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Am I Doing Too Much for My Child? Elizabeth Crary, $15.95

Getting your child on the road to responsibility and independence.


Am I a Normal Parent? Sara Dimerman, $18.95

If you have ever wondered how you compare to other parents, you are not alone. The thoughts, feelings, behaviors and concerns you have are common to parents everywhere. Author Sara Dimerman looks at issues like parental guilt, regrets, intrusive parenting, letting-go, family history and more — and along the way she shares the stories of parents and offers the reassurance you’ve been looking for.


Angry Children, Worried Parents: Seven Steps to Help Families Manage Anger. Sam Goldstein, Robert Brooks & Sharon Weiss, $20.95

This practical guide helps parents of six to sixteen-year-olds to understand the causes of anger in children and to create ways to help their child manage angry feelings and behaviour.

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The Awakened Family: a Revolution in Parenting. Shefali Tsabary, $36.00

From the author of the bestselling book The Conscious Parent

We all have the capacity to raise children who are highly resilient and emotionally connected. However, many of us are unable to because we are blinded by modern misconceptions of parenting and our own inner limitations. In The Awakened Family, Shefali Tsabary will show you how you can cultivate a relationship with your children so they can thrive; moreover, you can be transformed to a state of greater calm, compassion and wisdom as well.

This book will take you on a journey to transcending your fears and illusions around parenting and help you become the parent you always wanted to be: fully present and conscious. It will arm you with practical, hands-on strategies and real-life examples that show the extraordinary power of being a conscious parent. 


Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age. Maya Thiagarajan, $24.95

Educator Maya Thiagarajan examines the stereotypes, and goes beneath the surface to explore what really happens in Asian households. How do Asian parents think about childhood, family and education-and what can Western parents learn from them?

Through interviews with hundreds of Asian parents and kids, Thiagarajan offers a detailed look at their values, hopes, fears and parenting styles. Woven into this narrative are her own reflections on teaching and parenting in Asia and the West. Thiagarajan synthesizes an extensive body of research to provide accessible and practical guidelines for parents. Each chapter ends with a "How To" section of specific tips for Asian and Western parents to aid their child's educational development both inside and outside the classroom.

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Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect. Adam Cox, $19.50

When parents feel separated from their sons by a curtain of silence or a wall of resistance, they're right to be concerned. Boys of few words, the ones who limit their expression to a timid shrug or an indifferent grunt, need our help. Whether the problem is rooted in "nature" or "nurture," boys who grow up unable to talk about their thoughts and feelings find it hard to connect with others at school, home, and eventually in business and personal relationships. Mothers and fathers everywhere will see their own boys in this book, and will come away prepared to help them overcome obstacles, connect with others, and succeed in school and beyond.


Brave Girls: Raising Young Women with Passion and Purpose to Become Powerful Leaders. Stacey Radin, $22.00

After years of research as a psychologist and consultant for women struggling in the professional world, Stacey Radin made a groundbreaking realization: it all begins in middle school. Women who become successful leaders learn how to do so in the middle grades — the most formative stage in a girl’s development and self-identification. At a pivotal time in their lives, girls learn to advocate for others, think critically, and, most importantly, gain confidence in their ability to create change.

Perfect for “anyone concerned with girls and women’s lives” (New York Times bestselling author Michael Gurian), Brave Girls shows how contributing to one cause can shape a leader for life while reducing the hazards of middle school — bullying, excessive competition, fear of speaking out — and identifying the patterns that truly make a difference. If we take initiative early enough, we can inspire today's girls to become the next generation of strong, enthusiastic, and fulfilled leaders in all areas of society.

An empowering guide to cultivating confident, passionate, and powerful young leaders during the most formative stage of life: the middle school years.

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The Bright Kid Challenge: Ending Conflict and Unlocking the Potential of Smart, Challenging Children. Andrew Fuller, $20.95

Smart, interesting and ultimately admirable — bright kids can be defiant, demanding and difficult to live with. The Bright Kid Challenge shows parents how to handle and nurture smart kids who aren’t bad, but have found ways to get what they want and to get away with it. With simple, easy to follow strategies, this book shows parents how to get past the conflicts and how to help children make the most of their talents.


The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups. Leonard Sax, $22.49

In The Collapse of Parenting, internationally acclaimed author Leonard Sax argues that rising levels of obesity, depression, and anxiety among young people can be traced to parents abdicating their authority. The result is children who have no standard of right and wrong, who lack discipline, and who look to their peers and the Internet for direction. Sax shows how parents must reassert their authority by limiting time with screens, by encouraging better habits at the dinner table, and by teaching humility and perspective to help their children thrive in an increasingly complicated world.


Common Sense Parenting: Using Your Head as Well as Your Heart to Raise School-Aged Children, CD Set. Ray Burke, Ron Herron & Bridget Barnes, $28.95 Audio CD format, 5 discs

This audio book helps parents of children ages six to sixteen facing a myriad of family challenges. It provides you with a menu of proven parenting techniques that build good family relationships, prevent and correct misbehavior, use consequences to improve behavior, teach self-control, and help you and your child stay calm in emotionally intense situations.

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Connected Parenting: How to Raise a Great Kid. Jennifer Kolari, $21.00

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.


Creating Capable Kids: Twelve Skills that will Help Kids Succeed in School and Life. Bruce Howlett & Caitlin Howlett, $21.95

Here is a compelling, thought provoking and practical guide to parenting and educating today's children. It is derived from Amartya Sen's Nobel Prize-winning approach to human development which has proven highly effective at freeing people from the chains of poverty. Educators Bruce and Caitlin Howlett apply Sen's approach to child development at home and in school and offering fresh, effective ways to rescue parenting and revive education, while providing parents, teachers and caregivers with a proven foundation for creating rewarding childhoods, academic success and fulfilling lives.

By incorporating the twelve key capabilities, such as sensory awareness, creative imagination, emotional and self-awareness, parents and educators can promote the three most critical tools for children's survival and success: continuous learning, problem solving, and increased knowledge and meaning. Using stories of three different types of children — Zoe, Mia and Daniel — the authors demonstrate the value of life and of the Capabilities Approach theory on how to cultivate inquisitive, actively engaged, motivated, perceptive and resilient children.


The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know about Raising Confident, Capable Kids. Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Dissing Sandahl, $22.00

What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world, and how do Danish parents raise happy, confident, successful kids, year after year? This upbeat and practical guide reveals the habits of the happiest families on earth. With illuminating examples and simple yet powerful advice, the authors present six essential principles, which spell out P-A-R-E-N-T:

  • Play is essential for development and well-being.
  • Authenticity fosters trust and an "inner compass."
  • Reframing helps kids cope with setbacks and look on the bright side.
  • Empathy allows us to act with kindness towards others.
  • No ultimatums means no power struggles, lines in the sand, or resentment.
  • Togetherness is a way to celebrate family time, on special occasions and every day. The Danes call this hygge — and it's a simple yet meaningful way to foster a close bond.

A revealing and fresh take on cross-cultural parenting advice, The Danish Way of Parenting will help parents from all walks of life raise the happiest, most well-adjusted kids in the world.

