These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
September 12, 2016
LeVine, Robert Alan, 1932- author.
New York : PublicAffairs, 2016.
xxiii, 238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
We the parents: a worldwide perspective -- Parent-blaming in America -- Expecting: pregnancy and birth -- Infant care: a world of questions... and some answers -- Mother and infant: face-to-face or skin-to-skin? -- Sharing child care: Mom is not enough -- Training toddlers: talking, toileting, tantrums, and tasks -- Childhood: school, responsibility, and control -- Precocious children: cultural priming by parents and others -- Conclusions.
"Robert and Sarah LeVine, married anthropologists at Harvard University, have spent their lives researching parenting across the globe-starting with a trip to visit the Hausa people of Nigeria as newlyweds in 1969. Their decades of original research provide a new window onto the challenges of parenting and the ways that it is shaped by economic, cultural, and familial traditions. Their ability to put our modern struggles into global and historical perspective should calm many a nervous mother or father's nerves. It has become a truism to say that American parents are exhausted and overstressed about the health, intelligence, happiness, and success of their children. But as Robert and Sarah LeVine show, this is all part of our culture. And a look around the world may be just the thing to remind us that there are plenty of other choices to make"--Provided by publisher.
August 30, 2016
Ingall, Marjorie, author.
New York : Harmony Books, 
245 pages ; 22 cm
Know your history -- Nurture independence-- your kid's and your own -- Maintain discipline -- Distrust authority -- Encourage geekiness -- Emphasize--but don't fetishize--education -- Tell stories -- Laugh -- Value money (but not too much) -- Cultivate spirituality and model tikkun olam -- Conclusion: How to raise a mensch.
"We all know the stereotype of the Jewish mother: Hectoring, guilt-inducing, clingy as a limpet. In Mamaleh Knows Best, Tablet Magazine columnist Marjorie Ingall smashes this tired trope with a hammer. Blending personal anecdotes, humor, historical texts, and scientific research, Ingall shares Jewish secrets for raising self-sufficient, ethical, and accomplished children. She offers abundant examples showing how Jewish mothers have nurtured their children's independence, fostered discipline, urged a healthy distrust of authority, consciously cultivated geekiness and kindness, stressed education, and maintained a sense of humor. These time-tested strategies are the reason Jews have triumphed in a wide variety of settings and fields over the vast span of history. Ingall will make you think, she will make you laugh, and she will make you a better parent. You might not produce a Nobel Prize winner, but you'll definitely get a great human being"-- Provided by publisher.
July 25, 2016
Scovil, Elisabeth Robinson, 1849-1934.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Procter & Gamble Co., c1906.
40 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm
July 15, 2016
Johnson, Brian D., 1962 October 3-
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 
xii, 292 pages ; 23 cm
"Warning Signs provides practical methods to reduce harm to and by children. Doctors Johnson and Berdahl present the most common risk factors and warning signs, along with practical parenting advice and strategies for raising strong, safe kids and protecting them from becoming either perpetrators or victims. They explain how the "old" risk factors--child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, sexual assault, and poverty--have been compounded by new ones in the past 20 years, such as violent media, kids' entitled attitudes, parents' fear of intervention, and increases in childhood mental illness, disrupted families, substance use, bullying, access to weapons, and social media. They provide sample language for tough conversations with kids and with other adults. Full of specific, practical ideas, this book will appeal to parents, teachers, and professionals with a stake in both protecting and developing kindness and compassionate in children."-- Provided by publisher.
July 12, 2016
Grayson, Jennifer, author.
New York : Harper, 2016.
324 pages ; 21 cm
Formula-fed me -- What would Baby Jesus drink? -- Milk mysteries and maternal duty -- Industrial age vs. the breast -- Doctor knows best -- Extraordinary attachment -- Latch off, latch on -- Breasts are for men -- Big Brother and the breast -- "We complete, not compete" -- The human experiment -- The weaning.
This is a fantastic book about the history of breastfeeding and formula. The author walks a fine line of being pro-breastfeeding without being anti-formula. While this book is centered in the United States, the author looks at the subject globally. It's fascinating to see where we've gone wrong and where other countries have turned on a dime to increase their breastfeeding rates. This book brings up as many questions as it answers, though, proving that we have a long way to go in our breastfeeding journey.
