Real Moms Resource Guide

Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius, by Thomas Armstrong (New York: Putnam, 1993). This book includes more than three hundred practical suggestions showing parents how they can play a pivotal role in helping their children realize their true gifts.

Bringing Out the Best in Your Child, by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias and Carol Funk (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Servant Publications, 1997). The authors describe eighty ways to focus on developing your children's unique strengths.

From the Heart: On Being the Mother of a Child with Special Needs, by Jayne D. B. Marsh (Bethesda, Md.: Woodbine House, 1995). In eye-opening narratives developed from their parent support group meetings, nine mothers explore the intense, sometimes painful emotional terrain of raising children with special needs.

The Good Enough Child: How to Have an Imperfect Family and Be Perfectly Satisfied, by Brad E. Sachs (New York: HarperCollins,

2001). If you've discovered that your child has turned out quite different from the kid of your dreams, these hands-on exercises, strategies, and anecdotes just might be what you need to become more accepting.

In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Personal Learning Style, by Thomas Armstrong (Los Angeles: Tarcher, 1987). This is an excellent resource for helping you pinpoint and enhance your children's unique learning styles.

Nobody's Perfect: Living and Growing with Children Who Have Special Needs, by Nancy B. Miller and J. C. Dieterle (Baltimore: Brookes, 1994). There are tools in this book that are valuable to all of us, whether our struggle is parenting a child with special needs or handling an illness or crisis of any type. The opening stories by "the Moms" (four mothers who have children with special needs) about how they cope are especially wonderful.

Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child with a Disability, by Robert A. Naseef (Baltimore: Brookes, 2001). Naseef, a psychologist in Philadelphia and the father of an autistic child, has written a guide to help the parents and siblings of children with disabilities learn what to expect and how to cope with the challenge, particularly its emotional aspects. Strong and personal.

You Will Dream New Dreams: Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children with Disabilities, by Stanley D. Klein and Kim Schive (New York: Kensington, 2001). Compiled by a clinical psychologist and a former editor of Exceptional Parent magazine, this book offers emotional support to the families of children with disabilities and should help educators and health care professionals better understand these parents' perspectives.

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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