Tuesday, May 29, 2007

New Parenting Books

There have been some excellently reviewed parenting books published this spring so I thought I'd share some with you.

By far, the most requests I get as a parenting topic, both in the library and as a member of the town's Early Childhood Council, is discipline. Here are three of the newest titles in our collection on this subject:

The author of The No-Cry Discipline Solution is Elizabeth Pantley, bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Her discipline book promotes gentle ways to encourage good behavior without whining, tantrums and tears.
Positive Discipline for Preschoolers and Positive Discipline for the First Three Years by Jane Nelsen are completely revised and expanded editions of her earlier discipline titles. As a matter of fact, there is a whole Positive Discipline series with titles for stepfamilies, caregivers, single parents and teenagers.

The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family but can also present its own unique challenges. The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis, Ph.D. addresses these issues with care and consideration. This book is for parents who have welcomed children from other countries and cultures, from troubled backgrounds or with special behavioral or emotional needs.

In a somewhat controversial title, Donna Bee-Gates, author of I Want It Now, compares today's culture of materialism and self-gratification with a simpler childhood that values good communication and interaction with peers and family.

These last two titles present specialized information not often written about for the mass market.
The Connected Father by Carl Pickhardt helps fathers become informed about changes and challenges that normally unfold during adolescence. He helps them navigate through the 4 stages of adolescence from ages 9 to 23 and deals with subjects such as communication, independence and authority.
While there have been several books on the parenting of infant through preschool twins and multiples, not much has been available on issues that develop during the school age. Parenting School-Age Twins and Multiples by Christina Baglivi Tinglof fills that gap. Her book answers questions such as: should your twins be placed in the same homeroom at school or how healthy is competition among your triplets? Drawing from the latest cutting-edge research, she guides you through the children's first days of kindergarten to the always drama-filled years of high school.
All of the above titles are brand new and are currently being processed. Call the Children's Department at 665-8720 to place a hold on any of them.
These and other books addressing child rearing can be found on the Parent Shelf in the Children's Department. Any Children's staff will be happy to show you the location.
Helen Aveline
Head of Children's Services


Vicky said...


Thank you so very much. This is a very informative and interesting post. Almost wish I still had kids to raise.

Anonymous said...

Clicking on an image of a volume can only be considered a useless exercise in frustration as it does link to the catalog entry.