Here are some books, items and sites that I love and that have gotten me through some tough parenting moments. I hope you find them helpful!


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What are some great parenting books that "tell it like it is" and provide practical suggestions? Here are my faves, tried and true.

For Parents of Elementary School Kids

1 2 3 magic changed the way I interacted with my daughter when her behavior was less than stellar. It keeps you from yelling, which is great! I highly recommend this book for all parents whose kids drive them a little bit crazy now and then - or a lot bit crazy!

Paperback 1-2-3 Magic : Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 Book

For Parents of Middle School Kids

How to Hug a Porcupine is the book you need to read if you are parenting tweenagers who can get a little prickly! This book helps parents gain perspective and learn more about what our tweenagers are going through and offers helpful, realistic advice.

Paperback How to Hug a Porcupine : Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years Book

For Parents of High School Kids

How to Raise an Adult is an amazing guide to get you through these challenging years. They are kid one minute, and a semi-adult the next. This book offers thoughtful ways to handle parenting as we get ready to launch our children into the real world. Here's a link to a New York Times Book Review to get you started.

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