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Come to terms with your past while moving powerfully into the future The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that... offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible. Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors extensive work with survivors, both nationally and internationally. This completely revised and updated 20th anniversary edition continues to provide the compassionate wisdom the book has been famous for, as well as many new features: Contemporary research on trauma and the brain An overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practices Additional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiences The reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty years The most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the field Insights from the authors decades of experience Cherished by survivors, and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse. This new edition will continue to serve as the healing beacon it has always been. read more

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When Rosalind Wiseman first published Queen Bees and Wannabes, she fundamentally changed the way adults look at girls friendships... and conflicts–from how they choose their best friends, how they express their anger, their boundaries with boys, and their relationships with parents. Wiseman showed how girls of every background are profoundly influenced by their interactions with one another. Now, Wiseman has revised and updated her groundbreaking book for a new generation of girls and explores: •How girls experiences before adolescence impact their teen years, future relationships, and overall success •The different roles girls play in and outside of cliques as Queen Bees, Targets, and Bystanders, and how this defines how they and others are treated •Girls power plays–from fake apologies to fights over IM and text messages •Where boys fit into the equation of girl conflicts and how you can help your daughter better hold her own with the opposite sex •Checking your baggage–recognizing how your experiences impact the way you parent, and how to be sanely involved in your daughter s difficult, yet common social conflicts Packed with insights about technology s impact on Girl World and enlivened with the experiences of girls, boys, and parents, the book that inspired the hit movie Mean Girls offers concrete strategies to help you empower your daughter to be socially competent and treat herself with dignity. read more

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Happy is good. Holy is better. Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline desi...gned to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. What if God s primary intent for your marriage isn t to make you happy . . . but holy? Sacred Marriage doesn t just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. It does contain practical tools, but what married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. Sacred Marriage offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time tested wisdom from Christian classics, and examples from today s marriages. Sacred Marriage reveals how marriage trains us to love God and others well, how it exposes sin and makes us more aware of God s presence, how good marriages foster good prayer, how married sex feeds the spiritual life, and more. The revised edition of Sacred Marriage takes into account the ways men s and women s roles have expanded since the book was first written. It has been streamlined to be a faster read without losing the depth that so many readers have valued. Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of God s overarching purpose. This book may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God, and to a spiritual integrity that, like salt, seasons the world around you with the savor of Christ. read more

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Celebrating 10 years of helping hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, and gain better contr...ol of their health and lives, the 10th Anniversary Edition of the classic bestseller will include: •New Preface to the 10th Anniversary Edition" •Updates on new fertility technologies •Natural approaches to conception •Updated Resources and Books For any woman unhappy with her current method of birth control; demoralized by her quest to have a baby; or experiencing confusing symptoms in her cycle, this book provides answers to all these questions, plus amazing insights into a woman s body. Weschler thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple minutes a day allows a woman to: •Enjoy highly effective, scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices •Maximize her chances of conception or expedite fertility treatment by identifying impediments to conception •Increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of her baby •Gain control of her sexual and gynecological health read more

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Groundbreaking and comprehensive, Driven to Distraction has been a lifeline to the approximately eighteen million Americans who ar...e thought to have ADHD. Now the bestselling book is revised and updated with current medical information for a new generation searching for answers. Through vivid stories and case histories of patients both adults and children Hallowell and Ratey explore the varied forms ADHD takes, from hyperactivity to daydreaming. They dispel common myths, offer helpful coping tools, and give a thorough accounting of all treatment options as well as tips for dealing with a diagnosed child, partner, or family member. But most importantly, they focus on the positives that can come with this “disorder” including high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm. read more

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Rediscover the most famous relationship book ever published Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had hap...py relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences. Then they came to Earth and amnesia set in: they forgot they were from different planets. Based on years of successful counseling of couples and individuals, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus has helped millions of couples transform their relationships. Now viewed as a modern classic, this phenomenal book has helped men and women realize how different they can be in their communication styles, their emotional needs, and their modes of behavior and offers the secrets of communicating without conflicts, allowing couples to give intimacy every chance to grow. read more

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The long-awaited revised edition! It s no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. D...edicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today s mothers and lifestyles. Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book s range of nursing advice, stories, and information from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers • real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably from avoiding sore nipples to simply enjoying the amazing bonding experience • new insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions • strategies for moms who choose to breastfeed for a short time or who plan to nurse for a year or more • reassuring information on nursing after a C-section or delivery complications • recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding • helpful tips for building your support network at home or when back at work • nursing special-needs infants, premies, multiples, and how to thrive no matter what curveball life throws • guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications Plus Internet references for further information, including La Leche League support sites and groups. Mothers bringing babies into a new world want sustainable, healthy, positive ways to help their children blossom and thrive. There is no better beginning for your baby than the womanly art of breastfeeding. "Mothers of healthy babies and those with special needs will learn how to recognize and overcome common problems, maintain an ample milk supply, and safely lose weight while breastfeeding...revised and updated." read more

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"The drawings aren t very good, Mama." Crappy Boy, age 5 Of course you love being a parent. But sometimes, it just sucks. I know.... I m Amber Dusick and I started my blog Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures because I needed a place to vent about the funny (and frustrating) day-to-day things that happened to me as a parent. Turns out, poop is hilarious! At least when you re not the one wiping it up. This book won t make your frustrating moments any less crappy. But these stories about my Crappy Baby, Crappy Boy and my husband, Crappy Papa, will hopefully make you laugh. Because you re not alone. And sometimes the crappiest moments make the best memories. Parenting is wonderful! And also, well, you know. read more

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True fear is a gift. Unwarranted fear is a curse. Learn how to tell the difference. A date won t take "no" for an answer. The new ...nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust and act on our gut instincts. In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation s leading expert on violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger before it s too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including...how to act when approached by a stranger...when you should fear someone close to you...what to do if you are being stalked...how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls...the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person...and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life. The man whom Oprah Winfrey calls "the nation s leading expert on violent behavior" shows how to spot even subtle signs of danger before it s too late. Abridged. 3 CDs. read more

