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    "REPAIR for Toddlers" by author Marjorie McKinnon utilizes the acroynm R.E.P.A.I.R. R.E.P.A.I.R is Recognition, Entry, Process, Awareness, Insight, and Rhythm. Enter a six-Stage program with your 2- to 6-year-old child to cross the "Bridge of Recovery" and make available a whole new world of hope: * Uncover and acknowledge feelings by discovering emotion. * Build self-esteem and optimism with the "Magic Mirror." * Discern healthy and unhealthy messages. * Learn special games to rebuild courage and optimism. * Reveal inner states with picture drawing.

    Here is a concrete, sequential method for teaching students of all ages how to multiply and divide in just 5 minutes. Math concepts can seem very abstract, but in just a short time, not only will this hands-on, multisensory method help students achieve a better understanding of mathematics, it will boost confidence and self esteem as well. "Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps®" by author Maureen Stearns is easy to learn, easy to teach, and so logical, it’s easy to remember. A valuable resource for all parents and educators to carry with them in their bag of tricks.

    "Love More, Feed Less" is a supportive guide to raising healthier kids. Beyond being just a cookbook or diet book, Randi Levin provides various tips to inspire kids to be more physically active and aware of what foods they put into their bodies. Experienced as a teacher and children’s counselor, Levin teaches parents how to motivate their children, how to overcome whining when children claim they are starving because they aren’t being fed junk food, and how to provide healthy recipes and appropriate serving sizes for the family. Parents will learn how to help their children avoid the stigma of obesity and the risk of developing diseases from being overweight. Alternative solutions are offered for children who cope emotionally by eating junk food, and guidelines are given to establish healthy eating habits.

    Life was great for Juli and Christi. Each sister was living their lives to the fullest; however, all that changed the split second their father collapsed, and died in Christi's arms. Both girls lives spiraled into darkness trying to cope with the loss of their father, yet, each sister managed to pull her life back together with the help of God and family. Juli and Christi tell their own story of dealing with their father's death from turning to medication to cope with the pain to immersing their lives in helping others cope. "Two Sisters' Journey," by authors Christi and Juli Rohan, is a unique look into the different stages of grief through acceptance.

    Oh, how I wish this book was available 35 years ago when I was encouraging my children to "think." Attempting to come up with activities to promote thinking is challenging enough let alone keep their interest peaked and fun enough to continue and not get bored. Well, for those that have children, or an educator wanting to come up with new activities, Dr. Maria Chesley Fisk has made it easy.

    Book Review: A Survival Guide to Debt: How to Overcome Tough Times and Restore Your Financial Health Author: Mitchell Allen Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press ISBN: 978-1-929774-70-8

    Book Review: Got An Angry Kid? Parenting Spike: A Seriously Difficult Child Author: Andrew D. Gibson, PhD Publisher: Loving Healing Press ISBN: 978-1932690897

    This book translates anxiety from the jargon of psychology into concrete experiences that children can relate to. Children and their parents will understand the biological and emotional components of anxiety responsible for the upsetting symptoms they experience. "Please Explain 'Anxiety' to Me," by authors Laurie and Jordan Zelinger, gives accurate physiological information in child friendly language. A colorful dinosaur story explains the link between brain and body functioning, followed by practical therapeutic techniques that children can use to help themselves. Children will learn that they can handle most issues if they are explained at their developmental level, understand the brain/body connection underlying anxiety, identify with the examples given, find comfort and reassurance in knowing that others have the same experience, be provided with strategies and ideas to help them change their anxiety responses, be able to enjoy childhood, and to give up unnecessary worrying.

    The new 2nd Edition of "The 'O, MY' in TonsillectOMY and AdenoidectOMY" by author Laurie Zelinger helps parents understand and organize the necessary medical and emotional components that accompany their child’s surgery. In an easy to follow timeline for events prior to and following a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy, the author provides reassuring and accurate guidance that eases the process for the patient and family.

    AD/HD Success

    A wonderful handbook for AD/HD kids from 7 to 17. A tool providing solutions for boosting self esteem. AD/HD diagnosis is on the rise and all of us know, work with or have children with special needs. This book is for children, teachers and parents. The author clearly set forth a fabulous workbook that everyone can use to help our children feel better about themselves. Building character and good behavior is not an easy task.

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