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Annotated Bibliography of Parenting Books by Author's Last Name: M - Z

Mack, Alison
TOILET LEARNING
Little, Brown, 1983

Enjoyable addition to your library for your two to four-year-old. Enjoy the priceless humor of the pictures; don't take the occasional traces of rigidity in the text too seriously. Fun for the kids to look at, as you read the picture-captions to them. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, July-August 1979.)

Mailler, Carolyn Dash ed.
PARENTING FROM THE HEART
Motherwear, 1996

An inspiring collection of 79 essays from "From the Heart," Motherwear's magazine for nurturing families. Written by mothers who have let their hearts guide them in their parenting choices, the stories attest to the value of mothering through breastfeeding and listening to feelings. Above all, the essays celebrate the pleasure and wonder of being a mother.

Markova, Dawn
HOW YOUR CHILD IS SMART: A Life-Changing Approach to Learning
Conari, 1992

Focuses on the different learning patterns children have, and how to use these patterns effectively so your child will get the most out of learning. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 1994.)

Martin, Elaine
BABY GAMES
Running Press, 1988

Each chapter begins with a brief description of the average developmental level and suggests ways you and baby can enjoy this time. Includes lullabies, nursery rhymes, water and word play, indoor and outdoor games, art activities, supplies and more. Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 1989.)

McCarney, Joan
WE SHOULD DO THIS MORE OFTEN
Daan Graphics, 1987

A cartoon book from an LLL Leader that includes more than 120 cartoons reflecting humorous aspects of family life.

McClure, Vimala Schneider
INFANT MASSAGE
Bantam, 3rd ed., 2000

Practical advice accompanied by photographs demonstrating proper massage techniques for baby. Emphasis is on skin to skin contact, touching and infant-parent communication. The techniques can also be used on older children. (First edition reviewed in LEAVEN, Nov-Dec 1982.)

McClure, Vimala
THE TAO OF MOTHERHOOD
New World, 1997

Written in a succinct and poetic way, this book offers short meditations on the inner work of parenting, and invites the reader to contemplate the higher purpose of mothering and reflect on loving guidance. The author's spiritual beliefs are reflected throughout the text.

McIntire, Roger
ENJOY SUCCESSFUL PARENTING: Strategies You Can Use Today!
Summit Crossroads, 2nd ed. 1997

Written for parents of children ages 2-10, this book offers practical strategies to help parents create an enjoyable atmosphere in their family by sending the right messages to their children. Specific exercises give parents a way to take an objective look at how their children are dealing with day-to-day experiences and plan thoughtful reactions.

McIntire, Roger
TEENAGERS & PARENTS: Ten Steps for a Better Relationship
Summit Crossroads Press, 4th ed., 2000

A practical guide to loving guidance for parents of teenagers. The author believes that the main job for the parent of a teen is to be a role model and coach, and the most critical skills are listening and expressing respect. (Earlier edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Nov-Dec 1991.)

McKay, Pinky
100 WAYS TO CALM CRYING
Lothian, 2002

This unique book focuses on the reasons babies cry while offering parents practical advice on soothing baby and coping themselves. Author Pinky McKay advocates strategies to calm and connect with baby, demonstrating a true respect for the child. Along the way, she gives solid information on breastfeeding, sleep, medical causes for crying, playing with baby, and, of course, loving ways to sooth and calm a crying baby.

McKay, Pinky
PARENTING FROM THE HEART
Lothian Books 2001

This Australian book takes a humorous look at pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting while encouraging the mother to take charge and trust her instincts. Although mainly lighthearted in style, McKay touches on some difficult subjects such as child abuse. The book includes a myriad of personal stories, and some readers may be uncomfortable with occasional use of profanity and the frank nature of some of the stories.

McKenna, James
SLEEPING WITH YOUR BABY: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping
Platypus Media, 2007

Join Dr. James McKenna as he provides the latest information on the benefits of cosleeping and explores the various ways to share sleep safely.

Miles, Karen
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: The Power of Loving Discipline
Alpha, 2006

Presenting readers with specific loving discipline approaches such as unconditional parenting, positive discipline, and aware parenting, Miles provides parents with the fundamental methods of loving discipline.

Milord, Susan
HANDS AROUND THE WORLD
Williamson, 1992

Games, activities, crafts, and stories from around the world. Geared toward children ages 4-10 years old.

