Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading
Your Baby's First Year

The one guide pediatricians most recommend—now completely revised and updated!

From the American Academy of Pediatrics, the nation’s most trusted name in child care, comes Your Baby’s First Year, the definitive all-in-one resource that provides authoritative advice on every aspect of infant care. Featuring new and expanded content, including the latest reports on cutting-edge research into early brain development, the fully illustrated fourth edition of Your Baby’s First Year includes:

  • Guidelines for prenatal care, with spotlights on maternal nutrition, exercise, and screening tests during pregnancy
  • Growth and developmental milestones through the first twelve months of a child’s life, including physical, emotional, and cognitive development
  • An updated chapter on developmental disabilities
  • A complete health encyclopedia covering injuries, illnesses, and congenital diseases
  • Breastfeeding discussion, including its benefits, techniques, and challenges, as well as nutritional needs and vitamin/iron supplementation
  • Recommendations for choosing child care programs
  • Updated safety standards: the very latest AAP recommendations, including immunizations, childproofing, and toy safety
  • Safety checks for home, including bathing, preventing drowning, poisoning, choking, burns, and falls
  • Car safety, including information on car safety seats
  • And much more

Comprehensive, reassuring, and up-to-date, Your Baby’s First Year is an indispensable guide for parents everywhere.

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5

From the American Academy of Pediatrics, the most up-to-date, expert advice for mothers, fathers, and care providers

All parents want to provide the very best care for their children. This essential resource from the most respected organization on child health is the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust, covering everything from preparing for childbirth to toilet training to nurturing your child’s self-esteem. Whether it’s resolving common childhood health problems or detailed instructions for coping with emergency medical situations, this new and revised edition of Caring for Your Baby and Young Child has everything you need:

  • a review of necessary basic care from infancy through age five
  • milestones for physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth, including red flags for preventing obesity
  • a complete health encyclopedia covering injuries, illnesses, congenital diseases, and other disabilities
  • guidelines for prenatal and newborn care, with spotlights on maternal nutrition, exercise, and screening tests during pregnancy
  • an in-depth discussion of breastfeeding, including its benefits, techniques, and challenges, as well as nutritional needs and vitamin/iron supplementation
  • updated safety standards: the very latest AAP recommendations, from CPR instruction and immunizations to childproofing tips and product and toy safety
  • tips for choosing child care programs and car safety seats
  • ways to reduce your child’s exposure to environmental hazards, such as air pollution and secondhand smoke
  • the latest reports on cutting-edge research into early brain development
  • updated content dedicated to sleep and allergies (including food allergies)
  • new chapter on the effects of media and technology exposure on children
  • special messages for grandparents and stepfamilies
  • and much more
Waking up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting

A positive, interactive plan for overcoming bedwetting, geared to parents of kids ages 6-13. Author Dr. Howard Bennett is both a pediatrician and a parent, and he encourages parents to read the book together with their children and develop a plan that includes behavior management techniques, calendars, contracts, and bedwetting alarms.

Whining: 3 Steps to Stop It Before the Tears and Tantrums Start

Are you ready to end the whining wars in your house?

It starts with a whimper, an insistent demand, or a certain tone of voice that every parent recognizes with dread -- your child is starting to whine, and if you don't respond properly you'll have a full-blown tantrum or argument on your hands. Kids of all ages know that whining works when they want that extra hour of TV, the unplanned toy purchase, or a later curfew. But stopping such behavior without giving in to a child's demands isn't easy, and if left unchecked, whining can lead to constant disruptions at home, in school, or anywhere else your child chooses. Now the same authors who solved a common parenting problem in the national bestseller Backtalk present three proven methods for putting an end to whining, as well as information on:

  • The best ways to react when your child whines in a public place
  • Why negotiating and giving in never work -- and what you should do instead
  • What kids are really trying to tell you when they whine
  • Why whining can lead to poor self-esteem and unsatisfying social relationships -- which can follow your child into adulthood -- and what you can do about it now
  • How to clearly, respectfully indicate to your child what's important to you and why whining will no longer work as a means of communication

Filled with numerous real-life examples, encouraging advice, and simple steps you can start using immediately, this invaluable guide will help you end the cycle of giving in to whining only to have your child do it again, and instead replaces misbehavior with effective, meaningful, and loving parent-child communication.

Adolescence Isn't Terminal: It Just Feels Like It

Trusted family relationship expert Kevin Leman helps parents navigate the choppy waters of their children's teen years with humor and grace. Emotive stories and practical advice give parents hope and encouragement as they guide their children to maturity. Topics include peer pressure, dating, risky behavior, and more.

