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STOP YELLING, START LISTENING - Understanding Your Middle School Child By Darryl Sollerh, Leslie King, LCSW
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“Sage advice for frustrated parents.” KIRKUS REVIEWS Through their years of working with Middle Schoolers and their parents, Leslie King, LCSW, and Darryl Sollerh have developed a... More > compassionate yet realistic approach that takes into consideration both the parent and child's point of view. Filled with real-life examples, they examine the likely flashpoints for family conflicts, from Middle Schooler social lives to their homework habits, from their misrepresentations to their calls for fairness, from their demands for independence to their need for dependence. King and Sollerh's approach, at heart, seeks to spark an empathetic awakening in both parent and child, not only as they each meet the initially difficult phases of any challenge or crisis, but also as they move into the future, guided by a new awareness capable of supporting their ongoing efforts to grow in a relationship of shared dialogs, mutual respect and deepening understanding. Or as King and Sollerh envision it: the dance.< Less
Cognitive Monthly • June 2009 -- Duke Nukem Comes to Dinner: Do Violent Games make Violent Kids? By Dave Munger, Greta Munger
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Whenever kids are involved in a violent crime, speculation about their upbringing inevitably takes center stage. Were they abused or neglected? Could their parents have prevented the tragedy? Most... More > recently, video games have been targeted as the possible root of the problem. But are video games really to blame for horrific massacres like the shootings at Columbine and Virginia Tech? This month's report considers the growing role video games play in our kids' lives--and whether the playing violent games might really cause kids to be violent themselves. We assess the latest research on violent games and how it impacts kids. Researchers have found that playing some violent games does result at least temporarily in aggressive behavior, but it can also be beneficial. Do the benefits of gaming outweigh the many potential harms? We also describe how we've managed video games in our family, and offer some guidelines on how parents can approach gaming in their own homes. Cover photo: Casey Fleser< Less
Walk With Me By Kristin L. Lanari
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The relationship with a sibling is one of the longest in a person’s life – often longer than the relationship with a parent, spouse, or best friend. Written from the siblings’... More > perspective, this compilation of stories celebrates the joys and challenges of having a sibling with Down syndrome. As people with Down syndrome live longer, fuller lives, their siblings take on the important task of providing care, support, and love. It is a difficult job, and one we did not ask for – but we wouldn’t trade it for anything. The stories in this book are written by siblings who believe in faith, hope, and unconditional love that redefine what it means to be a family.< Less
Communicate, Not Just 'Conversate' With Your Teen By Coach Nakumbe
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This handbook was created to teach parents how to respond instead of react to what their teens are doing or saying. When you respond to things, YOU are in control, when you are reaction mode, we are... More > not in control and fear has opportunity to creep in and guide our thinking. This handbook will take you step by step through easy to do lesson plans and action steps that will give you the confidence to respond instead of react and learn to gain respect not just feel validated.< Less