Ellen Buikema is a former teacher with a specialty in Child Growth and Development. She’s the author of a parenting guide and several children’s books that educate children on social issues. Ellen taught psychology at the adult level, and Pre-K through 6th grade, General, and/or Special Education.
Parenting . . . A Work in Progress offers insightful strategies and humorous stories to guide seasoned, as well as new parents of children, newborn to adolescent.
Parenting has always been a trying job. Crypts found from the 11th century contain prayers from parents asking for help with their children. It’s the parents’ job to guide their children along the rocky road toward adulthood. Parenting . . . A Work in Progress can help you get there.
The five sections within this book cover elements of physical, cognitive, and social-emotional growth. In addition, each section contains chapters especially pertinent to that particular age group.
• The Infants and Toddlers section discusses potty training, temperament and attachment, prenatal drug use, and sleep disorders.
• The Early Childhood section covers play, discovery learning, behavior in public, nutrition, and teaching children about death.
• The Middle Childhood section includes self-esteem, parenting styles, love and friendship, and bullying.
• The Adolescence section covers organized thought, dreaming, peer pressure, eating disorders, and social media.
The information in the fifth section containing two chapters, “Divorce” and “Siblings,” pertains to all age groups. Many references for further reading are found within the body of the eBook and at the end of each section in print.
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The family returns home in time for a big soccer event that Charlie and his school friends plan to attend. He hopes his new friends will accept Tamika, his best friend from his old neighborhood, never expecting what actually happens.
These multicultural stories are intended for second and third grade students as well as advanced first graders to read independently. Children ages three through nine will enjoy the antics of the characters in the Charlie books. To the author’s surprise, these books are being enjoyed by a wider audience than expected.
Reading the series helps children develop empathy and cultivate insight into their lives. The stories cover situations children typically encounter like getting lost, moving, starting a new school, making friends, family vacations, working in a team, and dealing with bullies using a positive method.
The animals possess human characteristics. Charlie Chameleon takes Frankie the fish wherever he goes. If the fish in Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat represents the Superego, Frankie, one of the feistier characters in the series, is all Id. Frankie wants everything, and he wants it right now.
Each chapter ends with one or more activities for children and parents or teachers to do together, related to the actions in the stories.
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