CHOICE: new books in the Parenting living room for September
Here’s a good selection of parenting books with a wide range of useful information; from pregnancy right up to parenting your teenagers.
Queen bees & wannabes : helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boys, and the new realities of girl world
By: Wiseman, Rosalind, 1969- author.
“”My daughter used to be so wonderful. Now I can barely stand her and she won’t tell me anything. How can I find out what’s going on?” “There’s a clique in my daughter’s grade that’s making her life miserable. She doesn’t want to go to school anymore. Her own supposed friends are turning on her, and she’s too afraid to do anything. What can I do?” Welcome to the wonderful world of your daughter’s adolescence. A world in which she comes to school one day to find that her friends have suddenly decided that she no longer belongs. Or she’s teased mercilessly for wearing the wrong outfit or having the wrong friend. Or branded with a reputation she can’t shake. Or pressured into conforming so she won’t be kicked out of the group. For better or worse, your daughter’s friendships are the key to enduring adolescence–as well as the biggest threat to her well-being. In her groundbreaking book, Queen Bees and Wannabes, author Rosalind Wiseman takes you inside the secret world of girls’ friendships. Wiseman has spent more than a decade listening to thousands of girls talk about the powerful role cliques play in shaping what they wear and say, how they respond to boys, and how they feel about themselves. In this candid, insightful book, she dissects each role in the clique: Queen Bees, Wannabes, Messengers, Bankers, Targets, Torn Bystanders, and more. She discusses girls’ power plays, from birthday invitations to cafeteria seating arrangements and illicit parties. She takes readers into “Girl World” to analyze teasing, gossip, and reputations; beauty and fashion; alcohol and drugs; boys and sex; and more, and how cliques play a role in every situation. This book will help you understand how your daughter’s relationship with friends and cliques sets the stage for other intimate relationships as she grows and guides her when she has tougher choices to make about intimacy, drinking and drugs, and other hazards. With its revealing look into the secret world of teenage girls and cliques, enlivened with the voices of dozens of girls and a much-needed sense of humor, ‘Queen bees and wannabes’ will equip you with all the tools you need to build the right foundation to help your daughter make smarter choices and empower her during this baffling, tumultuous time of life”” (Library Catalogue)
The Danish way of parenting
By: Alexander, Jessica Joelle, author.
“What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world – and what are the secrets of Danish parents for raising happy, confident, successful kids, year after year? Why are the Danes so content? After many years of research, the authors think they have finally uncovered the secret of why the Danes are so happy. And the answer, quite simply, is in their upbringing. The Danish philosophy behind parenting and their way of raising children yields some pretty powerful results: resilient, emotionally secure, happy kids who turn into resilient, emotionally secure, happy adults who then repeat this powerful parenting style with their own kids. The legacy repeats itself, and they get a society that tops the happiness charts for more than forty years in a row. This upbeat and practical guide brings together the insights of a licensed psychotherapist and a mum on the habits of the happiest families on Earth.” (Library Catalogue)
Finding calm for the expectant mom : tools for reducing stress, anxiety, and mood swings during your pregnancy
By: Domar, Alice D, author.
“”Think about some of the words so commonly used to describe a pregnant woman: radiant, glowing, serene. But even for women who are thrilled to be having a baby, pregnancy can also be a difficult time filled with ambivalence, anxiety, and moodiness. Women who are typically accustomed to having complete control over their bodies endure waves of morning sickness, discomfort with their expanding belly, exhaustion, and anxiety about the impact a baby will have on their career, relationships, and freedom. Many pregnant women feel guilty about the challenging emotions; they face enormous societal pressure to be ecstatic about impending motherhood and wonder what is wrong with them when they don’t feel the happiness they think they should be experiencing. Research shows that excessive stress during pregnancy is associated with premature birth and low birth weight. But relief does not come in the form of a pill-antidepressants have the potential to cause pregnancy complications and lifelong harm to unborn babies. ‘Finding calm for the expectant mom’ presents a seven-step program that shows women what they can do to feel happier, calmer, and less stressed in a safe and natural way. With the tools and problem-solving techniques presented here, women can adjust their expectations, restructure negative thought patterns, cultivate resiliency, and become better prepared to take on the role of motherhood.”” (Library Catalogue)
I quit sugar with Sarah Wilson kids’ cookbook : easy and fun sugar-free recipes for your little people!
By: Wilson, Sarah, 1974-, author.
“Sarah Wilson taught the world to quit sugar in 8 weeks and then went onto teach everyone how to cook delicious essentials, simply. Sarah incorporates her mindful, sustainable and economical practices to help mums and dads around the world to ease their kids off sugar. She’s compiled densely nutritious meals with no or very low sugar that are designed to be delicious, exciting and satisfying for our little people. Written with all the care and knowledge you have come to expect from Australia’s number one quit sugar team, this is the book that makes sugar-free cooking easier, less expensive and more creative.” (Library Catalogue)
The children’s garden : loads of things to make & grow
By: Appleby, Matthew (Garden journalist), author.
“A garden can be a place for discovery, creativity and fun, and a space that encourages children to enjoy and engage with the natural world. Through 52 exciting family projects, one for every week of the year, this book inspires parents and their children aged 5+ to play and learn in the garden, with activities including nature trails, cooking, crafting and growing plants and vegetables. Ex-primary teacher Matthew Appleby is the expert voice behind the book. Appleby has a son and daughter and has tapped into his first-hand experience of parenting and teaching to devise these seasonal projects for every week of the year. ‘The children’s garden’ is the perfect companion for families looking to discover the magic and adventure their gardens have to offer.” (Library Catalogue)
Talking with your toddler : 75 fun activities and interactive games that teach your child to talk
By: Laikko, Teresa, author.
“A handy parent’s guide that turns professional language development into child’s play… Are you concerned that your child is not verbalizing? The solution may be as simple as a game. ‘Talking with your toddler’ teaches you how to stimulate speech using everyday play. It makes learning to talk fun and engaging for your child. With proven therapies and easy-to-follow activities, ‘Talking with your toddler’ makes an ideal home companion – tips to promote talking throughout the day – hands-on games that teach new words – tricks for turning drive time into talk time – fun ways to promote further practice – techniques for keeping kids engaged. Written by experienced speech professionals, this book’s straightforward approach is equally useful for parents at home, teachers in the classroom or therapists in a clinic.” (Library Catalogue)
Parenting for the digital age : the truth behind media’s effect on children, and what to do about it
By: Ratner, Bill, author.
“From how to deal with cyberbullying to the strange, true stories behind Barbie and G.I. Joe, media insider Bill Ratner takes an inside look at our wired-up world in a fascinating book–part memoir, part parenting guide–for the digital age. Landing his first job in advertising at age fourteen, Ratner learned early that the media doesn’t necessarily have our best interests at heart. His career as one of America’s most popular voiceover artists and his life as a parent and educator gives readers a first-hand look at the effects of digital media on children and what you can do about it.” (Library Catalogue)