Parenting and Family

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A Good Life
by Al Etmanski
This book is primarily for families, friends and caregivers of people with disabilities. It offers a step-by-step guide to creating a plan for the future, which provides for the safety, security and well-being of people with disability. (parents & professionals)

A Mind At a Time
by Mel Levine
Mel Levine's book argues that our educational shortsightedness results in a loss of human potential on a grand scale, as kids who don't fit the mold are misclassified, stigmatized and then fail. He provides chapters describing how each type of learning works and advises parents and teachers on how to help kids struggling in these areas. (parents & professionals)

Adventures in Parenting
This booklet highlights many of the toughest challenges that parents face in rearing happy and healthy children and suggests ways to become a more effective, more consistent, and more attentive parent. (parents)

Angry Kids, Frustrated Parents
by Terry L. Hyland and Jerry Davis, Ph.D.
This handbook for parents describes five levels of aggressive behavior and explains how to recognize if a child reacts to feelings of frustration with acts of aggression or initiates aggressive acts to get what he or she desires. Suggestions on how to build stronger, loving relationships or repair damaged ones with children are offered to parents.

Answer Is No, The: Saying It and Sticking to It
by Cynthia Whitham, MSW
Do you have trouble saying "no" to your kids? Do you feel guilty, have trouble being consistent, work at cross purposes with your partner, or tend to run out of problem-solving ideas in the heat of conflict? This book not only tells parents it's okay to set limits, but insists that all children need limits to thrive. (parents & professionals)

Bailey's Birthday
by Elizabeth Happy
Set in New York City, the author presents a great story of expectations thru a dog's eye of big city life. Bailey is eager to please his owner, Margot. She is soon to turn 7 and is excited about her birthday.

Bright Minds, Poor Grades: Understanding and Motivating Your Underachieving Child

For any parent who has ever been told, "your child isn't performing up to his or her potential", this book has the answer. Renowned clinical psychologist Michael Whitley offers a proven ten-step program to motivate underachieving children. This easy-to follow book identifies the six types of underachievers from the procrastinator to the hidden perfectionist to the con artist, and it presents the ten steps to help children in school and ultimately, in life.

Building a Joyful Life with Your Child Who Has Special Needs
by Nancy J. Whiteman
This book considers the challenges of caring for children with physical, developmental and mental health disorders and proposes methods such as learning to see events through your child's own eyes, celebrating their strengths and achievements and recognizing how others can help your child.

Chicken Soup For the Soul: Children with Special Needs
by Jack Canfield
Raising a child with special needs is a lifelong commitment that is as unique as each person who embarks on it. Written by a variety of authors who share in this distinctive relationship, Children Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs offers a glimpse into the lives of others who are on a similar path. The authors relate their own experiences of adjusting, reaching out, and flourishing and share their universal worries, their tears, and the laughter that come with this extraordinary relationship.

Coping When a Parent is in Jail
by John LaValle
Written for high-school students, this book explains what happens in prison, the visiting process, and where teens can find support.

Creative Parenting Skills: the Training Handbook
by Jennifer Wilke-Deaton
This book will assist professionals in their ability to teach, allow the practice of skills, and then trouble-shoot difficulties for anyone working with children that have behavioral concerns (either clinically or not clinically significant), Also includes the basic structure of effective parenting and focuses on going back to the basics to avoid the constant and frequent repairs.

Disability Is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities
by Kathie Snow
In this book parents will learn how the services and programs designed to help may actually harm children with disabilities and their families and why parental advocacy in our communities - instead of in the system - is the most effective way to effect positive changes in the lives of our children. (parents)

Elephant in the Playroom, The
by Denise Brodey
By sharing the experiences of those who have grappled with the raw and often harrowing feelings that arise from raising children with all types of physical, emotional, and learning obstacles, Denise Brodey offers parents much-needed reassurance that they are not alone in their struggle. This book is a celebration of spirit, a source of inspiration, and a testament to how parents rise to challenging situations and learn to appreciate their children's unique, lovable differences.

Encouraging the Discouraged Child
by John Taylor, Ph.D.
Contains the essential ingredients to reverse malperformance and discouragement in children and build self-confidence. Practical and easy-to-learn methods for parents and teachers.

