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1001 Great Ideas

1001 Great Ideas

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In a snappy, can-do format, 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders offers page after page of try-it-now solutions that have worked for thousands of children grappling with social, sensory, behavioral, and self-care issues, plus many more.
101 Circus Games for Children: Juggling - Clowning - Balancing Acts - Acrobatics

101 Circus Games for Children: Juggling - Clowning - Balancing Acts - Acrobatics

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When the circus isn't in town, children can still enjoy it at a birthday party, summer camp, drama class, or elementary school thanks to this colorful collection of circus-based games and activities. Ideal for children ages four through 12, the book draws on popular circus elements such as acrobatics, clowns, animal numbers, and balancing acts. The games are presented in a clear, simple way, range from ten to 45 minutes in length, and vary in complexity. Each section includes a circus program children can use if they want to plan an actual performance. Readily available props are used for some of the games, and costumes are encouraged for all! Noncompetitive and playable without special skills training, the activities in 101 Circus Games for Children provide delightful entertainment for participants and spectators alike.
101 Dance Games for Children

101 Dance Games for Children

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The body has a special language of its own. This book encourages children and adults to use that language and dance! The games here combine dance and play in ways that release a child's spontaneity and self-expression. Appropriate for parents, teachers, camp leaders, babysitters, and other caregivers, it is filled with simple games that the whole classroom or family- or just two people! - can play and learn from.

All players need is a willingness to have fun and experience the joys of moving and interacting with others. These noncompetitive games reward children for their involvement, encourage them to use their imaginations, and show them how to express how they feel and think - without words. The games are organized by type: meeting and greeting games, concentration games, dances that tell stories, party dances, "muscle puzzles," dances using simple props (such as balloons, fans, or cardboard boxes), and many more.

DANCE GAMES ENCOURAGE AND DEVELOP:

  • Creativity
  • Physical coordination
  • Self-esteem
  • Sociability
  • Self-expression
  • Each dance game contains an age guideline, an estimated time of play, and suggestions for the most appropriate type of music. The games can be played by children and adults of all ages, and are flexible enough to be used by parents and teachers in a variety of settings.

    101 More Dance Games for Children

    101 More Dance Games for Children

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    This book is filled with dance games that the whole classroom or family can play and learn from. These noncompetitive games reward children for their involvement, encourage them to use their imagination, and show them how to express how they feel without using words. Black-and-white illustrations add to these simple games that release a child's spontaneity and self-expression.
    101 Pep-Up Games for Kids

    101 Pep-Up Games for Kids

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    Children often find it difficult to make it through an entire day of structured activity be it school, daycare, camp, or a boys/girls club. These games and activities are the remedy. Refocusing a child's mind after a long lesson or event, they re-energize youngsters and improve the mood of any group. Many incorporate call-and-response and improvisation, strengthening a child's cognitive skills while relieving fatigue and facilitating concentration. Each game requires only the children, a leader, and a heavy dose of enthusiasm no props or preparation necessary! The book is clearly written and easy to follow, and its infectious sense of fun makes each of these activities the perfect antidote to late-afternoon weariness."
    101 Ways to Tell Your Child I Love You

    101 Ways to Tell Your Child I Love You

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    In this endearing collection, the "guru of mommies" offers a wealth of ways to remind children that they are loved. The book's imaginative, hands-on activities and projects help prove the adage that actions speak louder than words. They all can be implemented with little preparation and at little or no cost, making the book a boon for today's busy families.
    1107 Baby Names That Stand the Test of Time

    1107 Baby Names That Stand the Test of Time

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    There are tens of thousands of baby names out there--and books that dutifully list them. And then there is 1,107 Baby Names That Stand the Test of Time--a curated, considered, opinionated, and richly informative guide that winnows down the world of baby names to help moms and dads make smart choices, sidestep the trendiness trap, and avoid the ranks of parents (more than 54%) who later regret the name they chose.

    A guide for parents who know that the perfect name lasts a lifetime--it suits not just a cuddly newborn but grows with a child from babyhood through adulthood. 1,107 Baby Names That Stand the Test of Time makes a strong case for each name selected and features the name's definition, history, variations and nicknames, and its "meaning" in the larger cultural sense. Includes a primer on the basic rules of baby naming including sounds, rhythm, ethnic traditions, and effective use of a middle name.

    12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids

    12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids

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    Best-selling parenting guru Michele Borba, the mother of three, has surveyed 5,000 mothers for their experience and wisdom in raising happier, more confident kids by returning to a more natural, authentic kind of mothering. She shares 12 top secrets of successful moms culled from her research and shows how to apply them to your family.

    You'll learn how to...

