Ten terrific books to empower parents

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 By Erin Nguyen, Children’s Department, Knox County Public Library

 

 

Aug2013Book1The Everyday Parenting Toolkit: The Kazdin Method for Easy, Step-by-Step, Lasting Change for You and Your Child
by Alan E. Kazdin and Carlo Rotella
Yale University professor and child psychologist Kazdin shares with parents his proven method for nurturing well-behaved children and provides a wealth of concrete examples and useful strategies for success.

Aug2013Book2The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age
by Lynn Schofield Clark
Sociologist and mother Clark provides a detailed look at how families are handling the risks and benefits of the internet, social media, and mobile technology with tips on navigating the digital age in your own home.

 

 

 

Aug2013Book3The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More
by Bruce Feiler
New York Times columnist Feiler ventures outside the typical realm of psychology to find out how a family can be truly happy, trying techniques from the worlds of business, the military, and professional sports with his own family and gives readers an insight into what actually works.

 

 

Aug2013Book4Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success
by Madeline Levine
Psychologist, mother, and bestselling author Levine shows parents how to raise wholly successful children by building their social and emotional well-being instead of focusing solely on their academic achievements.

 

Aug2013Book5Everyday Activities to Help Your child with Autism Live Life to the Full: Simple Exercises to Boost Functional Skills, Sensory Processing, Coordination and Self-Care
by Debra S. Jacobs and Dion E. Betts
Occupational therapist Jacobs and educator Betts introduce readers to autism spectrum disorders and how they can affect a child’s body, then present simple activities that can be done by families during the day to work on specific issues.

 

 

Aug2013Book6Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers and Parents to Combat the Bullying Crisis
by Lee Hirsch, Cynthia Lowen, and Dina Santorell, eds.
This companion book to the 2011 documentary film Bully covers the bullying epidemic in the United States, with specific insights into how adults can recognize bullied children and change their environments for the better.

 

 

Aug2013Book7Any Given Monday: Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them, for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches – Based on My Life in Sports Medicine
by Dr. James R. Andrews
Dr. Andrews takes on a wide variety of youth sports, from football to snowboarding and even cheerleading (which he calls completely out of control) and provides practical ways to prevent the many injuries associated with them.

 

 

 

Aug2013Book8Just One of the Kids: Raising a Resilient Family When One of Your Children Has a Physical Disability
by Kay Harris Kriegsman, Ph.D. and Sara Palmer, Ph.D.
This valuable resource offers advice and encouragement to families facing challenges often not addressed in typical parenting books, specifically how to create a resilient family when your household is affected by a physical disability.

 

 

Aug2013Book9Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting: Five Strategies That End the Daily Battles and Get Kids to Listen the First Time
by Noel Janis-Norton
Focusing on concepts developed at her Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting Centre in London, Janis-Norton gives clear strategies for helping parents develop five characteristics most often desired in their children – cooperation, confidence, motivation, self-reliance, and consideration.

 

 

 

Aug2013Book10The Read-Aloud Handbook
by Jim Trelease
This recently released seventh edition of the classic bestseller on reading aloud to children will inspire you to read to your children as well as suggest hundreds of tried and true titles from which to choose.

 

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