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Meth, Bipolar, Grief, Stereotypes
among Parenting Press Topics

Meth-affected children, bipolar disorder in kids, kids who are grieving, and how to support single parents are among the topics in the Winter 2009 issue of Parenting Education Practitioners (PEP) Talk, the professional quarterly published by Parenting Press.

Other articles discuss how anxiety drives some people to perfectionism and how the four “P’s” of marketing can be applied to parenting education and early childhood programs.

“Children in Meth-Addicted Families” is based on a presentation made by Jackie McReynolds, a faculty member at the Vancouver campus of Washington State University.

“How Parents and Professionals Can Identify, Understand and Treat the Bipolar Child” is drawn from “Is Your Child Bipolar?”, written by Mary Ann McDonnell, A.P.R.N., B.C., who lives in Scituate MA, and Janet Wozniak, M.D., who practices at Massachusetss General Hospital at Harvard Medical School, with Judy Fort Brenneman of Fort Collins CO (Bantam Books, 2008).

How to use stories such as the Harry Potter novels and “Charlotte’s Web” with bereaved children is the topic of a review of “The Children Who Lived: Using Harry Potter and Other Fictional Characters to Help Grieving Children and Adolescents,” written by the sister-brother team of Kathryn A. Markell and Marc A. Markell (Routledge, 2008). Both teach in Minnesota, she at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and he at St. Cloud State University.

“What Single Parents By Choice Need to Know” was inspired by the memoir of Mary F. Pols, a San Francisco Bay Area film critic, “Accidentally on Purpose: A One-Night Stand, My Unplanned Parenthood, and Loving the Best Mistake I Ever Made” (Ecco, 2008). It includes parent educators’ comments on avoiding stereotyping single parents and providing support for those who co-parent outside romantic relationships.

“If You’re Using Perfectionism to Avoid Anxiety, Just Say ‘No” uses excerpts from Naperville IL psychologist Margaret Wehrenberg’s “The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious & What You Can Do to Change It” (W.W. Norton, 2008).

“Applying the 4 P’s of Marketing to Parent Education and Early Childhood Education” discusses how product attributes affect the cost of ECE programs, and how to promote programs easily and inexpensively. It’s based on a presentation Seattle consultant Linda Carlson made at the recent conference of the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children.

More information about PEP Talk is at, or by calling (800) 922-6657, Ext. 105. Articles can be reprinted or excerpted from at no charge if Parenting Press is credited and its URL is printed.


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