Book Reviews

If you have ever wandered into the self-help, parenting, or mental health sections of your local library or book store then you know just how many options you have and how overwhelming it can be to pick the book that is right for you. In fact, sometimes it feels like all we do is search for books that will give us the resources we need, and far too many books just don’t help. Because we are parents too, we know you don’t have a lot of extra time, so as we find books that have helped us we will add them to our list.

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Drowning with My Hair on Fire: Insanity Relief for Adoptive Parents

Drowning with My Hair on Fire
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Page Count: 344
Published: 2016-03-18
Relief for Adoptive Parents of Traumatized, Attachment-Challenged Children. . . Drowning with My Hair on Fire is a lifeline for adoptive parents trying to navigate the choppy waters of raising adopted children from difficult beginnings. Author Ce Eshelman’s beautiful heart really shines through in the hundreds of letters to parents to read each day when needing hope, inspiration, advice, direction, reminders, or practical help. She deeply understands them and the chaos of their lives and families because she was there, but is now able to give them the wisdom culled from reading every book on the subject, attending hundreds of seminars and workshops, years of her own therapy, and fearlessly facing her own mistakes. If you are raising a traumatized, attachment-challenged child, Ce is the friend you want, and this is the book you need. “Ce is the real deal. She’s one of those rare gems who deeply cares about the people she serves. She is willing to freeze frame and blow up her mistakes for you to see so you can avoid the same pitfalls. She then points to the path of secure attachment. The book itself is a secure base you can return to again and again when things get difficult at home.” -Jennifer Olden, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist

Mom from Boise says:

Are you tired of the long books that tell you much of the same things before you get to the nugget of info that relates or is helpful to you?  Eshelman’s experience and understanding shines in these letters to parents that you can read each day.  When you’re needing (brief – some insights are less than a page) help, hope, inspiration, advice, direction or reminders, Eshelman, founder of The Attach Place Center for Strengthening Relationships and in practice since 1987, with her wry humor and serious insight can make your next few hours or days less heavy.  Here’s an example:  “A shame-free life feels like walking on marshmallows.”  My copy has a lot of tabbed pages! (I couldn’t find this in my library.)

“When a stranger calls you mom”: A child development and relationship perspective on why abused and neglected children think, feel, and act the way they do

"When a stranger calls you mom": A child development and relationship perspective on why abused and neglected children think, feel, and act the way they do
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Page Count: 235
Published: January 1st 2004

Mom from Boise says:

This book gave me a new and truly different parenting model, as coach instead of loving parent.  It took some of my hurt away of loving w/o reciprocation from my sons and coaching made sense to the athlete in me.  Who hasn’t heard of that great coach who “saved” a kid?  After explaining child development, traumatized children and how they think, feel and act the way they do, Leslie, a Ph.D. and mother of four adopted children, explains parenting strategies that include relationship coaching.  By switching to a structure and rehabilitation approach from love and affection, the boys and I felt less strain to pretend that we were a loving family and were able to do the work that would help us move toward a feeling of well-being and safety.  If you’re a seasoned frontal lobe/neglect/attachment parent already, just skip to the chapter, Parenting (page 142 – 187) for the coach model.  (Found in some libraries.)

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition
Page Count: 442
Published: 1/1/2007
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition is designed to meet the needs of parents, teachers, advocates, attorneys, related services providers, school psychologists, administrators, college professors, hearing officers, and employees of district and state departments of education.

A Mom in Ammon says:

Once I realized my child needed special education services, I quickly figured out that I needed to know everything there was to know about my child's rights.  This book is technical and explains the federal laws that govern special education. It includes case law to help you know how the laws have been interpreted.  I would buy a copy (instead of borrowing from the library) and use a highlighter and sticky notes to index everything that applies to you child.  I have referred to it many times over the years. In our special education journey, this has been my go-to book, but it is not an easy read.