American children spend four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors--90 percent less time than their parents did. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat illness, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in nature seems to yield long-term benefits in kids' cognitive, emotional, and social development.
Yet teachers, parents, and other caregivers lack a basic understanding of how to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world. How to Raise a Wild Child offers a timely and engaging antidote, showing how kids' connection to nature changes as they mature.
Distilling the latest research in multiple disciplines, Sampson reveals how adults can help kids fall in love with nature--enlisting technology as an ally, taking advantage of urban nature, and instilling a sense of place along the way.
A new approach to creating, rediscovering, and renewing the intimate bonds between parents and children- Explains the importance of bonding with your child in utero and the physical and mental preparation needed even before conception - Shows how "green parenting"--breast-feeding, contact with nature, and low-tech creativity--can enhance your child's life - The Art of Conscious Parenting won the 2010 Gold Nautilus Award for the best Parenting/Childcare book. The Nautilus Awards recognize books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change, while at the same time stimulating the "imagination" and offer the reader "new possibilities" for a better life and a better world. Our first days and months of life are critical in forming the attitudes we bring into adulthood and in structuring the very roots of our personality. Simple bonding techniques--long forgotten in our modern world but stemming from the age-old customs of indigenous peoples--are at the core of a new model of conscious parenting that can produce happy and well-adjusted children. These practices also help parents experience an increased joy and intimacy both with their child and with each other. Based on obstetric and psychological evidence, Jeffrey and Dalit Fine reveal how bonding begins in utero and that the physical and mental preparation of both the father and mother, even before conception, sets the tone for the future well-being of the child. They show how sustained physical contact and simple ways of consciously interacting with your infant--eye contact with the newborn, baby-wearing instead of stroller use, and co-sleeping--have an observable positive effect. They also show that the "green parenting" practices of breast-feeding, contact with nature, and simple low-tech creative play not only provide a more hands-on and intimate approach to parenting but also are more economical and environmentally sustainable. From in-utero bonding through the challenges and joys of consciously interacting with your growing child, this book will help parents rediscover and apply the natural art of conscious parenting.
We raise our children to be independent and lead fulfilling lives, but when they finally do, staying close becomes more complicated than ever. And for every bewildered mother who wonders why her children don't call, there is a frustrated son or daughter who just wants to be treated like a grownup. Now, renowned editor Jane Isay delivers the perfect gift to both parents and their adult children--real-life wisdom and advice on how to stay together without falling apart.Using extensive interviews with people from ages twenty-five to seventy, Isay shows that we're far from alone in our struggles to make this new, adult relationship work. She offers up groundbreaking insights and deeply moving stories that will inspire those in even the toughest situations. Isay's warmth and wit shine through on every page as she charts an invaluable course through the confusing, and often painful, interactions parents and children can face. Walking on Eggshells is the much-needed road map that will keep you connected to the people you love most.
How To Amaze Your Son has more than 50 truly creative and inspiring projects that will elicit "wow" and "cool" from the most skeptical of boys. There are crafts, science experiments, creative experiences, and easy magic tricks. Each is cheap and easy.
All the amazements use items found in the home. Here are some examples:
- Things To Do Together: Sprouted Potato People; Make Fake Snow; Treasures Nature Walk; Show Him How to Inflate Snow in the Microwave
- Treasures: Sprouting Onion Flying Fish; Secret Stash Treasure Book; Broccoli Treehouse; Tin Can Drum Set; Candy-Launching Catapult
- To Play: Grapefruit Dwarves House; Ice Ring Dinosaur Dig; Under-the-Table House; Jungle Rock Cave; Secret Message Rocket
- Experiments and Magic: Small Craters Chemist; Magic Campfire; Shaving Cream Fake Snow; Separating Eggs Using a Bottle
- Projects To Eat : Playmobil(R) Popsicles; Honeybee Pancakes; Babybel(R) Family; Mountain Cake With Rock Climbers; Castle Cake.
How To Amaze Your Son is a practical and inspiring resource for all parents, teachers and caregivers.
A Reader's Digest 25 Funniest Books of All Time
Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like this.
--The New Yorker
A parenting zeitgeist
A hilarious take on that age-old problem: getting the beloved child to go to sleep.
--National Public Radio
A new Bible for weary parents
--New York Times
Resonates powerfully with almost everyone
This children's book parody earns its place on the list by being a much-needed bit of catharsis that every parent needs.
--Fatherly, one of the 10 Best Parenting Books of the Decade
Go the F**k to Sleep challenges stereotypes, opens up prototypes, and acknowledges that shared sense of failure that comes to all parents who weary of ever getting their darling(s) to sleep and briefly resuming the illusion of a life of their own.
--Midwest Book Review
Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don't always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach's verses perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, they open up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations, and laugh at their absurdity.
With illustrations by Ricardo Cortes, Go the F**k to Sleep is beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny--a book for parents new, old, and expectant. You probably should not read it to your children.
Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, a children's book inspired by Go the F**k to Sleep and appropriate for kids of all ages, is also available, as well as Seriously, You Have to Eat for finicky ones everywhere
Slacklining, edible bugs, tarp surfing, and more In this awesome follow-up to the hugely popular Handy Dad, extreme sports athlete and TV host Todd Davis gathers more than 30 projects and activities sure to get kids outside and entertained for hours. With easy-to-follow instructions, helpful photographs, and detailed line illustrations, Handy Dad in the Great Outdoors is packed with all the essentials. From simple campsite know-how to more ambitious building projects (tepee anyone?), plus a few pranks for good measure, this book has something for every family and every place--be it the back country or the backyard.
How to Amaze Your Daughter can help parents experience life with open eyes. It has more than 50 truly creative and inspiring projects that will enthuse and enrich girls. There are crafts, science experiments, creative experiences, recipes and easy magic tricks. Each is cheap and easy.
All the amazements use items found in the home. Here are some examples:
- Things To Do Together: Popsicle Stick Dolls; Bubble Candle; Bits 'n' pieces Color Portraits; Mini Origami Dresses; Lace Angel Wings
- Treasures: Miniature Vase Necklace; Forest Fairy House; Paint with Shaving Foam; Snow Globe with a Toy Inside
- Toys: Water Bottle Canoe; Easy-Fold Cardboard House; Tablecloth Teepee; Mermaid Costume with Detachable Tail
- Experiments and Magic: Milk that Paints; Jellyfish in a Bottle; Edible Cracked Eggs; Paper Flower That Magically Opens in Water
- Projects to Eat : Spaghetti Nests; Bear in a Pancake; Origami Cake; Edible Butterflies; Rubber Egg; Carousel Cake.
How To Amaze Your Daughter is a practical and inspiring resource for all parents, teachers and caregivers.
Turn your garden into a hummingbird hotspot, a haven for butterflies, and a thriving ecosystem that will delight and inspire the young and young-at-heart.Gardening with children is a pleasure in itself, but when you learn to include wildlife in your plans, gardening becomes an even more joyful family experience. Creating a garden that invites wildlife opens up a wider world of nature for investigation, inspiration, and delight. Begin to see your yard from an animal's perspective; discover plants that attract colorful birds and bugs; embrace sensory experiences that native plants and creatures bring; and understand how your yard fits into the surrounding landscape. Along the way you will discover simple ways you can actively support wildlife in your immediate environment, no matter where you live. This family-friendly guide to wildlife gardening leads you on a path to discovery, where trees are transformed into bird and animal habitats, where sunny spots are revered for dragonfly viewing, and where your entire garden becomes an animal-welcoming kingdom.