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CRAZY-STRESSED Now Available on NetGalley

PrintThe teen years have been rife with struggles since time immemorial–but for adults who didn’t grow up with cyberbullying, today’s academic demands, and all of the crazy contemporary issues that fall on the shoulders of those who are just learning how to handle life, today’s teens’ stresses are almost unimaginable. How can parents truly help? CRAZY-STRESSED: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience (AMACOM April 2017) offers parents a wealth of the resiliency-boosting strategies teens need. The book combines adolescent neurology with a practical action plan for parents to improve communication, cope with conflict, and strength all of the key components of resilience. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in parenting are invited to request Crazy-Stressed for review.

A little resilience goes a long way….

Peel back the cheerful façade that parents present, and you’ll find that many are worried about their teens.

Mood swings, impulsiveness, poor judgment, and other problems peak in these years. Add stressors such as screen addiction, cyberbullying, increasing academic demands, and time-consuming athletic commitments . . . and it’s no surprise that today’s teenagers rank as the most anxious in 50 years.

Parents long to help, but how? Based on a career counseling kids and their parents, psychologist Michael Bradley locates the most powerful protective trait: resilience. Teens with this crucial quality know how to handle difficulty, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks.

Packed with insights from neuroscience and psychology, real-life case studies, and a dose of humor, Crazy-Stressed sheds light on the teen brain and offers a wealth of resiliency-boosting strategies. In it, Dr. Bradley reveals:

What kids these days are really going through • Ways to strengthen the seven skills every teen needs to survive and thrive • What-to-do-when suggestions for common behavior, school, and social issues • Tactics for coping with conflict, teaching consequences, improving communication, staying connected, and more

It’s not easy being a teen—and it’s certainly not easy parenting one. Always frank and often funny, Crazy-Stressed will become your go-to guide . . . and your kids may even thank you for it.

MICHAEL J. BRADLEY, Ph.D., is a psychologist, a leading expert on adolescent behavior, and is certified by the American College of Professional Psychology in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. The author of the bestselling Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy, he has been featured in the national media, including CNN, Fox News, NPR, Today, Good Morning America, The New York Times, USA Today, and Rolling Stone.

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TIME TO TALK Now Available on NetGalley

timetotalk Parents want to be there for their children–and when you know how your children communicate, you can help them talk more, listen better, interact with friends and teachers, move on to the written word, and know when challenges are on the horizon. TIME TO TALK: What You Need to Know About Your Child’s Speech and Language Development (AMACOM March 2017) is a parent’s complete and trustworthy guide to speech and language development. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in parenting and speech-language development are invited to request Time to Talk for review.

Is your child on track?

Wondering when to expect baby’s first word? Want to get your toddler talking? Worried your child is not speaking as clearly as his peers?

When it comes to language acquisition, all parents have questions…and Time to Talk has the answers. Written by an experienced speech-language pathologist and mom, this practical and proactive guide will help you:

Understand the building blocks of speech and language • Monitor progress against expected milestones • Enhance your child’s communication skills • Spot signs of potential problems with hearing, speech, or language development • Address common concerns, such as articulation, late talking, stuttering, dyslexia, and more • Get the best results from speech and language therapy • Foster literacy • Raise bilingual children successfully • And more

From baby’s first babbling to reading readiness, this speech-language booster and troubleshooter covers it all.

MICHELLE MACROY-HIGGINS, Ph.D., CCC-SLP has worked as a speech-language pathologist for more than 15 years, focusing on the treatment of infants, toddlers, and young children. An associate professor in the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Program at Hunter College, Michelle has a M.S. in Communication Disorders and a Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. She is the mother of two girls. CARLYN KOLKER is a freelance writer, former reporter for Bloomberg News and Reuters, and the mother of two boys.

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Spotlight on…Smart Mom, Rich Mom

Jacket image, Smart Mom Rich Mom by Kimberly PalmerWe’re shining our spotlight on SMART MOM, RICH MOM: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family, by Kimberly Palmer, which has received media attention and acclaim for its focus on personal finance for women and families–and for Palmer’s true media savvy! We’re happy to share a few of the many great reviews and media appearances that have spread the word about this valuable book.

The book’s journey to media success began with a starred review from Publishers Weekly:

Excellent book…This invaluable resource does much more than fill a niche; it bridges a huge gap.

Palmer and her book appeared twice in The New York Times. In an initial review, her overall points and tone won praise:

Her general points — for example, that the spending and saving habits we develop in our 20s have a significant impact on our financial future — are solid. And she is occasionally very witty.

…and in a “Your Money” column by Ron Lieber, the focus shifted to one of Palmer’s best-loved ideas: the money letter.