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Dealing with Disappointment: Helping Kids Cope When Things Don't Go Their Way. Elizabeth Crary, $15.95

This practical, easy-to-read guide walks parents through the concept of emotional competency, which begins by teaching children to identify and acknowledge their feelings. It provides exercises and examples that demonstrate how children — even toddlers — can cope with their emotions, using self-calming techniques (exercise or a few minutes with a favorite book, for example) and problem-solving tools. Parents who to often find themselves overwhelmed by frustrated children will appreciate the step-by-step recommendations.


Dharma Parenting: Understand Your Child’s Brilliant Brain for Greater Happiness, Health, Success, and Fulfillment. Robert Keith Wallace & Fred Travis, $24.00

Dharma Parenting offers a uniquely individual approach to raising a happy and successful child. The word “dharma” means a way of living that upholds the path of evolution, maintains balance, and supports both prosperity and spiritual freedom. Leading brain researchers Robert Keith Wallace and Frederick Travis combine knowledge from modern science, ancient Ayurveda, and their personal experience to show how to unfold the full potential of a child’s brain, as well as how to nurture his or her inherent brilliance and goodness.        

Coupling old and new wisdom, Dharma Parenting offers unique insight into why a child is the way he or she is and reveals how to bring each child into a state of balance. Its language is readily comprehensible by parents of any cultural background, with real-life stories to illustrate areas of universal parental concern–such as emotions, behavior, language, learning styles, habits, diet, health issues, and, most importantly, the parent-child relationship.


Discipline without Damage: How to Get Your Kids to Behave without Messing Them Up. Dr. Vanessa LaPointe, $19.99

When your child is threatening a meltdown in the grocery aisle, is it really possible to keep your cool, correct the behavior, and reinforce healthy development, all at the same time? In this easy-to-read, science-based book, parents, caregivers, and big people of all kinds will discover how discipline affects children’s development, why intervention should reinforce connection not separation, and why the disciplinary strategies that may have been used on us as children are not the ones that children really need.


Don't Give Me That Attitude! 24 Rude, Selfish, Insensitive Things Kids Do and How to Stop Them. Michele Borba, $19.99

From the author of Building Moral Intelligence; No More Misbehavin' and Parents Do Make a Difference comes a practical and effective approach to resolving those annoying attitude problems that drive parents crazy. Step-by-step, Borba takes parents through the most common attitude problems and shows them how to create lasting change in children 5 to 15 years of age.

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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 word: drama.

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.


Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement. Alex Russell, with Tim Falconer, $17.99

A guidebook for parenting courageously and responsibly by allowing your kids to be who they are while building structures that keep them safe, DROP THE WORRY BALL is a must for all parents who wish to be and do their very best.


The Everything Parent’s Guide to Positive Discipline, 2nd Edition. Ellen Bowers, $16.99

A constructive approach to raising a kind, cooperative, and respectful child.

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Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries, and Phobias and be Prepared for Life — from Toddlers to Teens. Tama Chansky, $19.99

Parents everywhere want to know: What is normal? How can you know when stress has crossed over into a full-blown anxiety disorder? How can you prevent anxiety from taking root? And how do you help your son or daughter break free from a pattern of fear and worry and lead a happy, productive life? Fortunately, anxiety is very treatable, and parents can do a lot to help get their children’s emotional well-being back on track. Freeing Your Child from Anxiety contains easy, fun, and effective tools for teaching children to outsmart their worries and take charge of their fears.

This revised and updated edition also teaches how to prepare children to withstand the pressure in our competitive test-driven culture. Learn the tips, techniques, and exercises kids need to implement the book’s advice right away, including “How to Talk to Your Child” sections and “Do It Today” activities at the end of each chapter. These simple solutions can help parents prevent their children from needlessly suffering today — and ensure that their children have the tools they need for a good life tomorrow.


From Tweens to Teens: the Parents' Guide to Preparing Girls for Adolescence. maria Clark Fleshood, $21.95

All parents want their daughters to become confident, happy, self-sufficient women, but the turbulent years of early adolescence can be difficult to navigate. From Tweens to Teens invites parents to rethink how they prepare their daughters to face these difficult developmental years.

In this groundbreaking guide, psychotherapist and educator Maria Clark Fleshood encourages parents to revive global traditions to mark preadolescence (ages 8 to 13) with rituals and celebrations that guide young women through these years of self-discovery. Dr. Fleshood provides a tested, six step approach to engage, guide, and prepare preteens for the challenges and changes of a new developmental stage.


The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting: How the Science of Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You Know Your Kids. Paul Raeburn & Kevin Zollman, $35.00

In The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting, the award-winning journalist and father of five Paul Raeburn and the game theorist Kevin Zollman pair up to highlight tactics from the worlds of economics and business that can help parents break the endless cycle of quarrels and ineffective solutions. Raeburn and Zollman show that some of the same strategies successfully applied to big business deals and politics — such as the Prisoner’s Dilemma and the Ultimatum Game — can be used to solve such titanic, age-old parenting problems as dividing up toys, keeping the peace on long car rides, and sticking to homework routines.

Through smart case studies of game theory in action, Raeburn and Zollman reveal how parents and children devise strategies, where those strategies go wrong, and what we can do to help raise happy and savvy kids while keeping the rest of the family happy too. Delightfully witty, refreshingly irreverent, and just a bit Machiavellian, The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting looks past the fads to offer advice you can put into action today.

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Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters. JoAnn Deak, with Teresa Barker, $17.50

Deak, an associate of Carol Gilligan, and expert on brain development, learning environments and gender issues, has written a balanced, insightful and energizing study of the progress of girls 6-16. "Girls Will Be Girls offers parents humor, understanding, parenting philosophy, and well-founded pearls of wisdom. It is a satisfying and delicious read." -Michael Thompson, coauthor of Raising Cain.


Good Enough Parenting: an In-Depth Perspective on Meeting Core Emotional Needs and Avoiding Exasperation. John Philip Louis & Karen MacDonald Louis, $23.95

Good Enough Parenting combines principles from schema therapy and the latest research with the Louis’ experiences as therapists, community leaders and parents to provide a thorough, practical, easy-to-read and well-reasoned guide. "Good Enough Parenting" introduces “Core Emotional Needs” and explains why meeting them is absolutely crucial for raising emotionally healthy children. Parents will gain insights into their own issues and learn how to avoid “Exasperation Interactions” as well as how to “Repair” after a conflict; and reconnect with teenagers and adult children.


The Hidden Gifts Of the Introverted Child: Helping Your Child Thrive in an Extroverted World. Marti Olsen Laney, $18.95

Introverted children are often creative problem solvers, avid learners, have a high EQ (emotional IQ), are in touch with their feelings and they enjoy their own company. They are dependable, persistent and flexible. How can parents help their introverted children discover and cultivate these wonderful gifts?

The Hidden Gifts shows parents how to foster a climate that allows introverted kids to discover their inner strengths; to create a harmonious household with siblings and parents of different temperaments and how to help ‘innies’ find success at school, sports, parties, and other group activities.

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Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Matter, 2nd edition. Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate, $24.00

A psychologist with a reputation for penetrating to the heart of complex family issues joins forces with a physician and bestselling author to tackle one of the most disturbing trends of our time - peers replacing parents in the lives of our children.


