Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave EvansAuthors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans are on the faculty of Stanford University's Design School, but they don't just design objects. They also teach people how to design their own lives. In this easy-to-use guide based on their well-attended "Designing Your Life" course, they explain how you can apply a designer's thought process to your hopes and desires. Once you can define your goal, the book helps you find a path to a career that suits you. Publishers Weekly praises the book's "useful fact-finding exercises, an empathetic tone, and sensible advice."
Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire ArrietaAccording to Let Them Eat Dirt, microbes are good for children -- at least, certain microbes. Authors Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta explain how extreme sanitizing contributes to an increased incidence of auto-immune disorders, diabetes, asthma, obesity, and other conditions. Beginning during pregnancy and continuing through lactation, they explain, it's important for essential microbes to pass from the mother to the child. Growing children also benefit from having pets and spending time outdoors. Complete with accessible scientific explanations and handy do's and don'ts lists, this book provides a down-to-earth (as it were) guide to raising healthy kids.
Your Best Health Care Now: Get Doctor Discounts, Save with Better Health Insurance... by Frank LalliWhen award-winning investigative journalist Frank Lalli received a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, it gave him the incentive to find out about health care resources and costs. In Your Best Health Care Now, he shares what he learned about how the Affordable Care Act works, getting the best price for expensive drugs, deciding which cancer screenings are essential, dealing with hospital bills, and more. He concludes with a chapter explaining "The Three Keys to Becoming a Health Care Detective and Getting Your Best Care -- Now." Whether you're facing a challenging diagnosis or just want the best deal on medical care for a healthy life, try this resource-rich, accessible primer.
Positive parenting : an essential guide
by Rebecca Eanes
The popular blogger behind Positive-Parents.org builds on her philosophies in emotional awareness to counsel parents on how to overcome limiting thought patterns and recognize psychological triggers to connect with kids at each stage of development, sharing solution-oriented advice for overcoming cycles of yelling and nagging while promoting self-discipline.
iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming... by Janell Burley HofmannBefore author Janell Hoffmann gave her 13-year-old his first iPhone, she wrote a contract about using it, which they both signed. Then the contract appeared on Huffington Post and went viral as "iRules." In this book, Hoffmann adds details and examples to the basic concepts, covering issues such as manners, passwords, responsibility, and cyber-bullying. She also talks about how parents can enjoy social networking while monitoring their kids' online presence. The book includes a workbook section, a list of safe networking sites (for 2013-14; additional resources are on her website at janellburleyhofmann.com/references-resources/), and glossaries, in addition to valuable user-friendly advice.
Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happy Productive Kids by Dona Matthews and Joanne FosterWhile many people believe that intelligence is determined at birth, educators Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster explain that it consists of a variety of abilities that change throughout childhood. Families can foster their kids' intelligence by reading to and with them, discerning and supporting their interests and learning styles, and encouraging their creativity. With memorable anecdotes and helpful checklists, this engaging book helps parents understand developmental concepts, make wise educational choices, and nurture their children's successful intellectual growth.
I'd Listen to My Parents If They'd Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens by Anthony WolfIf you've parented a teen (or remember being one), you know all too well how easily disagreements can get out of control -- and how hard it is for adults and adolescents to understand each other. That's where child psychologist Anthony Wolf comes in. The author of such entertainingly titled books as Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall?, Wolf examines an array of specific situations that most parents will recognize. With patience and humor, he also teaches parent-to-kid translation skills in this reality-based manual. If you want to know more about why teenagers behave as they do, take a look at Brainstorm by Dr. Daniel Siegel.
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