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  1. 8.0 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    Through extensive research and interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the authors cover gender variance from birth through college. Is this ever just a phase? How can you explain this to your neighbors and family? How can parents advocate for their children in elementary schools? What do doctors specializing in gender variant children recommend? What issues should your college-bound trans child be thinking about when selecting a school? How can I best raise my gender variant or transgender child with love and compassion, even when I barely understand the issues ahead of us? These questions and more are answered in this book offering a deeper understanding of gender variant and transgender children and teens.

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    The Transgender Child

    8.0 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.1 hrs • 7/21/2016 • Unabridged

    This book will help you to have your child potty trained in three days! It is the only complete guide to potty training that you will need. In this book, you will learn the secret to potty training in three days, how to deal with hurdles such as: ‘They won’t poop on the potty!” or “They were using the potty, but now they are having accidents all of the time!” (regression). You will not be going back and forth between diapers, pull-ups, and underwear anymore. You child will be completely trained in a weekend. This is a well-written book. It is very detailed and informative. This book is a great book for you that talks about all things “Potty Training”. It is going to give you all of the information and tools that you need to start potty training and complete it in three days. If your child is already trained or is in the middle of training, this book is perfect for you, as well. It will walk you through the hurdles that you will face, the struggles that you will have, the praise and reward system that you want, and more. Parents all over the world are having success with this system and now you can, too!

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    Potty Train in a Weekend

    1.1 hrs • 7/21/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.6 hrs • 5/31/2016 • Unabridged

    In this wise and informative parenting guide, Elaine Rose Glickman shows listeners how loving your kid enough to be the boss will result in happier, healthier, and much easier-to-be-around children. You’ve seen them—kids running wild through restaurants while the parents avert their gaze and order another cappuccino. You’ve heard them—kids telling their parents to “shut up” and “get me that.” You’ve met them—kids who dress inappropriately, roll their eyes, and never say “thank you.” Maybe one of those kids belongs to you. Combining incisive commentary with grounded, practical advice, Your Kid’s a Brat and It’s All Your Fault will have you recognizing and laughing at yourself, your fellow parents, and a culture that seems determined to turn our precious angels into not-so-precious brats. Divided into three sections—“Your Budding Brat” for toddlers and preschoolers, “Your Bratty Child” for grade-schoolers, and “Your Bratty Tween”—this book is packed with wisdom and tips culled from the trenches of child-rearing. Your Kid’s a Brat and It’s All Your Fault will help you grow adept at responding to specific misbehavior and will encourage and empower you to become the confident, respected parent you yearn to be.

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    Your Kid’s a Brat and It’s All Your Fault by Elaine Rose Glickman
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  4. 4.3 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    The New York Times bestselling author of I Heart My Little A-Holes and creator of the wildly popular Baby Sideburns parenting blog offers her brutally honest and hilarious take on parenting—showing you that mediocre parents are awesome too. Moms and dads today worry they’re bad parents. They see others on Facebook and Pinterest showing off their smiley, perfect, put-together spotless children creating masterworks of art in their gorgeously designed playrooms. They constantly hear moms brag about whipping up three-course gourmet dinners while their kids sit quietly reading books far beyond their grade level. They read posts from parents complaining that they can’t get their daughter to eat her French fries because she’s too full from broccoli. But Karen Alpert knows this is not reality. Despite what you hear and read every day, you do not need to be perfect to be a kickass parent. Parenting is messy. Parenting is hard. Parenting brings out the best AND the worst in adults. And some of the best parents in the world are mediocre parents. Karen proudly admits she’s a mediocre parent, and in I Want My Epidural Back she’ll make you believe that “mediocre parents are awesome too.” Karen shares her honest, crass, pee-in-your-pants-funny observations, stories, quips, and essays on discipline, potty training, eating, sleeping, and more that will make you laugh and have you nodding your head in recognition. Observing the world of parents and children through her edgy and unique perspective, Karen brings reality into focus, reminding moms and dads everywhere to celebrate and embrace their own not-so-perfect-yet-totally-wonderful parenthood.

