Pact says: A great resource for parents, although the tone is occasionally prescriptive.
Pact says: Thought-provoking, challenging and enriching, a great resource
for every new and not-so-new parent's shelf.
Whether you are an adoptive parent with a young child, or are waiting to be matched with a young child—even if you have no intention of breastfeeding—her chapters on attaching and promoting connection offer critical insights and are definitely worth reading.
Pact says: This direct and clear book offers a positive and realistic approach toward preparing African American children to become positive, productive and self-respecting.
Pact says: This book is a must read for LGBT parents. he refreshingly acknowledges the challenges as well as the joys faced by kids and gives their parents and others who work with them some invaluable information.
Pact says: Our favorite book about how children understand sex and family creation (including adoption).
Pact says: In adoptive families, being able to express and deal with difficult emotions is extremely important, for both parents and kids. The book’s guide for how to empathize with your kids and how to talk with them about hard feelings like fear, sadness and anger is a tremendously helpful tool. Be aware that the book’s chapter titled “The Father’s Crucial Role” is dated and weak.
Pact says: This book has great practical suggestions and models conversations and scenarios for practice.
Pact says: This book is highly relevant to adoptive families of teens and pre-teens because it focuses on one of the core issues of adoption: identity.
Unlike other parenting books on the topic written by psychologists and doctors, this one is written by a registered nurse who includes her personal experience alongside her professional experience, making it more useful to the busy lay person who may not have the patience or inclination to wade through clinical jargon. Part one focuses on understanding why parents yell and we think is the most interesting to me, while part two offers strategies to reduce yelling.
Pact says: Renner writes, “Calming your own state of mind is at the core of communicating with your children with love and respect.” All in all, this is a very good and helpful book that offers a nice view of mindfulness as it relates to discipline and family life.
Pact says: Kurcinka’s book gives a practical and often humorous account of how to achieve family harmony. Kurcinka doesn’t promise miracle cures, but offers creative techniques for using power struggles as pathways to family connection.
Pact says: Overall, this book is an incredible resource for any parent, and can be cherry-picked as needed by Pact families. Definitely recommended.
Pact says: Practical and fun, Rose Rock shares her no-nonsense approach to parenting.
Pact says: Where the book deals specifically with adoption-related issues, Greene hits the right notes.
Pact says: Highly relevant to adoptive families, because it guides parents through creating the necessary foundations for a loving and secure relationship with their children.
Pact says: Singles and gays be prepared, there is a long section on the importance of marriage to children. But access to the Latino perspective and approach to family and children counterbalance this challenge.
Pact says: The engaging writing clearly presents practical skills for parenting. Highly recommended to parents of adopted children, many of whom act out their feelings about their core experiences by having difficulty with transitions, testing authority, fighting bedtime, and other challenging behaviors.
Pact says: This book encourages parents to take a look at the messages we may inadvertently be sending our children with our words and actions. A book many parents will want to read keep by their bedside table..
Pact says: These very simple communication techniques are presented through a confusing metaphor, as the author labels the techniques using habits of particular birds—thus, assertive self expression is taught as “The Way of the Blue Jay.” Nonetheless, it does a good job of letting parents know what will be helpful to kids.
Pact says: This book is a very hands-on practical approach to understanding children’s temperament and how it influences their behavior, giving parents really helpful tools for understanding and responding to what often feels like challenging behavior.
Pact Says: The author’s premise is that real parenthood—regardless of genetic connection—is based not on biology, but rather on an individual’s voluntary commitment to parent. This book is a true validation of families of every type, and an unexpected breath of fresh air.
Pact says: Bradley draws a vivid picture of what the teen is going through,
and gives parents the tools to be effective parents.