May 31, 2008

parenting books, 5.21.08

Beautiful Boy: a father's journey through his son's addiction, David Sheff
Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view — a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope. Before meth, Sheff's son Nic was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs, the denial (by both child and parents), the three A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the attempts at rehab, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for each other too, lest they become addicted to addiction. Meth is the fastest-growing drug in the United States, as well as the most addictive and the most dangerous — wreaking permanent brain damage faster than any other readily available drug. It has invaded every region and demographic in America. This book is the first that treats meth and its impact in depth. But it is not just about meth. Nic's addiction has wrought the same damage that any addiction will wreak. His story, and his father's, are those of any family that contains an addict — and one in three American families does.

The Playskool Guide for Expectant Fathers gives dads-to-be all the advice and information they need to understand what's happening during every step of pregnancy. Written by M.D. and father of three Brian Lipps, dads will learn how to get involved in ways that give them a close and incredible experience while helping mom toward the big day. Includes: Great starting points for many pregnancy-related conversations, Learn about your baby's development month-by-month, How to support, encourage and help your pregnant partner, Develop an action plan of things to do to get ready for baby, Understand mom's changing body and hormones, Get involved by reading-and talking-to the bump in the belly.

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