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    I Want My Epidural Back by Karen Alpert

    I Want My Epidural Back

    4.3 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.1 hrs • 2/23/2016 • Unabridged

    When Hillary and Jeff Whittington posted a YouTube video chronicling their five-year-old son Ryland’s transition from girl to boy, they didn’t expect it to be greeted with such fervor. Beautiful and moving, the video documenting Hillary’s and Jeff’s love for their child instantly went viral and has been seen by more than seven million viewers since its posting in May 2014. Now for the first time, they tell their story in full, offering an emotional and moving account of their journey alongside their exceptional child. After they discovered their daughter Ryland was deaf at age one and needed cochlear implants, the Whittingtons spent nearly four years successfully teaching Ryland to speak. But once Ryland gained the power of speech, it was time for them to listen as Ryland insisted, “I am a boy!” And listen they did. After learning that forty-one percent of people who identify as transgender attempt to take their own lives, Hillary and her husband Jeff made it their mission to support their child—no matter what. From the earliest stages of deciphering Ryland through clothing choices to examining the difficult conversations that have marked every stage of Ryland’s transition, Hillary Whittington shares her experiences as a mother through it all, demonstrating both the resistance and support that their family has encountered as they try to erase the stigma surrounding the word “transgender.” In telling her family’s story, she hopes she can assist the world in accepting that even children as young as five can have profound and impactful things to say and share. What emerges is a powerful story of unconditional love, accepting others for who they are, and doing what’s right, regardless of whether those around you understand it.

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    Raising Ryland

    7.1 hrs • 2/23/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 9.0 hrs • 2/2/2016

    With all the parenting information out there and the constant pressure to be the “perfect” parent, it seems as if many parents have lost track of one very important piece of the parenting puzzle: raising happy kids. Parenting today has gotten far too complicated. It’s never been the easiest job in the world, but with all the “parenting advice” parents are met with at every corner, it’s hard not to become bewildered. It seems that in the past it was a good deal simpler. You made sure there was dinner on the table and the kids got to school on time and no one set anything on fire, and you called it a success. But today everybody has a different method for dealing with the madness—attachment parenting, free-range parenting, mindful parenting. And who is to say one is more right or better than another? How do you choose? The truth is that whatever drumbeat you march to, all parents would agree that we just want our kids to be happy. It seems like a no-brainer, right? But in the face of all the many parenting theories out there, happiness feels like it has become incidental. That’s where The Happy Kid Handbook by child and adolescent psychotherapist and parenting expert Katie Hurley comes in. She shows parents how happiness is the key to raising confident, capable children. It’s not about giving in every time your child wants something so they won’t feel bad when you say no, or making sure that they’re taking that art class, and the ballet class, and the soccer class (to help with their creativity and their coordination and all that excess energy). Happiness is about parenting the individual, because not every child is the same, and not every child will respond to parenting the same way. By exploring the differences among introverts, extroverts, and everything in between, this definitive guide to parenting offers parents the specific strategies they need to meet their child exactly where he or she needs to be met from a social-emotional perspective. A back-to-basics guide to parenting, The Happy Kid Handbook is a must-have for any parent hoping to be the best parent they can be.

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    The Happy Kid Handbook

    9.0 hrs • 2/2/16
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  7. 5.8 hrs • 12/29/2015 • Unabridged

    In The Collapse of Parenting, Leonard Sax, an acclaimed expert on parenting and childhood development, identifies a key problem plaguing American children, especially relative to other countries: the dramatic decline in young people’s achievement and psychological health. The root of this problem, Sax contends, lies in the transfer of authority from parents to their children, a shift that has been occurring over the last fifty years and is now impossible to ignore. Sax pinpoints the effects of this shift, arguing that the rising levels of obesity, depression, and anxiety among young people—as well as their parents’ widespread dependence on psychiatric medications to fix such problems—can all be traced back to a corresponding decline in adult authority. Sax argues that a general decline in respect for elders has had particularly severe consequences for the relationship between parents and their children. The result is parents are afraid of seeming too dictatorial and end up abdicating their authority entirely rather than taking a stand with their own children. If kids refuse to eat anything green and demand pizza instead, parents give in, inadvertently raising children who expect to eat sweets and junk food and are thus more likely to become obese. If children demand and receive the latest smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets, and are then allowed to spend the bulk of their waking hours texting with friends and accessing any website they want, they become increasingly reliant on peers and the media for guidance on how to live, rather than their parents. And if they won’t sit still in class or listen to adults—parents or teachers—they’re often prescribed medication, a quick fix that doesn’t help them learn self-control. In short, according to Sax, parents have failed to teach their children good habits, leaving children with no clear sense of the distinction between right and wrong. But Sax insists there is hope. To start with, parents need to regain a central place in the lives of their young children, displacing same-age peers who can’t provide the same kind of guidance and stability. Parents also need to learn that they can’t be a best friend and a parent at the same time. They’ll make their children’s lives easier if they focus not on pleasing their kids, but instead on giving them the tools they need to lead happy, healthy lives. Drawing on over twenty-five years of experience as a family psychologist and hundreds of interviews with children, parents, and teachers in the United States and throughout the world, Sax makes a convincing case that if we are to help our children avoid the pitfalls of an increasingly complicated world, we must reassert authority as parents.

