parent to parent book & article discussion groups

Parent to Parent and the Winchester Public Library are offering a parenting book/article discussion series again this season. Join us for one or more of these informal discussions in the Meeting Room of the library from 7-8:30PMBooks are available at the circulation desk at the library and are also on sale at BookEnds with a discount when you mention the Parent to Parent book group. 

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Previous Book Group and Article Discussion Series


Sports and Your Child: How to get the gain without the pain

"In Coach's Rant, A Lesson for Parents and Athlete"

What Parents Can Learn From a Town that Produced 11 Olympians

"Thirteen Steps to Being A Winning Parent"

"How Kids Sports Turned Pro"

How can we model good behavior? How can we help our children be successful and happy athletes?

Discussion of articles with other parents to devise strategies to help your child have the best possible experience with sports.

After The Acceptance- Preparing Your Teen For College Life
Part 1: The Freshman Myth

Part 2: Academic Expectations

Part 3: Social Challenges

7 Things to Do Before Your Kid Goes to College

Discussion of several articles highlighting practical tips on friendships, freedom, money and study habits to share with your teens. Prepares parents for the roller coaster of emotions that come along with this big step and helps you help your teen manage his or her expectations for the social and emotional demands of college.

Sal Caraviello, M.A., M.Ed., Youth Counselor, leads a discussion group about the increased incidence of stress and anxiety in our children. The discussion focuses on warning signs, ways to help, and what our communities can do to ease the stress of being a teen in a pressured world. Articles included are: 
"When Anxiety Hits at School"
"Teen stress: What parents can do for high schoolers under pressure"
"High-Stress High School"

"The Overprotected Kid," by Hanna Rosin and in a Wall Street Journal article, "Why French Parents are Superior," by Pamela Druckerman. Ms. Rosin addresses how a preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking and discovery – without making it safer. Ms. Druckerman contends that while Americans fret over modern parenthood, the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn to Fulfill our Potential,

by Carol Dweck, Ph.D.  Psychologist Carol Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids, as well as reach our own goals–personal and professional.


Parenting Without Panic, by Brenda Dater*
Brenda Dater has provided parents with an instant support group for parenting a child or teen on the autism spectrum. In this book she draws on her extensive experience as a support group leader and parent of a child on the spectrum to offer trusted advice and tried-and-tested solutions to parents' top concerns, all in an accessible and easy-to-read format. Filled with the voices of other parents in the same situation, the book covers everything from the first steps to take after diagnosis, to advocacy and disclosure, behavior, building independence and resilience, making friends, holidays and vacations, homework, supporting siblings, how to garner support from extended family and friends, and how parents can look after their own well-being.

New York Times article, "The Flight from Conversation", By Sherry Turkle and "Attention Alert: A Study on Distraction Reveals Some Surprises", by Larry Rosen, in Psychology Today blog.  In these short and easy-to read articles, Ms. Turkle and Mr. Rosen address how technology may be change or children's and our families' ability to converse, reflect and focus.  Each author suggests strategies to unplug but our collective group will develop more.

Getting to Calm:  Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens & Teens.

With humor, wisdom and a deep understanding of the teenaged brain, noted teen expert Dr. Laura Kastner and Dr. Jennifer Wyatt show parents how to stay calm and cool-headed while dealing with hot-button issues.  Parenting a teenager is tougher than ever, but new brain research offers new insights into the best way to connect with teens.  The book offers clear, easy-to-follow suggestions for setting limits while maintaining a close and loving relationship.

The Modern Dad's Dilemma:  How To Stay Connected To Your Kids In A Rapidly Changing World,  

by John Badalament, Ed.M.  The Modern Dad's Dilemma is loaded with practical information, road-tested activities and key skills to help dads meet the everyday challenges of modern fatherhood. Written for the dad who may not read a lengthy parenting book - but wants to build healthy relationships with his children and family.

