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P.U.R.E. Library

For Parents

wits end

Wit’s End

by Sue Scheff

Wit’s End is the shockingly gripping story of how Sue Scheff, a parent of a formerly troubled teen, turned her mistakes―and her relationship with her daughter―around. This highly practical and prescriptive book calls upon Scheff’s personal experiences with finding help for her daughter. It includes the same advice that Scheff offers parents through her internationally recognized organization Parents’ Universal Resource Experts (P.U.R.E.)―an advocacy group that draws parents together and helps them find ways to protect their children from destructive influences by educating them about the issues their family faces and creating a safe environment to revive familial bonds.

googlebomb

Google Bomb: The Untold Story of the $11.3M Verdict That Changed the Way We Use the Internet

by John W. Dozier, Jr. and Sue Scheff

Google Bomb (n) or ‘link bomb': Internet slang for a certain kind of attempt to raise the ranking of a given page in results from a Google search. (Wikipedia)

In today’s technology-dependent world, the Internet has become a legal lethal weapon against the privacy and reputations of its users. Based on Sue Scheff’s landmark Internet defamation case that gave face to online harassment, cyberbulling, privacy invasion, and Google bombs, and stirred Internet regulation and free-speech debates, Google Bomb arms readers with information, legal advice, and reputation defense tips from one of the country’s top cyber abuse attorneys, JohnW. Dozier Jr.

beautiful boy

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction

by David Sheff

Sheff’s story is a first: a teenager s addiction from the parent s point of view a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope. Before meth, Sheff s son Nic was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs, the denial (by both child and parents), the three A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the attempts at rehab, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict s fate, the rest of the family must care for each other too, lest they become addicted to addiction. Meth is the fastest-growing drug in the United States, as well as the most addictive and the most dangerous wreaking permanent brain damage faster than any other readily available drug. It has invaded every region and demographic in America. This book is the first that treats meth and its impact in depth. But it is not just about meth. Nic s addiction has wrought the same damage that any addiction will wreak. His story, and his father s, are those of any family that contains an addict and one in three American families does.

clean

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy

by David Sheff

These facts are the foundation of Clean, a myth-shattering look at drug abuse by the author of Beautiful Boy. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. The existing treatment system, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, has helped some, but it has failed to help many more, and David Sheff explains why. He spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families to learn how addiction works and what can effectively treat it. Clean offers clear, cogent counsel for parents and others who want to prevent drug problems and for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they’re in. But it is also a book for all of us — a powerful rethinking of the greatest public health challenge of our time.

tweak

Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

by Nic Sheff

This New York Times bestselling memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery and complements his father’s parallel memoir, Beautiful Boy.

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It’s a harrowing portrait—but not one without hope.

big book parenting

The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries

by Michele Borba

Today show’s Michele Borba’s cures for difficult childhood behaviors

In this down-to-earth guide, parenting expert Michele Borba offers advice for dealing with children’s difficult behavior and hot button issues including biting, temper tantrums, cheating, bad friends, inappropriate clothing, sex, drugs, peer pressure, and much more. Written for parents of kids age 3-13, this book offers easy-to-implement advice for the most important challenges parents face with kids from toddlers to tweens.

  • Includes immediate solutions to the most common childhood problems and challenges
  • Written by Today Show’s resident parenting expert Michele Borba
  • Offers clear step-by-step guidance for solving difficult childhood behaviors and family conflicts
  • Contains a wealth of advice that is easy-to-follow and gets quick results
  • Author has written outstanding parenting books including Building Moral Intelligence, No More Misbehavin’, Don’t Give Me that Attitude, and more

Each of the 101 issues includes clear questions, specific step-by-step solutions, and advice that is age appropriate.

helping troubled teen

Helping Your Troubled Teen

by Blaise Aguirre

Destructive trends among today’s youth are growing, making life very different from when their parents were growing up. The primary four self-destructive behaviors in adolescence today are excessive alcohol and substance abuse, promiscuity, self mutilation (ie: cutting and burning), and eating disorders. These will be covered in detail, along with other issues like Internet addiction and suicide. These problems are not only detrimental to teens’ mental and physical health, but the legal consequences for injurious behavior have also changed. Identification and prevention are the most important aspects in stopping teenage self-destructive behavior. This book offers a comprehensive look at teens self destructive behavior and gives parents solutions for dealing with it.

love and logic

Parenting With Love And Logic

by Foster Cline

This parenting book shows you how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Learn how to parent effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character.

