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The world is full of products and self-help material. We’ve gone through a bunch of it and have found what we think are the BEST RESOURCES. Thank you in advance for buying through these links.  The money that we get from promoting resources we use to help our lower income clients.  With that said, here is how we decide what we’re going to promote: 1. We we think it is awesome. 2. We would promote it even if  we weren’t getting paid. 3. It is easy to understand. All of these products meet these three criteria. We’re also going to be writing reviews about what we think is great about the products, what populations they are aimed at, and how we want you to use them as you pursue mental wellness. Also, if you love/hate a resource, please tell us. If it has changed and is bad, we want to stop recommending it.

Common Sense Parenting: Using Your Head as Well as Your Heart to Raise School-Aged Children: 3rd edition

If I could find a way to teach everyone this method in therapy, the world would be a better place. They go through how to describe your kid’s behavior, teach through praise, preventing bad behavior, how to give consequences, and what to do when they are out of control. Reading this book would take at least 10 counseling or therapy sessions. This is actually required reading for my LLPC supervisees if they want to work with parents. -Joe

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

So I read this book while on a six-week road trip with my wife. We were headed up the west coast so I had a lot of time in the car, it was a little Saturn. As I read this book, it occurred to me that nature is really great and that I learned a ton from it while I was a child. However, our kids now are not getting the time, space, and location to creatively explore. This book dives into these topics of kids and how being outdoors can help them academically, socially, and in regards to their future jobs. -Joe

 

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture

This book is so great. It is funny and explores research in a way that does not seem like a college course. I read this book when I found out we were having a girl. It was 3 months before the due date and I had no idea what I was getting into. This book should be given to every man and woman who is having a baby girl. (Great baby shower gift! If they like reading.) -Joe

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child Dr. Weissbluth is totally the man. He has done tons of research and has made my life so much easier. This book is aimed at helping parents of kids under the age of 2. Or read his blog for free. -Joe

 

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