How Much is Too Much? Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children from Toddlers to Teens in an Age of Overindulgence. Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson & David Bredehoft, $19.99

Overindulgence is not the badge of a bad parent. In fact, it comes directly from having a good and generous heart. But despite our good intentions, the abundance we heap on our kids often becomes more than they need or can handle. Based on new research gathered over the past ten years, How Much Is Too Much gives you the insight and advice you need to put your children on track for a happy and successful life.


How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years. Julie Ross, $19.95

In How to Hug a Porcupine, parent educator Julie Ross offers specific strategies for dealing with peer pressure, raging hormones, mood swings, body image, computer use and sibling rivalry. The author’s field-tested techniques help parents shift from a controlling to a relationship approach — proving that it is possible to hug a porcupine, once one knows how.


How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, 30th Anniversary Edition. Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, $21.00; Audiobook (CD format) $39.99

Updated with new insights from the next generation, this bestselling book gives you the know-how you need to be more effective with your children — and more supportive of yourself.

The down-to-earth, respectful approach of Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding. Now, in this revised edition, Faber and Mazlish share their latest insights and suggestions based on feedback they've received over the years. Their methods of communication — illustrated with delightful cartoons showing the skills in action—offer innovative ways to solve common problems.

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The Hurried Child: Growing Up To Fast Too Soon, 25th Anniversary Edition. David Elkind, $20.50

With the first edition of The Hurried Child, David Elkind emerged as the voice of reason, calling our attention to the crippling effects of hurrying our children through life. He showed that by blurring the boundaries of what is age appropriate, by expecting or imposing too much too soon, we force our kids to grow up too fast, to mimic adult sophistication while secretly yearning for innocence. Since this book first appeared, new generations of parents have inadvertently stepped up the assault on childhood - in the media, in schools, and at home … the Internet, classroom culture, school violence, movies, television, and a growing societal incivility … In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the book, Dr. Elkind delivers important new commentary to put a quarter century of trends and change into perspective for parents today.


The Incredible Years: a Trouble-Shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2-8 Years. Carolyn Webster-Stratton, $30.95

All children misbehave for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's simply to test how far they can go or to get the attention they crave. Other children are temperamentally more difficult to parent than others because they are impulsive, or hyperactive, inattentive, or delayed in some aspect of their development. This invaluable handbook provides parents with guidelines not only to help prevent behavior problems from occurring but also with strategies to promote children's social, emotional, and academic competence.


The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing for Your Child is You. Stephen Camarata, $32.95

Using accessible, down-to-earth language, child development specialist Dr. Stephen Camarata explains how parents can intuitively support their child’s brain development by simply paying attention. Babies and children develop at their own pace; what’s more, they are hardwired to signal to caregivers when they’re ready for the next step. Restrictive tools like flashcards may derail your child’s ability to learn holistically — and will definitely sap the joy from one of the most important jobs in the world: being a parent.

The key is to recognize the “ready to learn” cues your child is giving you and respond in a way that comes naturally. Routine activities, such as playing peekaboo, reading books to a toddler, talking, singing, feeding, and otherwise meeting the everyday needs of a child, are the true magic that ultimately wires a child’s brain and helps children become an intelligent, confident, curious, and talented adults. Grounded in the latest science by a nationally recognized child development expert, The Intuitive Parent arms parents and caregivers with the confidence and knowledge they need to quit worrying and enjoy the time they have with their child — no fancy gadgets or pricey videos necessary.

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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

It's OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids. Heather Shumaker, $22.00

With her first book, It’s OK Not to Share, Heather Shumaker overturned all the conventional rules of parenting with her “renegade rules” for raising competent and compassionate kids. In It’s Ok To Go Up the Slide, Shumaker takes on new hot-button issues with renegade rules such as:

  • Recess Is A Right
  • It’s Ok Not To Kiss Grandma
  • Ban Homework in Elementary School
  • Safety Second
  • Don’t Force Participation

Shumaker also offers broader guidance on how parents can control their own fears and move from an overscheduled life to one of more free play. Parenting can too often be reduced to shuttling kids between enrichment classes, but Shumaker challenges parents to re-evaluate how they’re spending their precious family time. This book helps parents help their kids develop important life skills in an age-appropriate way. Most important, parents must model these skills, whether it’s technology use, confronting conflict, or coping emotionally with setbacks. Sometimes being a good parent means breaking all the rules.

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Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right: Teaching Kids To Think and Act Ethically. Barbara Coloroso, $22.00

In her now-classic ‘kids are worth it!’ Barbara Coloroso’s underlying parenting vision ascribed to parents the responsibility to teach the next generation how to think, not just what to think, so that they may grow into the best people they can be.

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

There can be no more necessary book for our times.We live in a world where children are so often given the message that the ends justify the means; where harmful, even violent behavior—in families, in communities, and around the world—goes unnoticed, unmitigated, and often unrepented; where children’s ethical education can come from a T-shirt slogan or bumper sticker, an Internet site, or the evening news; where rigid moral absolutism or moral relativism has replaced true ethical thinking. In a world such as ours, Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right is an essential tool.

Rich in advice and anecdotes, Barbara Coloroso offers no less than an ethical vision, one rooted in deep caring, by which we and succeeding generations may not only live, but thrive.


Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child, 2nd Edition. Katharina Manassis, $10.99

Still the most-popular, accessible and comprehensive guide to the entire range of childhood anxieties, the specific problem behaviours associated with anxiety, and the appropriate strategies for supporting anxious children.

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Kidding Around: Connecting Kids to Happiness, Laughter, and Humour. Sue Stephenson, $24.95

An activity-based book for teachers, parents, grandparents and other care providers to use with kids of all ages — even themselves!


Kids Are Worth It: Raising Resilient, Responsible, Compassionate Kids, Revised 2010. Barbara Coloroso, $22.00

Barbara Coloroso delivers a powerful message that good parenting begins by treating kids with dignity and respect, giving them a sense of power in their own lives and offering them opportunities to make decisions, take responsibility for their actions and to learn from their mistakes. Rejecting the quick-fix solutions of punishment and rewards, Coloroso shows how to use the very stuff of family life to help you guide your children to become self-disciplined, responsible, resilient and compassionate human beings.


Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Richard Louv, $23.95

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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The Lesbian Parenting Book: a Guide to Creating Families and Raising Children, 2nd Edition. D. Merilee Clunis and G. Dorsey Green, $24.50

Written by two experienced lesbian therapists and parents, this completely revised edition of The Lesbian Parenting Book has been updated to reflect the contemporary cultural and political landscape, as well as current trends in parenting.


Let’s 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.


MINDSETS for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids. Mary Cay Ricci & Margaret Lee, $23.95

All parents want their children to be successful in school, sports, and extracurricular activities. But it's not just about giving your kids praise or setting them on the right direction. Research shows that success is often dependent on mindset. Hard work, perseverance, and effort are all hallmarks of a growth mindset. That's where Mindsets for Parents comes in. Designed to provide parents with a roadmap for developing a growth mindset home environment, this book's conversational style and real-world examples make the popular mindsets topic approachable and engaging. It includes tools for informally assessing the mindsets of both parent and child, easy-to-understand brain research, and suggested strategies and resources for use with children of any age. This book gives parents and guardians powerful knowledge and methods to help themselves and their children learn to embrace life's challenges with a growth mindset and an eye toward increasing their effort and success!


