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  1. 6.2 hrs • 9/24/2015 • Unabridged

    From two leading experts in the field of child development, Dr. Ellen Braaten and Dr. Brian Willoughby, comes a difinitive guide to understanding how children process information and respond to the world around them. Do you find yourself constantly asking your child to “pick up the pace”? Does he or she seem to take longer than others to get stuff done—whether completing homework, responding when spoken to, or getting dressed and ready in the morning? Drs. Ellen Braaten and Brian Willoughby have worked with thousands of kids and teens who struggle with an area of cognitive functioning called “processing speed,” and who are often mislabeled as lazy or unmotivated. Filled with vivid stories and examples, this crucial resource demystifies processing speed and shows how to help kids from ages five to eighteen catch up in this key area of development. Learn how to obtain needed support at school, what to expect from a professional evaluation, and how you can make daily routines more efficient—while promoting your child’s social and emotional well-being.

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    Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up by Ellen Braaten, PhD, Brian Willoughby, PhD
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    6.7 hrs • 11/12/2013 • Unabridged

    A leading cognitive scientist argues that a deep sense of good and evil is bred in the bone. From John Locke to Sigmund Freud, philosophers and psychologists have long believed that we begin life as blank moral slates. Many of us take for granted that babies are born selfish and that it is the role of society—and especially parents—to transform them from little sociopaths into civilized beings. In Just Babies, Paul Bloom argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality. Drawing on groundbreaking research at Yale, Bloom demonstrates that, even before they can speak or walk, babies judge the goodness and badness of others’ actions; feel empathy and compassion; act to soothe those in distress; and have a rudimentary sense of justice. Still, this innate morality is limited, sometimes tragically. We are naturally hostile to strangers, prone to parochialism and bigotry. Bringing together insights from psychology, behavioral economics, evolutionary biology, and philosophy, Bloom explores how we have come to surpass these limitations. Along the way, he examines the morality of chimpanzees, violent psychopaths, religious extremists, and Ivy League professors, and explores our often puzzling moral feelings about sex, politics, religion, and race. In his analysis of the morality of children and adults, Bloom rejects the fashionable view that our moral decisions are driven mainly by gut feelings and unconscious biases. Just as reason has driven our great scientific discoveries, he argues, it is reason and deliberation that makes possible our moral discoveries, such as the wrongness of slavery. Ultimately, it is through our imagination, our compassion, and our uniquely human capacity for rational thought that we can transcend the primitive sense of morality we were born with, becoming more than just babies. Paul Bloom has a gift for bringing abstract ideas to life, moving seamlessly from Darwin, Herodotus, and Adam Smith to The Princess Bride, Hannibal Lecter, and Louis C. K. Vivid, witty, and intellectually probing, Just Babies offers a radical new perspective on our moral lives.

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    Just Babies

    6.7 hrs • 11/12/13 • Unabridged
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  3. 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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  4. 7.8 hrs • 8/25/2009 • Unabridged

    Rachel Simmons is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Girls’ Leadership Institute. The Curse of the Good Girl looks into the phenomenon of the glass ceiling placed on girls who attempt to live up to the standard of being “good.” Simmons then shows how parents can help build girls’ self-esteem and give them the strength to pursue their goals.

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    The Curse of the Good Girl

    7.8 hrs • 8/25/09 • Unabridged
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  5. 2.9 hrs • 9/17/2008 • Abridged

    Is it true that only a father can make a boy a man? That's what our culture has taught us—from myths to movies, Sigmund Freud to Robert Bly. In this timely, provocative title—a milestone in the continuing debate on gender—family therapist Olga Silverstein challenges the misguided belief that boys must achieve, girls must relate, and mothers must let go of their sons and defer to traditional male role models in order to raise good, strong me. Drawing on case histories from her clinical practice and her own life, she explains how we can achieve a world in which both men and women are “whole people” and sons don't need wilderness weekends to open their hearts.

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