Staff Picks

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
HOW TO ADOPT FROM UKRAINE SUCCESSFULLY By Alexander Bogach
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This book is extremely practical and detailed step-by-step guide. It contains all the information prospective parents need to know about adoption from Ukraine. The Guide will help couples to... More > make educated decisions about adoption from Ukraine. "How to adopt..." is a real boon for prospective adoptive parents who are newcomer in this matter and are absorbing all the information regarding international adoption and particularly adoption from Ukraine. ALEXANDER BOGACH is Ukrainian attorney specializing in adoption. As the local attorney he takes a sober view of adoption from Ukraine. Alexander enjoys helping foreign and Ukrainian families in their adoptions. You may find hot news and updates regarding adoption from Ukraine on the author’s blog www.howtoadoptfromukraine.blogspot.com.< Less
Can I Sit With You Too? By Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Jennifer Byde Myers
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Can I Sit With You Too? is the second collection of stories from the Can I Sit With You? project. These new tales represent an even wider range of schoolyard experiences, including best friend... More > disappointments, new kid fears, harsh discrimination, living with disabilities, and emerging sexuality. By sharing moments from kindergarten through high school, these stories once again remind us that we are not alone: chances are, if it happened to you, it happened to someone else, too. The Can I Sit With You? project has been featured on NPR, and in live shows and readings from Seattle's Annex Theatre to the San Francisco Bay Area's Book Passage. Proceeds from this book benefit SEPTAR, the Special Education PTA that Jennifer and Shannon helped found in 2007.< Less