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They say you are what you eat but apparently, with whom you eat is pretty important too. Current medical research bears this out. ...But wellness was not what motivated mil-blogger/Navy wife and mom Sarah Smiley to invite one guest every week for 52 weeks to have dinner with herself and her three young sons. Sarah s motivation was to fill a void in her family life: that empty chair at the dining room table while her Navy pilot husband, Dustin, was deployed overseas for a year. But what started as a gesture meant to distract the boys from missing their Dad became a joyous journey as the unlikeliest people accepted the invitations... and brought dessert. The Smiley family discovered that a surprising number of people really are available for dinner. You just have to ask. Each dinner guest taught them about life, and the importance of sharing something simple and intimate like a meal to cement these valuable lessons in place. From a state senator (she baked brownies) to sports superstars (ice cream), from the boys teachers (cookies) to their 94-year old neighbor with R2-D2 making a very special visit each Smiley dinner guest leaves an indelible impression. Throughout the book, Sarah Smiley s unvarnished detailing of the emotional ebb and flow of being a "single mom" to three irrepressible boys while trying to balance career, car pool and dinner prep is Bombeck-esque at times, deeply moving at others. DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS transformed the family, so much so that even upon Dad s return home, the dinners have continued... one new guest every week. DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS shows how one family made a difference not only in their own lives, but the life of each guest as well. Full of humor and heart, this memoir will remind readers how nice it is to sit down, break bread, and connect, as well as surely inspire many invitations to the dinner table. read more

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Don t worry about family dinner. Let your kids pick their punishments. Ditch the sex talk. Cancel date night. These are just a few... of the surprising innovations in this bold first-of-its-kind playbook for today s families. Bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler found himself squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children. So he set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts," he sought out the most creative minds from Silicon Valley to the set of Modern Family, from the country s top negotiators to the Green Berets and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. Feiler then tested these ideas with his wife and kids. The result is a fun, original look at how families can draw closer together, complete with two hundred never-before-seen best practices. Feiler s life-changing discoveries include a radical plan to reshape your family in twenty minutes a week, Warren Buffett s guide for setting an allowance, and the Harvard handbook for resolving conflict. The Secrets of Happy Families is a timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier? Written in a charming, accessible style, The Secrets of Happy Families is smart, funny, and fresh, and will forever change how your family lives every day. read more

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“Alan Kazdin delivers the evidence-based, gold-standard method for parents who want simple, effective responses to the everyday ch...allenging behaviors of their children.” Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Flourish and The Optimistic Child Alan Kazdin s The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child is the gold standard for research-backed advice on being a better parent for difficult children. But what about children who are not “defiant”? Now, in The Everyday Parenting Toolkit, Dr. Kazdin addresses how parents can deal with the routine challenges that come with raising a child. Dr. Kazdin s methods are based on the most up-to-date research and are implemented in real-world ways. These are the problems that plague parents on a day-to-day basis: from getting ready for school on time to expanding the palates of picky eaters to limiting computer time, no parenting book does a better job at helping parents understand and correct problematic behaviors. Dr. Kazdin s methods foster lifelong positive character traits such as respectfulness, honesty, kindness, and altruism. With The Everyday Parenting Toolkit, Dr. Kazdin helps transform parenting and helps develop ideal child-parent relationships. “Jam-packed with solid advice any parent can use.” BookPage “A useful guide to eliminating stress, improving communication and providing a more nurturing family environment.” Kirkus Reviews read more

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Newly revised, featuring the most up-to-date research, effective strategies, and real-life stories 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, voted one of the top twenty books for parents, 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 develop strategies for handling mealtimes, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, holidays, and school, among other situations "A spirited child, often called difficult or strong-willed, has certain needs that may make parents feel overwhelmed and frustrated; this book explains how to understand and nurture these special children." read more

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Perfect for expecting parents who want to provide a soothing home for the newest member of their family, The Happiest Baby on the ...Block, the national bestseller by respected pediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp, is a revolutionary method for calming a crying infant and promoting healthy sleep from day one. In perhaps the most important parenting book of the decade, Dr. Harvey Karp reveals an extraordinary treasure sought by parents for centuries an automatic “off-switch” for their baby s crying. No wonder pediatricians across the country are praising him and thousands of Los Angeles parents, from working moms to superstars like Madonna and Pierce Brosnan, have turned to him to learn the secrets for making babies happy. Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has found there IS a remedy for colic. “I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers throughout history …and I explain exactly how they work.” In a innovative and thought-provoking reevaluation of early infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom to prove that newborns are not fully ready for the world when they are born. Through his research and experience, he has developed four basic principles that are crucial for understanding babies as well as improving their sleep and soothing their senses: The Missing Fourth Trimester: as odd as it may sound, one of the main reasons babies cry is because they are born three months too soon. The Calming Reflex: the automatic reset switch to stop crying of any baby in the first few months of life. The 5 “S s”: the simple steps (swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking) that trigger the calming reflex. For centuries, parents have tried these methods only to fail because, as with a knee reflex, the calming reflex only works when it is triggered in precisely the right way. Unlike other books that merely list these techniques Dr. Karp teaches parents exactly how to do them, to guide cranky infants to calm and easy babies to serenity in minutes…and help them sleep longer too. The Cuddle Cure: the perfect mix the 5 “S s” that can soothe even the most colicky of infants. In the book, Dr. Karp also explains: What is colic? Why do most babies get much more upset in the evening? How can a parent calm a baby in mere minutes? Can babies be spoiled? When should a parent of a crying baby call the doctor? How can a parent get their baby to sleep a few hours longer? Even the most loving moms and dads sometimes feel pushed to the breaking point by their infant s persistent cries. Coming to the rescue, however, Dr. Karp places in the hands of parents, grandparents, and all childcare givers the tools they need to be able to calm their babies almost as easily as…turning off a light. read more

