Parenting Books and Media I Recommend
- The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More – Bruce Feiler
- Positive Discipline Parenting Tools: The 49 Most Effective Methods to Stop Power Struggles, Build Communication, and Raise Empowered, Capable Kids – Nelsen Ed.D., Jane , Mary Nelsen Tamborski, Brad Ainge
- How to talk so kids will listen, how to listen so kids will talk– Adele Faber
- How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 – Joanne Faber
- Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too – Adele Faber
- The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind – Daniel Siegel
- Blessing of a Skinned Knee – Wendy Mogel, PhD.
- Parents We Mean to Be – Richard Weissbourd
- Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives – Rachel Simmons
- The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence – Rachel Simmons
- Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time – Victoria L. Dunckley
- The Big Disconnect – Catherine Steiner Adair
- https://screentimenetwork.org/- many resources to support reducing screentime
- http://www.truceteachers.org/: Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE)
- http://www.familysafemedia.com – a site that sells products to preserve family values in a media driven society
- The Child Whisperer – Carol Tuttle
- Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids – Susan Cain
- The four Tendencies – Gretchen Rubin
Books About Divorce
- Two Homes, One Childhood – Robert Emery, PhD
- Making Divorce Easier on your Child- 50 Effective ways to help children adjust – Nicholas Long and Rex Forehand
- Raising the Kid you love with the EX you Hate by Edward Farber, PhD
- Two Homes – Claire Masurel
Very Good: Simple picture book that describes what it is like to live in two homes after a divorce.
- The Great Big Book of Families – Mary Hoffman
Good: Not specifically about divorce but includes families that have one mom or dad and step-parents.
School Age Children
- Divorce is the worst – Aastasia Higginbotham
Very Good: Creative book each page looks like a collage. It is straightforward and caring in language appropriate for children. She offers suggestions at the end for how to cope.
- Dinosaurs Divorce: a guide for changing families by Laurene and Marc Brown
Excellent: This is a comprehensive book about divorce written by the author of the Arthur book series. It defines many terms used during a divorce and is very clear about what divorce can look like to a child.
- Why do Families change: Our first talk about separation and divorce – Dr. Jillian Roberts
OK: A picture book with sophisticated language and definitions of common terms related to divorce. It could be helpful for parents to have definitions to use when discussing divorce.
- Let’s talk about Divorce: Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers Neighborhood)
Very Good: Although this book only refers to traditional families, it discusses feeling children may be experiencing.
- Charlie Anderson: Barbara Abercrombie
Excellent: this is a story about a cat, but is really a story about having two homes.
Middle/High School Students
- Divorce is not the End of the World: Zoe and Evan Stern
Excellent: This book is written by a brother and sister who have experienced divorce. It has great advice for children to help them set boundaries and stand up for themselves in a positive way.
- My Parents are Getting Divorced: how to keep it together when your mom and dad are splitting up by Florence Cadier
Good: This book is written by adults for older children and the language reflects that. It is full of great information and fun illustrations making it a bit more playful and relaxed feeling.
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