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  1. 17.0 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for six- to eighteen-year-olds with ADHD. Offering encouragement, guidance, and loads of practical tips, Dr. Barkley helps you:make sense of your child’s symptoms,get an accurate diagnosis,work with school and health care professionals to get needed support,learn parenting techniques that promote better behavior,strengthen your child’s academic and social skills,use rewards and incentives effectively, andrestore harmony at home. Updated throughout with current research and resources, the third edition includes the latest facts about medications and about what causes (and doesn’t cause) ADHD.

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    Taking Charge of ADHD

    17.0 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.1 hrs • 9/8/2015 • Unabridged

    The research is in: Academic achievement begins on the first day of life with the first word said by a cooing mother just after delivery. A study by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley in 1995 found that some children heard thirty million fewer words by their fourth birthdays than others. The children who heard more words were better prepared when they entered school. These same kids, when followed into third grade, had bigger vocabularies, were stronger readers, and got higher test scores. This disparity in learning is referred to as the achievement gap. Professor Dana Suskind, MD, learned of this thirty million word gap in the course of her work as a cochlear implant surgeon at University of Chicago Medical School and began a new research program along with her sister-in-law, Beth Suskind, to find the best ways to bridge that gap. The Thirty Million Words Initiative has developed programs for parents to show the kind of parent-child communication that enables optimal neural development and has tested the programs in and around Chicago across demographic groups. They boil down to getting parents to follow the three Ts: tune in to what your child is doing, talk more to your child using lots of descriptive words, and take turns with your child as you engage in conversation. Parents are shown how to make the words they serve up more enriching. For example, instead of telling a child, “Put your shoes on,” one might say instead, “It is time to go out. What do we have to do?” The lab’s new five-year longitudinal research program has just received funding so they can further corroborate their results. The neuroscience of brain plasticity is some of the most valuable and revolutionary medical science being done today. It enables us to think and do better. It is making a difference in the lives of both the old and young. If you care for children, this landmark book is essential reading.

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    Thirty Million Words

    8.1 hrs • 9/8/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 7.6 hrs • 12/31/2014 • Unabridged

    Raise self-confident, self-reliant children using the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Approach. Your baby knows more than you think. That’s the heart of the principles and teachings of Magda Gerber, founder of RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers), and Educaring. Baby Knows Best is based on Gerber’s belief in babies’ natural abilities to develop at their own pace, without coaxing from helicoptering or hovering parents. The Educaring Approach helps parents see their infants as competent people with a growing ability to communicate, problem-solve, and self-soothe. Baby Knows Best is a comprehensive resource that shows parents how to respond to their babies’ cues and signals; how to develop healthy sleep habits; why babies need uninterrupted playtime; and how to set clear, consistent limits. The result? More relaxed parents and more confident, self-reliant children.

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    Baby Knows Best

    7.6 hrs • 12/31/13 • Unabridged
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  4. 11.8 hrs • 11/15/2013 • Unabridged

    There are hundreds of books that give parents advice on everything from weaning to toilet training, from discipline to nutrition. But in spite of this overwhelming amount of information, there is very little research-based advice for parents on how to raise their children to be well rounded and achieve their full potential, helping them learn to take on life’s challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning. These are the “essential life skills” that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing, both through her own studies and through decades of talking with more than a hundred of the most outstanding researchers in child development and neuroscience. The good news is that there are simple everyday things that all parents can do to build these skills in their children for today and for the future. They don’t cost money, and it’s never too late to begin. In Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky has grouped this research into seven critical areas that children need most:Focus and self control Perspective taking Communicating Making connections Critical thinking Taking on challenges Self-directed, engaged learning For each of these skills, Galinsky shows parents what the studies have proven, and she provides numerous concrete things that parents can do—starting today—to strengthen these skills in their children. These aren’t the kinds of skills that children just pick up; these skills have to be fostered. They are the skills that give children the ability to focus on their goals so they can learn more easily and communicate what they’ve learned. These are the skills that prepare children for the pressures of modern life, skills that they will draw on now and for years to come. Mind in the Making is a truly groundbreaking book, one that teaches parents how to give children the most important tools they will need. Already acclaimed by such thought leaders as T. Berry Brazelton, David A. Hamburg, Adele Faber, and Judy Woodruff, Mind in the Making is destined to become a classic in the literature of parenting.

