- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 8, 2002

"The Good Enough Child: How to Have an Imperfect Family and be Perfectly Satisfied," by Brad Sachs, Quill, 2001. The author, a psychologist, explains how each child is different and how we should recognize the unique gifts in all children instead of looking at shortcomings.
"The Trouble With Perfect: How Parents Can Avoid the Overachievement Trap and Still Raise Successful Children," by Dr. Elisabeth Guthrie and Kathy Matthews, Broadway Books, 2002. Dr. Guthrie, who is a psychiatrist and a pediatrician, says parents are more competitive than ever when it comes to their children. This book details the damage parents can do by having high expectations and pushing their children.
"The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two," by Dr. William Sears, Little Brown & Co., 1993. This book by a noted pediatrician offers laid-back advice for new parents.
"Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five," by Penelope Leach, Alfred Knopf, 1995. This classic offers reassuring advice for parents.
"Loving Each One Best: A Caring and Practical Approach to Raising Siblings," by Nancy Samalin, Bantam Books, 1997. This book advises parents not to get caught up in comparing one sibling to another.


American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Phone: 847/434-4000. Web site: www.aap.org. This professional association offers tips, books, research, advice and perspective from pediatricians, who can be a knowledgeable source for worried parents.


These commercial Web sites have message boards and chat rooms where parents with children at similar stages can connect and discuss their children's development. While the sites can be a great resource for some parents, they can cause stress for others who might get caught up in comparing children online. Some child development specialists say parents should keep the opinions of other parents on message boards in perspective as they are not experts, just other parents with opinions.

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