"The intended audience matters, regardless of the actual audience. Unfortunately, adults sometimes believe that they understand what they see online without considering how teens imagined the context when they originally posted a particular photograph or comment."
~ from danah boyd's It's Complicated
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Introverts in Love: The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After by Sophia DemblingInitiating and maintaining a romantic relationship can be tricky for anyone, but it poses special challenges for introverts. Sophie Dembling, a blogger on Psychology Today, offers advice designed especially for the shy and socially awkward, including explanations of how introverts and extroverts differ (and their comparative advantages), pitfalls to avoid, how to make connections, and "The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After." Reserved and introspective folks bring many gifts to their relationships, and Introverts in Love provides guidance in using them to maximum benefit. For a broader approach to the topic of introverts, read Susan Cain's Quiet.
Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric GreitensNavy SEAL Eric Greitens, a bestselling author and founder of an organization that encourages veterans to engage in community service projects, received an appeal for help from a SEAL comrade who was struggling with PTSD and the challenges of readjusting to civilian life. Greitens and his friend wrote or spoke almost daily about building resilience. Compiling selections from these communications, he has produced a guide about facing all kinds of hardship and creating vibrant, productive lives full of purpose and supported by friendship.
The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep for Your Baby (and You) by Janet Krone KennedyYoung babies often take a long time to develop healthy sleep patterns -- healthy, that is, for both themselves and their parents. In The Good Sleeper, clinical psychologist Janet Kennedy, an expert on adult sleep disorders, draws on her experience as a mother, on her expertise about insomnia, and on pediatric studies. She offers a strategic plan for establishing regular sleep habits, addresses misconceptions, discusses disruptions such as teething and illness, and advises parents on getting enough rest. This informative, accessible resource offers a solution sleep-deprived parents will be eager to try.
What the Fork Are You Eating? An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate by Stefanie SacksIn What the Fork Are You Eating?, chef and nutritionist Stefanie Sacks explains the dangers of food additives and provides practical guidance on choosing healthier foods and preparing safe, nutritious meals (hint: labels such as "natural," "low-fat," and "sugar-free" don't guarantee that the package contents provide healthy nourishment). Starting with a detailed breakdown of substances to avoid (and why), Sacks continues with instructions for a pantry makeover, lists shopping strategies, and suggests ways to build more balanced eating habits. Recipes round out this comprehensive approach to safer -- and tasty -- meal plans.
The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care by Angelo VolandesAccording to Dr. Angelo Volandes' The Conversation, most people say, if asked, that they would prefer a dignified death at home in their beds. However, many patients don't know they can make advance choices about managing their final illnesses. Reviewing the end-of-life experiences of seven people, Volandes shows how dying in a hospital can be unnecessarily expensive and traumatic, emphasizing the importance of addressing these issues early on with physicians. Adding straightforward advice about initiating a conversation with the doctor, completing advance directives, and including the family in the process, Volandes presents a "compassionate and informative treatment" (Kirkus Reviews) of a difficult subject.
It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boydAuthor danah boyd (who eschews capitalization), specializes in studying social behavior on the web. She spent three years interviewing teenagers about their internet use and talking with adults about teens' social networking. In this informative book, she concludes that teens don't benefit from over-protective parenting and that social media offer them effective ways to socialize. She advises, however, that kids may need better education on the use of digital resources, and she discusses how to respond to safety concerns. It's Complicated compiles accessible resources for parents, teachers, and others who work with teens.
Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know about Ending... by Carrie GoldmanThe effects of bullying were brought home to Chicago Tribune blogger Carrie Goldman when her first-grade daughter no longer wanted to take her Star Wars bottle to school because she'd been teased and told that Star Wars was "only for boys." Goldman's subsequent blog post attracted a tidal wave of support from a wide range of interests. Here, she condenses scientific research about bullying into a smooth and easy-to-follow narrative and offers specific advice on how to help bullied children -- and bullies. All parents will find useful information in Bullied, though it focuses primarily on female bullying victims.
What's Wrong with my Kid? When Drugs or Alcohol Might Be a Problem and... by George E. Leary, Jr.In What's Wrong with my Kid?, George Leary discusses what to do when a teenager shows signs of substance addiction. Based on his own experience as a mental health worker and a father, he presents examples drawn from actual situations, research-based details about the nature of addiction, and concrete, accessible advice. He explains how to interpret behavioral changes, where to go for help, the family's role in both enablement and recovery, and related mental health issues. This "practical yet compassionate handbook" (Publishers Weekly) provides invaluable guidance to any parent whose child may be abusing drugs or alcohol.
The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten Through Grade 5: How to Support... by Marylisa NicholsParents know that they should be supportive of their children's school experience, but understanding what's expected of them may be daunting, especially for those whose kids are just starting school. Author Marylisa Nichols, director of a nonprofit parent education group, provides detailed, straightforward advice on everything from communications with teachers to helping kids with organization, addressing bullying problems, and even nutrition. The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten Through Grade 5 also urges parents to help their children love reading -- and reminds them to thank the teachers.
Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge by Etan ThomasEtan Thomas may be best known as a power forward in the NBA, but he's also an advocate for President Obama's fatherhood initiative; here he collects essays and poems from a variety of fathers, including fellow basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, hip-hop artist Ice Cube, and filmmaker Michael Moore, among others. What all these luminaries have in common is their belief in the importance of fathers. While some essays discuss problems experienced by fatherless kids in the African American community, others recognize single mothers who shoulder fatherhood roles. Throughout, the book offers helpful advice for parents and hope for all children.
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