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The incomparable Lisa Scottoline, along with Daughter Francesca, is back with more wild and wonderful wit and wisdom. New York Tim...es bestselling author Lisa Scottoline struck a chord with readers, book clubs, and critics with her smash-hit essay collection, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. This time, Lisa teams up with Daughter Francesca to give their mother-daughter perspective on everything from blind dates to empty calories, as well as life with the feistiest octogenarian on the planet, Mother Mary, who won t part with her thirty-year-old bra. Three generations of women, triple the laughs -and the love. Inspired by their weekly ?Chick Wit? column for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lisa and Francesca spill all their family secrets -which will sound a lot like yours. And you ll have to put this book down, just to stop laughing. LISA ON DIETING: I m backsliding with carbohydrates, which is the food version of ex-sex. FRANCESCA ON CUTTING THE CORD: I thought I said, ?I am going to see my cousin s new apartment,? but in Mom-speak that translates to: ?I am going to meet certain death in the New York City subway tunnels that are soon to be my tomb.? LISA ON MOTHER MARY: Most people have a list of Things To Do, but Mother Mary has a list of Things Not To Do. At the top is Don t Go to the Movies. Other entries include Don t Eat Outside With The Bugs and Don t Walk All Over This Cockamamie Mall. FRANCESCA ON BEING SINGLE: I m addicted to the wedding announcements. Worse, I find myself subtracting my age from the bride s. I thought I was a modern woman, turns out I m a Cathy cartoon. LISA ON AGING GRACEFULLY: Today I noticed my first gray hair. On my chin. And so much more! ISBN-13: 9780594495383 Publisher: St. Martin s Press Publication date: 10/26/2010 Pages: 256 Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.90 (d) read more

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“Simple, smart, and effective solutions to your child s struggles.” Harvey Karp, M.D. “Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have cr...eated a masterly, reader-friendly guide to helping children grow their emotional intelligence. This brilliant method transforms everyday interactions into valuable brain-shaping moments. Anyone who cares for children or who loves a child should read The Whole-Brain Child.” Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain and make accessible the new science of how a child s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child s brain and foster vital growth. Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives. “[A] useful child-rearing resource for the entire family . . . The authors include a fair amount of brain science, but they present it for both adult and child audiences.” Kirkus Reviews “Strategies for getting a youngster to chill out [with] compassion.” The Washington Post “This erudite, tender, and funny book is filled with fresh ideas based on the latest neuroscience research. I urge all parents who want kind, happy, and emotionally healthy kids to read The Whole-Brain Child. This is my new baby gift.” Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other “Gives parents and teachers ideas to get all parts of a healthy child s brain working together.” Parent to Parent read more

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The groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intract...able behaviours, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field, now updated to include the most recent research. Almost everyone knows an explosive child, one whose frequent, severe fits of temper leave his or her parents standing helpless in their fear, frustration, and guilt. Most of these parents have tried everything reasoning, behaviour modification, therapy, medication but to no avail. They wonder if their child is deviant or just plain bad. Dr. Ross Greene has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren t bad, and neither are their parents. Rather, explosive children suffer from a physiological deficiency in frustration tolerance and flexibility. Throughout this compassionate book, Dr. Greene demonstrates why traditional treatments don t work for these kids and offers a new conceptual framework for understanding their behaviour, along with new language to describe it. He explains the latest neuroscience findings about the importance of flexibility, and, most important, he shows parents specific, practical ways they can recognize the signs of an impending explosion, defuse tension, and reduce frustration levels for the entire family. For parents, psychologists, educators and ADHD groups. In addition to the scientific foundation of the book, Greene addresses parents in practical ways that will help show results in difficult children and their effect on families. read more

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An information-packed, month-by-month guide to all the emotional, financial, and yes, even physical changes the father-to-be may e...xperience during the course of his partner s pregnancy-now significantly updated and expanded. Incorporating the wisdom of top experts in the field, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists, the Third Edition of The Expectant Father includes the latest research about assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and many other topics and is filled with sound advice and practical tips for men, such as: Ways to support and encourage your partner throughout pregnancy Overcoming infertility What childbirth classes don t teach you How to make sense of your conflicting emotions How to juggle your work and family roles Special ways to prepare if you re adopting a baby How to become the father you really want to be Illustrated throughout with New Yorker cartoons that will make even the most anxious fathers-to-be chuckle, this book-the essential reference for all expectant couples-reassures, commiserates, informs, and entertains. read more

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Heidi Murkoff s What to Expect has delivered again. Announcing the arrival of a brand-new member of the What to Expect family: Wha...t to Expect the Second Year. The essential sequel to What to Expect the First Year, with 97 million copies in print, What to Expect the Second Year picks up the action at baby s first birthday, and takes parents through what can only be called “the wonder year” 12 jam-packed (and jam-smeared) months of memorable milestones (from first steps to first words, first scribbles to first friends), lightning-speed learning, endless explorations driven by insatiable curiosity. Not to mention a year of challenges, both for toddlers and the parents who love them, but don t always love their behaviors (picky eating, negativity, separation anxiety, bedtime battles, biting, and tantrums). Comprehensive, reassuring, empathetic, realistic, and practical, What to Expect the Second Year is filled with solutions, strategies, and plenty of parental pep talks. It helps parents decode the fascinating, complicated, sometimes maddening, always adorable little person last year s baby has become. From the first birthday to the second, this must-have book covers everything parents need to know in an easy-to-access, topic-by-topic format, with chapters on growth, feeding, sleeping, behaviors of every conceivable kind, discipline (including teaching right from wrong), and keeping a toddler healthy and safe as he or she takes on the world. There s a developmental time line of the second year plus special “milestone” boxes throughout that help parents keep track of their toddler s development. Thinking of traveling with tot in tow? There s a chapter for that, too. read more

