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Lisa

Lisa Saint Augustine, FL, United States
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  • "I Love Julia Sweeney"

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    If you have "read" Julia's previous works, especially "In the Family Way," you will find the first several chapters of this book to be a lot of review with some new tidbits sprinkled in. It's all good material, it's just material you've heard before. Perhaps this is why I can't give it 5 stars. If all of the stories were new to me, I can imagine giving it 5 stars. I started to get concerned that I had just bought a compilation of excerpts from her other work. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. There's lots of new material here that will keep you thinking and laughing.

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    If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
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    Since her time on Saturday Night Live, where she created the infamous androgynous character "Pat", Julia Sweeney has gone on to establish herself as a witty, captivating performer of one-woman shows, like God Said Ha!, In the Family Way, and Letting Go of God. She gave a TED talk sharing how she explained the birds and the bees to her eight-year-old daughter, Mulan, which ignited an incredible response. Now, when it comes to talking about motherhood, people want to hear what Julia has to say.

    Lisa says: "I Love Julia Sweeney"
  • "Enjoyed much more than expected"

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    With all of the publicity that this book has received, I was somewhat interested in hearing it. I really expected this woman to be a militant, closed-minded person with no interest at all in the American way. It turns out to be an amazing story in which we are made to understand why she did the things she did and how this mom grew over the years. I was surprised when I found myself laughing out loud listening to some of the power struggles that started from the very early years of her daughters' lives. One thing is for sure, there really aren't many American moms with the level of commitment and endurance that this mother has. I'm hopeful that the daughters will write their own books from their perspectives later in their lives.

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    Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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    • By Amy Chua
    • Narrated By Amy Chua
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    All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.

    Diana - Audible says: "Surprisingly touching (and well-read)"
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A Peek at C. Beaton's Bookshelf

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C. Beaton's greatest hits:
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    "A Gripping Masterpiece"

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    This is one of the most intelligent, expansive, and interesting books I have ever listened to - but it is not for everyone. It is very long and some of the topics are distressing, but gripping. I have no children special or otherwise, but I am a retired special ed teacher and have always wondered how people dealt with having a disabled child.

    Mr. Solomon does not "talk down" to the reader. He expects his reader to be well-educated and with a good vocabulary. His Ivy League education, intelligence and literacy infuse each page. I'm so glad Mr. Solomon narrated his own book. His voice is a little hard to get used to, but I grew to love the sound of it - and grew to love him as well. Only he could inflect the voices of the people he interviewed. I'm glad I took the time to listen to it instead of reading it. Hearing it made the book great to me. I don't think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much if I had read it. Listening forces you to slow down and hear each word. I am a very fast reader and miss a lot of detail and beauty of language - listening to books has opened up a new world of literature for me, and this non-fiction book is written so beautifully that I'm glad I heard every word.

    If you are interested in this subject, have the time to sink yourself deeply into a fascinating new world, I highly recommend this beautiful book.

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Molly-o Seattle 01-09-13 Member Since 2007

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    I don't know how I am going to go on to my next book. Andrew Solomon's voice, physically and emotionally, has found its way into my soul. If you are reading this review, you know what this book is about (is it dry, you ask?), you know it is very, very long and that some people have said that his narration is flawed.

    The book has more than research; it weaves research with case studies that makes the research live and breathe and stay with you far longer than you can imagine (I usually read fiction!). It is very, very long, but I slowed the listening of it down at the very end because I couldn't bear not to be listening to these stories of profound courage. I relished its length.

    And Andrew's voice (I am calling him Andrew because he shared his story with me) brings you carefully and warmly into these people's lives while delineating his comprehensive but not boring research. He doesn't compare to Colin Firth but who's comparing? It doesn't matter because once you get the cadence down, he is telling you a startling story and he will capture you. AND he is a beautiful writer.

    I am grateful to have been able to listen to this book.

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    Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

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    • By Andrew Solomon
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    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

    C. Beaton says: "A Gripping Masterpiece"

What's Trending in Parenting:

  • 4.8 (12 ratings)

    Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Stiffelman
    • Narrated By Susan Stiffelman
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    While most parenting programs are designed to coerce kids to change, Parenting Without Power Struggles does something innovative, showing you how to help your children awaken their natural instincts to cooperate, rather than employing threats or bribes, which inevitably fuels their resistance. By staying calm and being the confident "captain of the ship" your child needs, you will learn how to parent from a place of strong, durable connection, and you'll be better able to help your kids navigate the challenging moments of growing up.

    Nothing really matters says: "Highly recommended."
  • 4.8 (11 ratings)

    The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning

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    • By Ben Foss
    • Narrated By Ben Foss
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    While other books tell you what dyslexia is, this book tells you what to do. Dyslexics' innate skills, which may include verbal, social, spatial, kinesthetic, visual, mathematical, or musical abilities, are their unique key to acquiring knowledge. Figuring out where their individual strengths lie, and then harnessing these skills, offers an entrée into learning and excelling. And by keeping the focus on learning, not on standard reading the same way everyone else does, a child with dyslexia can and will develop the self-confidence to flourish in the classroom and beyond.

    Benjamin N. Powers says: "First book on dyslexia of its kind"
  • 4.3 (730 ratings)

    Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

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    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    Kirt says: "Startling, well-researched view..."
  • 4.3 (671 ratings)

    Delivered From Distraction: Get the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

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    • By Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
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    In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder, all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated.

