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Dr Linda Sonna, Author of 12 Parenting Books

These recommended parenting books are by Dr Linda Sonna.

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Dr. Sonna is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of  Texas  and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in New Mexico. She also holds New Mexico licenses in school psychology, school counseling, teaching of modern languages, and teaching of English as a second language. She is the author of twelve books on parenting, a professor of Counseling Psychology at Yorkville University, a distance master's program headquartered in Canada.  

She currently resides in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and provides psychological consultations via telephone and online chat.
To learn more go to  Dr. Linda Sonna's website.

Dr Sonna says.....

Most self-help authors research their books by reading other self-help books. So do I, but I also read research that has been published in scientific journals. I have been astounded to discover that many of the findings and recommendations conflict with the advice in self-help books andarticles. I also draw upon my 30-year's experience evaluating and treating children and families, fostering six children, and traveling to foreign countries to learn how parents in other countries approach common child-rearing issues. Some of the research findings and foreign child-rearing practices may surprise you, as they did me. Pop parenting books and articles have lead parents seriously astray!
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More About Dr. Linda Sonna

Dr Linda Sonna says..... I acquired a lot of technical knowledge about psychology while working on my doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, but my real education took place over the next thirty years.

The many young therapy patients I worked with were my real teachers. Most troubled children and adolescents, I learned, are acutely aware of their problems and needs. They helped me understand why they misbehaved, felt depressed and anxious, had trouble getting along at home, or weren't doing well in school. Once they were able to share their knowledge with the important people in their lives, the solutions for even the most difficult problems tended to be clear.

Living the exquisite joys and daunting challenges of being a foster mom also played an important part in my education. Helping to raise six children sensitized me to parents' struggles. It definitely made me more sympathetic to their dilemmas and need for concrete answers!

I began each new parenting book by reading all the self-help books and scientific studies I could find on the subject, and this research rounded out my education. I was amazed to find that often the self-help books and formal studies were at odds. For instance:

* Most potty training books say that children aren't ready to begin learning until age 2 to 2 1/2, while the research shows that most of the world's children are fully trained by age 2! In the early 1900s, most parents began working with infants on potty skills at age 2 months.

* While most self-help books recommend Ritalin and other psychiatric drugs as the only truly effective treatments for attention deficit disorder, the research shows that changes in diet and exercise can dramatically reduce or eliminate most children's symptoms!

* Research studies suggest that children with particular personalities respond differently to particular child-rearing methods, but most self-help books propose a single method for everyone.

Despite my many decades of study, I don't pretend to have all the answers about how to make the life better and happier for children. My ideas continue to change and evolve. I have many more books planned, and hope that this forum can be yet another method of educating myself. Let me know what you have learned, and I'll pass it on!

By Dr Sonna, author of 12 recommended parenting books

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