Noted Parenting Author Series

PEP brings experts to talk on the most compelling topics for parents of all ages of kids. During the 2018-19 year, four authors will discuss their latest books and answer your questions in these four online presentations:

November 15, 2018
8:00 - 9:30 PM ET / $25

Looking for ways to tackle the ultimate time-management project – parenting – to find structure and spend true quality time with your kids? Julie Morgenstern's new book, Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You, provides parents with practical strategies that contain and clarify the seemingly infinite job of parenting into a manageable roadmap that works from cradle to college. Her unique framework shows you how to harness your own strengths and weaknesses to make the job your own.

January 30, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 PM ET / $25

Parents can foster their children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a Yes Brain, and it leads to the characteristics we want to nurture: emotional regulation, resilience, personal insight, and empathy. Based on Dr. Tina Payne Bryson's new book, The Yes Brain (co-authored with Dan Siegel), learn ways to encourage in your kids this positive, engaged approach to life. Using her trademark warmth and humor, Dr. Bryson will share specific strategies for creating Yes Brain opportunities that allow your kids to thrive – both now and as they grow into adulthood.

March 21, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 PM ET / $25

Concerned about ensuring that your kids can take charge of their lives with competence and confidence? Join us for a conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult. Drawing from research, conversations with educators and employers, and her own insights as a mother and as a student dean, she'll highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that allow children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.

May 15, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 PM ET / $25

Why don't our kids do what we want them to do? Contemporary kids need to learn independence and responsibility, yet our old ideas of punishments and rewards are preventing this from happening. Join bestselling author and PEP Parent Educator Katherine Reynolds Lewis to learn about new approaches to discipline outlined in her book The Good News About Bad Behavior that center on teaching children the art of self-control. Blending new scientific research and powerful individual stories of change, Lewis shows that, if we trust our children to face consequences, they will learn to adapt and moderate their own behavior.

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Previous Authors

Vicki Hoefle

Straight Talk on Parenting

In her tell-it-like-it-is style, Hoefle tells parents to trust their intuition and develop a strategy for meeting each child’s unique needs. Above all, this book offers the confidence-boosting reminder that parenting is about practice (and a healthy dose of humor), not perfection.

Tina Payne Bryson

No-Drama Discipline

This second best-seller by Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., co-authored with Daniel J. Siegel, M.D, highlights the  link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, providing an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions and tears—without causing a scene.

Lawrence J. Cohen

The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears

Whether it’s the monster in the closet, new social situations, or school, anxiety has a mind of its own, so parental logic and reassurance often fail. Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of Playful Parenting, provides a special set of tools to handle childhood anxiety.

Rosalind Wiseman

The New Rules of Boy World

The author of the best-seller Queen Bees and Wannabes addresses the complex lives of boys, their social dynamics, and how parents can help them develop healthy relationships with peers and adults.

Kenneth Ginsburg

Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings

Confronting the sheer amount of stress kids face today, this invaluable guide offers coping strategies for the stresses of academic performance, high achievement standards, media messages, peer pressure, and family tension.

Hal Edward Runkel

Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

ScreamFree Parenting is about learning to calm your emotional reactions and focus on your own behavior . . . for your kids’ benefit. When we say we “lost it” with our kids, the “it” that is lost is our own adulthood. And our emotional reactivity is why our kids have so little respect for us, and why they seem to have all the power in the family.

Po Bronson

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

NurtureShock offers a revolutionary perspective on children that upends conventional wisdom. With storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, Po Bronson and co-author Ashley Merryman show how many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are backfiring—because key twists in the science have been overlooked.

Michael J. Bradley

Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind

Parent of teens will find in these pages a deep well of understanding and empathy, plus practical guidance on how to remain calm while your teen is behaving outrageously. This book vividly describes the unstable emotions and temporarily impaired judgment teens present and the cultural challenges they face and explains how to encourage and guide your kids through these tumultuous years.

