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We have categorized our list of books into three categories: Books Discussed at our Parenting Book Group, Books Authored by Previous Parent to Parent Guest Speakers and Books Suggested by Winchester Parents. While we hope you may find this information useful, it is to be used solely as a guide and not intended to be a substitute for professional advice nor an endorsement by Parent to Parent. Books can be ordered by Bookends.

BBooks Discussed at our Parenting Book Group

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 Michael 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 Dr. 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. a series of group workshop programs that people could run on.

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 is a 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.

Books Authored Or Co-Authored By Some Of Parent To Parent’s Guest Speakers

Michael G. Thompson is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. His areas of expertise include eating disorders, depression, teenage suicide and social development. As a clinical consultant, Thompson has worked with more than two hundred independent schools across the U.S. and in other countries. Dr. Thompson received a B.A. from Harvard College, a Masters in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. From the University of Chicago.

- The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School & Life, Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. & T. Barker.
- Mom, They're Teasing Me, Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. And Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
- Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. And Dan Kindlon, Ph.D.
- Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons, Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D.        & T. Barker  
-Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children, Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. &           Catherine O’Neill Grace with Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D

Author and psychotherapist is a former member of the Washington University Student Counseling Service. Ms. Treeger has spoken about this topic on national radio and television.

- Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years, Madge Treeger and co-authored with              Karen Levin Coburn.

Author and Harvard Medical School Psychologist.
Mark O'Connell, psychologist and father, addresses a variety of topics from masculinity, fatherhood, sexuality, violence, morality and authority using materials from his own life as well as from his psychotherapy practice. He addresses each issue specifically and anecdotally.

- The Good Father: On Men, Masculinity, and Life in the Family, Dr. Mark O’Connell.

A child and adult psychiatrist and graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, is the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Massachusetts and New York. He was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty from 1983 until he retired from academics in 2004 to devote his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books. He has authored fourteen books on various psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of the human connection, the childhood roots of happi

- The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Strategies for Parents, by Edward N. Hallowell, M.D.

Dr. Richard Ferber, M.D. Director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital and world renowned expert on sleep problems

- Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems (revised addition, 2006), by Dr. Richard Ferber, M.D.

Deborah M. Roffman is a nationally certified Sexuality and Family Life Educator who has worked at the cutting edge of her field for three decades.

- But How Did I Get In There: Talking to Your Young Child About Sex, by Deborah Roffman.

Nancy is the author or co-author of five books and has written numerous articles on media violence, conflict resolution, peaceable classrooms and global education. Her most recent book is called Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids. Nancy is an advocate for policies and practices that promote children’s well being and encourage skills and attitudes that further peace and nonviolence.
- Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Road Map For Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids, by Nancy Carlsson-Paige.


Books suggested by Winchester parents

Generation MySpace:  Helping Your Teen Survive Online Adolescence. Candice M. Kelsey.

Totally Wired:  What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online. Anastasia Goodstein.

MySpace Unraveled:  A Parent’s Guide to Teen Social Networking. Larry Magid and Anne Collier (directors of

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens:  Helping Young People Learn to Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly. Nancy E. Willard.

Generation Text:  Raising Well Adjusted Kids in the Age of Instant Everything. Michael Osit.