Montagu, Ashley
TOUCHING
HarperCollins, 3rd ed., 1986

A comprehensive survey of research and opinion documenting the importance of skin stimulation in the development of the human being. Encourages mothers to give in to their natural impulse to cuddle their babies, and emphasizes the importance of breastfeeding.

Moran, Victoria
SHELTER FOR THE SPIRIT
HarperCollins, 1998

Poetic as well as practical, Shelter for the Spirit is an ode to the central role the home plays in a truly nurturing community. Nineteenth-century industrialization took people out of the home, separated work and family and reduced families to their current "nuclear" size. Moran invites us to discover (or re-discover) the home as more than a place to rest our weary heads at night--a place to live, birth, die, feast, reflect, work, meditate, study, and play. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jul-Aug 1998.)

Morris Shaffer, Susan and Linda Perlam Gordan
WHY BOYS DON'T TALK AND WHY IT MATTERS
McGraw Hill, 2004

Just because the average teenage boy isn't a chatterbox doesn't mean he doesn't have an opinion about something. By providing communication techniques and information from focus groups as well as research in gender equity, this book helps parents recover the emotional connection to their sons.

Morris Shaffer, Susan and Linda Perlam Gordan
WHY GIRLS TALK AND WHAT THEY'RE REALLY SAYING
McGraw Hill, 2004

Most people believe that girls are easy to communicate with becasue they talk so very much. However, with the teenage years comes drama in the form of a hostile type of communication complete with fighting and brooding. This book offers parents the tools necessary to break through the drama and how to sustain loving and emotionally solid communication with their daughters.

Neufeld, Gordon and Gabor Mate
HOLD ON TO YOUR KIDS: Helping the Most Important People in a Child’s Life Make a Positive and Lasting Difference
Alfred Knopf, 2004

A scholarly piece, Neufeld and Mate focus on a positive attachment between child and parent as the foundation from which parents can regain their natural authority and prevent their children from being lost in the world of peer orientation. This book will empower parents to be for their children what nature intended: the true source of contact, security, and warmth.

Odent, Michel
THE SCIENTIFICATION OF LOVE
Free Association Books, rev. ed., 2001

Examines the role our physiology, particularly hormones, plays in the development of love between a mother and child, husband and wife, and in other relationships. Odent shows how research supports the importance of natural childbirth and mothering through breastfeeding, and manages to make a difficult subject matter interesting and easy to read. (First edition reviewed in LEAVEN, April-May 2002)

O'Mara, Peggy
NATURAL FAMILY LIVING
Pocket, 2000

An excellent, comprehensive book for families interested in a more natural lifestyle and approach to child rearing. The book is very supportive of breastfeeding, natural childbirth, and attachment parenting. LLL does not take a stand on some of the topics discussed, such as circumcision and vaccinations.

Palisi,Tiffany
LOVING MAMA: Essays on Natural Parenting and Motherhood
Hats Off Books, 2004

This book of more than forty collected essays from authors such as Rachel Gathercole, Jan Hunt, and Sarah Buckley, MD, impart wisdom and research on hot topics in the natural parenting communites such as attachment parenting, homebirth, breastfeeding, medical circumcision, co-sleeping, and baby wearing.

Pantley, Elizabeth
GENTLE BABY CARE
McGraw-Hill, 2003

Gentle Baby Care can be considered the owner's manual for a newborn! A comprehensive guide with alphabetically listed topics, Gentle Baby Care is filled with expert medical advice as well as practical tips that will model to new parents desiring the gentle, loving approach to parenting their precious newborn. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Nov-Dec 2004.)

Pantley, Elizabeth
HIDDEN MESSAGES
McGraw Hill, 2000

Hidden Messages uses stories to illustrate some of the messages that parents unintentionally give their children. Each story is followed by a discussion showing what the child is hearing from the parent, and then concrete suggestions are offered for making positive changes. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept-Oct 2005.)

Pantley, Elizabeth
KID COOPERATION
New Harbinger, 1996

For the parent looking for a structured, comprehensive approach to loving guidance. Pantley offers guidelines for enhancing communication skills, a variety of discipline tools, suggestions for self-care, marital and sibling harmony, parental anger and children's self-esteem.