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Money-Smart Kid$. Gail Vaz-Oxlade, $6.99

Teach your children financial confidence and control.

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More 1-2-3 Magic: Encouraging Good Behavior, Independence and Self-Esteem, Thomas Phelan, DVD $56.95 120 minutes.

Building on his first video, 1-2-3 Magic, Phelan offers strategies to avoid mealtime, homework and bedtime struggles. In addition to his behavior modification program he provides parents with practical approaches to building self-esteem and encouraging their children's growing independence.


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The Mother of All Parenting Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Raising a Happy, Healthy Child from Preschool through the Preteens. Ann Douglas, $24.99

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


Nature’s Playground: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors. Fiona Danks & Jo Schofeld, $21.95

This wonderful book leads parents, teachers and children through fields, across streams, and over mountains. From making a dam with sticks and stones to cairn lanterns on the beach at night, Nature’s Playground is packed with activities, games, crafts and adventures that will bring children outdoors for year-round fun and bring back memories of one of the chief joys of childhood for adults – exploring the natural world.


Negotiation Generation: Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment. Lynne Reeves Griffin, $17.50

Negotiation Generation offers a commonsense approach to parenting that will enable adults to win the tug-of-war with their children about what is, and isn't, acceptable behavior. This proactive plan provides parents with the tools to reclaim their authority, establish boundaries, and cease negotiation tactics such as rewards and punishments, based on the specific ages and temperaments of each child.

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The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today's Girls. Louise Greenspan & Julianna Deardorff, $17.50

What happens when a girl has the brain of an 8-year-old, and the body of a 13-year-old? The New Puberty is a reassuring, empowering guide for millions of parents — as well as teachers, coaches, pediatricians, and family members — by two notable experts in the field. Compiling original research and clinical experience, Drs. Greenspan and Deardorff offer practical strategies for supporting girls entering this complex stage of their lives.


Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me: the Top 25 Friendship Problems and How to Solve Them. Michele Borba, $19.99

Nobody Likes Me shows how to teach your child the 25 most essential friendship-building skills kids need to find, make, and keep friends, as well as survive that social pressure from peers. This is a "hands-on" guide for parents and teachers of kids aged 4 to 15.


No-Drama Discipline: the Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $22.00

The pioneering experts behind The Whole-Brain Child — Tina Payne Bryson and Daniel J. Siegel, the author of Brainstorm — now explore the ultimate child-raising challenge: discipline. Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears — without causing a scene.

Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation.


No-Drama Discipline Workbook. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $36.95

Exercises, activities, and practical strategies to calm the chaos and nurture developing minds.

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NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children. Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman, $18.00

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 language?

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.


1-2-3 Magic

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2 – 12, 6th Edition. Thomas Phelan, $22.50; DVD $56.95

This award-winning, bestselling book in a new edition is now even easier to use with an updated internal design that is user-friendly and has more visual interest. The 6th Edition is more engaging and browse-able for the reader. We’ve also added a handy new index. The world's simplest and most effective parenting program is all right here!

  • Part I: Building a Solid Foundation for Parenting
  • Part II: Controlling Obnoxious Behavior: Parenting Job 1
  • Part III: Managing Testing and Manipulation
  • Part IV: Encouraging Good Behavior: Parenting Job 2
  • Part V: Strengthening Your Relationship with Your Children: Parenting Job 3
  • Part VI: Enjoying Your New Family Life

1-2-3 Magic for Kids: Helping Your Children Understand the New Rules. Thomas Phelan & Tracy Lewis, $13.99

The popular 1-2-3 Magic parenting program has been adapted to be introduced from a child’s point of view! This innovative guide explains the child discipline system — from counting and time-out methods to how better behavior benefits the entire family and leaves more time for play — with clear, easy-to-understand language and lots of illustrations.

Crossword puzzles, word searches, and journal suggestions further encourage children to apply what they’ve learned about the methods, and make 1-2-3 Magic for Kids a fun way to get kids on board with the new rules at home.

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The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money. Ron Lieber, $19.99

New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise beyond their years.

Children are hyper-aware of money, and they have scores of questions about its nuances. But when parents shy away from the topic, they lose a tremendous opportunity — not just to model the basic financial behaviors that are increasingly important for young adults but also to imprint lessons about what the family truly values. Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world experience and stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is both a practical guidebook and a values-based philosophy. It is also a promise to our kids that we will make them better with money than we are. It is for all of the parents who know that honest conversations about money with their curious children can help them become more patient and prudent, but who don’t know how and when to start.


The Optimistic Child: a Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience. Martin Seligman, $20.95

Dr. Martin Seligman offers parents, teachers, and coaches a well-validated program to prevent depression in children. In a thirty-year study, Seligman and his colleagues discovered the link between pessimism — dwelling on the most catastrophic cause of any setback — and depression. Seligman shows adults how to teach children the skills of optimism that can help them combat depression, achieve more on the playing field and at school, and improve their physical health.


Parenting Preteens with a Purpose: Navigating the Middle Years. Kate Thomsen, $15.95

How do you raise preteens to the best of your ability, encourage their responsible and caring actions, and maintain a strong sense of self? This nurturing, research-based guide offers tips, checklists, and solutions to common parenting topics, including preteen friendships, clothes and hair preferences, after-school hours, crushes, and finding a work/home balance. Sympathetic, respectful, and grounded in the Developmental Assets, this handbook provides abundant "on-the-job" support to parents.


Parenting through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change, Barbara Coloroso, $22.00

When families are facing crisis, parents struggle with how to best nurture and support their children. PARENTING THROUGH CRISIS offers practical guidance through difficult situations and shows caring adults what they can do to help children facing trauma or loss. Barbara Coloroso's deep love and respect for children once again shine in her compassionate look at parenting during times of chaos and uncertainty.

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ParentSpeak: What's Wrong with How We Talk to Our Childrenand What to Say Instead. Jennifer Lehr, $22.95

A provocative guide to the hidden dangers of “parentspeak” — those seemingly innocent phrases parents use when speaking to their young children.

Imagine if every time you praise your child with “Good job!” you’re actually doing harm? Or that urging a child to say “Can you say thank you?” is exactly the wrong way to go about teaching manners? Jennifer Lehr is a smart, funny, and fearless writer. Backing up her lively writing and arguments with research from psychologists, educators, and organizations like Alfie Kohn, Thomas Gordon, and R.I.E. (Resources for Infant Educarers), Ms. Lehr offers a conscious approach to parenting based on respect and love for the child as an individual.


Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love and Limits. Robin Berman, $19.99

Psychiatrist Robin Berman shows parents how they can take charge while building a loving family with deep connections. How children learn love and respect at home becomes the template for how they show love and respect in life. It’s a huge task, but Dr. Berman is your ally every step of the way. This engaging book — a perfect mix of medical research and inspirational anecdotes — just might be the key to being the parent you want to be and the parent your children need.


Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems. Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott & H. Stephen Glenn, $21.99

As a parent, you face one of the most challenging — and rewarding — roles of your life. No matter how much you love your child, there will still be moments filled with anger, frustration, and, at times, desperation. What do you do? Over the years, millions of parents just like you have come to trust the Positive Discipline series for its consistent, commonsense approach to child rearing. In this completely updated edition of Positive Discipline A–Z, you will learn how to use methods to raise a child who is responsible, respectful, and resourceful.


Positive Discipline: the Classic Guide to Helping Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation and Problem-Solving Skills. Jane Nelsen, $19.00

For twenty-five years, Positive Discipline has been the gold standard reference for grown-ups working with children. Now Jane Nelsen, distinguished psychologist, educator, and mother of seven, has written a revised and expanded edition. The key to positive discipline is not punishment, she tells us, but mutual respect. Nelsen coaches parents and teachers to be both firm and kind, so that any child — from a three-year-old toddler to a rebellious teenager — can learn creative cooperation and self-discipline with no loss of dignity.

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Positive Discipline Parenting Tools: the 49 Most Effective Methods to Stop Power Struggles, Build Communication, and Raise Empowered Capable Kids. Jane Nelsen, Mary Nelsen Tamboski & Brad Ainge, $23.00

Do you wish there was a way to raise well-behaved children without punishment? Are you afraid the only alternative is being overly indulgent? With Positive Discipline, an encouragement model based on both kindness and firmness, you don’t have to choose between these two extremes. Using these 49 Positive Discipline tools, honed and perfected after years of real-world research and feedback, you’ll be able to work with your children instead of against them. The goal isn’t perfection but providing you with the techniques you need to help your children develop the life and social skills you hope for them, such as respect for self and others, problem-solving ability, and self-regulation. The tenets of Positive Discipline consistently foster mutual respect so that any child — from a three-year-old toddler to a rebellious teenager — can learn creative cooperation and self-discipline without losing his or her dignity.

In this new parenting guidebook, you’ll find day-to-day exercises for parents to improve their parenting skills, along with success stories from parents worldwide who have benefited from the Positive Discipline philosophy. With training tools and personal examples from the authors, you will learn:

  • The “hidden belief” behind a child’s misbehaviour, and how to respond accordingly
  • The best way to focus on solutions instead of dwelling on the negative
  • How to encourage your child without pampering or praising
  • How to teach your child to make mistakes and follow through on agreements
  • How to foster creative thinking

Raising Can-Do Kids: Giving Children the Tools to Thrive in a Fast-Changing World. Richard Rende & Jen Prosek, $22.00

Advice for raising resourceful, resilient, and responsible children–based on the latest child development research.

“Success” is a popular buzzword in discussions about children. But instead of prescribing what success looks like for kids, we should be making sure that they develop the skills they will need to become “doers” — people who proactively seek out what they want in life. Raising Can-Do Kids offers parents hands-on, proven ways to raise kids who embrace the uncertain and challenging adventure that is growing up.


Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child. Ross Greene, $35.00

Parents have an important task: figure out who their child is — his or her skills, preferences, beliefs, values, personality traits, goals, and direction — get comfortable with it, and then help him or her pursue and live a life that is congruent with it. But parents also want to have influence. They want their kid to be independent, but not if he or she is going to make bad choices. They don’t want to be harsh and rigid, but nor do they want a noncompliant, disrespectful kid. They want to avoid being too pushy and overbearing, but not if an unmotivated, apathetic kid is what they have to show for it. They want to have a good relationship with their kids, but not if that means being a pushover. They don’t want to scream, but they do want to be heard. Good parenting is about striking the balance between a child’s characteristics and a parent’s desire to have influence.

Now Dr. Ross Greene offers a detailed and practical guide for raising kids in a way that enhances relationships, improves communication, and helps kids learn how to resolve disagreements without conflict. Through his well-known model of solving problems collaboratively, parents can forgo time-out and sticker charts, stop badgering, berating, threatening, and punishing, allow their kids to feel heard and validated, and have influence. From homework to hygiene, curfews, to screen time, Raising Human Beings arms parents with the tools they need to raise kids in ways that are non-punitive and non-adversarial and that brings out the best in both parent and child.

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Raising Your Spirited Child: a Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic. Revised Edition. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, $21.00 — Workbook, $18.50

Including real life stories, this newly revised third edition of the award-winning bestseller — voted one of the top twenty parenting books — provides parents with the most up-to-date research, effective discipline tips, and practical strategies for raising spirited children.

In Raising Your Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka offers parents a glimpse into what makes their children behave the way they do. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, this invaluable guide offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling the toughest times. Dr. Kurcinka has devised a plan for success with a simple, four-step program that will help you discover the power of positive — rather than negative — labels, understand your child's and your own temperamental traits, cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occur, develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school, and many other situations. In this third revised edition, you will find:

  • More practical strategies to help you manage your own intensity (keep your cool)
  • Effective discipline tips — including how to win cooperation and establish clear expectations and limits
  • New strategies for managing the meltdowns — including how to prevent them in the future
  • Revised tips for helping your spirited child fall asleep and stay asleep
  • Revised tips for finding the school that “fits” your child
  • Ideas for working with your child when he or she does not want to talk about emotions
  • Steps to teaching your child how to be a “problem solver,” work well with others, and be more flexible

Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family. Carla Naumburg, $23.95

Being a parent is stressful, and when your child has a meltdown, it can be difficult to keep cool, let alone help your child to calm down. Ready, Set, Breathe offers real solutions to help you both deal with stress using everyday mindfulness games, activities, rituals, and habits. Designed for children ages 2-10 years old, this book is fun, engaging, and effective.

As any parent knows, children aren't always receptive to what you say. Parental advice is often ignored or perceived as intrusive; and trying to get your kid to calm down and breathe can turn into an unpleasant power struggle in which you feel powerless and frustrated; and your child can feel nagged or bullied. The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. In this book, you'll learn to teach mindfulness to your child in the most enjoyable and realistic way possible. You'll also learn skills to help yourself stay calm when your child does act up-especially in public.


Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child. Mary Gordon, $19.95

Mary Gordon, an educator who has worked for more than two decades with children from all kinds of backgrounds, believes that the solution to bullying and other anti-social behaviour lies within each child's innate sense of caring and compassion. She believes that infusing children with empathy constitutes nothing less than a new paradigm in our approach to child-raising.

Through Roots of Empathy, her highly successful organization, Mary Gordon creates a rich, rewarding classroom experience that fosters empathy within children. The program brings babies and students together in a symbiotic loving environment that has been proven to reduce aggression and increase tolerance and emotional understanding in children. Roots of Empathy has reached over 500,000 children worldwide. Founder Mary Gordon’s contribution has been recognized with the Order of Canada, the David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction, and has given her the opportunity to dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on three separate occasions.

In ROOTS OF EMPATHY: CHANGING THE WORLD CHILD BY CHILD the innovative and inspired book based on her groundbreaking research and successful classroom program, Mary Gordon shares her vision of a nation of compassionate and caring children who will pass on their legacy of empathy to their own children.

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The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home, Revised Edition. Arlie Hochschild & Anne Machung, $18.50

More than twenty years ago, sociologist Arlie Hochschild set off a tidal wave of conversation and controversy with the bestselling book, THE SECOND SHIFT. In it, she examined what really happens in dual-career households. Adding together time in paid work, child care, and housework, she found that working mothers put in a month of work a year more than their spouses. Updated for a workforce now half female, this edition cites a range of new studies and statistics and includes a new afterword in which Hochschild assesses how much, and how little, has changed for women today.