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Does your child speak a different language? Sometimes they wager for your attention, and other times they ignore you completely. S...ometimes they are filled with gratitude and affection, and other times they seem totally indifferent. Attitude. Behavior. Development. Everything depends on the love relationship between you and your child. When children feel loved, they do their best. But how can you make sure your child feels loved? Since 1992, Dr. Gary Chapman s best-selling book The 5 Love Languages has helped millions of couples develop stronger, more fulfilling relationships by teaching them to speak each others love language. Each child, too, expresses and receives love through one of five different communication styles. And your love language may be totally different from that of your child. While you are doing all you can to show your child love, he may be hearing it as something completely opposite. Discover your child s primary language and learn what you can do to effectively convey unconditional feelings of respect, affection, and commitment that will resonate in your child s emotions and behavior. GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. For more information visit his website at 5lovelanguages.com. ROSS CAMPBELL, M.D., is the author of the bestselling book How to Really Love Your Child, which has sold more than one million copies. He has spent over 30 years as a clinical psychiatrist, concentrating on the parent-child relationship. Today he works with the Ministering to Ministers Foundation, serving individual ministers, their families, and church organizations. Dr. Campbell is the co-author of The Five Love Languages of Children and Parenting Your Adult Child and author of How to Really Love Your Teenager. Dr. Campbell resides in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. read more

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REVISED AND WITH A NEW FOREWORD ARE YOU GETTING THE LOVE YOU WANT? Originally published in 1988, Getting the Love You Want has hel...ped millions of couples attain more loving, supportive, and deeply satisfying relationships. The 20th anniversary edition contains extensive revisions to this groundbreaking book, with a new chapter, new exercises, and a foreword detailing Dr. Hendrix s updated philosophy for eliminating all negativity from couples daily interactions, allowing readers of the 2008 edition to benefit from his ongoing discoveries during his last two decades of work. Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., in partnership with his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD., originated Imago Relationship Therapy, a unique healing process for couples, prospective couples, and parents. Together they have more than thirty years experience as educators and therapists and their work has been translated into more than 50 languages, with Imago practiced by two thousand therapists worldwide. Harville and Helen have six children and live in New York and New Mexico. Here is an extraordinary practical guide to resolving problems, using 16 exercises to enhance communication, stop self-defeating behavior, and achieve mutual emotional satisfaction. With Hendrix s advice, the all-too-common marital power struggle can be gradually transformed into a mutually beneficial process of spiritual and emotional growth. read more

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it ...has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on new, complex, and insidious forms, as parents and educators know all too well. No writer is better poised to explore this territory than Emily Bazelon, who has established herself as a leading voice on the social and legal aspects of teenage drama. In Sticks and Stones, she brings readers on a deeply researched, clear-eyed journey into the ever-shifting landscape of teenage meanness and its sometimes devastating consequences. The result is an indispensable book that takes us from school cafeterias to courtrooms to the offices of Facebook, the website where so much teenage life, good and bad, now unfolds. Along the way, Bazelon defines what bullying is and, just as important, what it is not. She explores when intervention is essential and when kids should be given the freedom to fend for themselves. She also dispels persistent myths: that girls bully more than boys, that online and in-person bullying are entirely distinct, that bullying is a common cause of suicide, and that harsh criminal penalties are an effective deterrent. Above all, she believes that to deal with the problem, we must first understand it. Blending keen journalistic and narrative skills, Bazelon explores different facets of bullying through the stories of three young people who found themselves caught in the thick of it. Thirteen-year-old Monique endured months of harassment and exclusion before her mother finally pulled her out of school. Jacob was threatened and physically attacked over his sexuality in eighth grade and then sued to protect himself and change the culture of his school. Flannery was one of six teens who faced criminal charges after a fellow student s suicide was blamed on bullying and made international headlines. With grace and authority, Bazelon chronicles how these kids predicaments escalated, to no one s benefit, into community-wide wars. Cutting through the noise, misinformation, and sensationalism, she takes us into schools that have succeeded in reducing bullying and examines their successful strategies. The result is a groundbreaking book that will help parents, educators, and teens themselves better understand what kids are going through today and what can be done to help them through it. Praise for Sticks and Stones “Intelligent, rigorous . . . [Emily Bazelon] is a compassionate champion for justice in the domain of childhood s essential unfairness.” Andrew Solomon, The New York Times Book Review “[Bazelon] does not stint on the psychological literature, but the result never feels dense with studies; it s immersive storytelling with a sturdy base of science underneath, and draws its authority and power from both.” New York “A humane and closely reported exploration of the way that hurtful power relationships play out in the contemporary public-school setting . . . As a parent herself, [Bazelon] brings clear, kind analysis to complex and upsetting circumstances.” The Wall Street Journal “Bullying isn t new. But our attempts to respond to it are, as Bazelon explains in her richly detailed, thought-provoking book. . . . Comprehensive in her reporting and balanced in her conclusions, Bazelon extracts from these stories useful lessons for young people, parents and principals alike.” The Washington Post read more

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Kristine Barnett s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks.... At nine he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. But the story of Kristine s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. At age two, when Jake was diagnosed, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes. The Spark is a remarkable memoir of mother and son. Surrounded by “experts” at home and in special ed who tried to focus on Jake s most basic skills and curtail his distracting interests moving shadows on the wall, stars, plaid patterns on sofa fabric Jake made no progress, withdrew more and more into his own world, and eventually stopped talking completely. Kristine knew in her heart that she had to make a change. Against the advice of her husband, Michael, and the developmental specialists, Kristine followed her instincts, pulled Jake out of special ed, and began preparing him for mainstream kindergarten on her own. Relying on the insights she developed at the daycare center she runs out of the garage in her home, Kristine resolved to follow Jacob s “spark” his passionate interests. Why concentrate on what he couldn t do? Why not focus on what he could? This basic philosophy, along with her belief in the power of ordinary childhood experiences (softball, picnics, s mores around the campfire) and the importance of play, helped Kristine overcome huge odds. The Barnetts were not wealthy people, and in addition to financial hardship, Kristine herself faced serious health issues. But through hard work and determination on behalf of Jake and his two younger brothers, as well as an undying faith in their community, friends, and family, Kristine and Michael prevailed. The results were beyond anything anyone could have imagined. Dramatic, inspiring, and transformative, The Spark is about the power of love and courage in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we learn how to tap the true potential that lies within every child, and in all of us. Praise for The Spark “[An] amazing memoir . . . compulsive reading.” The Washington Post “The Spark is about the transformative power of unconditional love. If you have a child who s ‘different and who doesn t? you won t be able to put it down.” Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind “Love, illness, faith, tragedy and triumph it s all here. . . . Jake Barnett s story contains wisdom for every parent.” Newsday “This eloquent memoir about an extraordinary boy and a resilient and remarkable mother will be of interest to every parent and/or educator hoping to nurture a child s authentic ‘spark. ” Publishers Weekly “Compelling . . . Jake is unusual, but so is his superhuman mom.” Booklist “The Spark describes in glowing terms the profound intensity with which a mother can love her child.” Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree “Every parent and teacher should read this fabulous book!” Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and co-author of The Autistic Brain read more

