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4 Books To Help Understand Your Grandchild’s Behavior

4 Books To Help Understand Your Grandchild’s Behavior

By Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba

We grandparents want to keep up with the latest information on many topics, but one of the most important topics for us is the welfare of our grandkids, right? But, we’re busy with full lives so who has time to check into everything? That’s where GRAND Magazine comes in to lend a hand. We look for the latest and greatest books and resources to help us all to navigate this wonderful journey of being a GRANDparent. Here are just a few of our selections on childhood development/behavior.

Clues and Cues coverCues & Clues to Children’s Behaviors: A Guide to Raising a Happy, Well-Adjusted Child

By Salma Bhalla, Ph.D., Acacia Publishing, Inc.

This book is a guide to understanding a child’s behavior cues and strategies to prevent, and intervene when emotional problems arise. It has chapters on Child Development, Parenting Styles, Anger, Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Stress, Traumatic Stress, Depression, Impact of Divorce, Attention Problems, Effective Parenting, and Cultural Differences in Parenting.

The book is written in an easy-to-read style. There are examples of child behaviors and strategies to deal with them.  The book also addresses how parent or grandparents behavior affects the child.

After reading this book, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the ways in which your child expresses his or her needs
  2. Identify potential behavioral and emotional problems in your child
  3. Learn strategies to address your child’s potential problems
  4. Be an effective parent
  5. Describe developmental stages from infancy to adolescence

Salm Bhalla, PhD,.

About the Author –  Salma Bhalla

Salma Bhalla has a degree in Clinical Psychology and more than 35 years working in private practice, group practice and as Director of a Child Development Program. She is also a proud grandmother of five.


Please Don't Label My Child cover


Please Don’t Label My Child : Break the Doctor-Diagnosis-Drug Cycle and Discover Safe, Effective Choices for Your Child’s Emotional Health

By Scott M. Shannon, MD, with Emily Heckman, Rodale Books

Are you aware that in the United States between 1987 and 1996 prescriptions given to kids for psychiatric medications tripled? Dr. Shannon asks if there really were more children born with faulty brain chemistry or is the real problem stressors in a child’s life that are not being addressed.

Some of the stressors identified in the book are inadequate nutrition, poor sleeping habits, toxins and a school that is a poor fit for a child’s learning.  The book shows how to recognize these stressors and tackle them, often resulting in a child’s return to mental health without medical intervention.

Scott M. ShannonAbout the Author – Scott M. Shannon, M.D.

Dr. Shannon is a pediatric psychiatrist, board certified in general psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry, and holistic medicine. He serves as medical director for four residential treatment centers in northern Colorado, has a private practice in holistic child psychiatry and is on the faculty at the University of Colorado.

Ignore It coverIgnore It!: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction

By Catherine Pearlman, PhD, LCSW

My grandson is yelling “Beeba, Beeba” for five straight minutes and the key to making him stop is to ignore him? What? This book teaches frustrated, stressed-out parents and grands that selectively ignoring certain behaviors can actually inspire positive changes in kids.

With all the whining, complaining, begging, and negotiating, parenting can seem more like a chore than a pleasure. Dr. Catherine Pearlman has a simple yet revolutionary solution: Ignore It! Using a four-step process, she teaches strategies with time tested approaches and lots of real life scenarios.

Using proven strategies supported by research, this book shows parents how to:

  • Avoid engaging in a power struggle
  • Stop using attention as a reward for misbehavior
  • Use behavior modification techniques to diminish and often eliminate problem behaviors
  • Effectively use time outs at home and in public


Catherine Pearlman authorAbout the Author – Dr. Catherine Pearlman

Dr. Pearlman is the founder of The Family Coach, a private practice specializing in helping families resolve everyday problems related to discipline, sleep, and sibling rivalry, among other issues. She is the proud parent of a son in elementary school and a daughter in middle school. Dr. Pearlman is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working with children and families for more than twenty years


The Overparenting Epidemic coverThe Overparenting Epidemic: Why Helicopter Parenting Is Bad for Your Kids . . . and Dangerous for You, Too! 

By George S. Glass, MD and David Tabatsky, Skyhorse Publishing

Do you know a Blackhawk mom, lawnmower parent or practice smothering mothering? We may laugh at these stereotypes but we all know one. But did you know this parenting style may actually harm the child down the road?

Whatever we label it, overparenting—anxious, invasive, overly attentive, and competitive parenting—may have finally backfired. The obsession with providing everything a child could possibly need, from macrobiotic cupcakes to 24/7 tutors, has created epidemic levels of depression and stress in our country’s youth, but this can be avoided if parents would just take a giant step back, check their ambitions at the door, and do what’s really best for their kids.

Written by a noted psychiatrist and a parenting specialist, The Overparenting Epidemic  is a science-based yet humorous and practical book that features an easy-to-read menu of realistic, reasonable advice for how to parent children effectively and lovingly without overdoing it, especially in the context of today’s demanding world.

About the Authors:

George S GlassGeorge S. Glass, MD, has served as a medical doctor and board-certified psychiatrist for over thirty years. He has served as associate professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Medical School, and Cornell Weill School of Medicine. He lives in Houston, Texas. He is a father and grandfather.




David TabatskyDavid Tabatsky has coauthored several books, including Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Cancer Book and the forthcoming Beautiful Old Dogs: A Loving Tribute to Our Senior Best Friends. He lives in New York City and if the father of two.




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Jeanette Beeba and grandsJeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a new product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful products for all us grandparents.

If you have a product for boomer grandparents and or their grandkids, tell us all about it in an email to editor@grandmagazine.com.




Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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