My most recent favorite Book:

Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us by Christine Gross-Loh Ph.D

This read will open your eyes, and expand your parenting toolbox!  I highly recommend!

Book Review:

Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, Rebecca Cohen

The  benefits of spending time outside, unplugged from the house are numerous.  Time in nature is critical to our children’s physical, mental and emotional development, and here is a great guide for those parents who are not sure how to engage their children outside.  These tips will benefit the whole family!  And just in time for summer!

Negotiation Generation, Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment by Lynne Reeves Griffin

A gem! This book addresses the ever present parenting dilemma of maintaining authority while promoting your children’s independence and age appropriate development. From the back cover: “Once upon a time, parents were parents and children were children. Today, our fast paced lives and changes in popular culture have children claiming more independence then they can handle. Parents are losing their authority, negotiating with their children about everything from what to wear to school to when to go to bed at night. All this negotiating is exhausting, and it doesn’t teach children how to handle the intense pressure to grow up to quickly”. This author presents practical skills to help you reclaim your position of authority and take a proactive approach to raising your children. She clarifies the importance of establishing clear boundaries. My favorite quote on challenging behaviors in your child- “If it is predictable it is preventable”.
Highly recommended for parents of children of all ages!

~Rachel

Recommended Readings:
(I have found these to be good resources for clients seeking additional information on these topics.  If you look them up on amazon.com or check with your local library, you can usually get some sense of whether they would be helpful for you before buying them!)
Self Esteem/ Self Care:
The Power of Now, Eckart Tolle
Self Esteem, Mathew McKay, Patrick Fanning
Feeling Good, David Burns
Crazy Busy, Edward Hallowell

Meditation:

Seven Masters, One Path: Meditation Secrets from the World’s Greatest Teachers – John Sleby – Brilliant, brilliant introduction
Chakra Balancing: Body, Mind and Soul – Deepak Chopra – He has a voice designed for guided meditations
Guided Meditations: For Calmness, Awareness, and Love – Bodhipaksa – Fabulous guided metta bhavana and minfulness of breathing meditations.
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life – Jon Kabatt-Zinn – Another fabulous introduction to meditation

Relationships:

Reconcilable Differences, Jacobson & Christiansen
Divorce Busting, Michele Weiner-Davis
After the Affair, Janis Abrams Spring
Improve Your Communication Skills, Alan Barke
Messages: The Communication Skills Book, Mathew Mcaky, Martha Davis, &
Patrick Fanning
Body Language, Susan Quilliam
The Power of Non Verbal Communication… Henry H. Calero

Coping with Divorce:

How It Feels When Parents Divorce by Jill Krementz (for children)
Dinosaurs Divorce (A Guide for Changing Families) by Marc Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown (for young children)

Blackstone-Ford, Jann.  Ex-Etiquette for Parents

Coleman, William L.  What Children Need to Know When Parents Get Divorced
Emery, Robert E.  The Truth about Children and Divorce
Everett, Craig and Sandra.  Healthy Divorce
Feigenbaum, Alan.  Protecting Your Financial Security When Getting a Divorce
Kirshenbaum, Mira.  Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay
Long, Nicholas.  Making Divorce Easier on Your Child
Oddenino, Michael.  Putting Kids First
Ricci, Isolina.  Mom’s House, Dad’s House
Schneider, Meg F.  Difficult Questions Kids Ask About Divorc
Teyber, Edward.  Helping Children Cope with Divorce
Thayer, Elizabeth.  The Co-Parenting Survival Guide
Wallerstein, Judith.  The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce
Wallerstein, Judith.  What about the Kids?

Parenting/ Family:

Buddha Mom, Jacqueline Kramer
Raising Children Compassionately, Marshall B. Rosenberg
Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids, Sura Hart, Victoria Kindle Hodson
Parenting from your Heart, Inbal Kashtan
MomSense, Jean Blackmer
I Love Mondays, and Other Confessions from Devoted Working Moms, Michelle Cove
How to Hug A Porcupine, Julie Ross
The Negotiation Generation: Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment, Lynne Reeves Griffin, RN, MEd
The Explosive Child, Dr. Ross Greene
The Wonder of Girls, Micheal Gurian
The Wonder of Boys, Micheal Gurian
The Good Son, Micheal Gurian
100 Ways to Build Self-Esteem, Diane Loomans
Raising Self Reliant Children in a Self Indulgent World, H. Stephen Glenn, PhD. and Jane Nelson, EdD.
Beyond Discipline, and Little People, Dr. Edward Christopherson, PhD.
Maximize Your Child’s Potential; Healthy Brain Development in a Media Age, Gloria DeGaetano
The Burden of Sympathy; How Families Cope with Mental Illness, David A. Karp
Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, Rebecca Cohen
Last Child in the Woods:  Nature Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv

ADHD

Delivered from Distraction, Edward Hallowell
Answers to Distraction, Edward Hallowell
The ADD Nutrition Solution, Marcia Zimmerman
Our Children Are What We Eat, Laura Thompson
Organization Solutions for people with ADD, Susan C Pinsky

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