Parenting Recent Picks for November

This month’s selections see the reprint of some classic parenting titles – Celia Lashlie’s He’ll be ok and the original Save our sleep.  My children’s pick is also a classic of sorts, a Hairy Maclary treasury with all your favourites in one book!  Along with the other great new books,  these additions are well worth checking out.

Syndetics book coverBecoming a mother : a journey of uncertainty, transformation and falling in love / Leisa Stathis.
“Throughout the first difficult year of their babies’ lives, many women secretly doubt that they will emerge as the loving, confident mothers they long to be. Here, Leisa Stathis explores this emotional journey. Through shared stories, women learn that they are not alone and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHe’ll be OK : growing gorgeous boys into good men / Celia Lashlie.
“The 10th anniversary edition of the iconic book that takes parents into the mysterious world of boys, with new foreword, introduction and tribute to the author. In this new edition of her honest, no-nonsense and best-selling book, Celia reveals what goes on inside the world of boys. With clarity and insight, she offers parents – especially mothers – practical and reassuring advice on raising their boys to become good, loving, articulate men.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSave our sleep : a parents’ guide towards happy, sleeping babies from birth to two years / Tizzie Hall.
“The bestseller that answers that all-important question for parents – how can I get my baby to sleep? Tizzie Hall is an internationally renowned baby whisperer who has been working with babies and their parents for over 24 years. Her customised sleep routines have helped thousands of restless babies sleep through the night.  Save Our Sleep is the must-have book for all parents who want to save their sleep.”  (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe intuitive parent : why the best thing for your child is you / Stephen Camarata.
“In The Intuitive Parent , Vanderbilt University child development specialist Dr. Stephen Camarata debunks the claims many of these ‘brain development’ programs make. Using accessible, down-to-earth language he explains how parents can intuitively support their child’s brain development by simply paying attention. Babies and children develop at their own pace; what’s more, they are hardwired to signal to caregivers when they’re ready for the next step.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSewn together : 25 fun projects to sew with kids / Jenny Doh.
“It’s always better when you sew together! The art of sewing should be shared, and these delightful child-centered projects are made for parents to do with their kids aged 6 to 12–or for tweens to try alone after they’ve learned the basics. From simple nesting dolls and a cute plush fox friend to a drawstring game board, pennants, pillows, patchwork throws, scarves, and stuffed animal sleeping bags, there’s something fun for everyone. Contributors include : Mollie Johanson, Heather Jones, Cal Patch, Mary Rasch, Aimee Ray, Cynthia Shaffer, and others.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first five years : from birth to primary school, understand and encourage your child’s development / Philippa Kaye.
“Babies and toddlers are fascinating and changing all the time. Each month brings with it a breakthrough in new skills and abilities. Each chapter explores the developmental areas for each age band, checklists for development and ways to stimulate these skills. There are suggested activities for each topic making this a truly practical book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe angst of adolescence : how to parent your teen (and live to laugh about it) / Sara Villanueva, PhD.
“The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen and Live to Laugh About It , written in a conversational, informative, humorous and relatable style, promises to deliver trustworthy resource for parents of teens who are searching for answers and guidance about how to maneuver their way through this tricky developmental period.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s book pick:

Syndetics book coverHairy Maclary treasury
“Ever since Hairy Maclary first trotted out of the gate and off for a walk, he has been adored by millions of children and adults all over the world. For the very first time, Lynley Dodd’s ten classic stories starring Hairy Maclary are brought together in this treasury. It also includes a CD with each tale specially introduced by Lynley Dodd herself.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for September

There’s just a small selection of lovely new parenting books this month. They’re still the cream of the crop though (I love the sewing book)! And as a bonus I’ve included an extra children’s book – a couple of favourites from the new ones that have been arriving recently, including the picture book debut by Australian design extraordinaire Beci Orpin.