Explosive Child, The
by Ross W. Greene
This book is about helping inflexible, easily frustrated, explosive children and their parents think and interact more adaptively. (parents & professionals)

Families Apart - Ten Keys to Successful Co-parenting
by Melinda Blau
After the stress of a divorce, it becomes even more important to provide children with stability and support. This book clearly and sensitively describes children's concerns and distress, and how divorced parents can help them cope effectively. A new approach to co-parenting is offered with ten solid principles for maintaining communication, caring, and strong family relationships.

by Will Glennon
The role of father is one of the most difficult yet rewarding challenges a man can face in his life. Fathering supports men in building a strong bridge to their children by passing on important lessons other fathers have learned.

Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma
by Michelle D. Sherman & Deanne M. Sherman
Finding My Way is a unique, three-part book that honestly and gently addresses key issues in dealing with a parent who has experience trauma. An important resource for anyone working with teens, this interactive book includes clear information and opportunities for self-expression.

From the Heart: On Being the Mother of a Child with Special Needs
by Jayne D.B. Marsh
Nine mothers explore the intense, sometimes painful, emotional terrain of raising a child with special needs. The children who have helped shape these women's lives have a variety of special needs. (parents)

Get Out of My Life - But First Could You. . .
by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D.
With common sense and wit, this insightful book explains why teenagers act the way they do. Once you understand your teen, you'll view the conflicts differently, and you'll parent differently, too. Includes solutions for handling many real-life struggles.

Grandparent's & Other Relative Caregiver's Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities
by Children?s Defense Fund
This Children's Defense Fund guide for kinship caregivers and others answers questions about available federal programs, eligibility requirements and how to enroll children.

Growing up With Parents Who Have Learning Difficulties
by Tim Booth and Wendy Booth
This book uses a life-story approach to present new evidence about how children from such families manage the transition to adulthood, and about the longer-term outcomes of such an upbringing. It offers a view of parental competence as a social attribute rather than an individual skill, assessing the implications for institutional policies and practices. The authors address the notion of children having to parent their disabled parents and argue for a shift in emphasis from protecting children to supporting families.

Helping Children as They Grow - Responsive Parenting
by Saf Lerman
Offers a positive perspective on the ups and downs of childhood stages. Parents are introduced to some simple techniques that can bring more pleasure and sharing into day-to-day family life.

Helping Children Help Themselves - Responsive Parenting
by Saf Lerman
A guide to positive discipline.

Helping Children Understand and Express Feelings - Responsive Parenting
by Saf Lerman
A look at daily ups and downs and at children's feelings about divorce and remarriage.

Helping Hands and Smiling Faces
by John Taylor, Ph.D.
Practical methods for training children in helpfulness. Topics include methods of assigning chores, gearing chores to the child, adding variety to chores, and adjusting parental and children's attitudes towards work.

Helping Your Child Achieve in School
by Dr. Barbara Johnson
Do you want a good education for your child? Of course! As a parent, you want to be sure your child's educational experience is rich and rewarding and successful. Yet, you may not always know what you can do to ensure a good start that's why this book was written.

Hope for the Families
by Robert Perske
If you are the parent of a child with a disability and have felt that you were unable to cope with the problems then in 28 brief and optimistic chapters, Perske shows many ways that parent and family can overcome their fears and inhibitions. (parents & professionals)

How to Handle a Hard-to-Handle Kid
by C. Drew Edwards, Ph.D.
Some children are simply more challenging than others. If you're parenting one of these high-maintenance kids, this book is for you. Edwards doesn't just tell you what to do with a hard-to-handle kid, he explains why some children are especially aggressive and disruptive.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
This bestselling book will give you the know-how you need to be effective with your children. Enthusiastically praised by parents, and professionals around the world, the down-to-earth, respectful approach of the authors makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.

If You've Ever Wanted to Crawl in the Closet with An OREO
by Martha Kate Downey
The author, Martha Kate Downey, is a mom who has survived 21 years of 'flavorful' parenthood! This book bridges our sense of isolation, soothes our apprehension, and helps us to better understand our child with special needs. The perfect book for the caregiver with major challenges, but little time or energy to read a bigger book. Tips for parenting a child with special needs.

