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Two New Parenting Books

April 29, 2010
Amy Phelps

Help your children develop their motor skills in “Growing an In-Sync Child” by Carol Kranowitz, M.A., and Joye Newman, M.A.

Child development occurs at different stages, but what can you do to help your child if they’re a little behind, or “out of sync?” Based on the authors’ experiences working with children, this book gives you many different, fun activities to do with your children to help fine-tune their developmental skills.

Because sedentary activities can be a problem, the authors’ In-Sync program requires children to get up and move. The activities are organized into beginner (skills of a typical preschooler), intermediate and advanced. There are also “menus” of things to do when your child is out of sorts, at the grocery, getting ready to do homework, instead of going to the playground or video games, just because, before bed and for those interested in music. There is also a week 1-3 checklist before getting started.

Activites run anywhere from delivering groceries to arm circles to singing string, and much more. Each activity tells you what it will help your child develop and enhance, what is needed, what to do, how to make it more challenging and what to look for.

“Growing an In-Sync Child” is published by Perigee, a division of Penguin. It is $15.95.


Are your children over-scheduled? Are you running from activity to activity? Tom Hodgkinson leads the campaign for free play in “The Idle Parent.”

In his introduction, the author says by parents overinterfering, “we are not allowing the kids to grow up and learn themselves. The children who have been too much looked after will not know how to look after themselves.”

The author is not advocating giving up responsibility for your kids and letting them run wild, but giving them more time to be on their own and relax, and for parents to be able to do the same. The author illustrates a bit of this with his own children: the first got the most anxious parental supervision, the second had a bit less attention and is now more self-sufficent and the third even more so. He also eschews theme parks for finding things to do around the house and to socialize with friends and family. He advocates fewer toys around the house and parents sleeping in on the weekends. In our stressful society, it is interesting to see other views advocating the movement away from that. This book will definitely give parents a lot to think about.

“The Idle Parent” is published by Tarcher, a division of Penguin. It is $15.95.




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