June 10, 2016
Borba, Michele, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
xxi, 262 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: The hidden advantage of empathy and why it matters for our children -- Part One: Developing empathy. Empathetic children can recognize feelings : teaching emotional literacy ; Empathetic children have a moral identity : developing an ethical code ; Empathetic children understand the needs of others : instilling perspective taking and learning to walk in another's shoes ; Empathetic children have a moral imagination : reading to cultivate empathy -- Part Two: Practicing empathy. Empathetic children can keep their cool : managing strong emotions and mastering self-regulation ; Empathetic children practice kindness : developing and exercising compassion every day ; Empathetic children think "us" not "them" : cultivating empathy through teamwork and collaboration -- Part Three: Living empathy. Empathetic children stick their necks out : promoting moral courage ; Empathetic children want to make a difference : growing changemakers and altruistic leaders -- Epilogue: The empathy advantage : the seven most creative ways to give children the edge they need to succeed.
"According to Michele Borba,there's an empathy crisis among today's youth, who she dubs the "selfie generation." But the good news is that empathy is a skill that can -- and must -- be taught. Borba offers a 9-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood"--Provided by publisher.
June 2, 2016
Eanes, Rebecca, author.
New York, New York : TarcherPerigee, 2016.
xx, 183 pages ; 21 cm
The Positive Parenting Philosophy -- Important Self-Work -- United We Stand -- Communication Effectively -- Building a Foundation of Trust -- Defining Your Family Culture -- Seeing Children in a New Way -- Raising Emotionally Healthy Children -- Trading Punishment for Solutions -- Top Parenting Challenges--and How to Use Proactive Parenting to Deal with Them.
"Popular parenting blogger Rebecca Eanes believes that parenting advice should be about more than just getting kids to behave. Struggling to maintain a meaningful connection with her two little ones and frustrated by the lack of emotionally aware books for parents, she began to share her own insights with readers online. Her following has grown into a thriving community--hundreds of thousands strong. In this eagerly anticipated guide, Eanes shares her hard-won wisdom for overcoming limiting thought patterns and recognizing emotional triggers, as well as advice for connecting with kids at each stage, from infancy to adolescence. This heartfelt, insightful advice comes not from an "expert," but from a learning, evolving parent. Filled with practical, solution-oriented advice, this is an empowering guide for any parent who longs to end the yelling, power struggles, and downward spiral of acting out, punishment, resentment, and shame--and instead foster an emotional connection that helps kids learn self-discipline, feel confident, and create lasting, loving bonds"-- Provided by publisher.
June 1, 2016
New York : AMACOM, American Management Association, 
v, 218 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Earlier edition: 2008.
Introduction and Philosophy -- 1 Identifying Your Child's Personality Type -- 2 Determing Readiness -- 3 Applying Universal Strategies -- 4 The Goal-Directed Child -- 5 The Sensory-Oriented Child -- 6 The Internalizer -- 7 The Impulsive Child -- 8 The Strong-Willed Child -- 9 Common Interruptions -- 10 Overcoming Challenges and Obstacles -- Conclusion -- Index.
Successful potty training begins with the approach that is right for your child. Is your toddler frightened of the process, afraid even to go near the bathroom? Or does he or she seem to know when it's time to go, but can't quite make it there in time? This insightful guide helps take the stress out of the situation. The book distinguishes between common childhood personality types, providing simple strategies tailor-fit for your child, whether he or she is sensitive or stubborn, cautious or impulsive, goal-oriented or clinging to diapers. A quick quiz helps you pinpoint which method will work best. You'll learn how to: Determine your child's readiness--Build on each success--without adding undue pressure--Handle accidents and temporary setbacks--And more. Now in its second edition, "Stress-Free Potty Training" also provides targeted techniques for challenges including toilet training resistance and refusal to poop as well sensory issues. Filled with straight talk and practical advice, it takes the worry out of this important life transition.
May 31, 2016
Glickman, Elaine Rose, author.