Syndetics book cover8 keys to raising the quirky child / Mark Bowers ; foreword by Babette Rothschild.
“A quirky child experiences difficulty fitting in and connecting with others usually due to an interpersonal style or behavior that stands out from the other kids. These kids are not so far afield as to fall on the autism spectrum, but they are unique, and their behaviors are not addressed in typical parenting books. This book defines quirky markers and offers strategies for parents to understand their children’s brains and behaviors; to know what is developmentally appropriate, and what isn’t; to understand how to reach their kids; and to help facilitate their social functioning in the world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYou simply can’t spoil a newborn: the essential Kiwi guide to nurturing your baby in the first three months / Dorothy Waide with Jill Daamen.
“The first three months of parenthood offer a unique opportunity for parents to lay a loving and solid foundation that will last a lifetime. From calming the most unsettled baby, to teaching babies to self-settle and resettle, Dorothy Waide provides realistic advice on how to solve common breastfeeding issues, to managing time, relationships and emotional demands in the weeks following birth.” (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. Out of Control offers a never-before-published perspective on why the entire premise of discipline is flawed. Dr. Shefali Tsabary reveals how discipline is a major cause of generations of dysfunction. 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 coverThe soul of discipline : the simplicity parenting approach to warm, firm, and calm guidance–from toddlers to teens / Kim John Payne, M.Ed.
“In this groundbreaking book, parenting expert and acclaimed author of the bestselling book Simplicity Parenting Kim John Payne, M.Ed., flips the script on children’s challenging or defiant behavior and lays out an elegantly simple plan to support parents in establishing loving, age-sensitive boundaries that help children feel safe and settled.”–Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverLinen, wool, cotton kids : 21 patterns for simple separates and comfortable layers / Akiko Mano.
“From feminine dresses to menswear-inspired outfits, this collection of coordinated separates for girls ages 4 to 7 can be easily modified to suit the season or the child. With an emphasis on natural fabrics, these garments are designed to allow the nature of the fabric to come through.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s book picks:

Syndetics book coverThe Specific Ocean
“A young girl does not want to go away for summer vacation; she wants to stay in the city with her friends. But after a few days at the beach, she falls under the ocean’s spell and begins to wonder how she can bring it and its magic back home with her. A lyrical, thoughtful look at the deep connection to be made with the natural world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFind me a Castle: A look-and-find book 
“There’s lots to discover in this book, So open it up and take a look, Search for each hidden thing, and then, Find me a castle and we’ll start again! From this highly acclaimed creator comes a fresh new interpretation of the classic look-and-find book. With so much to discover, Find Me A Castle will have you returning time and again to its beautiful pages.” (Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for August

There’s definitely a baby theme going on this month, with the first few books selected focussing on the first year of your child’s life (my children’s book pick is for the littlies too). But there’s also a good choice of new parenting books for older kids covering some popular issues. Remember you can reserve any of the books, if they’re available or not, by clicking on the title links through to the catalogue.

Syndetics book coverNappy free baby : a practical guide to baby-led potty training from birth / Amber Hatch.
“This unique book shows parents how to break free from nappies and tricky toilet training. In this book, Amber Hatch guides parents through the method, explaining the practical things you need to know from getting started to completion. You’ll also discover how to adapt the approach to your own family’s needs and routines, how to overcome common problems and how to encourage confidence and independence in your child.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding your baby : a parent’s guide to progress in the first year and beyond / Kyra Karmiloff & Dr Annette Karmiloff-Smith.
“The mother-and-daughter team of Kyra Karmiloff, a research psychologist, and Dr Annette Karmiloff-Smith, a professorial research fellow at the Developmental Neurocognition Lab at Birkbeck College, University of London, ‘translate’ the latest scientific findings on infant behaviour, the development of gross and fine motor skills and intelligence, and how infants produce language and experience the social world, as well as offering helpful tips and suggestions about how parents can positively influence their child’s journey towards independence.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHeading home with your newborn : from birth to reality / Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP & Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP.
“The new edition of this bestselling guide to newborn care has been fully revised and updated. Written by two pediatricians and focusing on the first few months of an infant’s life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPerfect sleep : how to establish and maintain good sleep habits for your baby / Arna Skula.
“Arna Skula, a clinical nurse specialist who runs an outpatient clinic for babies with sleep problems, explains how parents can establish and maintain good sleep habits in their babies and small children, and offers ways to solve sleep problems. Unique, specially created charts show the typical sleep and wake patterns for babies at all key stages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe expectant father : the ultimate guide for dads-to-be / Armin A. Brott, Jennifer Ash.
“The twentieth-anniversary edition of this thoroughly updated and revised parenting classic remains the most informative and reassuring book for expectant fathers everywhere. In addition to sharing the wisdom of the ages, Armin A. Brott, Mr. Dad, presents new insight into the emotional, financial, and physical effects of impending parenthood on men.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting with presence : practices for raising conscious, confident, caring kids / Susan Stiffelman, MFT ; foreword by Eckhart Tolle.
“Parenting expert Susan Stiffelman writes that the very behaviors that push our buttons can help us build awareness and shed old patterns, allowing us to raise our children with greater ease and enjoyment. Filled with practical advice, powerful exercises, and fascinating stories from her clinical work, Parenting with Presence teaches us how to become the parents we most want to be while raising confident, caring children.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting in the age of attention snatchers : a step-by-step guide to balancing your child’s use of technology / Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD.
“As children spend more of their time on tablets and smartphones, using apps specially engineered to capture their attention, parents are concerned about the effects of so much technology use–and feel powerless to intervene. Lucy Jo Palladino shows that the key is to help kids build awareness and control over their own attention, and in this guide she gives parents the tools to do exactly that, in seven straightforward, evidence-based steps.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHelping your child with extreme picky eating : a step-by-step guide for overcoming selective eating, food aversion, and feeding disorders / Katja Rowell, MD, Jenny McGlothlin, MS, SLP.
“In Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating , a family doctor specializing in childhood feeding joins forces with a speech pathologist to help you support your child’s nutrition, healthy growth, and end meal-time anxiety (for your child and you) once and for all. You’ll discover specific strategies for dealing with anxiety, low appetite, sensory challenges, autism spectrum-related feeding issues, oral motor delay, and medically-based feeding problems.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBloom : 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry, and over-the-top kids / Lynne Kenney, Psy.D. and Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD.
“The first multi-media parenting book that that gives readers a new way to take a collaborative stance with children, improving their cognitive, emotional and social skills. Written for real parents with anxious, angry and over-the-top kids, Bloom is a brain-based approach to parenting all children.  Taking its lead from neuroscience and best practices in early childhood mental health, Bloom offers parents, teachers and care providers the words, thoughts and actions to raise calm, confident children, while reducing the need for consequences and punishment.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

