Noted Authors

Each year, PEP invites national experts to speak to parents in the Washington community. This year, PEP will welcome Alyson Schafer on November 17 speaking about The Joys and Fears of the Teen Years and again on November 18 speaking about Moving From Conflict to Cooperation.

Last year, PEP welcomed two speakers. On November 19th, 2015, Michael Bradley, Ed.D., author of Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! Loving Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind, gave the address. The speaker on November 20th was Vicki Hoefle, author of Duct Tape Parenting: A Less Is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient Kids. For more about last year’s speakers, see below and click on the authors’ names. At the bottom of the page are speakers from previous years and their books.

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Tina Payne Bryson

No-Drama Discipline

No-Drama Discipline followed the pioneering book The Whole-Brain Child as the second best-seller Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., co-authored with Daniel J. Siegel (author of Brainstorm). Highlighting the  link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides 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 or the fear that arises from new social situations, school, or sports, anxiety can be especially challenging and maddening for children. And since anxiety has a mind of its own, logic and reassurance often fail, leaving parents increasingly frustrated about how to help. 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 based her talk on her latest book, Masterminds and Wingmen. She spoke about 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 overwhelming amount of stress kids face today, this invaluable guide offers coping strategies for facing the combined elements 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 not just about lowering your voice. It’s about learning to calm your emotional reactions and focus on your own behavior more than your kids’ behavior . . . for their benefit. The biggest enemy for parents is not the TV, the Internet or even drugs. It’s our own emotional reactivity. When we say we “lost it” with our kids, the “it” that is lost is our own adulthood. And then we wonder 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 new and revolutionary perspective on children that upends a library’s worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, Po Bronson and co-author Ashley Merryman demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring—because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live.

Michael J. Bradley

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

Any parent of a teen 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. One of the first books to explain adolescent brain development, Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy presents vivid descriptions of the unstable emotions and temporarily impaired judgment teens present and the cultural challenges they face, and clearly explains how parents can encourage and guide their kids through these tumultuous years.

Alyson Schafer

Honey, I Wrecked the Kids

With the same perceptive and actionable advice that made Breaking the Good Mom Myth an international best seller, TV host and psychotherapist Alyson Schafer again comes to the rescue of desperate parents everywhere. Honey, I Wrecked the Kids explains why children today resist traditional parenting methods and how only a new model for winning cooperation really works. Full of real-life examples, the book helps parents understand misbehavior and their role in it and offers humane, good-humored advice that 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

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” (Parents magazine).  Now, this best-selling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the authors’ time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

Daniel J. Siegel

Parenting from the Inside Out

In Parenting from the Inside Out, child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent.

John F. Taylor

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD

What does it mean to have ADD or ADHD? How can kids diagnosed with ADD or ADHD help themselves succeed in school, get along better at home and form healthy, enjoyable relationships with peers? In kid-friendly language and a format that welcomes reluctant and easily distracted readers, this book reassures kids 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 that will help parents solve everyday behavior problems and create 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 wherever they turn; “sexting” and bullying are on the rise, at increasingly younger ages, and teen moms are “celebrified.” What’s a concerned—and embarrassed—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 have checked in weekly with Marguerite Kelly’s syndicated column “The Family Almanac” for help and advice in dealing with issues facing today’s families. 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 can and should you do to encourage your child’s development of motor skills? Can you stimulate your baby to be smarter? How should you help your child differentiate 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?

When Anthony E. Wolf’s witty and compassionate guide to raising adolescents was first published, its amusing title and fresh approach won it widespread admiration. Beleaguered parents breathed sighs of relief and gratitude. In the revised and updated edition, Wolf takes on the changes of the past decade, adding new information on the Internet, drugs and drinking and gay teenagers. While the basic issues of the relationships between parents and their teens remain much the same, today’s teens navigate a faster, less clearly anchored world. Get Out of My Life gives parents a great road map.

Dan Kindlon

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

While many children and adolescents today have all the useful accessories of a prosperous society—cell phones, iPads, cars—they have few of the responsibilities that build character. In this powerful and provocative book, child and adolescent psychologist Dan Kindlon describes the process by which indulged toddlers become indulged teens who lack self-control and are prone to excessive 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

In Our Last Best Shot, the personal stories of 12 girls and boys from across America, illuminated by Laura Sessions Stepp’s extensive research, provide real 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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