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    Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky

    Mind in the Making

    11.8 hrs • 11/15/13 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.9 hrs • 10/2/2012 • Unabridged

    Rosie Pope—pregnancy expert, maternity fashion designer, and star of Bravo’s hit show Pregnant in Heels—offers an all-encompassing guide to pregnancy. What’s your Mommy IQ? Every mom-to-be wants a perfect, healthy pregnancy. But as the nine months start to fly by, it’s easy for new parents to become overwhelmed and intimidated by the mountains of information and advice available. Enter pregnancy expert Rosie Pope. With her signature style, humor, and razor-sharp expertise, Rosie offers women the ultimate guide to these unique nine months ahead. Chapter by chapter and month by month, Rosie helps women raise their own Mommy IQ by telling them exactly what’s going on with their baby, their body, and their partner. Tackling everything that might weigh on a new mom’s mind—from prenatal testing and ultrasounds, to setting nutrition and exercise goals, to creating a birth plan—Rosie guides new parents with humor and been-there insights and plenty of medical facts and advice from renowned experts and doctors to back it all up. Through practical checklists, sidebars, and her own personal stories, Rosie shares the tips, tricks, and secrets that will ease moms from that initial nerve-racking checkup through the first sleepless nights at home with a new baby. The ultimate must-have guide for any mom-to-be, Rosie Pope’s Mommy IQ will give women the confidence they need to stay healthy, keep relationships strong, and even laugh a little when the going gets tough.

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    Mommy IQ

    6.9 hrs • 10/2/12 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.0 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98 percent of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98 percent of kids lie? What’s the single most important thing that helps infants learn language? NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children we have mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring, because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors’ work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend the lives of children and adults. One of the most influential books about children ever published, NurtureShock offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library’s worth of conventional wisdom and gets to the core of how we grow, learn, and live.

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    NurtureShock

    8.0 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.6 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    In his travels, lectures, and seminars, the book John Gray has been most often asked to write is a parenting book. After years of serious thought, workshops, and practical applications, John Gray has created a brilliantly original and effective system that he calls positive parenting, for children of all ages, from birth though the teenage years. Completing the notion that Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, he adds. . .and Children Are from Heaven. John Gray has discovered that children today do not need to be motivated by fear of punishment. Instead, they can easily be motivated by reward and the natural, healthy desire to please their parents. Children Are from Heaven covers the different skills of positive parenting to help improve communication, increase cooperation, and motivate your children. Central to this new approach to parenting are the five positive messages your children need to learn again and again: –It's okay to be different –It's okay to make mistakes –It's okay to express negative emotions –It's okay to want more –It's okay to say no, but remember mom and dad are the bosses When these messages are put into practice--and John Gray shows you how--your children will develop the necessary skills for successful living: forgiveness of others and themselves, sharing, delayed gratification, self-esteem, patience, persistence respect for others and themselves, cooperation compassion, confidence, and the ability to be happy. With this new approach, you will be allowing your children to develop fully during each stage of their growth. John Gray's reassuring message is that children are from heaven and they already have within themselves what they need to grow. Your job as a parent is to support that process. By applying the five messages and different skills of positive parenting, your children will receive what they need to become more cooperative, confident, and compassionate.

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    Children Are from Heaven

    10.6 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 9.7 hrs • 3/27/2012 • Unabridged

    After years of treating patients and analyzing scientific data, prominent Harvard researcher and clinician Dr. Martha Herbert offers a revolutionary new view of autism and a transformative strategy for dealing with it. Autism is not a hardwired impairment programmed into a child’s genes and destined to remain fixed forever, as we’re often told. Instead, it is the result of a cascade of events, many seemingly minor: perhaps a genetic mutation, some toxic exposures, a stressful birth, a vitamin deficiency, and a series of infections. And while other doctors may dismiss your child’s physical symptoms, the diarrhea, anxiety, sensory overload, sleeplessness, immune challenges, and seizures, as coincidental or irrelevant, Dr. Herbert sees them as vital clues to what the underlying problems are, and how to help. In The Autism Revolution, she teaches you how to approach autism as a collection of problems that can be overcome, and talents that can be developed. Each success you achieve gives your child more room to become healthy and to thrive. Drawing from the newest research, technologies, and insights, as well as inspiring case studies of both children and adults, Dr. Herbert guides you toward restoring health and resiliency in your loved one with autism. Her specific recommendations aim to provide optimal nutrition, reduce toxic exposures, shore up the immune system, reduce stress, and open the door to learning and creativity, all by understanding and truly meeting your child’s needs. As thousands of families who have cobbled together these solutions themselves already know, this program can have dramatic benefits, for your child with autism, and for you, your whole family, and your next baby as well. A paradigm-changing book that offers hope and healing for the millions of families who have autism in their lives, The Autism Revolution shows that there’s plenty you can do every day to give someone you love the best possible gift: a life lived to the fullest potential.

