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Raise responsible, happy, spiritual children the Steamboats Parenting way. Here are some of our favorite books, but feel free to browse for more titles. Return to Parenting Index Page.

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book The Parent's Handbook: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting by Gary D. McKay, Don, Jr. Dinkmeyer, Don, Sr. Dinkmeyer, Sr Don Dinkmeyer
Read an online review of the STEP system at this website: click here.
Book Description The STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) program has taught over two million parents more effective parenting techniques, encouraging mutual respect between parent and child, cooperation, responsibility, and self-reliance. The Parent's Handbook shows parents the best way to raise responsible children who will grow into responsible adults. Illustrations & charts. Size C. 136 pp. 30,000 print.
Amazon Synopsis: A handbook for parents of children of all ages offers a week-by-week program, full of practical goals, for raising happy, responsible children, based on a nationally successful parenting program. 30,000 first printing.
With over 100,000 copies sold, this book is the revised edition of the bestselling guide to parenting from the American Guidance Service. Color illustrations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) program has taught over two million parents more effective parenting techniques, encouraging mutual respect between parent and child, cooperation, responsibility, and self-reliance. The Parent's Handbook shows parents the best way to raise responsible children who will grow into responsible adults. Illustrations & charts. Click here to buy this selection or read more reviews
More STEP books:
The Parent's Guide: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens, by Don Dinkmeyer & Gary D. McKay
The Parent's Handbook: Step, Systematic Training for Effective Parenting, by Don Dinkmeyer & Gary D. McKay
A good textbook along the same lines: Children In Family Contexts, by Lee Combrinck-Graham, editor
book Parenting Young Children: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (Step) of Children Under Six by Don C. Dinkmeyer (Editor), Gary D. McKay (Contributor), James S. Dinkmeyer, dinkmeye, Don, Sr. Dinkmeyer
An Amazon reader comments: This book is informative. It is concise, and easy to read. It gives many helpful examples. It also gives great deal of alternatives for difficult situations you find yourself in with your children. It has many ideas which are similar to "Children the Challenge." Another very helpful book. I started using the ideas of this book and saw immediate results in my children and myself. Click here to buy this selection or read more reviews
book Parenting Teenagers: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens by Gary D. McKay, Joyce L. McKay, Don C. Dinkmeyer, Sr Don Dinkmeyer
Synopsis The Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) program has taught over two million parents how to encourage mutual respect, cooperation, responsibility, and self-reliance in their kids. This completely revised edition of "Parenting Teenagers" features increased coverage of single parents and stepfamilies and more real life examples. Click here to buy this selection or read more reviews


Parents in Charge: Setting Healthy, Loving Boundaries for You and Your Child, by Dana Chidekel

Amazon reader review: Every parent, or parent to be, must read this book. It explains everything we know should be done, but don't know how to do. Very straight forward, entertaining and informative. Click here to buy this selection or read more reviews.


How to Raise an Emotionally Healthy, Happy Child, by Dr. Albert Ellis

Dr. Ellis is the grandfather of modern psychology and author of seventy books on rational thinking. Here's what he says about raising children. Click here to buy this selection.


Celebrating Girls: Nurturing and Empowering Our Daughters, by Virginia Beane Rutter.

Amazon Review: Raising a daughter? . . . In Celebrating Girls, Virginia Beane Rutter offers specific ways to help raise self-esteem, make girls understand that they do matter, assure their physical self-confidence, empower their minds, and support their creativity. Click here to buy this selection or read more reviews.

Discipline Without Tears by Rudolf Dreikurs and Pearl Cassel

Amazon Review: Dr. Dreikurs stresses encouragement, cooperation, and firm control in a democratic alliance of parents, teachers, and children. This sound and sensible guide offers surefire techniques and time-tested advice, especially designed for those who need to deal with large groups of children or with children in a classroom setting.


Embracing Persephone: How to Be the Mother You Want for the Daughter You Cherish, by Virginia Beane Rutter

Amazon Review: As Demeter loses Persephone to the Underworld, many mothers feel they are losing their daughters during the adolescent years. In this book, a Jungian analyst gives mothers positive, solution-oriented strategies for minimizing conflict and for coming to terms with their changing role. Click here to buy this selection or read more reviews.


