For Parents

Good Friends Are Hard to Find, by Fred Frankel (Pasadena, Calif.: Perspective Publishing, 1996).Written by the director of the UCLA Parent Training and Social Skills Program, this parent guide is invaluable. It lays out step by step how to help kids from 5 to 12 years old make friends, cooperate, and solve relationship problems.

Learning to Play, Playing to Learn: Games and Activities to Teach Sharing, Caring, and Compromise, by Charlie Steffens and Spencer Gorin (Los Angeles: Lowell House, 1997). Over sixty unique and entertaining activities that help kids manage aggressive behavior, foster cooperation, and nurture positive conduct.

Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts, by Michele Borba (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999). How to teach kids the eight indispensable skills all kids need to be successful in all arenas of their lives. See especially the "Getting Along" chapter.

Confident Kids

Confident Kids

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.

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