Pantley, Elizabeth
THE NO-CRY SLEEP SOLUTION
McGraw-Hill, 2002

This book provides a gentle approach to sleep training for parents who believe it necessary to modify baby's sleep habits without resorting to the cry-it-out methods. It offers easy-to-use charts to see where you are in the beginning, what your plan for getting your baby to sleep will be, and measuring your progress. The ideas presented are common sense solutions to a problem that is seen as monumental for many new mothers. LLL does not agree with the cautions against letting baby fall asleep at the breast or holding a sleeping baby or child. (Featured in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 2003).

Pantley, Elizabeth
THE NO-CRY SLEEP SOLUTION FOR TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Child's Sleep
McGraw-Hill, 2005

Drawing from her own experiences as well as the experiences of many other parents and children, Pantley offers gentle ideas to help parents of children aged one to five in getting their children to sleep in a peaceful and loving manner. The book covers topics such as night waking, nighttime visits to the parents' bed, and sleepwalking as well as many others.

Petrash, Jack
COVERING HOME
Robins Lane Press, 2000

This easy-to-read book targeted to fathers addresses gentle discipline for children through adulthood. Each of the book's nine chapters center around a "lesson" that applies to both baseball and fathering. The author's love for children as well as baseball comes through clearly.

Pirie, Alex & Hollis Herman
HOW TO RAISE CHILDREN WITHOUT BREAKING YOUR BACK
IBIS Publications, 1995

The authors present practical tips and helpful exercises to help parents with the physical stress involved in caring for children. From postpartum healing to stretching and strengthening exercises for life-long fitness, this books is a practical guide to improving your overall health.

Portnoy, Sanford & Joan
HOW TO TAKE GREAT TRIPS WITH YOUR KIDS
Harvard Common Press, rev. ed., 1995

Family vacations are fun, but this book can help make them even better. The Portnoys help you cope with the good and the bad-planning, packing, hotel-room clutter, togetherness, and entertaining the kids.

Pryor, Karen
DON'T SHOOT THE DOG
Bantam, rev. ed., 1999

Karen Pryor, author of Nursing Your Baby, applies the principles of positive reinforcement to humans, as well as dogs, cats, and dolphins. The result is a method of shaping behavior that works on everyone from whining children and lazy teenagers to sloppy spouses and cats who sit on the furniture. It can even help you change your own bad habits. (First edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 1986.)

Punger, Denise
PERMISSION TO MOTHER: Going Beyond the Standard of Care to Nurture Our Children
Outskirts Press, 2008

Reynolds, Jan
MOTHER & CHILD: Visions of Parenting from Indigenous Cultures
Inner Traditions International, 1997

Intimate and poignant photographs of mothers and children from indigenous cultures around the world illustrate a deep connection with the natural environment and the primal nature of mother-child bond Reynolds illustrates each of life passages from birth to grandparenting with a consistent message of support for honoring the natural way of caring for children which includes breastfeeding and mother-baby togetherness.

Roberts, Lisa
HOW TO RAISE A FAMILY AND A CAREER UNDER ONE ROOF: A Parent's Guide to Home Business
Bookhaven, 1997

Highlights the positive impact self-employment has on one's children, spouse, and the community at large. Promotes the home-business lifestyle as a healthy balance for the entire family. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept-Oct 1998.)

Robertson, Brian
DAYCARE DECEPTION: What the Childcare Establishment Isn’t Telling Us
Encounter Books, 2003

Providing insight not seen in the average parenting circles, Brian Robertson provides a well-researched case demonstrating how the daycare establishment's powerful, multimillion dollar lobby uses its' power to hide the truth: daycare is physically and emotionally harmful to children.

Rosenberg, Marshall
NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION: A Language of Compassion
PuddleDancer, rev. ed., 2003

Nonviolent Communication focuses on "the lost language of humankind," advocating a principle-based approach to communication. The author guides readers through the identification and expression of feelings and needs in order to create a more harmonious, enriching environment. A different exercise is provided with every chapter. The book includes numerous examples drawn from family life and workshops around the world. (Reviewed NEW BEGINNINGS, May-June 2003; Reviewed in LEAVEN, Oct-Nov 2004.)

