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Helpful Books

Following is a list of books parents may find helpful:


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"When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses" by John James & Russell Friedman. This is a great book for helping children work through the painful losses that they may experience during childhood.

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"The New Strong-Willed Child" by Dr. James Dobson. "Dr. James Dobson has completely rewritten, updated, and expanded his classic best seller The Strong-Willed Child for a new generation of parents and teachers. The New Strong-Willed Child follows on the heels of Dr. Dobson's phenomenal best seller Bringing Up Boys. It offers practical how-to advice on raising difficult-to-handle children and incorporates the latest research with Dr. Dobson's legendary wit and wisdom. The New Strong-Willed Child is being rushed to press for parents needing help dealing with sibling rivalry, adhd, low self-esteem, and other important issues. This book is a must-read for parents and teachers struggling to raise and teach children who are convinced they should be able to live by their own rules!" (Description copied from Amazon)

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"Bringing up Boys" and "Bringing up Girls" by Dr. James Dobson helps parents understand the unique challenges that are presented in raising boys and girls.

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"Parenting with Love & Logic" by Jim Fay & Foster Cline is a parenting book which teaches how to effectively parent without anger or threatening in a way that uses natural consequences to prepare children for the real world.

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"1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12" by Thomas Phelan is a discipline strategy that helps keep the discipline process as calm and effective as possible.

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"Grace Based Parenting" by Tim Kimmel. This is one of the best parenting books that I have ever read!

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"It's Okay to Cry" by H. Norman Wright is a parent's guide to helping their child deal with loss.

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"Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way" by M. Gary Neuman. This book can help with the following:
"How to build a co-parenting relationship--even when you think you can't
When you or your child should see a therapist
Age-appropriate scripts for addressing sensitive issues
What to do when a parent moves away
How to stop fighting with your ex-spouse
                           How to navigate the emotional turmoil of custody and visitation
                           How to help your child deal with change
                           How to cope with kids' common fears about separation
                           How to introduce significant others into the family and help your child cope with a new step-family"
                           (Description taken from Amazon) 

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"Grandparents as Parents, Second Edition: A Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family" Sylvie de Toledo & Deborah Elder Brown. This book is designed to help grandparents that find themselves raising their grandchildren.

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"Dinosaurs Divorce (A Guide for Changing Families)" by Marc and Laurie Brown. This book is for children whose parents are getting divorced.

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"Cool Down and Work Through Anger" by Cheri J. Meiners is a great book for helping children learn appropriate ways to deal with anger. There are helpful activities for parents in the back of this book as well.

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"Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories" by Audrey Penn is a book to help children deal with death.

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"A Terrible Thing Happened" by Margaret M. Holmes is a book designed to help children who have experienced something traumatic. The book does not name a specific traumatic event, so that the child can interject his/her traumatic experience into the book.

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"Cory Stories: A Kid's Book About Living with ADHD" by Jeanne Kraus is a good book for helping children understand ADHD in themselves or in someone they know.

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"Understand and Care" by Cheri J. Meiners is a book designed to help create empathy in children. There are games and other ideas in the back of the book to help parents reinforce the idea of empathy.

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"When I Feel Afraid" by Cheri J. Meiners is a book designed to help children who are dealing with fear. The book also includes helpful resources and tips for parents in the back of the book.

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"Listen and Learn" by Cheri J. Meiners is a book designed to help teach children the important skill of listening. The book includes listening games and role plays in the back.

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"Be Polite and Kind" by Cheri J. Meiners is a book designed to help children learn good manners.

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"Join in and Play" by Cheri J. Meiners is a book designed to help children understand how to make friends and play well with others.

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"Share and Take Turns" by Cheri J. Meiners is a book designed to help children learn to share with others.