  • Apply the 12 essential principles that child experts and 5,000 parents say matter most in good mothering
  • Raise children with confidence, resilience, and character
  • Create a customized mothering plan and use it so it leads to success with your child
  • Cut the guilt and reduce the stress by sticking to what really counts in parenting good kids today
  • Discover simple ways to make big differences in your family's life
  • 125 Brain Games for Babies 2nd ed

    125 Brain Games for Babies 2nd ed

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    Updated to reflect the latest research about how children learn; the revised edition of 125 Brain Games for Babies is a fun-filled collection of ways to develop the brain capacity of infants. Included are everyday opportunities to nurture brain development in the critical period from birth through twelve months. Each game and sensory experience presented includes an annotation on the latest brain research and how the activity promotes brain power in babies.
    125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos 2nd ed

    125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos 2nd ed

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    A young child's brain grows at a phenomenal rate in the first years of life. Revised and updated to reflect the latest research on how children learn, 125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos is packed with everyday opportunities to contribute to brain development. Each game is accompanied by an annotation on the latest brain research and how the activity promotes brain power in the critical period between twelve and thirty-six months.
    13 is the New 18

    13 is the New 18

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    I wonder sometimes if there s something to the old superstition about the number thirteen. Maybe that superstition was originally created by the mothers in some tribe who noticed that in their children s thirteenth year, they suddenly became possessed by evil spirits. Because it did seem that whenever Taz was around, things spilled and shattered, calm turned into chaos, and tempers were lost.
    So laments the mother of one thirteen-year-old boy, Taz, a teen who, overnight it seemed, went from a small, sweet, loving boy to a hulking, potty-mouthed, Facebook/MySpace addicted C student who didn t even bother to hide his scorn for being anywhere in the proximity of his parents.
    As this startling transformation floors journalist Beth Harpaz and her husband, Elon, Harpaz tries to make sense of a bizarre teenage wilderness of $100 sneakers, clouds of Axe body spray (to hide the scent of pot?!), and cell phone bills so big they require nine-by-twelve envelopes. In the process, she begins chronicling her son s hilarious, sometimes harrowing, indiscretions, blaming herself ( I am a terrible mother becomes her steadfast refrain), Googling unfamiliar teenage slang, reading every parenting book she can get her hands on, and querying friends who also have teens.
    From a derailed family vacation where Taz is more interested in trying to get a cell phone connection than looking at the world s largest trees (boring!), to a prom where Taz is caught with liquor, to a trip to Australia sans parents in which Taz actually doesn t get into any trouble and manages to do his own laundry, the events that mark Taz s newfound and troublesome independence are told with a wry and poignant voice by a woman who s both wistful for the past and trying her hardest to understand her son s head-scratching new behavior. In her quest to infiltrate his world by spying on his MySpace page (where he claims he s twenty-two), Harpaz expands her online monitoring and soon becomes a Facebook addict. She also reflects on her own youth and entry into middle age, and in the process achieves hard-won wisdom.
    A book for any parent of teens be they girls or boys 13 Is the New 18 is a delightfully comical foray into today s increasingly widening generation gap and one mom s attempt to figure it all out with little guidance and a whole lot of misplaced guilt.

    From the Hardcover edition."

    13 Is the New 18

    13 Is the New 18

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    Inspired by a popular story she wrote for the Associated Press, 13 Is the New 18 is Harpaz's wry, poignant, and often hysterically funny account of her son's 13th year.
    13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Dont Do

    13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Dont Do

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    The author of the international bestseller 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do turns her focus to parents, teaching them how to raise mentally strong and resilient children.

    Do today's children lack the flexibility and mental strength they need to cope with life's challenges in an increasingly complicated and scary world? With safe spaces and trigger warnings designed to protect kids, many adults worry that children don't have the resilience to reach their greatest potential. Amy Morin, the author who identified the characteristics that mentally strong people share, now gives adults--parents, teachers, and other mentors--the tools they need to become mental strength trainers. While other books tell parents what to do, Amy teaches parents what not to do, which she says is equally important in raising mentally strong youngsters.

    As a foster parent, psychotherapist, and expert in family and teen therapy, Amy has witnessed first-hand what works. When children have the skills they need to deal with challenges in their everyday lives, they can flourish socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically. With appropriate support, encouragement, and guidance from adults, kids grow stronger and become better. Drawing on her experiences and insight, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do combines case studies, practical tips, specific strategies, and concrete and proven exercises to help children of all ages--from preschoolers to teenagers--build mental muscle and develop into healthy, strong adults.

    1st Days of School - 2nd Edition

    1st Days of School - 2nd Edition

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    "The First Days of School" is written to help all teachers "jumpstart" by beginning school successfully. This book is the result of the myriad ideas and techniques that have been shared by the legions of educators who have interacted with us. We thank these people for their contributions, and now we share them in return.
    20 Things Adopted Kids Wish They

    20 Things Adopted Kids Wish They

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    "Birthdays may be difficult for me."

