- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 3, 2002

Books

• "Emotionally Intelligent Parenting: How to Raise a Self-Disciplined, Responsible, Socially Skilled Child," by Maurice J. Elias, Steven E. Tobias and Brian S. Friedlander, Three Rivers Press, 2000. Three psychologists provide good ideas for building children's self-confidence.

• "Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capable Young People," by H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelsen, Prima Publishing, 2000. This book has advice on character building and discipline, which children need to succeed in social situations.

• "Playground Politics: Understanding the Emotional Life of the School-age Child," by Dr. Stanley I. Greenspan, Perseus Press, 1994. "Playground Politics" helps parents understand what is going on in the minds of older children as the students try and understand the social maze of school.

• "The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn and Flourish," by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Stanley I. Greenspan, Perseus Publishing, 2000. This book covers the social and emotional needs of children at different ages.

Online

• The commercial Web site Parent Center (www.parentcenter.com) has a detailed guide to the do's and don'ts of playdates for various ages. Type in "playdate" in the site's search engine.


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