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY A haunting, unforgettab...le mother-daughter story for a new generation the debut of a blazing new lyrical voice Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose highbrow taste was at odds with her hardscrabble life. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Kathi frequently kept Domenica home from school to watch such classics as the Godfather movies and everything by Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, telling her, “This is more important. I promise. You ll thank me later.” And despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by. With or Without You is the story of Domenica Ruta s unconventional coming of age a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit 90s youth and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process. In a brilliant stylistic feat, Ruta has written a powerful, inspiring, compulsively readable, and finally redemptive story about loving and leaving. Praise for With or Without You “A luminous, layered accomplishment.” The New York Times Book Review “A singular new coming-of-age memoir traces one girl s twisting path up from mean streets (and parents) to the reflective life of a writer. . . . The burgeoning canon of literary memoir . . . begets another winner in Domenica Ruta s searing With or Without You. . . . [A] gloriously gutsy memory-work.” Elle “Stunning . . . comes across as a bleaker, funnier, R-rated version of The Glass Castle and marks the arrival of a blazing new voice in literature.” Entertainment Weekly “Valiant and heartbreaking.” Bust “Powerful . . . Ruta found an unconventional voice, a scary good mixture of erudition and hardened street smarts. Her writing is also, as they say in Danvers, wicked funny though in her case wicked is more an adjective than an intensifier. . . . [With or Without You] hums with jangled energy and bristles with sharp edges. . . . Ruta writes with unflinching honesty.” Slate “Bracingly funny and poignant.” The Boston Globe “Exceedingly powerful.” Booklist read more

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This wonderfully inspiring book, with over 4 million copies in print, has helped generations of readers. A perfect gift item for a...ny occasion of loss, this timeless masterpiece of instruction and understanding is, according to the New York Times, one of the most recommended books by clinical psychologists. The classic, inspirational first aid guide for emotional hurt. read more

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There is no more magical moment than when a newborn baby is laid in a mother s arms. What was for many months a dream and a myster...y is now a miraculous new person at the threshold of a life filled with possibilities. Through a tender, inspiring tale, The Twelve Gifts of Birth reveals the birthright inheritance that all children receive at this moment. Wise women, otherwise known as fairy godmothers, announce the twelve gifts in the form of blessings and show how to use them to enrich one s life. This keepsake book encourages new parents to nurture and protect the wondrous qualities that have been bestowed on their tiny miracles. When shared with young children, this message helps form within them a strong foundation of values and self-respect. For teens and adults, this story offers healing and hope during times of diminished self-esteem and uncertain transition. It reminds all readers to see the dignity that is inherent in themselves and others. read more

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"This book fills a tremendous void..." wrote E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about the first edition of I AM NOT SICK, I Don t Need Help! ...Ten years later, it still does. Dr. Amador s research on poor insight was inspired by his attemps to help his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia, accept treatment. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Henry did not believe he was ill. I AM NOT SICK, I Don t Need Help! is not just a reference for mental health practictioners or law enforcement professionals. It is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness. Read and learn as have hundreds of thousands of others...to LEAP Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner and help your patients and loved ones accept the treatment they need. "I strongly recommend this book for [both] families and therapists." Aaron T. Beck, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania read more

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"More readable, more attractive, and more accessible” is how pregnant couples describe the latest edition of this million plus-cop...y seller! And, of course, it s got all the latest medical information and advice. The new edition is designed to expand the retail market for this authoritative and complete guide. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide is already one of the bestselling pregnancy books on the market, with more than one million copies in print! Now newly revised and redesigned, this comprehensive, authoritative “bible” provides expectant couples with abundant, valuable information about pregnancy, labor, birth, the postpartum period, and newborn care. This award-winning book presents the latest research-based information on pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood, including: • New information on complementary-medicine approaches such as acupuncture • Updated information on interventions during childbirth • Revised statistics and discussions on cesarean birth and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) • New advice on informed decision-making, one of the hottest topics in maternity care today • Plus much, much more! The book has been redesigned so it s more accessible and reader-friendly, with more photos, illustrations, and boxed features that allow for important information to be highlighted. Also included in the new design are fun and informative sidebars, such as “Common QandAs” about pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care; “In Their Own Words,” in which parents describe their pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting experiences from their point of view; and “Fact or Fiction?” in which the authors present common misinformation and the facts. New to this edition is an accompanying website, www.PCNGuide.com, where readers can find additional maternity care information as well as helpful forms and worksheets. Mom s Choice Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (2010) – GOLD AWARD: Pregnancy and Childbirth; iParenting Media Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2009) – Best Products Winner: Book; Living Now Book Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (2009) – Family (Parenting/Health/Safety): BRONZE AWARD; National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2009) – GOLD AWARD: Parenting Resources; USABookNews.com Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2009) – WINNER: Parenting/Family: Pregnancy and Childbirth; ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2008) – FINALIST: Parenting read more

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There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy - this book s here to help you avoid all most of them.... And here s your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for her rather than what s happening to her. She s pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her 152 baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible. That s where John Pfeiffer steps in. Like any good coach, he s been through it. He s dealt with the morning sickness and doctor visits, painting the baby s nursery and packing the overnight bag, choosing a name, hospital, and the color of the car-seat cover. All the while he remained positive and responsive - there with a "You re beautiful" when necessary - but assertive during the decision-making process (he didn t want to wind up with a kid named Percy). And now it s your turn. She might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities. read more

