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Book Recommendations about Parenting & ADD/ADHD

Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell Barkley Super-parenting for ADD by Edward Hallowell.  (He also has a podcast with about a million episodes.  Free and easy to access!) Late, Lost, and Unprepared by Joyce Cooper-Kahn & Laurie Dietzel This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive compensation if you click the links and then buy. (and if [...]

Puberty Book Recommendations

The Care and Keeping of You (The American Girl book). These people know their market!  This book is known and loved by a gazillion people. There's also a "Part Two" version for older girls. This one was recommended to me as a more inclusive puberty book for girls: And for boys, I like this one but FYI it does [...]

Gavin de Becker’s Test of 12

Although Gavin de Becker's book Protecting the Gift is a most uncomfortable read, I recommend it to parents whenever discussions of child safety come up.  One of the many practical pieces of advice is how to tell when your child is ready to be left alone--ready to play a major role in assuring their own safety.  Can you answer yes to [...]

Book Recommendations for a New Parent

The organizer of one of the local parenting groups I've worked with before recently asked me if I could recommend a sort of "Best of" book list for a new mom who was joining their group.  It ended up being a really fun reflection for me--which books I like the most, which would be helpful for someone who is [...]

Keeping Kids Safe

The Austin newspaper had a frightening story last weekend about a local child abduction. It is the sort of story that makes parents worry a little more and hold our kids a little closer. But, it also brings up good questions about what we parents can do to keep our children safe from harm. We know how to keep them away from the knives and the bleach, but what about dangerous people?