Establish healthy control through easy-to-implement steps without anger, threats, nagging, or power struggles.

don't let your kids kill you

Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children

by Charles Rubin

This is a self-help recovery guide for parents in the devastating situation of realizing that they are powerless to stop their children from self-destruction through drug and/or alcohol abuse. It is dedicated to letting parents know when it is time to start saving themselves from being dragged along to destruction as well, and to providing skills that prevent it. The book relies on spiritual but practical teachings and the message is for parents to attain a healthy balance in their lives through the letting go process. While showing parents how to safely distance themselves from the child’s destructive patterns, it also shows how to recognize and support healthy requests for real help, if and when they come. It includes anecdotes and quotes from parents who have had to cope with kids on drugs and/or alcohol.

a relentless hope

A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression

by Gary E. Nelson

Depression and related illnesses threaten to wreck the lives of many teens and their families. Suicide driven by these illnesses is one of the top killers of these young people. How do teens become depressed? What does depression feel like? How can we identify it? What helps depressed teens? What hurts them? How do families cope with teen depression?

In A Relentless Hope Gary Nelson uses his experience as a pastor and pastoral counselor to guide the reader through an exploration of these and many other questions about teen depression. Nelson has worked with many teens over the years offering help to those who find themselves confronted by this potentially devastating attacker. The author also uses the story of his own son’s journey through depression to weave together insights into the spiritual, emotional, cognitive, biological, and relational dimensions of teen depression. Through careful analysis, candid self-revelation, practical advice, and even humor, this pastor, counselor, and father reminds us that God’s light of healing can shine through the darkness of depression and offer hope. A Relentless Hope is written for teens, parents, teachers, pastors, and any who walk with the afflicted through this valley of the shadow of death.

dirty

Dirty: A Search for Answers Inside America’s Teenage Drug Epidemic

by Meredith Maran

Why do teenagers use drugs, what happens to them when they do, and what can we do about it? Venturing into uncharted territory, mother and award-winning journalist Meredith Maran takes us inside teenagers’ hearts, minds, and central nervous systems to explore the causes and consequences of our nation’s drug crisis.

In these pages we get to know the kids, the parents, the therapists, and the drug treatment programs at their best and worst. We’re face-to-face with seventeen-year-old Mike, whose life revolves around selling, smoking, and snorting speed; fifteen-year-old Tristan — the boy next door — who can’t get enough pot, pills, or vodka; and sixteen-year-old Zalika, a runaway, crack dealer, and prostitute since the age of twelve. In their relapses and rebounds we witness the anguish and resilience of teenagers in trouble — a fact of life for far too many American families today.

ADD/ADHD, OCD and Bipolar Teens and Children

parent survival training

Parent Survival Training

by David Lustig and Marvin Silverman

Parent Survival Training:
A complete guide to modern parenting

transforming the difficult child

Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach

by Howard Glasser and Jennifer Easley

Transforming the Difficult Child brings to life a new way of shifting intense children to a solid life of success. The Nurtured Heart Approach puts a refreshing spin on both parenting and teaching and reveals new techniques and strategies that create thoroughly positive behaviors. This is the newly updated 2008 revision.

the explosive child

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

by Ross W. Greene Ph.D

What′s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration-crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication-but to no avail. They can′t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don′t work for theirs; and they don′t know what to do instead.

lost at school

Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them

by Ross W. Green Ph.D

From a distinguished clinician, pioneer in working with behaviorally challenging kids, and author of the acclaimed The Explosive Child comes a groundbreaking approach for understanding and helping these kids and transforming school discipline.

Frequent visits to the principal’s office. Detentions. Suspensions. Expulsions. These are the established tools of school discipline for kids who don’t abide by school rules, have a hard time getting along with other kids, don’t seem to respect authority, don’t seem interested in learning, and are disrupting the learning of their classmates. But there’s a big problem with these strategies: They are ineffective for most of the students to whom they are applied.

It’s time for a change in course.

take control of adhd

Take Control of ADHD: The Ultimate Guide for Teens with ADHD

by Ruth Spodak Ph.D and Kenneth Stefano Psy.D

Take Control of ADHD: The Ultimate Guide for Teens With ADHD helps teens take control of their disorder and find success in school and in life. By creating the “ADHD Attention Profile” discussed in the book, readers will recognize how ADHD affects them, discover coping strategies and technology tools to improve their focus, and develop a self-advocacy plan they can use immediately.

The book presents the latest research and information on ADHD in a conversational style that teens can understand easily, allowing them to develop a better understanding of their disorder. By including suggestions from teens with ADHD, the authors offer tons of advice, information, and ideas for students, from students just like them. This handy guidebook is sure to help teens with ADHD learn to refocus their attention and find success in school and beyond!

the bipolar teen

The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family

by David J. Miklowitz Ph.D

If your teen has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder–or your child’s moods seem out of control–Dr. David Miklowitz can help. The bestselling author of The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide has tailored his proven treatment approach to meet the specific needs of teens and their families. The Bipolar Teen provides tools you can use to make home life manageable again. You’ll learn to spot the differences between normal teenage behavior and the telltale symptoms of mania and depression. Together with your child’s doctors, you’ll be able to strike a healthy balance between medication and psychotherapy, recognize and respond to the early warning signs of an oncoming episode, and collaborate effectively with school personnel. Like no other resource available, this powerful book delivers practical ways to manage chaos and relieve stress so everyone in your family–including siblings–can find stability, support, and peace of mind.

