Recommended Reading :
General Health -
Your Baby's First Year, by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This authoritative and invaluable fully revised edition from the organization representing the nation's finest pediatricians brings state-of-the-art answers to all your medical and parenting concerns. Here is sound, reassuring advice on baby care that covers everything from preparing for childbirth to family issues such as adoption and stepfamilies to age-appropriate toys. The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp. Karp, a pediatrician in Santa Monica, Calif., and assistant professor at the School of Medicine, UCLA, offers a new method to calm and soothe crying infants. While nursing or being held satisfies some babies, others seemingly cry for hours for no reason. These babies suffer from what Karp calls the Fourth Trimester.
1-2-3 Magic, by Thomas Phelan. If your child has begun to rule the roost a bit more than you'd like, this book provides a system to get your family operating smoothly. Especially sensible is Phelan's theory that children shouldn't be argued with endlessly to convince them to do what you want them to do. He also wisely points out the best way to get your child to repeat unwanted behavior is to have a highly emotional reaction to it. The plan is simple, and though it's not quite magic, it may feel like it is. How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, & Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber & 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 Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. Spirited children possess traits we value in adults, yet find challenging in children. Studies now show that these children are "wired" to be more reactive to the world around them. The solution, rather than medication or punishment, is understanding temperament and working with it. Kurcinka in a supportive, warm style is able to reveal to parents how to do it, often leading them to ask, "How did she get into my home?"
It's So Amazing!: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families, by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley (Illustrator). It's So Amazing! was created in response to repeated requests from parents, teachers, librarians, and health professionals for an up-to-date book about sex and sexuality for children who were still too young for It's Perfectly Normal. Once again, the Bird and Bee are up to their antics, but this time they're younger. In It's So Amazing!, these reassuring characters reflect the many moods of children age 7 and up: silly, serious, curious, embarrassed. Their voices echo the thoughts, questions, and concerns of a younger audience. It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health, by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley (Illustrator). An updated, fifteenth anniversary edition of the definitive book on kids’ sexual health brings this trusted resource into the twenty-first century. Now offering a brand-new chapter focusing on safe Internet use — one of parents’ key concerns — this universally acclaimed classic by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley is a cutting-edge resource for kids, parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone else who cares about the well-being of tweens and teens. Providing accurate and up-to-date answers to nearly every imaginable question, from conception and puberty to birth control and AIDS. It's Perfectly Normal offers young people the information they need — now more than ever — to make responsible decisions and stay healthy. Period. A Girls' Guide, by JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen. Illustrated by Chris Wold Dyrud. Period, A Girl's Guide by JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen, first published in 1979 and newly revised and updated, thoroughly covers questions about puberty and menstruation. The authors emphasize the positive (e.g., "Being comfortable with your own body is important") and use diagrams to familiarize readers with the inner workings of their bodies, including what happens during menstruation. A question-and-answer format in the last three chapters allows girls to locate easily the information they seek. A parent's guide bound into the back suggests how to begin a conversation about puberty, what to cover, etc. A thoughtful approach for young women facing changes. Boys Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up You, by Kelli Dunham, Steve Bjorkman (Illustrator). As boys reach adolescence, everything changes: their bodies, their feelings, and their relationships. Their world turns shaky just when they find it hardest to talk with the adults in their lives. But even if they won’t say what’s on their mind, they still want straight answers. The Boy’s Body Book provides them, in a readable, reassuring, and illustrated guide. It covers a boy’s every concern: hygiene, exercise, teachers, peer pressure, sex, and siblings. He’ll learn about what’s going on physically (vocal changes, body hair) and how to handle academic pressures, deal with out-of-control feelings, make new friends, and stay safe through it all. This invaluable manual is modeled after the blockbuster American Girl® title, The Care and Keeping of You. Boys haven't had thier equivalent and parents, teachers and booksellers have been demanding one. Here it is... and every boy should own it! My Little Red Book, by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff. These brief, engaging and oh-so-revealing anecdotes (90 in all) about first-time periods are written by a vast array of authors, professionals and youth. Edited by a freshman at Yale with a global mission (the Do More section at the back lists women's health and reproductive-rights charities), and modeled wittily on Chairman Mao's Little Red Book, these short essays tenderly cover the gamut of grief and embarrassment, joy and disappointment that accompanies the onslaught of menses, written by women from ages 15 to 101.