Alyson Schafer

Honey, I Wrecked the Kids

International best-selling author, TV host, and psychotherapist Alyson Schafer explains why children today resist traditional parenting methods and details a model for winning cooperation that really works. Real-life examples help parents understand misbehavior and their role in it. The good-humored advice in this book will make parenting a manageable and, finally, rewarding task.

Edward M. Hallowell

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

Groundbreaking and comprehensive, Driven to Distraction has been a lifeline to the approximately 18 million Americans who are thought to have ADD or ADHD. Now the best-selling book is revised and updated with current medical information for a new generation searching for answers.

Adele Faber

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

This new edition of the best-selling classic includes the authors’ fresh insights as well as their time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

Daniel J. Siegel

Parenting from the Inside Out

Child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explore how our childhood experiences shape our parenting and offer guided reflections to help you understand and connect with your children.

John F. Taylor

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD

In kid-friendly language and a format that welcomes reluctant and easily distracted readers, this book reassures kids diagnosed with ADD or ADHD that they’re not alone and offers practical strategies for taking care of oneself, modifying behavior, enjoying school, having fun, and dealing (when needed) with doctors, counselors, and medication. Includes scenarios, quizzes, and a special message for parents.

Betty Lou Bettner

A Parent's Guide to Understanding and Motivating Children

This clear and concise guide, from the Raising Kids Who Can series by Betty Lou Bettner and Amy Lew, puts into words the worries all parents have, helps parents understand children’s behavior, and illustrates techniques to help parents solve everyday behavior problems and foster cooperation within their families.

Deborah Roffman

Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids' "Go-To" Person about Sex

Kids of all ages are bombarded with age-sensitive material; “sexting” and bullying are on the rise, at younger ages, and teen moms are “celebrified.” What’s a concerned parent to do? With wit, wisdom, and savvy, the acclaimed educator and author of Sex & Sensibility translates her 30 years’ experience teaching kids and parents into strategies to help parents navigate this tricky terrain and become their children’s “go-to” resource on sexuality.

Marguerite Kelly

Marguerite Kelly's Family Almanac: The Perfect Companion for Today's Family

For many years, readers all over the country checked in weekly with Marguerite Kelly’s syndicated advice column “The Family Almanac.” In this book, fans of her column and her previous book, The Mother’s Almanac, will find sound ideas on everything from bringing home a new baby to choosing a preschool, from coping with illness and divorce to nurturing self-confidence.

Linda Mayes

The Yale Child Study Center Guide to Understanding Your Child

How is a 2-year-old’s capacity for experiencing emotion different from a 5-year-old’s? What should you do to encourage your child’s development of motor skills? How should you teach your child the difference between right and wrong? The Yale Child Study Center, founded in 1911, is world renowned not only for its contributions to the scientific and clinical understanding of infant and child development but also for bringing the insights of its cutting-edge research directly to parents.

Anthony E. Wolf

Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall?

In the revised and updated edition of this witty and compassionate guide to raising adolescents, Anthony E. Wolf has added new information on the Internet, drugs and drinking, and gay teenagers. While still addressing the perennial issues between parents and their teens, Get Out of My Life also gives parents a great road map to the world teens navigate today. 

Dan Kindlon

Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age

Many children and teens today have all the useful accessories of a prosperous society—cell phones, iPads, cars—but few of the responsibilities that build character. In this provocative book, child and adolescent psychologist Dan Kindlon describes the how indulged toddlers become indulged teens lacking self-control and prone to self-absorption, depression, and anxiety. This book shows parents how to engage their children in meaningful activities and promote emotional maturity and a sense of self-worth.

Laura Sessions Stepp

Our Last Best Shot: Guiding Our Children Through Early Adolescence

The personal stories of 12 girls and boys from across America, illuminated by Laura Sessions Stepp’s extensive research, provide insight for parents trying to raise well-adjusted children in this difficult age. Filled with wisdom and common sense, and including an invaluable resource list, this is an essential book for parents and educators.

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