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Drama Of The Gifted Child
by Alice Miller
Paperback
ISBN: 0465016901, Basic Books, 136 pages.

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"Explains why many of the most successful children and adults are plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation--and tells how to break the cycle."



Everyday Blessings
by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Paperback
ISBN: 0786883146, Hyperion, 416 pages.

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In the rush, rush, rush of too-much-to-do-and-no-time-to-do-it, the all-important, nurturing aspects of parenthood can easily disappear. Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Myla Kabat-Zinn have collaborated on Everyday Blessings, a book that approaches parenting from the Zen Buddhist position of moment-to-moment awareness. It's a beautiful presentation and a thoughtful approach to mindful meditation that will help you slow down, enrich your life as a parent, and nourish the internal life of your children.

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The Family Bed
by Tine Thevenin
Paperback
ISBN: 039952729X, Perigee, 159 pages.

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This venerable book introduced the increasingly-popular concept of The Family Bed for modern American audiences. Though slightly dated (my hand-me-down copy dates from 1978), it is an important part of parenting literature, and a must read for any parent battling the Sleep Wars. This book provides reassurance for parents who feel guilty about letting their kids climb in with them, and for parents who have tried--and failed--at letting the baby "cry it out." Even if you don't sleep with your children, you'll find it an interesting read.

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For Your Own Good
by Alice Miller
Paperback
ISBN: 0374522693, Noonday Press.

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Miller explores the backgrounds of extreme cases of self-destructive and violent individuals to further her theories on longterm consequences of abusive childrearing. Her conclusions about what creates a drug addict, a murderer, even a Hitler, stray far from psychoanalytic dogma about human nature. Miller paints a jolting picture of the violent world each generation helps shape when traditional upbringing, with its hidden cruelty, is perpetuated. She also offers a way out by striving to resensitize the child in the adult, to unlock an emotional life frozen in repression.

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Giving the Love that Heals
by Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt
Paperback
ISBN: 0671793993, Pocket Books, 385 pages.

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Harville Hendrix has illuminated the paths to healthy, loving relationships in his New York Times bestsellers Getting the Love You Want and Keeping the Love You Find. Now, with his coauthor and wife, Helen Hunt, he brings us to a new understanding of the most profound love of all -- by helping parents nurture their own development as they encourage emotional wholeness in their children.

This groundbreaking book offers a unique opportunity for personal transformation: by resolving issues that originated in our own childhood, we can achieve a conscious, and thus healthier, relationship with our children, regardless of their age. Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt help us explore:

With other practical, insightful approaches that can powerfully shape the parent-child bond, Giving the Love that Heals gives us the keys to helping our children to become healthy, responsible, and caring people.


The Heart of A Family: Searching America For New Traditions That Fulfill Us
by Meg Cox
Paperback
Random House, 320 pages.

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What do people remember about their childhood? What builds a family? What holds families together? Author Meg Cox asserts that the heart of a family is ritual and tradition. Rituals mark the rhythms in our lives, so in a changing society with changing family structures, families need to find or create rituals that have meaning for them. Cox, a reporter and editor for 17 years, quit her job at the Wall Street Journal to research modern rituals and traditions. The result is a well-written, smart, and helpful guide for families seeking to create meaningful traditions of their own. Cox explores alternative versions of old holiday rituals, gives advice on creating new traditions, and discusses ways to improve stale traditions when the heart has gone out of them. She describes daily family rituals (a nightly wind down before bedtime, locking pinkies when promises are made), large-scale family festivities (celebrating "Adoption Day," family reunions, blow-out holiday extravaganzas), and rites of passage (a girl's first period, milestone birthdays), as well as modern takes on the traditions of many religions and cultures. The Heart of a Family is an intelligent book, free from sentimentality and full of intriguing ideas. --Ericka Lutz

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Magical Child
by Joseph Chilton Pearce
Paperback
ISBN: 0452267897, Plume, 257 pages.

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Especially useful for it's descriptions of CC-style birth, mother/infant bonding, and the psyche of the developing child and how she relates to the Mother and the World.



Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual
by Louise Kaplan
Paperback
ISBN: 0684854066, Touchstone Books, 288 pages.

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It explains and delineates the phases through which babies and toddlers go as they develop

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This book allows you to get to a place that all parents wish they could be, inside their child's thoughts. I now have more understanding and MUCH more patience.


Our Babies, Ourselves
by Meredith Small
Paperback
ISBN: 0385483627, Dell Pub Co, 320 pages.

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How we raise our children differs greatly from society to society, with many cultures responding differently to such questions as how a parent should respond to a crying child, how often a baby should be nursed, and at what age a child should learn to sleep alone. Ethnopediatrics--the study of parents, children, and child rearing across cultures--is the subject of anthropologist Meredith F. Small's thorough and fascinating book Our Babies, Ourselves.

Small asserts that our ideas about how to raise our kids are as much a result of our culture as our biology, and that, in fact, many of the values we place on child-rearing practices are based in culture rather than biology. Small writes, "Every act by parents, every goal that molds that act, has a foundation in what is appropriate for that particular culture. In this sense, no parenting style is 'right' and no style is 'wrong.' It is appropriate or inappropriate only according to the culture." Our Babies, Ourselves is a wonderful read for anyone interested in the social sciences, and will be especially meaningful to those swept up in the wild adventure of parenting. --Ericka Lutz

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The Shelter of Each Other
by Mary Pipher
Paperback
ISBN: 0345406036, Ballantine Books, 304 pages.

Book Description

In The Shelter of Each Other, Mary Pipher does for the American family what she did for adolescent girls and their parents in her bestselling book Reviving Ophelia: she opens our eyes wide to the desperate realities we are facing and shows us a way out. Drawing on the fascinating stories of families rich and poor, angry and despairing, religious and skeptical, and probing deep into her own family memories and experiences, Pipher clears a path to the strength and energy at the core of family life. Wise, compassionate, and impassioned, The Shelter of Each Other challenges each of us to face the truth about ourselves and to find the courage to protect, nurture, and revivify the families we cherish.


Three in a Bed
by Deborah Jackson
Paperback
ISBN: 158234051X, Bloomsbury USA, 312 pages.

Book Description

Until relatively recently, babies weren't sent off to sleep alone in their cribs where they often cry themselves to sleep--only to wake, needing to be fed or comforted until they can fall asleep again. This book offers an alternative: taking your baby to bed with you. Drawing on up-to-date and startling new evidence, the author shows how babies who sleep with their parents benefit by getting virtually a full night's sleep. Three in a Bed also includes a fully revised chapter based on new research on the SIDS debate and includes practical information on safety in the bed, how to sustain your sex life, and how to deal with the moment when the baby leaves his parents' bed. The approached advocated in this book can change the life of any parent struggling with getting their baby to sleep through the night.


Whole Child, Whole Parent
by Polly Berrien Berends
Paperback
ISBN: 0060928182, HarperCollins, 400 pages.

Book Description

For more than two decades, Whole Child/Whole Parent, the first spiritually oriented book on parenthood and the first to address the value of parenthood for the parent as well as for the child, has provided a sound, practical, psychological and spiritual footing for parenthood and family life. This fourth edition includes new material for contemporary parents on anger, children's dreams, maintaining individual and family life, marital as well as parental life, and many new personal anecdotes.


You Are Your Child's First Teacher
by Rahima Baldwin Dancy
Paperback
ISBN: 0890879672, Celestial Arts, 384 pages.

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Insight into children, reinforcement for role of parent, includes resources for toys, games, music, and books.

This book gives a wealth of information on practical ideas for creating a harmonious, beautiful life for your child, great intro. to rhythm of the day, etc


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