The History of Childhood (The Master Work)
by Lloyd Demause (Editor)

In past ages, childhood was more of a nightmare than it is today. Read more about this book at this website

Lloyd deMause is Director of The Institute for Psychohistory, Editor of The Journal of Psychohistory, President of the International Psychohistorical Association.

book Sacred Legacies: Healing Your Past and Creating a Positive Future by Denise Linn
Book Description: The internationally bestselling author of "Sacred Space" and "Quest" shows how to connect with our ancestral wisdom to improve our lives and those of our descendants.
- Get in touch with the strength and spirit of your ancestors
- Explore your personal myth
- Restructure your past
- Heal the family tree
- Speak to your descendants through the art of giving
- Revive rituals and create traditions for the twenty first century
With real-life stories and practical, easy-to-use exercises and meditations, Sacred Legacies shows how the choices we make in our own lives--however small--can forge a link with the future and help create a powerful new reality for all humanity and the planet.
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The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents: Guiding Your Children to Success and Fulfillment, by Deepak Chopra
Book Description: This book, The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents, is Dr. Chopra's answer to those letters and to parents around the world who wish to raise children with values that satisfy spiritual needs as well as create the experience of abundance. After a general discussion of parenting and the gift of spirit, this book explores specific ways to practice the Seven Spiritual Laws as a family, how to convey these laws to children depending on their ages, and how to embody them in age-specific activities each day, beginning on Sundays with the Law of Pure Potentiality.
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Children are From Heaven, by John Gray
Amazon Review:
Psychologist John Gray (he of Men Are from Mars fame) cites a need to shift from "fear-based parenting" (a punitive and oppressive approach to child rearing) to "love-based parenting" (which accepts children's desires and negative emotions while still setting reasonable limits). With child and teen violence increasing, rampant low self-esteem, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and attention deficit disorder, he says, "the Western free world is experiencing a crisis in parenting. Almost all parents today are questioning both the old and the new ways of parenting. Nothing seems to be working."
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Dr. Toy's Smart Play: How to Raise a Child With a High Pq by Stevanne, Ph.D. Auerbach (Editor), Heather Jackson
Play, especially active, creative, and educational play, helps children develop such basic social and academic skills as concentration, problem solving, communication, and cooperation. Factors such as safety, durability, flexibility, and age appropriateness complicate the challenge parents face in choosing the right toys for their children at the right time. Auerbach applies her scientific but not preachy expertise to that challenge. She relies as much on common sense and parenting insight as on scholarly research to suggest toys ranging from brooms and plastic cups to books and watercolors to amuse, stimulate, and activate children. Individual chapters describe developmental progress from infancy through age 12, advising age-appropriate toys and products as well as items for children with special needs. For backup to the book, Auerbach, familiar to many for her syndicated column, "Dr. Toy," maintains a Web site for toy evaluation. Her website: Dr. Toy's Smart Play
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Nurturing Your Teenager's Soul: A Practical Approach To Raising A Kind, Honorable, Compassionate Teen by Mimi Doe

From Amazon:

This book presents ten clear, concrete principles to help parents nurture their teen's spiritual growth, at a time when teens face sometimes-overwhelming peer influences, the hazards of substance abuse, issues of sexuality, the risks and freedoms of driving, the stress of high school, and getting into a good college.

The inspirational, non-denominational principles in this book show parents how to:

- Use their words to profoundly affect their children's lives
- Listen fully and connect with their teen
- Nurture their teenager's dreams--and make miracles happen
- Negotiate the balance between being a pal and a parent
- Support their adolescent in becoming a successful adult

Nurturing Your Teenager's Soul will help parents in ways greater than they ever thought possible-to give their teenager the spiritual resources he or she will need to become a safe, and happy adult. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author
Mimi Doe, award-winning author of Busy but Balanced and 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting, was the recipient of the Parent's Choice Approved Seal and a Books for a Better Life Award Finalist. Founder of, she publishes the site's newsletter with 50,000 subscribers from around the world. She has appeared on Oprah and has been called a "parenting guru" by Ladies Home Journal. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard and is the mother of two teenagers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Busy but Balanced: Practical and Inspirational Ways to Create a Calmer, Closer Family by Mimi Doe

10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting: Nurturing Your Child's Soul by Mimi Doe


Full Esteem Ahead: 100 Ways to Build Self-Esteem in Children and Adults
by Diane Loomans, Julia Loomans (Contributor), Nancy Carleton (Editor)
One hundred practical ways to increase children's self esteem.