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From the authors of international best-selling marriage book The Love Dare comes The Love Dare for Parents, a 40-day journey of “d...ares” challenging one or both parents to understand, practice, and communicate Christ-like love to their children. Easy to read and work into a busy schedule, The Love Dare for Parents is designed to “turn the hearts of parents to their children and turn the hearts of children to their parents” (Malachi 4:6) so that moms and dads can more fully enjoy and delight in their children while maximizing the positive impact they have on their lives long term. Each day brings a promising key verse from Scripture, a biblical principle about love that applies to parenting, a specific challenge the parent does for the sake of their child, and space to journal thoughts and reflect on what happened that day. The Love Dare for Parents even includes access to a FREE online parenting assessment, helpfully keyed to select material in the book. Parents, take the dare! read more

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When someone in your family suffers from Alzheimer disease or other related memory loss diseases, both you and your loved one face... immense challenges. For over thirty years, this book has been the trusted bible for families affected by dementia disorders. Now completely revised and updated, this guide features the latest information on the causes of dementia, managing the early stages of dementia, the prevention of dementia, and finding appropriate living arrangements for the person who has dementia when home care is no longer an option. You ll learn: -The basic facts about dementia -How to deal with problems arising in daily care meals, exercise, personal hygiene, and safety -How to cope with an impaired person s false ideas, suspicion, anger, and other mood problems -How to get outside help from support groups, friends, and agencies -Financial and legal issues you must address. Comprehensive and compassionate, THE 36-HOUR DAY is the only guide you need to help your family through this difficult time. read more

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Parents need help to teach their teens how to make decisions responsibly and do so without going crazy or damaging the relationshi...p. Parenting Teens with Love and Logic, from the duo who wrote Parenting with Love and Logic, empowers parents with the skills necessary to set limits, teach important skills, and encourage decision-making in their teenagers. Covering a wide range of real-life issues teens face including divorce, ADD, addiction, and sex this book gives you the tools to help your teens find their identity and grow in maturity. Indexed for easy reference. Tyndale House Publishers read more

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A Marriage Book with a Difference! A Revolutionary Message “I ve been married 35 years and have not heard this taught.” “This is t...he key that I have been missing.” “You connected all the dots for me.” “As a counselor, I have never been so excited about any material.” “You re on to something huge here.” A Simple Message A wife has one driving need to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy.A husband has one driving need to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy.When either of these needs isn t met, things get crazy. Love and Respectreveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal withsuch conflict quickly, easily, and biblically. A Message That Works Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblicalresearch, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the Loveand Respect message across America and are changing the way couples talk to, thinkabout, and treat each other. What do you want for your marriage? Want somepeace? Want to feel close? Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage theway God intended? Then why not try some Love and Respect. This groundbreaking book--featured on Focus on the Family s radio program--offers much-needed help to husbands and wives everywhere. Introducing the biblical teaching of unconditional respect, Love and Respect shows readers how to decipher the communication code between male and female. read more

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This parenting book shows you how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Learn how to paren...t effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character. Establish healthy control through easy-to-implement steps without anger, threats, nagging, or power struggles. Indexed for easy reference. Tyndale House Publishers read more

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Until yesterday, no society had seen marriage as anything other than a conjugal partnership: a male-female union. What Is Marriage...? identifies and defends the reasons for this historic consensus and shows why redefining civil marriage is unnecessary, unreasonable, and contrary to the common good. Originally published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, this book s core argument quickly became the year s most widely read essay on the most prominent scholarly network in the social sciences. Since then, it has been cited and debated by scholars and activists throughout the world as the most formidable defense of the tradition ever written. Now revamped, expanded, and vastly improved, What Is Marriage? stands poised to meet its moment as few books of this generation have. Rhodes Scholar Sherif Girgis, Heritage Foundation Fellow Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George offer a devastating critique of the idea that equality requires redefining marriage. They show why both sides must first answer the question of what marriage really is. They defend the principle that marriage, as a comprehensive union of mind and body ordered to family life, unites a man and a woman as husband and wife, and they document the social value of applying this principle in law. Most compellingly, they show that those who embrace same-sex civil marriage leave no firm ground none for not recognizing every relationship describable in polite English, including polyamorous sexual unions, and that enshrining their view would further erode the norms of marriage, and hence the common good. Finally, What Is Marriage? decisively answers common objections: that the historic view is rooted in bigotry, like laws forbidding interracial marriage; that it is callous to people s needs; that it can t show the harm of recognizing same-sex couplings, or the point of recognizing infertile ones; and that it treats a mere “social construct” as if it were natural, or an unreasoned religious view as if it were rational. If the marriage debate in America is decided soon, it will be with this book s help or despite its powerful arguments. read more

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There s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing h...omework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your "smart but scattered" child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there s a lot you can do to help. The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial "executive skills" - the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Small changes can add up to big improvements - this empowering book shows how. read more

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Kiyosaki expands on his belief that the school system was created to churn out Es / Employees... those "A Students" who read wel...l, memorize well and test well... and not the creative thinkers, visionaries and dreamers –entrepreneurs-in-the-making... those "C Students who grow up to be the innovators and creators of new ideas, businesses, applications and products. The book urges parents not to be obsessed with their kids "letter grades" ("good grades" might only mean they or the student themselves were successful in jamming a square peg into a round hole...) and focus, instead, on concepts, ideas, and helping their child find their true genius, their special gift. The path they can pursue with a love and true passion. Robert showcases success stories of "C Students" who grew up to be phenomenal successes – and HIRED those "A Students"(attorneys, accountants, and other school-smart specialists) to work in their businesses... while the more average students, "B Students," often find themselves in government-type jobs... Not surprisingly, Kiyosaki will coin his own definitions of what "A," "B," and "C" stand for as he gives parents and their children bits of wisdom as well as insights and tools for navigating an ever-changing world... an Information Age world where the ability to change and adapt, understand relationships, and anticipate the future will shape their lives. read more

