- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2000

Books

• "When Benjamin Wants to Know," by Dona Caine, Chapel Hill Press, 1996. A book for the 8- to 12-year-old set written in the voice of a child by a sex therapist and registered nurse.

• "Caring for Your School-Age Child: Ages 5-12," edited by Edward L. Schor, M.D., American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000. A parents' reference book with advice from more than 40 pediatric specialists. This book covers all issues of child care, including emotional, physical and behavioral issues.

• "Caring for Your Adolescent: Ages 12 to 21," edited by Donald E. Greydanus, M.D., American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000. A complete manual for teen health care covering myriad difficult issues facing teens, from alcohol and drugs to sexually transmitted diseases.

• "How to Say It to Your Kids: The Right Words to Solve Problems, Soothe Feelings & Teach Values," by Paul Coleman, Prentice Hall Press, 2000. A parents' manual offering specific do's and don'ts for talking with children about a vast array of issues.

• "Teen Tips: A Practical Survival Guide for Parents With Kids 11 to 19," by Tom McMahon, Pocket Books, 1996. This book includes practical tips from parents who survived their children's teen-age years as well as comments and feedback from teens.

• "Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?" by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D., Noonday Press, 1998. This book is an easy read and full of valuable advice for parents facing divorce.

Associations

• American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 3615 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016. Phone: 202/966-7300. AACAP provides information and publications on child and adolescent psychiatry.

• American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 N.W. Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, Ill. 60007. Phone: 847/228-5005. The AAP is an organization of 53,000 primary care pediatricians and specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

On line

• The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Web site (www.aacap.org) is a source for current research, fact sheets and links to other resources.

• The American Academy of Pediatrics' Web site (www.aap.org) is full of valuable information, including book excerpts as well as publications for teens.

mTalking With Kids About Tough Issues (www.talkingwithkids.org) is provided by Children Now, a California research and communications organization, and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a private family-foundation resource for health policy information. The site has links to many organizations and also has booklets available.

• Family Education's site (www.familyeducation.com) offers information on an array of topics, including how to talk about tough subjects.

• Dr. Spock (www.drspock.com) is a media company that works in conjunction with the Dr. Benjamin Spock Trust. It has a group of pediatricians on staff.

• Growth House Inc. (www.growthhouse.org) is a site dedicated to helping parents support grieving children.

• Judge Baker Children's Center (www.jbcc.harvard.edu) is affiliated with the Harvard School of Public Health. The Web site is filled with valuable information and tips for talking with children about tough issues.

• The American Council for Drug Education (www.acde.org) is full of information on drugs and provides tips for talking with children.

• Family Talks (www.familytalks.com) is a site set up by Dona Caine, a sex therapist, that provides information on talking with children about sex.

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