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Wellbeing Collection

A collection of health and wellbeing books in RCSI Library at York St and Beaumont Hospital


Parent Power

Parents are bombarded by conflicting advice.  They are told they must give their children unconditional love, yet when children and young people behave badly, parents are blamed for a lack of discipline.  Sometimes, parents are left feeling guilty and powerless to influence their children.  Parent Power shows how it is possible to enjoy a warm and loving relationship with your children whilst teaching them what is right and wrong.  Focusing on the interaction between parent and child, John Sharry assists parents in finding alternative and satisfying ways to relate to their children in a positive way. Divited into two parts: parenting children from 3 to 11 years, and parenting teenagers, each part is packed full of well researched principles of parenting, ideas and tips for moving forward.  By allowing this book to encourage you to pause and reflect about your parenting, you will discover what works for you and your own unique family situation, empowering you as a parent and improving family life. 

Dr. John Sharry is a social worker, child and family psychotherapist and a leading innovator in solution-focused practice, with over 25 years experience working with individuals, families and organisations. He is an adjunct professor at the school of psychology in University College Dublin. He is a regular contributor to national media, and is a weekly columnist for the Irish Times newspaper.

Beaumont and York St Libraries call number 649.1 SHAR

How to talk so little kids will listen: a survival guide to life with children ages 2-7

From the widely acclaimed HOW TO TALK series, this book deals with struggles familiar to every parent, relative, teacher and childminder. How do you respond to the toddler who won't brush his teeth? The preschooler who pinches the baby? The child who throws everything she can reach?   It's hard to be a little kid. It's hard to be an adult responsible for that little kid. And it's really hard to think about effective communication when the toast is burning, the baby is crying and you're exhausted.  This book will help readers do just that. Organized according to everyday challenges and conflicts, and including real-life examples and the series' trademark cartoons, this book is a survival manual of communication tools, including a chapter that addresses the special needs of children with sensory processing or autism spectrum disorders.

Beaumont Library call number 649.1 FABE

How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk

A sensible and lucid guide to practical and effective communication with your children.  Award winning experts Faber and Mazlish share insights and suggestions to help you break a pattern of arguments and:

  • cope with your child's feelings such as frustration, disappointment and anger
  • express your anger without being hurtful
  • engage your child's cooperation
  • set clear limits and still maintain goodwill
  • use alternatives to punishment
  • resolve family conflicts peacefully

Beaumont Library call number 649.1 FABE


When Parents Separate: Helping Your Children Cope

Although children can suffer greatly during parental conflict, separation or divorce, the good news is that there are positive things that you can do as a parent that will reduce the negative impact and help your children cope.  Based on research into what makes a difference during separateion, this book offers practice advice on how you can help yourself and your children.  The authors are social workers and psychologists working in child and adolescent mental health services in Ireland.

Beaumont and York St Libraries call number 362.82 SHAR

Bullying: a parent's guide

How can you tell if your child is being bullied?  How do you talk to them about bullying?  What can you do to stop it from happening?  Jennifer Thomson's informative guide will give a whole new perspective on this age-old problem that blights childrens' lives.  She will offer some answers as to why children are bullied and how parents can stop it from happening as well as providing some proven methods on how to help the bullied child boost their plummeting self esteem.

Beaumont Library call number 302.3 THOM


The Optimistic Child

This book offers parents, teachers and coaches a well-validated program to build lifelong resilience in children.  Dr Seligman shows adults how to teach children the skills of optimism that can help them combat sadness, achieve more at school and on the playing field and improve their physical health.  Learning the skills of optimism not only reduces the risk of depression but boosts self-esteem and provides children with the self-reliance they need as they approach the teenage years and beyond.  Filled with practical advice and written in clear, helpful language, this book is an invaluable resource for people who want to open up the world for children. 

York St Library call number 155.232 SELI