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We're Still Family: What Grown Children Have to Say about Their Parents' Divorce
We're Still Family: What Grown Children Have to Say about Their Parents' Divorce
by Constance R. Ahrons
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Adult Children of Divorce, July 12 2004
For me, the best insights in the book came in the last chapter. Dr. Ahrons posits two questions to her research participants:
1. From your experience growing up in a divorced family, what advice would you give to parents who are divorcing?
2. What advice would you give to other kids whose parents are divorcing?
The answers that follow are tremendously valuable to anyone (including children) who are experiencing, or have experienced, divorce.
I highly recommend this book to parents who are concerned about the impact that their divorce may have on their children, and to adult children of divorce who are struggling to understand how their parents' divorce has impacted their lives.
(Full Review at FamilyResource.com)

Generation S.L.U.T.: A Brutal Feel-up Session with Today's Sex-Crazed Adolescent Populace
Generation S.L.U.T.: A Brutal Feel-up Session with Today's Sex-Crazed Adolescent Populace
by Marty Beckerman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.79
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly Honest, April 30 2004
Generation S.L.U.T. is not for everyone. Some readers will find the fictional story as literary pornography, while others will appreciate its fresh candor on the sex lives of today's teenagers. No doubt, if a reader were to consume only certain parts of the book, many different descriptions could be made of it. However, its sum total is a truthful and necessary message for parents, teenagers, and educators. Marty has taken the veil off of a once secretive subject, and has served it as a full course meal to the unaware, and uninitiated. The book maintains a status of being for everyone, yet it's not for everyone. If you have a strong stomach, much like the kind needed to hear stories about surgery or bathroom mishaps at the dinner table, then you'll be able to handle this book.
You can read the full review at FamilyResource.com

Our Dad Died: The True Story of Three Kids Whose Lives Changed
Our Dad Died: The True Story of Three Kids Whose Lives Changed
by Amy Dennison
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Resource for Kids and Adults, Feb. 21 2004
Death of a loved one is always difficult. However, experiencing the death of a parent as a child is not only difficult, it can also be quite confusing. For most children, the idea of death is a surreal concept, often void of context and reality. Additionally, the manner in which most family and friends behave towards children (after they have lost their parent) can be equally as confusing.
Our Dad Died: The True Story of Three Kids Whose Lives Changed, approaches the death of a parent in a new way. Instead of advice from a noted expert, we get a story from three siblings who kept journals after their dad's death. This unique approach to teaching children about death is refreshing. Especially since it came from those who actually experienced it, instead of from experts who have only observed it.
The young writers invite the reader into their world. A world of hurt, anger, laughter, and annoyance. The book is written for both children and adults. Children will be able to relate to the style and content of their writing, while adults will quickly pick up on the undertones of their experiences. The three young writers take the reader from the beginning of their dad's death, onto his funeral and burial, and then through the two following years after his death. They also recap moments with their family, including a chapter dedicated solely to their grandparents.
David, one of the child authors, offers a glimpse of what it was like to go to his dad's funeral:
"It was hard to believe that Dad was in the coffin in the front of the chapel. The cover was closed so we couldn't see him. But I knew he was right there. I asked Mom if we could open it and just give him one last hug and kiss, but we couldn't. She said that his body didn't look the same without his soul, which was really the Dad part of him. His soul was already in heaven, and the body was empty and not Dad anymore. I wasn't sure about all that."
One of the best parts of the book, called "Looking Back," comes at the end of each chapter. Each one is written as an afterthought to the authors' original journal entries. They summarize and compare the events and feelings that ended up being really important, and also the ones that weren't. They also take the time to reassure young readers that their wide range of feelings and reactions are neither right or wrong, but are simply normal (under the circumstances).
Our Dad Died will help adults understand the minds and emotions of children who have lost a loved one, and will help children better grieve the loss of their parent.

