependent one,
and whether a child will be able to process feelings in a healthy way or
express his or her emotions by throwing tantrums and acting out.
THE POWER OF VALIDATION breaks
validation skills into practical steps parents can use to respond to their
child's internal experiences in healthy ways without necessarily condoning
their child's behaviors. Readers learn to pay attention to their child,
acknowledge the child's thoughts and feelings, and help their child through the
process of developing an identity of his or her own. By validating difficult
emotions, but disallowing negative actions children may take in response to
these emotions, parents can help their kids develop essential self-validating
skills for the future that will foster self-esteem and emotional intelligence
The Practical Guide
to Weekend Parenting. Doug Hewitt, $21.95
Whether you are divorced, separated,
or simply working during the week, it's getting harder and
harder to have one-on-one time with your children, much less
plan for weekend play-time. Instead of turning on the television
and walking away, there's now an easy way to take charge and
teach, strengthen your parent-child ties, and have fun with
your kids, and all at the same time.
Ready, Set, Play! Parents and Children Bonding through Sports. Mark Schereth & Mark Preisler, $24.95
A heartfelt book that will inspire families to find creative and fun ways to stay active together. Featuring essays by (and about) top athletes and their children.
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Kids: Help Your Child Achieve Physical, Mental, and Emotional Balance. Robert Melillo, $20.00
RECONNECTED KIDS is a
groundbreaking guide to help parents resolve their child's behavioral
problems-without medication, strife, or drama. This empowering method shows
parents how to first identify their own role in their child's behavior, and
then how to guide the child to focus on goals, practice lifelong good habits,
and stay motivated. This insightful and whole-family approach will help
parents and kids reach their full potential.
Guide to Travel with Babies and Young Children. Fawzia
Rasheed de Francisco, $18.99
From pre-trip planning to dealing
with challenges along the way, The Rough Guide to Travel
with Babies and Young Children is the ultimate comprehensive
guide to hassle-free family travel … The guide comes
complete with listings of resources, websites and further
reading, plus handy checklists, first-hand stories and advice
from travel industry experts and parents who’ve been
there and done it.
Safe Baby: a Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety and
Healthy Living. Debra
Smiley Holtzman, $19.95
This comprehensive, readable
book tells you how to make your home and environment
safe for kids. This expanded, revised edition includes:
- Latest up-to-date-information
on baby safety
- How to select safer toys
- Expanded section on selecting
- Tips on choosing the safest
fish to eat
- How to buy safe baby care supplies
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Safe Connections: a Parent’s Guide to
Protecting Young Teens from Sexual Exploitation. Sandy
As children near puberty and then move
into their early teens, parents may worry about sexual abuse. This easy-to-read
guide provides help in continuing discussions about personal safety, and it
alerts parents to the issues of online predators, sexting and sexual
exploitation, especially in what appear to be romances. It also provides practical
advice for those who want to ensure that their kids are safe with the parents’
own friends or romantic partners. Written by a psychologist who specializes in
child sexual abuse, SAFE CONNECTIONS includes detailed lists of
warning signs that an adolescent is being abused, or is becoming an abuser.
It’s ideal for use in school safety curricula, or as a complement to existing
Safe Kids, Smart Parents: What
Parents Need to Know to Keep Their Children Safe. Rebecca Bailey & Elizabeth Bailey, $17.00
Whether their children are six or
sixteen, whether they live in a rural town, suburb, or a bustling city, all
parents worry about threats—from cyber-bullying to exploitation and abduction.
What should they tell their children and when? What practical steps can they
take to reduce the risks and keep their kids safe? SAFE KIDS, SMART PARENTS gives
easily understood, easily followed answers. From abduction to abuse, the book
explains how parents can speak to their kids about troubling topics while
building their self-esteem and teaching them how to protect themselves. A
smart, comprehensive, and easy-to-read resource, SAFE KIDS, SMART
PARENTS is the most important book a parent can own.
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at Home: the Essential Childproofing Guide DVD. InJoy
Videos, $39.99 Note: InJoy DVDs are for
Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada.
