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By Elissa Wald, Stephanie Thornton Plymale. 2020
"Gut-wrenching and absorbing...in the vein of Educated and The Glass Castle."—BOOKLIST"a story of redemption and forgiveness."—MARY BETH KEANE, NEW YORK TIMES…BOOK REVIEW"Impressive...Readers will find themselves recalibrating their judgments about villains and victims"–—BOOKPAGE (STARRED REVIEW)For 50 years, Stephanie Plymale kept her past a fiercely guarded secret. No one outside her immediate family would have guessed that her childhood was fraught with every imaginable hardship: a mentally ill mother who was in and out of jails and psych wards throughout Stephanie's formative years, neglect, hunger, poverty, homelessness, truancy, foster homes, a harrowing lack of medical care, and worse.Stephanie, in turn, knew very little about the past of her mother, from whom she remained estranged during most of her adult life. All this changed with a phone call that set a journey of discovery in motion, leading to a series of shocking revelations that forced Stephanie to revise the meaning of almost every aspect of her very compromised childhood.American Daughter is at once the deeply moving memoir of a troubled mother-daughter relationship and a meditation on resilience, transcendence, and redemption. Stephanie's story is unique but its messages are universal, offering insight into what it means to rise above, heal, and forgive.
By Kristy Woodson Harvey. 2017
From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an…all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley. Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open. Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.
By Jacqueline K Thompson. 2000
They're fighting for our kids, and the battleground is the street!In 1956, the Boston Special Youth Project defined the field…of detached youthwork this way: “Detached work involves intensive contact with a corner-group where the worker meets the teen-age group in their natural environment. By close association with them and getting to know their needs as a group and as individuals, the worker forms a positive relationship and helps them to engage in socially acceptable activities which they come to choose. The basic goal is helping them to change undesirable attitudes and patterns of behavior.”Today, author and youthworker Jacquelyn Kay Thompson brings this exciting, heartbreaking and often dangerous profession to light in Caring on the Streets: A Study of Detached Youthworkers. The book examines the demanding task of assisting runaways, gang members, prostitutes, drug addicts, and other troubled youths and explores how the profession is practiced in the United States. Here are true-life stories of the courageous, caring individuals whose professional life is spent on the streets, in bars, pool halls, motels, housing projects, and hangouts “where the kids are.” In addition to sharing the personal experience of detached workers, Caring on the Streets illuminates these facets of the profession: history of detached youthwork methodology and philosophy of detached youthwork model programs research procedures for youthworkers becoming a detached youthworker ...and more!Caring on the Streets contains interviews with seventeen youthworkers who assist clients outside of formal office settings to give you insight into the experiences, challenges, and dedication of detached youthworkers. This thoughtfully-indexed work also includes reference notes and five appendixes.
By David J. Ludwig. 2001
Use the techniques in this book to conduct productive, successful sessions with your clients!Social Work and the Family Unit offers…methods and suggestions for focusing on problems within relationships, rather than simply placing blame, in order to dispel stressful and unhealthy situations. This essential book will show you how to empower couples to understand the relationships that form the fabric of their lives, the benefits ”we” thinking, and how spirituality influences people's connections and experiences. Social Work and the Family Unit provides therapists and clients with techniques and examples for conducting more successful and productive sessions.The authors of the six sections of Social Work and the Family Unit draw on their expertise to address the overwhelming importance of focusing on relationships when working with individuals and families. Editor David Ludwig's ”It's the Relationship, Stupid!” gives specific case descriptions showing that, in most situations, the client is focusing on the wrong thing as the cause of his or her distress. Alex Opper's ”What Do You Mean, 'It's the Relationship'? What's That Got to Do with Step-Parenting” points to the difficulty of, and suggests ways of, forming a good ”we” from the ”us” versus ”them” tensions often found in blended families. Walter Murphy's ”Growing up in a 'We’Family” and William B. Knippa's ”The Family Unit: Place, Base, or Both?” focus on the benefit to children of a united parental front that they cannot manipulate.Donald R. Bardill's ”The Relational Systems Model: Reality and Self-Differentiation” identifies the relationships that form the realities (self, other, context, and spiritual) of each person's life and shows how clients can be empowered to live in each of these four realities as self-differentiated persons.The final chapter, by Joanides, Joanning, and Keoughan, provides you with a systematic description of religious people's perceptions of religion and spirituality. It shows that important contextual information can be missed when therapists and researchers fail to address religion and spirituality from the perspectives of clients who are guided by faith. Implications for MFTs and MFT researchers are discussed in detail.The information you'll find in Social Work and the Family Unit will help you and your clients to understand what's really going on in their families and their lives. This valuable book belongs in your professional collection!
