Some Suggested Reading
For Parents

Traits of a Healthy Family
by Dolores Curran (ISBN 0-86683-815-5)

Fifteen traits commonly found in healthy families by those who work with them. This is helpful reading for families who might like a roadmap to strengthen their family.

Boundaries with Kids
by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend (ISBN-10; 0-310-24315-7)

This book is organized into 3 sections. Part 1, “Why Kids Need Boundaries”, is an overview of the importance of helping children learn to take responsibility. It describes what a maturing child with boundaries looks like, as well as how a parent with her own boundaries behaves and relates. Part 2, “Ten Boundary Principles Kids Need to Know”, deals with each of the ten laws of boundaries. Here you learn that it is not just teaching children boundaries, it's being a boundary, with consequences that helps your child learn that his life is his own problem, not yours. Part 3, “Implementing Boundaries with Kids”, concludes the book with six steps of how to implement boundary setting specifically and practically with your child. This is from a Christian perspective.

How to Balance Competing Time Demands
by Doug Sherman and William Hendricks, (ISBN 0-89109-227-7)

We all struggle with time management! In this book the authors show us how to balance the five most important areas of our life – personal, family, work, church, and community – so that they complement each other rather than fight for your attention.

Teen-Proofing: Fostering Responsible Decision Making in Your Teenager
by John Rosemond (ISBN-10: 0-7407-1021-4)

This is a “must read” book for parents of teens or soon-to-be teens. It is the author's intention to give a road map through your child's teen years. It is a book about how to manage teenagers so that they take responsible control of their lives. We all want to protect our teens from harm but that's not so simple because, in the final analysis, teens must protect themselves. Managing teens so they make self-protective decisions is what teen-proofing means.

How to Talks so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk,
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (ISBN 0-380-57000-9)

This is a classic book about the art of communications with kids!

Five Cries of Parents,
by Merton and Irene Strommen (ISBN 0-06-067747-3)

This companion book to Five Cries of Youth examines the need of parents to 1) understand themselves and their adolescent, 2) to know what makes for close family life, 3) to understand and model moral behavior and purpose for children, 4) to know how faith can be made central in family life, and 5) to know where to turn for help in a crisis situation.

Why Parents Disagree & What You Can Do About It:
How to raise great kids while you strengthen your marriage

by Ron Taffel (ISBN 0-380-72046-9)

The arrival of children in our families creates a new dynamic, a shift in roles, new challenges. Often, even well-meaning, talented parents will find themselves in varying levels of conflict. But no matter what your situation, small changes in the way you handle parental disagreement can make enormous differences in how effective you can be with your children and how happy you can be with your partner.

The 7 Worst Things Parents Do,
by John and Linda Friel (ISBN 1-55874-668-4)

This is an easy read about some points that you might have guessed anyway. Still, it's important to remember what's important and what's not.

Consuming Kids:
Protecting our children from the onslaught of marketing and advertising
by Susan Linn (ISBN 1-4000-7999-3)

Our children are the targets for the marketing industry's $15 billion yearly effort to create “nagging, insatiable, cradle-to-grave consumers”. This blitz “stifles creativity and exacerbates obesity, eating disorders, violence, sexual precocity, and substance abuse”. This books is engrossing and shocking. It is a call to action for everyone who cares about the well-being of children.

Get Out of My Life but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the Mall?
By Anthony E. Wolf (ISBN 0-374-52322-3)

In this much-read, often very humorous book, the author argues that today's teenagers do act differently than their parents did at the same age and, thus, their parents must come up with a new parenting approach. He describes the psychological rules that dictate teenage behavior, including differences between boys and girls.

Making Sense of Your Teenager,
by Lawrence Kutner (ISBN 0-688-10218-2)

The author emphasizes communication, limit setting, and freedom of expression as keys to a healthy parent-teen relationship, showing practical ways to apply these ideals to your day-to-day interactions with your teen. Discussion of serious issues such as depression, eating disorders, and sexuality helps parents steer a sane and sensible path as you guide your teen to become a happy and productive adult.

The Shelter of Each Other; Rebuilding Our Families,
by Mary Pipher (ISBN 0-399-14144-8)

In Chapter 1 or this important book, the author states, “Our culture is at war with families. Families in America have been invaded by technology, mocked…by the media, isolated by demographic changes, pounded by economic forces and hurt by corporate values.” The author goes on to identify other major trends which have taken place in our country. “Families are old institutions with very new problems. For the first time in two thousand years of Western civilization, families live in houses without walls…

….Technology has brought the outside world into the living room…Families are reeling under the pressures of a culture they can't control.” This is definitely a thought-provoking book.

 

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