"Are We Too Attached?" , by Lori Gottlieb

Atlantic Monthly article, 

The Way of Boys:  Raising Healthy Boys in Challenging and Complex World,

by Anthony Rao, PhD, Michelle Seaton  In this practical and accessible guide to the distinct challenges of raising young boys into happy and healthy young men, Dr. Rao urges parents, educators, pediatricians, psychologists, and other developmental experts to reevaluate and radically alter how we deal with our youngest boys. He teaches parents how to rear their sons with respect for their natural development right from the start, which gives them the best shot at growing into confident and healthy men ready to make their unique contributions to the world.

Queen Bees and Wanna Bees, by, Rosalind Wiseman  Packed with insights on technology’s impact on Girl World and enlivened with the experiences of girls, boys, and parents, the book that inspired the hit movie Mean Girls offers concrete strategies to help you empower your daughter to be socially competent and treat herself with dignity.

Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age, by Dan Kindlon, Ph.D.  Using both empirical and anecdotal evidence, Dr. Kindlon sounds a wake-up call for parents raising children in a self-indulgent world. He explains the rationale between being a good parent first and good friend second and offers concrete advice on raising children of conscience and character.

Loving Without Spoiling: And 100 Other Timeless Tips for Raising Terrific Kids, by Nancy Samalin.  Ms. Samalin will help you find better ways to set loving limits without spoiling or overindulging your child.  This book was designed for busy parents and is filled with brief and very practical solutions for any concerns parents might face.

Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids - Dealing With Competition While Raising a Successful Child, by Wendy Grolnick, PhD. and Kathy Seal.  Reassuring and empathic, Grolnick and Seal show parents how to avoid the burn-out — in both parents and children — that afflicts so many in our highly competitive society, while raising children who thrive and excel.

Letting Go: A Parents Guide to Understanding the College Years, by Karen Coburn and Madge Treeger. This indispensable guide provides parents with insights, information, comfort, and guidance throughout the emotional and social changes that take place during this important transition in life.  Based on real-life experience and recommended by colleges and universities around the country, it has been updated and revised, offering even more compassionate, practical, and up-to-the-minute information. 

Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying, by Michael Riera. Family psychologist Mike Riera provides strategies to help frustrated parents reconnect with their teenager, and become a “consultant” rather than a “manager” in a teen's life.  Hailed as one of the best books on the topic by parents who have lived through the teenage years.

"Mom, Jason's Breathing on Me":  The Solution to Sibling Bickering, by Dr. Anthony Wolf.  Dr. Wolf offers a whole new strategy for coping.  In a fresh, funny, and straightforward way, Dr. Wolf presents three essential rules for dealing with sibling arguments.  From teasing and hitting to rivalries and boundaries, Dr. Wolf addresses a wide range of issues, and he does it with humor and a pitch-perfect ear for actual kid/parent dialogue.

The Talk:  What Your Child Needs To Hear From YOU About Sex, By Sharon Maxwell

Dr. Maxwell focuses on the importance of love and intimacy in an age when our culture is pushing our kids to be "sexy" earlier and earlier. Many pertinent topics are covered and within each, Dr. Maxwell helps parents define their values about sexuality, power, intimacy, and privacy, and gives concrete examples of how to share those values with their children.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish. Described as the "parenting bible" by The Boston Globe, this easy-to-read book, for parents of children of all ages, offers many practical and innovative ways to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids, by Diane Levin and Jean Kilbourne. As noted by Harvard Medical School Professor Alvin Poussaint, "Every parent should read this eye-opening book. It is a rallying cry to take a stand against the commercial sexualization of Children."

Season of Life, by Jeffrey Marx. Written by a Pulitzer Prize winner, this powerful and poignant memoir is about a man finding his boyhood football-playing hero and learning what it means to be a man of substance and impact.

Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult. This page-turner is about a school shooting and raises very profound parenting issues throughout such as: how do we really get to know our children, and how do we help them when they struggle with life's challenges?