1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting

The simplest, most effective parenting program for raising happy, well-behaved children

  • 2016 Mom's Choice Award Winner
  • 2016 National Parenting Product Award Winner
  • 2016 Family Choice Award Winner

"1-2-3 Magic made parenting fun again."

"My three-year-old has become a different little girl, and she is so much happier now."

"All I have to say is that the ideas in this book really WORK! It really is like magic!"

"Our home has become a much more positive place."

The sixth edition of the 1.8 million-copy bestseller 1-2-3 Magic by internationally acclaimed parenting expert Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. compiles two decades of research and experience into an easy-to-use program designed for parents striving to connect more deeply with their children and help them develop into healthy, capable teenagers and adults. Dr. Phelan breaks down the complex task of parenting into three straightforward steps:

  1. Helping your children learn how to control their emotions and refrain from negative behavior, including tantrums, whining, and sibling rivalry
  2. Encouraging good behavior in your children and providing positive feedback
  3. Strengthening your relationships with your children to reinforce the natural parent-child bond

You'll find tools to use in virtually every situation, as well as real-life stories from parents who have successfully navigated common parenting challenges such as reluctance to do chores, talking back, and refusing to go to bed or getting up in the middle of the night. For years, millions of parents from all over the world have used the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic program to help their children develop emotional intelligence, raise healthier, happier families, and put the fun back into parenting.

Along with other highly-respected parenting classics such as How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Parenting with Love and Logic, The 5 Love Languages of Children, No Drama Discipline, and The Whole Brain Child, 1-2-3 Magic is an essential tool for parents hoping to connect more deeply with their children.

Caring for Your Teenager: The Complete and Authoritative Guide

Expert, authoritative guidance you can trust on helping your teenager cope with the changes and challenges of adolescence, from The American Academy of Pediatrics.

The critical, life-shaping years between twelve and twenty-one have been called the “turbulent teens.” But adolescence doesn’t have to be a time of anxiety and upheaval--for either teenagers or their parents. In this comprehensive, down-to-earth guide, the nation’s leading authority on the care of children helps parents and caregivers guide teenagers through the successful transition into young adulthood. Combining practical parenting advice with the latest medical, psychological, and scientific research, and covering every aspect of a teenager’s growth and development, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Caring for Your Teenager offers indispensable information on:

  • The stages of adolescence--what defines normal physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development
  • Setting rules and limits--helping teenagers grow into responsible adults
    • The twelve building blocks of self-esteem--from feelings of security and belonging to decision making, pride, and trust
  • Instilling values and strengthening family ties
  • The problem of peer pressure: giving your child the confidence to handle it
  • Hormones--easing teenagers’ anxieties about their changing bodies
  • Safeguarding your teenager from sexually transmitted diseases
  • Adapting to different family types--from single-parent to adoptive to blended
  • Helping your teenager cope with serious illness or death in the family, sibling rivalry, separation, or divorce


  • Helping your teenager find the right college--or make an alternative choice
  • Teens, the Internet, and the law
  • A comprehensive medical guide to common ailments . . . and much more

Caring for Your Teenager is the one guide that no one entrusted with the care of a teenage child should be without--a book that provides parents with all the information they need to ensure that their child is on the right track to becoming a happy, healthy adult.

Teaching Social Skills to Youth

Boys Town's trademark manual, offering the step-by-step component behaviors to 183 skills. The skills range from basic to complex, and have been updated, removing several obsolete skills and adding skills to match challenges today's youth face.

The manual still offers hallmark treatment examples, demonstrating how and when to teach the skills; but also incorporates references to and information from the latest research findings. The 3rd edition incorporates multi-tiered approaches to social and emotional learning, as well as how the skills relate to executive function.

10 Days to a Less Defiant Child: The Breakthrough Program for Overcoming Your Child's Difficult Behavior

Occasional clashes between parents and children are not uncommon, but when defiant behavior including tantrums, resistance to chores, and negativity becomes chronic, it causes big problems within the family. In 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child, family and child psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein shares a groundbreaking ten-day program to help parents understand their child s behavior and regain control of their household.

In this updated edition, parents will learn how to face new challenges, including defiance resulting from excessive technology use (even to the point of addiction) and the stress of modern family life. Dr. Bernstein explains what causes defiance in kids and why it s so destructive to the family, then offers parents a step by step guide on how to reduce conflict and end upsetting behaviors."

ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know

ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know (formerly entitled ADHD: A Complete and Authoritative Guide) is a balanced guide to help you and your child meet the many challenges of the often misunderstood disorder. This invaluable resource provides accurate, up-to-date information on:

  • Evaluation and diagnosis
  • Coexisting conditions
  • Behavior therapy
  • ADHD and academics
  • The role of medication
  • Complementary and alternative treatments
  • ADHD and the teenage years
  • Effective skills for parenting children and adolescents with ADHD
  • And so much more!