The Secret of Parenting: How to Be in Charge of Today's Kids — from Toddlers to Preteens — Without Threats or Punishment. Anthony Wolfe, $16.00

Wolfe, a clinical psychologist, is also the author of Get out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? and Why Did You Have to Get A Divorce? and When Can I Get A Hamster? He writes funny, compassionate books offering a developmentally-aware kind of common sense for living with the challenges of childhood and adolescence.

In his new book, Wolfe, speaking of the current climate in the relative unacceptability of harsh parental responses to children's behaviour, argues that "(a)lthough children no longer meet the standard for compliance that only the fear of harsh punishment can produce, parents have and always will have sufficient power and leverage to produce children who behave most of the time as we want them to. He uses attachment to explain this power, demonstrates how this knowledge enables us to make decisions about what behaviours mean, shows us how to say "no", how to make them "stop", and how to make them "do." Scores of sample dialogues, plenty of really funny cartoons (Wolfe draws too,), and best of all, a genuinely positive and empathic approach guaranteed to generate the maximum of creative energy for the job of parenting.


Secrets of Discipline: 12 Keys for Raising Responsible Children (for Parents & Teachers) R.G. Morrish, Book $18.95; DVD $29.95

Morrish critiques past disciplinary styles and introduces what he believes to be essential building blocks for effective discipline : training compliance, teaching skills, and managing choices. The Secrets of Discipline are revealed in 12 keys for raising responsible children.

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Self-Esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good about Themselves.Barbara Sher, $17.50

Self-esteem games show children how wonderful it can be to be themselves — emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. By sharing the upbeat, thoughtful activities in Self-Esteem Games, you can reinforce your child's positive feelings and provide a lasting foundation for learning.


Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less: a Family Guide. Sam Goldstein, $19.00
  • Learn Effective Strategies to Help Your Child Communicate Worries
  • Help Your Child Face Worries
  • Develop a Plan with Your Child to Manage Worry, Fear, and Anxiety
  • Learn Ways to Improve Your Child's Self-Esteem and Build Resilience

Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: the One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier. David Walsh, $17.00

SMART PARENTING, SMARTER KIDS doesn’t just describe new research findings or explain interesting brain facts. It equips parents with usable information across a range of topics, like exercise, nutrition, play, sleep, stress, self-discipline, emotional intelligence, and connection. Some discoveries in neuroscience confirm age-old parental wisdom while others may prompt you to make immediate changes. Still other brain discoveries help explain behaviors that have puzzled parents forever, like why friendly, easygoing kids can become withdrawn and sullen dragons overnight when they enter adolescence, or why girls and boys tend to have such different classroom experiences.

Filled with helpful quizzes and checklists for easy reference, SMART PARENTING, SMARTER KIDS gives specific advice about how to make the best daycare, preschool, and schooling decisions for your kids; how to deal with stressful events as a family, and how to manage your child’s internet and media use. These real-life applications in Dr. Walsh’s new book put science into practice with a personal plan that explains how (and why) you can parent with the brain in mind.

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So Sexy So Soon: the New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. Diane Levin & Jean Kilbourne, $17.50

Popular culture and technology inundate our children with an onslaught of mixed messages at earlier ages than ever before. Corporations capitalize on this disturbing trend, and without the emotional sophistication to understand what they are doing and seeing, kids are getting into increasing trouble emotionally and socially.

So Sexy So Soon is an invaluable and practical guide for parents who are fed up, confused, and even scared by what their kids–or their kids’ friends–do and say. Filled with savvy suggestions, helpful sample dialogues, and poignant true stories from families dealing with these issues, So Sexy So Soon provides parents with the information, skills, and confidence they need to discuss sensitive topics openly and effectively so their kids can just be kids.


Spirit Games: 300 Fun Activities That Bring Children Comfort and Joy. Barbara Sher, $15.99

Spirit games make children feel brighter and more confident. By tapping into children's natural delight, spirit games restore the sparkle to their eyes.


The Straight Talk on Parenting: a No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a Grown-Up. Vicki Hoefle, $19.25

Parents these days are under a great deal of pressure to be "perfect." From psychologists to social scientists, journalists to weekend bloggers, everyone has an opinion about the do's and don'ts for raising healthy, well-adjusted — and let's not forget, polite — children in today's fast-paced world. Where does this leave parents? Too often, lacking in confidence, ill equipped, and overwhelmed.

Parenting expert Vicki Hoefle makes the bold claim that it's time for parents to get off the perfection path and get back to the real job of parenting: to grow a grown-up. In this no-nonsense parenting guide, Hoefle draws upon twenty-five years of experience with helping parents see the big picture and sidestep what she calls the "detail drama" that too often trumps everyday life with our kids. Parents learn more than just strategies; they learn a methodology that allows them to help their toddlers build a strong foundation for success in adulthood.


Sulky, Rowdy, Rude? Why Kids Really Act Out and What to Do about It. Bo Hejlskov Elvén & Tina Wiman, $19.95

Children can go through difficult phases — this is a natural part of growing up. Conflicts and arguments are nothing exceptional, but rather a part of everyday family life. The authors of this practical and imaginative book show how parents can create consistent and effective structures, methods and responses, so that children can learn for themselves how to practise self-control and cooperation in a secure environment where they both belong and have autonomy.

Based on years of experience working with children, including those with special needs, the authors structure their methods around the low arousal approach. With many creative suggestions and real-life examples, this book has the potential to change family life for the better forever.

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Talk About Anything with Your Kids: an Easy Guide to Great Conversations. Catherine Wakelin, $22.95

Great conversations don’t always happen easily — especially with kids. Many parents find that as their children grow, those chatty preschoolers become mono-syllabic teenagers.

Talk About Anything with Your Kids shows parents how to have open and satisfying conversations with kids from six to 14, with the emphasis on learning to truly listen to what our kids have to say. The book shows you how to develop effective and rewarding communication in your family effectively.


Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent & Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification. Darlene Sweetland & Ron Stolberg, $20.99

Today’s kids don’t know how to read a map. They can Google the answer to any question at lightning speed. If a teen forgets his homework, a quick call to mom or dad has it hand-delivered in minutes. Fueled by the rapid pace of technology, the Instant Gratification Generation not only expects immediate solutions to problems — they’re more dependent than ever on adults. Today’s kids are being denied opportunities to make mistakes, and more importantly, to learn from them. They are being taught not to think.

In Teaching Kids to Think, Dr. Darlene Sweetland and Dr. Ron Stolberg offer insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation. They identify the five parent traps that cause adults to unknowingly increase their children’s need for instant gratification, and offer practical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to address topics relevant to children of all ages.

A must-read for parents and educators, Teaching Kids to Think will help you understand where this sense of entitlement comes from — and how to turn it around in order to raise children who are confident, independent, and thoughtful.