Academics, Learning Differences

shut down learner

The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child

by Richard Selznick

One of the worst feelings a child can have is being discouraged in school. The sense of hopelessness that pervades can become almost insurmountable. This is the emotional experience for the child called the shut-down learner. Also referred to as Lego kids or high-spatial children, such kids thrive with hands-on tasks that use their visual and spatial abilities. This book offers perspective and hope to parents who are struggling with these issues.

smart but scattered

Smart but Scattered Teens: The “Executive Skills” Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential

by Richard Guare PhD, Peg Dawson EdD, and Colin Guare

“I told you, I’ll do it later.”
“I forgot to turn in the stupid application.”
“Could you drive me to school? I missed the bus again.”
“I can’t walk the dog–I have too much homework!”

If you’re the parent of a “smart but scattered” teen, trying to help him or her grow into a self-sufficient, responsible adult may feel like a never-ending battle. Now you have an alternative to micromanaging, cajoling, or ineffective punishments. This positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens’ independence by building their executive skills–the fundamental brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. Executive skills experts Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson are joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself. Learn step-by-step strategies to help your teen live up to his or her potential now and in the future–while making your relationship stronger. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2″ x 11″ size.

school struggles

School Struggles: A Guide to Your Shut-Down Learner’s Success

by Richard Selznick

Richard Selznick is a child psychologist who has helped parents with their children’s struggles in school for more than 25 years. His first book, The Shut-Down Learner, identified the problems faced by spatial learners and recommended ways that parents and teachers can help them learn. School Struggles offers aid, comfort, and perspective to parents whose children have difficulty in school for a multitude of reasons. Selznick addresses reading and writing issues, task analysis, learning disabilities, behavioral problems, difficulties with organization, social skills, medication, parents’ interactions with teachers, and more, in a practical, down-to-earth manner. The book is filled with takeaway points, surprising insights, and new actions to try with your child that are a godsend for families struggling with school and behavioral issues. Through his work with thousands of academically struggling kids and their families, Dr. Selznick has developed techniques and easily applicable tools on pretty much any topic that plagues parents and children alike, including the excessive use of technology, parental indulgence of their children, and the difficulty of being patient with a frustrating situation. This is an indispensable guide for any parent who stays awake at night worrying about their child’s school experience, whether the issues are academic or social, or both.

mcgraw hills act

McGraw-Hill’s ACT, 2014 Edition

by Steve Dulan

WE WANT TO HELP YOU SUCCEED ON THE ACT

We’ve put all of our proven expertise into McGraw- Hill’s ACT to make sure you’re ready for this difficult exam. With this book, you’ll get essential skill-building techniques and strategies developed by professional ACT instructors who have helped thousands of students just like you to succeed on this important test. You’ll get online help, 6 full-length practice tests, model ACT essays, hundreds of practice problems, and all the facts about the current exam. With McGraw-Hill’s ACT, we’ll guide you step by step through your preparation program–and give you the tools you need to succeed.

all about ieps

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs

by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright

Whether you are the parent of a child with special education needs, a seasoned educator, or a professional advocate, you have questions about Individualized Education Programs, (IEPs). In this comprehensive, easy to read book, you will find clear, concise answers to frequently asked questions about IEPs. Learn what the law says about IEP Teams and IEP Meetings, Parental Rights and Consent, Steps in Developing the IEP, Placement, Transition, Assistive Technology and Strategies to Resolve Disagreements.

SAT prep

SAT Prep Black Book: The Most Effective SAT Strategies Ever Published

by Mike Barrett

Click the “look inside” feature above to browse the Black Book and get a feel for how it approaches the SAT!

The “SAT Prep Black Book” gives you unique, effective SAT strategies from Mike Barrett, a SAT tutor with clients all over the globe who pay him hundreds of dollars an hour for phone tutoring. The Black Book is a must-have, whether you need to

  • make a perfect 2400 to be competitive at an Ivy,
  • score a 450 in each section to claim a sports scholarship,
  • or anything in between.

