Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Books Every Mom and Dad Should Check Out

As we know, children do not come with instruction manuals, but we are lucky enough to have a plethora of parenting books available to us on all facets of parenting.

I am a parenting book junkie…I love to know what the new parenting books are so I can learn the new parenting trends, research and ideas. I was excited when I ran across this article on the Breezy Mama Web site entitled, “Top Ten Parenting Books.”

After reading over this list, here are the books I am intrigued by---check them out when you get a second. I had not heard of many of these books before, so was excited to read about a fresh, new crop of parenting books. To read the article in its entirety, click here. Happy reading from Pure and Honest Kids!

Raising Confident Girls
By: Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer
Synopsis: How parents and teachers can help young children through the crises of confidence that mark their formative years. Girls need ample, loving demonstrations from adults close to them that they are appreciated and can be trusted to know what they need for themselves. They also need to be given plenty of opportunity to develop their talents. Girls who lack sufficient emotional support may feel neglected and unworthy of attention, and easily find themselves at greater risk of exploitation and abuse, even as adults. Raising Confident Girls provides parents and teachers with the best hands-on, practical advice available for nurturing girls in a changing and challenging social environment.

Raising Your Spirited Child
By: Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Synopsis: The spirited child—often called “difficult” or “strong-willed”—possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. Research shows that spirited kids are wired to be “more”—by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. In this revised edition of the award-winning classic, Kurcinka provides vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint. Raising Your Spirited Child will help you: understand your child’s —and your own—temperamental traits, discover the power of positive—rather than negative—labels, cope with the tantrums and power struggles when they do occur, plan for success with a simple four-step program, and develop strategies for handling mealtimes, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, holidays, and school, among other situations.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
By: Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Synopsis: An excellent communication tool kit based on a series of workshops developed by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Faber and Mazlish (coauthors of Siblings Without Rivalry) provide a step-by-step approach to improving relationships in your house. The “Reminder” pages, helpful cartoon illustrations, and excellent exercises will improve your ability as a parent to talk and problem-solve with your children. The book can be used alone or in parenting groups, and the solid tools provided are appropriate for kids of all ages.

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
By: Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
Synopsis: A genuine enthusiasm for their subject shines through the pages of this enormously compelling book, as the authors share insights on boys’ emotional development from birth through the college years. An increasingly high-profile topic in the wake of disheartening statistics about adolescent suicide and violence. In much the same way that Reviving Ophelia offered new models for raising girls, therapists Kindlon and Thompson argue that boys desperately need a new standard of “emotional literacy,” showing how our culture’s dominant masculine stereotypes shortchange boys and lead them toward emotional isolation. The authors turn a spotlight on the inner lives of boys, debunking preconceptions about gender, explaining the importance of nurturing communication skills and empathy in boys as well as girls, and steering boys toward a manhood of emotional attachment, not stoicism and solitude. They also challenge the ways in which, in their view, traditional school environments put boys at a disadvantage (why not hold off on reading instruction a year or two? they ask; why not five short recesses a day?). Such issues as drinking, drugs and the “culture of cruelty” among adolescents, in which “anything a boy says or does can and will be used against him,” also meet with sensitive treatment. Separate chapters examine the relationships between fathers and sons and mothers and sons, and show how these can be protected and redefined. This thoughtful book is recommended for parents, teachers or anyone with a vested interest in raising happy, healthy, emotionally whole young men.

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