Keepers Of The Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting
by Laura M. Ramirez
Keepers of the Children is unlike any parenting book you have ever read before. If you could raise your child to lead a life of joy and meaning and cherish you for this gift, would you feel fulfilled? The author of this book uses little known Native American wisdom to show parents how to raise children to know their nature, develop their strengths and create lives of meaning and contribution. By giving your child the tools to create genuine happiness, you give the greatest gift of all.

Kids Are Worth It!
by Barbara Coloroso
This book offers you solid advice and practical parenting techniques based on years of putting that theory into practice. (parents)

Let's Talk About When Your Parent is in Jail
by Maureen K. Wittbold
Written for elementary-school children, this book explains what jail is, why people go to jail, and the changes and feelings a child may experience during this time.

Listening For Feelings
by Dr. John Taylor
This booklet for parents and professional's outlines key aspects of providing an emotionally healthy environment at home or school. Topics include understanding emotions, using clear feeling statements, and much more, with a list of 345 feeling words and stress reduction methods. (parents & professionals)

Listening for Feelings
by John Taylor, Ph.D.
Shows parents how to provide an accepting arena to encourage children to "open up," convey their feelings honestly and openly.

Love You Forever
by Robert Munsch
The mother sings to her sleeping baby: "I'll love you forever / I'll love you for always / As long as I'm living / My baby you'll be." She still sings the same song when her baby has turned into a fractious 2-year-old, a slovenly 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. So far so ordinary--but this is one persistent lady. When her son grows up and leaves home, she takes to driving across town with a ladder on the car roof, climbing through her grown son's window, and rocking the sleeping man in the same way. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she's too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed. Each stage is illustrated by one of Sheila McGraw's comic and yet poignant pastels.

Married with Special Needs Children
by Marshak & Prezant
This is the first book for parents to examine the stress that is often placed upon a marriage when a couple has a child with a disability. Many parents worry that even strong marriages can buckle under the intense demands of raising a child with special needs.

by Cynthia MacGregor
This book presents an assortment of creative and enjoyable solutions for getting kids to settle down at night. From storytelling to silly songs and rhymes, quiet games, and innovative thinking exercises, these activities will soothe kids into sleepiness. A great way to spend one-on-one time with young children!

No More Sibling Rivalry!
by John Taylor, Ph.D.
Helps parents increase harmony in their homes and helps their children to become better friends. Explains how to decrease competition and encourage cooperation. Included are ways to deal with jealousy, a new baby, fighting and more.

Nurturing Resilience in Our Children
by Robert Brooks, Ph.D, and Sam Goldstein, Ph.D
In this book you will learn how to help your children acquire the building blocks of resilience and reinforce those lessons on a day to day basis. When you instill resilience in your children, you give them the emotional tools they need to resolve problems and make sensible, reasoned decisions throughout their lives. The resilient child also learns how to develop self-control, build interpersonal skills, and handle challenges and frustrations more effectively.

Parent's Homework Dictionary
by Dan J. McLaughlin
The Parent's Homework Dictionary is designed to help parents/adults understand homework their children bring home from school. It's impossible to remember concepts you haven't seen or used in 20 years, so that is the reasoning behind this book.

Parenting Rule # 1: Mom Has Fun!
by Nicole MacKenzie
It's time Mom has fun and here is how. May everyone embrace these brilliant concepts! An easy to apply manual on how to raise happy, responsible children who follow instructions while applying Rule #1: Mom Has Fun!

Parenting Teens with Love and Logic (Updated Edition)
by Foster Cline, Md & Jim Fay
Teens today are faced with pressures and influences that were unheard of in their parents' day. Now, you can help your teenager navigate these challenges and make good choices. Our changing times require a new approach to parenting teens - the Love and Logic way. Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D., provide parents with simple techniques and practical solutions for dealing with key issues ranging from cars and driving to violence and gangs. The updated edition addresses current day issues including: entitlement, video game addiction, divorce, and internet usage.

Parenting with Love and Logic (Updated Edition)
by Foster Cline, Md & Jim Fay
You'll raise children who are self-confident, motivated, and ready for the real world with this win-win approach to parenting. Your children will win because they'll learn to solve their own problems while gaining the confidence they need to meet life's challenges. And, you'll win because you'll establish healthy control without resorting to anger, threats, nagging, or exhausting power struggles. Parenting with Love and Logic puts the fun back into parenting! The updated edition includes: new Stories and examples, eight new Pearls of Love and Logic, an index of Love and Logic Tips, and what Love and Logic is not.

