Overindulgence is not the badge of a bad parent. In fact, it comes directly from having a good and generous heart. But despite our good intentions, the abundance we heap on our kids often becomes more than they need or can handle. Family and parenting experts Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson and David Bredehoft help you to understand:
How damaging overindulgence can be for children
When you are overindulging—and how to stop
Which methods work best to establish firm rules and structure
What grandparents can do to help
Based on new research gathered over the past ten years, How Much Is Too Much? gives you the insight and advice you need to put your children on track for a happy and successful life ($12, amazon.com).
A magical double billing: Natalie Merchant and Barbara McClintock bringing music and poetry to life in LEAVE YOUR SLEEP, a beautiful book and CD set.
This collection of classic children's poetry, adapted to music by Natalie Merchant, opens the door to a wondrous world filled with witches and fearless girls, blind men and elephants, giants and sailors and dancing bears. Leave Your Sleep features a daring and delightful selection, ranging from the beloved (e.e. cummings, Edward Lear, and Jack Prelutsky) to the undiscovered (the young Nathalia Crane). Natalie Merchant's brilliant musical renderings, selected from her highly praised album, share the stage with Barbara McClintock's richly imagined art to create a memorable reading, looking, and listening experience.
“I’ve always had a deep love for picture books, for their simplicity and beauty. I inherited a collection from my grandmother that had been a part of her childhood in the 1920’s. The delicate line drawings, poems and stories of these books created a magical world that I entered over and over. When I open their pages now to read them to my own daughter, I revisit that same place of innocence. I created the album Leave Your Sleep with the hope that I could charm children with a similar magic. Now, with Barbara McClintock’s enchanting illustrations beside these poems and music, I can’t imagine any child able to resist the spell," says Natalie Merchant.
Grocery lists. Checklists. To-do lists. Lots of people love--and live by--lists. And parents are no exception. Today's families are busier than ever, and moms don't have the time or energy to search and scramble for the parenting information they are desperately seeking: How much should my child be sleeping at this age? What toys will most benefit my child? What items are truly essential in furnishing a nursery? What questions should I ask a potential caregiver? What are the signs of a family-friendly restaurant?
The answers to these questions and more than a hundred others are at a mom's fingertips with A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists. This handy, practical reference guide will save time, money, and sanity for today's busy women ($6, amazon.com).
Trash is a big, dirty problem. The average American tosses out nearly 2,000 pounds of garbage every year that piles up in landfills and threatens our air and water quality. You do your part to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but is it enough?
In The Zero-Waste Lifestyle, Amy Korst shows you how to lead a healthier, happier, and more sustainable life by generating less garbage. Drawing from lessons she learned during a yearlong experiment in zero-waste living, Amy outlines hundreds of easy ideas—from the simple to the radical—for consuming and throwing away less, with low-impact tips on the best ways to:
• Buy eggs from a local farm instead of the grocery store
• Start a worm bin for composting
• Grow your own loofah sponges and mix up eco-friendly cleaning solutions
• Purchase gently used items and donate them when you’re finished
• Shop the bulk aisle and keep reusable bags in your purse or car
• Bring your own containers for take-out or restaurant leftovers
By eliminating unnecessary items in every aspect of your life, these meaningful and achievable strategies will help you save time and money, support local businesses, decrease litter, reduce your toxic exposure, eat well, become more self-sufficient, and preserve the planet for future generations ($8, amazon.com).
What happens when a world-famous tough guy takes on the toughest job of all— becoming a father?
Welcome to the world of the Big Daddy.
Steve Schirripa is known for his star turns on The Sopranos and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, but in his own life he’s the father of two daughters of his own—and a self-confessed human volcano. In Big Daddy’s Rules, Schirripa tells all and brings a welcome dose of old-school advice (and new-school humor) to the parenting wars. “You’re not there to be a friend,” Schirripa says bluntly.
“You’re there to be a dad.”