Adopted Children and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

the primal wound

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child

by Nancy Newton Verrier

“The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child”, by Nancy Verrier, is a challenging and courageous work. A book which adoptees call their “bible,” it is a must read for anyone connected with adoption: adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, therapists, educators, and attorneys. In its application of information about perinatal psychology, attachment, bonding, and loss, “The Primal Wound” clarifies the effects of separation from the birthmother on adopted children. In addition, it gives adoptees, whose pain has long been unacknowledged or misunderstood, validation for their feelings, as well as explanations for their behavior. As one adoptee said, “Only one thing has caused me more pain and damage than the existence of the primal wound: the world’s insistence that it does not exist.” The existence of the primal wound and suggestions for healing that wound are intelligently and compassionately set forth in this book, which is fast becoming the quintessential work about the complex and life-long process of adoption. The insight the author brings to the experience of abandonment and loss will contribute not only to the healing of those connected with adoption, but will bring understanding and encouragement to anyone who has ever felt abandoned.

when love is not enough

When Love Is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting With RAD-Reactive Attachment Disorder

by Nancy Thomas

When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD-Reactive Attachment Disorder brings hope and healing tools to parents and professionals working to help challenging children. Effective interventions, a full step by step plan, clearer insight and understanding make a powerful difference in helping children heal. If you want to make a difference in the life of a hurting child, this book will do it! This plan was honed on some of the most difficult children in the US and has been used successfully to help thousands of children around the world. Children can learn to be respectful, responsible and fun to be with. This book tells the reader how to do it and then zaps them with a boost of encouragement to get started!

feelings buried alive never die

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die

by Koral K. Truman

Karol Truman provides a comprehensive and enlightening resource for getting in touch with unresolved feelings which, she explains, can distort not only happiness but also health and well-being. Leaving no emotion unnamed, and in fact listing around 750 labels for feelings, Truman helps identify problem areas, and offers a “script” to help process the feelings, replacing the negative feeling with a new, positive outlook. A chapter on the possible emotions below the surface in various physical ailments gives the reader plenty to work with on a deep healing level. FEELINGS BURIED ALIVE NEVER DIE combines a supportive, common-sense, results-oriented approach to a problem that is widespread and that can stop people from living fully.

beneath the mask

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens

by Debbie Riley and John Meeks

Working with adopted adolescents is complex. The key to successful therapy and healthy development is to help the adolescent discover and accept the person within. Parents will discover: •the six most common adoption stuck-spots •the complexities of adoption •the adopted teen’s quest for identity •how therapy may help the adoptive families learn and grow together. Therapists and clinicians will discover: •a broad knowledge base on adoption •a step-by-step assessment process •clinical intervention strategies •a wealth of case histories •treatment resources and therapy tools •writing and art therapy samples.

Teen Books

masterminds and wingmen

Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World

by Rosalind Wiseman

Here is a landmark book that reveals the way boys think and that shows parents, educators and coaches how to reach out and help boys overcome their most common yet difficult challenges — by the bestselling author who changed our conception of adolescent girls.

Do you constantly struggle to pull information from your son, student, or athlete, only to encounter mumbling or evasive assurances such as “It’s nothing” or “I’m good?” Do you sense that the boy you care about is being bullied, but that he’ll do anything to avoid your “help?” Have you repeatedly reminded him that schoolwork and chores come before video games only to spy him reaching for the controller as soon as you leave the room? Have you watched with frustration as your boy flounders with girls?

queen bees and wannabes

Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World

by Rosalind Wiseman

When Rosalind Wiseman first published Queen Bees & Wannabes, she fundamentally changed the way adults look at girls’ friendships and conflicts–from how they choose their best friends, how they express their anger, their boundaries with boys, and their relationships with parents. Wiseman showed how girls of every background are profoundly influenced by their interactions with one another.

Now, Wiseman has revised and updated her groundbreaking book for a new generation of girls and explores:

•How girls’ experiences before adolescence impact their teen years, future relationships, and overall success
•The different roles girls play in and outside of cliques as Queen Bees, Targets, and Bystanders, and how this defines how they and others are treated
•Girls’ power plays–from fake apologies to fights over IM and text messages
•Where boys fit into the equation of girl conflicts and how you can help your daughter better hold her own with the opposite sex
•Checking your baggage–recognizing how your experiences impact the way you parent, and how to be sanely involved in your daughter’s difficult, yet common social conflicts

odd girl out

Odd Girl Out, Revised and Updated: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

by Rachel Simmons

When Odd Girl Out was first published, it became an instant bestseller and ignited a long-overdue conversation about the hidden culture of female bullying. Today the dirty looks, taunting notes, and social exclusion that plague girls’ friendships have gained new momentum in cyberspace.

