Have you ever had a parenting issue for which you wanted some advice? Most of us have been in this situation, and many of us have sought out a local resource for help: our local library. A recent search for "parenting" at the Summit County Library yielded over 1000 non-fiction results. Narrowing the search to "parenting resources" resulted in 56 books and three e-books on the topic.
Some of these books focus on relationships with schools, home schooling, preparing for college, and tutoring your own child. Others are geared toward parents with special needs or disorders such as depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD, or autism. The list also contains books that help parents help their children deal with grief, drugs, and bullying. Many books help guide parents through specific stages of child development: adolescence, school age, toddlerhood, infancy, even pre-natal.
One of the books has an appropriately lengthy title: "Parents Magazine's The Best Advice I Ever Got: 1,023 Fast Fixes, Simple Solutions, and Wise Ideas for Raising Kids." Compiling information from Parents magazine, this guide offers specific advice on a range of issues from birth to age 8.
An excerpt from "Publisher's Weekly Review" states: "Edited by Parents editor-in-chief Sally Lee, this guide counsels parents through breastfeeding, child sickness, separation anxiety, bedtime, toilet training, grooming, games, self-esteem, birthdays and babysitters. Lee also introduces useful appendixes of specific organizations for help with adoption, disability, single parenting and a range of other issues."
"Great Books for Babies and Toddlers: More Than 500 Recommended Books for Your Child's First Three Years," authored by Kathleen Odean and published in 2003, is described as a "resource for parents and teachers [that] contains more than 500 annotated listings for a variety of recommended books for young children up to three years old, including poetry, songs, games, nursery rhymes, picture books, and storybooks." The newest book in the collection is the 2011 version of "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" by Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler. The publishers state that, "in this completely revised seventh edition, parents-to-be will find the latest information on preparing for their baby's birth as well as many new topics addressing today's most pressing questions and concerns."
One of the e-books in the library's collection is "NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children," published in 2009 by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. "Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live," is the description by its publishers. Among the topics covered is a disturbing one: Why the most brutal person in a child's life is often a sibling, and how this single aspect of their preschool-aged play can determine their relationship as adults.
For those interested in more information, including more research-based strategies and information, the search pages ended with a link to a government-sponsored resource page as well as a link to an online guide called "free stuff for babies." With your library card number, you can also access online resources from your home computer through EbscoHost, Gale, Marmot, and other third-party providers. Of course, you can also visit your library to read new or old editions of magazines such as "Parents" or "Parenting." Whatever your parenting issue or interest, start with your local Summit County Library to find information.