New York, New York : A TarcherPerigee Book, 
xii, 301 pages ; 21 cm
Your budding brat-toddlers and preschoolers: Introducing your budding brat; Your kid bosses you around; Your kid whines; Your kid bites; Your kid screams; Your kid demands crap in the checkout line; Your kid is mean to the dog; Your kid beats you up; Your kid clings; Your kid refuses to wear anything except her nightgown; Your kid will eat only three things; Your kid is a lousy sleeper; Your kid annoys strangers; Your kid won't share; Your kid is taking over the house -- Your bratty child-ages five through ten: Introducing your bratty child; Your kid interrupts; Your kid doesn't listen the first time; Your kid needs to buck up; Your kid ruins meals; Your kid doesn't say please; Your kid never says thank you; Your kid is totally rude to grown-ups; Your kid lies; Your kid has an obnoxious best friend; Your kid won't do his hoemwork; Your kid is wasteful; Your kid is demanding a gigantic birthday party; Your kid is a terrible traveler; Your kid won't take no for an answer -- Your bratty tween-ages nine through twelve: Introducing your bratty tween; Your kid needs to take responsibility; Your kid sasses you; Your kid won't pitch in; Your kid is addicted to devices; Your kid is bankrupting you; Your kid never does anything nice for you; Your kid doesn't care about his relatives; Your kid doesn't care about others; Your kid won't pick up after herself; Your kid is bored; Your kid talks like a sailor; Your kid dresses like a prostitute; Your kid does really stupid stuff; Your kid rules over you.
"In this wise and informative parenting guide, Elaine Rose Glickman shows readers how loving your kid enough to be the boss will result in happier, healthier, and much easier-to-be-around children! You've seen them--kids running wild through restaurants while the parents avert their gaze and order another cappuccino. You've heard them--kids telling their parents to "shut up" and "get me that." You've met them--kids who dress inappropriately and roll their eyes and never say thank you. Maybe one of those kids belongs to you. Combining incisive commentary with grounded, practical advice, Your Kid's a Brat and It's All Your Fault will have you recognizing and laughing at yourself, your fellow parents, and a culture that seems determined to turn our precious angels into not-so-precious brats."-- Provided by publisher.
May 6, 2016
Chapman, Gary D., 1938- author.
Chicago, IL : Northfield Publishing, 
223 pages ; 22 cm
"More than 1 million sold! You know you love your child. But how can you make sure your child knows it? The #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages
May 3, 2016
Gold, Claudia M., author.
Boston : Da Capo Press, 2016.
xxvi, 246 pages ; 24 cm.
"Are children and adolescents being silenced, and their growth stunted in this age of labels, medication, and frantically rushed lives? Claudia Gold reveals the astonishing power of listening in parent/child and doctor/patient relationships. Through vivid and perceptive stories and new insights from neuroscience, Claudia Gold shows how being listened to relieves conflict, builds resilience and actually changes a child's brain. This happens in all kinds of relationships: parent and child, doctor and child, doctor and parent, teacher and student, in the healing of adolescent depression, and in the prevention of postpartum depression. She helps parents and caregivers resist the pressures of hasty diagnoses and make the time and space that children of all ages, and parents themselves, need in order to grow and to flourish"--Provided by publisher.
April 25, 2016
Levy, David, (Gerontologist), author.
Las Vegas, NV : Central Recovery Press, 2016.
xiv, 278 pages ; 25 cm
"In this practical manual, family caregiving expert David Levy sets forth how to evaluate priorities, understand options, and face bedrock issues (legal, financial, emotional, social), so caregivers can make wise and informed decisions for their loved ones, while gaining peace of mind from knowing they did they best they could under the circumstances"-- Provided by publisher.
April 20, 2016
Ybarbo, Alicia, author.
New York : Abrams Image, 2016.
173 pages ; 22 cm
"Told in the same tongue-in-cheek voice as the original, this sequel is full of funny parenting tips and relatable stories for contemporary moms. Sh*tty Mom for All Seasons explores the occasions throughout the year that test every mother's patience and inspire self-deprecating humor and that second glass of wine. With chapters organized by season, the book will teach you how to navigate the bumpy roads of motherhood, learn to laugh at the occasional parenting fail, and maybe even appreciate your own mother"--Amazon.
April 11, 2016
Remer Altmann, Tanya, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 
vii, 326 pages ; 21 cm
Getting started with the eleven foundation foods program. The eleven foundation foods ; The program -- Feeding your baby and toddler. Milk matters ; The infant program ; The toddler program ; The preschooler program ; The modern family meal -- Dr. Tanya's advice on tricky issues. Food allergies and food intolerance ; Sugar ; Vegetarian and vegan kids ; Organic, GMO, and OMG ; Weighty issues ; The feeding fix ; The picky eater -- Recipes. Nutritious and delicious recipes.
