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Friendship Corner with Laura Macfarlane

Date: June 5, 2011 Author: admin Categories: Parent Updates

As we head into summer, I want to share three books that I have read, incorporated into my work and recommended this year. Perhaps you will want to add them to your summer reading list.

Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in the Early Grades by Michelle Anthony, M.A., PH.D and Reyna Lindert, PH.D

I don’t love the title, but the content is a must read for parents of girls – ages 5-10. Over the years, I have read many books about girls and their social relationships and this one is excellent. Informative, easy to read, with practical tips and strategies that parents can implement right away. The concepts shared in the book are illustrated with real life examples. Challenges that your daughter has or will likely face as she navigates friendships in elementary school are shared throughout the book. If you want to learn more, check out the link for a summary of some of the key concepts in the book.

That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life by Ana Hoayoun

Although this book is directed towards the needs of boys, I recommend it for parents of boys and girls, 3rd grade and older. The author, Ana Hoayoun, owns a tutoring/educational consulting business in Mountain View. In her book, Ms. Hoayoun shares insight and understanding, gained through her work with many young people. This book is a resource that can be read as needed, one chapter at a time. Chapter topics include “Identifying Your Son’s (Dis)organized Style, “Strategies for Quizzes, Tests, Projects and Finals”, “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Helping Your Son De-Stress, Recharge and Grow.”

You can learn more about the book at

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

This book has been around for quite a while and continues to be a great communication resource for parents. How To Talk… is described as a tool-kit, and is based on a series of workshops developed by the authors. One review of the book describes it as a “step-by-step approach to improving relationships in your house. The “Reminder” pages, helpful cartoon illustrations, and excellent exercises will improve your ability as a parent to talk and problem-solve with your children. The book can be used alone or in parenting groups, and the solid tools provided are appropriate for kids of all ages.”

If you have any favorite parenting or child-related books, please send me the title via e-mail. Happy reading and enjoy your summer.