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
by Elizabeth Pantley
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Parents of Newborns & Older Babies, Nov. 18 2003
My wife and I recently had our first child. The first week with our daughter was great. She slept a lot, breast fed well, and we were convinced that we had given birth to an angel. Getting her to sleep during that first week was easy. We would wrap her in a blanket like a burrito, place her in the bassinet or crib, and she would be out. Unfortunately, our honeymoon was soon over after that first week.
As she began to experience her new surroundings, and started to go through tremendous growth spurts, she became increasingly difficult to comfort. As new parents, we felt lost with the multitude of advice coming from our friends and family. There was also the frustration of feeling like we weren't meeting the needs of our daughter, because of her constant restlessness and screaming.
Fortunately, Elizabeth Pantley had recently mailed me a copy of her book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution, to review on FamilyResource.com. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. Elizabeth's book was packed full of useful knowledge and wisdom to help any parent care for their newborn or older baby.
In the second chapter of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, Elizabeth focuses on educating parents on the basic sleep patterns of babies. Most parents (including us) are quick to believe that their newborn baby has sleep problems, simply because they can't seem to get their baby to sleep on a schedule. In response to this common misperception, Pantley writes:
"Newborn babies do not have sleep problems, but their parents do. Newborns sleep when they are tired, and wake when they are ready. If their schedule conflicts with yours, it's not a problem for them; they don't even know it."
After educating parents about basic sleep facts, she walks the reader through the process of keeping sleep logs. The logs are easy to understand, and she provides templates that parents can use for their own logs. My wife and I weren't exactly in a place where we wanted to start keeping logs yet. However, if you have disinterest in the logs like we did, it shouldn't deter you from getting the book. The chapters that discuss the logs, also include an innumerable amount of helpful suggestions for how to teach your baby good sleep patterns and waking behavior.
The chapter we found most helpful was the one entitled, "Review and Choose Sleep Solutions." Elizabeth breaks up the sections into newborns and older babies. The newborn chapter was a God send for us. Suddenly, much of our daughter's behavior began to make sense to us. One of the many things she talks about is day/night confusion. She suggests not having your baby nap too much during the day, because the infant may get day and night mixed up, which may be why she's up all night.
Parents will enjoy the inserts throughout the book called, "Mother-Speak." Mother-Speak consists of short quotes from real mothers describing their experience trying to get their baby to cry less, and sleep better. I felt like Mother-Speak did a good job of connecting the content with the reader, and I think it helps give the reader a sense of normalcy and hope regarding their situation.
Finally, probably the most educational chapter in the entire book is chapter 8, "Analyze Your Success." There is so much accumulated research and advice in this chapter, that it could be its own book. This chapter seemed to cover everything, literally!
The No-Cry Sleep Solution is a must have for parents of babies (newborn to 2-years-old). If it wasn't for this book, I'm not sure how our sanity would be right now. Thank you Elizabeth for writing an incredibly useful and helpful book!

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
by Elizabeth Pantley
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.96
188 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Book for New Parents, Nov. 17 2003
My wife and I recently had our first child. The first week with our daughter was great. She slept a lot, breast fed well, and we were convinced that we had given birth to an angel. Getting her to sleep during that first week was easy. We would wrap her in a blanket like a burrito, place her in the bassinet or crib, and she would be out. Unfortunately, our honeymoon was soon over after that first week.
As she began to experience her new surroundings, and started to go through tremendous growth spurts, she became increasingly difficult to comfort. As new parents, we felt lost with the multitude of advice coming from our friends and family. There was also the frustration of feeling like we weren't meeting the needs of our daughter, because of her constant restlessness and screaming.
Fortunately, Elizabeth Pantley had recently mailed me a copy of her book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution, to review on FamilyResource.com. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. Elizabeth's book was packed full of useful knowledge and wisdom to help any parent care for their newborn or older baby.
In the second chapter of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, Elizabeth focuses on educating parents on the basic sleep patterns of babies. Most parents (including us) are quick to believe that their newborn baby has sleep problems, simply because they can't seem to get their baby to sleep on a schedule. In response to this common misperception, Pantley writes:
"Newborn babies do not have sleep problems, but their parents do. Newborns sleep when they are tired, and wake when they are ready. If their schedule conflicts with yours, it's not a problem for them; they don't even know it."
After educating parents about basic sleep facts, she walks the reader through the process of keeping sleep logs. The logs are easy to understand, and she provides templates that parents can use for their own logs. My wife and I weren't exactly in a place where we wanted to start keeping logs yet. However, if you have disinterest in the logs like we did, it shouldn't deter you from getting the book. The chapters that discuss the logs, also include an innumerable amount of helpful suggestions for how to teach your baby good sleep patterns and waking behavior.
The chapter we found most helpful was the one entitled, "Review and Choose Sleep Solutions." Elizabeth breaks up the sections into newborns and older babies. The newborn chapter was a God send for us. Suddenly, much of our daughter's behavior began to make sense to us. One of the many things she talks about is day/night confusion. She suggests not having your baby nap too much during the day, because the infant may get day and night mixed up, which may be why she's up all night.
Parents will enjoy the inserts throughout the book called, "Mother-Speak." Mother-Speak consists of short quotes from real mothers describing their experience trying to get their baby to cry less, and sleep better. I felt like Mother-Speak did a good job of connecting the content with the reader, and I think it helps give the reader a sense of normalcy and hope regarding their situation.
Finally, probably the most educational chapter in the entire book is chapter 8, "Analyze Your Success." There is so much accumulated research and advice in this chapter, that it could be its own book. This chapter seemed to cover everything, literally!
The No-Cry Sleep Solution is a must have for parents of babies (newborn to 2-years-old). If it wasn't for this book, I'm not sure how our sanity would be right now. Thank you Elizabeth for writing an incredibly useful and helpful book!

