Getting the Love You Want
Hendrix, Harville. Harper Perennial, 1988. Brilliant book on relationships. Why we pick who we do. How to escape the power struggle. A GREAT book.
Getting The Love You Want Workbook
Hendrix, Harville and Hunt, Helen. This is much newer than the original book and more updated. It replaces the "exercises" section of the original book. Very useful, easy to understand tool to use on your own with your partner.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen
And Listen So Kids Will Talk. Faber, Adele and E. Maslish. New York: Avon Books, 1989. GREAT! Very readable. Especially for older kids.
Siblings Without Rivalry
Faber, Adele and E. Maslish. New York: Avon Books, 1987. GREAT! The best book on siblings.
Nelsen, Jane. New York: Ballantine Books, 1987. GREAT! She does Dreikurs much better than Dreikurs does!
The 5 Love Languages
Chapman, Gary. "Simple, but very useful in talking about the relationship" - it gives you a language to talk with.
Get Out of My Life
But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? Wolf, Anthony. The Noonday Press, 1991. GREAT! Informative, easy to read, humorous, about what teenagers need to do developmentally.
Learning Disabilities and Your Child
Greene, Lawrence. Fawcett Columbine, 1983. A must for parents of a learning disabled child. Very practical and helpful.
Don't Stop Loving Me
Caron, Ann F. Harper Perennial, 1991. "A reassuring guide for mothers of adolescent daughters"; easy to read, practical.
The Drama of the Gifted Child
The Search for The True Self. Miller, Alice. 1996. Not to be missed for her clarity of vision. All of her books are great - a little academic, but worth it.
The Difficult Child
Turecki, Stanley. I took this off my list, favoring "Learning Disabilities and Your Child," and was told this book was very useful and helpful with this difficult subject and needed to be on here.
Bradshaw, John. Deerfield Beach, Florida: Health Communications, Inc., 1988. Alcoholic family dynamics explained well; a classic.
10 Simple Steps For More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Carter, Christine. Interesting subject well written by a local woman.
How to Discipline With Love
Dodson, Fitzhugh. New York: Signet, 1978. A behavioral approach that works! Extreme stuff - worth reading - good to know when establishing boundaries for young children.
How to Father a Successful Daughter
Marone, Nicky. Recommended, and noted that it wasn't on the list!
I Don't Want to Talk About It
Overcoming the Legacy of Male Depression. Real, Terrance. A very revered book on a little known subject. Depression doesn't look the same in men.
In Their Own Way
Armstrong, Thomas. Tarcher St. Martin's Press, 1987. The seven learning styles and how to teach anything seven ways.
Journey of the Heart
Welwood, John. This book is so clear, and has such an important "first thing's first message" about being in a relationship. Very, very highly recommended.
Keeping the Love You Find
A Guide for Singles. Hendrix, Harville. Harper Perennial, 1991. His follow-up book with a better look at his theory, and practical advice for those looking for the right relationship.
Kitchen Table Wisdom
Remen, Rachael. Riverhead Books. 1996. Such a well-written, easy to follow book by such a wise woman.
Love and Power in the Stepfamily
A Practical Guide. Keshet, Jamie K. McGraw Hill, 1987. A very highly recommended book on this subject from a trusted source.
Maybe You Know My Kid
Fowler, Mary. Carol Publishing Group - A Birch Lane Press Book, 1993. Very compelling. Written by a mother whose child has Attention Deficit Disorder. Informative about all issues associated with ADD.
Mom's House, Dad's House
Making Shared Custody Work. Ricci, Isolina. New York: MacMillian, 1980. A very good book on how parents can make two homes for their children after divorce and develop a business-like co-parenting relationship.
The Parent's Handbook (STEP)
Dinkmeyer, Don and G. McKay. Circle Pines, MN: American Guidance Service, 1989. The text from the S.T.E.P. program.
Raising a Son.
Elium, Don and Jeanne. Both this and "Raising a Daughter" were mentioned when I asked which books I left off this list.
Raising Good Children
Lickona, Thomas. Bantam, 1985. How children develop morally. Current book on moral development as originally developed by Kohlburg.
Raising Your Spirited Child
Kurcinka, Mary Sheedy. New York: HarperCollins, 1991. Highly recommended to me by several sources. On my stack to read.
The Road Less Traveled
Peck, M. Scott. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978. One of my and the world's all time favorites. Religion made understandable! A great book.
Men, Women and Children a Decade After Divorce. Wallerstein, Judith & Blakeslee, Sandra. New York: Ticknor & Fields. (1989). It is not the divorce but the level of conflict. Important information for those divorcing.
See Jane Win
The Rimm Report on How 1000 Girls Became Successful Women. Rimm, Sylvia. 1999. Very enlightening and assuring.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective
Covey, Stephen. Simon and Schuster, 1989. I love books like this!
The Seven Principles
for Making Marriage Work. Gottman, John. 1999. A practical guide from the foremost relationship researcher.
Short Term Couples Therapy
Luquet, Wade. A therapist's tool, it contains much of what you would consult an Imago therapist to learn.
Your Ten-to Fourteen-Year-Old
Ames, Louise Bates. Dell, 1988. Ilg and Ames are part of the Gesell Institute, without which no parenting book list would be complete. All the Ilg and Ames series are excellent and a primary source.
Trapped in the Mirror
Adult Children of Narcissists in Their Struggle for Self. Golomb, Elan. 1995. Some parents are unable to give and understanding this is essential if your parent was like this.
A Walk in the Woods
Bryson, Bill. "Choke on your coffee funny" - Washington Post. Humor is healing, read this book
What Really Matters
Schwartz, Tony. Bantam, 1995. An extremely readable history and update of human consciousness, for me many fragments were put together in this book. One of my all time favorites.
When Things Fall Apart
Heart Advice for Difficult Times. Chodron, Pema. 1997. Bravo! Well said. Her message really resonates with me. Articulates the unsayable.
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This is my bibliography of parenting and related books. Please feel free to contact me with any additions or comments.