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Parenting Books

Family Building: The Five Fundamentals of Effective Parenting

by J. Rosemond (2005)

This book focuses on returning to the basics of parenting and is predicated on five different principles.

1. It's about the family first, not the children

2. Discipline should be based on communication, consistency and leadership

3. It's about respecting others, not high self-esteem

4. It's about manners and morals, not skill

5. It's about responsibility, not high achievement


Discipline for Life: Getting it Right with Children

by Madelyn Swift (2003)

Madelyn Swift takes the reader on a journey full of practical, helpful techniques and insights into the idea that discipline is something that is taught to a child, not something we do to punish misbehavior. The book revolves around a Discipline System with four components: Goal for Discipline, Ingredients of Discipline, Critical Life Beliefs, Steps to Disciplinary Actions


Scream Free Parenting: Raising your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

by H.E. Runkel (2005)

This book first teaches parents the value of keeping their "cool" and skills and techniques to maintain their calm. It talks about the value of creating space for children to grow, removing labels, how to disengage from power struggles, setting appropriate structure and limits for children and self-care strategies for parents.


Promoting Positive Parenting

By D. Neville, L. King, & D. Beak (1995)

This book focuses on individual parent's strengths to create positive change by empowering the parent. It teaches the parent that they have the freedom to change, decide what they want to change, and learn why behaviors occur and how to change them.

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Internet Resources

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D

Parenting expert with helpful articles and resources available for free at her website

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Books Dealing with Common Challenges in Middle School

The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander

by B. Coloroso (2003)

This book examines the three roles that children play in bullying. It discusses various strategies for breaking this cycle of violence.


Queen Bees and Wannabees

by R. Wiseman (2002)

This book explores how adolescent girls use relational bullying and explains in detail the dynamics and roles that cliques can play in bullying behavior.


Early Adolescence: Understanding the 10 to 15 year old

by G.A. Caissy (1994)

This book provides helpful guidelines to parents and teachers in addressing the myriad of developmental challenges faced by adolescents.


Peer Pressure - "How can I say No?"

by K. Havelin (2000)

This book is written for adolescents to read who are struggling with peer pressure influence. It explains to them what peer pressure is, why it is so powerful, and offers strategies for coping with negative peer influences.


Peer Pressure Reversal

by S. Scott (1997)

This book is a parent's guide to helping their child cope with peer pressure and develop responsible decision making skills.