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What to Expect the First Year
by Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway, Arlene Eisnberg

"A terrific primer for any first time parent of a young baby, including parents of babies who are adopted or who have special needs. It lays out the changes your baby will experience their first year, and how you can best meet their young needs. Topics covered include: selecting your pediatrician, breast feeding, stimulating your baby, traveling with your baby, health concerns for your baby, and many more. This book can also be useful for determining baby milestones, as well, without causing too much anxiety. " (Allison Martin)
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How Children Thrive How Children Thrive: The Practical Science of Raising Independent, Resilient, and Happy Kids
by Mark Bertin

The positive title caught my eye and I am glad it did. This is an easy to read, practical book on parenting. The focus is on parents remaining cognizant of the impact of their own behavior, with a view to providing the boundaries, support and teaching that children need. Its a great book with some basic parenting approaches that reflects modern thinking but don't parrot every other parent book out there. In sum, it provides ideas that will save parents a lot of frustration.
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1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
by Thomas W. Phelan
The underlying idea behind 123 Magic is simple. When your child misbehaves you count each infraction or the time till you get to 3, at 3 they receive a time-out or other consequence. Something about counting works marvelously at helping your child focus and regroup, giving them time to control themselves, once (and this is the important part) you establish that you are willing to consistently follow through. If you find your discipline getting harsher and/or feel helpless in getting the success you need in improving your child's behavior, then this is the book to get. It is fair and ultimately leads to increased self esteem. Used properly, it really can be "magic." (Allison Martin)
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Travels with Baby
by Shelly Rivoli

"It's amazing how much helpful information on traveling this book holds for parents of babies and toddlers. From big trips abroad to short excursions visiting family, detailed discussions of plane, train, car, camper and cruise boat trips will make your family travel much smoother and more organized. Shelly Rivoli provides great tips on safety, health, sleeping, feeding, entertainment, packing, getting around, and choosing the right baby equipment for domestic and international travel, and for any budget." (Allison Martin)
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Fathering Your Toddler
by Armin A. Brott

"A lively, upbeat parenting book for fathers of 2-3 year old children, Fathering Your Toddler guides first time dads through topics such as technology, computers, wills, sleeping, letting go, and developmental growth. The author has quite a sense of humor and along with extensive use of bullet lists, this leads to an easy read for the joyful and sometimes exhausting toddler years." (Allison Martin)
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Sandra Boynton's Board Books
By Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is a very popular illustrator of baby board books, and for a good reason. Her books are cute and funny, and great fun to share interatively with your baby and preschooler. They are marvelously affirming too. Snuggle Puppy is a cute little love song to share with your baby, sure to make both of your smile. Check out her Big Box of Boynton, her two top collections of Greatest Hits, and the unusual Dog Train CD and book.
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Show Me You Love Me: A Parent's Fun Guide to Teaching Children They Are Valuable
By Tara Koerber

Spending time with your children demonstrates how much you love them. This small, inspirational book is full of activities you and your children can do together, to create those special bonding moments. Activities include creating deluxe milkshakes together, visiting a science museum, and celebrating favorite color day. (Allison Martin)
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Life Lessons: Father to Daughter, Father to Son, Mother to Daughter, Mother to Son
By Harry & Melissa Harrison

These chubby paperbacks hold lots a great advice in a small package. Each page is a sentence of wisdom for parents, covering children from babyhood up to teenage. These clever bits of parenting wisdom and advice were collected from moms and dads who have loads of experience, distilled into small easy to read and true to life passages. Father to Son has advice for fathers of boys, Mother to Son has advice for mothers of boys, Father to Daughter has advice for fathers of girls, and Mother to Daughter is advice for mothers of girls. Uplifting and thoughtful, just right to toss into a gift package or as a stocking stuffer.
Signing Smart with Babies and Toddlers: A Parent's Strategy and Activity Guide
By Michelle Anthony, Reyna Lindert

"This book makes an effective case that sign language can help your child communicate with others sooner and at a much deeper level than usual for their age. It is also helpful for children who have speech difficulties or other issues preventing them from begin easily understood. Using pictures, examples and games, this book explains how to effectively teach your baby or toddler to use sign language and facilitate communication at a very young age. The main focus of the book is on presenting specific examples for a number of daily activities in which sign language can be used with your baby. Activities conducive to signing include diapering, meals, bathing, bedtime and play. " (Allison Martin)
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The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child: Helping Your Child Thrive in an Extroverted World
by Marti Olsen Laney

"This helpful parenting book from Marti Olsen Laney is based upon the premise that people tend to be either extroverted (energized by interaction with others) or introverted (energized by their own thoughts and time with the self). She explains how these types can differ and suggest ways for parents to enjoy and validate their introverted children. Since extroverts tend to be predominate in our American society (25%), and thus their traits valued, this book can be very helpful to parents who have more introverted children. It can be especially helpful for adoptive families, they are more likely to have a variety of personalities." (Allison Martin)
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Raising Charitable Children
by Carol Weisman

