Julia M. Reffner

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Every Family Has a Story: How We Inherit Love and Loss

Perhaps more useful for psychotherapy professionals than families without that expertise, this book provides a fascinating glimpse into how generational narratives shape lives and how editing these stories can benefit readers and their relatives.

You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent: How To Practice Self-Compassion and Give Yourself a Break

It’s easy to see why Naumburg’s side-splittingly funny and relatable work resonates so strongly during a challenging time. Essential reading.
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Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want To Be

The author’s choice to base this book on her private practice may limit its audience; nonetheless, the many parents familiar with Kennedy’s work will value her suggestions.

Who’s Raising the Kids? Big Tech, Big Business, and the Lives of Children

A guide on changing course both individually and as a society, by an experienced activist; a must-read.
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When the Bough Breaks: A Mother’s Story of Carnage, Courage, and the Triumph of Faith

Ferraro’s compelling, disturbing book is worth sharing, though it sometimes struggles from its editing; for instance, it’s hard to follow the non-sequential narrative. A stronger recent title on adoption is Melissa Guida-Richards’s What White Parents Should Know About Transracial Adoption.
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The Amazing Baby Name Book: A (Possibly) Helpful and Slightly Amusing Guide from A to Z

More of a trivia-style guide than a baby naming book; some readers may want to look elsewhere.

Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse

An essential read, not only for parents of autistic or otherwise neurodivergent children but for all families.
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Hooray for Grandparents

Questions and activities abound in this book. Most grandparents will find guidance that resonates for their unique situation.
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What To Do About Your Troubled Child: A Practical Guide for All Parents at Their Wits’ End

Not comprehensive, but a great starter manual for families with a newly diagnosed child, especially those seeking natural treatments, traditional therapy approaches, and/or effective medications.
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