By Claire Russell. 2020
Looking for ways to entertain little kids this Summer? Mum and parenting play coach Claire Russell is here to help…with The PlayHOORAY! Handbook - a lifesaver for busy parents. The book is packed with 100 ideas for activities, arts, crafts and games using items from the house and garden. Covering everything from Preparing for School, Garden Play and Sibling Play, this book offers a helping hand to parents and carers on the days you need it. Find the playHOORAY! community on social media for daily inspiration and L!VE play demonstrations from Claire's kitchen where viewing with a cup of tea is compulsory.
By Zibby Owens. 2021
JOIN AWARD-WINNING PODCASTER ZIBBY OWENS OF MOMS DON&’T HAVE TIME TO READ BOOKS ON A JOURNEY FILLED WITH FOOD, EXERCISE,…SEX, BOOKS, AND MORE. It&’s impossible to ignore how life has changed since COVID-19 spread across the world. People from all over quarantined and did their best to keep on going during the pandemic. Zibby Owens, host of the award-winning podcast MomsDon&’t Have Time to Read Books and a mother of four herself, wanted to do something to help people carry on and to give them something to focus on other than the horrors of their news feeds. So she launched an online magazine called We Found Time. Authors who had been on her podcast wrote original, brilliant essays for busy readers. Zibby organized these profound pieces into themes inspired by five things moms don&’t have time to do: eat, read, work out, breathe, and have sex. Now compiled as an anthology named Moms Don&’t Have Time To, these beautiful, original essays by dozens of bestselling and acclaimed authors speak to the ever-increasing demands on our time, especially during the quarantine, in a unique, literary way. Actress Evangeline Lilly writes about the importance and impact of film. Bestselling author Rene Denfeld focuses on her relationship with food after growing up homeless. Screenwriter and author Lea Carpenter and Suzanne Falter, author, speaker, and podcast host, focus on loss. New York Times bestselling authors Chris Bohjalian and Gretchen Rubin write about the importance of reading. Others write about working out, love and sex, eating and cooking, and more. Join Zibby on her journey through the winding road of quarantine and perhaps you, too, will find time.
By Bloodwitch Luz Oscuria. 2021
“My name is Catherine. I'm 35 years old. I own an apartment in Paris, and I have a well-paid job.…I also have a 5 year old son, William, and a golden nanny, Claire. I have everything it takes to be happy. And yet…” Being constantly checked by a psychologist, she tries to have a normal life amidst the moments when she loses ground between alcohol, depravity and blackouts. Being the sole witness to a murder in the convenience store where she usually does her grocery shopping, her already not so peaceful little life will be turned upside down in just one week.
By Owen Jones. 2021
Adolescenti e altri consigli utili Spero che le informazioni contenute in questo libro vi possano essere utili. Si tratta di…informazioni che riguardano gli adolescenti e i problemi che affrontano e che sono organizzate in 20 capitoli di circa 500-600 parole ciascuno. Spero che sia di gradimento per coloro che sono interessati alle questioni che riguardano gli adolescenti. In più, vi concedo il permesso di usare il contenuto del libro sulla vostra pagina web, blog o newsletter, anche se sarebbe meglio se prima lo parafrasaste con parole vostre. Vi autorizzo anche a rivendere gli articoli separatamente. L’unico diritto che non vi è concesso è di rivendere o cedere a terzi l’intero libro.
