Summer is Summer by Phillis and Davis Gershato

Weekly Trip to the Library If the kids say they are bored this summer, visit the library and borrow Summer Is Summer by Phillis and Davis Gershato. The main characters in the book don’t need expensive vacations, video games, iPads, or cell phones to to enjoy the summer. The children enjoy all the basic summer […]

The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene

Kids Do Well When They Can Explosive or challenging kids are children that get far more frustrated, far more easily, far more often, in far more extreme ways, and perform less adaptably and flexibly than most children. In The Explosive Child: A New Approach For Understanding And Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, Ross W. […]

I Can Handle It! By Laurie Wright

Weekly Trip to the Library Life is stressful and frustrating. The key to good mental health is learning to cope with stress. Adults often think kids don’t have anything to be stressed about. But children experience stress and anxiety just as much as adults yet lack the maturity to problem solve as well as adults. […]

10 Religious Easter Children’s Books

Weekly Trip to the Library I found these children’s books at the library to recommend to nannies and parents who feel that Easter has become too commercialized. If you want to share Easter books that have more religious meaning (than just focusing on Eater eggs filled with candy for children) I have listed some good […]

6 Children’s Books for Passover

Weekly Trip to the Library Tonight starts the celebration of Passover. Passover is my favorite Jewish festival that celebrates the freedom attained by the Hebrew people following their exodus from Egypt where they had been slaves for either 430 years or 210 years, depending on the scholarly conclusions one follows. During the Seder tonight children […]

The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber

Talking About Money with Kids One thing all parents and caregivers can agree to, no matter their socioeconomic level, is they don’t want to raise spoiled children. Ron Lieber discusses all the difficult topics surrounding money and children in his book The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money. […]

A World Without Color by John Amos

Weekly Trip to the Library This week when you go to the library with the children you care for I recommend borrowing an uplifting book A World Without Color written by the actor John Amos. For those of my generation and older, the author is a legendary actor well known for his roles on the […]

No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury

Toddler Discipline Without Shame No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury is a quick and easy read with some good advice about raising toddlers. The book isn’t a textbook and doesn’t share scientifically proven principles by any means. Instead, the author bases her discipline principles on RIE by Magda Gerber. The concepts […]

Ignore It! By Catherine Pearlman

Weekly Trip to the Library Ignore It!: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction is one of the best parenting and discipline books I have needed to read in many years. I have been guilty of being pulled into a battle of wills, arguing, negotiation, nagging, and begging […]

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Weekly Trip to the Library Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving is the true story of Thanksgiving. It includes both the story of slavery and plague, as well the generosity of the Thanksgiving Americans have been celebrating for almost 400 years. This is a biography about Squanto written by Joseph Bruchac, an author […]