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Recommended Reading for Parents

Nurturing Good Children Now by Dr. Ron Taffel with Melinda Blau. 10 Basic Skills to Protect and Strengthen Your Child’s Core Self.
Parenting by Heart by Dr. Ron Taffel with Melinda Blau. How to be in charge, stay connected, and instill your values, when it feels like you’ve got only 15 minutes a day.
When Parents Disagree and What You Can Do About It by Dr. Ron Taffel. Raising healthy kids-while you strengthen your relationship.
The Strong-Willed Child, Birth Through Adolescence. by Dr. James Dobson
How to Handle A Hard-to-Handle Kid by C. Drew Edwards, Ph.D. A Parent’s Guide to Understanding and Changing Problem Behaviors
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross Greene.
Lost at School: Why Our Kids With Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Crack and How We Can Help Them by Ross Greene.
The Blessing of a B Minus by Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.
Better By Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong. by Alina Tugend
The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine
Letting Go - A Parents Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger


Mom, They’re Teasing Me by Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. with Catherine O’Neill Grace. Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems.
Bullyproof Your Child for Life by Joel Haber, Ph.D. Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting and Bullying for Good.
Bully-Proofing Children by Joanne Scaglione and Arrica Rose Scaglione. A Practical, Hands-On Guide to Stop Bullying.
The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander by Barbara Coloroso. From Preschool to High School – How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence.
Please Stop Laughing At Me… by Jodee Blanco. What it means to be an outcast, how even the most loving parents can get it wrong, why schools fail, and how bullying is both misunderstood and mishandled
Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in the Early Grades

Loving Each One Best by Nancy Samalin. A Caring and Practical Approach to Raising Siblings.
Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too

Learning Outside the Lines by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole. Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution.
Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D. Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood to Adulthood.
Delivered from Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., and John J. Ratey, M.D. Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
A Mind At A Time by Mel Levine, M.D. America’s Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed.

Everything you NEVER wanted your kids to know about SEX (but were afraid they’d ask) by Justin Richardson, M.D. and Mark A. Schuster, M.D., Ph.D. The Secrets to Surviving Your Child’s Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens.
My Body, MySelf by Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras. There are separate books for each gender. For Preteens and Teens.

Good Friends Are Hard To Find by Fred Frankel, Ph.D.
Helping The Child Who Doesn’t Fit In by Stephen Nowicki, Jr. Ph.D. and Marshall P. Duke, Ph.D.
What To Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide for Kids by Thomas S. Greenspon
Teaching Tolerance by Sara Bullard. Raising Open-Minded, Empathetic Children.
The Unwritten Rules of Friendship by Natalie Madorsky Elman, Ph.D. and Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D. Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends.
Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me by Michele Borba, Ed.D. The Top 25 Friendship Problems and How to Solve Them.
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive after High School by Alexandra Robbins.

Boys Will Be Men. Raising Our Sons for Courage, Caring and Community. By Paul Kivel.
Raising Cain Protecting The Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon, Ph.D. and Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
Real Boys by William Pollack, Ph.D. Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood.

Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in the Early Grades by Michelle Anthony, Reyna Lindert.
Mean Chick, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks: A Real Girl’s Guide to Getting Through the Day with Smarts and Style by Erika V. Shearin Karres.
Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman. (addresses younger girls)
Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons.
Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying by Cheryl Dellasega, Cherise Nixon, Elina D. Nudelman.
Reviving Ophelia by Mary Piphers.

Nobody’s Perfect by Kimberly Kirberger. Stories by Teens about Body Image, Self-Acceptance and the Search for Identity. (young adult – tweens & teens)
Girl’s Body Book by Kelli Dunham, Laura Tallardy, Peggy Collins. Go to guide for adolescent females. “Dunham provides honest answers to girls’ most pressing and embarrassing questions.” (ages 10-12, grades 4-7)
Oh, the Things You can Do That are Good for You: All About Staying Healthy by Tish Rabe, Aristedes Ruiz. In the Spirit of the Cat in the Hat books by Dr. Seuss, this book introduces young readers to some basic elements of good personal health care.” (ages 5-8)
A Look in the Mirror: Freeing Yourself from the Body Image Blues by Valerie Rainon McManus. Hands-on workbook shows girls how to sift through the powerful messages that society and media send about women’s bodies and to let go of unrealistic standards. (young adult)
Shapesville by Andy Mills, Becky Osborn, Erica Neitz. “In the small town of Shapesville, diversity is celebrated. Five friends share with the reader their shape, size, color, talent and uniqueness.” (ages 4-8)
Girls: What’s So Bad About Being Good? How to Have Fun, Survive the Preteen Years and Remain True to Yourself. By Harriette S. Mosatche, Ph.D., Liz Lawner. A mom and her daughter team up to help you figure out what’s really important in life and how you can become the person you want to be. (ages 9-12).
Picture Perfect: What You Need to Feel Better About Your Body. By Jill S. Zimmerman Rutledge. “Jill Zimmerman Rutledge counsels girls with body-image issues and understands that many girls feel they need to be a “perfect” all-around girl…including having a perfect appearance.” (young adult)
101 Ways To Help Your Daughter Lover Her Body by Brenda Lane Richardson, Elane Rehr. In 101 Ways… two mothers (a clinical psychologist and a journalist) have teamed up to provide parents with practical ideas to girls from birth through adolescence to help daughters develop confidence and make peace with their unique builds.
Toolbox for Our Daughters: Building Strength, Confidence, and Integrity by Annette Geffert, Diane Brown. For girls from preadolescence through young adulthood. Written to help girls to discover, cherish and act upon a sense of personal responsibility and to empower them in making ethical choices.

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