Written in clear, accessible language, this thoroughly updated second edition includes the latest information on diagnosis, ADHD medications, and guidance on preschoolers and adolescents with ADHD. A new chapter on advocacy, updates on special education services and laws, and the role of the medical home are also featured.

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

Groundbreaking and comprehensive, Driven to Distraction has been a lifeline to the approximately eighteen million Americans who are thought to have ADHD. Now the bestselling book is revised and updated with current medical information for a new generation searching for answers.

Through vivid stories and case histories of patients—both adults and children—Hallowell and Ratey explore the varied forms ADHD takes, from hyperactivity to daydreaming. They dispel common myths, offer helpful coping tools, and give a thorough accounting of all treatment options as well as tips for dealing with a diagnosed child, partner, or family member. But most importantly, they focus on the positives that can come with this “disorder”—including high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm.

Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed With Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup

Knowing what to feed children is one thing. Getting them to eat it is quite another!

In Food Fights, 2nd edition, the authors tastefully blend the science of nutrition and pediatrics with the practical insights of parents who have been in your shoes?offering simple solutions for your daily nutritional challenges. Whether you’ve got an infant, toddler, or young child, Food Fights promises entertaining, reality-based advice on:

  • How to pick your battles (and arm yourself accordingly)
  • Whining and dining, throwing food, and other dietary distractions
  • Heaping helpings, TV dinners, fast food, and other nutritional minefields
  • Eating out, grocery shopping, and travel
  • The 5-second rule
  • Drinking and dozing, juice, soda pop, and other classic drinking problems
  • Sick kids, vitamins, body weight, allergies, constipation, spitting up
  • And so much more!

This revised second edition also includes new chapters on healthy breakfasts, what’s lacking in snacking, and supermarket sanity, and serves up important guidance on making sense of package labels and choosing foods wisely. Add the cornucopia of resources such as recipes for success, a nutrient primer, and phone apps that help families stay on a tech-savvy track to good nutrition and this new and improved edition of Food Fights is guaranteed to leave you satisfied.

A Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Road Map To Health

Are you worried about your child’s extra weight? If so, you’re not alone. Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in the United States, affecting more than 9 million children and teens.

Being overweight can limit your child’s physical activity and contribute to low self-esteem, but what’s even more disturbing are the serious medical conditions and diseases that can develop as a result of being too heavy—like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

How do you as a parent take steps to help your child lose weight? Like it or not, childhood obesity is not a problem that can be solved overnight. Even so, the message of this book is simple—you and your child can succeed.

A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Road Map to Health offers long-term strategies and expert advice along with worksheets, questionnaires, and other interactive tools to help your child reach and maintain a healthy weight.

This comprehensive guide offers:

  • Sensible, nutritional information and guidelines, emphasizing balanced and nourishing meals
  • Strategies for dealing effectively with a variety of parenting challenges
  • Approaches for encouraging increased physical activity
  • Questionnaires to evaluate how food is used in families
  • Guidance on how to partner with pediatricians, extended family members, schools, and child care providers to help ensure success
The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls

Our best-selling body book for girls just got even better! With all-new illustrations and updated content for girls ages 8 and up, it features tips, how-tos, and facts from the experts. (Medical consultant: Cara Natterson, MD.) You'll find answers to questions about your changing body, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between. Once you feel comfortable with what's happening, you'll be ready to move on to the The Care & Keeping of You 2!

Cybersafe: Protecting and Empowering Kids in the Digital World of Texting, Gaming, and Social Media

Children today are growing up in a world far different from the one in which their parents were raised. Between the Internet, gaming systems, mp3 players, and cell phones, today’s kids are nearly always connected to something digital. And, because it’s developing so fast, it’s hard for parents to stay on top of the technology—and even harder to figure out how to help their kids make good decisions when it comes to these things.

This informative book will guide parents through the landscape of the digital world, helping them better understand things like:

  • The history and the future of the Internet
  • Cyberbullying (and how to help kids deal with it if it happens to them)
  • Social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace
  • Gaming and virtual worlds
  • Parental control systems that allow parents to monitor kids' online activities
  • Digital footprints (and how kids can make sure theirs is a good one)

Beyond informing readers on the latest trends in technology, Dr. Gwenn gives provides the tools parents need to help their child navigate the digital world with insight and intelligence. Because, let’s face it, just because kids may be more technologically savvy than their parents doesn’t mean they have the wisdom and understanding to make good decisions with the media they’re using. In addition to helping parents understand the digital world so they can help their children thrive in it, the book also includes tips to help the whole family discover the joy of the unplugged world that is still going on around them.