"In our fast-paced world consisting of ever-changing technology and evolving social norms, parents are finding the traditional challenges of raising well-adjusted, self-confident and socially responsible children ever more difficult. As parents, we struggle with when to grant certain permissions and when to have difficult conversations. We often avoid such decisions, waiting until an external event forces the conversation or too many kids at school have been granted the same permission. To meet these challenges, parents need a framework that can adjust to the development needs of each child, the values of each community and the means of each family. The Birthday Rules provides that framework. The Birthday Rules provides a fun and flexible framework of an annual review process combined with a structure for increasing permissions, responsibilities and conversations. We suggest using a child's birthday as not only a time to celebrate, but also as an excellent opportunity to have important conversations, grant desired permissions and explain the responsibilities that go along with those permissions."--Back cover.
New Parenting Materials
The birthday rules : critical conversations to have with your children (ages 6 to 16) / Jeff Wald with Dr. Rachel Marsh.
Be the dad she needs you to be : the indelible imprint a father leaves on his daughter's life / Dr. Kevin Leman.
"Contains hundreds of quotes from various celebrities, writers, athletes, politicians, and others about fathers and fatherhood. The quotes range from funny and elegant to poignant and insightful"-- Provided by publisher.
Cooking well healthy kids : easy meals for happy toddlers / Sari Greaves, RDN ; foreword by Thomas Porter, MD.
Make Meal-Time Easy With Over 100 Kid-Approved Healthy Recipes. Easy Meals for Happy Toddlers is an easy-to-use recipe collection for parents looking for nutritious meals to please their little ones. Written by a registered dietitian-nutritionist and mother of two toddlers, the recipes are kitchen-tested and kid-approved. When you need quick, tasty, and healthy meals to suit even the pickiest palate, Easy Meals for Happy Toddlers is the perfect cookbook to help balance nutritional needs in a junk-food world. Easy Meals for Happy Toddlers also includes: basic information on nutritional needs for kids ages 1-5; tips on how to handle picky eaters; a healthy food guide all parents should have; a discussion on special dietary restrictions including gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and food allergies. Just a few of the tasty kid-friendly recipes to be found inside this book include: Little Bear's Breakfast Porridge, Bacon-Spiked Brussels Bites with Goat Cheese Crumbles, Strawberry Shortcake Cups, Apple Chicken Quesadilla, Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers, Farmer's Market Pizza Panko, Crusted Tilapia Bites, Soy Good Sunshine Smoothie, One-Minute Cheesy Peas and Pasta Quick Chili Cheese Toast.
The parents' concise guide to childhood vaccinations : practical medical and natural ways to protect your child / Lauren Feder ; updated by LeTrinh Hoang.
"Parenting at night is as important as parenting during daylight hours, yet when our children wake up at night we often label this a sleep 'problem'"--Back cover.
"A comic and heartwarming memoir about childhood's second act from Real Simple journalist Catherine Newman. Much is written about a child's infancy and toddler years, which is good since children will never remember it themselves. It is ages 4-14 that make up the second act, as Catherine Newman puts it in this delightfully candid, outlandishly funny new memoir about the years that "your children will remember as childhood." Following Newman's son and daughter as they blossom from preschoolers into teenagers, CATASTROPHIC HAPPINESS is about the bittersweet joy of raising children--and the ever-evolving landscape of issues parents traverse. In a laugh out-loud, heart-wrenching, relatable voice, Newman narrates events as momentous as grief and as quietly moving as the moonlit face of a sleeping child. From tantrums and friendship to fear and even sex, Newman's fresh take will appeal to any parent riding this same roller coaster of laughter and heartbreak." --Publisher's description.
"A practical parenting program to help build a calm and happy home life with your child, from birth through age six. This guide is based on Montessori school methods and packed with creative activities to help children discover more about their world as well as foster independence, concentration, and respect for others"--Back cover.
Sleepless nights and kisses for breakfast : reflections on fatherhood / by Matteo Bussola ; translated by Jamie Richards.