Rosenberg, Marshall
RAISING CHILDREN COMPASSIONATELY: PARENTING THE NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION WAY
Center for Nonviolent Communication, 2002

This useful booklet applies the principles of Nonviolent Communication specifically to the parent-child relationship. Family members keep each other’s needs in mind and try not to define things in terms of “right” and “wrong.”

Samalin, Nancy
LOVING EACH ONE BEST
Bantam, 1998

Practical and positive guide to handling sibling interactions. Includes stories, strategies, and resources to support parents in a loving approach to discipline and communication. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 1999.)

Samalin, Nancy
LOVING WITHOUT SPOILING AND 100 OTHER TIMELESS TIPS FOR RAISING TERRIFIC KIDS
Contemporary Books, 2003

Loving Without Spoiling offers positive answers to a number of age-old challenges for parents of toddlers to teens. The issues discussed within the 100 mini "how-to" chapters include whining, temper tantrums in public, creating morning routines that involve less stress, and encouraging honesty. The author writes in an easy-to-read-style and includes useful anecdotes to help parents raise well-mannered children without being restrictive or smothering their spirit. Samalin advocates behavior toward children that is positive, respectful, and loving while maintaining a focus on parental firmness, authority, and limit setting.(Reviewed in LEAVEN, Oct-Nov 2003.)

Samalin, Nancy
LOVING YOUR CHILD IS NOT ENOUGH
Penguin, rev. ed., 1998

An inspiring book on positive discipline. Illustrates the importance of being sensitive to a child's feelings. Sample dialogue illustrates what to avoid, what to remember, and how to handle conflicts.

Schofield, Deniece
CONFESSIONS OF AN ORGANIZED HOMEMAKER
Betterway Books, rev. ed. 1994

Revised and updated, this book offers homemakers ideas for becoming more organized while focusing on the importance of spending time as a family and not letting house-cleaning get in the way. Includes ideas on time-management, storage alternatives, meal planning, and motivation. (Earlier edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept-Oct 1992.)

Sears, Martha and William
25 THINGS EVERY NEW MOTHER SHOULD KNOW
Harvard Common Press, rev. ed., 2005

From giving birth to breastfeeding to meeting baby's needs, this book reinforces a mother's confidence by reassuring her that she is the expert on her baby. Helps a brand-new mother understand her new role by encouraging her to respond intuitively to her baby.

Sears, Martha and William
HEALTHIEST KID IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Little Brown, and Company, 2006

In this book, the Searses offer an eating plan that has been effective for countless people. They define eating habits that can counter or prevent many illnesses and provide tips for all stages, from picky eaters to junk food cravings. Recipes included!

Sears, Robert W.
THE VACCINE BOOK: MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION FOR YOUR CHILD
Little, Brown, and Company, 2007

It’s common for parents to ponder the very popular questions, “Should I vaccinate my child? What are the pros? What are the cons?” Considering all the types of vaccinations for your child and when to administer them is a lot to think about. Dr. Robert Sears has crafted a comprehensive guide for parents so this topic isn’t so overwhelming. In this open-minded and informative guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about each disease/vaccine pair. (Note: This book is written for a US audience.)

Sears, Robert W. and James M. Sears
FATHER'S FIRST STEPS: 25 THINGS EVERY NEW DAD SHOULD KNOW
Harvard Common Press, 2006

A baby brings great joy to a new father, but also, perhaps, a bit of uncertainty. In this book, pediatricians and fathers Robert and James Sears offer reassuring, timeless advice to dads and emphasize the rewards and joy that come with fatherhood.

Sears, William
BECOMING A FATHER
LLLI, rev. ed., 2003

Addresses the joys and problems of parenthood from the male perspective--everything from how to hold a tiny baby to sibling rivalry and organized sports. Dr. Sears, a pediatrician and father, writes from personal experience and promises that becoming a father will bring rich rewards. (First edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS Nov-Dec 1985.)

Sears, William
GROWING TOGETHER
LLLI, 1987

From birth to one year, Dr. Sears charts the development of a tiny newborn into a curious toddler. Over 150 black and white photos and 16 pages of color photos illustrate the growth of motor, language, social, and cognitive skills. Dr. Sears, an advocate of attachment parenting, explains how parents can enhance their baby's development by their responsiveness. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, May-June 1988.)