Teeth are not for Biting
Teeth are not for Biting
by Elizabeth Verdick
Edition: Board book
Price: CDN$ 9.45
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical & Useful, May 15 2003
I found this book to be both educational and preventive. It offers young children concrete alternatives to their urges to bite others. It's designed to be read by a parent, guardian, or teacher, and it offers colorful illustrations by Marieka Heinlen.
Teeth Are Not for Biting approaches the issue of biting with great care and understanding. The book talks frankly about why children bite others, and also attempts to instill empathy into children who may be prone to biting. Probably the greatest strength of this book is its practical advice to children. Elizabeth Verdick presents alternatives to biting that are easy to understand, and more importantly, simple enough for most young children to do.
This book is a worthy new entry for preventing and teaching children about the harmful behavior of biting others.

Life Lists for Teens: Tips, Steps, Hints and How-Tos For Growing Up, Getting Along, Learning and Having Fun
Life Lists for Teens: Tips, Steps, Hints and How-Tos For Growing Up, Getting Along, Learning and Having Fun
by Pamela Espeland
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The resource that I wish I had had when I was a teenager, March 1 2003
When I think of books written for teenagers, I usually think of authors who try to connect with teenagers by inspiring, pleading and sometimes scaring them into listening to their story; Which is why Life Lists for Teens pleasantly surprised me. There aren't any boring or overly dramatic stories; There are just great tips for making life a little less stressful for teenagers. In fact, there are hundreds of tips, hints and how-tos for growing up, getting along, learning, and having fun.
Pamela Espeland, the author of Life Lists for Teens, has spent countless hours researching and gathering together some of the most insightful and practical information for teenagers that I've ever seen. The conciseness of the lists, and the way the lists are organized, makes it easy for teenagers with a short attention span to get the most out of the book. Pamela Espeland even encourages young readers to write down or photocopy lists, so they can take their lists with them.
There are a total of 254 lists that are included in the following chapters:
- Introduction
- Health & Wellness
- Getting Along
- Staying Safe
- School & Learning
- Going Online
- Planning Ahead
- Saving the World
- Focus On You
- Just for Fun
- Acknowledgements & Sources
This book is definitely the resource that I wish I had had when I was a teenager. All of us who are reading this (that is, who aren't teenagers right now) obviously survived our teenage years. However, I think Life Lists for Teens has the potential to help teenagers survive their teenage years with less stress, and hopefully less confusion.

Summershine
Summershine
Price: CDN$ 23.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars They keep getting better!, Aug. 16 2001
This review is from: Summershine (Audio CD)
Bill Mallonee and the Vigilantes of Love are one of the most talented, yet unheard of bands out there. Summershine is the thirteenth album in a long history of thought provoking and melodic recordings.
With southern roots reaching out of Athens, Georgia (home to REM), Bill Mallonee and the Vigilantes of Love have been creating alt/country/pop music with poetic lyrics that often seem to pierce the soul. Bill Mallonee possesses a unique degree of brutal honesty about life that everyone can relate to. Sometimes somber, sometimes jovial, listening to their music makes you feel connected to someone who actually understands the human condition.

Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts
Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts
by Michele Borba
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.32
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Than A Book... It's A Handbook, Jan. 22 2001
Parents Do Make a Difference is more than a book, it's a handbook. Dr. Borba uses extensive use of checklists, exercises, helpful suggestions and real life examples to help parents teach the skills of personal, emotional and motivational success to their children.
In this book, Dr. Borba has woven personal experiences, and sometimes complex behavioral theories, into messages that are clear and comprehensive for all parents.
Readers will appreciate the practicality of the author's approach. For example, Dr. Borba points out, early in the book, that family conditions help nurture the self-esteem of children. Meaning, all of the exercise and tips in this book may be meaningless if the parent doesn't have the ability to authentically mirror the behaviors they are attempting to teach their children.
To assist in further action for parents, she has also included several resources (books, videos, and web sites) at the end of each chapter. ...

Parents Are Teachers, Too: Enriching Your Child's First Six Years
Parents Are Teachers, Too: Enriching Your Child's First Six Years
by Claudia Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for parents, Oct. 23 2000
After reading Parents Are Teachers, Too, I'm convinced that the first two chapters should be required reading for all parents. The author, Claudia Jones, touches on some of the most important aspects of being a parent. The roles of the parent as an educator, and the influence parents have on the development of their child's self-esteem. I can easily recall all of the social influences that constantly barraged my self-esteem while growing up. I can also recall how my parents never gave up encouraging me. Through their teaching, love, realistic expectations and trust, I gained confidence in my abilities and myself. Claudia explains how teaching your children is not only fundamental to parenting, but also develops trust, models appropriate behavior, assists in closer bonding between parent and child, and creates true quality time.
Claudia's approach is both practical and informative. She has created a book that is in reality, a reference for the first six years. The activities are easy to understand and perform. For most activities, the only materials needed are a parent, a child, some patience, some encouragement, some love, and some time. I was pleased that the book also included educational components, such as the Stages of Learning (by Jean Piaget) and Alternatives to Television.

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