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Parenting Bookshelf

Welcome to StorkNet's Parenting Bookshelf. There are so many books available on this subject that we know it can be hard to select the best. Let us help! We've chosen the best books based on visitor input and our own reviews so you don't have to weed through them all. Enjoy! Don't forget to visit StorkNet's Parenting Channel for articles and information on parenting.

12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids
by Michele Borba, Ed.D.; Paperback - 304 pages, published March 2006 by Jossey-Bass

Synopsis: Best-selling parenting guru Michele Borba, the mother of three, has surveyed 5,000 mothers for their experience and wisdom in raising happier, more confident kids by returning to a more natural, authentic kind of mothering. She shares 12 top secrets of successful moms culled from her research and shows how to apply them to your family.

Read StorkNet's complete review of the book.

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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
by William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN
Paperback - 704 pages, revised edition, published March 2003 by Little, Brown and Company

REVIEW: Dr. and Martha Sears are the parents of 7 children. They've combined their medical expertise with their own parenting advice to create a truly helpful, practical book for new parents.

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Baby Massage: The Calming Power of Touch
by Alan Heath, Nicki Bainbridge, and Diana Moore; hardcover, 96 pages, published February 2004 by DK Publishing

Synopsis: Baby Massage offers parents and caretakers a way to calm a restless baby, stop its crying, and help it sleep by using comforting and comfortable touching techniques. Through step-by-step pictures, this illustrated guide makes it simple for anyone to learn and implement massage that can ease problems such as colic and teething. Massage has been proven to enhance babies' and toddlers' brain development, encouraging brighter and happier children. With this increasingly popular art, you can learn routines that can be easily incorporated into everyday care, bathtime, and bedtime.

Read our guest interview with author Diana Moore!

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Caring for Your Baby and Young Child:   Birth to Age 5
by The American Academy of Pediatrics; Paperback - 784 pages, Revised edition, published June 2004 by Bantam

Synopsis: The organization that represents the nation's finest pediatricians and the most advanced research and practice in the field of child care answers all your medical and parenting questions. Here is sound, reassuring advice on child rearing that covers everything from preparing for childbirth to toilet training to nurturing your child's self-esteem.

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How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor
by Robert S. Mendelsohn, MD, Revised Edition, Mass Market Paperback, Published by Ballantine Books, 1990

Synopsis: The author who is a pediatrician explains causes of common ailments, what a doctor is likely to do, why it is effective and what you can do to help the problem. Each chapter is followed by a nice summary. His advice frees parents from taking their child to the doctor for every runny nose and fever.

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The Mother of All Baby Books: The Ultimate Guide to Your Baby's First Year
by Ann Douglas; paperback - 608 pages, published June 2002 by Wiley

Synopsis: Warm and delightful, The Mother of All Baby Books offers a wide range of topics including basic childcare, nutrition, health, and physical, emotional, and social development. Inside you'll find the facts about sleeping patterns, breastfeeding, circumcision, and immunization issues, as well as charts and tables to bring you up to date on the latest information, a handy glossary of baby-related terms, and insider secrets on shopping for baby. Get the inside scoop on how to handle colic, diaper rash and all those pressing questions that have you pacing the floor at 3 a.m.! With an extra-added dose of reassurance, discover what it's really like to become a parent in this bible to babyhood and beyond!

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The Mother of All Toddler Books
by Ann Douglas; paperback - 600 pages, published April 2004 by Wiley

Synopsis: Warm and down-to-earth, The Mother of All Toddler Books covers the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of parenting a toddler, offering a hefty dose of reassurance for everything from toddler-proofing your home to toilet training without stress to administering first aid. Inside, you'll find proven strategies for coping with whining, dawdling, and tantrums, as well as handy growth charts, immunization schedules, safety checklists, a directory of key parenting and pediatric health organizations, and a listing of Internet resources. Concise, authoritative, and fun to read, The Mother of All Toddler Books has everything you need to raise a happy, healthy child!

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The Mother of All Parenting Books: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Happy, Healthy Child from Preschool through the Preteens
by Ann Douglas; paperback - 600 pages, published June 2004 by Wiley

Synopsis: For parents tired of being bossed around by parenting "experts," here's a breath of fresh air. Without lecturing or insisting on a specific approach, this comprehensive, fact-filled guide empowers mothers and fathers by providing authoritative information on all health and parenting issues concerning children from preschoolers to preteens. Bursting with helpful information and vetted for accuracy by a panel of health authorities, it addresses such perennial hot topics as sibling rivalry, discipline, bullying, and spanking and lets parents choose the course of action that works best for them and their children.

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The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums, and Tears
by Elizabeth Pantley; paperback - 304 pages, published May 2007 by McGraw-Hill

Synopsis: Disciplining children is arguably one of the hardest skills for parents to learn. As a parent herself, Elizabeth Pantley knows what a challenge it is to establish good discipline, and she shares the hard-won wisdom of her experience with parents in this latest edition to her revolutionary "no-cry" approach to parenting. In this case, we have no doubt she's saving parents from tears, too! Elizabeth Pantley's approach to this age-old problem is unique because she doesn't rely on old discipline models that often make parents feel like the bad guy. Instead, she gives parents the communication tools they need to stop bad behavior in its tracks and gain a deeper understanding of what triggers a child to act out. Any parent will appreciate the focus on love and nurturing in this wholly practical and much-needed addition to the child care shelf.

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Speaking of Sex: Are You Ready to Answer the Questions Your Kids Will Ask?
by Meg Hickling; Paperback - 250 pages, Expanded and Updated edition, published April 2005 by Northstone Publishing

Synopsis: This is a superb book describing how to handle all kinds of potentially difficult subjects that your kids will bring up sooner or later. It's very entertaining and fun to read. It has really helped me deal with my kids' embarrassing questions. A must-have resource for parents of young children. Meg is very well known and experienced in her field - a real pioneer in this area. I give it my highest recommendation.

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Touchpoints: Birth to 3: Your Child's Emotional and Behavioral Development
by T. Berry Brazelton, MD and Joshua D. Sparrow, MD; paperback - 500 pages, 2nd edition, published October 2006 by Da Capo Lifelong Books

Synopsis: T. Berry Brazelton's great empathy for the universal concerns of parenthood, and honesty about the complex feelings it engenders, as well as his uncanny insight into the predictable leaps and regressions of early childhood, have comforted and supported families since its publication in 1992. In this completely revised edition Dr. Brazelton introduces new information on physical, emotional, and behavioral development. He also addresses the new stresses on families and fears of children, with a fresh focus on the role of fathers and other caregivers. This updated volume also offers new insights on prematurity, sleep patterns, early communication, toilet training, co-sleeping, play and learning, SIDS, cognitive development and signs of developmental delay, childcare, asthma, a child's immune system, and safety. Dr. Sparrow, Brazelton's co-author on several other books, brings a child psychiatrist's insights into the many perennial childhood issues covered in this comprehensive book.

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