    "I want you to take the initiative in opening conversations about my birth family."

    "When I act out my fears in obnoxious ways, please hang in there with me."

    "I am afraid you will abandon me."

    The voices of adopted children are poignant, questioning. And they tell a familiar story of loss, fear, and hope. This extraordinary book, written by a woman who was adopted herself, gives voice to children's unspoken concerns, and shows adoptive parents how to free their kids from feelings of fear, abandonment, and shame.

    With warmth and candor, Sherrie Eldridge reveals the twenty complex emotional issues you must understand to nurture the child you love--that he must grieve his loss now if he is to receive love fully in the future--that she needs honest information about her birth family no matter how painful the details may be--and that although he may choose to search for his birth family, he will always rely on you to be his parents.

    Filled with powerful insights from children, parents, and experts in the field, plus practical strategies and case histories that will ring true for every adoptive family, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew is an invaluable guide to the complex emotions that take up residence within the heart of the adopted child--and within the adoptive home.

    20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed

    20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed

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    Do I have what it takes to be a successful adoptive parent?
    Does my child consider me a successful parent?
    Will I ever hear my rebellious teen say, "I love you"?
    What tools do I need to succeed?

    In her groundbreaking first book, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, Sherrie Eldridge gave voice to the very real concerns of adopted children, whose unique perspectives offered unprecedented insight. In this all-new companion volume, Eldridge goes beyond those insights and shifts her focus to parents, offering them much-needed encouragement and hope.

    Speaking from her own experience as an adoptee and an expert in the field of adoption, Eldridge shares proven strategies and the moving narratives of nearly one hundred adoptive families, helping parents gain a deeper understanding of what is normal, both for their children and themselves. By first strengthening yourself as a parent, you'll be able to truly listen to your child, and to connect with him on every level, by opening the channels of communication and keeping them open forever. Then you and your child can grow closer through the practical exercises at the end of every chapter.

    Discover how to
    - be confident that your role in your child's life is vital and irreplaceable
    - pass on the legacy of healthy self-care by assessing and regulating your stress
    - communicate unconditional love to your child
    - talk candidly with your child about her adoption and her birth family
    - teach your family how to respond positively to insensitive remarks about adoption
    - connect with other adoptive families-and build a support network
    - plus learn to become a "warrior" parent...settle the "real parent" question...cope with emotional triggers-what to do when you "lose it" . . . celebrate the miracle of your family...and much more

    200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem

    200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem

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    Building Self-Esteem in Girls

    Guidelines and Advice for Parents and Teachers

    Raise self-empowered girls. Studies show that young girls often develop faster than their male counterparts, grasping concepts such as math and sports just as easily─until they reach early adolescence. Then, girls quickly fall behind boys, victims to society's confusing dictates of what being female means. 200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem provides straightforward advice and helpful guidelines for parents and teachers who want to help girls build positive self-images and develop full, exuberant lives.

    Learn from a parenting expert. Will Glennon guides you through how to raise a young girl's self-esteem through carefully considered boosters," the key to helping girls hold their own in the world. This guide helps you understand the subtle difference between boosters and busters. For example, complimenting a young woman on her appearance may give her the idea that she is valued only for her looks, whereas complimenting her ability to complete a complicated homework assignment boosts her confidence in her intelligence. Find ways to impart a strong sense of self-worth to girls in everyday situations with 200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem.

    Learn to be a good example for girls. Teach, advise, and create rituals that help girls navigate their transition into womanhood. 200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem is a practical guide for raising healthy girls and provides exercises for parents and teachers.

    You will learn:

  • To boost your girl's self-esteem
  • How to be an example for your child
  • To lead your daughter into womanhood
  • If you enjoyed Just Between Us, I Am a Girl and I Am Great!, or The Girl's Guide to Loving Yourself, your next read should be 200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem by Will Glennon.

    201 Organic Baby and Toddler Meals

    201 Organic Baby and Toddler Meals

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    Tasty, wholesome recipes for growing babies and toddlers!

    Of course your child's food should always be made of the freshest, healthiest ingredients possible! With 201 Organic Baby and Toddler Meals, you can be sure your growing child eats the most nourishing meals nature can offer. With the wholesome recipes in this book, you can create well-balanced, all-natural dishes right in your own home. As simple to prepare as they are nutritious, these yummy baby and toddler meals include:

    -Dutch Baked Apple Pancake

    -Creamy Spinach Pita Pizza

    -Orange Chicken Stir-Fry

    -Cinnamon Pineapple Crumble

    Every recipe is built to make your life less complicated--whether you're freezing them for later or making a family-friendly dish that will satisfy the whole table. These delicious meals are easy on your child's tummy, the environment, and your schedule!