10 Days to a Less Defiant Child: the Breakthrough Program for Overcoming Your Child's Difficult Behavior, 2nd Edition. Jeffrey Bernstein, $21.50

Occasional clashes between parents and children are not uncommon, but when defiant behavior — including tantrums, resistance to chores, and negativity — becomes chronic, it causes big problems within the family. In 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child, family and child psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein shares a groundbreaking ten-day program to help parents understand their child’s behavior and regain control of their household.

In this updated edition, parents will learn how to face new challenges, including defiance resulting from excessive technology use (even to the point of addiction) and the stress of modern family life. Dr. Bernstein explains what causes defiance in kids and why it’s so destructive to the family, then offers parents a step–by–step guide on how to reduce conflict and end upsetting behaviors.

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10 Things Girls Need Most to Grow Up Strong and Free. Steve Biddulph, $29.99

In answer to the crisis in girls’ mental health, Steve Biddulph brings an interactive learning guide rich in content and interactive elements to help parents be prepared and self-aware in providing for their daughters. The best-selling author of Raising Girls, psychologist and parent educator offers an interactive experience for parents to explore the relationship with their girls from the cradle to the teenager.

It is a guided journey of exercises, conversations, reflections and self-rating questionnaires that builds the inner capacities in a parent, targeted at each stage of their daughters growing up. Every aspect — love and security in babyhood, mindfulness, setting boundaries, emotional well-being and emotional literacy, education and learning in primary and secondary school, friendship, puberty and adolescence, sexuality and sexualization, choosing partners and negotiating equality and respect — in fact everything a father or mother needs to think about to be prepared and self-aware in providing for their growing girl.


The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens: Strategies for Unlocking Your Child's Full Potential. Douglas Haddad, $24.95

The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens offers a step-by-step plan for raising your adolescent through this tumultuous time. Douglas Haddad provides specific, proven tools for you to help your child become a problem solver and grow to be smart, successful, and self-disciplined.

  • Discover the secrets of effective communication with your child
  • Learn the techniques to stop behavior problems right in their tracks when they happen
  • Know the strategies to best motivate your child and unlock their potential
  • Find out how to set appropriate limits and hold your child accountable for their actions
  • Understand today’s “child-limiting challenges” and the solutions for handling them with your child

Every parent wants the best for their child, and these years can be fraught with challenges: bullying, violence, gambling, sex, smoking, alcohol, substance use, eating disorders, depression, suicide, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, etc. Making sense of these challenges, this book offers exercises for incorporating the ten child unlimited tools into your parenting style and anecdotes to illustrate strategies and techniques. Supported by current research, the tools found in these pages will serve as a guide for any family with tweens or teens.


Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason. Alfie Kohn, $18.99; DVD $36.95

Unconditional Parenting addresses the ways parents think about, feel about, and act with their children. It invites them to question their most basic assumptions about raising kids while offering a wealth of practical strategies for shifting from a "doing to" to "working with" style of parenting — including how to replace praise with the unconditional support that children need to grow into healthy, caring, responsible people. This is an eye-opening, paradigm-shattering book that will reconnect readers to their own best instincts and inspire them to become better parents.

  • "Unconditional Parenting is going to make you think — hard — about the type of relationship you want to have with your child, about your parenting priorities, and about how to avoid many of the mistakes of our predecessors. It's what we've come to expect from Alfie Kohn, and this is unquestionably one of his most persuasive, important works. For your sake and your child's…read it!"

- Ross W. Greene, The Explosive Child

  • "This book underscores an important parenting principle: Discipline is more about having the right relationship with your child than having the right techniques."

- William Sears, The Baby Book and The Discipline Book

  • "I found myself wanting to underline every other sentence of Unconditional Parenting, which is different from — and a refreshing challenge to — most other books about raising children. It's entertaining enough so that you can read it quickly, but it's so packed with thought-provoking ideas that you'll want to take your time."

- Barbara Coloroso, Kids Are Worth It!

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Untying Parent Anxiety (Years 5–8): 18 Myths that Have You in Knots — And How to Get Free. Lisa Sugarman, $23.99

In Untying Parent Anxiety, nationally syndicated humor columnist and author Lisa Sugarman reminds us that our kids aren’t supposed to be perfect. (And neither are we.) They’re going to screw up, make mistakes, and lose their way. And as soon as we embrace the idea that parenthood is not a straight line, we unlock everyone’s full potential.

Drawing on her life as the perfectly imperfect mother of two daughters and more than a decade of working in the school system, Sugarman deconstructs some of the biggest myths facing parents and offers advice and strategies to help soothe anxious moms and dads. Cycling through everything from friend drama and separation anxiety to playing nice and emotional development, Untying Parent Anxiety is a funny but honest journey through the most common stages of raising kids that reinforces that parenthood is a beautiful, imperfect work in progress.


Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. Sandra Aamodt & Sam Wang, $30.00

How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries encountered by parents. In an effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better, parents will try almost anything, from vitamins to toys to DVDs. But how can we tell marketing from real science? And what really goes through your kid's growing mind as an infant, in school, and during adolescence?

Neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang explain the facets and functions of the developing brain, discussing salient subjects such as sleep problems, language learning, gender differences, and autism. They dispel common myths about important subjects such as the value of educational videos for babies, the meaning of ADHD in the classroom, and the best predictor of academic success.  Most of all, this book helps you know when to worry, how to respond, and, most important, when to relax.

WELCOME TO YOUR CHILD'S BRAIN upends myths and misinformation with practical advice, surprising revelations, and real, reliable science. It's essential reading for parents of children of any age, from infancy well into their teens.


Winning at Parenting... Without Beating Your Kids, Barbara Coloroso. DVD $34.95; audio CD $16.95

Based on the philosophies of her highly acclaimed book Kids are Worth It!, Barabara Coloroso presents a positive and humorous approach to chores, discipline, mealtime, rebellion, sibling rivalry, and sex education." Parents will learn how to empower and influence their children instead of controlling them. "Thereby giving their children "the gift of inner discipline. "

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Complete Booklist

Am I Doing Too Much for My Child? Elizabeth Crary, $15.95

Am I a Normal Parent? Sara Dimerman, $18.95

Angry Children, Worried Parents: Seven Steps to Help Families Manage Anger. Sam Goldstein, Robert Brooks & Sharon Weiss, $20.95

The Awakened Family: a Revolution in Parenting. Shefali Tsabary, $36.00

Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age. Maya Thiagarajan, $24.95

Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect. Adam Cox, $19.50

Brave Girls: Raising Young Women with Passion and Purpose to Become Powerful Leaders. Stacey Radin, $22.00

The Bright Kid Challenge: Ending Conflict and Unlocking the Potential of Smart, Challenging Children. Andrew Fuller, $20.95

The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups. Leonard Sax, $22.49

Common Sense Parenting: Using Your Head as Well as Your Heart to Raise School-Aged Children, CD Set. Ray Burke, Ron Herron & Bridget Barnes, $28.95 Audio CD format, 5 discs

Connected Parenting: How to Raise a Great Kid. Jennifer Kolari, $21.00

Creating Capable Kids: Twelve Skills that will Help Kids Succeed in School and Life. Bruce Howlett & Caitlin Howlett, $21.95

The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know about Raising Confident, Capable Kids. Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Dissing Sandahl, $22.00

Dealing with Disappointment: Helping Kids Cope When Things Don't Go Their Way. Elizabeth Crary, $15.95

