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Little Things Long Remembered, updated for today’s time-strapped families, offers hundreds of ways to create treasured childhood rituals. Chock full of thoughtful and loving ideas that mean a lot — especially to children.

Small parcels of time well spent shape long-lasting memories that are the backbone of family unity…and the glue that holds families together.

Chapters are divided into convenient time frames: Gestures to strengthen family ties that take seconds, activities when you have five minutes, half an hour, or over the weekend. Plus, special circumstance suggestions for when your child is not feeling well or when you travel, for birthdays, major and minor holidays—including a set of Cardinal Rules to insure whatever you do is fun, builds character and celebrates your family.

Every single day offers fertile ground for creating positive recollections. Dig in to find “little things” that will inspire loving remembrances of growing up…and of you. Little Things… is the perfect new baby, Mother or Father’s Day, or any day gift for parents and grandparents.

Praise for the New Edition of Little Things Long Remembered

Little Things… promises—and delivers—a treasure chest of ideas to build cherished memories and strong family connections. Keep this book close by.” –Judy Blume

“Newman’s tips for making grand family memories are so easy to implement that every parent will want to grab a few to try right away. Integral to each ‘little thing’ is the warmth and love we want our kids to take away with them from their too-swiftly-over growing up years.” –Susan K. Perry, PhD, author of Playing Smart, Kylie’s Heel, and a blogger for Psychology Today

“Skip the elaborate birthday party with a petting zoo or laser tag. If you really want to show your kids that you love them, read Little Things Long Remembered. Susan Newman lists lots of little things that make your kids feel special every day of the year.”
– Jen Singer, author of You’re a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren’t So Bad Either)

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Although parenting approaches change, attitudes about only children remain stuck in the past.

The negative stereotypes — lonely, selfish, bossy, spoiled, socially maladjusted — make parents think their child will be at a disadvantage when compared to those who grew up with siblings.

The Case for the Only Child debunks the myths, taking into account the many changes the nuclear family has experienced in the face of two-family incomes, single parenting, women starting families later, and the economic reality of raising children in our modern world. Combining often-surprising findings with real-life stories, compassionate insight, and thought-provoking questions, Newman gives readers a guide to help them decide for themselves how to best plan their family and raise a single child.

  • Provides fascinating facts and statistics to show the reason for the rapid rise in the number of singletons
  • Explores pressure from friends, relatives, and strangers to have a second child… and how to deal with it
  • Demystifies the realities of raising and being an only child
  • Answers the difficult question: Does a child need a sibling?

 

Praise for The Case for the Only Child

“I love books that present good news most people don’t know about. This is such a book. Susan Newman lets you know that far from being damaged, only children can have it made! As a parent, you can have one and be done, and Dr. Newman shows you why. Goodbye guilt, welcome the fulsome joy of being parents to a one-and-only!”
– Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness. (more…)

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As nest eggs shrink, parents are moving in with their adult children and grandchildren in record numbers. Similarly, more and more adult children are returning home to their parents.

With jobs scarce and unemployment high, more and more adult children, be they recent college grads (77% of them in 2009) or on their own for a while, are returning home to their parents.

Under One Roof Again squarely addresses the inevitable and sensitive issues—from money matters to boundaries—that arise when formerly parent-child relationships become adult-adult ones. Drawing on her own research with family members already living together and on academic studies, social psychologist Susan Newman, a leading authority in the family relationship and parenting fields, provides solid advice for avoiding the snags and building stronger family ties when family members rejoin each other for long or short time periods.

 

Praise for Under One Roof Again

“In her author’s note, Newman (The Book of No, Parenting an Only Child) compares the mystery of functioning families to the splitting of the atom and the prevention of global warming. Living in harmony with one’s returning child and/or family or one’s parents is about as complicated. To help with the resurgence of this phenomenon, Newman offers practical considerations, from protecting privacy and sticking to food preferences to dealing with money and respecting others’ time. Verdict: Newman covers all the bases, and her book is essential reading for those facing this situation. Following her advice can make the difference between enjoying the richness of another generation or simply tolerating it.”

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Whether it’s by choice or fate, having a single child presents unique considerations, opportunities, and advantages.

Dr. Susan Newman—who has studied only child families since the 1980s—shatters the myths of the lonely, spoiled, bossy only child. Parenting an Only Child provides in-depth coverage of the critical issues such as:

  • Making the right family size decision for you
  • Maintaining a balance of power in a three-member household
  • Single parenting the only child
  • Setting boundaries with a child who is used to having your undivided attention
  • Fostering high achievement, creativity and independence in only children
  • Warning signs when a parent’s expectations are too high or pressure is too great
  • The effects of having parents, instead of siblings, as role models
  • Confronting age-old stereotypes
  • Withstanding the pressure to have another
  • Building family networks and other support systems for the future

Parenting an Only Child is the essential handbook for raising an only child or for exploring the option. It separates fact from fiction and offers fascinating findings and family stories. The down-to-earth advice makes it your supportive guide for raising a happy, well-adjusted child.