Planning for the Future
by Russell, Grant, Joseph, Fee
Planning For the Future is an essential guide to parents with a child who has a disability. It explains in full detail how a family can protect their loved one's future. It explains how to prepare a Life Plan, a Letter of Intent, a Special Needs Trust; and it explains how to maximize your child's government benefits, and much more. (parents)

Positive Parenting Your Teens
by Karen Renshaw Joslin & Mary Bunting Decher
Raising teenagers today is enormously challenging. Whether they're struggling with dating, homework, alcohol and other drugs, or battling depression, our teenagers need our support. This easy-to-use book offers parents workable strategies not only for surviving but for enjoying the teenage years.

Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD
by Grad L. Flick, Ph.D.
This much-needed parental guide provides practical, real-life techniques and activities to help children with ADD/ADHD overcome social problems, build self-esteem, removed or decrease problem behaviors and addresses homework problems.

Problem Child or Quirky Kid?
by Rita & John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D
Should you be concerned if you child doesn't quite fit in or get along with others? Find help, not blame, in this commonsense guide written by two parents who happen to be psychologists. The authors give you examples, definitions, developmental and temperamental considerations, home-based strategies and recommendations for how to know when your child needs more help than you can offer - and where the help is. Instead of asking "Is my child normal?" you'll know how to help your child live well. Ages: All

Raising Children Who Think for Themselves
by Elisa Medhus, M.D.
How do you raise empathetic, confident and independent-thinking children? Dr. Medhus proves it's never too late to foster in our children the ability to weigh options, consider sources and think for themselves. Using real-life examples and humorous anecdotes, the book describes five essential qualities of self-directed children and the seven strategies parents can use to foster them.

Raising Self-Reliant Children
by H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.
This important book goes beyond issues of strictness and leniency to show parents how to develop their children's values of accountability and adherence to responsible, internalized standards of behavior. Children will value the presence of these responsible, self-reliant and mature traits in themselves.

Raising Special Kids
by Jared Massanari,j Ph.D. & Alice Massanari, L.C.S.W.
Raising Special Kids is designed to explore what works and what doesn't in the unique relationship between you and your child. The real experts are you, your child, and other parents who are living this experience in a conscious way and have chosen to share what they've discovered.

Real Parenting: Using Real Colors to Better Understand Your Child
by Dr. Dan Johnson
Real Parenting explores the inherent demands of parenting balanced with a child's needs to explore his/her own innate nature and life experiences. Dr. Johnson emphasizes that in parenting you are dealing with someone - a child - beyond yourself, beyond your own dreams, and beyond your own needs. Real Parenting will assist you, as a parent, in learning how to ask questions of, observe and listen to children through the child's color lens. It will help you learn how to broaden your child's abilities to operate in his/her own dominant color as well as his/her less dominant colors.

Rebuilding Children's Lives
by C.B. Baker, R.V. Burke, R.W. Herron & M.A. Mott
A Blueprint for Treatment Foster Parents offers an approach to foster parenting that combines compassion with practical, outcome-oriented strategies for teaching children how to change their behaviors.

School's Out - Now What?
by Joan M. Bergstrom, Ed.D.
This book presents ways for parents and other adults to provide children practical help and guidance. It brings together resources, checklists, and hundreds of ideas that will help today's busy parents and their school age children.

Sleep Better!
by V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.
From bedtime tantrums to bedwetting, sleep problems can be one of the biggest sources of worry and frustration for parents of children with special needs. This book is packed with widely tested, easy-to-use techniques that work for all children, with and without disabilities. Fully updated edition includes help for parents who usually struggle with nighttime problems.

Something Is Wrong At My House
by Davis/Megale
Acknowledges children's feelings of anger, fear and loneliness when their parents fight. Offers ways to cope with the violence they see. (6 & up)

Supporting Families When Parents Have Intellectual Disabilities
This manual offers practical suggestions and resources that will hopefully make it easier for providers to step out of traditional roles and reach out to parents with pervasive and lifelong learning challenges.

