Tuesday, October 9, 2012

10 Parenting Resources Highlighted by @DrReneParenting #ahdconvention

One of the featured speakers at this weekend's 17th Annual National At-Home Dad Convention was Dr. Rene Hackney. She currently owns and teaches at Parenting Playgroups, Inc. in Alexandria, VA. She lectures to thousands of parents, teachers, and social workers each year on a wide range of parenting related topics. She holds a PhD. in developmental psychology and a M.A. in school psychology, both from George Mason University.

Her session at the convention was titled Managing Power Struggles and Helping Your Kids to Listen Better. I think most of the dads who attended would agree that it was a powerful, and informative session that offered practical application that would immediately make a difference in our homes. While I can't recap the entire session, I can give you ten of the resources that she mentioned so that you can do specific reading to target any issues that you are having with your individual child.

For Kids:

1. The list of resources available for kids on Dr. Hackney's site is extensive. So, here is the link to her page of helpful children's books arranged by topic.

Books For Parents:

2. Partnership Parenting: How Men and Women Parent Differently--Why It Helps Your Kids and Can Strengthen Your Marriage - Men and women not only have naturally different communication styles, but unique approaches to parenting as well. While mothers tend to overprotect their kids, fathers tend to push them toward independence. And whereas many experts tend to advocate “a united front,” Drs. Kyle and Marsha Pruett reveal how Mom and Dad not always being on exactly the same page— which, initially, may seem to cause conflict— can actually strengthen the whole family. Informed by the Pruetts’ research and extensive experience with parents and children, Partnership Parenting offers a new outlook. In addition to fascinating biological insights, the book features strategies for negotiating common “landmine situations” from birth to age eight, from discipline and bedtime to helping kids with homework and teaching them responsibility. With wisdom and humor, Partnership Parenting helps couples take advantage of their individual strengths to raise confident children while simultaneously improving their marriage.

3. Playful Parenting - From eliciting a giggle during baby’s first game of peekaboo to cracking jokes with a teenager while hanging out at the mall, Playful Parenting is a complete guide to using play to raise confident children. Written with love and humor, brimming with good advice and revealing anecdotes, and grounded in the latest research, this book will make you laugh even as it makes you wise in the ways of being an effective, enthusiastic parent.

4. Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age - More and more children are growing up without a clear sense of financial or emotional limits. The Washington Post recently reported findings from U.S. Bancorp that even lower-income families are buying and spending more than ever on their children. But whether the cause is over-indulgence due to a new affluence or over-compensation for a lack of time spent with them, especially when both parents are working, many parents have created a world where their children's every need and desire is instantly fulfilled. But, as Dr. Kindlon points out, the one thing money cant buy for children is character. Dr. Kindlon guides parents toward helping their childrenand themselves understand the consequences of giving too much and expecting too little.

Learn how to stop policing and pleading and become the parent you want to be. You love your children, but if you're like most parents, you don't always love their behavior. But how can you guide them without resorting to less-than-optimal behavior yourself? Dr. Becky Bailey's unusual and powerful approach to parenting has made thousands of families happier and healthier. With this inspiring and practical book in hand, you'll find new ways of understanding and improving children's behavior, as well as your own.

6. Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions to Stress-Free Homework - This book is for any parent who has ever experienced stress, self-doubt, and anxiety over their child's homework. In Homework Made Simple - Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework, Dolin, an educator with over 20 years teaching and tutoring experience, reveals the core problems that commonly lead to homework stress. She identifies six key student profiles: Disorganization, Rushing, Procrastination, Avoidance, Inattention, and Frustration and provides tips and strategies to deal with the each type. The reader will find over 100 proven solutions to tackle difficult situations and the challenging homework problems that accompany them.

7. How to Get Your Kid to Eat: But Not Too Much - Answering a multitude of questions—such as What should a parent do with a child who wants to snack continuously? How should parents deal with a young teen who has declared herself a vegetarian and refuses to eat any type of meat? Or What can parents do with a child who claims he doesn't like what's been prepared, only to turn around and eat it at his friend's house?—this guide explores the relationship between parents, children, and food in a warm, friendly, and supportive way.

8. Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too - This wise, groundbreaking book gives parents the practical tools they need to cope with conflict, encourage cooperation, reduce competition, and make it possible for children to experience the joys of their special relationship. With humor and understanding, much gained from raising their own children , Faber and Mazlish explain how and when to intervene in fights, provide suggestions on how to help children channel their hostility into creative outlets, and demonstrate how to treat children unequally and still be fair.

9. How to Negotiate With Kids Even When You Think You Shouldn't: 7 Essential Skills to End Conflict and Bring More Joy into Your Family - A vast readership awaits How to Negotiate with Kids. It addresses some of today's top parenting concerns: how to deal with a child who disagrees, how to avoid being either an ogre or a pushover, and-most of all-how to handle conflicts in ways that build lasting relationships with children.

10. Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles: Winning for a Lifetime - Noted family educator Mary Sheedy Kurcinka hits upon a crucial parenting topic: coping with the everyday challenges of disciplining your child, while understanding the issues behind his or her behavior. In Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles, she offers unique approaches to solving the daily, and often draining, power struggles between you and your child. Kurcinka views these conflicts as rich opportunities to teach your child essential life skills, like how to deal with strong emotions and problem solve. With her successful strategies, you'll be able to identify the trigger situations that set off these struggles and get to the root of the emotions and needs of you and your child.

Do you have any favorite parenting books that you found useful?  

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