CHILDREN’S BOOK PICK:

Syndetics book coverAnimals / David Salariya.
“For infants, high-contrast images can build visual skills. These striking black-and-white animal illustrations help even the youngest babies focus, track, scan, and concentrate–and older children will love learning the animals’ names and grouping them by type. From the zebra’s stripes to a big cat, bird, and giraffe, these creatures are wild!” (Syndetics summary)

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)

CHILDREN’S BOOK PICK:

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)

Parenting Recent Picks for June

Another great selection of parenting books this month. My pick is 100 family adventures by Tim Meek, which compiles a range of outdoor activites for kids and categorises them according to location and difficulty.  (The Meeks already have a successful blog, so the book is just building on this).  It’s called a handbook for family adventures, which sounds great and just might inspire me to get out and about a bit more with my family this winter!

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 coverTeaching kids to think : raising confident, independent, & thoughtful children in an age of instant gratification / Darlene Sweetland, PhD, Ron Stolberg, PhD.
In Teaching Kids to Think , 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 coverStitch, wear, play : 20 charming patterns for boys & girls / Mariko Nakamura.
“Stylish, yet practical sewing patterns for playful young ones. Hop, skip and jump your way through over 20 practical and stylish clothing designs for children ages 3-8. This year-round collection was designed with active boys and girls in mind, and includes shirts, dresses, skirts, pants, jackets and charming accessories. The cuts are classic and the fabrics are kid-friendly cotton, linen, knits, and fleece.” (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 cover100 family adventures / [Tim Meek… et al.].
“100 Family Adventures provides a valuable resource bank of tried and tested outdoor activities to enjoy with children, swapping ‘screen time’ for ‘green time’. Particularly inspiring for people who want to get started, but don’t know how, the book shows how any family, anywhere in the country, can enjoy time together outdoors. Activities are grouped into themes: Woodland, Water, Close to Home, Hills and Mountains, Exploring, By the Sea, Extreme Weather.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Parenting Picks for May

There a brand new selection of great parenting books this month. Definitely something for everyone this time! They cover a wide variety of topics – from cakes and sewing to tougher parenting problems such as dealing with autistic teens and procrastination. Also, Victoria Young’s truths about motherhood just in time for Mother’s Day!

