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    In Search of a Family: A Story of an International Adoption

    ISBN #: 9781601385116


    In Search of a Family: The Story of an International Adoption takes the reader inside the personal journey through the unknowns of an international adoption. It could be anywhere in the world, but this true story takes place in the post Cold War, ex-Soviet bloc country of Ukraine. As they travel through this young, independent republic, Kevin and Ginger Carlisle encounter virtually every obstacle that could derail their hopes of achieving their dream - creating their new family. Braving Ukrainian election tensions and protestors, heartbreaking events, financial concerns, and changing adoption policies, they navigate the emotional and psychological maze of bureaucracy and physical logistics.

    The book takes the reader through an account of their travel, highlighting the little known beauty of Ukraine and its people, while enduring the hardships of the language and infrastructure, all while placing their life and professions in American on hold. An eleventh hour attempt by a family member almost changes the history of this wonderful journey. As destiny patiently awaits, they keep reciting the mantra of all those who had come before them: Keep your focus on the goal of bringing home your children.


    Your New Baby: Insider Secrets to Save Thousands on All Your Baby's Needs

    ISBN #: 9781601381385


    A recent government report revealed that a family with a child born in 2008 can expect to spend about $260,000 for food, shelter, and other necessities to raise their child over the next 17 years. As scary as theses statistics are, starting a family does not have to put you in the poor house. This new, exhaustively researched book will arm you with hundreds of innovative ideas and resources to save you money now. Baby items can be quite costly. Knowing exactly what you need to buy and keeping a budget is critical. You will learn many ways that you can get everything you need for the baby safely and on a limited budget.

    You will learn how to develop a budget, and you will be given a detailed list of all your new baby's needs. The author guides you through all the ways you can purchase what you need while staying on budget. You will learn detailed information on where and how to purchase clothing and linens, receiving blankets, consumables, baby furniture, cribs, toys and books, bassinettes, car seats, strollers, and playpens for less money.


What to Expect When Your Child Leaves For College: A Complete Guide for Parents Only

ISBN #: 9781601382184


According to experts in the field of psychology, more than half of parents experience some sort of separation anxiety when their child leaves for college. You may have been looking forward to your child's departure for 18 years, but now that the time has finally come you are experiencing mixed emotions. What to Expect When Your Child Leaves for College will provide you with valuable information and will help make the transition easier.

In this new book, you will learn how to encourage independence, how to offer support, how to handle the drop-off, how to deal with empty nest syndrome, how to talk to your child about his or her emotions, how to keep the lines of communication open, how to plan meaningful family time, and how to teach your child to live on his or her own.

Additionally, you will be provided with insight into your child's emotions, which will help you understand his or her behavior, such as spending excessive amounts of time with friends, ignoring you, or being disagreeable. You will learn how to handle the emotional rollercoaster, how to give your child time to adjust to college life, how to prepare for your child's first visit home, and how to help others deal with the transition. By reading this book, you will learn how your life will change, and you will discover ways to fill the void.

What to Expect When Your Child Leaves for College provides you with countless ways to prepare yourself for your child's departure, as well as advice from parents, students, and psychologists. Whether your first child is leaving for college or it is your youngest child going away to school, you will find ways to cope with this difficult time in your life.


The Parent's Guide to Uncluttering Your Home: How to Organize What You Need and Recycle What You Don't 

ISBN #: 9781601383389


A cluttered home can be a nightmare. It makes your things hard to find, it creates stress in your family, and it can even cause injuries if it becomes too overrun with clutter. But, it doesn't have to remain that way. There are countless resources available to help every individual organize, put away, store, and even recycle their old possessions to get them out of the way and where they belong.

Through hours of careful research and personal experience, this book was compiled to show even the most vociferous of packrats how to start sorting through their possessions and putting aside everything that just doesn't need to be in the way anymore. To start, you will learn how to stop and assess your situation - how much clutter can you afford to have, why does it happen at all, and what does it cost you to have such a mess in your home. You will learn how to start changing your fundamental way of living to reduce clutter and how to recognize your accomplishments in keeping a clean house. You will learn how to lighten your loads by throwing away what you really don't need, donating what others can use, and knowing how to make a little extra money by cleaning things up a bit. You will learn the basics of effective storage and how to organize your things. You will learn how to recognize clutter zones and renovate them to cut down on clutter in entranceways, closets, children's rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, family rooms, offices, basements, attics, garages, and cars.

