Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids: Practical Ways to Create a Calm and Happy Home, by Naomi Drew (NewYork: Kensington Publishers, 2000). If you were going to buy one book on creating a harmonious home, this should be it.The author is an expert on the subject, and her ideas are practical.
Tired of Yelling: Teaching Our Children to Resolve Conflict, by Lyndon D.Waugh (Atlanta, Ga.: Longstreet, 1999). A fifteen-step model on how to help your child learn to manage anger and handle conflict.
Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children, by John Dacey and Lisa B. Fiore (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999). Provides specific ways to help children handle stress and cope with difficulties more confidently.
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Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.