Attention Deficit Disorder

Here are several titles that offer an alterative to drug treatment.

No More Ritalin:Treating Adhd Without Drugs, by Dr Mary Ann Block

The Natural Approach to Attention Deficit Disorder (Add): Drug-Free Ways to Treat the Roots of This Childhood Epidemic (Keats Good Health Guide) by Ronald L. Hoffman

ADD, The Natural Approach by Nina Anderson, Howard Peiper

The A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. Diet! A Comprehensive Look at Contributing Factors and Natural Treatments for Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder and hyp by Rachel Bell, Howard Peiper, Nina Anderson (Editor), Doris Rapp

The Myth of the A.D.D Child:50 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion by Thomas Armstrong

Ritalin-Free Kids: Safe and Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Add and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems, by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, Robert Ullman, Edward Chapman

The Dangerous Book for Boys, by Conn and Hal Iggulden Review: Equal parts droll and gorgeous nostalgia book and heartfelt plea for a renewed sense of adventure in the lives of boys and men, Conn and Hal Iggulden's The Dangerous Book for Boys became a mammoth bestseller in the United Kingdom in 2006. Adapted, in moderation, for American customs in this edition (cricket is gone, rugby remains; conkers are out, Navajo Code Talkers in), The Dangerous Book is a guide book for dads as well as their sons, as a reminder of lore and technique that have not yet been completely lost to the digital age. Recall the adventures of Scott of the Antarctic and the Battle of the Somme, relearn how to palm a coin, tan a skin, and, most charmingly, wrap a package in brown paper and string. The book's ambitions are both modest and winningly optimistic: you get the sense that by learning how to place a splint or write in invisible ink, a boy might be prepared for anything, even girls (which warrant a small but wise chapter of their own).

The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, by Lee Carroll, Jan Tober
An Indigo Child is a child who displays new and unusual psychological attributes that reveal a pattern of behavior generally undocumented before. This pattern has factors that suggest that parents and teachers change their treatment and upbringing of these special kids in order to achieve balance.

Talking Back to Ritalin: What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Stimulants and ADHD, by Peter Roger Breggin, Dick Scruggs
The best-selling author of Talking Back to Prozac offers a compelling book to challenge the use of Ritalin to treat ADD & ADHD.


Natural Prozac: Learning to Release Your Body's Own Anti-Depressants
by Dr. Joel Robertson with Tom Monte
Learn safe, simple and natural methods of altering brain chemistry to permanently break the cycle of depression without drugs. This scientifically proven method includes a comprehensive guide to nutrition and exercise, new techniques for breaking free from negative habits, and all-natural, nontoxic methods for boosting those brain chemicals that renew one's sense of well-being and promote relaxation and confidence.

book The Co-Dependent Parent: Free Yourself by Freeing Your Child by Barbara Cottman Becnel Paperback - 260 pages

Steamboats' review: Insight into what you can do (and quit doing) to encourage your children to change.