By Tony Lewis. 2020
Con la agencia viene el personal de su tío: un zombi que apenas puede mantenerse unido, un zombi del tamaño…de una cabina telefónica y con un coeficiente intelectual de un solo dígito, un profesor loco y Ronnie, que tiene la capacidad de hacerse invisible. Skullenia parece ser el último lugar que necesitaría una agencia de detectives. Al menos eso es lo que piensa Ollie, hasta que el Conde Jocular lo encarga para ayudar a resolver una serie de desapariciones inexplicables. ¿Pero Ollie ha mordido más de lo que puede masticar? Con la ayuda de su variado equipo y algunos personajes francamente ridículos, intenta resolver este desconcertante misterio.
By Sarah S. Collins. 2019
The book narrates the life of Elena, a young woman who has her destiny stained by suffering upon getting involved…with John. A mysterious unknown man. On the moment that she meets John, she falls in love. Convinced that he was the man of her life, she decides to marry him. Some time after the marriage John reveals himself aggressive, violent and tends to have a cold temperament towards his wife. Disappointed, Elena feels alone and depressed. And so it starts a martyrdom which she never imagined to live. When love is confronted by the boundaries of tolerance, reason stops making sense. She, a young woman that dreamed to find her first love. He, a man who lives strapped to his inner world, tormented by his past and the ghosts of his memories, who feels incapable to live with a loved one. Misconduct, vileness and insanity. Will it be possible for love to survive through that? A tragic fate that will change all concepts of love. A love and passion story based in real events.
"How do you marry a NASCAR driver?" In a professional sport where over half its athletes are single men, no…one but Liz Allison would, let alone could, dare to answer. Tongue-in-cheek but cunningly insightful, this satirical relationship guidebook with a NASCAR twist that will rev any female NASCAR fan's engine.
By Elizabeth Miki Brina. 2021
A searing, deeply candid memoir about a young woman's journey to understanding her complicated parents--her mother an Okinawan war bride,…her father a Vietnam veteran--and her own, fraught cultural heritage.Elizabeth's mother was working as a nightclub hostess on U.S.-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier who would become her husband. The language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed them to the predominantly white, upstate New York suburb where they moved to raise their only daughter. There, Elizabeth grew up with the trappings of a typical American childhood and adolescence. Yet even though she felt almost no connection to her mother's distant home, she also felt out of place among her peers. Decades later, Elizabeth comes to recognize the shame and self-loathing that haunt both her and her mother, and attempts a form of reconciliation, not only to come to terms with the embattled dynamics of her family but also to reckon with the injustices that reverberate throughout the history of Okinawa and its people. Clear-eyed and profoundly humane, Speak, Okinawa is a startling accomplishment--a heartfelt exploration of identity, inheritance, forgiveness, and what it means to be an American.
The fourteen essential conversations to have with your tween and early teenager to prepare them for the emotional, physical, and…social challenges ahead, including scripts and advice to keep the communication going and stay connected during this critical developmental window. &“This book is a gift to parents and teenagers alike.&”—Lisa Damour, PhD, author of Untangled and Under PressureTrying to convince a middle schooler to listen to you can be exasperating. Indeed, it can feel like the best option is not to talk! But keeping kids safe—and prepared for all the times when you can't be the angel on their shoulder—is about having the right conversations at the right time. From a brain growth and emotional readiness perspective, there is no better time for this than their tween years, right up to when they enter high school. Distilling Michelle Icard's decades of experience working with families, Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen focuses on big, thorny topics such as friendship, sexuality, impulsivity, and technology, as well as unexpected conversations about creativity, hygiene, money, privilege, and contributing to the family. Icard outlines a simple, memorable, and family-tested formula for the best approach to these essential talks, the BRIEF Model: Begin peacefully, Relate to your child, Interview to collect information, Echo what you're hearing, and give Feedback. With wit and compassion, she also helps you get over the most common hurdles in talking to tweens, including: • What phrases invite connection and which irritate kids or scare them off• The best places, times, and situations in which to initiate talks • How to keep kids interested, open, and engaged in conversation• How to exit these chats in a way that keeps kids wanting more Like a Rosetta Stone for your tween's confounding language, Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen is an essential communication guide to helping your child through the emotional, physical, and social challenges ahead and, ultimately, toward teenage success.
