9-30-2009 Picks of the Week

Articles for Parents We Like:

This article is by blogger Bill Taylor, whose e-book Stressed Family, Strong Family aims to help kids, teens, and young adults find the strengths they need to cope with the stresses they face. He has posted more free excerpts from Stressed Family, Strong Family on the blog.

Reduce Stress–Recycle Your Family! Child and family psychiatrist Bill Taylor (William R. Taylor, M.D.) presents some of the vicious cycles that can entangle even the healthiest families. One of the most common: one person nags, the other procrastinates. On and on they go, not realizing that they need to blame the cycle, not each other!

These articles are by today’s featured blogger, Brian Dye who authors ThroughaFathersEyes.com, a parenting blog based on the perspective of a father of four boys aged 2 to 14.

Late night with Mr. Mindbender: This post identifies some of the treasures to be found in the random exchanges with your kids. A lot can be learned just by listening.
I loved my friend: Take the time to appreciate your friends. The lessons and impacts of a friendship can echo far beyond the life of the relationship itself.
Into the deep end:  This post reminds us that obstacles exist merely to be overcome.
Stirred, and not shaken: There is no secret recipe to parenting, but with without commitment no approach will produce the desired results.

Cool Stuff For You:

On October 10, over 350 tween girls will meet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC for The First National Tween Girl Summit. It will be an opportunity for the girls to share their views on issues ranging from the environment to education, be empowered by talks from powerful women and policy makers, and make a
commitment to positive change in their communities through service.

This is the first event of its kind and free for girls to attend, so we want to get the word out to both parents and tweens so they can attend the summit or follow the action on allykatzz.com.

Books of the Week

The BSAT Official Study Guide by John Forster and Marc Segan This is the most alternative SAT guide I have ever seen, but I love it!  A little racy, but some really hilarious questions and a great way to engage students.

Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children by Rafe Esquith I love the idea of this book.  It is all about how to get kids really motivated and inspired to love and get the most out of life.

What Gives? by Chelsea Marie This is the cutest book with poetry and short stories, a great buy for teen girls.

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