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Child Development/Parenting

  • Kids, Parents and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. Everyone of Kurcinka's books are great and this is no exception. Full of practical advice on raising your child. To listen to my interview with the author, check out the Creating a Family radio show.
  • Beyond Consequences,Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children With Severe Behaviors by Heather T. Forbes, LCSW. This book and audio tapes based on the book can be purchaed at the Beyond Consequences shop.
  • Beyond Time-Out by Dr. Beth Grosshans and Janet Burton This is a wise book, and I don't say that lightly. This is a general parenting book that lays out a discipline strategy that takes the time-out technique to the next step. This book shines in the details it provides and the very realistic parenting scenarios described. Although not fair to reduce the book to a one-sentence buzz line, Dr. Grosshans makes a persuasive argument that many families have an imbalance of power between the parents and the children. Children thrive when their parents exert their authority. Although this book is not expressly geared toward adoptive parents, I believe a parent that owns their authority and power is better able to foster attachment in their children and general well being within the family. I interviewed Dr. Grosshans on the Creating a Family radio show.
  • Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline. Great book! I interviewed Dr. Cline on my radio show, "Creating a Family". To listen to the interview click here.
  • The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby by Martha Sears and William Sears
  • The Fussy Baby Book: Parenting Your High-Need Child from Birth to Age Five by Martha Sears and William Sears
  • What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff
  • What to Expect the Toddler Years by Arlene Eisenberg
  • Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Too by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. An oldie but goody.
  • Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. This was one of the best books I read that seemed to fit my “high maintenance” kid. You can hear my June 25 interview with the author on the radio show "Creating a Family", by going to the radio page of this website.
  • Parenting Your Adopted Preschoolar is a free fact sheet published by Child Welfare Information Gateway. It is designed for parents of 3-5 year olds. This resource will to help you understand your preschooler's developmental needs.
  • Parenting Your Adopted Teenager is another great free fact sheet published by Child Welfare Information Gateway. It is designed to help adoptive parents understand their teenager's needs so they can respond with strategies that foster healthy development. It presents tips for talking about adoption with their adopted teens, strategies for providing guidance, appropriate discipline, and opportunities to master adult tasks as he or she takes on greater independence
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