I believe that parenting is probably the hardest task anyone takes in life. It’s a constantly changing experience as our child or children grow. And each child is very different. We do not get a manual when we have or adopt a baby. We have to learn what works for each child as he or she is growing up. Now add to the mix the fact that each parent grew up with different styles of parenting and with different issues based on how he or she was raised. Wow! That makes parenting a complicated process.
I can help parents/couples look at their family of origin issues around parenting and help each individual resolve hurts or unfinished business with his or her own parents. This allows you to be free to choose the parenting style you want with your own child or children, instead of just reacting or repeating what was done to you.
Understanding the developmental stages that children go through is vitally important for knowing what type of response your child needs in order to grow and develop well. I help you to understand what your child needs at different stages, as well as parenting styles and their impacts.
All parents need support and help at some time in the process of raising their child or children. I encourage you to talk to other parents about what they experience so you don’t feel alone and you get a sense of what is common for children at different stages. At times, you will find it difficult to change how you react to your child or children, and then I can help.
I’ve taught parenting classes using Clarke’s book, Self-Esteem: A Family Affair, and would be happy to offer classes for groups that are interested.
I offer parenting groups to those who have children that struggle with inductive reasoning issues (IRI), including those diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s, social communication disorder, and ADD. Other diagnoses may also experience IRI, including ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, narcissism, OCD, oppositional defiant disorder, PDD-NOS, reactive attachment disorder, and social phobia.
Please contact me with questions about groups or if you want help with parenting issues.
parenting books For ALL AGES
Jean Illsley Clarke
- Self-Esteem: A Family Affair
- Time-In: When Time-Out Doesn’t Work
- How Much Is Enough?: Everything You Need to Know to Steer Clear of Overindulgence and Raise Likeable, Responsible, and Respectful Children
- Help! for Parents of Children from Birth to Five
- Help! for Parents of School-Age Children and Teenagers: Tried-and-True Solutions to Parents' Everyday Problems
- Growing Up Again
Jim Fay ‒ Love and Logic Books
- Parenting with Love and Logic
- How to Discipline Kids without Losing Their Love and Respect
- Helicopters, Drill Sergeants & Consultants: Parenting Styles and the Messages They Send
- Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years
- From Innocence to Entitlement: A Love and Logic Cure for the Tragedy of Entitlement
- Meeting the Challenge: Using Love and Logic to help children develop attention and behavior skills
Michael Riera ‒ Great Teen Books
- Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers — Goes through each grade, the personality development that is happening for your teen and what teenagers are dealing with at school.
- Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying
Elizabeth Crary’s Books
- Star Parenting: Tales and Tools
- Help! the Kids Are at It Again: Using Kids' Quarrels to Teach "People" Skills
- Without Spanking or Spoiling
- Dealing with Disappointment
- Am I Doing Too Much for My Child
- Children and Chores: The Surprising Impact of Chores on Kids’ Futures
- Pick Up Your Socks! and Other Skills Growing Children Need
- The Secret of Toddler Sharing
- Kids Can Cooperate: A Practical Guide to Teaching Problem Solving
- Helping Children with Their Feelings: Practical for Special Needs and Neurotypical Learners
- Love and Limits (early Synopsis of Star Parenting)
- Magic Tools for Raising Kids (early smaller version of Star Parenting)
Solving Social Problems
- I Want It
- I Want to Play
- My Name is Not Dummy
- I’m Lost
- I Can’t Wait
- Mommy Don’t Go
- Amy’s Disappearing Pickle
- Willy’s Noisy Sister
- Heidi’s Irresistible Hat
Preschool (Feelings for Little Children) by Elizabeth Crary, Shari Steelsmith, and Mits Katayama
- When You're Shy and You Know It
- When You're Happy and You Know It
- When You're Silly and You Know It
- When You're Mad and You Know It