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."
The Five Elements: Understand Yourself and Enhance Your Relationships... by Dondi DahlinBasing her examination of personality types on the traditional five elements identified in Chinese philosophy, author Dondi Dahlin helps you discover more about your personality and better understand those of others. In five chapters, she describes the traits associated with water, earth, air, fire, and metal, providing enjoyable quizzes to help you discern your dominant elements and understand their significance. If you're intrigued by human behavior, including your own, check out this informative handbook.
Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom: Tools for Reducing Stress, Anxiety, and Mood... by Alice D. Domar with Sheila Curry OakesIn this realistic discussion of wellness for pregnant women, Harvard Medical School professor Alice Domar offers reassurance to expectant mothers who think they should be unfailingly calm, happy, and radiant -- when they're not. Pregnancy often produces uncomfortable, if not miserable, body changes, but Domar assures readers that these are both temporary and common. Concluding with an appendix that provides techniques for handling stress and anxiety, Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom compassionately answers the question posed in the first chapter: "Am I Crazy, or Am I Just Pregnant?"
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.
Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex: What to Do When Your Ex-Spouse Tries to Turn the Kids... by Amy J.L. Baker and Paul R. FineIn this workbook, parenting expert Amy Baker and psychotherapist Paul Fine provide easy-to-use instructions to support divorced parents whose former partners carry acrimony over into relationships with the children. The book's sample dialogues, written exercises, and mindfulness techniques guide readers through maintaining a safe emotional space and dealing with interference from co-parents. This helpful tool makes established psychotherapy and parenting practices easily accessible to an embattled parent.
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.
Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Calm... by Susan StiffelmanIf you're tired of the drama around getting ready for school, homework-vs-screen time, and chores, Parenting Without Power Struggles may be the book you need. Family therapist Susan Stiffelman shows you how to be a team leader instead of a control freak around the house, inspiring your kids' ability to collaborate rather than bringing out their tendency to resist authority. Indicating that each child's personality is different, she explains how to work with their abilities rather than imposing expectations that may not work for them. This thoughtful and engaging book will help you raise "joyful, resilient kids," as Stiffelman's subtitle suggests.
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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