In this updated edition, educator and bullying expert Rachel Simmons gives girls, parents, and educators proven and innovative strategies for navigating social dynamics in person and online, as well as brand new classroom initiatives and step-by-step parental suggestions for dealing with conventional bullying. With up-to-the-minute research and real-life stories, Odd Girl Out continues to be the definitive resource on the most pressing social issues facing girls today.

boyology

Boyology: A Teen Girl’s Crash Course in All Things Boy

by Keri Smith

A crash course in understanding boys, Boyology delves into the many mysteries of teen guys, dissecting flirting tactics, offering dating suggestions, and providing tips on forming solid friendships. It’s an up-close-and-personal look at boys in their natural habitats, with analyses by teen girlsand insight from the boys.

girl to girl

Girl to Girl: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body

by Sarah O’Leary Burningham and Alli Arnold

Being a girl isn’t always easy, and growing up is far from a walk in the park. This time of transition is particularly confusing without a confidante to help. Meet Sarah O’Leary Burningham, a real-life big sister here to coach preteens through all of life’s big moments, from first bras to first periods. Filled with letters and testimonials from real girls—as well as confidence-boosting advice and myth-busting sidebars—this fun, accessible, and highly visual book is a must-have for every girl navigating her way through the preteen years.

teen ink

Teen Ink, Our Voices, Our Visions: Today’s Teenagers Sharing Thoughts On: Friends, Family, Fitting In, Challenges, Loss, Memories, Love, Heroes

by John Meyer and Stephanie H. Meyer

Written entirely by teens, TeenInk uniquely captures the essence of what it means to be a teenager. This collection of prose and poetry represents the honest, forthright and compelling moments that define their lives.

Pieces for this book were chosen from a base of more than 300,000 submissions to TeenInk magazine. In addition, more than 3,800 students in 42 states helped evaluate the final selections for the book.

The power of TeenInk lies in its writers-all teenagers themselves. Their insightful accounts deal with real issues that will resonate with their peers. Their voices reverberate with the emotional highs and lows of the teenage years. These young authors produce fresh, creative, honest, and always compelling words that make TeenInk the standard for teen expression.

Every teen reader will see themselves and their worlds reflected here. In addition, parents, grandparents, teachers, and other caring adults will relish these unique and inspired pieces.

smashed

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

by Koren Zailckas

Garnering a vast amount of attention from young people and parents, and from book buyers across the country, Smashed became a media sensation and a New York Times bestseller. Eye-opening and utterly gripping, Koren Zailckas’s story is that of thousands of girls like her who are not alcoholics—yet—but who routinely use booze as a shortcut to courage and a stand-in for good judgment.

With one stiff sip of Southern Comfort at the age of fourteen, Zailckas is initiated into the world of drinking. From then on, she will drink faithfully, fanatically. In high school, her experimentation will lead to a stomach pumping. In college, her excess will give way to a pattern of self-poisoning that will grow more destructive each year. At age twenty-two, Zailckas will wake up in an unfamiliar apartment in New York City, elbow her friend who is passed out next to her, and ask, “Where are we?” Smashed is a sober look at how she got there and, after years of blackouts and smashups, what it took for her to realize she had to stop drinking. Smashed is an astonishing literary debut destined to become a classic.

don't sweat the small stuff

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens: Simple Ways to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Times (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Series)

by Richard Carlson

Now the #1 bestselling author of the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Series, Richard Carlson, Ph.D., offers teenagers simple, helpful wisdom for coping with everyday issues

Anyone who thinks teens have it easy hasn’t been to a high school recently. As the headlines remind us almost daily, America’s teenagers deal with stress in just about every facet of their lives: academics, sports, social situations, family life, money matters, even work. Now Richard Carlson, author of the Don’t Sweat series, with sales of 12 million copies, applies the same techniques to teens that have made his other books required reading for anyone coping with life’s everyday challenges. In simple, straightforward language, Dr. Carlson addresses common teen concerns with chapters such as: “Make Peace with Your Mistakes,” “Be Creative in Your Rebellion,” “Be Okay with Your Bad Hair Day,” “Turn Down the Drama Meter,” and “Notice Your Parents Doing Things Right.” As with his other Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff titles, teens and their parents will find that Richard Carlson’s positive approach helps to minimize the impact stressful situations have on their lives.

middle school confidential

Be Confident in Who You Are (Middle School Confidential Series) (Bk. 1)

by Annie Fox M.Ed

“Hey. We go to Milldale Middle School. We’re very different in lots of ways, but we’re all good friends. A couple months ago, we were just hanging out when these kids came over . . .”

So begins the journey of Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—six students just trying to figure it all out in middle school. Be Confident in Who You Are, the first book in the new Middle School Confidential series, follows these characters as they work to meet new challenges and survive the social scene—without losing sight of who they are. The book offers insider information on common middle school concerns and practical advice for being healthy, feeling good about who you are, and staying in control of your feelings and actions—even when the pressure is on. Filled with character narratives, quizzes, quotes from real kids, tips, tools, and resources, this book is a timely and engaging survival guide for the middle school years.

you'd be so pretty if

You’d Be So Pretty If . . .: Teaching Our Daughters to Love Their Bodies–Even When We Don’t Love Our Own

by Dara Chadwick

I grew up listening to my mom bemoan everything from the size of her thighs to the shape of her eyes. So you can imagine my dismay the first time someone exclaimed, “You look just like your mother!”