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Most people don t expect you to understand what we re going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don t expec...t you to care. And even if you care, they don t expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don t expect it to last. We do. – Alex and Brett A generation stands on the brink of a "rebelution" A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectations of today s culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God. And Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge. Do Hard Things is the Harris twins revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential. Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life. Then they map out five powerful ways teens can respond for personal and social change. Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of an already-happening teen revolution challenges a generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today. read more

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"Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like ...this." --The New Yorker "A parenting zeitgeist" --Washington Post "A hilarious take on that age-old problem: getting the beloved child to go to sleep." --National Public Radio "A new Bible for weary parents" --New York Times "Resonates powerfully with almost everyone" --Boston Globe "Go the F*** to Sleep challenges stereotypes, opens up prototypes, and acknowledges that shared sense of failure that comes to all parents who weary of ever getting their darling(s) to sleep and briefly resuming the illusion of a life of their own." --Midwest Book Review Go the F*** to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach s verses perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, they open up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations, and laugh at their absurdity. With illustrations by Ricardo Cortes, Go the F*** to Sleep is beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny--a book for parents new, old, and expectant. You probably should not read it to your children. Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, a children s book inspired by Go the F*** to Sleep and appropriate for kids of all ages, is forthcoming from Akashic Books in April 2012 and available NOW for pre-order. read more

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Wow! A baby book that actually answers the big question about having a baby: How am I going to afford all this? With the average c...ost of a baby topping $7000 for just the first year alone, you need creative solutions and innovative ideas to navigate the consumer maze that confronts all parents-to-be. Baby Bargains is the answer Inside, you ll discover: NAME BRAND REVIEWS of car seats, bedding, strollers ,high chairs, diapers and more! Dozens of safety tips to affordably baby proof your home. How to use SOCIAL MEDIA and deal of the day sites to save even more. FIVE wastes of money with baby clothes and the best outlet bargains. NINE tips to saving money on cribs, plus in-depth reviews of crib brands. THE TRUTH ABOUT STROLLERS and which brands work best in the real world. The SEVEN MOST RIDICULOUS BABY PRODUCTS. DETAILED CHARTS that compare brands of cribs, strollers, car seats and more! This new 10th edition adds the latest tips and advice on getting bargains on baby gear, including: Expanded reviews of video monitors, including new model that let you see baby on an iPhone or Andriod device. More reviews of strollers the latest models, which strollers have the quickest fold and more. Crib safety: what to buy now and what to avoid, given the new safety rules. Organic baby food: what s new in stores. Is it worth it? And as always, the most up-to-date reviews of car seats, carriers, nursery furniture and more! read more

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This first book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Stor...y of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers polls over 150,000 copies of the series in print! What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi s tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year-old become the last emperor of Rome? Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer s trademark, The Story of the World series covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This first revised volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor. Newly revised and updated, The Story of the World, Volume 1 includes maps, a new timeline, more illustrations, and additional parental aids. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world s civilizations. Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests each available separately to accompany each volume of The Story of the World Text Book. Volume 1 Grade Recommendation: Grades 1-5. read more

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An inspirational, illustrated gift book offering a message of love and commitment for couples in all stages of matrimony. Anyone w...ho s ever said "I do" knows that a successful marriage is not founded on love alone. It takes commitment, hard work, and patience to make the marriage work. Charlene Costanzo s latest book, The Twelve Gifts in Marriage, reminds us all what marriage is about and offers inspirational advice that couples of all ages will cherish. Like Charlene s first two books, Marriage opens with a parable: An elderly couple warns a young bride and groom that their life together won t always be blissful or easy, but that their love will grow deeper with time if they remember to practice twelve innate gifts among them strength, faith, and compassion. The book then illustrates the twelve gifts with powerful and poignant hand?tinted photographs that offer an immediate, sensory connection to readers. Like Charlene s first two successful books, The Twelve Gifts in Marriage brings a hopeful, inspirational message to its readers, from newlyweds to couples celebrating their Golden Anniversary. ISBN-13: 9780060742522 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 12/14/2004 Pages: 48 Sales rank: 220,889 Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d) read more

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Right after "Is it a boy or a girl?" and "What s his/her name?," the next question people invariably ask new parents is "Are you g...etting any sleep?" Unfortunately, the answer is usually "Not much." In fact, studies show that approximately 25% of young children experience some type of sleep problem and, as any bleary-eyed parent will attest, it is one of the most difficult challenges of parenting. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the assessment and treatment of common sleep problems in children, Dr. Jodi A. Mindell now provides tips and techniques, the answers to commonly asked questions, and case studies and quotes from parents who have successfully solved their children s sleep problems. Unlike other books on the subject, Dr. Mindell also offers practical tips on bedtime, rather than middle-of-the-night-sleep training, and shows how all members of the family can cope with the stresses associated with teaching a child to sleep. "...a child psychologist explains how parents can teach their baby or toddler to fall asleep and how parents and other members of the family can cope with the stresses a sleepless child can create." read more

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Since its first publication in 1983, Surviving Schizophrenia has become the standard reference book on the disease and has helped ...thousands of patients, their families and mental health professionals. In clear language, this much–praised and important book describes the nature, causes, symptoms, treatment and course of schizophrenia and also explores living with it from both the patient and the family s point of view. This new, completely updated fifth edition includes the latest research findings on what causes the disease as well as information about the newest drugs for treatment and answers to the questions most often asked by families, consumers and providers. read more

