Parenting and Family

Book reviews on the subject of parenting and family.

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    This book translates anxiety from the jargon of psychology into concrete experiences that children can relate to. Children and their parents will understand the biological and emotional components of anxiety responsible for the upsetting symptoms they experience. "Please Explain ''Anxiety' to Me!", by authors Laurie and Jordan Zelinger, gives accurate physiological information in child friendly language. A colorful dinosaur story explains the link between brain and body functioning, followed by practical therapeutic techniques that children can use to help themselves. Children will learn that they can handle most issues if they are explained at their developmental level, understand the brain/body connection underlying anxiety, identify with the examples given, find comfort and reassurance in knowing that others have the same experience, be provided with strategies and ideas to help them change their anxiety responses, be able to enjoy childhood, and to give up unnecessary worrying.

    The new 2nd Edition of "The 'O, MY' in TonsillectOMY and AdenoidectOMY" by author Laurie Zelinger helps parents understand and organize the necessary medical and emotional components that accompany their child’s surgery. In an easy to follow timeline for events prior to and following a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy, the author provides reassuring and accurate guidance that eases the process for the patient and family.

    Psychologist Gary Buffone shares his understanding of how parents can help children of all ages maintain healthy lives in a land of abundance. Living in a country filled with economic and material abundance, how have so many advantaged children’s lives become a slippery downhill slope to boredom, financial irresponsibility, dependency, narcissistic entitlement, depression, and abject failure? And more importantly, how can parents deal with the very real and complex issues surrounding their money and kids. "Choking on the Silver Spoon" provides sound, practical advice to help parents apply the Five immutable Laws of Financial Laws of Financial Parenting throughout the family life cycle. From teaching youngsters about money, to dealing with the entitled teen, to fostering healthy ambition and a strong work ethic, to tips on when and how to best transfer assets to adult children.

    In "Moving Your Aging Parents" by author Nancy Daniel Wesson readers will learn how to: Identify needs and desires to create a quality new life; Cope with the Depression Era mind-set; Create emotionally sustaining environments to nurture the soul; Ready and sell the family home; Ask the RIGHT questions to help divest of treasures; Manage your energy and spirit throughout the process; Determine when it's time to consider alternative placement Perform the ordinary in a non-ordinary way -- allowing you to preserve and heal family relationships.

    "The ART of Grandparenting" edited by Valerie Connelly is filled with insights, humor and advice for new grandparents everywhere who find themselves awed and somewhat baffled by their newly acquired stature in their families, their lives and in their hearts that of grandparent. All the authors who joined this project with vigorous enthusiasm and who willingly brought to it their wisdom, wit and talents as writers. Their heart-felt honesty shines in every word. Their warmth and desire to share their experiences with those of us who are new to the role of grandparent brings us comfort and optimism.

    Author Dr. Andrew Gibson, creator of Parenting Angry Children and Teens (PACT) Training, has written "Got An Angry Child?" to share his successful methods with parents everywhere in a format that is easy to follow and offers practical techniques for change. "Got An Angry Child?" is for any parent with a child who is acting out, angry, or has been diagnosed with a psychiatric label such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiance, conduct disorder, or bi-polar disorder. PACT training has already helped thousands of parents and children restore love and integrity to their relationships.

    When Dr. Laurie Zelinger's son, Jordan, needed a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, she wished she had a book to prepare for the surgery. She took copious notes and did thorough research to make sure her son's surgery and recovery would be as pain-free as possible. Now she has used her experiences to write a full-color guidebook for other parents to help their children prepare for this potentially frightening experience. Parents who read and follow the advice in "The ‘O, My' in Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy" will feel confident they have done everything to maximize their child's comfort and ability to adjust. Children will feel less anxiety by knowing what to expect before, during and after surgery. Dr. Zelinger's book helps make surgical procedures as painless as possible.

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