"This slim hardcover book is packed with practical ideas on ways families can bring volunteering into their lives to make a positive difference in the world. Volunteering as a family can also teaches your children valuable lessons - about giving, responsibility, generosity and self confidence. Weisman provides suggestions and stories of families who have volunteered in many different ways - creating cards to raise money, collecting donations, volunteer vacations, gift giving, and service jobs. She guides you through the process of choosing a charity through the implementation process to success. This is a useful book for parents, and also volunteer coordinators, who wish to increase family volunteer activities." (Allison Martin)
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The Black Parenting Book: Caring for Our Children in the First Five Years
by Allison Abner, Linda Villarosa, Anne C. Beal

"The Black Parenting Book is a thoughtful, comprehensive resource for parents of young African, African-American or biracial children from three African American mothers with impressive writing credentials and experience. Intermingled with solid advice on child care, the authors offer thoughtful and positive advice on parenting black children, addressing key topics such as how to care for hair of black children, and instill a sense of pride in the process. With insights on parenting from babyhood to preschool this well informed book would be a great resource for new adoptive parents or parents to be."
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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers
by Tracy Hogg, Melinda Blau

"Author of the best seller, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, delves into behavior of toddlers (children who are 1 to 3 years) old in this book of parenting advice. Tracy Hogg's approach to parenting is that a child's personality (which she calls type, and feels is ingrained and genetic) and parent's behavior are two of the biggest contributors to a young child's behavior. She tackles a number of difficult toddler issues -such as tantrums, biting, sleep, socialization, obedience, and eating - providing advice and real life examples along the way. Parents of toddlers will find this a interesting book, both reassuring and practical, which provides insights into management of many common toddler behaviors."
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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby
by Tracy Hogg, Melinda Blau

"Tracy Hogg provides suggestions for babies in this helpful book. The format and approach is similar to her Toddler book reviewed above, reassuring and practical."
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Discipline That Works: 5 Simple Steps
by Joyce Divinyi

"There is a lot of good advice packed into this excellent little book on behavior. It provides five methods for parents of children who are elementary age through teenage to guide their children to behave appropriately. These methods include using short positive commands, questions, and teaching skills. Topics include coping with boredom, being bumped in the hall, doing chores when asked, redirecting to proper behavior and much more. This advice is useful for all parents, including those whose children have ADD, LD or Asperger's Syndrome."
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The New Basics : A-to-Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent
by Michel Cohen

"A upbeat look at common concerns of first time parents."
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Parenting Book: Sleeping Through the Night Sleeping Through the Night : How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night's Sleep
by Jodi A. Mindell
"The information and advice in this book will equip you with a good foundation for establishing good sleep patterns for your whole family. If this sounds like a dream, this book is for you." (Allison Martin)
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The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
by Elizabeth Pantley
"In this book, Pantley provides a detailed methodology to help babies sleep through the night. It is full of parenting tips, advice and practical suggestions. Real life stories and quotes flesh out each situation. This is an impressive array of factors that can interfere with getting a full night's sleep, plus suggestions for every one." (Allison Martin.)
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Single Mothers by Choice

Single Mothers by Choice
By Jane Mattes
"A thoughtful and experienced introduction to the issues of single parenting for single women who are considering motherhood." (Allison Martin.)
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Understanding Your Newborn And Infant (Simply Parenting)
by Mary Ann LoFrumento
"This guide to parenting your young baby covers developmental stages, breastfeeding, safety, "well baby" doctor checkups, baby care, cleaning, equipment, and more. It has a number of basic parenting suggestions for each stage of your baby's growth. The book includes a DVD." (Allison Martin.)
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Understanding Your Toddler (Simply Parenting)
by Mary Ann LoFrumento
"The second guide in the Simply Parenting series, this book provides detailed information on children who from one through two years old. It covers developmental stages, health, common behavior problems and suggestions, safety, equipment, toileting, sleeping, feeding and nutrition. A DVD is included with the book."(Allison Martin.)
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Parenting Book: Your Spirited Child

Raising Your Spirited Child : A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
"A very popular book for parents of over-sensitive and energetic children. This book is aimed at parents of "normal" children but it is also helpful for children with mild special needs, such as mild sensory integration issues or mild psychological difficulties. A compassionate and well though out description and advice for parents of children who fit her 'model' and overreact to their environment. However, parents of children with behavior, attention, learning disabilities, and other issues are likely to find that specifically targeted books are more applicable." (Allison Martin)
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Parenting Book: Getting to Dry

Getting to Dry : How to Help Your Child Overcome Bedwetting
by Max Maizels, Diane Rosenbaum, Barbara Keating
"The only book available by experts on this potentially frustrating topic. The three authors (a doctor, a clinical psychologist and a nurse), manage the 'Try for Dry' program at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. This book provides the benefit of their years of experience." (Allison Martin)
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Celebrating Family Milestones: By Making Art Together
By Debra Linesch
"If you are craft oriented and enjoy sharing creativity with your older child(ren), you may find yourself inspired by the wonderfully illustrated projects, such as an accordion book, calendar with flaps, and a family tree." (Allison Martin.)
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