Chores Without Wars: Turning Dad and Kids from Reluctant Stick-in-the-Muds
to Enthusiastic Team Players by L.Lott & R. Intner (Part of
the "Developing Capable People" series). A helpful book that addresses
the perennial problem of how to engage children (and, they suggest,
Dad as well) in contributing to household chores. Encourages responsibility
as a way to create self-esteem, skill development and shared decision
making. One new stepparents' response: "Read it when you're feeling
positive and up to the challenge of encouraging change."
Get Out Of My Life, but first will you drive me and Cheryl
to the mall? by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D. If you relate to the
title, you'll love the contents. In his approachable and humorous
manner, Dr. Wolf takes us to the heart of dealing with teenagers
in a direct and compassionate manner. He presents a helpful framework
with which to understand teenage behavior and offers useful suggestions
for positive parent-teen interaction. Well worth reading!!!
Positive Discipline for Blended Families. Nurturing Harmony,
Respect and Unity in Your New Stepfamily by Jane Nelsen, Cheryl
Erwin, and H. Stephen Glenn. Based on the "positive discipline"
approach practiced by many parents, therapists and educators,
this book is based on working with family stepfamily dynamics
in a way that encourages mutually respectful relationships. Well
organized, realistic and built on a belief in healthy family values
as the backbone of any family unit.
I Was My Mother's Bridesmaid by Erica and Vanessa Carlisle
(1999). (See review in For Kids/Teens)
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