Table Talk
by Steve & Ruth Bennett
365 easy and creative family-centered activities that will help make the evening meal what it should be - the high point of your family's day. Ages: 6-13

Ten Things Every Parent Needs to Know, The
by Kim Paleg, Ph.D.
Ten warm and straightforward chapters describe in detail the skills parents most need to learn, including advice on how to nurture a child emotionally as well as physically, how to listen and foster self-esteem, and how to solve problems and handle discipline issues, cope with anger, and take care of themselves as well as the child. (parents & professionals)

The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children: Parenting from the heart
by Steven W. Vannoy
The greatest gift you can give your children is to read this book and use the powerful principles it teaches. It is more informative to parents in helping children develop into self-directed and capable adults. The concepts are a vital to shaping your child(ren)'s future as a solid foundation is to building a house. Offers astonishing, simple, effective methods of imparting priceless values to our children.

The Five Minute Parent
by Deborah Shelton
This book turns five minutes together with your child into a treasury of new experiences neither of you will ever forget. This is not about keeping your child busy while you do something else. It's for anyone who wants to build strong bonds with their child - and have fun doing it!

The Parent's Little Book of Lists: Do's and Don'ts of Effective Parenting
by Jane Bluestein, Ph.D.
Open this guide to discover organized categories including character building, relationship building, skill building and problem solving. This unique parenting resource offers hundreds of suggestions and a generous supply of common sense.

The Secrets of Happy Families
by Bruce Feiler
Determined to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families, the author gathered team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques from the most creative minds and tested these ideas. It looks at how we can create stronger parent/child relationships, manage the chaos of our lives, teach our kids values and grit, and have more fun together.

The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids
by Sally Yahnke Walker, Ph.D.
Up-to-date, authoritative information about giftedness, gifted education, problems, personality traits, how to advocate for your child at school, and more.

True Parenting: How to Foster Deeper Family Ties and a Harmonious Home
by Kathy Hayward
Being a parent these days is really a tough job, but probably the most important job you will ever have. Because there are no exact formulas or equations to achieve a desired outcome, many parents feel they've gotten in over their heads. True Parenting is designed to help demystify the job of parenting by guiding moms and dads through the True Colors process to determine the Color Spectrum of each family member - and the family as a whole. This information becomes a springboard for developing improved parenting skills, greater communication in the home, and more meaningful family relationships.

Uncommon Fathers
by Donald J. Meyer
This is the first book written for fathers by fathers of children with developmental disabilities. The contributors are from diverse professional, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Their children--preschoolers to adults--have a wide range of disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, hearing loss, and mental retardation. These men offer a seldom-heard perspective on being a father and raising a child with special needs. (parents)

Understanding Temperament
by Lyndall Shick
Assessing temperament allows parents to work with their children's natural tendencies. Understanding Temperament helps parents discover how to reduce conflict between them and their child; teach the skills their child needs; build good family relationships; deal with misbehavior and much, much more.

Understanding Your Child's Puzzling Behavior
by Steven E. Curtis
Faced with behavior in their children that they don't understand, parents can easily become overwhelmed. They often find themselves having to select and put their faith in professionals they know little about, make decisions based on information they don't understand, and try to remain calm when they're frightened about what might be wrong with their children. Armed with a tool, such as this guide, parents can gain a greater sense of control and play a more active role in uncovering the cause of the children's puzzling behavior.

What Do I Do About Hitting?
by Martha Kate Downey
Learning to manage frustration, anger and rage is a necessary component of growing up for any child, but it is especially difficult to learn when the world seems confusing. This book will help adults better understand the frustrations a child or teenager faces. Topics such as sensory integration, decision-making, control and the ability to feel subtleties of anxiety are addressed along with strategies to help manage those issues. While the primary focus of the book is to help younger children learn more appropriate methods for handling their anger, it also provides suggestions for teens who are experiencing rage or depression.

What to do When Kids are Mean to your Child
by Elin McCoy
From sandbox spats to third-grade bullying, "in-house" squabbling to middle-school mockery and exclusion, kids of all ages suffer hurts and humiliations that leave parents at a loss about what to do.

What We Can't Tell You: Teenagers Talk to the Adults in Their Lives
by Kathleen Cushman
In this unusual advice book, teenagers from around the country talk openly of their real feelings about their parents and other important adults in their lives. They offer insights and strategies for connecting with adolescents in this all-important stage of life.

