5 ways we grieve (NEW)
the happy stepmother
"scream-free" parenting depression in adolescents
discipline that works (all ages)
understanding the adolescent brain
working with difficult behavior (older children, teens)
letting go as your child goes to college
The Five Ways We Grieve: Finding Your Personal Path to Healing After the Loss of a Loved One, by Susan Berger, Master's in Social Work, Doctorate in Education, offers alternative ways to look at styles of grieving. That she numbers them as five is less important, in my view, than that she successfully stimulates thinking about the differences in the way people approach grieving after a loss. Dr. Berger lost both parents early in her life, so she knows whereof she speaks in this book about finding one's path through grief into a new life. She does not let the reader off easy, demanding recognition that one is a changed person after experiencing a significant loss. That is as it should be. The question then becomes, where do you go from there? This book may help many identify their own particular location on the path to healing.
See my special review of this book, a much-needed, practical addition to the material on stepparenting at this site. My special review also includes an article by the author on how a stepmother can find a good therapist.
See also, Discipline that Works: 5 Simple Steps.
Discipline that Works: 5 Simple Steps , by Joyce Divinyi, M.S., L.P.C., 2004. Basic parenting strategies for children of all ages, including teens. The "5 Simple Steps" elaborated in this short, paperback book are:
For more troubling youngsters, parents, counselors, and teachers can consult her other paperback --in 8-1/2 x 11 format, Good Kids, Difficult Behavior.
WHY Do They Act That Way? : A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen by David Walsh.
"Probably the best way to describe adolescence is to say that it begins at puberty and ends . . . sometime..." That's the first sentence in WHY. Here's an excerpt from the review posted at Amazon.com:
" WHY Do They Act That Way? is a comprehensive guide to the biology behind just about every adolescent behavior a parent or teacher might encounter. Dr. Walsh's gentle humor and friendly exploration of some personal parenting mishaps make this a highly readable and helpful book. You'll finish it feeling as if you've just had coffee with someone who is not only entertaining and enlightening but who knows exactly how it feels to be the mom or dad of a twenty-first century teen."
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Gary Nelson, the author of A Relentless Hope, is a father, a pastor, and a psychologist. His writing the story of his and his wife's journey with their depressed son is a great work of insight, compassion, and...hope. For anyone who has dealt with depression: parent, counselor, pastor, nurse, young person, this is a book to turn to to deepen your understanding and restore your faith in recovery.
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