Cindy A.

Love and Logic Magic When Kids Leave You Speechless

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Jim Fay and Charles Fay, Ph.D

When my boys were tiny I stumbled upon a Love and Logic course. It saved my sanity and let my sons and I diminish the power struggles. We are now heading towards August and I feel my blood pressure rising with the heat and humidity-definately time for a refresher course. I picked up Love and Logic Magic When Kids Leave You Speechless with the intent to read through it and magically be a better parent. Well, I've read through it and now I intend to read a chapter or two a day the rest of the summer so I can put what I've read into consistent action.


The entire book is devoted to providing advice on neutralizing arguing and power struggles. There are countless examples of real-life arguments from "it's not fair!" to "make him stop!". The authors provide a real life example amd thoughts and questions to help the reader evaluate what is happening and being learned form the exchange. Wonderful wise words are scattered throughout-" To avoid a fight with your kids, tell them what you will provide, not what they have to do." The authors also provide models of saner, shorter exchanges utilizing their techniqus so the parent isn't sucked into the argument.


Cindy A., Circulation

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7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Naomi Steiner, M.D.

My husband and I have struggled over the years with the idea of raising our children to be bilingual. 7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child is very practical in addressing many concerns. The book is laid out in an orderly fashion and has a nice variety of examples of real life situations where families have dealt with raising a child to be bilingual. It has an entire section devoted to creating an action plan and another one devoted to predictable obstacles. This is an excellent resource for families where one parent speaks a language other than English as a mother tongue. If you are trying to decide if and how to pass that language and heritage on to your child read this book. It concludes with a resource list which I promptly took advantage of by going back to the library collection and borrowing language CD's and a CD-Rom for my children.

Cindy A., Circulation

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