Amazon Synopsis: Now in paperback, the honest, challenging, and life-sustaining book on parent-child relationships that no parent can afford not to read--featured twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Books that visitors to this site have purchased:
Ste-e-e-e-eamboat a-Comin'!, by Jill Esbaum, Adam Rex. Children's story about the excitement a packet boat brought to otherwise tranquil towns along the Mississippi River.
Steamboats A wild ride across a stormy Lake Michigan, Karl Zimmermann takes young readers aboard lakers, ferries, and paddle-wheelers for a look at steamboats past and present.
How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
New Games Book
Columbine, by Dave Cullen
Changing You: A Guide to Body Changes and Sexuality
Parenting Young Children: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Children Under Six
The Parent's Handbook
Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way
Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts
Midnight's Children: A Novel
Through the Eyes of Children
Physical Therapy for Children
Math Made Easy: Third Grade Workbook (Math Made Easy)
Math Made Easy: Fifth Grade Workbook
Happy to Be Me!: A Kid Book about Self-Esteem (Elf-Help Books for Kids)
Shyness Isn't a Minus: How to Turn Bashfulness Into a Plus (Elf-Help Books for Kids)
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (Leader's Manual)
How to Get Your Kid to Eat: But Not Too Much
It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce (Lansky, Vicki)
Windows to Our Children: A Gestalt Therapy Approach to Children and Adolescents
Raising Children Who Refuse To Be Raised
Little Lion Goes to School (Magnus, Kellie, Little Lion.)
Little Lion at Bat
Little Lion Goes for Gold
Those are MY Private Parts
Parenting Young Children: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) of Children Under Six
50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know
50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know
Steamboats on the River Coloring Book
No More "I'm Done!": Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades
Great Group Games: 175 Boredom-Busting, Zero-Prep Team Builders for All Ages
Wild Ink: How to Write Fiction for Young Adults
Tai Chi for Kids: Move with the Animals
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 (123 Magic)
Mom's House, Dad's House for Kids: Feeling at Home in One Home or Two
Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams
Saying It Ain't So: American Values As Revealed in Children's Baseball Stories, 1880-1950 (American University Studies, Series XI : Anthropology and)
Parenting through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change, by Barbara Coloroso
Ten Talks Parents Must Have With Their Children About Violence, by Dominic Cappello

More Parenting Titles

Parenting With Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility, by Jim Fay and Foster W. MD Cline

The Power of Positive Parenting: A Wonderful Way to Raise Children, by Glenn I. Latham

The Heart of Parenting: How to Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child, by John Mordechai Gottman, et al

The Ten Greatest Gifts I Give My Children: Parenting from the Heart, by Steven W. Vannoy

Ten Most Common Mistakes Good Parents Make: And How to Avoid Them, by Kevin Steede

Ten Principles for Spiritual Parenting: Nurturing Your Child's Soul, by Mimi Doe Walch

Making Contact, by Virginia Satir

Meditations and Inspirations, by Virginia M. Satir and Jane. Gerber

Step by Step a Guide to Creating Change in Families, by Virginia Satir and Michele Baldwin

Self-Esteem, by Virginia M. Satir

Becoming More Fully Human, by Virginia Satir

Changing With Families, a Book About Further Education for Being Human, by Richard Bandler and Virginia M. Satir

Parent Training: A Social Learning Approach to Family Intervention, Observation in Home Settings, by John B. Reid, Oregon Social Learning Center, Castalia Publishing Co., P.O. Box 1587, Eugene, OR 97440

Helping Families to Change, by Virginia M. Satir

Peoplemaking, by Virginia Satir

100 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Family Together ... When It Sometimes Seems Like the Whole World Is Trying to Pull It Apart, by Marge Kennedy

1001 Things to Do With Your Kids, by Caryl Waller Krueger

1001 Ways to Help Your Child Walk With God, by Kathie Reimer

150 Ways to Raise Creative Confident Kids, by Silvana Clark

The What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls

The What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys

Twenty Teachable Virtues: Practical Ways to Pass on Lessons of Virtue and Character to Your Children, by Barbara C. Unell and Jerry L. Wyckoff

25 Of the Best Parenting Techniques Ever, by Meg F. Schneider and Judi Craig (Editor)

Three Steps to a Strong Family, by Linda Eyre

365 Ways to Build Your Child's Self Esteem, by Cheri Fuller

365 Ways to Develop Your Child's Values, by Cheri Fuller

Forty Ways to Raise a Nonracist Child, by Barbara Mathias and Mary Ann French

Forty Ways to Teach Your Child Values: Honesty, Managing Money, Making Good Choices, Controlling TV, Courage, by Paul Lewis

The Real High School Handbook: How to Survive, Thrive, and Prepare for What's Next Susan Abel Lieberman / Paperback / Published 1997

Venus in Blue Jeans: Why Mothers and Daughters Need to Talk About Sex Nathalie Bartle, et al / Hardcover / Published 1998

A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson

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