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Parenting is a tough job, and for almost 35 years we at Parenting Press have been creating materials to make the job easier for parents, caregivers, counselors, teachers, and child care professionals. This advertising-free web site offers concrete information and practical skills you can use immediately, and we’re always adding to it, so bookmark our URL and come back often, and subscribe to our complimentary monthly newsletter. As one reader recently wrote us:

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Founded to publish parenting books that are respectful of both children and parents, that recognize that families have different values and styles, Parenting Press now provides:

  • Weekly tips on handling common child-rearing situations, with an archive of more than 400 suggestions that you can access 24/7 when you need help with toilet training, tantrums, sibling rivalry, lying, cliques and so many other issues
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  • Parenting guides written by professionals in the field, people who work daily with kids, people who are realistic about children’s temperaments, emotional meltdowns, teaching kids values, and setting limits
  • Children’s books that help kids identify and communicate their feelings, that help kids brainstorm and evaluate alternate solutions to issues such as bullying, impulse control, and coping with anger and disappointment

  NEW!   Crary’s Guidance in Several New Books

“Realistic,” “Practical,”and “Respectful” are three of the words that people use to describe the parenting books Elizabeth Crary has been creating since 1979. Another important description: “Choices.”

If you’re looking for a parenting approach you can tailor to your family, your needs, your values, consider Crary’s classic Without Spanking or Spoiling—or read the descriptions of these new publications:

Am I Doing Too Much for My Child?

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In this concise, easy-to-read guide, Crary describes four levels of support typical of parents and caregivers. She tells us how we who care for children can shift from the nurturer role so important in early years to teacher, coach and finally to consultant. Packed with how-to’s, examples, and scenarios we can identify with, this is ideal whether you’re at the beginning of the parenting journey or anticipating the empty nest.

STAR Parenting Tales and Tools

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Detailed how-to’s of an approach that Crary has been teaching for more than 20 years, STAR Parenting Tales and Tools is praised by both professionals and parents:

“If I had only one book to buy for parenting strategies, this is it!” exclaimed Karen Zimmerman,an early childhood content coach in St. Paul MN.

Parents agree:

STAR Parenting made me realize that I’ve been focusing on negative behaviors and not the positive. Now I understand how I can change that.”

STAR Parenting has taught me that if I try something and it doesn’t work, I’m not a bad parent, I just need to try something else.”

Protecting Kids from Predators

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How can adults skip the scare tactics when they talk to kids about molesters? In Out of Harm’s Way, Sandy K. Wurtele gives us examples of what to say, and suggests “what if” conversations to have with children.

She has similar, more sophisticated advice in the just-published Safe Connections: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Young Teens from Sexual Exploitation, oriented to 10-15-year-olds.

Ideal for preparing the parents for “teachable moments,” these concise guides have been called “must reads” by parents and professionals who reviewed the manuscripts.

Out of Harm’s Way: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Young Children from Sexual Abuse

  • explains what makes kids vulnerable to abuse
  • describes behavior that signals someone is a potential abuser
  • includes warnings from convicted molesters

Safe Connections: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Young Teens from Sexual Exploitation

  • describes why adolescents can be vulnerable to sexual exploitation
  • helps all of us recognize teenagers who are abusers
  • explains how to help an abuse victim

Both guides

  • complement school curricula
  • facilitate parents role-play talking to their kids about sensitive topics
  • describe how molesters “groom” victims

What’s New

  • Getting Your Child to Stay in Bed
  • The Way I Feel and The Way I Act Again Most Popular
  • TREAT or Trick! The Berenstains BEFORE the Bears! Et Cetera!
  • Michigan Teachers Using The Way I Feel with CCSS
  • See the What About Me? Author on Today Show
  • Helping Children with Their Feelings Provides How-to’s on Coping
  • . . . and other news

Got a Kid Who Bites?

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Biting is probably the most aggressive toddler behavior that parents and child care providers have to handle. Often, the first bite is a complete surprise: a loving, mild-mannered child takes a chomp—and then won’t stop!

The only new how-to book on stopping the problem, and the only book oriented to adults, The Biting Solution offers recommendations for prevention, immediate intervention and long-term solutions. Author Lisa Poelle, M.A., has spent 25 years working with parents, early childhood professionals and work/life issues, and she provides realistic advice that can stop biting in as little as two weeks.

You can order The Biting Solution now through your local bookseller.

The Way I Act Ideal for Schools, Libraries

We’re delighted to announce that the California Department of Education, one of the largest markets for books, has approved The Way I Act and its teacher guide for classroom use.

Librarians love it, too.

“With its range and clear-cut examples, this book will be a useful addition to character-education curricula,” writes School Library Journal about the picture book that was written by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Janan Cain as a companion to Cain’s best-selling The Way I Feel.

An important publication for educators and librarians, the journal also praises The Way I Act for aiming “to help children understand behaviors and choices . . . Each verse gives specific examples. . .”

Initial response has also been enthusiastic from the parents and professionals who deal with autism, a group that has made extensive use of The Way I Feel.

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Like The Way I Feel, The Way I Act uses examples young children can identify with: using a magnifying glass, doing homework, helping friends, getting on the school bus alone, and going down the giant water slide. Quirky characters that appeal to both boys and girls bounce, swing and high-five each other through the pages.

For more information about Janan Cain, Steve Metzger, The Way I Feel, The Way I Act, and the teacher guides for the books, please see our media kit.

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QWIK Books Provide Concise Information 24/7

Parenting Press’s expanding line of QWIK Books offer concise advice about SIDS, sleep, ADHD, chores and so many other important topics, in books you can access from our web site whenever you need them. Most are also available in traditional printed format. Our newest titles:

ADHD/ADD Medications: What Are They? . . . How Do I Decide Whether or Not to Use Them with My Child?

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What is ADHD? What medications are commonly prescribed? How do they work? These are a few of the many questions answered by Peter Levine, M.D., and Helen F. Neville, B.S., R.N., in this concise guide. Based on decades of experience, they explain how medications differ, what risks there are, and if you can expect a child to outgrow ADHD.

Children and Chores: The Surprising Impact of Chores on Kids’ Futures

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If you’ve ever wondered what preschoolers are capable of doing around the house, or why to insist that your tweens finish their chores, you’ll want this guide by Elizabeth Crary. It suggests appropriate tasks by age, explains how to introduce chores, and provides tips on overcoming resistance. Even more important, it cites research that documents the importance of doing chores in growing up to be responsible and successful.

14 Ways to Protect Your Baby from SIDS: Safe Sleep Advice from the Experts

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Two physicians committed to SIDS research, Rachel Y. Moon and Fern R. Hauck, walk prospective parents, parents of infants and caregivers through an introduction to SIDS risk factors. They describe which babies are most vulnerable to SIDS, and point out what traditional baby care practices (bumpers and quilts in cribs, for example, and the family bed) are now discouraged because of the risks to babies.

What to Do About Sleep Problems in Young Children, 12 Months to 5 Years

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A registered nurse who has spent more than 30 years as a pediatric advice nurse and parent educator, Helen F. Neville has fielded more questions about sleep in her career than any other topic. That’s why her concise 32-page book is packed with strategies that have been well-tested. She’ll help you figure out what the problem is, and how you might solve it.

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Last updated October 15, 2014