The Good Teen, by Richard Lerner. The book jacket promises Groundbreaking Research Reveals Everything You Think You Know About Teens Is Wrong, but what the book really delivers is simply the notion that the teen years need not be a time of sullenness, angst and rebellion. Lerner encourages parents to promote healthy, positive, admirable, and productive behaviors in our young people. Get Out of My Life - But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall, by Anthony Wolf. This is a survival guide for parents who find themselves marooned among volatile and incomprehensible aliens on Planet Teen. Area maps cover the obvious ground--there are chapters on school, sex, suicide, and so on--but it's the title of Chapter 2, "What They Do and Why," that best captures the book's spirit and technique. Anthony Wolf's modus operandi is not so much to make pronouncements about what parents should do, as to explain adolescent behavior in a way that's bound to leave parents with a changed view of the plausible options.
The No Cry Sleep Solution, by Elizabeth Pantley and William Sears. There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby "cry it out," or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don't believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley's sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Marc Weissbluth. Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles. Solve your Child's Sleep Problems, by Richard Ferber. When your child isn't sleeping, chances are that you aren't either. Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems--a tired parent's essential for more than 10 years--offers valuable advice and concrete help when lullabies aren't enough to lull your child into dreamland. Based on Ferber's research as the director of Boston's Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital, the book is a practical, easy-to-understand guide to common sleeping problems for children ages one to six.
Ending the Food Fight, by David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.. Dr. Ludwig, who developed the OWL (Optimum Weight for Life) program at Children's Hospital Boston, outlines his program in Ending the Food Fight, allowing parents from all over the country to incorporate this program into their own lives. This book will take families from A to Z in learning to eat and live more healthily. It begins by explaining why kids are prone to overeating, and how quality food creates the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle. It explores fun options for exercise, even for non-athletes, and focuses the home as a fortress against the seemingly insurmountable commercial messages to eat more and more junk food. The heart of the book is its 9-week program that creates an enjoyable experience for the whole family and will get everyone on the road to a healthier lifestyle. Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health, by Susan Roberts and Melvin Heyman. This book tastes great and it's good for you, too. Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health: Birth Through Age Six is based on the principle of "metabolic programming," the scientifically rooted idea that foods eaten in early childhood directly affect the function of individual cells that control strength, intelligence, the immune system, and other vital functions. Think of it as a convoluted molecular take on the old maxim "You are what you eat." Handbook of Pediatric Nutrition, the AAP. A seminal guide that covers the latest clinical research, accepted practice protocols, and study of the normal child from preconception through adolescence. In a practical and detailed manner, this comprehensive guide provides cutting edge research and resources on the most important pediatric practice issues and therapies. Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You, by Rebecca Kajander and Timothy Culbert. Tweens learn effective, easy-to-use self-care skills to take control of their fitness and diet while developing healthy self-esteem. Whether they are underweight, overweight, or just the right weight, this book shows kids how to take a positive, holistic approach to their health and wellness.
Mental Health -
What to Do When You Worry too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety, by Dawn Huebner What to Do When You Worry Too Much is an interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Metaphors and humorous illustrations make difficult concepts easy to understand, while prompts to draw and write help children to master new skills related to reducing anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change. Includes a note to parents by psychologist and author Dawn Huebner, Ph.D. My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael A. Tompkins & Katherine A. Martinez Anxiety can make everything seem unmanageable-from dealing with family and friends to managing schoolwork and extracurricular activities. It's been estimated that between 9 and 15 million teens in the United States suffer from phobias, panic attacks, or extreme worry or anxiety. My Anxious Mind helps teens take control of their anxious feelings by providing cognitive-behavioral strategies to tackle anxiety head-on and to feel more confident and empowered in the process. The book also offers ways for teens with anxiety to improve their inter-personal skills, whether it be with friends, family, or teachers; manage stress; handle panic attacks; use diet and exercise appropriately; and decide whether medication is right for them.
All kids get scared, but some fears can escalate into paranoias with long-term ramifications. This step-by-step guide tackles the why, how, and what now of anxiety disorders. Written in everyday language, it describes in detail strategies and techniques parents can combine into a comprehensive self-help program for managing a child's worry while building confidence and self-control.