"A practicing pediatrician, bestselling author, and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics offers a simple, fool-proof, no fuss plan for raising kids who love eating nutritious food. As a pediatrician and mother of three boys, Dr. Tanya Altmann knows that good nutrition is essential for healthy kids. But parents today are bombarded with confusing, and sometimes harmful, information. Nutritional guidelines are constantly changing, and parents don't know who to trust for medically sound, proven advice that works. In How to Feed Your Baby, Dr. Tanya cuts through the noise with a simple program that follows the safest, best practices for feeding babies and young children. She begins with the eleven foundation foods critical to brain development and growth--eggs, prunes, avocado, fish, yogurt/cheese/ milk, nuts, chicken/beans, fruit, green veggies, whole grains, and water--that should be the basis of every child's diet in the three phases of their early life: infancy, toddler, and preschooler. She also offers guidance and information for introducing them into a child's daily diet, and delicious, dietician-developed recipes that will help train young taste buds to enjoy and desire real, whole, non-processed foods. With How to Feed Your Baby parents will save time, money, and stress--and say goodbye to picky eating!"-- Provided by publisher.
April 8, 2016
Dornfest, Asha, author.
New York : Workman Publishing, 2016.
268 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
"Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited"--Title page verso.
Pregnancy & postpartum -- Organizing time & space -- Poop, pee & potty -- Sleep -- Bath time & grooming -- Getting dressed -- Food & mealtime -- Health & safety -- Fun & learning -- Travel & outings -- Holidays & special occasions.
"It's the indispensable handbook for the most seat-of-the-pants job there is--raising kids. Drawing from her award-winning blog, ParentHacks.com, which has been sharing MacGyver-like brilliance from real parenting experts-the moms and dads who are in the trenches every day-Parent Hacks presents 134 ingenious tips and shortcuts for simplifying life with little kids, allowing the whole family to take a deep breath and have more fun. What's a parent hack? It can be as simple as putting the ketchup under the hot dog--minimizing the mess. Strapping baby into a forward-facing carrier when you need to trim her fingernails. Stashing a wallet and keys in a clean disposable diaper at the beach-who would ever poke through what looks like a used Pamper? Using painter's tape to baby proof outlets while traveling. On every page find unconventional solutions for those everyday challenges arranged by category from Pregnancy & Postpartum through Sleep, Food & Mealtime, Travel & Outings, and more. Plus dozens of useful lists-8 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained on a Plane, 13 Uses for Non-Slip Shelf Liners, the unexpected practical sides of pool noodles, zip-top plastic bags, and over-the-door shoe organizers"-- Provided by publisher.
April 7, 2016
Ehrensaft, Diane, author.
New York, NY : Experiment, 2016.
xvi, 285 pages ; 21 cm
Foreword / by Norman Spack -- Who is the gender creative child? -- What's your gender? : from boxes to spectrums to webs to gender infinity -- The gender spread : apples, oranges, and fruit salad -- When it's gender and something else or something else -- It takes a gender creative parent to negotiate the gender maze -- If gender is expansive, wherefore a shrink? -- Do we want a doctor in the house? -- Into the streets/onto the screens -- What's left to learn? -- Notes -- References -- Acknowledgments -- Index -- About the author.
April 1, 2016
Phelan, Thomas W., 1943- author.
xx, 265 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Parenting : long hours, no pay, excellent benefits -- Building a solid foundation for parenting. Orientation to the parenting profession ; Your job as a parent ; Challenging the little adult assumption ; Avoiding the two biggest discipline mistakes -- Controlling obnoxious behavior : parenting job 1. Getting results through counting ; Advice for nearly any counting challenge ; Disciplining your child in public Real-life story 1 : The case of the temper tantrum terrorist ; How to handle sibling rivalry, tantrums, pouting, and lying ; Real-life-story 2 : The incredible case of the traveling troublemakers ; Getting started with counting -- Managing testing and manipulation. Recognizing the six types of testing and manipulation ; Tales from the trenches -- Encouraging good behavior : parenting job 2. Establishing positive routines ; Getting up and out in the morning ; Cleaning up and chores ; Surviving suppertime ; Tackling the homework problem ; Going to bed-- and staying there! ; Real-life story 3 : The case of bedlam at bedtime ; Managing your expectations -- Strengthening your relationships with your children : parenting job 3. Sympathetic listening ; Real-life story 4 : The case of the fickle friends ; The dangers of over-parenting ; Real magic : one-on-one fun ; Solving problems together -- Enjoying your new family life. Staying consistent ; Your happy, healthy family.