Organization experts were interviewed and their expertise has been compiled here to provide you with details on how to simplify your systems with lists and schedules, filing systems, proper meal and recipe planning, group cleaning, and constant organization. You will learn how to ensure clutter never comes back by reducing your shopping, following a daily schedule to clean, and occasionally going through the same above motions. Regardless of how severe your clutter problem is, this book will help you to recognize and start dealing with it right away.


The Complete Guide to Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night So You Can Too: 101 Tips and Tricks Every Parent Needs to Know

ISBN #: 9781601383921


The average baby sleeps between 10 and 16 hours a day according to Parenting Magazine. But, for any parent who has raised a child, it is well known that these hours can come at nearly any time, with the least likely time being during the middle of the night. Coaxing and comforting a baby to sleep through the night is one of the earliest and daunting tasks that young parents face and can lead to raised stress and tension levels and a whole slew of problems for both you and your baby.

The tips in this book are designed to provide every parent with the knowledge they need to help their baby feel more comfortable in their crib and start sleeping through the night not only for the first time, but consistently for the foreseeable future. You will learn exactly how much sleep your baby needs and what traditional definitions of sleep have to say about children under the age of two, including how they sleep and what they need in their sleep. You will learn the rules of infant and baby sleep and how they may not fit into your traditional notions of slumber and why it is necessary to think carefully before taking any additional measures. The necessary tools you need for helping your baby sleep through the night, including the right music, the right food, the right bedding, and the right amount of attention. You will learn when it is best to leave your baby to themselves and when they need you late at night, and what kinds of sleep disturbing habits they and you might be performing that is keeping them from sleeping comfortably.

Experts in child psychology, pediatrics, and sleep have been interviewed and provided their experiences in the book to help all new parents deal with the trials and tribulations of a baby who will not sleep through the night. You will learn how certain developmental factors can affect sleep and what situations, however small, can disrupt sleep entirely. You will learn when it is not your fault and when you don't deserve blame and how things might change when your baby becomes a toddler.


The Complete Guide to Baby Sign Language: 101 Tips and Tricks Every Parent Needs to Know

ISBN #: 9781601383938


At a very young age, children are like sponges, absorbing everything they see and do, learning at an unprecedented rate. This ability to learn so quickly is what allows them to start speaking in as little as two years and to pick up so many of your mannerisms in infancy. Sign language is the most recent discovery for infants and is a very popular way of working their brains and teaching them not only an early form of communication but the third most spoken language in the United States. For those parents that teach their baby sign language at a young age and continue into childhood, it is possible for their child to learn quicker in school and likely to be bi- or even tri-lingual before reaching High School.

This book will guide every parent through the process of teaching an infant the necessary steps to understand beginning sign language. You will learn first and foremost what you are going to need to expect from signing, from the basics of the program to the reactions you will get from your baby. You will learn how to get started by teaching yourself first and foremost and what the first signs you should focus on for your child are and when it is okay to start teaching. You will be given a complete troubleshooting section with common problems you may encounter to help you when things don’t go according to plan. You will also be given details on how to instruct and teach babysitters and nannies to use the same sign language while teaching your child.

Sign language experts, both for adults and children, have been interviewed and have provided their insight into how signing can change the interactions between you and your child. Learn how to develop signs as your child gets older and more cognitive and how to combine signs into longer communications and even sentences well before they can speak. You will also learn how to start taming tantrums even before your child is a year old with sing language and how to carry on your signs into older childhood, teaching your child full American Sign Language and then branching out to additional options. For any new parent looking to get a jump start on teaching their baby, sign language is not only a great way to boost their intellect, it can help make your life much easier.


I'm Going to Be a Dad Now What? Everything You Need to Know about First-Time Fatherhood

ISBN #: 9781601383952


Millions of children are born every year and millions more parents enter blindly into the arena of parenthood without any knowledge of what they need to do. For fathers especially, this first time leap can be overwhelming - a complex and confusing time in their lives. There are many things that need to be learned and many more things that need to be perfected in those early weeks and months and for some it can be nerve-racking to try and figure it all out.