What We Can't Tell You: Teenagers Talk to the Adults in Their Lives
by Kathleen Cushman
In this unusual advice book, teenagers from around the country talk openly of their real feelings about their parents and other important adults in their lives. They offer insights and strategies for connecting with adolescents in this all-important stage of life.

What Your Explosive Child Is Trying to Tell You
by Douglas A. Riley
The author offers answers as to why some children are especially prone to violent meltdowns, paired with techniques that train a child to avoid such outbreaks. Riley states there are several reasons a child may explode: A kid with road map issues may become unglued when confronted with anything unexpected, while a child with unknown allergies can be adversely affected by certain foods. His approach for dealing with explosive children is sympathetic without being overindulgent. a certain amount of hard work is required by the parents, who will generally have to change the way they respond to their offspring's outbursts.

What's Right? What's Wrong?
by Jeffrey A. Marx and Risa Munitz Gruberger
You want your children to tell the truth, treat others with respect, and stand up for what's right, but it's tough to talk about values in ways that keep kids interested. This book makes it easy and fun.

Wonderful Ways To Love A Child
by Judy Ford
Wonderful Ways To Love A Child is a guide for parents who want to put love into action so they can give their children the very best start in life. It's a prescription to strengthen your family, packed with guidance and reassurance and filled with true stories from parents who are building strong, nurturing, loving families. Offers more than 65 inspiring suggestions from the emotional and moral to the fun and frivolous to help you bring more love and laughter into your life.

You Are Your Child's First Teacher

You Are Your Child's First Teacher offers new ways of seeing and understanding your child that will provide fertile ground for your own creativity and help increase your confidence in what you are doing. Making the most of the magical years from birth to age six will enrich the lives of you and your child now and for years to come

You Will Dream New Dreams
by Stanley D. Klein, Ph. D. & Kim Schive
This book includes more than sixty short essays from mothers and fathers of children with different kinds of disabilities who learned about their child's disability at different times in the child's life and in the life of the family. The essays are presented in a manner that invites new parents to pick up the book just long enough to read an essay or town, in any order and at any time. (parents)


20 Minutes to Effective Parenting: Communication Skills
20 minutes
Are you ready to change your life, and your child's, in 20 minutes? That's all the time it will take to learn ten simple techniques, based on scientific research, to communicate more effectively with your child. Learn how with this DVD. Say goodbye to behavior problems and hello to better parenting!

A Day With Jonathan Mooney: Concrete Strategies for Teaching & Parenting Outside the Lines
4 hours
Jonathan Mooney presents four concrete strategies that parents, teachers, and administrators can utilize to help kids with learning differences succeed. With 4 hours of content Jonathan outlines that the goal is not to fix "broken" kids, but to fix broken educational environments, and re-draw the lines of what we consider "normal" learning.

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies 1 - Stepfamily Living: A Different Parenting Challenge
47 minutes
Explore some of the ways that stepfamilies differ from other families. Learn about three parenting styles and the essential principles of active parenting.

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies 2 - Finding Your Way: Stepfamily Communication & Problem Solving
31 minutes
Learn guidelines for active stepparents and communication skills that will help you solve problems and strengthen stepfamily relationships.

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies 3 - A Tale of Two Histories: Turning Differences into Opportunities
27 minutes
Help your stepfamily work through conflicts over money and authority, issues of privacy and sexuality, clashing values, and loyalty conflicts.

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies 4 - The Challenge of Discipline
35 minutes
Explore how a child's 'Think-Feel-Do Cycle' relates to misbehavior. Learn proven, non-violent discipline techniques that also teach responsibility. Discover the benefits of logical consequences over punishment and reward.

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies 5 - From Anger & Power Struggles to Courage & Self-Esteem
30 minutes
Defuse power struggles using the "FLAC" method. Explore the relationship between courage and success. Learn four ways to encourage - and avoid discouraging - your children and stepchildren.

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies 6 - Celebrating Stepfamily Successes
22 minutes
Recognize when to seek help from a professional. Influence the events that shape your kids' lives. Celebrate the progress you've made with your stepfamily.

