Reviews: Books and Magazines: Parenting books: Teens




Seeker is a book by Arwen Elys Dayton about a young girl Quin who has trained most of her life to become a seeker. Yet, on the night that she becomes a Seeker she discovers the noble calling she’s dedicated her life to is a lie. And now that she’s taken her oath it’s too late to walk away.

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Stand By Me – John Kirwin

Stand by me review

Stand By Me is all in the sub-title really: “Helping Your Teens Through Tough Times”. Co-written by John Kirwan (former All Black turned poster-boy for depression awareness) and clinical psychologists Elliott Bell and Kirsty Louden-Bell, this is a how-to guide for parents and caregivers looking for ways to help teenagers struggling with mental illness.

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We Were Liars


While the old saying says you shouldn’t judge a book by a cover, We Were Liars by E Lockart looked like it would be a fantastic book. And it was. It is beautifully written, at times the way the Author plays with words reminding me of Keri Hulme’s book The Bone People.

The lead character Cadence is a member of a very affluent but dysfunctional Sinclair family that typically spends summer together on their private island. But two summers ago Cadence was found down on the beach with a head injury with no memory of why she was there.

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Learn to Play Ukulele


Learn to Play Ukulele is a ringbound, sturdy comprehensive guide to the ukulele is an excellent companion for those seeking to learn this popular instrument.

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Diane Levy – Time Out for tots, teens and everyone in between

TIme out for tots

Many parents have been struggling with the naughty chair, the thinking step, consequences, punishments and what their response should be to the new “anti-smacking” law change.  Well known and highly regarded family therapist and bestselling author Diane Levy provides timely and brilliantly helpful advice on how to make parents lives easier. Read the full review »

Diane Levy – They Look So Lovely When They’re Asleep

The look so lovely

Do you prefer parenting advice to be brief and to-the-point?

Do you find comfort in other parent’s struggles?

Do you enjoy reading about the funny, quirky things that children do?

Do you or did you ever struggle with parenting?

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Diane Levy – Of Course I Love You… Now Go To Your Room!

Of course I love you

Are you fed up with yelling at your children?
Are you fed up with your children yelling at you?
Are you fed up with your children yelling at each other?

Have you ever thought that there must be an easier way?

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Steve Biddulph – The Complete Secrets of Happy Children : A Guide for Parents

The complete secrets of happy children

Child psychologist Steve Biddulph tells parents everything they need to know about raising happy, healthy, confident children from babyhood to teens. This book shows parents how to be true to themselves while also bringing up secure children who feel loved and respected, with self-esteem and responsibility.

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Choose To Hug

Choose To Hug

I know that parents in Aotearoa New Zealand want the best for their children.  We want children to be happy, healthy, make good friends and do well at school.  We want our children to grow up to be caring people who have safe, warm relationships with their partners and children.  Confident, happy children trust, rather than fear, the adults in their lives. Read the full review »

Lawrence J Cohen – Playful Parenting

Playful parenting

Have you ever stepped back to watch what really goes on when your children play? As psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen points out, play is children’s way of exploring the world, communicating deep feelings, getting close to those they care about, working through stressful situations, and simply blowing off steam. That’s why “playful parenting” is so important and so successful in building strong, close bonds between parents and children.

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