Saturday, June 4, 2011

Recommended books for the month of June!

Wow, are we really done with the 2010-2011 school year??? I don’t know about you, but now that my girls are closing in on five years old, time is flying by. Summer vacation is upon us, which means that the kids will be home more and some of us may be seeing discipline problems pop up. Whether these problems are caused by boredom, sibling rivalry, or personality traits the results are the same: stress on the family. “Enter” your free summer resource, the NWHMOM library! Below is a book one of our members suggested, along with some “reader reviews”:

The No-Cry Discipline Solution by Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley gives parents practical and specific advice for raising well-behaved children from ages 2 through 8, showing them how to deal with behaviors such as tantrums, kicking, hair pulling, whining, back-talking, and swearing. She schools the reader in gentle ways to encourage good behavior.

“Pantley is a loving realist, who has managed… to give disciplinarianism a good, warm name.” –Kirkus

“It had some great general sections about how to engage/communicate with kids as well as handle anger.” –reader

“This book really uplifts parents with positive messages. It always makes me feel like a better mom to read a few pages when I’m feeling down about my parenting.” –reader

“I think the best learning from this was the fact that the things we get stressed out about are things that really don’t matter in the long run.” –reader

Here are some other resources on the subject of discipline:

Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking – Practical solutions to the most common preschool behavior problems – by Wyckoff and Unell

Discipline Without Tears – What to do with children who misbehave – by Dreikurs and Cassel

How to Discipline Kids without Losing Their Love and Respect – An introduction to Love &Logic – by Jim Fay

Smart Love – The compassionate alternative to discipline that will make you a better parent and your child a better person – by Heineman-Pieper and Pieper

The Strong-Willed Child – Birth through adolescence – by Dr. Dobson

The NWHMOM Library Inventory can be found in the “Files” section of the NWHMOM Yahoo group. Please send me an e-mail if you would like to borrow a book or if you have any questions. We lend books month-to-month, but I’m known to grant extensions if the word “chocolate” is mentioned…

Dottie L., NWHMOM Librarian

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