Sears, William
NIGHTTIME PARENTING
LLLI, 2nd ed. 1999

Dr. Sears explains how babies sleep differently than adults, how sharing sleep can help the whole family sleep better, and encourages parents to have confidence in the own intuition and to be responsive to their babies and young children at night. The revised edition includes the latest research on how sharing sleep may reduce SIDS risk, offers tips on safe sleeping-sharing, and includes an update on the benefits of breastfeeding at night, as well advice on common nighttime dilemmas. Available in English, French, German, and Italian. (First edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, May-June 1985; Second edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS Jan-Feb 2003.)

Sears, William & Martha Sears
THE ATTACHMENT PARENTING BOOK
Little Brown, 2001

Written by the pediatric experts who coined the phrase "attachment parenting," this inspirational book provides information to help parents understand their children and enjoy parenting. Explains the benefits of attachment parenting and breastfeeding; provides tips on bonding for mothers, fathers, and in special situations; and dispels many of the myths involved with attachment parenting. Also discusses baby wearing, cosleeping, mother burnout, and baby training. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, July-Aug 2002.)

Sears, William & Martha
THE BABY BOOK: Everything You Need to Know about Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
Little, Brown, rev. ed. 2003

This comprehensive guide to the first two years emphasizes a baby's basic needs and helps new parents to meet those needs through the attachment style of parenting.

Sears, William & Martha
THE BABY SLEEP BOOK
Little, Brown and Company, 2005

The authors have produced a wonderful book for parents who want to respond to their children's nighttime needs. The book provides tips for helping babies, toddlers, and preschoolers go to sleep. Most importantly, THE BABY SLEEP BOOK encourages parents to listen to their babies and to trust their own instincts.

Sears, William & Martha
THE DISCIPLINE BOOK: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Better Behaved Child from Birth To Age Ten
Little, Brown, 1995

Explores a wide variety of parenting options and helps parents decide which type of parenting philosophy will work best for their family. It emphasizes the importance of attachment parenting.

Sears, William and Martha
THE FUSSY BABY
LLLI, rev. ed, 2002

This revised edition contains new information on colic, reflux, and the challenges of breastfeeding a fussy baby. High need babies demand extra patience from parents, but according to Dr. Sears, the extra effort pays off. (Second edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jul-Aug 2002.)

Sears, William and Martha
THE FUSSY BABY BOOK
Little, Brown and Company, 1996

Once again, the Sears' offer parent- and pediatrician-tested techniques to empower parents to cope with and ultimately enjoy their fussy babies and high need children. Expands on the ideas presented in the LLLI-published book, The Fussy Baby. Survival strategies for everything from nighttime nursing to mother burnout! Formerly titled Parenting the Fussy Baby and High Need Child.

Sears, William & Martha
HOW TO GET YOUR BABY TO SLEEP
Little, Brown and Company, 2001

A great addition to a new parent's library. Short and written in an accessible question and answer format, nighttime parenting issues are discussed with the compassion and common sense typical of the Sears'. Topics include choosing the right place for baby to sleep, getting a baby back to sleep, why babies shouldn't have to "cry it out," and how to reduce the liklihood of SIDS. The many tips for fathers will help make nighttime parenting a family affair.

Sears, William & Martha with Elizabeth Pantley
THE SUCCESSFUL CHILD: What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Turn Out Well
Little, Brown and Company, 2002

The Sears' use their experience and common sense philosophy of parenting to explore the hurdles of raising the older child, from toddler to teenager, in today's society. For those who have practiced attachment parenting with their babies, this book helps continue the process as the child grows. A clear reflection of the authors' cultural and spiritual values, The Successful Child identifies the essential tools the Sears' believe every child needs to succeed, including empathy, kindness, self-esteem, having a sense of humor, healthy relationships, and more. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS July-Aug 2003.)

Sheedy Kurcinka, Mary
KIDS, PARENTS AND POWER STRUGGLES
HarperCollins, 2001

Emotions and needs are at the heart of the power struggles between parents and children. Kurcinka reveals these struggles as opportunities to connect with our children. She urges us to become emotional coaches for our children, and helps parents to understand the role of temperament and emotions. She also addresses hidden medical problems. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 2002.)

