Parenting Recent Picks for July

A great selection of new parenting books this month, as well as a new feature – a new children’s book I’ve chosen to share with you! Every month I’ll pick a children’s or young adults book that I like, just to show you what’s new to those collections, and something your children might enjoy. I hope you find it helpful!

Syndetics book coverThe spiritual child : the new science on parenting for health and lifelong thriving / Lisa Miller ; with Teresa Barker.
“In The Spiritual Child, psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. She explains the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality: * are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances * are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers * are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex * have significantly more positive markers for thriving including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success. In this provocative, conversation-starting book, Dr. Miller presents us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTen conversations you must have with your son / Tim Hawkes.
“Every parent of a teenage boy knows there are certain conversations they must have with their son.¬†Internationally recognised in the field of raising and educating boys, Dr Tim Hawkes provides practical, accessible and invaluable advice about how to get these discussions started. Helping parents to negotiate their way through what can be difficult territory, Dr Hawkes explores the why, what and how of ten key topics: love, identity, values, leadership, achievement, sex, money, health, living together and resilience.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTeaching kids to think : raising confident, independent, & thoughtful children in the age of instant gratification / Darlene Sweetland, PhD, Ron Stolberg, PhD.
“Dr. Darlene Sweetland and Dr. Ron Stolberg offer insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation. They identify the five parent traps that cause adults to unknowingly increase their children’s need for instant gratification, and offerpractical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to address topics relevant to children of all ages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to connect with your iTeen : a parenting road map / Susan Morris Shaffer and Linda Perlman Gordon.
“This realistic guide shows adults how to reopen communication with “silent” teenage boys and cut through the drama of teenage girls. Written in clear, straightforward language, it offers successful techniques for navigating everything from socially complex issues surrounding sexting and bullying to such everyday challenges around school and homework.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to raise an adult : break free of the overparenting trap and prepare your kid for success / Julie Lythcott-Haims.
“In How to Raise an Adult , Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaising the shy child : a parent’s guide to social anxiety : advice for helping kids make friends, speak up, and stop worrying / Christine Fonseca.
“The fear of being judged by others in social activities is a common human experience, especially during childhood. But when the fear becomes all-consuming, it can disrupt daily functioning and the development of social competency. Raising the Shy Child: A Parent’s Guide to Social Anxiety takes a fresh look at social anxiety disorder, coupling the latest in research trends with evidence-based strategies and real-world stories to untangle the complexities of this disorder.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOut of control : why disciplining your child doesn’t work– and what will / Shefali Tsabary, PhD.
“Every parent wants the golden key to raising well-behaved, academically gifted, successful, happy children. Embedded in the collective psyche is the notion that discipline is the cornerstone to achieving these goals. Out of Control offers a never-before-published perspective on why the entire premise of discipline is flawed. The author goes to the heart of the problems parents have with children, challenging society’s dependence on discipline, daring readers to let go of fear-based ideologies and replace them with an approach that draws parent and child together.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChanging the world is child’s play : inspirations for making everyday moments with children count / Sarah Amy Glensor Best.
“A book for anyone who has anything to do with children, Changing the World is Child’s Play invites you to appreciate the importance of play and positive interactions with children – both for you as a potentially ‘play-deprived’ adult, and for the children you spend time with. It offers ways to engage in meaningful interactions with children for parents, family and early childhood educators.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPeaceful parent, happy siblings : how to stop the fighting and raise friends for life / Dr. Laura Markham.
“As any parent of more than one child knows, though, it’s challenging for even the most engaged parent to maintain harmony and a strong connection when competition, tempers, and irritation run high. In this highly anticipated guide, Dr. Markham presents simple yet powerful ways to cut through the squabbling and foster a loving, supportive bond between siblings, while giving each child the vital connection that he or she needs.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)


Syndetics book coverBeastly verse / [illustrated by] JooHee Yoon.
“Poetry and children belong together, and for a long time, the music and playfulness of verse wove itself through children’s days and lives. Beastly Verse aims to help return the wonder of poetry to children’s lives through sixteen exquisitely illustrated poems, four of which have the surprise and pleasure of being foldouts. Representing poems from Anonymous, as well as some lesser well-known poets, this volume also includes poems from Lewis Carroll, William Blake, Robert Desnos, Hilaire Belloc, William Cowper, Christina Rossetti, and D.H. Lawrence. Both short and long, these poems can be read and reread, committed to memory and enjoyed all life long.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)