Blue Takes You To School
100 minutes
Get ready for school with Blue, Joe, Periwinkle, and more! From figuring out clues to figuring out word problems, preschoolers will discover that the learning never ends - even when the school day does - in these two episodes of Blue's Clues!

Boys In Crisis: Why It Matters and What You Can Do About It
84 minutes
The Boys In Crisis DVD contains four modules that address the unique challenges boys face - and provide practical solutions for changing the lives of boys for the better. Packed with data, case studies, resources, and insights, this unique tool is designed for the people who have the best chance of bringing about positive change: parents and educators.

Caution: Teenager Under Construction
Human Relations Media
Using a light-hearted style, Caution: Teenager Under Construction traces the complex changes faced by middle school students. Young people who are prepared for the transitions that await - and who understand that these changes are perfectly normal - will be better able to handle middle school's challenges with maturity and humor.

Education Starts At Home
24 minutes
This DVD takes us into the homes of five families. These parents tell us that they are the real teachers of their children because learning is what children do from the time they are born. They provide examples of how they turn everyday work and play activities into positive learning experiences. They also share the kind words and compliments they use at home to help their children develop feelings of self-respect.

First Years Last Forever, The
Parents Action for Children
Recent research in brain development shows how critical the first years of a child's life are to their happiness and success. That puts a special responsibility on parents and caregivers. This DVD provides guidance to new parents to help their child thrive and reach their full potential, including information and practical tips on: bonding and attachment; building self-esteem; communication; health and nutrition; effective discipline; and choosing quality child care among other topics.

Go To Bed! Kids and Sleep
21 minutes
The trip from womb to world is the longest, most traumatic journey a human will ever take. One result is to send newborns into months of what is much like severe jet lag. Their first sleeping patterns are nearly random. They need to learn night from day and adjust sleep patterns to fit their new world. This dance of adjustment -- of children to the world and parents to children -- is what Go To Bed! is about.

Helping Children Cope with Frightening Events
24 minutes
Fear and stress, whether caused by natural disasters or violent events, have a profound effect on young children. Whether the children were directly involved, have friends or family who were victims or survivors, or are simply aware of the event through the news media or conversation, they will probably react by feeling helpless, isolated, and bewildered. Educators are in a good position to assist these children cope if they know the warning signs and what to do. This video defines and illustrates the most typical symptoms that children exhibit. It demonstrates activities and steps educators can take to help children cope with the trauma of the event.

Helping Kids Face Today's World
Love & Logic (60 minutes)
In this live presentation Dr. Cline will share stories and examples to make everyday family and school life less taxing and more enjoyable for kids and the adults in their lives. Dr. Cline will give you practical, easy-to-use, skills and strategies that work effectively with kids of all ages and help them handle today's demands, and tomorrow's frustrations.

I Love Somebody: Safety In The Home
17 minutes
The purpose of this DVD is to engage parents who are interested in their children's safety in discussions that will result in an increased knowledge of safety and ensure safer environments for their children.

More 1-2-3 Magic
by Dr. Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
In More 1-2-3 Magic Dr. Thomas W. Phelan explains how to get your children to do the good things you want them to do, such as getting up and out in the morning, eating, going to bed and - this will warm your heart - picking up after themselves. You will also learn practical, down-to-earth strategies for encouraging your children's growing independence and for promoting reasonable, healthy self-esteem.

No Thanks, I Just Had A Banana!
by Sally Ogden
Responses to Put Downs, Power Struggles and Button Pushers. Sally Ogden, a veteran classroom teacher and national consultant, teaches how to respond to bullies, criticism, and cruelty, as well as how to avoid being manipulated while at the same time maintaining one's self-esteem.

Painless Parenting for the Preschool Years
Love & Logic (2 hr 36 min)
Get ready to laugh and have lots of fun as you learn easy-to-use, powerful parenting techniques. In this video Dr. Charles Fay gives you magical techniques to start using when your child is a toddler. Techniques that will make parenting young children enjoyable and rewarding.

Parenting Doesn't Have To Be Rocket Science
Love & Logic (110 minutes)
Join Foster W. Cline, M.D. in this live presentation as he shows that it is not what parents say, but how they respond; not the content of their lectures but the quality of their questions. With humor, compassion, common sense, and delightful clarity, Dr. Cline models reaching children. The techniques in this video best insures that your children and your children's children are kids anyone would want to take off the shelf!