By Ian Leslie. 2021
Drawing on advice from the world’s leading experts on conflict and communication—from relationship scientists to hostage negotiators to diplomats—Ian Leslie,…a columnist for the New Statesman, shows us how to transform the heat of conflict, disagreement and argument into the light of insight, creativity and connection, in a book with vital lessons for the home, workplace, and public arena.For most people, conflict triggers a fight or flight response. Disagreeing productively is a hard skill for which neither evolution or society has equipped us. It’s a skill we urgently need to acquire; otherwise, our increasingly vociferous disagreements are destined to tear us apart. Productive disagreement is a way of thinking, perhaps the best one we have. It makes us smarter and more creative, and it can even bring us closer together. It’s critical to the success of any shared enterprise, from a marriage, to a business, to a democracy. Isn’t it time we gave more thought to how to do it well?In an increasingly polarized world, our only chance for coming together and moving forward is to learn from those who have mastered the art and science of disagreement. In this book, we’ll learn from experts who are highly skilled at getting the most out of highly charged encounters: interrogators, cops, divorce mediators, therapists, diplomats, psychologists. These professionals know how to get something valuable – information, insight, ideas—from the toughest, most antagonistic conversations. They are brilliant communicators: masters at shaping the conversation beneath the conversation. They know how to turn the heat of conflict into the light of creativity, connection, and insight. In this much-need book, Ian Leslie explores what happens to us when we argue, why disagreement makes us stressed, and why we get angry. He explains why we urgently need to transform the way we think about conflict and how having better disagreements can make us more successful. By drawing together the lessons he learns from different experts, he proposes a series of clear principles that we can all use to make our most difficult dialogues more productive—and our increasingly acrimonious world a better place.
By Delanie Holton-Fessler. 2020
Classic and innovative hands-on projects for kids ages 3 and up designed to teach both heritage skills and how to…think creatively.Handcraft is part of human nature: we build, we create, we innovate. The 20+ projects in this book from an experienced art educator weave a story of human innovation and creativity, from the very beginnings of building shelters in the woods to tinkering with recycled materials. Heritage skills teach children how to be independent and capable makers; fiber and wood projects offer rewarding crafts that also teach planning, preparation, and safe risk taking; and tinkering activities connect the low-tech process of making and doing with innovation. From soap carving and knot tying to building toy cars and junk robots, this book brings the fun of making things with your hands to young kids and links skills of the past with the present. The book also explores how to set up a maker space and teaches foundational workshop practices that can easily be applied to the home studio. Each project offers extensions for different ages and abilities and provides guiding questions to enrich the experience for both the maker (teacher/parent) and the apprentice (child) to encourage and celebrate creative, practical play.
The World Is Our Classroom: Extreme Parenting and the Rise of Worldschooling (Critical Perspectives on Youth)
By Jennie Germann Molz. 2021
How travelling the world allows new ways to educate children and perform family life on the move A growing number…of families are selling their houses, quitting their jobs, and taking their children out of traditional school settings to educate them while traveling the globe. In The World is Our Classroom, Jennie Germann Molz explores the hopes and anxieties that drive these parents and children to leave their comfortable lives behind out of a desire to live the “good life” on the move.Drawing on interviews with parents and stories from the blogs they publish during their journeys, as well as her own experience traveling the world with her ten-year-old son, Germann Molz takes us inside a fascinating life spent on trains, boats, and planes. She shows why many parents—disillusioned with standard public schooling—believe the world is a child’s best classroom. Rebelling against convention, these parents combine technology and travel to pursue a different version of the good life, one in which parents can work remotely as “digital nomads,” participate in like-minded communities online, and expose their children to the risks, opportunities, and life lessons that the world has to offer.Ultimately, Germann Molz sheds light on the emerging phenomenon of “worldschooling,” showing that it is not just an alternative way to educate children, but an altogether new kind of mobile lifestyle. The World is Our Classroom paints an extreme portrait of twenty-first century parenting and some families’ attempts to raise global citizens prepared to thrive in the uncertain world of tomorrow.