Syndetics book coverThe gentle sleep book : a guide for calm babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers / Sarah Ockwell-Smith.
“This new book from Sarah Ockwell-Smith, founder of BabyCalm, will be an indispensable guide for parents, whatever challenges they are facing with their child’s sleep – from the day they bring their newborn home until their child is settled into school. Examining everything from frequent night waking in babyhood, through bedwetting in toddlerhood, to nightmares and refusal to go to bed in pre-schoolers, this book provides extensive scientific and anecdotal information, plus plenty of gentle suggestions, to help everyone get a good night’s sleep.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThings I wish I’d known : women tell the truth about motherhood / edited by Victoria Young.
“Look at the front cover of any parenting book and what do you see? Glowing mothers-to-be, or pristine, beautifully-behaved children. But the reality is, your pregnancy might be a sweaty, moody rollercoaster, and your children will almost certainly spend the first few years of their lives covered in food, tears and worse. In this no-holds-barred collection of essays, prominent women authors, journalists and TV personalities explore the truth about becoming mothers.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimply perfect party cakes for kids : easy step-by-step novelty cakes for children’s parties / Zoe Clark.
“Simply Perfect Party Cakes for Kids is a stunning collection of 12 easy-to-achieve novelty cakes for children from internationally renowned cake decorator Zoe Clark. The easy-to-follow step-by-step photography will show you in detail how to create and build up each of the cake designs and with Zoe’s tried and tested cake recipes, you’ll soon be making amazing party cakes at home that you will be proud to show off!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEssential sewing basics for babies and children / Jenny Benjamin.
“Essential Sewing Basics for Babies and Children is a collection of sewing projects for babies and children, complete with patterns and instructions. As you work your way through the projects, you will become more confident in your sewing and will be amazed at just what you can make.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaising stress-proof kids : parenting today’s children for tomorrow’s world / Shelley Davidow.
“Stress is rising alarmingly in our children, both at school and at home. Drawing on cutting-edge research from the Institute of HeartMath, California, as well as Shelley Davidow’s extensive experience in working with children and teens, Raising Stress-Proof Kids explores the powerful and potentially long-term effects of stress on our children. Most importantly, it offers simple but effective steps that parents can take to minimise the impact of stress at home and at school.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting ASD teens : a guide to making it up as you go / Andrew Schlegelmilch.
“A straight-talking guide to parenting teenagers on the autism spectrum, this book offers a school psychologist’s perspective on coping with the issues that can arise during the difficult adolescent years. Andrew Schlegelmilch draws on his experiences working as Head Psychologist at a college preparatory school for teens on the spectrum to provide savvy advice on common parenting challenges including falling grades, adolescent tantrums, relationships with authority figures and peers, sex and sexuality, social media safety, mental health issues, and the transition to life after high school.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover7 secrets of raising girls every parent must know : from birth to 18 onwards / Judy Reith.
“Never before have parents been under so much pressure to produce confident, happy and successful daughters, but the new and unexpected challenges of parenting in the digital age can be overwhelming. With easy-to-follow advice, quotes and tips from parents and daughters, this indispensable guide will help you navigate the tricky stuff and show you how to leave your daughter with a legacy of values you’re proud of.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNot now, maybe later : helping children overcome procrastination / Joanne Foster, Ed.D.
“Parents and teachers will appreciate this guide to understanding procrastination, primarily in children, and to providing straight-forward strategies for helping children develop skills to improve productivity. Not Now, Maybe Later provides over 250 tips on battling procrastination for both children and adults to use now (not later).” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for April

This month’s recent picks (accidentally) include two hot topics.  Firstly, a handful of new books on sleep – which is certainly a subject many new parents are obsessed with! – so you can read up on all the new theories about how to finally get that baby to sleep.  Secondly, and at the other end of the spectrum, teenagers – a few new interesting titles on the challenge of parenting adolescents.  Along with the usual assortment of great new books, I’m sure you’ll find something to enjoy!  Also don’t forget to check out our wonderful magazine database Zinio.  At the beginning of March we added two new parenting magazines – Practical Parenting and Prima Baby.  Zinio provides access to the very latest magazines for free and they can be downloaded onto your computer, tablet or smartphone.  (You can learn more about it here).

And one more thing – due to the popularity of Baby Rock and Rhyme, the Central Library will adding another session time for parents, caregivers, little ones and babies. The new sessions will run on Thursdays at 2pm, starting from the 23rd of April. We look forward to seeing you there!