All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information
- Fire Safety
- Burn Hazards
- Choking, Strangulation, Suffocation Hazards
- The Safe Baby
- Preventing Falls
- Drowning Prevention
- Poison Patrol
- Hazards in the Air
- Preparing for Emergencies
- Room-by-Room Safety Checklist
The Secret Life
of Money: a Kid's Guide to Cash. Kira Vermond, Illustrated
by Clayton Hanmer, $13.95
If discussing money is a difficult task
for adults, it's doubly so where kids are involved. Not only is the subject
loaded with cryptic jargon, but it often fails to click with how a kid sees his
or her world. Many preteens and young teens do not yet have a job, and even if
they do, their responsibilities with their earnings are miles away from
grown-up money issues. In other words, not only is money a little overwhelming
and mysterious, it's also seen as something they can't do anything about.
THE SECRET LIFE OF MONEY is written
to address this last point in particular. This book uses odd anecdotes,
engaging comics, and a wealth of surprising everyday connections to help young
readers see and understand cash from an entirely different angle. From the
history of different currencies to why we buy what we buy, from how credit cards
work to saving and investing, readers will gain not only an appreciation for
the myriad ways that money changes, influences, and (even) betters their lives,
they will arrive to an understanding of the control they have over it.
of Happy Families. Bruce
Improve your mornings, rethink family
dinner, fight smarter, go out and play … and much more!
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an Organized Mom. Barbara
From the overflowing closets to the chaotic
play areas, this is a room-by-room guide to decluttering and streamlining your
home for a happier family life.
Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep. Ann Treistman, $17.95
As every exhausted new parent knows
it takes a full bag of tricks to get more than three consecutive
hours of shut-eye from your little bundle of joy. So Ann Treistman — herself
the mother of two — compiled 73 simple techniques for sending
your infant off to Dreamland. These baby-tested tips will
be manna from heaven to sleep-deprived moms and dads. Designed
for definite gift appeal, 73 Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep
is illustrated with beautiful color photos of slumbering babies.
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids. Kim John Payne, $17.00
Simplicity Parenting teaches
parents how to worry less — and
how to enjoy more. For those who want to slow their children’s
lives down but don’t know where to start, Payne offers
both inspiration and a blueprint for change. By doing less and
trusting more, parents can create a sanctuary that nurtures children’s
identity, well-being, and resiliency as they grow — slowly —
into themselves. A manifesto for protecting the grace of childhood, Simplicity
Parenting is an eloquent guide to bringing new rhythms
to bear on the lifelong art of parenting.
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Slouching Toward Adulthood: How to
Let Go So Your Kids Can Grow Up. Sally Koslow,
Parents once dreamed of dropping their
prodigies at first-choice colleges and sighing with relief at a job well done.
Nowadays, though, mothers and fathers are stressing about whether Jessica or
Josh will boomerang back after graduation — and still be there years later.
Panicked after reading that 28 is the new 19, Sally Koslow — journalist and
mother — searched for answers. SLOUCHING TOWARD ADULTHOOD is a heartfelt cri de
coeur that can help families negotiate life around the unexpectedly crowded
dining tables for years to come.
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential. Eileen Kennedy Moore & Mark Lowenthal, $19.95
It takes more than school-smarts to create a fulfilling life. In fact, many bright children face special challenge. Smart Parenting for Smart Kids is a compassionate book that explains the reasons behind these struggles. It offers parents practical strategies for helping children develop the essential skills they need to make the most of their abilities and become capable, caring, confident adults.
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Sneaky Fitness: Fun, Foolproof Ways to Slip Fitness into Your Child's Everyday Life. Missy Chase Lapine & Larysa Didio, $25.00
Sneaky strategies for fitting in more exercise and calorie-burning activities into their child’s daily routine, including:
- Age-appropriate exercises and games to get any resistant little exerciser up and moving (with targeted chapters for preschoolers, grade-school kids and ‘tweens)
- Tips on specific toys and games that encourage exercise
- More healthy (and sneaky) recipes for fueling newly-active kids
Sometimes Just One Is Just Right. Gayle Byrne & Mary Haverfield, $15.95
Being an only child has its ups and
downs. This story, told through the eyes of an energetic boy, explores what
it’s like to be an only child. Sometimes it’s lonely, sometimes it’s fun, but
most of all it can be just right!
Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon. Jacinta Bunnell, illustrated by Nathaniel Kusinitz, $11.00
This radically different activity book takes anecdotes from the lives of real kids and mixes them with classic tales to create true-to-life characters, situations and resolutions. Featuring massive beasts who enjoy dainty jewelry and princess who build rocket ships, this fun for all-ages coloring book celebrates those who do not fit into disempowering gender categorizations, from sensitive boys to tough girls.