Sheedy Kurcinka, Mary
RAISING YOUR SPIRITED CHILD
Harper Perennial, 1998

Often known as "difficult" or "high need," spirited children need parents who are enthusiastic, skillful, and sensitive to their children. This book is a guide for parents who need emotional support and new strategies to use with their spirited child. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Nov-Dec 1993.)

Sheedy Kurcinka, Mary
RAISING YOUR SPIRITED CHILD WORKBOOK
Harper Perennial, 1998

The perfect companion to Sheedy's first book, Raising Your Spirited Child! This volume includes activities to help you better understand and guide your spirited or high-need child. The author’s positive outlook and unique perspective are wonderful tools to help parents become loving advocates for children who just need more. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, May-June 1999.)

Sheedy Kurcinka, Mary
SLEEPLESS IN AMERICA: Is Your Child Misbehaving or Missing Sleep?
HarperCollins, 2006

Sheedy cites studies that show sleep deficits can contribute to common disruptive and troublesome behaviors in children such as hyperactivity, forgetfulness, learning problems, and even illness. Using her experience as a parent and educator, research and a five-step approach, the author guides parents in recognizing the symptoms of sleep deprivation and remedying that.

Shure, Myrna
RAISING A THINKING CHILD: Help Your Young Child to Resolve Everyday Conflicts and Get Along with Others
Pocket Books, 1996

Straightforward approach to teaching children to become independent, competent individuals, who are able to think for themselves, solve problems, and deal effectively with social situations. Using the "I Can Problem Solve" (ICPS) method, parents can help their children learn decision-making skills. Exceptionally readable, this book is especially valuable for its many simple and clear exercises and sensitivity to young children's (4-7) thoughts and feelings.

Silberg, Jackie
125 BRAIN GAMES FOR BABIES
Gryphon House, 1999

The best way to enhance your baby's brain development is to meet his needs for touch, closeness, and interaction. Silberg takes parents step-by-step through 125 activities for the first 12 months. Each activity includes a summary of pertinent "brain research."

Silberg, Jackie
MORE GAMES TO PLAY WITH TODDLERS Gryphon House, 1996

Fun and educational games and activities to keep parents and toddlers happy. Games includes blocks, balls, colors and shapes, language and rhyme, quiet, running and jumping, singing, social and specific educational skills. The author suggests 12-24 months as appropriate ages for these games, but they could easily be used by preschoolers as well.

Slocum, Loren
NO GREATER LOVE, BEING AN EXTRAORDINARY MOM
St. Martin's, 1999

An inspirational celebration of motherhood through vignettes, exquisite photography, problem-solving questions and quotations. The author's religious faith is reflected in the text.

Small, Meredith
OUR BABIES, OURSELVES: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
Anchor, 1999

Why do so many babies in the US sleep in cribs? How do !Kung San babies nurse on average every 3 minutes? Why are Gusil babies seldom praised? Small draws on the new science of ethnopediatrics to examine the intersection of culture and biology and their joint influence on parenting. After a brief tour of parenting styles around the world, Small looks at infants' biological needs and discusses how we can best meet those needs both within and across cultures. Specific parenting topics include nighttime parenting, fussiness, and breastfeeding. The author makes strong statements about the risks of breastfeeding if a mother is HIV positive which are not supported by current research since there are many unknown factors involved in maternal-infant transmission of HIV. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, April-May, 1999.)

Stadlen, Naomi
WHAT MOTHERS DO: Especially When it Looks Like Nothing
Judy Piatkus Limited, 2004

Naomi Stadlen, LLL Leader in Great Britain and founder/facilitator of Mothers Talking, a support group for mothers, writes a wonderfully thougthful book encouraging a mother to ponder the intense value of her relationship with her child.  Stadlen draws attention to the eseential, yet often unspoken changes a woman experiences as she transforms herself into "mother" and gives words to the quiet intimacy and devotion between mother and baby. The reader will feel comforted, understood, appreciated, and affirmed throughout this book.

Stern, Daniel
THE BIRTH OF A MOTHER
Basic Books, 1998

Motherhood alters a woman's mental landscape, changing the way she perceives her partner, the world around her, and even herself. Stern, a psychiatrist, charts the psychological transformation of motherhood with revealing case studies and personal observations. A sensitive section addresses the special impact of premature or handicapped babies. Women, who find the transition to motherhood to be a difficult period of self redefinition will be reassured by Stern's supportive and thoroughly researched approach.

