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The Sleepeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent's Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep from Birth to Age 5

Two experts who are helping Hollywood's A-list babies get their zzz's share the no-fail, family-friendly method that has helped thousands of sleep-deprived moms and dads. Even Hollywood's biggest stars face the same dilemma as other parents do: "How do I get my child to sleep?" As parents in the know are finding, whether they're on the red carpet or the soccer field, the answer is the same: The Sleepeasy Solution. Psychotherapists and sleep specialists Jennifer and Jill, the dynamic "girlfriends" all of Hollywood calls on to solve Junior's sleep problems, have perfected their sleep technique that will get any child snoozing in no time—most often in fewer than three nights. The key to their method? It addresses the emotional needs of both the parent and child (yes, how to handle the crying!)—a critical component of why most other sleep methods fail.   

The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and Tweens

From the foreword:Suddenly, it seems, you are the parent of a teenager. It’s a role youhave looked forward to for several years with a good deal of concernand apprehension. And sure enough, now that the job is upon you, yourealize it is a different world! Your formerly friendly son now seemsmore sullen, moody and distant. Over the last few months your daughterhas apparently come to believe that her parents are out of touch withreality. Where are these kids coming from? As one mother put it, “My daughter went to high school herfirst day as a freshman and never returned. I lost my baby!” Throughthings like Facebook and texting, teens nowadays seem to spend theirentire days “wired” to each other. When they’re not connecting withpeers, they are surfing the Internet, playing video games or watchingTV.   

Children With Cancer: A Comprehensive Reference Guide for Parents

"Children with Cancer draws together a wealth of up-to-date information essential for anyone who wishes to help a child or family through this ordeal--including relatives, friends, teachers, and clergymen, as well as doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals"--Provided by publisher.   

Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It's Good for Everyone

Settersten, a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University, and Ray, communications director of the Network on Transitions to Adulthood, funnel the findings of the eight-year MacArthur Research Network's study of 20-somethings into a portrait of a generation. Drawing on more than 500 interviews and foraying into their subjects' debts, regrets, and ambitions, the authors reveal that the cohort is making a slower transition to adulthood--they are slower to leave the nest, slower to find a full-time job, slower to marry and have children--but that their choices are hardly regressions; they are often necessary adaptations to a world vastly different from their parents'. "Slaying misperceptions," the authors show that young people are some of the most debtphobic individuals in the country, that they are delaying--not abandoning--marriage, that friends play larger and more influential roles in their lives and assist with "critical life decisions," and that they continue to regard having children as meaningful, "even salvation.   

Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody

Completely updated and revised for the twenty-first century, Mothers on Trial remains the bible for all women facing a custody battle, as well as the lawyers, psychologists, and others who support them. This landmark book was the first to break the false stereotype about mothers getting preferential treatment over fathers when it comes to custody. In this new edition, Chesler shows that, with few exceptions, the news has only gotten worse: when both the father and the mother want custody, the father usually gets it. The highly praised Mothers on Trial is essential reading for anyone concerned personally or professionally with custody rights and the well-being of our children.   

Oh, How I Wished I Could Read!

The author of The First Forest seems lost in the woods with this heavy-handed bit of bibliotherapy. In his dream, the narrator embarks on a journey through town, narrowly avoiding mishaps because he can't read. Unable to decipher warning signs (although he has been able to dream them up perfectly), he contracts poison ivy, gets stuck in wet cement, is treed by a passel of unsociable doggies, etc. Gile relays the dreary details of the outing in sing-song verse-"I was lost and alone and afraid as could be/ of the readingless troubles still waiting for me" (lest anyone miss the point, "readingless" is used four times). Fiorello's cartoon art is no better than the text: facial features and characters' emotions are so exaggerated as to be either cliches (steam emerges from an irate motorist's ears) or outright irritants-the protagonist's boomerang-shaped eyes are especially annoying.   

Orphan Trains: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose Books)

Children's Literature Second through fourth graders will enjoy this inventive book about the Orphan Trains of the 1800s. This is one in a series of Capstone's "You Choose" books. The premise is that readers imagine themselves to be one of the many homeless or neglected children of the period. Based on which choice they make at any point in the story, they fill in the rest of it. There are three major stories, with 55 possible choices and 21 endings. For example, the first story is about a newsboy working the streets who is offered a chance to go to work for a farmer or take a position with a banker. Most of the stories end happily, although the... See more details below All Available Formats + Editions Marketplace From BN.