Last week we tackled the kids and today we bringing their parents the books they could use to guide their kids ( or at least look like they are “pro-active” parents). [I recall the books with bizarre titles my parents bought that sat un-read on the shelf in the corner hidden with the 30-year-old travel guides.] So here are some books to answer your questions…
I don’t understand him/her anymore…
The Identity Trap: Saving Our Teens from Themselves by Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. shows (or perhaps reminds) parents that teens are testing their limits and trying new things in order to form their own distinct adult personality. Silver Winner, 2008 Nautilus Book Awards, Parenting/Family category
When to Worry: How to Tell If Your Teen Needs Help-And What to Do About It by Lisa Boesky, Ph.D., on the other hand is a great handbook for parents with a finger above the panic button. Learn the warning signs and then what to do when it your child is in danger.
What is s/he doing on the computer all day?
Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything by Dr. Michael Osit is a cohesive over-arching guide to dealing with today’s tech kids and the distraction, gratification, and urgency issues they face.
And since baby’s on the computer all day you might need Help! I’m Knee-Deep in Clutter!: Conquer the Chaos and Get Organized Once and For All by Joyce I. Anderson. [for the record, my room was mostly clean and my desk a mess]. Anderson gives you “a plan of attack” so your kid can take those Halo skills to the vacuum cleaner.
How do I get him/her on the right track?
Parenting an Adult with Disabilities or Special Needs: Everything You Need to Know to Plan for and Protect Your Child’s Future by Peggy Lou Morgan gives a protective parent fearing the empty nest the guidance and assurance they need to have their child blossom into a happy, independent adult no matter what they are up against.
25 Ways to Make College Pay Off: Advice for Anxious Parents from a Professor Who’s See It All by Professor Bill Coplin, Ph.D. will help you ensure that no one is back on the couch after graduation without helicopter supervision.
More money for his/her allowance!?!?!?!?!?!
Black Belt Negotiating: Become a Master Negotiator Using Powerful Lessons from the Martial Arts by Michael Lee and Sensei Grant Tabuchi gets you trained to take the jabs, return with kicks, and leave both you and your opponent satisfied. Hiiiii-ya!
How to Become a Better Negotiator, Second Edition by Richard A. Luecke and James G. Patterson is a tiny interactive book that packs a punch to your negotiation skills.
Happy family reading!