Parents: Our Most Important Resource
27 minutes
Parents: Our Most Important Resource emphasizes the importance of communicating with and respecting parents throughout the assessment process. Gaining information from parents during registration, as well as working with the parent as a partner throughout the year, is crucial to understanding and charting the growth of the whole child.

Possibilities of Play: Building Connections
28 minutes
This DVD looks at play through the eyes of parents, grandparents, play therapists, educators, pediatricians and mental health providers.

Possibilities of Play: Building Connections
28 minutes
This DVD looks at play through the eyes of parents, grandparents, play therapists, educators, pediatricians and mental health providers.

Real World Parenting Solutions: That Prepare Kids for the Real World
120 minutes
This DVD teaches how to: get respect and responsibility out of your kids, raise kids who can cope, put an end to arguing and defiance, handle misbehavior in public, teach good decision-making and problem solving, stay calm when you don't feel so calm, and much, much more.

Simple Parenting Strategies: For Raising Great Kids in Complicated Time
by Jim Fay & Charles Fay, Ph.D.
In this live presentation, Jim and Charles Fay (father and son) speak about the benefits of raising children the Love and Logic way. You will laugh your way to being a better parent, and you will learn why Jim and Charles are among the most beloved storytellers of our generation.

Skills To Pay The Bills
by Office of Disability Employment Poilicy
This DVD is a true collaboration between government and the youth it serves. It is intended to help all young people, including those with disabilities, learn about important attributes necessary for career and personal success.

Stranger Safety: The Safe Side
36 minutes
Hey kids and parents! Join Safe Side Superchick and her friends Buddy and Fang on a laugh-out-loud journey into the world of being smart, cool, safe. We know safety can be so boring or maybe a little scare. Well prepare yourself for something really different. You'll learn how to avoid potentially dangerous situations with people you don't know and kinda know in a fun and memorable way. Safe Side Superchick will share her seven Hot Tips for Cool Kids with you. It's never too early (or too late) to learn to be safer at home, at school, and while you're outside playing. A must see for the whole family.

Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes
Sesame Street
Sesame Workshop presents "Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes," a bilingual educational outreach initiative designed for military families and their young children to share.

The Secrets of Modern Parenting DVD Series

Looking for solutions to modern parenting problems? This 6 DVD set has the secrets to a happy home. Easy to use, interactive, real life demonstrations. Set titles: Building Relationships, Gaining Compliance, End Arguing, Eliminate Lying, Extinguish Tantrums, and End Back Talk and Disrespect.

Who Says Parenting Can't Be Fun?
Love & Logic (60 minutes)
Love & Logic has collected some of their favorite stories by Jim Fay, Charles Fay, Ph.D., Foster W. Cline, M.D.,and Betsy Geddes, Ed.D. and put them into one video. These stories from America's Parenting Experts are a wonderful introduction for their new Love and Logic parents and a great refresher for veteran parents. Learn new skills or reinforce the Love and Logic techniques you have been using for years.


100 Tips For Parents
Pathfinder Services of ND
These tips have been created to help you become more involved in your childÂ’s education. As a more involved parent, you improve your childÂ’s chances to be successful in school. For each topic, you will find suggestions for how you can obtain additional information and assistance. (English)

Parenting A Child With Special Needs
Channing Bete
This pamphlet provides an introduction to interventions and helps improve parents' understanding of ways they can help their child grow (while growing in confidence themselves). Discusses appropriate services and resources, and the laws that benefit people with special needs. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #8

Parenting Children with Disabilities
Channing Bete
This booklet explains that children with disabilities often need additional support from caregivers to ensure their health and safety. Urges parents to learn about their child's disability, practice positive discipline, communicate openly, and manage stress. Also covers individualized family service plans and individualized education plans. Includes information about protecting children from abuse and neglect, building a support network, and much more. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #98

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NDSU Parent Education Network

The NDSU Parent Education Network provides research-based parent education to families. Each center is affiliated with the NDSU Extension Service Parent Education Network which provides for ongoing training, collaboration, delivery and evaluation of consistent programs across the state. Programs are delivered with funding support from the North Dakota Department of Human Services - Child Protection and local education agencies.

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