Sweet, Bill and Win
LIVING JOYFULLY WITH CHILDREN
Acropolis, 1997

An easy-to-read book, in essay format which encourages families to focus on principles rather than rules and regulations. By identifying important values and structuring family life around these ideals, parents can create a positive family situations where each individual is respected for their True Self. "Loving Guidance" with a New Age flavor.

Swift, Madelyn
DISCIPLINE FOR LIFE
Childright, 1999

Combines principles and "life lessons" with concrete practical examples for parents and teachers who wish to solve behavioral problems while honoring children. Her goal is teach children to become self-disciplined and competent adults.

Tamsevicius, Kristie
I LOVE MY LIFE: A Mom’s Guide to Working at Home
Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2003

With strong emphasis on working from home with children, I Love My Life addresses all aspects of starting a home-based business in order to have more flexibility to spend time with family. From discovering your personal passion to marketing your business to balancing family with working at home, I Love My Life provides structure, encouragement, and inspiration for those wishing to return to home for employment or for those wishing to add a second income to the household. The author focuses on utilizing the internet for marketing the business or for the business itself. An extensive resource section is included for additional reading.

Terzian, Alexandra
THE KIDS MULTICULTURAL ART BOOK
Williamson, 1993

Introduces children to other cultures through easy and fun creative activities.

Thevenin, Tine
THE FAMILY BED
Avery, 2nd ed. 1987

Discusses pros and cons of children sleeping with their parents and/or siblings. Historical perspectives, as well as personal experiences, provide very helpful reading for parents. (First edition reviewed in LLL News, and LEAVEN, May-June 1976.)

Tieger Paul, and Barbara Barron-Tieger
NURTURE BY NATURE: Understand Your Child's Personality Type--and Become a Better Parent
Little Brown, 1997

The authors draw on their extensive knowledge of Myers-Briggs Personality Types to show parents how they can learn more about their children's unique personalities. In-depth descriptions of the 16 Myers-Briggs Types are provided, along with many real-life family stories. An excellent approach for the parents of preschool and school-aged children who think, "It was so much easier when they were nursing--now what?"

Todd, Linda
YOU AND YOUR NEWBORN BABY
Harvard Common Press, 1993

An accurate, readable description of life with a newborn baby, including the challenges and rewards, as it affects baby, mother and family. Although bottle-feeding is discussed, the author promotes breastfeeding and child-centered parenting.

Trelease, Jim
HEY! LISTEN TO THIS!
Penguin, 1992

The author of The New Read-Aloud Handbook brings together forty-eight new read-aloud stories that parents and teachers can share with children ages five through nine. From school days to animal tales, this book is full of stimulating stories that help children understand the world they live in or enter one that is full of surprises.

Val-Essen, Ilene
BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOUR CHILD AND YOURSELF
Quality Parenting, 1999

A self-help parenting book based on the author's Quality Parenting Program which teaches that different aspects of our personalities are active at different times. By recognizing these changes within ourselves, parents can move toward a more centered state and create an environment that brings out their own and their children's best behavior. Val-Essen helps us recognize that parenting skills alone are not enough. Changes in attitude are also needed in order to create a family based on mutual respect. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Nov-Dec 2000.)

Wenc, Charlene
PARENTING: Are We Having Fun Yet?
CMS Communications, 1998

An easy-to-read short primer for helping children (2-18) learn accountability in a way that promotes self-esteem and respect. In a conversational tone, Wenc offers tools to get parents out of the yelling cycle, encourages the use of natural and logical consequences, and treats other common loving guidance issues.

Whitman, Cynthia
WIN THE WHINING WAR & OTHER SKIRMISHES: A Family Peace Plan
Perspective Publishing, 1991

With a snappy style and clear presentation, this book seeks to reduce family conflict by helping parents distinguish children's behavior that they like, dislike, and find intolerable. Offers simple techniques to increase positive behavior and decrease negative behavior.

Young, Pam & Peggy Jones
SIDETRACKED HOME EXECUTIVES
Warner Books, rev. ed., 2001

A witty humorous account of two sisters' attempts to organize their homes and lives. The result is a comprehensive, flexible system adaptable even for the mother of a new baby. The authors point out that no system can work unless it puts "people first." (First edition reviewed in LEAVEN Nov-Dec 1982.)

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