Real Moms Resource Guide

"I Think I Can, I Know I Can!" by Susan Isaacs and Wendy Ritchey (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989). This book contains a wealth of practical ways to nurture confidence and resourcefulness in children.

Raising a Thinking Child, by Myrna B. Shure (New York: Henry Holt, 1994). This is a valuable resource full of ideas for teaching problem solving to children three to seven years of age.

Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child, by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein (New York: Contemporary Books, 2001). Renowned psychologists provide practical parenting strategies and practices to prepare kids for the challenges of today's complicated, ever changing world.

Ready or Not, Here Life Comes, by Mel Levine (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005). Take my word for it: this one is a must-read. This renowned professor of pediatrics expounds on what he calls the "epidemic of work-life unreadiness" that affects our twenty-something set as they move from school to the working world. We underestimate the difficulties they face, Levine argues, and must prepare our kids for life differently; he shows us how.

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishment to Love and Reason, by Alfie Kohn (New York: Atria, 2005). Kids do best when given unconditional love, respect, and opportunities to make their own choices. In the end, says Kohn, we sure don't want docility and short-term obedience. Well said, and a great read.

Parenting Teens Special Report

Parenting Teens Special Report

Top Parenting Teenagers Tips. Everyone warns us about the terrible twos, but a toddler does not match the strife caused once children hit the terrible teens. Your precious children change from idolizing your every move to leaving you in the dust.

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