Recommended books to read and their reviews.

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Swagger

By Lisa Bloom

There is a great deal we as parents can do at little or no cost to give our boys the advantages they need right now to jack up their odds of finishing high school, going to college, and leading a decent, free life in which they can not only support a family but also contribute to their communities.  Because parenting can’t wait, our boys are growing up now, in conditions they did not create, and they deserve more than an adulthood defined by illiteracy, poverty, and reporting to a parole officer. 

The Dyslexic Advantage

By Brock L. Eide & Fernette Eide

In this revolutionary book, the Eides use new brain science and their expertise in neurology and learning disorders to explain how individuals with dyslexia not only perceived the written work differently but also conceived space more intuitively, see connections between unrelated objects, and are able to make great leaps creatively that others simply miss.

Excuses Begone!

By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer reveals how to change the self-defeating thinking patterns that have prevented you from living at the highest levels of success happiness, and health.  Even though you may know what to think, actually changing those thinking habi8ts that have been with you since childhood might be somewhat challenging.

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Joint Custody with a Jerk

By Julie A. Ross & Judy Corcoran

It’s a fact that parenting is hard enough in a family where two parents love and respect each other.  After divorce, however, when the respect has diminished and the love has often turned to intense dislike, co-parenting can be nearly impossible, driving one or both parents to the brink of insanity.  Joint Custody with a Jerk offers many proven communication techniques to help you deal with your difficult ex-husband or ex-wife.  By outlining common problems and teaching tools to examine your own role in these sticky situations, this book conveys strategies for effective mediation that are easy to apply, sensible, timely, and innovative.

Re-married with Children

By Barbara LeBey

Your kids, your spouse’s kids, a couple of exes, conflicting loyalties, and complicated financial arrangements – it may not be the family you always dreamed about, but it’s your family now.  And this honest and hopeful book shows you the ten essential secrets at the heart of a happily blended family. Filled with the hard-won advice of psychologists, family counsellors, and parents on the front lines, Remarried with Children provides you with support and sanity when you need it most.  Drawing on extensive interviews and new research, Barbara LeBey shows how to navigate the stresses, anticipate the pitfalls, and build on the successes of your growing family.

I’d Listen to My Parents if They’d Just Shut Up

By Anthony E Wolf

I’d Listen to My Parents if They’d Just Shut Up will help you understand who your teenagers really are under all the attitude, and what new rules apply to successfully communicating with them in today’s constantly evolving world of the Internet, electronics, and social media.  A book designed to make life with your teenage child a significantly more enjoyable experience.

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Rage, Rebellion & Rudeness

By Dr. Scott Wooding

For caring and concerned parents, everywhere, Dr. Scott Wooding examines teenage behavior, explains the reasons why teenagers act the way they do, and provides clear and practical solutions for dealing with teenage sons and daughters in today’s complex world.

The purpose of this book is to help reduce not only the fears and misconceptions about teens, but to give clear solutions to many of the most puzzling problems that parents encounter with their children during these years. 

How NOT to Move Back in With Your Parents

By Rob Carrick

The cost of being a student goes up and up, and competition of jobs is fierce.  Gas prices are exorbitant houses cost a fortune, credit cards are ruinous.  Such a large number of young people are moving back in with their parents that there’s a name for them: the Boomerang Generation.

Whether you’re in your teens, your twenties or your thirties, this book is your personal finance manual.  From the money pit of post-secondary education through the milestones of first adult bank account, first plastic, first car, starting an RRSP and a TFS, to buying a home and starting a family, this book contains the keys to financial independence.

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The Secret to Teen Power

By Paul Harrington
                  
If you’ve ever had a dream, a secret ambition, a passionate desire or goal, but had no idea how to make it real. The Secret to Teen Power is for you.  The Secret gives you the power to have, do, or be anything you choose,  We’re talking wealth, success, great relationships, better health and self-esteem….anything your heart desires.

The User’s Guide to the Human Mind

By Shawn T. Smith

Your mind is not built to make you happy; it’s build to help you survive.  So far, it’s done a great job! But in the process it may have developed some bad habits, like avoiding new experiences or scrounging around for problems where none exist.  Is it any wonder that worry, bad moods, and self-critical thoughts so often get in the way of enjoying life?

The User’s Guide to the Human Mind is a road map to the puzzling inner workings of the human mind, complete with exercises for overriding the mind’s natural impulses toward worry, self-criticism, and fear, and helpful tips for acting in the service of your values and emotional well-being when your mind has other plans.

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Mindset

By Carol S. Dweck

…the power of our mindset…Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success – but whether we approach our goals with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising our children’s intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success.  With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to improve in school, as well as reach our own goals – personal and professional.  Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know, and show how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

Emotional Bullshit

By Carl Alasko

Psychologist Dr. Carl Alasko reveals that Emotional Bullshit is everywhere and it’s growing stronger and more hazardous to our psychological well-being every day.  From the highest precincts of commerce and politics to the most average, everyday conversations, we’re all affected by its toxicity – especially within our most intimate relationships.  And yet most of us remain largely unaware of its influence.  Alasko explains that this is because Emotional Bullshit retails three interlocking dynamics inherent to our psychological structure – denial, delusion, and blame.

How Will You Measure Your Life?

By Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth & Karen Dillon

In 2010 world-renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen delivered a powerful speech to the Harvard Business School’s graduating class.  Drawing upon his business research, he offered a series of guidelines for finding meaning and happiness in life.  He used examples from his own experience to explain how high achievers can all too often fall into traps that lead to unhappiness.

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