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    The Autism Revolution

    9.7 hrs • 3/27/12 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.5 hrs • 11/14/2011 • Unabridged

    From the authors of the award-winning Welcome to Your Brain comes an essential new book that answers the question, “What’s going on in my child’s head?” How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries—and difficulties—encountered by parents. In an effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better, parents will try almost anything, from vitamins to toys to DVDs. But how can we tell marketing from real science? And what really goes through your kid’s growing mind—as an infant, in school, and during adolescence? Neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang (who is also a parent) explain the facets and functions of the developing brain, discussing salient subjects such as sleep problems, language learning, gender differences, and autism. They dispel common myths about important subjects such as the value of educational videos for babies, the meaning of ADHD in the classroom, and the best predictor of academic success (hint: It’s not IQ). Most of all, this book helps you know when to worry, how to respond, and, most important, when to relax. Welcome to Your Child’s Brain upends myths and misinformation with practical advice, surprising revelations, and real, reliable science. It’s essential reading for parents of children of any age, from infancy well into their teens.

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    Welcome to Your Child’s Brain

    Foreword by Ellen Galinsky
    Read by Pete Larkin
    9.5 hrs • 11/14/11 • Unabridged
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  10. 2.9 hrs • 5/3/2011 • Abridged

    After more than two decades of research at Harvard Medical School, clinical psychologist William Pollack concludes that our sons are in trouble. In this provocative study, as he examines the causes of this crisis, Dr. Pollack offers ways we can help boys grow up into healthy adults. Just as Mary Pipher’s Reviving Ophelia offers hope for troubled adolescent girls, Real Boys is an invaluable work. An unwritten “Boy Code” perpetuates the myths that boys are driven by testosterone and other uncontrollable forces and that boys are inherently dangerous. As a result of these beliefs, boys are taught to conceal their emotions from others, keep their distance in relationships, and be tough. Dr. Pollack’s book offers healthier attitudes to replace this damaging Code. As Dr. Pollack discusses each of the myths of boyhood, he uses case studies to show how we can help boys understand and deal with such issues as anger, sexuality, peer pressure, and self-image. A New York Times bestseller, Real Boys provides critical information that everyone should have.

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    Real Boys

    2.9 hrs • 5/3/11 • Abridged
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  11. 6.4 hrs • 10/5/2010 • Abridged

    Picking up where You: Having a Baby left off, the New York Times #1 bestselling authors of the You health series present the ultimate parent’s guide to raising a happy, healthy child. Dr. Mehmet Oz—host of television’s The Dr. Oz Show and a daily Sirius/XM radio program for Oprah Radio—and Dr. Michael Roizen—chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic—have sold millions of books informing audiences about healthy dieting, aging, and overall health. Now the Doctors provide invaluable advice to help parents understand the biology and psychology of raising a happy, healthy child from birth to school age. The authors address everything from troubleshooting infant health issues to supporting the emotional and intellectual development of your child. Included are discussions of healthy nutrition, milestones for physical activity, building good habits, taking care of You, and how to cope with the biggest ailments and fears parents face today. You: The Smart Parent is filled with wisdom and age-specific advice that will help parents manage all kinds of child-rearing questions and issues. In You: The Smart Parent, America’s most trusted doctors once again come to the rescue with the biology, psychology, and insider wisdom of providing a healthy and enriching environment.