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for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World.
Meagan Francis, $18.00
Smart strategies for the larger-than-average
Despite the growing number of larger
families — including blended families and a rise in multiple
births — contemporary cultural expectations are geared toward
two-child families. In Table for Eight: Raising a Large
Family, Meagan Francis offers advice, encouragement,
and tips for living for families with three or more children.
Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for
the Health of Your Child. Nina Shapiro, $18.50
TAKE A DEEP BREATH is a comprehensive,
accessible, and indispensable guide for parents, caregivers, teachers,
pediatricians, and other healthcare providers on the subject of children's
breathing issues. The book provides a thorough review of breathing issues,
differentiating the normal and abnormal for all ages, and at all levels of
breathing passages. TAKE A DEEP BREATH explains all of the puzzling and
oftentimes distressing breathing patterns our children have throughout
A Tale of
Two Daddies. Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Kristin
Blackwood & Mike Blanc, $9.95
Beautifully illustrated and fun, A Tale of Two Daddies is a little love story about a girl and her Daddy and Poppa.
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The Top 50 Questions Children Ask: Pre-K through 2nd Grade. Susan Bartell, $12.25
The Top 50 Questions Children Ask: 3rd through 5th Grade. Susan Bartell, $12.25
The best answers to the smartest, strangest and most difficult questions kids always ask.
Transitions of the Heart: Stories of
Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant
Children. Edited by Rachel Pepper, $19.50
TRANSITIONS OF THE HEART is the first
collection to invite mothers of transgender and gender variant children to tell
their own stories. Often "transitioning" socially and emotionally
alongside their children, parents have their own parallel process to work
through, and few resources to depend on. Editor Rachel Pepper has gathered
voices of women from all walks of life, with children ranging in age from six
to sixty, to share their experiences. These mothers have learned how to
advocate for their children and themselves. By speaking out here, they are
blazing a brave trail for others to follow.
Travel with Children: Over 700 Helpful Hints for Parents on
the Go. Vicki Lansky, $11.50
Enjoy your trips with kids — whether
they are fussy newborns, busy toddlers or bored school-age
children. This handbook of advice and ideas comes straight
from the experiences of parents like you, and can help make
any trip —– short or long — more enjoyable and stress-free.
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uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game. $14.95 (ages 4 and up)
uKloo is an early literacy game that makes reading fun, builds confidence and promotes independence. With three levels of achievement for early readers, it builds sight reading and research skills and provides the basics of sentence structure. Fun and easy to play, uKloo will have your child reading — and loving it!
Unplugged Play: No Batteries – No Plugs – Pure Fun. Bobbi Conner, $21.50
710 games and activities for ages 12 months to 10 years that stretch the imagination, spark creativity, build strong bodies and forge deep friendships.
Up: a Parent's Guide to Mindful Awareness and Connection. Raelynn Maloney, $20.95
Practice the MindfulWay of aware parenting and strengthen your relationship with
Welcoming a New Brother or Sister
through Adoption. Arleta James, $27.95
Adoption is a big step which change the
whole dynamics of the family. It is crucial that parents understand the impact
it has when new sibling relationships are forged and an adoptee becomes a part
of the family. WELCOMING A NEW BROTHER OR SISTER THROUGH ADOPTION is a
comprehensive yet accessible guide that describes the adoption process and the
impact of adoption on every member of the family, including the adopted child.
It prepares families to have realistic expectations and equips them with
knowledge to deal with a host of situations that may arise, addressing
difficult questions head-on, and exploring solutions in detail. All this is
accompanied with real life stories and direct quotes from children, which make
it a realistic and insightful resource. This book is vital reading for adoptive
families and professionals who work with them including social workers,
counselors and psychologists.
Makes a Baby? A Book for Every Kind of Family and Every Kind
of Kid. Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth, $16.95
This amazing, wonderful, delightful book
tells the story of where babies come from. While it doesn’t include any information
on sexual intercourse, donor insemination, fertility treatments, surrogacy or
adoption, it does give the facts of how babies are made in the most open,
accurate and inclusive manner imaginable. A book to be shared and cherished.
