Parenting – Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think

taming-the-lecture-bugTaming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think
Joey and Carla Link
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 9781498435857
Pages: 159
Genre: Parenting

Why won’t kids think for themselves? When parents constantly remind and lecture them they are doing the thinking so their kids don’t have to. With over 25 years of experience working with families, Joey and Carla Link share practical ways parents can get their kids to think for themselves so they will take ownership of their responsibilities and parents don’t have to. If you want to stop reminding your kids to get their stuff done and lecturing them when they don’t, this award-winning book is for you!



taming-the-lecture-bug-authors-joey-and-carla-linkAbout the Authors:
Joey and Carla Link are parent educators with a passion to assist parents to raise respectful and responsible kids. Joey has 16 years in pastoral experience in youth and family ministry plus another 25 years as the Director of a non-profit ministry to families and Carla’s degree is in social work. Together they bring a unique blend of fresh insight to parents.  Joey and Carla are the authors of 2 books on parenting, are the parents of 3 grown children and have 3 grandchildren. The Links live in Iowa.

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Family & Relationships – Beyond A Charmed Life

Beyond A Charmed LifeBeyond A Charmed Life
A Mother’s Unconditional Love
By Barbara Huntress Tresness
Publisher: Divine Phoenix
Published: December 1, 2015
ISBN: 978-1941859438
Pages: 206
Genre: Memoir, Family & Relationships, Special Needs

What Happens When You Search for Hope?

Beyond a Charmed Life, A Mother’s Unconditional Love is an inspirational memoir about a mother’s love for her special needs son with heartfelt stories and a triumphant spirit of overcoming insurmountable challenges.

From caretaker to advocate role, author Barbara Huntress Tresness wants to share “you are not alone and hope does exist”. This is a story of tenacity, triumph and a spiritual awakening to the universal forces that help mother and child have an unbroken bond that transcends everything.

“Sharing our stories out loud helped me and helped others. It got easier as I began to tell some of what had happened to us. I kept many journals and wrote about my feelings good and bad because I never wanted Graham to think he was difficult for us to care for. I wanted him to know he was loved unconditionally.” – Barbara Huntress Tresness

Praise/Reviews for Beyond a Charmed Life, A Mother’s Unconditional Love
“A mother’s loving memoir about caring and advocating for her son, who was born with a severe form of cerebral palsy…The narrative is powerful and heartfelt…” — Kirkus Review

“Barb Tresness has written a heartfelt story of a mother’s unconditional love for her disabled child, a story that will resonate with all families who love their children and want them fully included into every aspect of the human experience.” — Marianne Leone, Actress and Author of Jesse, A Mother’s Story

“Barb and her son Graham’s journey is truly inspirational and motivating…and you will see how they were able to overcome severe obstacles to become true champions. Kudos to Barb and Graham for sharing their deeply personal and moving story so others can benefit.” — John Matthew Upledger, CEO, Upledger Institute International

“Barb is a visionary. Where others see struggle, she sees hope.” — Matt Seubert, Associate Executive Director for Development, AccessCNY

“Barb Tresness is a tireless advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, and she’s a champion for ensuring equality in communication.” — Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D.,Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute & University Professor, Syracuse University

Beyond A Charmed Life AuthorAbout the Author:
Barbara Huntress Tresness is an author, disability advocate and founder of CHAT Collective. Her son Graham serves as the inspiration for writing this book and helps teach us with his wisdom. Also written by Barb: Everyone Communicates: Learn How to Talk to Me! – The guidebook to communicating and socializing with Non Verbal Communicators (NVC’s) and Limited Communicators (LC’s). She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, and currently lives with her husband and three sons in Manlius, New York. You can connect with Barb at and learn more at

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Teen/YA Social Issues & Self-Help – Life Lessons for the Teenage Girl

Life Lessons for the Teenage GirlLife Lessons for the Teenage Girl
Quotes, Inspiration and Advice for Women by Women
By Kelly Tonelli
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-1630472023 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1630472023 (hc)
Pages: 172
Genre: Teenage Social Issues, YA/Teen Non-Fiction

Being a teenage girl is hard. Admit it-frequently it’s downright terrible. They are constantly bombarded with suggestions about how to best live their lives from everyone they know. It becomes a challenge just to know whose suggestions to follow and whom to ignore. Their parents and teachers are “too old” to understand them, and friends can be just as confused as they are. Teens are often tempted to turn to celebrities who, unfortunately, are only asked about fashion, weight loss, and “how to get the guy.”