By Dr Emerson Eggerichs. 2013
Children need love. Parents need respect. It is as simple and complex as that!When frustrated with an unresponsive child, a…parent doesn't declare, "You don't love me." Instead the parent asserts, "You are being disrespectful right now." A parent needs to feel respected, especially during conflicts. When upset a child does not whine, "You don't respect me." Instead, a child pouts, "You don't love me." A child needs to feel loved, especially during disputes. But here's the rub: An unloved child (or teen) negatively reacts in a way that feels disrespectful to a parent. A disrespected parent negatively reacts in a way that feels unloving to the child. This dynamic gives birth to the FAMILY CRAZY CYCLE. So how is one to break out of this cycle? Best-selling author Emerson Eggerichs has studied the family dynamic for more than 30 years, having his Ph.D. in Child and Family Ecology. As a senior pastor for nearly two decades, Eggerichs builds on a foundation of strong biblical principles, walking the reader through an entirely new way to approach the family dynamic. For instance, God reveals ways to defuse the craziness with our children from preschooler to teen, plus how to motivate them to obey and how to deal with them when they don't. In the Bible, God has spoken specifically to parents on how to parent. This book is about that revelation.
By Dr Emerson Eggerichs. 2016
Love is important but it is respect that is the key to your son's heart. The idea of moms respecting…their sons may sound alien to some, but it seems to ignite curiosity across the board. It is easy to relate to the need for all of us to feel a mother's love, but is that the same thing as respect? Even for young boys, the effect of respect is nothing short of astounding when applied properly. Moms yearn to learn anything that better helps them with their sons. After all, they love their boys, but many find them more difficult to parent than their girls, especially from age four and up. What makes this all the more urgent is that moms are coaching fathers to love their daughters, but no one has said boo to moms on specific ways to show respect to their sons, at least not in a way that is applicable and fully explained. All realize that little girls need daddy's love, but who is strongly promoting the truth that little boys (and big ones) need Mom's respect? No wonder mothers feel left in the dark on this topic. Just as Emerson Eggerichs transformed millions of marital relationships with a biblical understanding of love and respect, he now turns these principles to one of the most important relationships of all, a mother and her son.
By Michael G. Bassen. 2015
On a Friday afternoon in early spring, Glory Eleanor Loomis, 13, of Sackatucket, Long Island makes a shocking discovery in…a second-hand bookstore. Glory is further shaken when the main character’s life reads like a horror story version of her own and her mother re-enacts a nerve-wracking scene from the book that Glory has just read. Things take an even weirder and more worrisome turn when she’s suddenly beset by a flurry of eerie flu-like symptoms, collapses onto her bedroom floor, and awakens twelve hours later, bewildered and terrified, in a hospital bathroom. Unaware that she is caught in the grip of biological forces that no one sees or understands, she begins to change in secret, subtle and stupefying ways, until her transformation is complete... And her unprecedented journey has begun. Be careful what you wish for, someone once said. But in the end, Glory could not have wished for more.
By Cathy Bramley. 2020
The new feel-good, funny serial from Sunday Times bestseller Cathy Bramley about one woman's search for happiness... Fearne Lovage has…always believed that life seems brighter with fresh flowers. She treasures the memories of her beloved grandmother's floristry and helping her arrange beautiful blooms that made everyone smile. But a family tragedy a year ago left Fearne searching for her own contentment. What she needs is a fresh start.Then a chance discovery inspires her to start a happiness list, and Fearne feels a spark of hope. Life is full of surprises, and soon Fearne is well out of her comfort zone and loving every minute of it. So when an exciting opportunity arises, will Fearne take the leap and say yes? Join Fearne in her search to discover happiness on her own terms. My Kind of Happy is a joyful and funny novel told in four parts, also featuring some of your best-loved characters from Cathy's other bestselling stories, such as The Lemon Tree Cafe and A Patchwork Family.* * * * * *Praise for Cathy Bramley from some of your other favourite authors:'A book full of warmth and kindness. I loved it' Sarah Morgan'A warm hug of a book' Phillipa Ashley'A gorgeously romantic comfort read' Rachael Lucas'Delightful' Katie Fforde'A page-turner of a story' Milly Johnson'Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns' Trisha Ashley