Stuff in the ‘Parenting’ Category

19 October, 2017

CYBERCIVICS: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology by Diana Graber

Digital literacy educator and founder of CyberWise, Diana Graber helps parents teach their digital kids the skills they need to avoid the pitfalls associated with tech while at the same time learning to harness the amazing tools they have at their fingertips so they can build happy and successful lives. (Amacom/World Rights/2019)

9 October, 2015


Colleen O'GradyColleen O’Grady is changing what’s possible for moms and teenage daughters. Too often the teenage years are marked and defined by drama, especially between mothers and daughters. Hoping to continue the close and loving bond they have had with their baby girl, moms can be devastated when adolescence strikes, which can happen as early as age nine. Instead of a joyful, respectful, and caring relationship with their daughter, they find themselves drowning in the daily outbursts, tantrums, and disrespectful interchanges with this strange creature pretending to be their daughter. And yet a healthy relationship is crucial to effective parenting and for a daughter’s well being. Moms know this intuitively, but many feel powerless to change it.

Colleen O’Grady offers hope, encouragement, and practical advice to thousands of moms: “You don’t Dial Down the Dramahave to survive the teenage years; you actually can enjoy them. First you need to dial down the drama before you can dial up what’s positive about the teenage years.”

Colleen provides a comprehensive roadmap in her groundbreaking book Dial Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting With Your Teenage Daughter, A Guide for Mothers Everywhere. Colleen O’Grady has not only been a successful marriage and family therapist and life coach for twenty-five years; she is also a mom in the trenches with her own teenage daughter. Colleen started writing Dial Down the Drama when her daughter was fifteen and completed the manuscript when she was nineteen. Though at times she felt crazy for writing this book while she was living the book, she found that these principles really work. Colleen has been able to enjoy a vibrant, authentic, close connection with her daughter through the teenage years.

But it wasn’t always like this.

Colleen spent nineteen years as a supervisor, trainer, and consultant at both University of Texas Mental Science Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Learning Support Center; and received multiple awards for her invaluable contributions, support, and teaching. Prior to that, she spent ten years as a youth minister and was a hero to thousands of teenagers. She is known and respected in her community and professional organizations as an expert on adolescence. Life was good, really good.

And then her daughter turned twelve.

Despite being the “expert” and well versed in parenting theories she was shocked at how easily she got hooked in her daughter’s drama. After much soul-searching Colleen discovered the missing pieces to having a healthy connection with her teenage daughter—and yours. These “missing pieces” became the framework for her Power Your Parenting programs, blog, podcast, and weekly e-zine, which has changed the lives of mom’s from all over the world. And now it’s all pulled together in Dial Down the Drama.

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14 August, 2012

IT’S OK NOT TO SHARE…And Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids, Heather Shumaker

Parenting can be such an overwhelming job that it’s easy to lose track of where you stand on some of the more controversial subjects at the playground (What if my kid likes to rough house—isn’t this ok as long as no one gets hurt? And what if my kid just doesn’t feel like sharing?). In this provocative and enlightening guide, Heather Shumaker describes her quest to nail down “the rules” to raising smart, sensitive, and self-sufficient kids. Drawing on her own experiences as the mother of two small children, as well as on the work of child psychologists, pediatricians, educators and so on, in this book Shumaker gets to the heart of the matter on a host of important questions. Hint: many of the rules aren’t what you think they are!
The “rules” in this book focus on the toddler and preschool years—an important time for laying the foundation for competent and compassionate older kids and then adults. Here are a few of the rules:
  • It’s OK if it’s not hurting people or property
  • Bombs, guns and bad guys allowed.
  • Boys can wear tutus.
  • Pictures don’t have to be pretty.
  • Paint off the paper!
  • Sex ed starts in preschool
  • Kids don’t have to say “Sorry.”
  • Love your kid’s lies.