    Lincoln says: "Excellent Book on ADD"
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  • 4.3 (545 ratings)

    Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

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    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
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    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
  • 4.4 (522 ratings)

    Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

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    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
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    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
  • 4.3 (291 ratings)

    Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated By Andrew Solomon
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    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

    C. Beaton says: "A Gripping Masterpiece"
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
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    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
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    Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine). Now, this best-selling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

    John says: "Best. Parenting. Book. Ever."
  • Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter M. Vishton
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    Parenting advice isn't hard to find. There are thousands of books on the subject, as well as a multitude of websites. Much has also been written on the science of child development. What's been lacking, however, are sources of reliable advice that bring together the scientific research and its real-world applications.

    Jacobus says: "A helpful and enlightning overview of parenting"
  • The Secrets of Happy Families: Surprising New Ideas to Bring More Togetherness, Less Chaos, and Greater Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bruce Feiler
    • Narrated By Bruce Feiler
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    Best-selling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler found himself squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children. So he set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts", he sought out the most creative minds - from Silicon Valley to the set of Modern Family, from the country's top negotiators to the Green Berets - and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families.

    J. Bright says: "Well worth reading, even if you can't do it all!"
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  • The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Brené Brown
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    On The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting, Dr. Brené Brown invites us on a journey to transform the lives of parents and children alike. Drawing on her 12 years of research on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame, she presents ten guideposts to creating what she describes as "wholehearted" families where each of us can continually learn and grow as we reach our full potential.

    Jeannie says: "You will add dimension to your parenting skills!"
  • All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Senior
    • Narrated By Jennifer Senior
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    Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.

    Cynthia says: "The Joy of Parenting"
  • Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (545)
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    (482)
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    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
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  • Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Markham
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Based on the latest research on brain development and extensive clinical experience with parents, Dr. Laura Markham's approach is as simple as it is effective. Her message: Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don't need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe - or even punish. This remarkable guide will help parents better understand their own emotions - and get them in check - so they can parent with healthy limits, empathy, and clear communication.

    Nothing really matters says: "The most practical and helpful parenting book."
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
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    Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No - it’s just their developing brain calling the shots! In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the best-selling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.

    Elizabeth says: "Bad narrators repeat the same points over and over"
  • The Five Love Languages of Children

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
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    Two Christian parenting educators describe five ways we can connect with our children: physical touch, quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, and acts of service. These initiatives, when geared to the preferences of each child, make them feel loved and, thus, more receptive to guidance and redirection when needed. The authors are inspiring writers whose examples and quotes from children and parents are instructive.

    Niel says: "Principles Every Parent Should Understand"
  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Tough
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
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    The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

    Gregory says: "Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data"
  • Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Brigid Schulte
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together. Schulte speaks to neuroscientists, sociologists, and hundreds of working parents to tease out the factors contributing to our collective sense of being overwhelmed, seeking insights, answers, and inspiration.

  • Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sarah Mae, Sally Clarkson
    • Narrated By Nan Gurley, Chelsea Thayer
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    For mothers of young children, this audiobook is a lovely offering of hope, truth, freedom, wild grace, friendship, and the knowledge that they are not alone. Many moms have dreamed of life with children, and yet the reality seems far away from their dreams. Their hearts are committed, but their spirits are sagging. This audiobook is a coffee-talk from one woman who is still “figuring-it-out-in-the-mess” (Sarah Mae) and much-needed counsel from one who is older and wiser (Sally Clarkson).

  • Parent Respect: Get Your Child to "Mind" You: I-Can-Do-It Book Series

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    • By Douglas H. Ruben PhD
    • Narrated By Rebecca Horton
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    This is an audiobook in the I-Can-Do-It Book series. It helps you to build respect in your child. It gives simple steps for children to listen, respond, and do as they are told, or "mind you". A respectful, mindful child is a child who follows instructions. This is a softer, more direct, and highly effective way to build compliance. Parents will not have to yell, scream, swear, threaten, or even make ultimatums.

  • Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom

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    • By Lisa-Jo Baker
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    Most people who talk about motherhood start out by telling you how much they always wanted to be a mom. Not Lisa-Jo Baker. She was 18 and growing up in South Africa when her mom died, and she swore she would never have kids. But then she fell in love with an American boy with cowboy-green eyes, married him, and now, a decade and two continents later, they have three. This is the unlikely story of how she got there.

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  • I Heart My Little A-Holes: A Bunch of Holy-Crap Moments No One Ever Told You About Parenting

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    • By Karen Alpert
    • Narrated By Karen Alpert
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    Popular blogger Karen Alpert shares her hysterical take on the many "joys" of parenting - I Heart My Little A-Holes is full of hilarious stories, lists, thoughts and pictures that will make you laugh so hard you'll wish you were wearing a diaper.

  • Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men

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    • By Meg Meeker
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
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    From the moment a mother holds her newborn son, his eyes tell her that she is his world. But often, as he grows up, the boy who needs her simultaneously pushes her away. Calling upon thirty years of experience as a pediatrician, Meg Meeker, MD, a highly sought-after national speaker, assistant professor of clinical medicine, and mother of four, shares the secrets that every mother needs to know in order to strengthen-or rebuild-her relationship with her son.

  • Your Kids Out of Trouble & Internet Safe: What Every Good Parent Should Know, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Stetson
    • Narrated By Julie Eickhoff
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    This audiobook is written for parents of children from infancy up to the age of 18. The advice will assist you in correcting behavioral problems in difficult-to-manage children and also guide the rest of us parents in protecting our young people from those who would victimize them. It tells of how to work the system and get your child the help they need. It covers topics such as Social Services and how to use the system to your advantage.