New Books of Interest

Syndetics book coverThe good sleeper : the essential guide to sleep for your baby–and you / Janet Krone Kennedy, PhD.
“A refreshingly straightforward method for training infants to become great sleepers for life, inspired by clinical psychologist Janet Kennedy’s popular psychotherapy practice, NYC Sleep Doctor.  For something so important, there’s too much conflicting information about how best to get your baby to sleep through the night and nap successfully during the day. This book is a straightforward, no-nonsense answer to one of the biggest challenges new parents face when they welcome a brand new baby home. Reassuring and easy to understand, Dr. Kennedy addresses head-on the fears and misinformation about the long-term effects of crying and takes a bold stand on controversial issues such as co-sleeping and attachment parenting”. (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe happy sleeper : the science-backed guide to helping your baby get a good night’s sleep–newborn to school age / Heather Turgeon, MFT, and Julie Wright, MFT 
“Many parents feel pressured to “train” babies and young children to sleep but kids don’t need to be trained to sleep, they’re built to sleep. Sleep issues arise when parents (with the best of intentions) over-help or “helicopter parent” at night–overshadowing their baby’s innate biological ability to sleep well. In The Happy Sleeper child sleep experts Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright show parents how to be sensitive and nurturing, but also clear and structured so that babies and young children develop the self-soothing skills they need.”  (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSweet sleep : nighttime and naptime strategies for the breastfeeding family / Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, and Teresa Pitman.
“Sweet Sleep is the first and most complete book on nights and naps for breastfeeding families. It’s mother-wisdom, reassurance, and a how-to guide for making sane and safe decisions on how and where your family sleeps, backed by the latest research. It’s 4 A.M. You’ve nursed your baby five times throughout the night. You’re beyond exhausted. But where can you breastfeed safely when you might fall asleep? You’ve heard that your bed is dangerous for babies. Or is it? Is there a way to reduce the risk? Does life really have to be this hard? No, it doesn’t. Sweet Sleep is within reach. This invaluable resource will help you.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChasing ideas : the fun of freeing your child’s imagination / Christine Durham.
“In this beautiful new edition of Chasing Ideas, Christine Durham shows how to help children be better, brighter thinkers. She encourages parents and teachers to discover the joys of discussing ideas with children and provides ways to show children aged 3 to 15 how to explore ideas, think, judge, make decisions and communicate more effectively – all important life skills for them to take into adulthood. This imaginative book helps adults and children to enjoy playing with ideas. Christine’s treasure trove of techniques, tips and activities will help children: Let their imaginations fly!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting your powerful child : bringing an end to the everyday battles / Dr. Kevin Leman.
“Powerful kids don’t just happen. They’re created. Whether loud and temperamental, quiet and sensitive, or stubborn and manipulative, powerful children can make living with them a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  “New York Times” bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman offers a fail-safe action plan for redirecting power surges into positive traits that will prepare the powerful child for a successful, happy, productive adult life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGratitude : a positive new approach to raising thankful kids / Dannielle Miller, B.Ed. with Vanessa Mickan.
“Do you want to teach your children how they can focus more on what they are thankful for, and less on the negatives in their lives? Children are not always very good at saying thank you or feeling grateful. That is because none of us is born understanding gratitude – we have to learn and develop it.  Gratitude is packed with practical, common-sense tips and hints that have been shown to work. It offers a positive new approach to nurturing thankfulness in children by making gratitude an everyday habit of family life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLove in the time of contempt : consolations for parents of teenagers / Joanne Fedler.
“When it comes to teenagers, truth is way scarier than fiction. Joanne Fedler draws upon her own current experiences as the parent of two teenagers, as well as interviews with other parents of teenagers to explore some of the numerous issues that one confronts as a parent of a teenager. In Love in the Time of Contempt, she skilfully guides us through the myriad of issues that come before you – from their changing, developing bodies, drinking and drugs, sex, friendships, appearance, relationships within the family, attitudes and ethics, schooling and authority and more.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTeenagers 101 : what a top teacher wishes you knew about helping your kid succeed / Rebecca Deurlein, Ed.D.
“As a parent, you want to see your teen succeed in school and in life – and you do your best to help. But how do you know what will make a difference? In Teenagers 101 , veteran high school teacher Rebecca Deurlein examines how we can support our teens as they cope with the challenges of the modern world. In an age of instant gratification, how do they learn to work hard? How do they become self-reliant when Mom and Dad are quick to step in? How do they make the transition from kids to adults?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Parenting yadults : how to set up your young adult for independence and success in life / Yvonne Godfrey.
“Is your young adult equipped to make it in the real world? This book contains the tools to ramp up your final parenting years, guaranteeing your 16-24 year old yadult enters adulthood confident, capable and motivated. Whether you’re in crisis mode, or things just need a little fine-tuning, you’ll discover: Simple, easy ideas to inspire your yadult to be self-motivated – instead of nagging. How to impart the right values without your yadult rolling their eyes at you. Why your parenting style may not be working and how to make a fast breakthrough. Foolproof ways to give your yadult the winning edge to get the job they want. Practical solutions to solving conflict and building a healthy relationship. How to outsmart your yadult’s weird, aggro or dysfunctional behaviour. How to guarantee family harmony using a contract that everyone will want to sign. The dangers of over-parenting – when helping could be hurting. Clever ways to protect your retirement fund and preserve your kids inheritance. How to know the right time for your yadult to leave the nest.” (Publisher description)

