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Everyone knows it takes a village to raise a child. Nowadays, in lieu of villages, parents turn more and more often to parenting books and blogs for helpful advice on navigating the new challenges of parenthood in a changing world.
Whether you're a parent or you have a parent on your gift list, our authors are here to help with thoughtful tips on how to parent during a time when children have as much access to technology as adults!
by Devorah Heitner
Parents and educators worry that kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. However author Devorah Heitner believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents help them. Kids need mentoring, not (just) monitoring, and kids deserve more empathy from adults about growing up in the digital age. Filled with easy-to-implement parenting hacks, Screenwise empowers parents to recognize that their wisdom is a relevant and urgently needed supplement to their kid's digital savvy.
"When you hand your child their first phone, you also need to support them with guidance about apps, games, group texts, sexting, porn, predators, geotagging and more. If that sounds overwhelming, get your hands on Devorah Heitner's Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in their Digital World. It's a reassuring, tech-positive book full of practical advice for parents to help kids manage their digital lives –Dr. Laura Markham, AHA Parenting, Bestselling Author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kid
by Cindy Pierce
Sex in college has never been simple. And with modern technology, the rising rates of sexual assault and STIs, and an increasingly ambiguous hookup culture, it is getting ever more complex. Sex, College & Social Media is a compassionate, funny, and well-researched primer for both the modern parent and college student. Based on author Cindy Pierce's experience talking to college students and on extensive social and medical research, this book provides trustworthy answers for pressing questions about all aspects of the college social scene.
"Sex, College, and Social Media is a practical, commonsense guide to dealing with some of the trickiest issues facing college kids today." –Al Vernacchio, MSEd, author of For Goodness Sex
by Sara Villanueva
Being a good parent is one of the most difficult, yet most rewarding, jobs a person can have in his or her lifetime. Being the parent of a teen is an especially daunting phase of the journey. The Angst of Adolescence, written in a conversational, informative, humorous and relatable style, promises to deliver trustworthy resource for parents of teens who are searching for answers and guidance about how to maneuver their way through this tricky developmental period.
“While reading The Angst of Adolescence, I loved Sara’s conversational voice, assurance, examples, information, and humor. I can't imagine any parent of a teen who wouldn't enjoy and profit from this mix of professional with personal insight.” –Carl Pickhardt, PhD, author of the blog and book, Surviving Your Child's Adolescence
by Vicki Hoefle
Casting helicopter parents aside, author Vicki Hoefle encourages a counter-intuitive-yet much more effective-approach: for parents to sit on their hands, stay on the sidelines, even if duct tape is required, so that the kids step up. Duct Tape Parenting gives parents a new perspective on what it means to be effective, engaged parents and to enable kids to develop confidence through solving their own problems. Witty, straight-shooting Hoefle addresses frustrated parents everywhere who are ready to raise confident, capable children to go out in the world.
“Parenting books are like diet books: They work for a while and then you're back to blimpdom.Duct Tape Parentingseems like something else – an idea that's workable for the long run, because, at base, it believes in the kids themselves.” –Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book and blog, Free-Range Kids
by Yalda Uhls
Is social media ruining our kids? How much internet activity is too much? What do FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), sexting, and selfies mean for teens? Are you curious about what research says about how media and technology are impacting childhood? Supported by academic research focused on technology, Media Moms & Digital Dads breaks down complex issues in a friendly, accessible fashion, making it a highly useful and, ultimately, reassuring read for anyone worries about the impact that media might be having on young minds.
"This book explains how technology has transformed the world of children's education and entertainment, and shows parents that such change is not to be feared! Yalda's deep knowledge of the research and her expertise in child psychology along with her many years as a storyteller in Hollywood make for a unique, important, and engaging perspective. As a parent and a creator of children's content, I appreciate Yalda's guidance and approach; the book is indispensable for the modern age." –Lisa Henson, Chief Executive Officer of The Jim Henson Company, executive producer on the Emmy®- nominated preschool series "Sid the Science Kid," and "Dinosaur Train"
by Michelle Icard
Middle School Makeover is a guide for parents and educators to help the tweens in their lives navigate the socially fraught hallways, gyms, and cafeterias of middle school. Using both recent research and her personal, extensive experience working with middle-school-aged kids and their parents, Icard offers readers concrete and practical advice for guiding children through this chaotic developmental stage while also building their confidence.
“Middle School Makeover is a great resource for anyone with a current or soon-to-be middle schooler in their life. With the voice of a friend, plenty of humor and lots of practical tips, Michelle Icard provides insight and answers to tween behaviors. Middle School Makeover also equips adults with useful ‘to do’ and ‘to don’t’ tips for helping their middle schooler gain independence and confidence.” –Melisa Holmes, MD; founder, Girlology; author of Girlology: A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up
by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest
We're in the midst of a parenting climate that feeds on more. More expert advice, more gear, and more choices to make about education. The result? Overwhelmed, confused parents and overscheduled, overparented kids. In Minimalist Parenting, authors Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest offer a fresh approach to navigating this conflicting background "noise." They show how to tune into your family's unique values and priorities and confidently identify the activities, stuff, information, and people that truly merit space in your life.
“For any parents who feel overwhelmed with clutter in their homes, their schedules, or their brains (that is, just about every parent!), Minimalist Parenting is an invaluable guide to making family life more serene—and more fun.” –Gretchen Rubin, author of Happier at Home and New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project)
by Cindy Pierce
Teens with accurate information and truths stand a better chance of developing an "inner compass" when it comes to sex and relationships, which sets them up for a healthy adulthood. In comic and straightforward style, Sexploitation brings together the latest research with anecdotal stories shared by the author Cindy Pierce's high school and college students. Above all else, Pierce's goal is to get people to develop more comfort around those difficult conversations so that kids gain more confidence and courage to draw boundaries based on their own values.
“For every parent who's ever panicked about having 'the talk' with their child, Cindy Pierce has created a frank, honest resource to help -- and more importantly, a reminder that this isn't a 'talk' at all but rather a conversation that evolves as our boys and girls become responsible, sexually active young men and women.” –Jodi Picoult, author of New York Times bestsellers Nineteen Minutes and My Sister's Keeper
by Vicki Hoefle
It's time for parents to get off the perfection path and get back to the real job of parenting: to grow a grown-up. In this no-nonsense parenting guide, parents learn a methodology that helps their toddlers build a strong foundation for success in adulthood. In her tell-it-like-it-is style, author Vicki Hoefle tells parents to trust their intuition and develop an intentional strategy for meeting a child's unique needs. The Straight Talk on Parenting offers the confidence-boosting reminder that parenting is about practice (and a healthy dose of humor), not perfection.
“Bold, clear and lifesaving. Vicki Hoefle is in the business of helping parents grow good grown-ups.” –Heather Shumaker, author of It’s OK Not to Share