Is That Me Yelling? + The Sense and Nonsene of Alternative Medicine

Rona Renner, RN., author of Is that Me Yelling?
Topic:
Getting your kids to cooperate without losing your cool.
Issues: becoming aware of yourself; understanding everyday triggers; adapting your parenting style to your child’s temperament; dealing with the yeller in your family; dealing with difficult situations, disorders, and differences.


Paul Offit, author of Do You Believe in Magic?
Topic:
The sense and nonsense of alternative medicine.
Issues: What is “alternative medicine”?; megavitamins actually increase the risk of some cancers and heart disease (something well known to scientists but not to the general public); celebrity spokespeople (Like Jenny McCarthy and her anti-vaccine campaign) who have no medical background and are doing more damage than good; alternative medicine treatments that actually work.

Morality and Ethics + Drilling for Manood + Overcoming Perfectionism

www.amazon.co.ukMichael Parker, author of Talk with Your Kids.
Topic:
Conversations about ethics and more.
Issues: Where do kids get their values? Why learning to think consciously about ethics is at least important to our children as academic learning; Conversation starters about honesty, friendships, sensitivity, fairness, dedication, and more; ground rules for conversations with your kids.


www.amazon.co.ukJohn Croyle, author of The Two-Minute Drill to Manhood.
Topic:
A proven game plan for raising sons.
Issues: The seven actionable principles of M-A-N-H-O-O-D: Master, Ask and listen; Never compromise; Handle your business; One purpose; One body; Don’t ever give up.


www.amazon.co.ukAnn W. Smith, author of Overcoming Perfectionism.
Topic:
Finding the key to balance and self-acceptance.
Issues: The key differences between overt and covert perfectionism; the role early attachment temperament, sibling relationships, and life circumstances play in develping patterns of perfectionism; how to create change and a more fulfilling life.

The Human Spark

www.amazon.co.ukJerome Kagan, author of The Human Spark.
Topic:
The science of human development.
Issues: Why claims of the impact of attachment are based on misinterpreted research; the intertwined development of language and morality; the limited effects of childhood on later life; the role that culture and historical era play in an individual’s development of traits.

Sleep Deprivation and Its Effect on Bad Behavior

sleep deprivation affects behavior, food choices, and more

Dear Mr. Dad: In one of your recent columns you talked about how sleep deprivation can affect women’s fertility. During the summer, my kids get plenty of sleep, but during the school year they’re almost always tired. What are the effects of sleep deprivation on children?

A: There’s no question that sleep deprivation is bad for adults. Besides affecting fertility, is also increases the risk of depression, anxiety, diabetes, cardiac problem, and car accidents (about 100,000/year are caused by drowsy drivers), and decreases our ability to fight off infection. The effects on children are just as bad. Two new studies underscore just how important sleep is by showing how the lack of it influences children’s behavior and food choices.
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The Myth of Autism + Developing Loving Relationships + The Dangers of Food Additives

www.amazon.co.ukGuest 1: Michael Goldberg, author of The Myth of Autism.
Topic: How a misunderstood epidemic is destroying our children.
Issues: The epidemic of autism—we’ve gone from 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 110 in just 30 years; autism is not a psychological or developmental condition—it’s actually a medical disease that attacks the brain’s immune system, and can be cured.


www.amazon.co.ukGuest 2: Frank Lawlis, author of Mending the Broken Bond.
Topic: Developing a loving relationship with your child in 90 days.
Issues: Being the role model your child needs you to be; using empathy to resolve problems; learning when and how to forgive; channeling your child’s energy through diet, breathing exercises, and calming activities.


www.amazon.co.ukGuest 3: Jane Hersey, author of Why Can’t My Child Behave?
Topic: How foods and additives affect children’s behavior
Issues: Understanding the effects of additives, including asthma, depression, developmental delays, and autism; easy ways to eliminate additives.

Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting

www.amazon.co.ukNoel Janis-Norton, author of Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting.
Topic:
Five strategies that end daily battles and get kids to listen the first time.
Issues: A step-by-step plan that will help you raise a child who is cooperative, considerate, confident, and self-reliant. The five strategies are: descriptive praise, preparing for success, reflective listening, never ask twice, and rewards and consequences.