Parenting Recent Picks for March

This month I wanted to highlight some of the new books on babies and infant care, as well as including a great selection of other new parenting books available on various topics.

Baby focus:
Syndetics book coverGuilt-free bottle-feeding : why your formula-fed baby can grow up to be happy, healthy and smart / Madeleine Morris with Dr Sasha Howard.
“This title examines the guilt that faces mothers who bottle-feed their babies – confronting the stigma attached to formula and the myth that bottle-feeding leads to fatter, less intelligent and unhealthier children.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBaby’s first skills / Miriam Stoppard.
“Encourage your child’s development through learn and play bonding activities with Baby’s First Skills. You’ll be able to follow the month-by-month progression of your baby’s skills in their journey from newborn to one year old. Dr Miriam Stoppard’s simple Golden Hour of Play plan provides you with age-appropriate activities for each stage of development that fit into just one hour. There are also suggestions for activities that develop specific areas, such as nursery rhymes, games and how to massage. Her unique at-a-glance Baby Skill Map shows you exactly what skills your baby will be developing when and a month-by-month guide helps you know what kind of stimulation is most appropriate for your child at every stage.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe kind mama : a simple guide to supercharged fertility, a radiant pregnancy, a sweeter birth, and a healthier, more beautiful beginning / Alicia Silverstone ; photography by Amy Neunsinger.
“When did making babies get to be so hard? Infertility is on the rise globally, affecting as many as one in six couples. In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. Silverstone offers advice on getting one’s “baby house” in order through nutrient-rocking foods that heal and nourish, and, once pregnant, gentle ways to boost comfort, energy, and health during each trimester. The result is an authoritative, one-stop guide that empowers women to trust their instincts during this vital milestone.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYoga mama, yoga baby : ayurveda and yoga for a healthy pregnancy and birth / Margo Shapiro Bachman.
“The time of pregnancy is an extraordinary season of transformation, a profound rite of passage that requires special care and guidance. The complementary tools and practices of Ayurveda and yoga have been used together for thousands of years to support a healthy body, balanced mind, and higher consciousness. With Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby, Margo Shapiro Bachman brings readers the first book to show how these “sister sciences” can support the miraculous journey of pregnancy. For women everywhere, Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby is an indispensable resource for “treasuring every moment of pregnancy with health, happiness, consciousness, and love.”” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBaby play for every day : 365 activities for the first year / author, Susannah Steel.
“New parents take heart — you can boost your baby’s development, bond with your newborn and infant, and get back into shape after pregnancy through play! Baby Play for Every Day highlights a simple baby play activity for every day of the year, so you can combine bonding and baby development while having fun with your new baby. The games are paired with baby ages, so you’ll make the most of your baby’s emerging interests and abilities, from newborn to infancy. And Baby Play for Every Day includes energizing smoothie recipes for new parents, diaper-bag tips for best packing, and parenting quizzes. After all, the best possible tool for baby development is happy, confident parents!” (Syndetics summary)

