In The Power of Play, renowned child development expert Dr. David Elkind provides parents with an understanding of the powerful role of play in children’s emotional and academic development. According to Dr. Elkind, “Over the past two decades, children have lost twelve hours of free time a week, including eight hours of unstructured play and outdoor activities.” The health impact of the disappearance of play is already apparent: 13% of our children are obese. But equally troubling is the way this lack of play stunts children’s emotional, behavioral, and even their intellectual growth.
David Elkind, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University. He is the author of over a dozen books, including The Power of Play, All Grown Up and No Place to Go and the classic The Hurried Child (now available in a 25th anniversary edition). He lives on Cape Cod.
In her hilarious and spirited book FREE RANGE KIDS: Giving Our Kids the Freedom We Enjoyed Without Going Nuts with Worry, Skenazy separates the truths from the myths behind parents’ biggest fears. Using sound statistics and entertaining anecdotes, she encourages parents to stop worrying about the one in a million dangers their kids could face – from being mauled by an animal to being abducted by a stranger – and start letting them enjoy the adventures of childhood.
Lenore Skenazy has a syndicated newspaper column appearing in more than 100 papers. Her work has appeared in The (London) Times, New York Daily News, Reader’s Digest, Ladies Home Journal, The Nation, and Mad Magazine. An NPR commentator and former TV reporter, she has also been a guest on The TODAY Show and Dr. Phil. Her blog www.freerangekids.com has attracted several hundred thousand readers and continues to grow.
Vanessa Van Petten is one of the nation’s youngest experts, or ‘youthologists’ on parenting and adolescents. She wrote her parenting book from the teen’s perspective, called You’re Grounded!
Her blog: RadicalParenting.com, which she writes with 75 other teenage writers from ages 12 to 20, is read by thousands of teens and adults daily and has been featured on hundreds of other parenting sites around the web as the only teen written parenting blog.
Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., is a professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston. She is an internationally recognized expert on how violent and sexualized media and commercial culture affect young children and what professionals and parents can do about it. She has also done extensive work on how to deal with the impact of violence and war on children. Levin is co-founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (www.commercialfreechildhood.org) and Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (www.truceteachers.org).
So Sexy So Soon is an invaluable and practical guide for parents who are fed up, confused, and even scared by what their kids–or their kids’ friends–do and say. Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., and Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., internationally recognized experts in early childhood development and the impact of the media on children and teens, understand that saying no to commercial culture–TV, movies, toys, Internet access, and video games–isn’t a realistic or viable option for most families. Instead, they offer parents essential, age-appropriate strategies to counter the assault.
Izzy Rose is an Emmy award-winning television producer from the San Francisco Bay Area and the best-selling author of The Package Deal: My (not-so) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom. She’s the creator of stepmothersmilk.com, a blog and resource site for the modern-day stepmom with national and international readership. She’s a regular contributor to Stepmom Magazine and she’s appeared countless times on television and radio programs in San Francisco, Austin and Memphis. Her work has been called “compulsively readable,” “laugh out loud,” “heartfelt,” and “ultimately reassuring.”
Joanne Stern has been a psychotherapist for more than twenty years and a parent for thirty-three, including five years as a single mom. A much-sought-after speaker and keynote presenter, she is an expert in the field of family relationships and communication. She has worked with families and their children and taught parenting courses.
In Parenting Is a Contact Sport, Stern shows you how to connect with your kids with dignity and respect — whether they’re toddlers, teenagers or young adults — and how to nurture an open and trusting relationship, that makes you the one your kids talk to and listen to most. She illustrates how to have fun with them and create a safe haven for them, while still maintaining good discipline. It’s parenting advice for the real world where, let’s admit it, you can’t control every move your kids make or prevent mistakes or heartaches. But if you follow her advice, you can be the one who walks by their side, even during the tough times — by creating a connection that lasts for life.
Journalist and writer Peg Tyre is a prize-winning investigative reporter and the author of the controversial and widely praised book The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Schools and What Parents and Educators Must Do.
New York Times best-selling writer Michael Thompson, co-author of Raising Cain, has called the book “passionate, powerful and persuasive.” Dr. Mel Levine, author of A Mind at a Time, called it “vital.” He wrote, “Boys have their troubles and The Trouble With Boys sensitively reveals them.” James Garbarino, author of Lost Boys, says The Trouble with Boys “Changes the way we look at something we thought we understood.”