Parenting Book Reviews

Table of Contents


Pre-pregnancy Books

Pregnancy Books

Nutrition in Pregnancy

Pregnancy for Fathers

Baby Name Books

Birth guidebooks

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Infants & Toddlers


Sleep Problems

Child Rearing & Discipline

Preschool-aged children

Young school-aged children

Teenaged children

Learning disabilities and ADHD

Medical Information & Nutrition

Life Style Choices

Death and Children

Boys/Girls: "Gender" issues

Miscellaneous Books

Other Media

Sources & Acknowledgements

Paula Burch's Home Page

Children: kindergarten through elementary school ages

Martin Nemko:How to Get Your Child a Private School Education in a Public School
[sources incl. amazon]
	I would strongly recommend [this]  book. I was lucky enough to
	find it in my local library when my oldest was 4, and I have
	since bought my own copy and used it frequently. (My kids are now 8
	and 13, and the oldest is entering high school.)  -- Jo
	Paoletti (from a post) 

Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D., Frances L. Ilg, M.D.:"Your X Year Old"
(X = One, Two, Three, etc. - this is a series) Publisher: Gesell
Institute of Human Development 
Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D., Frances L. Ilg, M.D.:"Your X Year Old"
(X = One, Two, Three, etc. - this is a series) Publisher: Gesell
Institute of Human Development 
Your 5 Year Old : Sunny and Serene	[sources incl. amazon]
Your Six-Year-Old : Loving and Defiant	[sources incl. amazon]
Your Seven-Year-Old : Life in a Minor Key	[sources incl. amazon]
Your Eight Year Old : Lively and Outgoing	[sources incl. amazon]
Your Nine Year Old : Thoughtful and Mysterious	[sources incl. amazon]
Your Ten to Fourteen Year Old	0440506786
[sources incl. amazon]
	Ames and Ilg was used in my parenting class and, so far, my children
	have been 100% in line with their stages of development.  A wonderful
	book series for helping to decide, "have I ruined my child or is this
	normal development" and the subsequent "should I fight this or
	suffer through it". 

	Lots of questions on this net are oth the type "My X yr old is doing
	this - is it normal?"  There is a whole series of these

	[books] , going up to the preteen years.  [...]

	These books aren't big with practical tips on how to deal with
	specific behaviors, but I find just identifying the behavior pattern
	to be very helpful.  I can then deal with it with my repertoire of
	skills from other sources.  

Ilg and Ames: Is your Child in the Wrong Grade?
[sources incl. amazon]
	[no review available]

Sullivan: The Quality Time Almanac
[OOP; try your library or  amazon]
	My wife recently checked out an excellent book (IMHO) from
	the library and I thought I would pass on a recommendation
	Kind of brown-ish paperback if you are looking for it in the stacks.
	Sorry that I can't be more exact about the author & title, but my wife
	returned it before I copied down the info.
	Anyway, from time to time here I have seen people posting questions
	like what to do for a simple chemistry experiment/demo for small kids.
	This book had loads of them that all sounded pretty fun & different
	to me (OK, a lot involved baking soda or vinegar, but so what).
	 -- Dennis Nicklaus [posted]

Susan Perry: Playing smart: a parent's guide to enriching, offbeat
	learning activities for ages 4-14.
[sources incl. amazon]

Sheldon Lewis and Sheila Kay Lewis: Stress-proofing your child:
	mind-body exercises to enhance your child's health. (children
	ages 6-11) 
[sources incl. amazon]

Julie A. Ross: _Practical Parenting for the 21st Century_: The Manual
                    You Wish Had Come With Your Child
[sources incl. amazon]
	I have no financial or other stake in this book, but have
	found [this] to be an informative and highly readable book. It's
	available from Excalibur Publishing, Inc.,  434 Avenue of the
	Americas, #790, NYC 10011. I don't know and have never met the
	author but believe many people on this list may find this book
	helpful. --Sage [from a post] 

Steven P. Shelov: The American Academy of Pediatrics' Caring for Your
School-Age Child  Ages 5-12  and  Caring For Your Adolescent Ages 12
to 21. 
	The best. --Roberto Murguia M.D. [from a post]

Bruno Bettleheim, THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT:  The Meaning and
Importance of Fairy Tales.  Vintage Books, 1977.  
ISBN 0-394-72265-5.  
[sources incl. amazon]
	One of my all time favorites!  Gives
	a psychoanalytic reading of the best known faiy tales
	in terms of the psychological needs and fears which are
	addressed in them.  Wonderful reading.

Alison Lurie, DON'T TELL THE GROWN-UPS: Why Kids Love
the Books they Do.  Avon Books, 1990.  ISBN 0-380-71402-7.
[OOP; try the library or amazon]
	A kind of USES OF ENCHANTMENT for more contemporary books.
	Discusses what some literature, e.g., Seuss books, 
	subversive.  Very interesting for the young at heart!