Every mom wants her daughter to feel confident in her own skin, but may often unconsciously impose her own “body image blueprint.” Dara Chadwick’s You’d Be So Pretty If… reveals:

• What girls learn when Mom diets
• How to talk to your daughter about healthy eating and exercise habits
• The trigger words that set off a body image crisis
• How to recognize a budding eating disorder

With humor and compassion, You’d Be So Pretty If… offers parents fresh and useful strategies for conveying that success isn’t negated by carrying extra pounds—or guaranteed by keeping them off.

Parenting Cyber Safety, Privacy and Security

google bomb

When your reputation becomes “Virtually Incorrect” – turn to Google™ Bomb!

by John W. Dozier and Sue Scheff

In today’s technology-dependent world, the Internet has become a legal lethal weapon against the privacy and reputations of its users. Based on Sue Scheff’s landmark Internet defamation case that gave face to online harassment, cyberbulling, privacy invasion, and Google™ bombs (the practice of manipulating the ranking of web pages), and stirred Internet regulation and free-speech debates, Google™ Bomb arms readers with information, legal advice, and reputation defense (and clean up) mechanisms from one of the country’s top cyber abuse attorneys, John W. Dozier, Jr.

Dozier, whose firm, Dozier Internet Law, regularly handles legal matters involving online defamation, copyright and trademark infringement, and hacking, uses Scheff’s story as a backdrop to lay the groundwork for a personal plan for reputation defense that anyone from business owners and students to job seekers and employers to parents and bloggers can implement easily and immediately.

protecting your identity

Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online?

by Ted Claypoole and Theresa Payton

Today people have an offline reputation and image, but are increasingly creating one or more online personas. Their online image is having an impact on them in many ways. Employers are hiring and firing based on people’s online activities. Criminals are using online identities to abuse or steal from victims. Cyberbullies are taking advantage of those who reveal themselves as vulnerable on grieving or eating disorder sites. Schools are denying admission based on adolescent behaviors broadcast online in social networking sites or media sharing sites such as YouTube. Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are you Naked Online? helps readers understand the implications of their online personas, how they may be putting themselves at risk, and how to take charge of this important new aspect of their lives for career and personal success. Offering simple, specific steps readers can take to analyze their online image, determine who they want to be online, and turn their online reputation around, this book is the go-to source for protecting your online image and projecting the persona you want others to see.

cybertraps

Cybertraps for the Young

by Frederick S. Lane

Approaching the risks for children on the Internet in a thought-provoking and intellectual manner, this study skillfully integrates contemporary news reports and disturbing legal cases to show how Facebook and other ready-made forums for information exchange are breaking down boundaries of privacy and facilitating a growing number of criminal convictions for cyberbullying, child pornography, hacking, and copyright infringement. Also included is a discussion of how the widespread use of camera phones, mobile tablets, and social media sites has given rise to a new and dangerous practice among teens: sexting. This reference provides parents with an authoritative lesson in cyberethics and practical instructions for instituting household internet policies, as well as school officials and communities with lessons on how to educate children about the responsible use of emerging mobile technologies.

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Wild West 2.0: How to Protect and Restore Your Reputation on the Untamed Social Frontier

by Michael Fertick

The Internet is like the Old West a frontier rich with opportunity and hope, but also a rough-and-tumble land of questionable characters, dubious legal jurisdictions, and hidden dangers. And just like the Old West, if you want to stake out your territory, you have to get there first and fend for yourself. On the web, that means defending your good name and reputation before the attacks start. Because, despite the excellent product or service you provide, all it takes is one unhappy customer, jealous acquaintance, or unsavory competitor to start the rumors flying. Before you know it, search engines are regenerating that negative publicity every time someone researches you or your business. In the age of Wild West 2.0, everyone has an online reputation. Who do you want to create yours?

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lol…OMG!: What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying

by Matt Ivester

The ease with which digital content can be shared online, in addition to its many benefits, has created a host of problems for today’s high school and college students. All too often, students are uploading, updating, posting and publishing without giving a second thought to who might see their content or how it might be perceived.

lol…OMG! provides a cautionary look at the many ways that today’s students are experiencing the unanticipated negative consequences of their digital decisions – from lost job opportunities and denied college and graduate school admissions to full-blown national scandals. It also examines how technology is allowing students to bully one another in new and disturbing ways, and why students are often crueler online than in person. By using real-life case studies and offering actionable strategies and best practices, this book empowers students to clean up and maintain a positive online presence, and to become responsible digital citizens.

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School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time

by Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

When students receive hurtful, threatening, or sexually explicit electronic messages, it affects their ability to concentrate on schoolwork. Renowned cyberbullying experts Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin connect the off-campus, high-tech behaviors of teens to the school environment and provide educators with a road map for developing a positive school climate that counteracts cyberbullying and sexting. Specific strategies include:

Building a sense of community
Peer mentoring
Social norming
Data-driven action plans
Youth grassroots campaigns
Multi-pronged policy and programming approaches by adults

Included are real-life stories that help illustrate the research and a companion website with everything you need to bully-proof your school.

