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In this section you can download the PDFs of articles written by our members on a variety of topics relating to the journey of self and other discovery. Feel free to copy and/or distribute them, including the appropriate attribution if you do.

Books for Parents and Families


  • Self-Esteem - A Family Affair by Jean Illsley Clarke
  • How to Give Your Child a Great Self-Image by Dr. Debora Phillips with Fred Bernstein
  • Keep Talking Mother-Daughter Guide to the Pre-Teen Years by Lynda Madison, Ph.D.
  • "Why Doesn't Anybody Like Me?" A Guide to Raising Socially Confident Kids by Hara Estroff Morano
  • Reviving Ophelia - Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.
  • Growing a Girl - 7 Strategies for Raising a Strong, Spirited Daughter (birth to 12 years) by Dr. Barbara Mackoff
  • Real Boys by William Pollack, Ph.D.
  • A Fine Young Man: What Parents, Mentors and Educators Can do to Shape Adolescent Boys into Exceptional Men by Michael Gurian
  • Perfectionism by Miriam Adderholt-Elliott

Difficult Kids and ADHD

  • Moving Beyond ADD/ADHD by Rita Kirsch Debroitner and Avery Hart
  • The Difficult Child by Stanley Turecki, M.D.
  • Parenting a Child with a Behavior Problem by Penny Paquette and Cheryl Gerson Tuttle, M.Ed.
  • Driven to Distraction (from childhood through adulthood) by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.
  • Survival Strategies for Parenting your ADD Child by George T. Lynn
  • Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers by Lader and Conterio


  • "Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?" A Guide to Parenting Through Divorce by Anthony W. Wolf, Ph.D.
  • Difficult Questions Kids Ask [and are too afraid to ask] About Divorce (for toddlers-teenagers) by Meg F. Schneider and Joan Zuckerberg, Ph.D.
  • Voices of Children of Divorce by Dr. David Royko

General Parenting Books

  • Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Learn by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Emotionally Intelligent Parenting by Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., Steven E. Tobias, Psy.D., and Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D.
  • 1-2-3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
  • Stepfamily Realities by Margaret Newman
  • Parenting Toward Solutions by Linda Metcalf, Ph.D.
  • When Mothers Work by Jan K. Peters

Death and Grieving

  • Living with Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • On Children and Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Questions and Answers on Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Working it Through by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Coping When a Parent Has Cancer by Linda Strauss
  • My Mommy Has Cancer by Carolyn Stearns-Parkinson
  • How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness by Kathleen McCue
  • My Family is Living with Cancer by Marco Products
  • The Perfect Stranger's Guide to Funerals and Grieving Practices edited by Stuart M. Matlins
  • The Grieving Child by Helen Fitzgerald
  • The Grieving Teen by Helen Fitzgerald
  • Talking to Children About Death by Earl Grollman

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