Elin McCoy: What to do when kids are mean to your child. Reader's
	Digest Parenting Guides, $12.95. What to do about bullies.
[sources incl. amazon]
	[no review]

Peter Benson, Judy Galbraith, and Pamela Espeland: What kids need to
	succeed. Free Spirit Publishing. 1998.
[sources incl. Free Spirit Publishing and amazon]
	[no review]

Marlene Bireley: Crossover Children: A sourcebook for helping kids
	who are gifted and learning disabled. Published by the Council
	for Exceptional Children; available from Free Spirit
	Publishing [see Sources] 
[sources incl.  Free Spirit Publishing and amazon]
	[no review]

Sally Yahnke Walker: The survival guide for parents of gifted kids:
	how to understand, live with, and stick up for your gifted
	child. Free Spirit Publishing. 
[sources incl. Free Spirit Publishing and amazon]
	[no review]

Barbara Kerr: Smart girls: A new psychology of girls, women, and
[sources incl.  Free Spirit Publishing and amazon]
	[no review]

Susan Setley: Taming the dragons: real help for real school problems.
[sources incl.  Free Spirit Publishing and amazon]
	[no review]
Nancy Boyles and Darlene Contadino. Parenting a child with attention
	deficit hyperactivity disorder. [available from Free Spirit
	Publishing's catalog--see Sources]. 
[sources incl.  Free Spirit Publishing and amazon]

Gary Fisher and Rhoda Cummings: When your child has LD (Learning
	Differences): a survival guide for parents.  Free Spirit
[sources incl.  Free Spirit Publishing and amazon]

Cynthia Whitham: Win the whining war & other skirnishes: a family
	peace plan. 
[sources incl.  Free Spirit Publishing and amazon]

Emotional Problems of Normal Kids
[sources incl. amazon]
	Interesting new parenting book: Emotional Problems of Normal Kids, by
	Turecki (his previous book on parenting the Difficult Child was good
	too, but narrower in scope).  This touches on how to deal with the
	various emotional problems that normal kids have, as well as how to
	determine when professional help would be beneficial.  It's
	interesting to read, besides. -Amy Uhrbach [posted]

Waking Up Dry
[sources incl. amazon]
	There is a book called, "Waking Up Dry" that we have in our
	public library, which gives a non-medication approach to
	solving bedwetting.  Although a certain percentage of bedwetters
	will cure themselves each year, and the tendency is hereditary,
	there are two exercises in the book that will help, I think, 70%
	of bedwetters.	
	The first exercise is stopping and starting the urine stream with
	each urination except the time right before they go to bed.  Aim
	for starting and stopping 10 times with each urination.
	The other exercise is doing a bladder capacity measurement/stretching
	exercise.  Twice a week, on two nonconsecutive days, you have the
	child drink a large amount of (preferably caffeinated, as the caffeine
	is supposed to act as a diuretic) liquid, and then time them as to
	how long they can "hold it" and then when they can't hold it any
	more, they urinate in a container so you can measure their output.
	These two things will cause a bladder capacity increase of one oz.
	a month, plus make it easier for the child to hold the urine.  They
	also discuss bedwetting alarms and how to use them as a valuable
	training device (as opposed to a punitive device).  I really recommend
	the book highly, but if you can't find it, this should be enough to
	get you going. -- Melinda Meahan [posted]

Saunders and Espeland: _Bringing_Out_The_Best: A Resource Guide for Parents
of Gifted Young Children, (Free Spirit Publishing ISBN 0-915793-30-X: $12.95)  
[sources incl. amazon]
	My favorite book on the subject of gifted children...this is not a
	superbaby book, by any means, but rather an excellent survey of the
	literature on giftedness as it applies to the very young, replete with
	bibliographical references to aid further research.  It's written for
	parents, not researchers, and is full of ideas that would be
	helpful to most parents [whether their children are "gifted" or not].  
	-- Valerie Bock [posted]

Claudine Wirths and Mary Bowman-Kruhm: _Where's_My_Other_Sock_: how to get
organized and drive your parents and teachers crazy. Published by Thomas 
Y. Crowell, N.Y. ISBN: 0-690-04665-0.
[sources incl. amazon]
	-- Valerie Bock [posted]
	[editors note: apparently this book is now out of print]

Marguerite Radencich amd Jeanne Shay Schumm: How to help your child
	with homework: every caring parent's guide to establishing
	good study habits and ending the homework wars. Free Spirit
	Publishing. [to order directly, see Sources] 
[sources incl. amazon]

Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern: Putting on the brakes: young people's
	guide to understanding attention deficit hyperactivity
	disorder (for kids ages 8-13)
[sources incl. amazon]


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