The following are some recommended books sent in our #!Parentsroom readers. Please click on the link or the book jacket if you would like to order the book or learn more about it.
Recommended by Jill Whalen, Editor - The Parentsroom
"Perfect Parenting : The Dictionary of 1,000 Parenting Tips" by Elizabeth Pantley, Foreword by Dr. William Sears; Parentsroom Price: $11.96
I had never seen a book that appears to cover every issue of parenting until I read Ms. Pantley's book. I'm hesitant to recommend this book on this website, only because if you buy a copy of this book, you will most certainly no longer have a need for all the information we have here! If you're a parent and you have ANY parenting problem, chances are you will find a solution to it in this book.
Recommended by the Author, Jill Curtis:"Making and Breaking Families" by Jill Curtis; Parentsroom Price: $23.50
Making and Breaking Families looks at the many new combinations which have
come to constitute a family at the end of the twentieth century. No longer
can the assumption be make that a couple wed, have children and stay
together. The UK is the divorce capital of Europe. As families split up
and re-group, other patterns become established. Step families are formed,
half brothers and sisters are born, and parents with children from second
marriages are sometimes torn between divided loyalties.
But other families proliferate: families where the grandparents have become parents of their children's children; families where one or both parents are gay or lesbian, with custody of a child from a previous relationship; ‘double' families where perhaps a father shares his time between two families.
Society no longer frowns upon divorce, but it does not offer solutions to the problems caused by splitting and merging. This book tries to address some of the issues and questions arising from this quite profound social change. For much of the book the issues are addressed through the words of the many women and men to whom the author talked, as they describe what happened when their marriages broke, and how their new families emerged, sometimes through great difficulties. Often these new families do not at all resemble what used to be generally perceived as A Family, but such families can and do offer the kind of closeness, love and support which we have traditionally associated with family life. The book closes with guidance to the many professionals who might find themselves counselling or giving advice to families as they go through a demanding period of transition.
Jill Curtis is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in private practice in London.
Recommended by the Author, Silvana Clark:
150 Ways To raise Creative, Confident Kids - by Silvana Clark; Paperback - 200 pages (January 1998); Our Price: $8.79
A practical guide to fun and easy family activities.Ideas on travel, crafts, meals and outdoor activities. All ideas are designed to help children develop skills in decision making and creativity.
Silvana Clark's 8 year old daughter also has had a book published that other children might be interested in! It's called "Craft Fun With Sondra" by Sondra M. Clark;
Our Price: $7.80; Publisher: Hara Publishing, Seattle, 1998.
Craft Fun With Sondra describes over 55 easy to do arts and crafts projects. All projects can be made with ordinary household items. Children can learn how to smash flowers to make a wall hanging, make a pointed nose puppet and create crazy bugs from a plastic spoon and Plaster of Paris. The book is endorsed by Dave Thomas from Wendy's hamburgers and Jack Canfield from the Chicken Soup books. Each page also includes a resource for craft catalogs, related books and craft supplies.
This book is available through The Parentsroom Bookstore by clicking on it's title above.
Recommended by: Scott
The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn; Hardcover; Our Price: $16.95 - Scott tells us, "This book is a great way for kids to reduce separation anxiety. I LOVE IT and so does my son!!!"
Recommended by: Debbie
Number of kids: 2
Ages of kids: 5 and 9
"Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capable Young People" by H. Stephen Glenn, Jane Nelsen
"Raising Your Spirited Child : A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic" by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka; Paperback; $11.25
"How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk" by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish, Kimberly Ann Coe (Illustrator)
Punished by Rewards : The Trouble With Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A'S, Praise, and Other Bribes" by Alfie Kohn
In Their Own Way by Thomas Ph.D. Armstrong