Tag Archives: Parenting

The Second Decade

Raising Kids to be Happy, Self-Sufficient Adults through Work

51-qdc7qial-_sx331_bo1204203200_By Eugene M. Helveston
Call Number: HQ799.15 .H45 2016
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“The Second Decade” offers a game plan for navigating two of the most important challenges facing today’s youth: gaining academic skills through a quality education at school, and acquiring practical skills learned by working at a job. Exposing youth to the benefits of work — earning money and gaining independence while taking on responsibility and embracing accountability — adds valuable lessons to what is already being offered at home and in school, and will lead them to happiness and self-sufficiency.

The Education Invasion

How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids

9781594038815__39887-1483735035-220-290By Joy Pullman
Call Number: LB3060.83 .P85 2017
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In 2009, a conglomerate of unelected, self-appointed officials met behind closed doors to create a set of rules that would outline what children must learn in every grade in core K-12 classes. In 2010, the Obama administration required states to use these rules for curriculum and tests to have a chance at extra federal money during the Great Recession. Three years later, most Americans told pollsters they had no idea what common Core was. Their children were beginning to find out, however. Pullmann tugs on a thread that leads to a big tangle of history, politics, and intrigue that together help explain why small children must sit and cry over math homework while their parents look on helplessly. Early test results suggest Common Core means American kids will learn less. Why, then, did we do it? Who made out like bandits while kids and self-governance suffered? And how can Americans ensure their children won’t be served the same rewarmed brain hash they have rejected time and time again?

Any Given Monday: Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches / James R. Andrews

Call number: RD 97 .A55 2013

Every year more than 3.5 million children will require medical treatment for sports-related injuries, the majority of which are avoidable through proper training and awareness. Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine pioneer, and consultant to some of the fiercest teams in college and professional sports, distills his practical wisdom and professional advice to combat a growing epidemic of injury among sports’ most vulnerable population: its young athletes.
Any Given Monday is a sport-by-sport guide to injury prevention and treatment, written specifically for the parents, grandparents, and coaches of young athletes. Dr. Andrews covers every major sport, including football, gymnastics, judo, basketball, tennis, baseball, cheerleading, wrestling, and more. From identifying eating disorders to preventing career-ending ACL tears and concussions, Dr. Andrews reveals how young athletes can maximize their talent and maintain a lifetime of health—both on the field and off. (From Barnes & Noble)

Talking back to Facebook : a common sense guide to raising kids in the digital age / James P. Steyer

Call number: HQ784.I58 S75 2012

Now, more than ever, parents need help in navigating their kids’ online, media-saturated lives. Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading kids-and media organization, and the father of four children, knows that many parents and teachers— unlike their technology-savvy kids—may be tourists in the online world. In this essential book, Steyer—a frequent commentator on national TV and radio—offers an engaging blend of straightforward advice and anecdotes that address what he calls RAP, the major pitfalls relating to kids’ use of media and technology: relationship issues, attention/ addiction problems, and the lack of privacy. Instead of shielding children completely from online images and messages, Steyer’s practical approach gives parents essential tools to help filter content, preserve good relationships with their children, and make common sense, value-driven judgments for kids of all ages.
Not just about Facebook, this comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to the online world, media, and mobile devices belongs in the hands of all parents and educators raising kids in today’s digital age. (From Google Books)

The crowded nest syndrome : surviving the return of adult children / Kathleen Shaputis

Call number: HQ755.86 .S533 2003 

Bringing the serious topic of postparenting out into the light, this is a humorous collection of insightful anecdotes on the perils and pleasures of being a parent of boomerang kids in the 21st century. Among the issues covered are dealing with adult children’s emotional state and often-staggering credit card debt and what to do with their numerous personal possessions. An alternative to more formal how-to books, this is a clever narrative of successful living with adult children. (From Google Books)

The triumphant child : caring for your newborn / Olson Huff

Call number: RJ131 .H213 2009

Dr. Huff and Nicole Rawson-Huff, together with five leading experts in their field, have compiled The Triumphant Child to help you as parents raise triumphant and resilient children. We all love our children and want the best for them, but sometimes parenting is not easy. This book will give you an insight as to why your child may be displaying challenging behaviors and provides strategies for working to change these behaviors whilst keeping your child’s self-esteem intact. In this book you will find: 1. Knowledge and advice from experts; 2. Personal experience and advice from other parents; and 3. Easily accessible practical tips that work. You will discover: Why setting up a good routine is one of the most important things parents can do for their kids. How to manage (and survive) sibling rivalry, picky eaters and temper tantrums. Ways to help to help children cope with divorce, moving, a new baby, death in the family and more. What children of this age fear most and how parents can help their children ‘triumph’ over these fears. (From Amazon)

Parenting an athlete / Annette Reiter

Call Number: GV706.4 .G47 2011

The role that parents play in the development of their children is crucial, especially when it comes to athletics. While many parents today are aware of the need to provide their child with the best opportunities to succeed and excel in sports, many are completely unaware of the tremendous impact they have on their child’s attitude and self-esteem. Annette Reiter’s motivational book, Parenting an Athlete,looks at all angles of raising a sports-minded son or daughter, with the goal of guiding parents so that they positively and encouragingly interact-not interfere-with their child athlete. Having lived all sides of the ‘parenting and sports’ issue, Annette writes from an informed perspective of not only a coach dealing with parental roles but also as a proud and frustrated parent on the sidelines.

‘A must-read for parents, especially those whose student-athlete is approaching high school. Parents need to realize the profound influence they have on their child’s attitude, not only in athletics, but also in life.’
– Chris Hill, head basketball coach, Morrestown High School, and former college basketball player

(From Google Books)

When dad hurts mom : helping your children heal the wounds of witnessing abuse / Lundy Bancroft

Call number: HV6626.2 .B254 2004

Mothers in physically or emotionally abusive relationships ask themselves these questions every day. Here, a counselor reveals how abusers interact with and manipulate children-and how mothers can help their children recover from the trauma of witnessing abuse.

This book, the first ever of its kind, shows mothers how to:

– Protect children and help them heal emotionally
– Provide love, support, and positive role models, even in the midst of abuse
– Increase their chances of winning custody
– Help their kids feel good about themselves (From Google Books)