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Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral

by Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja

Cyberbullying happens every day. Harsh words and damaging photos exchanged through texts, email, or social media can result in humiliation, broken friendships, punishment at school, and even legal prosecution. In some cases, online harassment has contributed to teen suicide. Faced with this frightening problem, parents, educators, and teens are looking for information and advice. Many books have been written for adults about what cyberbullying is and what to do about it, but nothing has been written specifically for teens to help them to protect themselves and their peers. Written by the foremost experts in cyberbullying prevention and reviewed by teens, this book provides practical strategies for those who are being cyberbullied, seeing cyberbullying, or who just want to do something to help make their schools a safer and more respectful place. The book includes dozens of real-life stories from those who have experienced cyberbullying, including many who have risen above it to make a positive difference in their schools. In short, “Words Wound” helps students to be the primary agents of change to “delete cyberbullying and make kindness go viral.” Are you ready to join the movement?

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Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear

by Carrie Goldman

From the mother of a bullied first grader—whose inspiring true story triggered an outpouring of support from online communities around the world—a guide to the crucial lessons and actionable guidance she’s learned about how to stop bullying before it starts.

Spiritual Reading

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Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Mothers

by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, and Marci Shimoff

We can all remember a time when we were young and under-the-weather, and Mom soothed and nurtured us back to health with her magical chicken soup elixir. Now we can revisit those cherished moments with a delightful batch of stories for and about mothers. Celebrity contributions include Barbara Bush, Reba McEntire, Erma Bombeck and Montel Williams.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories about Counting Your Blessings and Having a Positive Attitude

by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, and Debora Norville

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive will inspire and uplift readers with its stories of optimism, faith, and strength. In bad times, and good, readers will be heartened to keep a positive attitude. A great start to the New Year.

Every cloud has a silver lining. And the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive will encourage readers to stay positive, because there is always a bright side. This book continues Chicken Soup for the Soul’s focus on inspiration and hope, reminding us that each day holds something to be thankful for.

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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: 101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

by Jack Canfield, MARK Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, and Mitch Claspy

This first batch of Chicken Soup for Teens consists of 101 stories every teenager can relate to and learn from — without feeling criticized or judged. This edition contains important lessons on the nature of friendship and love, the importance of belief in the future, and the value of respect for oneself and others, and much more.

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Guideposts for the Spirit: Stories of Faith for Mothers

by Ideals Publications Inc and Eve De Grie

In this beautiful gift book are stories of faith and inspiration by mothers, for mothers and about mothers-all of which have appeared in Guideposts Magazine. Some of these wonderful holiday stories come from well known names like, Elizabeth Dole and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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Healing Feelings from Your Heart

by Karol Kuhn Truman

Did you know you have a “heart of gold”? What happened to it? How can you find it again? Walk with Karol Truman through the feelings that have taken you from your true pathway. Take the journey that will lead you back to the beauty of your soul, your “heart of gold,” your true self.

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Power of Positive Thinking

by Norman Vincen Peale

Faith in yourself makes good things happen to you. This classic guide to self-esteem and success will help you learn how to: break the worry habit; get other people to like you; avoid “the jitters” in your daily work; believe in yourself and everything you do; develop the power to reach your goals, and so much more.

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The Power of Love for Teens

by Guideposts Books

This collection of stories, written by teens for teens, shows how the power of love in ordinary people can transform lives. From their own unique point of view, these teens reveals how the amazing power of love can bring a family together, heal broken hearts through friendship, and make life at school bearable! They prove that love in action can do the most extraordinary things. First published in with ‘Guideposts for Teens’ or ‘Guideposts’ magazine, these stories teach us to never underestimate the power of love — for ‘love never fails’.

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Promises from God for Parents

by T. D. Jakes

With inspirational Bible verses and passages, as well as his own personal understanding and insight, Bishop T.D. Jakes guides mothers and fathers through the challenges and rewards of being a parent-along the way illustrating how every family can achieve a stronger relationship with God. Filled with Bishop Jakes’s wisdom on such important topics as self-control, patience, tough love, respect, and forgiveness, this is an essential tool for navigating the emotional and complex path of parenthood in today’s ever-changing world.

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A Parents’ Guide to Spiritual Warfare: Equipping Your Kids to Win the Battle

by Leslie Montgomery

Prepare buckler and shield, and advance for battle! Harness the horses; mount, O horsemen! Take your stations with your helmets, polish your spears, put on your armor!
Jeremiah 46:3-4

The Bible makes it clear that spiritual warfare is real. Nowhere is this battle more evident than in the lives of today’s children:

By the eighth grade, 52 percent of adolescents have consumed alcohol, and 20 percent have used marijuana.
One million teenage girls get pregnant each year.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages fifteen to twenty-four.