Schirripa serves up the heartwarming and hilarious stories of how he and his wife navigated the wild waters of parenthood: from the moment the tough guy’s heart melted when he held his first-born in his arms to what he felt (and did) the time he caught someone looking at his teenage daughter’s butt.
He lays out all the rules for being a Big Daddy— someone who is strong, devoted, and always looking out for his kids’ best interests, even when that means not being the coolest dad on the block. Overprotective? Maybe. Willing to tone it down? Absolutely not. Big Daddy’s Rules is filled with tales of his over-the-top yet heartfelt parenting style—confronting bad teachers, staring down boyfriends, and explaining just how crazy you’re allowed to get if you catch your kid drinking (hint: really, really crazy).
With a mixture of street-smart bravado and selfeffacing humor, Schirripa pulls no punches as he delivers his no-bull stance on what it takes to raise kids today. He’s uproariously funny, but Schirripa isn’t just cracking jokes here; this is also a call to action for dads to return to common-sense parenting and reclaim their role as protector and holder of values to be passed down.drinking (hint: really, really crazy).
With a mixture of street-smart bravado and selfeffacing humor, Schirripa pulls no punches as he delivers his no-bull stance on what it takes to raise kids today. He’s uproariously funny, but Schirripa isn’t just cracking jokes here; this is also a call to action for dads to return to common-sense parenting and reclaim their role as protector and holder of values to be passed down ($20, amazon.com).
A practical handbook for first-time parents, Pregnancy: The Beginner’s Guide is packed with to-do lists, Top 10s, and helpful advice on a wide range of topics, from what to eat when you’re pregnant and how to exercise, and what to buy, too.
Inspirational, informative and reassuring, Pregnancy: The Beginner’s Guide takes a fresh look at the journey through pregnancy, using visual graphics to help parents-to-be through all stages of pregnancy, highlighting the exciting aspects as well as giving details on all the practicalities, such as what to do when you grow a moustache—and more ($16, amazon.com).
When Stink’s parents win tickets to an aquarium sleepover for the whole family, could it be science-freak Stink’s dream come true or his worst nightmare? He loves learning about sharks, but does he want to sleep in the same room as them? He’s nuts about gross stuff, but does he want to go to bed thinking about the eating habits of the vampire squid? ($8, amazon.com)
Rocky is perfecting the tricks for his magic show when Judy Moody offers to be his assistant. Rocky agrees, but it turns out that Judy—or Stella the Spectacular as she calls herself—is the most UN-spectacular assistant ever! When she gets ketchup all over the magic rabbit, the Amazing Mr. Magic has had enough! Is Rocky’s magic good enough to mend his and Judy’s friendship? ($5, amazon.com)
Jessica Finch loves pigs, pigs, pigs. With her birthday coming up, Jessica hopes that, just maybe, her present will be a real-live potbellied pig. Jessica can hardly wait for her party with Judy Moody and all their friends.
But Judy Moody is acting like a pig-head, and Jessica UN-invites her from the party. To make matters worse, Jessica has snooped around the house and has found zero sign of a pig present. Could her birthday be any more of a disaster?
From Megan McDonald comes a new Judy Moody story just right for newly independent readers. Judy Moody fans will be in pig heaven! ($5, amazon.com)
Let’s say that you’re exactly ten weeks and two days pregnant, and you’re dying to know what’s going on in your body—and your pregnancy—at that one moment. The Day-By-Day Pregnancy Book can give you the inside scoop of what’s going on each and every day during your pregnancy. Providing comprehensive advice from a team of experts, along with stunning images, for every single day of pregnancy, this book is an essential guide to a healthy and safe pregnancy. There’s extensive info on labor and birth, including an hour by hour account of what happens during the first 12 hours post delivery. The book is a massive encyclopedia (at 496 pages!) of anything and everything a pregnant woman would want to know about pregnancy, birth and beyond ($30, amazon.com).