100 Lessons for Joey + Raising Kick-Ass Kids + Blue Chip Kids

08/21/15
R.J. Licata, author of 100 Lessons for Joey.
Topic:
100 things to teach your son (or daughter)
Issues: A collection of heartfelt advice on the importance of following one’s dreams and being a person of high character. This book is not only a loving tribute from a dad to his son, it is a thorough and timeless guide that will inspire a person of any age or walk of life to become the absolute best they can be. It serves as a reminder to us all that life is what we make it, and that there are no limits to our potential—except those we place on ourselves. Motivating and moving, “Lessons for Joey” will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will help you to realize that there is but one thing in this world more powerful than any other: love.

Robert Zeitlin, author of Laugh More, Yell Less.
Topic:
A guide to raising kick-ass kids.
Issues:Dr. Robert Zeitlin has dedicated the last 20 years to raising his kids, helping the children under his care, and working with parents to raise the children that the future needs. With his wife Betsy, Robert has raised two amazing teens who are kicking ass and taking names. Working in schools, with parents in his community, and through his clinical practice, Robert has maximized his background in Clinical Psychology to create family and school cultures that produce courageous leaders and communicators.

David Bianchi, author of Blue Chip Kids.
Topic:
What every child and parent should know about money, investing, and the stock market.
Issues: What is money? different ways of paying for things; the difference between stock markets and stock exchanges; stock options; funds; analyzing companies; borrowing money; net worth; taxes, and much more.

Do You Read Me, Baby?

reading to newborn

reading to newbornDear Mr. Dad: I have a two-month old baby and I love to read to him. My wife thinks I’m wasting my time and that there’s no sense reading before he starts learning words. Is it too soon to be reading to my son? If not, what should I read?

You’re definitely not wasting your time. In fact, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do. Admittedly, for the first few months, your reading won’t seem to be having any effect. And it doesn’t really matter what you read: a Wall Street Journal article, the menu from that Chinese takeout place down the road, or your high school calculus textbook. It’s not about education. Besides being a wonderful opportunity for the two of you to snuggle together, the goal is simply to get him used to the sound of the language and to have him associate reading with comfort and fun.

“When children have been read to, they enter school with larger vocabularies, longer attention spans, greater understanding of books and print, and consequently have the fewest difficulties in learning to read,” writes Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook. If that doesn’t convince your wife, try this: 60 percent of prison inmates are illiterate and 85 percent of juvenile offenders have reading problems. I can’t guarantee that reading to your baby will keep him from getting arrested 13 years from now, but there’s no question that reading is an important habit to develop, and there’s no such thing as “too early” to start.
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  • $50 Target gift card
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  • 1 GUM® Flossers
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  • 1 GUM® Flossers
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Giving Children the Tools to Thrive in a Fast-Changing World

Richard Rende, coauthor of Raising Can-Do Kids.
Topic:
Giving children the tools to thrive in a fast-changing world.
Issues: The importance of allowing time for unstructured, pretend play; getting children involved in chores on a regular basis; letting kids be samplers instead of specialists; reframing failure; emphasizing learning over grades; and much more.

Heroic Parents + Can-Do Kids


Brad M. Reedy, author of The Journey of the Heroic Parent.
Topic:
Your child’s struggle with mental illness.
Issues: The need to understand yourself before you can helk your child; breaking free from guilt and setting healthy boundaries; understanding the difference between control and influence; why being right won’t solve the problems at hand; learning to understand your child.

Richard Rende, coauthor of Raising Can-Do Kids.
Topic:
Giving children the tools to thrive in a fast-changing world.
Issues: The importance of allowing time for unstructured, pretend play; getting children involved in chores on a regular basis; letting kids be samplers instead of specialists; reframing failure; emphasizing learning over grades; and much more.