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How to Hug a Hedgehog

12 Keys for Connecting with Teens

A teen’s job is to be difficult and most do it really, really well. But what about you? You want to hug that hedgehog, right? But you don’t want to get hurt. No problem. With entertaining stories and 12 principles that open the cages, unlock the doors, gently tear down those walls, and get you talking, How to Hug a Hedgehog explores everything from communication to what you might have missed on the teen “warning label.”

Wilcox and Robbins help you face your worst fears, effectively handle pressure and stress, and answer the question, “What happens if I fail?”

The Present Parent Handbook

26 Simple Tools to Discover that This Moment, This Action, This Thought, This Feeling Is Exactly Why I Am Here

"If you can recognize that your child needs to be witnessed, held, and loved by you, he or she will have a chance to thrive."

With all the distractions of work, technology, and life in general, The Present Parent Handbook invites parents to be mentally and emotionally available to their children. In the present, there is the opportunity to show up, pay attention, and become the parent you want to be. 

With an easy-to-follow A-Z format, every parent will be able to implement the 26+ simple tools to become a more present parent for their children.

Being a Proactive Grandfather

How to Make a Difference

Statistics tell us that male Baby Boomers probably have another twenty to thirty good years ahead of us, and most have grandchildren. But how much time and mental energy will we expend on these living legacies? How much will we prioritize them, and how proactive and deliberate will we be as granddads?

New York Times #1 bestselling author, Richard Eyre encourages grandfathers to ask themselves a very important question: what kind of grandfather will you be? Will you be a “disengaged grandfather,” who downsizes to an adults-only condo in Sun City by a golf course and rarely sees his grandkids? Will you be a “limited grandfather,” a “supportive grandfather,” or—best of all—will you be a “proactive grandfather”?

Only when we choose to be proactive does grandfathering become effective, consequential, and truly fun. At this level, you deliberately ponder the needs you can uniquely fulfill, and you set goals and plans to enhance your grandchildren’s lives (in concert and in teamwork with the goals and stewardship of their parents). This approach will stretch and test you, but it will also reward you with levels of fulfillment, well-being, love, and peace otherwise unobtainable.

Grandparenting the Blended Family

How to Succeed with Your Step or Adopted Grandchildren
 
Grandparenting is hard enough, but when you add in the blended family element, whether step or adopted, the challenge is even greater.  How do you succeed when these children are not your own? How do you make them your own? Can you get them to love you? to like you? to trust you? How do successful grandparents do it?

Dene Low, an award winning author and grandparent herself, explores thirty different sets of grandparents and provides tips and solutions  from her interviews and research for grandparent success.

Your role as a grandparent is critical to your grandchildren, whether they be your biological grandchildren, step grandchildren, or adopted grandchildren. You have a role to play. You have a difference to make. As  the author says, “Grandparents can save the world.”
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