'Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex: What to Do When Your Ex-Spouse Tries to Turn the Kids Against You' by Amy J. Baker, Ph.D.
Children often are considered the most important aspect of one's life. But for those who have gone through a messy divorce, the relationship with children may become strained if dealing with a toxic ex.
The ex may bad-mouth in front of the children, accuse of being a bad parent, and even attempt to replace one parent in the children's lives with a new partner. In "Co-parenting with a Toxic Ex," a nationally recognized parenting expert offers a positive parenting approach to dealing with a hostile ex-spouse. Readers will learn to avoid common mistakes of co-parenting, how to avoid "parental alienation syndrome" and effective techniques for talking to children in a way that fosters open and honest response.
'1,107 Baby Names That Stand the Test of Time' by Jennifer Griffin
"1,107 Baby Names That Stand the Test of Time" is a curated, considered, opinionated and richly informative guide that winnows down the world of baby names to help moms and dads make smart choices.
It is the book for parents who know they are naming - not only a cuddly newborn - but an actual human being who will be proud to carry the name throughout their entire life.
The book makes a strong case for each name selected and features the name's definition, its use in history, its connotations and subtleties, and its "meaning" in the fuller, cultural sense of the word.
There also is a guide to the basic rules of baby-naming: scansion - the sounds, syllables and rhythm of a name, and how it goes with a last name; ethnic traditions; recent trends; and effective use of a middle name.
'Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade' by Walter Kirn
In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn - then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage - set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet.
Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper and brutal murderer.
Kirn's one-of-a-kind story of being duped by a real-life Mr. Ripley takes us on a bizarre and haunting journey from the posh private clubrooms of Manhattan, New York, to the hard-boiled courtrooms and prisons of Los Angeles, California.