"Being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences in life, but every family faces challenges that can be frustrating and overwhelming. For more than twenty-five years, internationally renowned clinical psychologist Thomas W. Phelan's 1-2-3 Magic has helped millions of parents, teachers, and caregivers raise independent, emotionally intelligent children and build happier, healthier families-all through an easy-to-understand program that you'll swear 'works like magic'"-- Amazon.com.
March 31, 2016
vii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
What is it with boys? -- The three stages of boyhood -- Testosterone! -- How boys' and girls' brains differ -- What dads can do -- Mothers and sons -- Developing a healthy sexuality -- A revolution is schooling -- Boys and sports -- A community challenge.
Explores the development of boys from birth to manhood and includes sections on bullying, online pornography, social media, and how boys' and girls' brains differ.
March 18, 2016
Graff, Brett, author.
Berkeley, California : Seal Press, 2015.
247 pages ; 21 cm
"Most parents will do just about anything to secure happy lives and bright futures for their kids. Add in competition with other parents and near-constant pressure, their drive to give their kids the best of everything can backfire, setting back the child and the household finances. Not Buying It proves that sound, rational decision-making about spending is far more beneficial for our kids than purchases made out of fear, pressure and confusion. With Graff's guidance, you'll confidently create the financial strategy that's best for your family, not the one pushed by marketers or practiced by your neighbors." -- Amazon.com
March 17, 2016
Forehand, Rex L. (Rex Lloyd), 1945-
New York : McGraw-Hill, ©2010.
xvi, 268 pages ; 23 cm
I. Understanding your strong-willed child's behavior. 1. Strong-willed behavior and how it all begins ; 2. Why is my child becoming even more strong-willed? ; 3. It takes more than just good parenting ; 4. Does my child have ADHD? -- II. Addressing strong-willed behavior : a five-week program. 5. Does my child's behavior really need to change? ; 6. Week 1 : attending ; 7. Week 2 : rewarding ; 8. Week 3 : ignoring ; 9. Week 4 : giving instructions ; 10. Week 5 : using time-outs ; 11. Integrating your parenting skills -- III. Creating a strong foundation for behavior change. 12. Changing the nature of family life ; 13. Improving your communication skills ; 14. Developing more patience ; 15. Building positive self-esteem ; 16. Teaching your child basic social skills -- IV. Solving some common behavior problems : additional recommendations. 17. Specific problem behaviors. Temper tantrums ; Aggressive behavior ; Mealtime behavior problems ; Dressing problems ; Behavior problems in the car ; Bedtime and sleep problems ; Lying ; Sibling rivalry ; Behavior problems at preschool/school -- Appendix : resources for parents and professionals.
Rex Forehand, Ph.D., and Nicholas Long, Ph.D., have helped thousands of parents achieve discipline using positive reinforcement, without yelling or harming the child's self-esteem. Their clinically proven, five-week program gives you the tools you need to successfully manage your child's behavior, giving specific factors that cause or contribute to disruptive behavior; ways to develop a more positive atmosphere in your family and home; and strategies for managing specific behavior problems. The completely revised and updated edition includes: new information, based on research, about child temperament; new chapter on the hot topic of play as a means of strengthening parent-child relationship; new section on collaborative disciplining with preschool teachers; expanded section about depression and stress linked to parenting; new research findings about ADHD and its treatment.
March 7, 2016
Shumaker, Heather, author.
New York : Tarcher, 
xvii, 363 pages ; 23 cm
Risk and independence. Safety second ; It's OK not to kiss Grandma ; Model mistakes ; It's OK to talk to strangers -- Navigating technology. Embrace Amish iPads ; Discipline your phone -- Children's rights at school. Recess is a right ; Ban elementary homework ; Opt out of harmful homework ; Don't sign here -- More rights at school. Reconfigure kindergarten ; Banish calendars at circle time ; Don't force participation -- Sorrow, empathy, and disaster. Don't remove ogres from books ; Deal with news disasters ; Share unfair history -- Mean words and princess power. Princesses are powerful ; Mean words matter ; Give whiners R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- Renegade rules in the real world. Families are not entertainment centers ; Relax.