This book was written for every father who every wanted to understand those essential basics of starting for the first time in child rearing. You will learn everything starting with your newborn child, including what they will look like, how to handle the baby, taking photographs, what to expect from your spouse after she gives birth, how the baby will be fed, burping, changing diapers, and the many different ways in which your household will change with a newborn in it, from the location of your possessions to your pets and how they must be treated and interacted with. You will learn how to clean a young child, how to deal with crying and late night feedings, getting sleep, getting your child to sleep, getting back to work for the first time, dressing your child, and how to take them out of the house.

Experts have been interviewed and their expertise has been included here to provide a complete perspective on how to approach children as a first time father. You will learn how to maintain your sanity and when you might expect your sex life to resume. You will learn how to deal with health issues your child may have, how to deal with teething, and where to take a young child. You will learn how to let other people interact with your child and when to start feeding them solid foods, as well as the necessary baby proofing that needs to be done when they start crawling and later walking. Learn what to expect from growing children and how to play with them effectively. Learn about bathing and haircuts and how your role as a father will vary from that of the mother depending on who is working and how much. No matter what your situation is, this book will guide you through the earliest weeks of your child’s life to the growing, learning phases of their toddler years as you learn how to be a father for the first time.



A Complete Guide for New Single Dads: Everything You Need to Know about Raising Healthy, Happy Children On Your Own

ISBN #: 9781601383969


Raising a child alone, no matter whether you are a father or a mother can be the most trying experience in anyone's life -  from learning all of the many things that two people would normally handle, to being able to adjust to the overwhelming demands of a child on a daily basis. And yet, it is estimated by the US Census Bureau that more than 12.9 single parents were raising their children alone in the United States. While a small percentage of that was single fathers, the hard reality of raising a child alone remains the same for either parent, regardless of gender.

Through hours of meticulous research and interviews, this book was compiled to show exactly how a single father can raise a child alone to be happy and healthy without the help of a second parent. You will learn, as a single father, how to reassure your children and maintain the feeling of a family. You will learn how to help them feel better regardless of why you are a single father – whether it be death or divorce. You will learn how to treat your children when alone and how not to start relying on them as a surrogate for a spouse emotionally. You will learn how to effectively communicate with children and how to show affection and be reassuring. The basics of discipline and rules will be outlined for a single parent household along with how you can have fun with your children the right and healthy way. You will learn how to handle religious and cultural traditions, as well as what differences you will encounter with daughters versus sons as a father and how to handle the issues that would normally be dealt with by the mother.

Dozens of hours of interviews with experts in child psychology and child raising were conducted and have been included in this book to provide a complete outline of what you can expect throughout the raising of your children. You will learn how to turn your house into a home, divvying up space, having pets, and ensuring chores get accomplished by you and them. You will learn how to go about finding child care you can rely on and what you need to do to juggle your own time and have enough for your work, your children, and yourself. You will learn how to deal with school and ensure your children get the attention they need to succeed. The basics of cooking and health care for children and how to handle their emotional issues as they grow older will all be outlined for you in full. For every father alone for the first time or unsure of how to raise their children alone, this book will provide the detailed instruction you need to be the best possible single father.



A Complete Guide for New Single Moms: Everything You Need to Know about Raising Healthy, Happy Children On Your Own

ISBN #: 9781601383976


There are more than 10 million single mother households in the United States with as many as 16 million children being raised currently by mothers without a spouse. For every mother recently finding herself single or just learning how to raise a child for the first time, there are countless things that need to be dealt with and innumerable things that can be that much harder without the helping hand of a second parent nearby to take on many of the regular tasks that parenthood entails.

This book was written for every single mother who is learning for the first time how to raise their child without the assistant of a second parent. You will learn the various ways your situation is both different and the same depending on how you came to be a single mother - whether it was out of marriage, through divorce, or by death. You will learn what you must expect right away and what hardships are truthful and which ones will only make your path harder by acknowledging. You will learn what to do when pregnant alone and how to rely on your family. You will learn the basics of early childcare and how much you can realistically expect to accomplish as a mother on her own. You will learn the basics of what a child needs in its first year, from breastfeeding and diapers to clothing and travel. You will learn how to prepare yourself for the sacrifice you will be forced to make and how to handle money matters while raising a child alone.