Kimberly Palmer still has the money letter her mother wrote her and her two younger sisters 13 years ago, and in her new book, “Smart Mom, Rich Mom: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family,” she offers a template that parents or grandparents can use to pass on similar wisdom.

Plus, Smart Mom, Rich Mom sparked conversation on the New York Times Well blog when Ron Lieber asked: Should Moms Manage the Money?

“Daddy has to work! You have to come pick us up!”

When Kimberly Palmer heard those words come out of the mouth of her 5-year-old daughter, she was dumbfounded. Both she and her husband have full-time jobs, so where had the little girl gotten the idea that Daddy’s work mattered more?

Nationally syndicated columnist Terri Schlichenmeyer gave Smart Mom, Rich Mom a valuable positive review in her Back to School Books column:

No doubt about it: there’s a lot to take away from reading Smart Mom, Rich Mom…packed with useable, reliable information and good advice.

Meanwhile, Palmer broadened her reach on respected radio shows and podcasts like The Motley Fool, on which she spoke more about the great Money Letter. They liked her so much, they had her back to speak about The Economy of You!

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Palmer spoke about Smart Mom, Rich Mom on CNBC’s On the Moneygo, Kimberly!

A story of Palmer’s and a mention of the book led a Cosmopolitan article on women and investing:

When Kimberly Palmer started investing a small amount of money in her 20s, she went to her parents’ financial adviser, an older man at a big bank. Then the dot-com bubble burst, and Palmer called him in a panic, saying she wanted to sell off all her tech stocks. “I didn’t realize the concept of don’t sell low. I didn’t understand much about investing,” recalls Palmer, now 36 and the author of the forthcoming book Smart Mom, Rich Mom.

Palmer wrote for The Washington Post about being a money role model for children, for USA Today about how having children early in life can benefit women’s careers, and Business Insider about that evergreen Money Letter. A widely syndicated review of the book from the Chicago Tribune spread her message further (“New book aims to reduce financial costs of motherhood“), as did an equally widely syndicated Q&A from USA Today (“Advice from ‘smart moms’ on family finances“). Further coverage online from CNBC, The Economist, and Forbes hit home Palmer’s important economic message.

We can’t possibly cover all the coverage here–Palmer’s message is so important and well-delivered, there are many more corners of the media world who clamored for her insights. Congratulations, SMART MOM, RICH MOM and Kimberly Palmer!

Kimberly Palmer, author of Smart Mom Rich Mom

KIMBERLY PALMER author of THE ECONOMY OF YOU: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life, was the senior money editor at US News & World Report for nine years. She is an adjunct professor at American University, where she teaches a course on mastering social media. She lives with her family, including two children, in the Washington, D.C., area..

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Random Quotes from New Books This December

Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion, Second Edition by Dale McGowan

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“He was eight when he started in with the classic interrogation: How does Santa get to all those houses in one night? How do the reindeer fly? How does he get in when we don’t have a chimney and all the windows are locked and the alarm system is on? Why does he use the same wrapping paper as Mom? All those cookies in one night–his LDL cholesterol must be through the roof!

“This is the moment, at the threshold of the question, at the natural inquiry of a child can be primed or choked off. With questions of belief, you have three choices: feed the child a confirmation, feed the child a disconfirmation–or teach the child to fish.” (page 131).

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PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF, Second Edition Now Available on NetGalley

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It can be hard to grapple with life’s big questions without the answers that religion seems to provide–but it gets much harder once children are involved. Those on the journey of secular parenting will find support and empowerment in PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion, Second Edition (AMACOM December 2016), a book of many perspectives edited by Dale McGowan. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in parenting and secular ethics are invited to request Parenting Beyond Belief for review.

Why am I here? What happens after we die? These are some of the hardest questions a child can ask—and even harder for parents to answer, especially if you’ve chosen to raise your child without religion.

Gathering the perspectives of educators and psychologists, as well as wisdom from everyday parents, Parenting Beyond Belief offers insights and advice on a wide range of topics including:

Instilling values • Finding meaning and purpose • Navigating holidays • Coping with loss • Finding community without religion…and more

The second edition of this secular parenting bestseller brings back reflections from such celebrated freethinkers as Richard Dawkins and Julia Sweeney, and adds new voices including journalist Wendy Thomas Russell, essayist Katherine Ozment, sociologist Phil Zuckerman, and many others.

Wise, entertaining, and deeply supportive, the book will empower parents in their quest to raise ethical, compassionate, and open-minded children—without religion.

DALE MCGOWAN was named Harvard Humanist of the Year and is the founder of the nonprofit Foundation Beyond Belief. He is the author of Raising Freethinkers and In Faith and in Doubt.

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