Thanks to FOSS we have a growing collection of books for parents around the often tricky subject of parenting. These books can be found on display in the foyer at school or in the library. Anyone can borrow them, just come in to the library to see Mrs Bamber (Wendy) and we can set you up an account. Books can be borrowed for two weeks and then extended if nobody is waiting for them. You can also reserve them and be first to get them when they come back in. Here is a brief description of the books we have already purchased. (Goodreads.com is a great site for searching up books and also joining others in rating and reviewing books. You can set up an account very easily and link up with friends.)
This Goodreads reviewer gave this book a 5/5 rating – here’s what they thought:
“John Parsons takes a very practical approach to his topic, using short real-life examples to illustrate situations such as cyber-bullying or of young people tricked into sending inappropriate images. He shows how these situations can be resolved and discusses who to turn to for help.
This book is recommended to parents of children from 0-18 years old. If your child is at the younger end, then there are great tips about how to talk about values that will stand you and your child in good stead as they traverse the technology landscape. For parents of teens, there are lots of practical ideas here of how to talk to your teens about the way they use social media, as well as reminders of your children’s rights and what the law says about cyber-bullying. If your teen has already got caught up in a difficult situation, you’ll find the case studies useful as well as the agencies listed in the back.”
For a taster, check out the short videos on the publishers’ website http://www.pottonandburton.co.nz/stor…
The Goodreads average rating for this book is 3.9/5 – here is what one reviewer wrote, rating it 4/5:
Although this book is written for parents who have children with anxiety issues, the 7 strategies the authors offer are also relevant for teachers and other professionals who work with anxious children and teens.The authors contend the strategies work for children aged 8 – 18, but I believe any age may benefit from their guidance. In fact. adults might recognize themselves in the pages of this book and find using the 7 strategies in their own lives beneficial.
Good reads rating 4.49/5 – Many of the children talked about in this book missed out on attachment in their very early years and the impact on their brain activity and development made a huge difference to their outcomes. A fascinating read with some occasionally tricky to follow brain science explanations, this book undoubtedly serves to remind us to be kind to our fellow human beings and treat everyone with care. Nathan Mikaere Wallis recommended this book in an earlier presentation.
4.35/5 Goodreads rating. Steve Biddulph is a well known author of best selling parenting books Raising Boys and Raising Girls, and his followers have not been disappointed with his latest book which offers interactive tasks and advice to start some of those tricky conversations. According to Steve himself, “the aim of this book is to help you understand how to lay down the foundations of good mental health early in your daughter’s life,
and to keep her strong all the way through.”
Look at this link for an honest review by the New Zealand Herald.
Rated 4.28/5 by Goodreads reviewers, this is another book recommended by Nathan Wallis. This is not just for new parents to read – the brain science behind the importance of love, attention and nurturing is good value for any adult involved in the care of children. Here’s another reviewer’s opinion:
This book has been an amazing discovery. The way the author has been able to translate recent hard-science evidence into intelligible information is great. I’d like this book to be made compulsory reading at university, when one is mature enough to reflect about what it means to create a new life, and to try to gather information about our own infancy and how it may influence our emotions around parent-motherhood. This book is an invitation to think, not only about family but also about society.
Goodreads rating 4.08 . ‘Celia doesn’t tell men how to raise their boys . instead she provides tools for parents who want their sons to become good men.’ Celia Lashlie was the first female officer in a men’s prison and after years working in the service she knows what can happen when boys make the wrong choices. During the recent Good Man Project she talked to 180 classes of boys throughout New Zealand, and what she found was surprising, amusing and, in some cases, frightening. In this funny, honest, no-nonsense book Celia Lashlie reveals what goes on inside the world of boys, and that it is an entirely different world from that of girls. She offers some practical and reassuring advice to parents on raising their boys to become good, loving, articulate men. Celia had two boys herself and lived in Wellington until she sadly passed away in 2015.