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Parenting for the Digital Age

The Truth Behind Media's Effect on Children, and What to Do About It

We’ve seen it everywhere, whether a suggestive Halloween costume for a young girl, or a t-shirt for a prepubescent boy that says “Chick Magnet,” or online advertising that is blatantly trying to manipulate kids. The fact is that advertisers and the media have targeted our children with wanton abandon. What effect does this media, whether through television, online, or through mobile devices have on our children?

Bill Ratner, a long-time Hollywood insider and voice of their movie trailers, explores with in-depth research the change in advertising since 1982 and what children are currently exposed to. As a parent, educator, and veteran insider to the world of television, movies, and new media, Ratner talks openly about the problems associated with excessive screen time, children’s advertising, and what parents can do about it.

The Power of Dadhood

How to Become the Father Your Child Needs
 
The Power of Dadhood encourages men to father with the knowledge that they are vitally important to the futures of their children. National speaker Michael Byron Smith discusses the implications of a fatherless home, the challenges of parenting, and the hierarchy of fathers. There are absent fathers, present yet uninvolved fathers, authoritative fathers, loving fathers, teaching fathers, and many more. Any man, through The Power of Dadhood, can assess himself, see where he stands, and make choices to become a real Dad and find the power of Dadhood!
 

The 5 Foundations of Successful Teens

How to Ignite Your Underperforming Teen's Self-Reliance and Academic Success
 
Are you concerned that your child’s grades aren’t reflecting their potential? Are you worried that they have fallen into self-destructive patterns that could influence the rest of their lives? Research has repeatedly shown that an alarming percentage of students achieve below their academic ability. But with patience, you can help your unmotivated teen tackle challenges and succeed! Dr. Mark J. Luciano provides insights from his own family therapy practice and the latest research to help your teen discover newfound courage and independence. By helping your teen build the qualities of confidence, independence, initiative, identity, and trust, you can instill the desire to take risks and achieve goals, laying the foundations of success for the rest of their lives.

Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year

Because Moms Need a Little TLC, too! 

You read all the birthing books, took the Lamaze classes, and made it through labor (mostly) unscathed, but now the baby is home—and it’s a whole new ballgame!

There are plenty of books and resources about how to properly care for your new baby, but what about caring for yourself? Maria Lianos-Carbone, founder of AMotherWorld.com, outlines the “proper care and feeding” of mothers during their baby’s first year. From the physical and emotional changes a new mom will undergo to rekindling intimacy with her partner, Oh Baby! Mom’s Survival Guide for the First Year keeps the focus on moms—because you can’t draw water (or breastmilk, for that matter) from an empty well.

Mother Matters

A Practical Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom

Millions of mothers are born each year. From the moment a baby is born, the world seems to focus on childcare, but what about mothercare? Enter Dayna Kurtz, the brains behind Huffington Post's Mother Matters blog. From postpartum depression and "baby blues" to healing meals and postnatal exercise, Kurtz guides new and veteran mothers alike through the best practices to care for themselves as they care for their children. Her unique approach also includes less common methods like acupressure, expressive arts therapy, and more to help mothers boost their mental health and reclaim their identity. Backed by irrefutable research and personal anecdotes, Mother Matters is the guide every mother needs to not only survive but thrive!
 

A New Way for Mothers

A Revolutionary Approach for Mothers to Use Their Skills and Talents While Their Children Are at School

There is incredibly important yet untapped talent among mothers who have replaced career aspirations or creative outlets with family priority. Those women who have put their interests on hold to care for their children face a huge challenge in re-connecting with the professional world again in a way that recognizes their needs to continue to be available for their children.

This book will provide inspiration, encouragement, and a step-by-step approach for every mother wishing to engage their talents during the hours their children are at school. This book has strategies and tips for all aspects of life—from finding the right type of work to supporting your health—to help moms find purpose and balance through the crucial preschool years and beyond.

Mothering with Courage

Mothering with Courage

Mothering with Courage provides guidance for mothers to self-reflect and dig deep to discover what is important to them from their own perspective. Only from that space can a mother discover how to be the best, most authentic mother for her child.

Mothering with Courage provides mothers a detailed guidebook for their journey as a mother, complete with the latest understanding and tips for healthy parenting and motherhood.  Practical, educational, and inspirational, the book provides self-reflective questions and guided journaling exercises for mothers, specifically related to aspects of their lives and mothering. 

Mothering with Courage engages mothers in an interactive experience that will help map their own journey of motherhood, consciously creating it as they move through the book gaining insight and making personal choices. The text and exercises also guide mothers to mindfully choose the legacy of values and attitudes that they want to pass to their children. As a result, they will be given the opportunity to become a calm and connected mother . . . a mother who is also confident in her journey. 

Untying Parent Anxiety (Years 5–8)

18 Myths that Have You in Knots—And How to Get Free
 

Raising the perfect child . . . it’s our dream as parents.

But the reality is: the perfect child doesn’t exist. Yet parents everywhere are putting the full-court press on their kids to be perfect, fixating on raising them to be smarter, faster, more successful, and more popular than their peers. And that’s making today’s parents and their children crazy.
 

In Untying Parent Anxiety (Ages 5-8): 18 Myths That Have You in Knots—And How to Get Free, nationally syndicated humor columnist and author Lisa Sugarman reminds us that our kids aren’t supposed to be perfect. (And neither are we.) They’re going to screw up, make mistakes, and lose their way. And as soon as we embrace the idea that parenthood is not a straight line, we unlock everyone’s full potential.

Drawing on her life as the perfectly imperfect mother of two daughters and more than a decade of working in the school system, Sugarman deconstructs some of the biggest myths facing parents and offers advice and strategies to help soothe anxious moms and dads.

Cycling through everything from friend drama and separation anxiety to playing nice and emotional development, Untying Parent Anxiety (Ages 5-8): 18 Myths That Have You in Knots—And How to Get Free is a funny but honest journey through the most common stages of raising kids that reinforces that parenthood is a beautiful, imperfect work in progress.

Family Talk

How to Organize Family Meetings to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships

Christy Monson, a retired family therapist, provides in simple language concrete examples and clear language to family success through family councils.
 
While families are diverse and their needs are unique, a family council provides a safe and strong environment for every family to discuss issues and explore the best ways to have the family succeed. A family council is not just any meeting. It's a special event that provides a background and foundation to create healthy family synergy. Monson teaches families what a family council is and what it is not, why it’s a perfect environment for teaching, for exploring difficult issues, learning how to play, and how best to solve problems at home, school, or work. Monson also includes information for families with special needs.

Family councils are a great way to bring children and parents together in a positive environment where they can discuss and solve problems. 

Mothers of the Village

Why All Moms Need the Support of a Motherhood Community and How to Find It for Yourself

So many mothers feel like something is out of joint, something is missing—and maybe the truth is that we’re all just missing each other.

C. J. Schneider found herself in the middle of a perfect storm after giving birth to her third child and moving to a new neighborhood. Conditions for misery and postpartum depression were ideal: she was isolated, lonely, and exhausted with three young children at home. As she started talking with other mothers, she realized that she was not alone in her experience of feeling alone.

In her unique voice, Schneider intelligently and compassionately offers practical advice on how to create the essential community that mothers need. Given the many examples of communal mothering from the past and around the world, as well as modern examples of communities in which mothers are thriving, the research is clear: since the beginning of womankind, mothering has been a communal effort.

Mothers of the Village affirms that as mothers connect with each other and learn to work with each other, despite the challenges, they may find a piece of themselves that they have felt missing all along.

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