Life Lessons for the Teenage Girl: Quotes, Inspiration, and Advice for Women by Women provides valuable and entertaining advice from women who have attained success in business, politics, sports, and entertainment. Their goal in offering advice is to spare teenage girls some of the challenges and frustrations they may have experienced themselves. If the struggle can’t be avoided, teens can at least gain comfort in the knowledge that they are not alone in their experience. Techniques and exercises are provided to help teenage girls survive and thrive beyond their teenage years.

Is Life Lessons for the Teenage Girl for teenage girls only? Heck no! Everyone can be educated and entertained by the insights these women dispense. All can benefit from learning new strategies to manage life’s difficulties. Find out who stayed serious and who couldn’t help but have a bit of fun!

Life Lessons for the Teenage Girl AuthorAbout the Author:
Kelly Lyttle Tonelli is a clinical psychologist working in private practice with patients who are experiencing life transitions, many of whom are teenage girls. She happily relocated from Michigan to Southern California to attend Pepperdine University and fell in love with the sunshine. She spent time working and learning at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) before going into private practice. Kelly divides her time between her practice, writing, spending time with her husband, and driving her daughter to dance class.

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Memoir/Family/Technology – A Year Unplugged

A Year UnpluggedA Year Unplugged
A Family’s Life Without Technology
By Sharael Kolberg
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 978-0988961043
Pages: 398
Genre: Memoir, Family, Technology

In A Year Unplugged, Sharael Kolberg chronicles her family’s brave attempt to wean themselves from technology in an effort to reclaim quality family time. The Kolbergs decided to turn off their television, unplug their iPods, iPhones, laptops and digital cameras, and disconnect from e-mail, cell phones and the Internet. Not an easy task.

Sharael’s true-life tale explores how dependent we are on technology and the impact it has on interpersonal relationships and society. Through thought-provoking, humorous and heart-wrenching narrative, Sharael hopes to compel readers to open dialogue about the conscious use of technology.

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A Year Unplugged AuthorAbout the Author:
Sharael Kolberg is a nationally published journalist with nearly 20 years of experience and the author of three books. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and websites, including Outside and Sunset magazines. Learn more at





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Parenting/Pregnancy – Getting Ready for Baby: The Practical Parent’s Organizer

Getting Ready for BabyGetting Ready for Baby: The Practical Parent’s Organizer
By Hélène Tragos Stelian
ISBN: 9781497395596
Published: April 2014
Pages: 206
Genre: Parenting, Pregnancy

Building on the success of the original Getting Ready for Baby, this brand new edition offers even more:

  •   Completely updated charts and checklists
  • The latest in healthcare and safety guidelines
  • Revamped step-by-step instructions for finding the best obstetrician, pediatrician, and childcare – with detailed interview questionnaires
  • Loads of new resources for maternity and baby gear
  • All the latest books and magazines on parenting and baby care
  • New recommendations on parenting organizations, apps, even blogs

All this in addition to these tried-and-true features, thoroughly updated to meet the needs of today’s expectant parents:

  • A master to-do list for pregnancy and beyond
  • The most detailed baby gear checklist, with “lingo” explained and hundreds of shopping tips, as well as specific advice for those expecting twins
  • Logs for doctor visits and calls, borrowed items, baby feedings, and more
  • An extensive checklist for babyproofing the home, including many dos and don’ts
  • Countless “practical parent tips” from parents who’ve been there

Praise for Getting Ready for Baby: The Practical Parent’s Organizer:

“This book “may just become the most important item in your life; every section gives helpful hints followed by checklists” — Big Apple Parent Magazine

“This book is “loaded with the details that concern new moms like prenatal care, delivery and all matters in between” — Nashville Parent Magazine

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About The Author:  
Getting Ready For Baby AuthorWhile preparing for her first pregnancy, Hélène Tragos Stelian found few useful books to help first-time parents get organized for their baby’s arrival. She created charts and checklists of her own to plan for the experience of birth and motherhood, and after lending these forms to countless friends, realized she had the beginnings of a book project. Thus, Getting Ready for Baby was born. Hélène lives in Chicago with her husband Peter and their twin girls Bianca and Indigo.


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