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When You’re About to Go Off the Deep End, Don’t Take Your Kids With You. Kelly Nault, $19.99
A step-by-step guide to permanently eliminate chaos and frustration in your home and unleash the “ultimate mom” within you.
Working Mom Survival Guide: How to
Run around Less and Enjoy Life More. Suzanne Riss &
Teresa Palagno, $16.95
Sanity-saving solutions and shortcuts
for home and work from the experts at Working Mother magazine.
Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses,
Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient
Children. Lisa Flynn, $19.95
YOGA FOR CHILDREN will encourage
your child to learn about yoga with an attentive, at-home instructor - you!
Even if you are new to the practice, author, mom, and children's yoga expert
Lisa Flynn will guide you and your child through more than 200 yoga poses,
meditations, and activities that are suitable for children between the ages of
two and twelve. Complete with full-color photographs, instructional scripts,
and pose modifications, YOGA FOR CHILDREN will help build your
child's confidence, self-awareness, and focus while strengthening your
connection, one yoga session at a time.
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Yoga Fun for Toddlers, Children
& You. Juliet Pegrum, $22.75
Yoga is a fantastic exercise for
children of all ages and this fun, safe guide shows you and your children how
to achieve and enjoy more than 70 classic poses together. Yoga helps promote
flexibility, concentration, posture, coordination, energy, relaxation — and
Baby is Speaking to You. Kevin Nugent, photography
by Abelardo Morell, $22.95
A visual guide to the amazing behaviors of your newborn and growing baby.
Your Brain on Childhood: the Unexpected Side
Effects of Classrooms, Ballparks, Family Rooms and the Minivan. Gabrielle Principe, $19.50
For most of human existence, childhood
was spent in a natural environment. Children spent their days roaming in packs
and playing on their own. They improvised their play, invented games, and made
up their own rules.
While modern environments have made life
easier and more secure for children, scientists are finding that this new
lifestyle is having unwanted side effects on children's brains. Today's
structured & controlled surroundings are exactly wrong for developing
brains. Children learn by exploration, experimentation & exposure to the
In YOUR BRAIN ON CHILDHOOD,
developmental psychologist Gabrielle Principe reviews the consequences of
raising children in today's highly unnatural environments and suggests ways in
which we can learn to naturalize childhood again, so that a child's home and
school environments gel with how the brain was designed to grow.
Fascinating and controversial, this
well-researched discussion by an expert on child development will make readers rethink
how we are raising our children.
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Child's Dog: How to Help Your Kids Care for Their Pets.
Andrea McHugh, $16.95
This straightforward guide features
step-by-step advice on teaching a child to care for and train
a dog. Using examples and step-by-step photographs, Your
Child's Dog explains how to respond to a dog's needs
while at the same time raising a well-socialized and well-behaved
Path: Unlocking the Mysteries of Who Your Child Will Become. Susan Engel, $17.00
Every parent hopes their child will grow
up to be happy, smart, popular, and successful — and as a result, many are
anxious and eager to find clues to what their child’s future will be. Susan
Engel draws on her years of experience as a developmental psychologist,
educator, and mother to help parents and teachers identify behaviors that
require intervention, while also providing reassurance about those that do not.
Unlike many parenting experts, Engel encourages acceptance and perspective.
Rambunctious children will calm down as they age and find activities to absorb
their intellectual energy. Shy kids don’t need to become “un-shy” — they simply
need to learn how to reach out to others on a one-to-one level.
Blending stories about real children with new ways of thinking and
up-to-the-minute social and clinical research, YOUR CHILD'S PATH is
both an absorbing narrative and an indispensable tool that will help restore
parents’ sanity and put the joy back in child rearing.
You're Ruining My Life!
Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting. Jennifer
In her new book, Jennifer Kolari applies
her empathic approach to parenting to what may be the most difficult time for
parents — adolescence. Combining her own experience as a therapist with the most
recent scientific information about mental processes, she explains what's going
on inside the teenage brain as well as what's going on in their world. This
understanding allows parents to de-escalate confrontations by applying
techniques such as CALM (Connect, Affect, Listen, Mirror) that bypass language
and go directly to the part of the brain that regulates emotion. By
understanding how teens think (or don't think) parents come to see why it's so
important to create and maintain a strong emotional bond that will allow their
almost grown-up children to correct and contain unacceptable behaviours.
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