Multiple interviews have been conducted with single mothers who have succeeded and experts in child care and child raising to provide a comprehensive outlook on everything you can expect as a single parent on your own - from the first few weeks of stress to the later years of toilet training, proper diet, allergies, health care, and learning to talk. You will learn what to expect as your child grows, including the early years of school to the first times you must discuss their lack of a father. You will learn when you can fill in for that father figure and when you cannot and what you can do to provide the influences and support they need in those formative years. You will learn what to look out for when your child reaches the problematic teenage years and how to raise a boy as a single mother - from the conversations you shouldn't have to have to the situations you don't want to deal with. From conception to graduation, the life of a single mother is a trying, challenging road to travel - with this book in hand you will have what you need to get started and know what you will be able to expect.


Your Personal Parenting Guide Infant and Childcare Wisdom from a Top Pediatrician

ISBN #: 9781620230350


Dr. Charlotte Thompson uses her 50 years of experience to provide parenting answers. Stop incessant crying.  Learn how to breast-feed successfully. Everything you might worry about is covered including caring for children with special needs, helping older siblings feel included when a new baby arrives, and more.

Prescription (RX) for Parenting How to Raise Healthy Infants and Children

ISBN #: 9781620230367


Dr. Charlotte Thompson has 50 years of pediatric medical know-how to help parents. In four distinct sections, you’ll find advice on how to deal with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kids. She covers the everyday things like eating out and traveling to the more complex issues of integrating older children and pets into a cohesive family unit.


How to Present Negative Medical News in a Positive Light: A Prescription for Health Care Providers

ISBN #: 9781601385857


In a 2009 Gallup poll, 30 percent of Americans surveyed believed that the national health care industry offers less-than-good quality of care for its citizens. But you can change how your patients perceive your own services, starting with how you and your staff deliver sensitive news. With this step-by-step guide, you will learn exactly how to talk to any patient or their family about even the worst of news. Like so many other aspects of the medical field, there is a science behind how to deliver negative news to your patients, and How to Present Negative News in a Positive Light will teach you the best methods of handling delicate and critical situations. Using this book as your guide, you can help nurture the delicate and valuable relationship that everyone in the health care field must form with their patients, even in times of high stress and negative news.

Visiting a clinic is stressful enough for your patient, but with this research-backed book, you will learn how to ease the excess worries of your clients. You will learn the psychology behind your patient's state of mind to ensure that any bad news you communicate is tailored effectively for his or her situation. You will learn not to overlook the details that many health care providers might not notice, such as your clinic's environment, atmosphere, and employees, and will see how every detail can impact your patient's comfort. In this detailed book, you will gain knowledge on topics ranging from medical ethics to the legalities of delivering news to a patient's friends and family, as well as how to share this information among your staff. You will learn how to cope with religious or cultural issues that may arise with sensitive medical news, and you will learn how to avoid negative repercussions that could reflect poorly on you and your clinic.

With How to Present Negative News in a Positive Light, you will understand how to articulate the best verbal structure possible for any and all bad news, as well as how to project your body language to ensure that a bad diagnosis is delivered in the most positive light possible. Have you ever presented a diagnosis to a patient without giving thought to how your hands were positioned? Were you unaware of your posture and level of eye contact? If you weren't keeping your hands open, your posture tall, and your gaze steady, your patient's reaction may have been worse than it had to be. This book will explain the vast importance of these subtle gestures. You will learn how to avoid saying too much or too little, and learn how to recognize what your patient needs to hear from you immediately following any bad news. Even the worst of news can be presented in an uplifting and positive manner this book will teach you how.

Packed with real-life examples of doctors, nurses, and patients who know first-hand the best and worst ways of delivering bad news in the health care setting, this book will become a daily go-to resource at your clinic. In this book, you will read about what has worked in real life from health care providers who are willing to share their experiences in order that you can learn from their personal trials. You can turn pessimism into optimism and keep your patients happy and loyal even in times of extreme hardship.