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    The Collapse of Parenting by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD

    The Collapse of Parenting

    5.8 hrs • 12/29/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.5 hrs • 5/19/2015 • Unabridged

    Parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley reveals how to get babies—and their parents—to sleep through the night. There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby “cry it out” and the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don’t believe in letting your baby cry it out but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley’s sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Pantley’s successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based on her research, Pantley’s guide provides you with effective strategies to overcoming nap-time and nighttime problems. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night’s sleep—all with no crying.

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    The No-Cry Sleep Solution

    7.5 hrs • 5/19/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.1 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    Popular parenting expert Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, has garnered a large and loyal readership around the world thanks to her simple, insightful approach that values the emotional bond between parent and child. But as any parent of more than one child knows, it’s challenging for even the most engaged parent to maintain harmony and a strong connection when competition, tempers, and irritation run high. In this highly anticipated guide, Dr. Markham presents simple yet powerful ways to cut through the squabbling and foster a loving, supportive bond between siblings, all while giving each child the vital connection that he or she needs. Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings includes hands-on, research-based advice on creating deep connections with each one of your children, so that each truly believes that you couldn’t possibly love anyone else more;fostering a loving family culture that encourages laughter and minimizes fighting;teaching your children healthy emotional self-management and conflict resolution skills, so that they can work things out with each other, get their own needs met, and respect the needs of others; andhelping your kids forge a close lifelong sibling bond—as well as the relationship skills they will need for a life of healthy friendships, work relationships, and eventually their own family bonds.

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    Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings

    9.1 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.7 hrs • 2/3/2015 • Unabridged

    In the spirit of Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s Nurture Shock, New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise beyond their years. For Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids. Children are hyper-aware of money, and they have scores of questions about its nuances. But when parents shy away from the topic, they lose a tremendous opportunity—not just to model the basic financial behaviors that are increasingly important for young adults but also to imprint lessons about what the family truly values. Written in a warm, accessible voice and grounded in real-world experience and stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is both a practical guidebook and a values-based philosophy. The foundation of the book is a detailed blueprint for the best ways to handle the basics: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. It identifies a set of traits and virtues that embody the opposite of spoiled and shares how to embrace the topic of money to help parents raise kids who are more generous and less materialistic. But The Opposite of Spoiled is also a promise to our kids that we will make them better with money than we are. It is for all of the parents who know that honest conversations about money with their curious children can help them become more patient and prudent, but who don’t know how and when to start.

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    6.7 hrs • 2/3/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 13.7 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    A psychologist with a reputation for penetrating to the heart of complex parenting issues joins forces with a physician and bestselling author to tackle one of the most disturbing and misunderstood trends of our time—peers replacing parents in the lives of our children. Dr. Neufeld has dubbed this phenomenon peer orientation, which refers to the tendency of children and youth to look to their peers for direction: for a sense of right and wrong, for values, identity and codes of behavior. But peer orientation undermines family cohesion, poisons the school atmosphere, and fosters an aggressively hostile and sexualized youth culture. It provides a powerful explanation for schoolyard bullying and youth violence; its effects are painfully evident in the context of teenage gangs and criminal activity, in tragedies such as in Littleton, Colorado; Tabor, Alberta and Victoria, BC. It is an escalating trend that has never been adequately described or contested until Hold on to Your Kids. Once understood, it becomes self-evident—as do the solutions. Hold on to Your Kids will restore parenting to its natural intuitive basis and the parent-child relationship to its rightful preeminence. The concepts, principles and practical advice contained in Hold on to Your Kids will empower parents to satisfy their children’s inborn need to find direction by turning towards a source of authority, contact and warmth.

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    13.7 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 13.7 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    A psychologist with a reputation for penetrating to the heart of complex parenting issues joins forces with a physician and bestselling author to tackle one of the most disturbing and misunderstood trends of our time—peers replacing parents in the lives of our children. Dr. Neufeld has dubbed this phenomenon peer orientation, which refers to the tendency of children and youth to look to their peers for direction: for a sense of right and wrong, for values, identity and codes of behavior. But peer orientation undermines family cohesion, poisons the school atmosphere, and fosters an aggressively hostile and sexualized youth culture. It provides a powerful explanation for schoolyard bullying and youth violence; its effects are painfully evident in the context of teenage gangs and criminal activity, in tragedies such as in Littleton, Colorado; Tabor, Alberta and Victoria, BC. It is an escalating trend that has never been adequately described or contested until Hold on to Your Kids. Once understood, it becomes self-evident—as do the solutions. Hold on to Your Kids will restore parenting to its natural intuitive basis and the parent-child relationship to its rightful preeminence. The concepts, principles and practical advice contained in Hold on to Your Kids will empower parents to satisfy their children’s inborn need to find direction by turning towards a source of authority, contact and warmth.