A Parents’ Guide to Spiritual Warfare will help you equip your children for the battle at hand through the saving, intervening, and conquering power found only in Jesus Christ. This book will inspire you to press closer to your Creator in times of difficulty, to praise him as you walk in freedom, and in turn to teach your children to do the same.

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Teen Devotional Bible

by Carla Barnhill

Being a teenager–well, it has its ups and downs. It’s cool to discover new stuff about yourself. But you’ve also got to make a lot of choices about who you want to be. You’ve got a lot of questions about God, dating, sex, faith, drugs, friends, your family, popularity–and the list goes on. Hey, you’re not alone. Open up this Bible and read devotions written by teens like you who are dealing with the same stuff. They want to share with you what God has to say and how he can help you get through anything. The NIV Teen Devotional Bible is written by teens for teens. Its 260 weekday devotions can help you find out what the Bible says about stuff that really matters to you. You’ll love the exciting look and feel of this Bible. The page-by-page bursts of surprising facts, cool graphics, crazy humor, and radical ideas to chew on–and apply. The introductions loaded with features that help you get to know each book of the Bible. Fifty-two weekend devotions by youth experts that sum up the week. Featuring lots of material from Youth Specialties and Campus Life Magazine–2 of America’s coolest, most in-touch youth resources–The NIV Teen Devotional Bible is about real life. About real teens. About YOU.

Total Transformation Products

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The Total Transformation Program

The James Lehman Approach

Most parents struggle with bad behavior, whether it’s disrespect, arguing or severe defiance. But with the right skills and support, you don’t have to struggle anymore. The Total Transformation Program takes you step by step through understanding and managing your child’s behavior and shows you exactly what you need to do to develop your child’s problem solving skills—stopping bad behavior for good.

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The Complete Guide to Consequences™

The James Lehman Approach

When parents use consequences effectively, their children can better learn how to be accountable and responsible, how to control their emotions, and how to follow through and succeed. We’ll show you how to get to what works – even if your child is ultra-resistant or has ADD, ADHD or ODD.

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The ODD Lifeline®

By Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW & Kim Abraham, LMSW

The chaos of parenting a child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder can completely consume your life. Kim Abraham knows because she’s been there, personally, with her own son. Through real life experiences, step-by-step techniques and fail-proof consequences, we’ll help you get to what works with even the most explosive, resistant kids—age 5 to young adult.

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Total Focus®

By Robert Myers, PH.D.

It sounds like a dream: a child who is able to focus on class work and homework, who is more comfortable with reading, who can complete assignments and be successful in school and in life. But how exactly do you get there, especially when your child has ADHD and the behavior problems surrounding it? Dr. Robert Myers teaches you simple and specific methods you can use with your child to help improve concentration and control impulsive behavior—all while rewarding your child along the way.

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The Calm Parent AM & PM™

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

Remaining calm is a universal challenge for parents, especially when managing defiant and aggressive kids. While you can’t just “will” yourself to be calm when your child is pushing your buttons, you can learn to stay calm in the most emotional situations with your child. The Calm Parent AM & PM gives you realistic solutions to help you keep your calm and sanity and become a more effective parent.

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Getting Through To Your Child™

The James Lehman Approach

When your child is rude, defiant and verbally abusive, it affects everyone in the family, as well as your child’s development. But it is possible to stop verbal abuse and turn the behavior around. In this program, James Lehman uses parent/child demonstrations to show you the step-by-step, word-for-word way to get kids to look at their abusive language, identify what triggers it, and make better choices next time.

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Life Over the Influence™

By Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW & Kim Abraham, LMSW

Nothing can be more heartbreaking and cause more fear, anger and traumatic stress than watching your child become consumed with alcohol or drug abuse. It’s time to get the guidance and support you need to deal with your child’s addiction and get to what works for your life.

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The Us Factor™

By Joseph Melnick, PH. D

It’s normal for couples to drift apart over time, especially when they lack the skills they need to stay connected. Us Factor shows you and your partner how to build on what’s right in your relationship, rediscover excitement and intimacy, and learn simple ways to work through your most challenging problems.

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Two Parents, One Plan™

The James Lehman Approach

Getting on the same page is hard enough under normal circumstances. Getting on the same page when dealing with a defiant child’s behavior can seem impossible. You don’t have to keep playing good cop/bad cop, or get blamed by your partner. Through parent/child demonstrations, James Lehman helps you get on the same page so you can parent effectively as a team.

Websites other valuable parenting resources

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/iep.index.htm

http://www.cyberwise.org/

http://www.stopbullying.gov/

http://yourteenmag.com/

http://cyberbullying.us/

http://www.stompoutbullying.org/

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