Dharma Parenting: Understand Your Child’s Brilliant Brain for Greater Happiness, Health, Success, and Fulfillment. Robert Keith Wallace & Fred Travis, $24.00

Discipline without Damage: How to Get Your Kids to Behave without Messing Them Up. Dr. Vanessa LaPointe, $19.99

Don't Give Me That Attitude! 24 Rude, Selfish, Insensitive Things Kids Do and How to Stop Them. Michele Borba, $19.99

The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk about Surviving Middle School, Bullies, Brands, Body Image and More. Haley Kilpatrick, $18.99

Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement. Alex Russell, with Tim Falconer, $17.99

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The Everything Parent’s Guide to Positive Discipline, 2nd Edition. Ellen Bowers, $16.99

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries, and Phobias and be Prepared for Life — from Toddlers to Teens. Tama Chansky, $19.99

From Tweens to Teens: the Parents' Guide to Preparing Girls for Adolescence. maria Clark Fleshood, $21.95

The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting: How the Science of Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You Know — Your Kids. Paul Raeburn & Kevin Zollman, $35.00

Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident Courageous Daughters. JoAnn Deak with Teresa Barker, $17.50

Good Enough Parenting: an In-Depth Perspective on Meeting Core Emotional Needs and Avoiding Exasperation. John Philip Louis & Karen MacDonald Louis, $23.95

The Hidden Gifts Of the Introverted Child: Helping Your Child Thrive in an Extroverted World. Marti Olsen Laney, $18.95

Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers, 2nd edition. Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate, $24.00

How Much is Too Much? Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children from Toddlers to Teens in an Age of Overindulgence. Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson & David Bredehoft, $19.99

How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years. Julie Ross, $19.95

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, 30th Anniversary Edition. Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, $21.00; Audiobook (CD format) $39.99

The Hurried Child: Growing Up To Fast Too Soon, 25th Anniversary Edition. David Elkind, $20.50

The Incredible Years: a Trouble-Shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2-8 Years. Carolyn Webster-Stratton, $30.95

The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing for Your Child is You. Stephen Camarata, $32.95

It’s OK NOT to Share... and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids. Heather Shumaker, $17.00

It's OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids. Heather Shumaker, $22.00

Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right: Teaching Kids To Think and Act Ethically. Barbara Coloroso, $22.00

Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child, 2nd Edition. Katharina Manassis, $10.99

Kidding Around: Connecting Kids to Happiness, Laughter, and Humour. Sue Stephenson, $24.95

Kids Are Worth It: Raising Resilient, Responsible, Compassionate Kids, Revised 2010. Barbara Coloroso, $22.00

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Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Richard Louv, $23.95

The Lesbian Parenting Book: a Guide to Creating Families and Raising Children, 2nd Edition. D. Merilee Clunis & G. Dorsey Green, $24.50

Let’s Go Outside! Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani, $17.95

MINDSETS for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids. Mary Cay Ricci & Margaret Lee, $23.95

Money-Smart Kid$. Gail Vaz-Oxlade, $6.99

More 1-2-3 Magic: Encouraging Good Behavior, Independence and Self-Esteem.Thomas Phelan, DVD $56.95 (120 minutes)

The Mother of All Parenting Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Raising a Happy, Healthy Child from Preschool through the Preteens. Ann Douglas, $24.99

Nature’s Playground: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors. Fiona Danks & Jo Schofeld, $21.95

Negotiation Generation: Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment. Lynne Reeves Griffin, $17.50

The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today's Girls. Louise Greenspan & Julianna Deardorff, $17.50

Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me: the Top 25 Friendship Problems and How to Solve Them. Michele Borba, $19.99

No-Drama Discipline: the Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $22.00

No-Drama Discipline Workbook. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $36.95

NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children. Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman, $18.00

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2 – 12, 6th Edition. Thomas Phelan, $22.50; DVD $56.95

1-2-3 Magic for Kids: Helping Your Children Understand the New Rules. Thomas Phelan & Tracy Lewis, $13.99

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money. Ron Lieber, $19.99

The Optimistic Child: a Revolutionary Program that Safeguards Children Against Depression & Builds Lifelong Resilience. Martin Seligman, $20.95

Parenting Preteens with a Purpose: Navigating the Middle Years. Kate Thomsen, $15.95

Parenting through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change. Barbara Coloroso, $22.00

ParentSpeak: What's Wrong with How We Talk to Our Children — and What to Say Instead. Jennifer Lehr, $22.95

Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love and Limits. Robin Berman, $19.99

Positive Discipline: the Classic Guide to Helping Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation and Problem-Solving Skills. Jane Nelsen, $19.00

Positive Discipline Parenting Tools: the 49 Most Effective Methods to Stop Power Struggles, Build Communication, and Raise Empowered Capable Kids. Jane Nelsen, Mary Nelsen Tamboski & Brad Ainge, $23.00

Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems. Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott & H. Stephen Glenn, $21.99

Raising Can-Do Kids: Giving Children the Tools to Thrive in a Fast-Changing World. Richard Rende & Jen Prosek, $22.00

Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child. Ross Greene, $35.00

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Raising Your Spirited Child: a Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic. Revised Edition. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, $21.00 — Workbook, $18.50

Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family. Carla Naumburg, $23.95

Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child. Mary Gordon, $19.95

The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home, Revised Edition. Arlie Hochschild & Anne Machung, $18.50

The Secret of Parenting: How to Be in Charge of Today's Kids - from Toddlers to Preteens - Without Threats or Punishment. Anthony Wolfe, $16.00

Secrets of Discipline: 12 Keys for Raising Responsible Children (for Parents & Teachers) R.G. Morrish, Book $18.95; DVD $29.95

Self-Esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good about Themselves. Barbara Sher, $18.99

Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less: a Family Guide. Sam Goldstein, $19.00

Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: the One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier. David Walsh, $17.00

So Sexy So Soon: the New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. Diane Levin & Jean Kilbourne, $17.50

Spirit Games: 300 Fun Activities That Bring Children Comfort and Joy. Barbara Sher, $19.00

The Straight Talk on Parenting: a No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a Grown-Up. Vicki Hoefle, $19.25

Sulky, Rowdy, Rude? Why Kids Really Act Out and What to Do about It. Bo Hejlskov Elvén & Tina Wiman, $19.95

Talk About Anything with Your Kids: an Easy Guide to Great Conversations. Catherine Wakelin, $22.95

Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent & Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification. Darlene Sweetland & Ron Stolberg, $20.99

10 Days to a Less Defiant Child: the Breakthrough Program for Overcoming Your Child's Difficult Behavior, 2nd Edition. Jeffrey Bernstein, $21.50

10 Things Girls Need Most to Grow Up Strong and Free. Steve Biddulph, $29.99

The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens: Strategies for Unlocking Your Child's Full Potential. Douglas Haddad, $24.95

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason. Alfie Kohn, $17.00; DVD $36.95

Untying Parent Anxiety (Years 5–8): 18 Myths that Have You in Knots — And How to Get Free. Lisa Sugarman, $23.99

Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. Sandra Aamodt & Sam Wang, $30.00

Winning at Parenting. Barbara Coloroso, audio CD $16.95; DVD $34.95

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