Other books of interest:
Syndetics book coverParenting difficult children : strategies for parents of preschoolers to preteens / Michael Hammond.
“Parenting young children is a challenge, and dealing with difficult or problem behavior can set up an atmosphere of tension and strife—not just between the child and the parents, but between parents as well. Parenting Difficult Children provides a method of removing that tension with specific strategies for parents of children age three to twelve who are exhibiting difficult or common negative behaviors.” (Adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverTop bananas! : the best ever family recipes from Mumsnet / Claire McDonald and Lucy McDonald ; photography by Jill Mead.
“It can be hard feeding a family, and it can be even harder to come up with new, healthy and exciting ideas that will inspire you, let alone your children. But there’s no reason to fret. Top Bananas! brings you a collection of 120 tasty and hassle-free recipes – recommended, tweaked, tried and tested by real-life mums.With a sprinkling of wit, a foreword from Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts, and beautiful colour photography throughout, this sassy book will add excitement and fun to family cooking – and you’ll never be stuck for ideas again.” (Syndetics summary)

babyNo bad kids : Toddler discipline without shame ; Janet Lansbury.
“Janet Lansbury is unique among parenting experts. As a RIE teacher and student of pioneering child specialist Magda Gerber, her advice is not based solely on formal studies and the research of others, but also on her twenty years of hands-on experience guiding hundreds of parents and their toddlers. No Bad Kids is a collection of Janet’s most popular and widely read articles pertaining to common toddler behaviors and how respectful parenting practices can be applied to benefit both parents and children. Armed with knowledge and a clearer sense of the world through our children’s eyes, this period of uncertainty can afford a myriad of opportunities to forge unbreakable bonds of trust and respect.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGet the behavior you want … without being the parent you hate! : Dr. G’s guide to effective parenting / Deborah Gilboa, MD.
“Deborah Gilboa, MD, aka Dr. G, draws on her experience as a family physician and a mother of four to provide practical, age-appropriate strategies for parents of children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years dealing with the most common parenting problems, including, How can I get my child to stop whining? Why can’t these kids get along? Should we pay our children to do chores? Plus over 60 more challenges. With her signature blend of humor and real-world advice, Dr. G offers a roadmap of quick concrete ways to help parents use everyday opportunities to create respectful, responsible and resilient children-without screaming, nagging, guilt, or guesswork. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover20 tips for parents : the realistic parent’s guide to understanding and shaping your child’s behaviour / Kim Oates.
“A realistic, practical, and down-to-earth look at dealing with many of the common concerns that parents have in managing the behavior of children from two to 10. Based on his extensive years of work with parents and children, a pediatrician offers his advice on such common concerns as coping with tantrums, dealing with fussy or picky eaters, using discipline that works, and loving unconditionally. He also addresses how to identify bad advice and a parenting myths, and how to manage “helpful” advice from family member and friends. Catering from toddlers to early adolescence, the book’s main message is for parents to stop trying to be perfect parents, as this often causes unnecessary pressure and anxiety. Instead it advises parents to focus on being a “good enough” parent.” (Syndetics summary)

Parenting Expo at the Central Library

parenting expo 5 May

Brush up your parenting skills, ask questions and get advice – this free Parenting Expo brings together organisations and resources on raising children and child development.

You will have the chance to get personal advice and discuss aspects of childcare and family life with parenting experts, in a safe library environment.

Participants include:

Wellington City Libraries – discover our parenting and children’s resources

Wellington Community Law Centre – find out about their services relating to family law and schools

NETSAFE – learn about cyber-safety and how you can secure your wireless network

Child, Youth and Family – talk to them about the help they provide for children and families.  They are helping families to get the support they need to care for their children

Parents Centres New Zealand – their services can help with child development and teenage parents special needs

Plunket NZ – find out more about children’s safety and nutrition – helping your children learn during their play

Family Planning – learn about their services relating to parents and families

Come along. All welcome!

Saturday 5 May, 11am–3pm
Central Library
65 Victoria Street
Wellington

Troubled by your baby’s taste in music?

Rockabye Baby U2If you are a proud parent of a baby you may be becoming all too familiar with the wonderful world of music for babies and other small people, and it may be driving you a bit mad.

Never fear! While your baby is still at the captive audience stage, and before he or she starts expressing musical preferences (The Wiggles, again and again and again), you can treat them to lullaby renditions of your favourite rock bands, thanks to the Rockabye Baby! CDs in the children’s CD collection.

Are you into classic rock and metal? There’s Pink Floyd, Metallica, AC/DC, U2 or Queen, for example (yes, there’s a lullaby version of ‘We will rock you’).

If you’re a punk or alternative purist you may shudder to hear there’s also The Pixies and The Ramones (‘I wanna be sedated’), and for people who like things a bit more current there’s also Coldplay or Radiohead (no surprises).

These are all one week issue, and free on a child’s card.

Wellington City Libraries has a large collection of lullaby (and other music) CDs for children. Have a look the next time you’re in the library, or have a look on the catalogue here for a selection.