"This book helps parents help their kids develop important life skills in an age-appropriate way."-- Provided by publisher.
February 9, 2016
Kurcinka, Mary Sheedy, 1953- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, 2015.
xvii, 505 pages ; 21 cm
Understanding spirit. Who is the spirited child? ; A different point of view: building on the strengths ; What makes kids spirited?: why they do what they do ; Matches and mismatches: parents and kids fitting together -- Working with spirit. Extrover or introvert: finding the energy to cope ; Intensity: diffusing your child's strong emotions begins with you ; Intensity: teaching your child self-regulation skills ; Meltdowns: what to do when everything falls apart ; Persistence: choosing your battles, when to say yes ; Persistence: choosing your battles, saying no ; Sensitivity: understanding how they feel ; Distractible or perceptive: helping them hear our directions ; Adaptability: making transitions easier ; Regularity, energy, first reactoin, and mood: understanding the "bonus" traits -- Living with spirit. Planning for success: predicting and preventing the trouble spots ; Bedtime and night waking ; Mealtime ; Getting dressed -- Socializing with spirit. Getting along with other kids ; Holiday and vacation hot spots ; Success in school -- Enjoying spirit. Epilogue: the rose in my garden.
The spirited child - often called "difficult" or "strong willed" - possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. Research shows that spirited children are wired to be "more"; by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and more uncomfortable with change than the average child. In this newly revised third edition of the award-winning classic, Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka provides vivid examples of real-life challenges and a refreshingly positive viewpoint.
January 22, 2016
Olson, Andrea, author.
Asheville, NC : The Tiny World Company, 2015, c2013. ©2013
v, 517 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"For babies 0-18 months"--cover.
A guide to non-coercive potty training for toddlers 18 months and up.
January 21, 2016
Corte Madera, CA : Bay Island Books, ©2010.
v, 88 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Why do I say that? : reasons we say the wrong things -- Change your words, change a child : making it work -- What do children hear? : our confusing language -- A child by any other name : labels and nicknames -- Do what I say, or else : threats and bribes -- How are you feeling : handling emotions -- What a shame! : the inner critic -- Everybody has a body : keeping the messages clear -- Power paradox : it's not about control.
December 28, 2015
New York : Jeremy P.Tarcher/Penguin Random House, 
xii, 303 pages ; 21 cm
Know thy child -- The power of play -- Understanding emotion -- The art of forgiveness -- Empathy matters -- Speak your mind: building assertiveness skills -- Embracing differences -- In support of passion -- Reducing childhood stress -- The anxious child -- When frustration strikes -- Happy parents raising happy kids.
"With all the parenting information out there and the constant pressure to be the "perfect" parent, it seems as if many parents have lost track of one very important piece of the parenting puzzle: raising happy kids. Parenting today has gotten far too complicated. It's never been the easiest job in the world, but with all the "parenting advice" parents are met with at every corner, it's hard not to become bewildered. It seems that in the past it was a good deal simpler. You made sure there was dinner on the table and the kids got to school on time and no one set anything on fire, and you called it a success. But today everybody has a different method for dealing with the madness--attachment parenting, free-range parenting, mindful parenting. And who is to say one is more right or better than another? How do you choose? The truth is that whatever drumbeat you march to, all parents would agree that we just want our kids to be happy. It seems like a no-brainer, right? But in the face of all the many parenting theories out there, happiness feels like it has become incidental. That's where The Happy Kid Handbook by child and adolescent psychotherapist and parenting expert Katie Hurley comes in. She shows parents how happiness is the key to raising confident, capable children. It's not about giving in every time your child wants something so they won't feel bad when you say no, or making sure that they're taking that art class, and the ballet class, and the soccer class (to help with their creativity and their coordination and all that excess energy). Happiness is about parenting the individual, because not every child is the same, and not every child will respond to parenting the same way. By exploring the differences among introverts, extroverts, and everything in between, this definitive guide to parenting offers parents the specific strategies they need to meet their child exactly where he or she needs to be met from a social-emotional perspective. A back-to-basics guide to parenting, The Happy Kid Handbook is a must-have for any parent hoping to be the best parent they can be"-- Provided by publisher.