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    Hold on to Your Kids

    13.7 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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    8.3 hrs • 9/23/2014 • Unabridged

    The pioneering experts behind the bestselling The Whole-Brain Child—Tina Payne Bryson and Daniel J. Siegel, the New York Times bestselling author of Brainstorm—now explore the ultimate child-raising challenge: discipline. Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene. Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation. Inside this sanity-saving guide you’ll discover:strategies that help parents identify their own discipline philosophy—and master the best methods to communicate the lessons they are trying to impart;facts on brain development—and what kind of discipline is most appropriate and constructive at all ages and stages;the way to calmly connect with and communicate love for a child—no matter how extreme the behavior—while still setting clear and consistent limits;tips for navigating through the storm to achieve insight, empathy, and repair with your children;twenty discipline mistakes even great parents make—and how to stay focused on the principles of whole-brain parenting and discipline techniques. Complete with candid parenting stories and playful illustrations that bring the authors’ suggestions to life, No-Drama Discipline shows you how to work with your child’s developing mind, peacefully resolve conflicts, inspire happiness, and strengthen resilience in everyone in the family.

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    No-Drama Discipline

    8.3 hrs • 9/23/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 8.8 hrs • 9/9/2014 • Unabridged

    A leading authority draws on new research to explain why the adolescent years are so developmentally crucial, and what we must do to raise happier, more successful kids. Adolescence now lasts longer than ever before. And as world-renowned expert on adolescent psychology Dr. Laurence Steinberg argues, this makes these years the key period in determining individuals’ life outcomes, demanding that we change the way we parent, educate, and understand young people. In Age of Opportunity, Steinberg leads readers through a host of new findings—including groundbreaking original research—that reveal what the new timetable of adolescence means for parenting thirteen-year-olds (who may look more mature than they really are) versus twentysomethings (who may not be floundering even when it looks like they are). He also explains how the plasticity of the adolescent brain, rivaling that of years zero through three, suggests new strategies for instilling self-control during the teenage years. Packed with useful knowledge, Age of Opportunity is a sweeping book in the tradition of Reviving Ophelia, and an essential guide for parents and educators of teenagers.

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    Age of Opportunity

    8.8 hrs • 9/9/14 • Unabridged
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  15. 5.8 hrs • 6/10/2014 • Unabridged

    We have a tendency today to over-parent, micromanage, and underappreciate our adolescents. Dr. John Duffy’s The Available Parent is a revolutionary approach to taking care of teens and tweens. Teenagers are often left feeling unheard and misunderstood, and parents are left feeling bewildered by the changes in their child at adolescence and by their sudden lack of effectiveness as parents. The parent has become unavailable, the teen responds in kind, and a negative, often destructive cycle of communication begins. The available parent of a teenager is open to discussion, offering advice and solutions but not insisting on them. He allows his child to make some mistakes, setting limits, primarily where health and safety are concerned. He never lectures—he is available but not controlling. He is neither cruel nor dismissive, ever. The available parent is fun and funny and can bring levity to the most stressful situation. All of that is to say, there are no conditions to his availability—it is absolute.

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    The Available Parent by Dr. John Duffy

    The Available Parent

    Foreword by Dr. Thomas Phelan
    5.8 hrs • 6/10/14 • Unabridged
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  16. 3.7 hrs • 4/8/2014 • Unabridged

    When your son wakes you up at 3:00 a.m. because he wants to watch Caillou, he’s an a-hole. When your daughter outlines every corner of your living room with a purple crayon, she’s an a-hole. When your rug rats purposely decorate the kitchen ceiling with their smoothies, they’re a-holes. So it’s only natural to want to kill them sometimes. Of course you can’t because you’d go to prison, and then you’d really never get to poop alone again. Plus, there’s that whole loving them more than anything in the whole world thing. Popular blogger Karen Alpert shares her hysterical take on the many “joys” of parenting—I Heart My Little A-Holes is full of hilarious stories, lists, and thoughts that will make you laugh so hard you’ll wish you were wearing a diaper.

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    I Heart My Little A-Holes

    3.7 hrs • 4/8/14 • Unabridged
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