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I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World
I Am an Emotional Creature
The Secret Life of Girls Around the World
Paperback      ISBN: 0812970160

In this daring book, internationally acclaimed author and playwright Eve Ensler offers fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. Fierce, tender, and smart, I Am an Emotional Creature is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, follow their dreams, and become the women they were always meant to be.


This paperback edition features new material about starting a discussion group based on the book.
Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents
Just Tell Me What to Say
Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents
Paperback      ISBN: 0061452971

Parents are often perplexed by their children's typical behaviors and inevitable questions. This down-to-earth guide provides Tips and Scripts for handling everything from sibling rivalry and the food wars to questions about death, divorce, sex, and whyyyy? Betsy Brown Braun blends humor with her expertise as a child development specialist, popular parent educator, and mother of triplets. Whatever your dilemma or child's question--from How did the baby get in your tummy? to What does 'dead' mean? to It's not fair --Betsy offers the tools and confidence you need to explain the world to your growing child.

----Reveta Bowers, Head of School, The Center for Early Education
Hurry Down Sunshine
Hurry Down Sunshine
Hardcover      ISBN: 1590511913
HURRY DOWN SUNSHINE TELLS THE STORY OF THE extraordinary summer when, at the age of fifteen, Michael Greenberg's daughter was struck mad. It begins with Sally's visionary crack-up on the streets of Greenwich Village, and continues, among other places, in the out-of-time world of a Manhattan psychiatric ward during the city's most sweltering months. "I feel like I'm traveling and traveling with nowhere to go back to," Sally says in a burst of lucidity while hurtling away toward some place her father could not dream of or imagine. Hurry Down Sunshine is the chronicle of that journey, and its effect on Sally and those closest to her-her brother and grandmother, her mother and stepmother, and, not least of all, the author himself. Among Greenberg's unforgettable gallery of characters are an unconventional psychiatrist, an Orthodox Jewish patient, a manic Classics professor, a movie producer, and a landlord with literary dreams. Unsentimental, nuanced, and deeply humane, Hurry Down Sunshine holds the reader in a mesmerizing state of suspension between the mundane and the transcendent.

"The psychotic break of his fifteen-year-old daughter is the grit around which Michael Greenberg forms the pearl that is Hurry Down Sunshine. It is a brilliant, taut, entirely original study of a suffering child and a family and marriage under siege. I know of no other book about madness whose claim to scientific knowledge is so modest and whose artistic achievement is so great." - Janet Malcolm, author of The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes and The Journalist and the Murderer

"One of the most gripping and disturbingly honest books I have ever read. The courage Michael Greenberg shows in narrating the story of his adolescent daughter's descent into psychosis is matched by his acute understanding of how alone each of us, sane or manic, is in our processing of reality and our attempts to get others to appreciate what seems important to us. This is a remarkable memoir." - Phillip Lopate, author of Two Marriages and Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan
Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
Boys Adrift
The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
Paperback      ISBN: 0465040829
Why America's sons are underachieving, and what we can do about it.

Something is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. The gender gap in college attendance and graduation rates has widened dramatically. While Emily is working hard at school and getting A's, her brother Justin is goofing off. He's more concerned about getting to the next level in his videogame than about finishing his homework.
In Boys Adrift, Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on more than twenty years of clinical experience to explain why boys and young men are failing in school and disengaged at home. He shows how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that is literally toxic to boys. He also presents practical solutions, sharing strategies which educators have found effective in re-engaging these boys at school, as well as handy tips for parents about everything from homework, to videogames, to medication.
The Education of the Child
The Education of the Child
Paperback      ISBN: 0854406204
Children in Society: Politics, Policies and Interventions
Children in Society
Politics, Policies and Interventions
Paperback      ISBN: 190625480x

Deeply searching and challenging collection of socio-cultural and critical explorations of the issues facing children, their families and children's services in today's society. This book is at the cutting edge of the latest thinking on the subject.

Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain
Inventing Ourselves
The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain
Paperback      ISBN: 1541742745
A tour through the groundbreaking science behind the enigmatic, but crucial, brain developments of adolescence and how those translate into teenage behavior

The brain creates every feeling, emotion, and desire we experience, and stores every one of our memories. And yet, until very recently, scientists believed our brains were fully developed from childhood on. Now, thanks to imaging technology that enables us to look inside the living human brain at all ages, we know that this isn't so. Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, one of the world's leading researchers into adolescent neurology, explains precisely what is going on in the complex and fascinating brains of teenagers -- namely that the brain goes on developing and changing right through adolescence--with profound implications for the adults these young people will become.

Drawing from cutting-edge research, including her own, Blakemore shows:
  • How an adolescent brain differs from those of children and adults
  • Why problem-free kids can turn into challenging teens
  • What drives the excessive risk-taking and all-consuming relationships common among teenagers
  • And why many mental illnesses -- depression, addiction, schizophrenia -- present during these formative years

Blakemore's discoveries have transformed our understanding of the teenage mind, with consequences for law, education policy and practice, and, most of all, parents.
Smart But Scattered Teens: The Executive Skills Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential
Smart But Scattered Teens
The Executive Skills Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential
Paperback      ISBN: 1609182294

"I told you, I'll do it later."
"I forgot to turn in the stupid application."
"Could you drive me to school? I missed the bus again."
"I can't walk the dog--I have too much homework "

If you're the parent of a "smart but scattered" teen, trying to help him or her grow into a self-sufficient, responsible adult may feel like a never-ending battle. Now you have an alternative to micromanaging, cajoling, or ineffective punishments. This positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens' independence by building their executive skills--the fundamental brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. Executive skills experts Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson are joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself. Learn step-by-step strategies to help your teen live up to his or her potential now and in the future--while making your relationship stronger. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

See also the authors' Smart but Scattered (with a focus on 4- to 13-year-olds) and their self-help guide for adults. Plus, Work-Smart Academic Planner: Write It Down, Get It Done, designed for middle and high school students to use in conjunction with coaching, and related titles for professionals.

Winner (Third Place)--American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Consumer Health Category


Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy With Children
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy With Children
Hardcover      ISBN: 157230054x

The definitive work in the field, this volume provides comprehensive coverage of the theory and practice of hypnosis and hypnotherapy with young patients. Within a developmental framework, chapters describe the wide variety of induction techniques and strategies currently available to the practitioner. Procedures are outlined for using hypnotherapy in the treatment of psychological disorders, habit disorders, learning and performance difficulties, grief, and other problems. Also addressed are pediatric medical and surgical applications, with discussions of over 40 different clinical situations in this area alone. Promising uses of child biofeedback and self-hypnosis techniques are reviewed, and guidelines for teaching child hypnotherapy presented. Throughout, the volume is richly illustrated with case examples and session vignettes.

NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children
NurtureShock
New Thinking about Children
Paperback      ISBN: 0446504130

In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What's the single most important thing that helps infants learn language?
NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science have been overlooked.
Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors' work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend children's (and adults') lives.