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“You never listen to anything I say!” Yesterday, your child was a sweet, well-adjusted eight-year-old. Today, a moody, disrespectf...ul twelve-year-old. What happened? And more important, how do you handle it? How you respond to these whirlwind changes will not only affect your child s behavior now but will determine how he or she turns out later. Julie A. Ross, executive director of Parenting Horizons, shows you exactly what s going on with your child and provides all the tools you need to correctly handle even the prickliest tween porcupine. Find out how other parents survived nightmarish tween behavior--and still raised great kids Break the “nagging cycle,” give your kids responsibilities, and get results Talk about sex, drugs, and alcohol so your kid will listen Discover the secret that will help your child to disregard peer pressure and make smart choices--for life "This excellent book lets parents peek into the underlying, confusing thoughts and perplexing decisions that young tweens are constantly facing." --Ralph I. López, M.D., Clinical Professor or Pediatrics, Cornell University, and author of The Teen Health Book read more

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Elder Rage is a Book–of–the–Month Club selection (caregiving book first) receiving 200+ 5–Star BandN reviews, required reading at ...numerous universities, and considered for a film. Over 50 endorsements include Regis Philbin, Leeza Gibbons, Jacqueline Bisset, Duke University Center for Aging, Dr. John Gray, Mark Victor Hansen, Julie Harris, Johns Hopkins Memory Clinic, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Dr. Rudy Tanzi/Harvard Medical School, and the National Adult Day Services Association. Elder Rage is a riveting, humorous, true story chronicling Jacqueline Marcell s trials, tribulations, and eventual success at managing the care of her aging parents. Also an extensive self–help book, Elder Rage provides solutions for effective management medically, behaviorally, socially, legally, financially, and emotionally of challenging elders starting to get dementia and resisting care. Elder Rage presents creative solutions for getting obstinate elders to: accept cleaning/caregiving help, give up driving, see new doctors, take medication, shower, eat, attend adult day care, move to a new residence, etc. Includes valuable resources, QandA, recommended reading. Also includes an extensive addendum by renowned neurologist/dementia specialist, Rodman Shankle, MD, A Physician s Guide To Treating Dementia, making it valuable for everyone from the family to the physician. MARCELL S MISSIONS: Help improve eldercare laws; show healthcare professionals how they can better help families they work with; provide solutions and hope to caregivers; encourage funding for Alzheimer s research and bring awareness to importance of early diagnosis; expose elder abuse, neglect and exploitation; encourage long–term care planning; bring attention to the need for Adult Day Care Services. MY MISSIONS: To: help improve our eldercare laws; educate healthcare professionals how to better help the families they work with; provide solutions and hope to families; encourage funding for Alzheimer s and Breast Cancer research and bring awareness to the importance of early diagnosis; expose elder abuse, neglect and exploitation; encourage long-term care insurance/planning; bring attention to funding needs for Adult Day Services which saved my parents lives as well as my own. I ve testified before the Assistant Secretary on Aging and am featured in an upcoming documentary on the subject. read more

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When someone you love dies, Earl Grollman writes, "there is no way to predict how you will feel. The reactions of grief are not li...ke recipes, with given ingredients, and certain results. . . . Grief is universal. At the same time it is extremely personal. Heal in your own way." If you are grieving, Living When a Loved One Has Died can help. This gentle, reassuring book explains the bewildering feelings that arise after a loved one s death and helps you honestly confront your loss. While the journey through grief is neither straightforward nor simple, Living When a Loved One Has Died will be an invaluable companion as you sort through your feelings, take steps toward healing, and begin to build a new life. read more

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Give your child a smart start with What Your First Grader Needs to Know What will your child be expected to learn in the first gra...de? How can you help him or her at home? How can teachers foster active, successful learning in the classroom? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American first graders. Featuring a new Introduction, filled with opportunities for reading aloud and fostering discussion, this first-grade volume of the acclaimed Core Knowledge Series presents the sort of knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging first-grade education. Inside you ll discover • Favorite poems old and new, such as “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” and “Thirty Days Hath September” • Beloved stories from many times and lands, including a selection of Aesop s fables, “Hansel and Gretel,” “All Stories Are Anansi s,” “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” and much more • Familiar sayings and phrases such as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “Practice makes perfect” • World and American history and geography take a trip down the Nile with King Tut and learn about the early days of our country, including the story of Jamestown, the Pilgrims, and the American Revolution • Visual arts fun activities plus full-color reproductions of masterworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Georgia O Keeffe, and others • Music engaging introductions to great composers and music, including classical music, opera, and jazz, as well as a selection of favorite children s songs • Math a variety of activities to help your child learn to count, add and subtract, solve problems, recognize geometrical shapes and patterns, and learn about telling time • Science interesting discussions of living things and their habitats, the human body, the states of matter, electricity, our solar system, and what s inside the earth, plus stories of famous scientists such as Thomas Edison and Rachel Carson read more

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True fear is often a signal that can save your life. Are you listening? The baby-sitter you ve just hired makes you uneasy what sh...ould you do? You sense you are being followed do you confront the stranger...or run? A fired employee says "You ll be sorry" should you take him seriously? A person in the elevator you are about to enter just doesn t look right do you wait for the next car? A date won t take "no" for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust and act on our gut instincts. In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation s leading expert on violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger before it s too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including...how to act when approached by a stranger...when you should fear someone close to you...what to do if you are being stalked...how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls...the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person...and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life. read more

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Are two-year-olds really so terrible, or does the world have a slightly skewed view of this sometimes difficult, sometimes adorabl...e lot? Drs. Ames and Ilg, recognized worldwide as authorities on child behavior and development, offer parents practical advice and enlightening psychological insights on children this age. What are two-year-old girls and boys thinking and feeling? How do they see others around them? With humor and compassion, the authors describe the general characteristics of these complex toddlers: their physical growth trends, their emotional and psychological maturation. Also included are insights into how two-year-olds behave with family and other children, and advice on how to handle them, as well as tings to avoid. Included in this book: • A two-year-old s view of the world and himself • Bath and dressing routines • Sex differences • Stories from real life • A list of age-appropriate toys and books • A bibliography for parents “Louise Bates Ames and her colleagues synthesize a lifetime of observation of children, consultation, and discussion with parents. These books will help parents to better understand their children and will guide them through the fascinating and sometimes trying experiences of modern parenthood.” Donald J. Cohen, M.D., Director, Yale Child Study Center, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology, Yale School of Medicine read more

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