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Sibshops - Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs

<a href="/parenting-resources/illness-and-injury/sibshops-workshops-for-siblings-of-children-with-special-need">Sibshops - Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs</a>

"Sibshops" is a guidebook for organising and conducting workshops for siblings of children with a broad variety of special needs. These workshops provide children and young adults with much-needed social and emotional support from their peers in a recreational and fun atmosphere. They can speak openly about how they feel (positively and negatively) about having a brother or sister with special needs in an understanding and supportive environment. Read full article

Positivity - Top Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio that Will Change Your Life

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-self-awareness/positivity-top-notch-research-reveals-the-3-to-1-ratio-">Positivity - Top Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio that Will Change Your Life</a>

World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson provides the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls "the upward spiral." You'll discover:What positivity is, and why it needs to be heartfelt to be effective; The ten sometimes surprising forms of positivity; Why positivity is more important than happiness; How positivity can enhance relationships, work, and health, and how it relieves depression, broadens minds, and builds lives ;The top-notch research that backs the 3-to-1 "positivity ratio" as a key tipping point ... Read full article

The Case Against Homework

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/the-case-against-homework">The Case Against Homework</a>

The time our children spend doing homework has skyrocketed in recent years. Parents spend countless hours cajoling their kids to complete such assignments—often without considering whether they serve any worthwhile purpose. Even many teachers are in the dark: Only one of the hundreds the authors interviewed and surveyed had ever taken a course specifically on homework during training. The truth, according to Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish, is that there is almost no evidence that homework helps elementary school students achieve academic success and little more that it helps older students. Read full article

Best Start

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-management-and-self-control/best-start">Best Start</a>

Best Start by Lynn Jenkins, clinical psychologist, is for parents who want to understand their baby's or toddler's emotional needs. This book explains the importance of the quality of your baby's early experiences and interactions and how these influence how your child develops. Read full article

The Parent's Toolkit

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/the-parents-toolkit">The Parent&#039;s Toolkit</a>

A book containing simple tools to help your child be happier, confident and more resilient. Written by Naomi Richards, a life coach for children in the UK, sharing tools to help you parent your child through the ten most challenging issues all children face. Includes topics such as confidence, cooperation, school, communication, friendships and handling emotions. Read full article

Growing Great Girls

<a href="/parenting-resources/girls/growing-great-girls">Growing Great Girls</a>

Growing Great Girls is the must-have parenting book for those with daughters. It contains a wealth of excellent, practical advice on bringing up girls from babies, preschoolers, tweens and right through to teenagers. Read full article

Authentic Happiness

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/authentic-happiness">Authentic Happiness</a>

Authentic Happiness is the first book to examine the mechanisms by which mentally healthy people become happy, and how happy people become very happy. Martin E. Seligman is the international leader of the Positive Psychology Movement. His first trade book, the international bestseller Learned Optimism greatly influenced the way people thought about mental health by bringing the concepts of cognitive psychology to a mass audience. Read full article

You are a Star

<a href="/parenting-resources/happy-children/you-are-a-star">You are a Star</a>

You Are a Star is a lovely picture book with a story for young children about taking a trip out of this world, into the sky, past the moon and through the universe to find out how we are all made of stars. In some ways this is a book about the universe being created but it is also about how we are all connected. Read full article

Evangeline - The Wish Keeper's Helper

<a href="/parenting-resources/happy-children/evangeline-the-wish-keepers-helper">Evangeline - The Wish Keeper&#039;s Helper</a>

Evangeline - The Wish Keeper's Helper by Maggie Alderson is a beautifully written and illustrated story about a toy elephant who lies under the bed waiting for something to happen. She things to herself "If only I could be useful somewhere ... " Will her wish be granted? The illustrations by Claire Fletcher make this gorgeous book even more appealing - lovely also to read aloud with your children. Read full article

10 Mindful Minutes

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-self-awareness/10-mindful-minutes">10 Mindful Minutes</a>

From the bestselling author, Academy Award-winning actress and founder of the Hawn Foundation, a practical guide for parents to help children cope with stress, improve concentration and lead happier lives. Goldie Hawn offers parents a practical guide for helping their children to learn better and live more happily. Based on the MindUP programme, supported by the Hawn Foundation, 10 Mindful Minutes outlines short, practical exercises for parents and children - taking less than 10 minutes - to help young children and teenagers. Read full article