Praise for Parenting an Only Child

“She expertly discusses the finer points of raising an only child, with tips for encouraging sharing, making sure your child isn’t running the household and guarding against a “state-of-the-art child” that would help any parent in our affluent, child-centered times.”
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Overscheduled? Overworked? Overwhelmed? Get the “No-How” to Take Back Your Life. Refusing someone is rarely easy and often downright uncomfortable. But constantly giving in creates anxiety, anger, added stress, regret, and feelings of powerlessness. Whether you are looking to curtail or eliminate parents’ incessant demands, intrusions into your love life, must-attend invitations, your children taking advantage of you, a friend’s dependence or the boss’s unrealistic expectations, The Book of NO is an invaluable resource for recognizing how people snag you, discovering why you agree, stopping the habit…and stemming the tide of favors asked of you.

With Dr. Newman’s techniques and insights you’ll discover how to say “no” in the face of a person’s power, influence, bullying or disappointment—whether real or imagined. The more comfortable you become saying “no,” the more opportunities you create to achieve the less chaotic, more fulfilling life that always seems just out of reach.

By strengthening boundaries against the barrage of unwanted distractions, you’ll be able to move closer to your goals—even if they are just finding time to workout and eat healthier, see a movie, or read a book. And, the bonus: You’ll have time to improve the most important connections in your life, the ones that really matter to you.

Begin Flexing Your NO Muscle

Saying “no” is a learned skill and one you’ll quickly master as you work through the basic steps and implement your rights when asked to contribute your talent, your energy, support or merely your presence. Will you help me pack for the move? Will you walk my dog? Can I borrow your car? So often, the simplest requests irritate or eat up precious time.

Here’s a small sampling of ways to preserve the rights that you unwittingly give to others when you say “yes”:

  • Make your feelings and desires known
  • Establish and guard your boundaries
  • Keep your needs in the forefront so saying “no” is possible
  • Turn down those who flatter you into a “yes”
  • Request the details before committing

 

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Praise for The Book of NO

“This book will free you. It is one of the most liberating, empowering and practical topics I’ve seen…and Susan Newman does a masterful job bringing it home.”

—Joseph Grenny, New York Times bestselling co-author of Crucial Confrontations

 

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Nobody's Baby Now: Reinventing Your Adult Relationship with Your Mother and Father

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This breakthrough book provides insight into your own family dynamics.

It provides the tools to keep disagreements to a minimum, turn intolerable situations around, and transform your adult child-parent relationship into a mature, supportive, and loving connection. Why bother? Because how you relate to your parents is probably how your children will treat you when they are grownups.

Nobody’s Baby Now proves that it’s never too late or too difficult to break destructive patterns and tells you exactly how to do it. Situations, specific suggestions and checklists deal with everything from minor annoyances and pet peeves to long held grudges.

Each chapter takes on a different but common cause of strife including:

  • dealing with parents’ meddlesome or controlling behaviors
  • getting parents to accept the person you love
  • establishing comfortable boundaries
  • addressing time pressures
  • coping with money issues
  • accepting parents’ new partners, stepfamilies, and blended families
  • handling in-law jealousies
  • understanding how sibling problems affect your relationship with parents
  • making independent career decisions and more

 

Praise for Nobody’s Baby Now

“Want to deal with your parents as one grown-up to another? Clear, clever and sensible, Nobody’s Baby Now guides you over the inevitable potholes that mark this journey. Watch out, though: Follow Susan Newman’s advice and you may end up, well friends!”
Myron Gessner, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (more…)

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Little Things Mean A Lot opens with “The Grandparent Credo” to remind you how important you are in a grandchild’s life and to guide you as you fill your grandchildren’s memory banks with happy memories and form forever bonds.

It’s the perfect gift to honor the arrival of a new grandbaby or for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents’ Day, or just to thank grandparents for adding so much to family life.

Learn how to:

  • Ask your grandchild to teach you a dance step or exercise.
  • Involve your grandchild in your volunteer work.
  • Create stories in which your grandchild is the star.
  • Sing at the top of your lungs together.

 

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Too often busy schedules, parenting demands, or career goals take a front seat to personal relationships. People forget that making our partner feel important, special, and cherished is essential. This romantic primer promises to do just that.

A Media Play bestseller
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– I love you because…you always want to celebrate our first date.
– I promise always to…resist the temptation to have the last word
– I promise never to…suppress my desire to be with you.