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Setting Limits 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 Thomas W. Phelan Ph.D.
Used by many workshop leaders, this easy to follow book gives parents a sensible method to avoid repetition, frustration, and the yelling that goes with it.  It is also available in a companion video version that many find helpful, entitled 1-2-3 Magic - Managing difficult Behavior in Children 2-12

 

 

 

Positive Discipline A-Z : 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems Jane Nelson, Lynn Lott, and H. Stephen Glenn

 
 

Discipline That Works : Promoting Self-Discipline in Children Thomas Gordon

 
Setting Limits Setting Limits: How to Raise Responsible Children by Providing Reasonable Boundaries. Robert Mac Kenzie, Ed.D.
Using the method of discipline known as "natural and logical consequences" (which has been around under different names for many, many years), parents are shown how to teach children to take responsibilty for their actions in age-appropriate ways. As the jacket states, "you will witness how your children respond positively when these boundaries are rational, predictable, and enforced." Good for all ages.
Siblings without Rivalry Siblings without Rivalry: How To Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too. Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
Feelings of competition and hostility are normal between siblings. Teaching our children ways to express and handle those feelings can really help reduce the level of fighting (and noise!) in our homes.

Communication

Raising Good Children Raising Good Children. Dr. Thomas Lickona
Uses the concept of "stages of moral development" to help parents learn new ways of teaching values to their children, and helping them learn reasoning skills to solve problems they encounter in their lives. Good for all ages.
Teaching Values Teaching Your Children Values. Linda and Richard Eyre.
The authors present 12 values in a month-by-month program, with specific activities, exercises and discussion ideas for children of all ages. Taken alone, or as a springboard for other similiar discussions, the model presented is ideal for all families, whether they have a specific religious orientation or not.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen How to Talk So Kids Will Listen (and Listen So Kids Will Talk). Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
So often we talk at our children, instead of talking to them. And how well do we listen? The authors are very skilled at presenting specific skills with common examples, so that every parent can apply them at home.

Teens

 

Teen Esteem: A Self-Direction Manual. Dr. Pat Palmer.

Focuses on skill-building to help with peer pressure, substance abuse, growing independence and sexual issues, among other challenges. Very readable for any teen.

 

Before It's Too Late. Stanton Samenow, Ph.D.

After identifying seven common manifestations of antisocial behavior, parents are given reasons and methods for dealing with children whose patterns of behavior may well lead to criminal activity or other very serious problems. Not for everybody, but thought-provoking for those who deal with children who seem stuck in a self-destructive path.

 

Back in Control. Gregory Bodenhamer.

Parent in Control. Gregory Bodenhamer.

Two very popular books by a former probation officer, offering practical methods for regaining parental in a positive manner. Parents of children who are acting out severely have found these to be helpful, and if your family's difficulties are milder, you may appreciate these all the more.

Birds n Bees

 

My Body, My Self for Boys : The 'What's Happening to My Body?' Workbook for Boys Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras

My Body, My Self for Girls : The 'What's Happening to My Body?' Workbook Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras

 
 

God's Design for Sex series (books 1-4). Stan and Brenna Jones.

A widely-acclaimed series for children ages 5 through adolescence, used in many Christian sex education programs.

ADD

 

Power Parenting for Children With ADD/ADHD : A Practical Parent's Guide for Managing Difficult Behaviors Grad L. Flick, Ph.D.

 

Gifted

 

The Hurried Child : Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon David Elkind

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