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  12. 5.7 hrs • 12/1/2009 • Abridged

    Few life experiences feature emotional swings as extreme as those of pregnancy—it’s a monumental mix of both intense excitement and skip-a-beat anxiety. How do you respond to such a situation? If you’re like most, you scour websites, read books, browse blogs, and pick the brains of every friend, family member, and store clerk who’s ever had a baby. You talk about the ups and downs, the cravings and the nausea, the maternity clothes and the stretch marks. During this 280-day journey, this sometimes scattered mind-set is perfectly natural—and healthy. But often you need help cutting through the clutter. In You: Having a Baby, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, America’s Doctors, will help ease your tension by teaching you not only about what you can do but also why you should do it. They’ll explore the biology of your body with amazing insights about a cutting-edge new field called epigenetics, which gives you the power to change the genetic destiny of your child. And they’ll give you all the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, hormones, fetal development, and many more pregnancy-related issues. Using their signature wit and wisdom, they’ll test your knowledge, bust many myths, and reassure you that your maternal instincts are usually pretty darn good. After all, the doctors want the exact same thing as you do during this journey—a healthy baby (and a healthy mom). Be assured that You: Having a Baby will be one of your favorite passengers on this wonderful ride.  

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  13. 3.5 hrs • 2/1/2009 • Unabridged

    We all hope and expect our children will learn to read, but how many of us realize we can get our kids on the road to reading simply by reading aloud to them every day? With passion and humor, Mem Fox explains why reading aloud to young children has such an impact on their ability to read—and on their entire lives. Writing as an ordinary mother as well as a bestselling author and internationally respected literacy expert, Fox explores when and where to read aloud and demonstrates with clear, easy-to-follow examples how to read aloud to best effect and how to get the most value and joy out of a read-aloud session. Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this audiobook is a must for every parent—and for anyone who would like to know more about how children learn to read.

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    Reading Magic

    Read by Mem Fox
    3.5 hrs • 2/1/09 • Unabridged
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  14. 7.6 hrs • 7/9/2008 • Unabridged

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. Fully one-third of men ages twenty-two to thirty-four are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past twenty years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Parents, teachers, and mental-health professionals have voiced concern, but no one has come up with good reasons for their decline or, more importantly, with workable solutions to reverse this troubling trend—until now. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on his vast clinical experience to propose a theory of why boys and young men are failing in school and at home. He argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs, is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. Here, he presents his practical solutions, from new ways of controlling boys’ use of video games to innovative education reforms.

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    Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD

    Boys Adrift

    7.6 hrs • 7/9/08 • Unabridged
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  15. 7.3 hrs • 11/15/2007 • Unabridged

    A New York Times editor sets out to answer the peculiarly marvelous questions of his precocious young son—and winds up on an unexpected journey of his own.  Wendell Jamieson’s son, Dean, has always had a penchant for … odd questions. “Dad,” he asked, apropos of nothing, “what would hurt more—getting run over by a car, or getting stung by a jellyfish?” “Dad, why do policemen like donuts?” “What’s it feel like to get stabbed?” “Does Mona Lisa wear shoes?” “Can I cook my sister?”  Because “Dad” was a newspaperman, he decided to seek out answers—and got swept up in the hunt. He spoke to movie directors and ship captains and brain surgeons and stabbing victims and lottery winners and museum curators and politicians and judges and compulsive shoppers and mothers-in-law and magicians—even Yoko Ono and a dominatrix.  But what began as a lark quickly grew into something larger. Blending a charming father-son journey with the surprising, sometimes hilarious questions and answers it spawned, Father Knows Less offers a heartwarming exploration of that childlike curiosity that lives within us all.

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  16. 3.6 hrs • 12/12/2006 • Abridged

    A splendid celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Grammy Award-winning It Takes a Village, including a new introduction read by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. A decade ago, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton chronicled her quest -- both deeply personal and, in the truest sense, public -- to help make our society into the kind of village that enables children to become smart, able, resilient adults. For more than thirty-five years, Senator Clinton has made children her passion and her cause. Her long experience has strengthened her conviction that how children develop and what they need to succeed are inextricably entwined with the society in which they live and how well it sustains and supports its families and individuals. In other words, it takes a village to raise a child. In her new introduction, Senator Clinton reflects on how our village has changed over the last decade -- from the impact of the Internet to new research in early child development and education. She discusses issues of increasing concern -- security, the environment, the national debt -- and looks at where we have made progress and where there is still work to be done. It Takes a Village has become a classic. As relevant as ever, this anniversary edition makes it abundantly clear that the choices we make today about how we raise our children and how we support families will determine how our nation will face the challenges of this century. Over one million dollars in royalty proceeds from It Takes a Village have been donated to children's charities by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Proceeds from this edition also will be donated.

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    It Takes a Village

    3.6 hrs • 12/12/06 • Abridged
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