"This #1 Italian bestseller, offering a father's observations of the everyday moments that might otherwise go unnoticed, has struck a chord with readers around the globe. Matteo Bussola is a designer and cartoonist who lives in Verona, Italy with his wife Paola; their three young daughters, Virginia, Ginevra, and Melania (ages eight, four, and two); and their two dogs. For two years, he's been writing posts on Facebook capturing the beauty of ordinary moments with his family. Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast is the memoir that grew out of these writings. Divided into winter, spring, summer, and fall, the book follows the different seasons of parenthood and life. At times moving, and at others humorous, these writings remind people to savor thepresent and appreciate the simple things in life. As Matteo says, "Virginia, Ginevra, and Melania are the lens through which I observe the world. My daughters remind me that being a father means living in that gray area between responsibility and carelessness, strength and softness." Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast is an eloquent memoir by a gifted storyteller"-- Provided by publisher.
"When Allen Appel asked hundreds of sons, young and old, to recall the most memorable and valuable words their fathers told them, there came an outpouring of things practical and indispensable, some familiar, many surprising. From Father to Son celebrates the trials and satisfactions of manhood and captures dads' uncanny knack for seeing ahead. It is a useful gift any man can give proudly, perhaps remembering something his own father said. Advice like: "A computer is a tool, just like a hammer;" "The sun always comes up the next day;" and "Just because it looks good on the Internet doesn't mean it's going to look good when it comes in the mail.""-- Provided by publisher.
Babies do wake at night, but you can help them to learn to sleep with some gentle guidance. This book provides simple and easy techniques to help you establish positive sleep habits early on that will pay dividends in the long term.
9 months / A Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy for the Family to Share by Courtney Adamo and Esther van de Paal ; illustrated by Lizzy Stewart.
Explains human reproduction, including how an egg is fertilized, when the baby starts kicking, and at what point the baby can hear people talking to it.
On becoming baby wise : giving your infant the gift of nighttime sleep / Gary Ezzo, M.A. and Robert Bucknam, M.D..
Self-reg : how to help your child (and you) break the stress cycle and successfully engage with life / Stuart Shanker.
"From internationally celebrated psychologist Stuart Shanker, a revolutionary new understanding of stress as the key that unlocks kids'--and parents'--most troubling behaviour. There is no such thing as a bad kid. According to world-renowned psychologist Stuart Shanker, even the most frustrating, annoying or troubling behaviour has an explanation. That means there is a way to make things better. Shanker's research has shown that for every child and every adult the ability to thrive--to complete tasks, form friendships, learn, and even love--depends on being able to self-regulate. In the past twenty years neurological research has been showing us a lot about brain states, and what is clear now is that the ability to self-regulate your response to stress is central to all of them. There are dramatic consequences to looking at a child's behaviour through the lens of self-regulation. Above all it discards the knee-jerk reaction that a child who is having trouble paying attention, controlling his impulses, or who gives up easily on a difficult task, is somehow weak or lacks self-discipline or is not making a great enough effort to apply himself. According to Shanker, the ability to self-regulate is limited, though. Like a tank of gas, it eventually dwindles, leaving a kid--or an adult--simply unable to control his or her impulses. That is, misbehaving kids aren't choosing to be difficult. They literally can't help themselves. And what draws down our reserves of self-reg? Stress. Stress of all kinds, from social anxiety to an uncomfortable chair. Control the stress, and the kid can control himself."-- Provided by publisher.
The strength switch : how the new science of strength-based parenting can help your child and your teen to flourish / Lea Waters, PHD.
The philosophical parent : asking the hard questions about having and raising children / Jean Kazez.
The 6Rs of bullying prevention : best proven practices to combat cruelty and build respect / Michele Borba.
"The 6Rs of Bullying Prevention utilizes the strongest pieces of best practices and current research for ways to stop bullying. Based on a practical, six-part framework for reducing peer cruelty and increasing positive behavior support, it includes guidelines for implementing strategies, collecting data, training staff, mobilizing students and parents, building social-emotional skills, and sustaining progress. Used on its own or to supplement an existing anti-bullying program. The 6Rs of bullying prevention: Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, and Replace, are not a program, but a comprehensive process for reducing bullying from the inside out, involving the entire school community. Bullying prevention expert Michele Borba, who's worked with over 1 million parents and educators worldwide, offers realistic, research based strategies and advice. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book and a PDF presentation for use in professional development"-- Provided by publisher.