Selling The Dream: How Hockey Parents and Their Kids are Paying the Price for our National Obsession – Ken Campbell and Jim Parcels, January 2013

  • Who would think I would ever read a hockey book, but it does cross over into other sports and areas, such as fine arts. Anywhere where parents and teens (or  younger) make the decision to passionately pursue something.
  • You can skim the hockey names, if they aren’t interesting, but the story within the team names and hockey stars, is very compelling and interesting. Includes community level, school level (including academies) and professional level sports.
  • It is a good wake-up call that doesn’t offend people who make choices that lead to financial devastation, but provides a good and fair portrait of what happens over the ‘careers’ of many, many kids and families.
  • For anyone in any sport.

Link to Alfie Kohn website – speaking in District Teachers Sept 2013

  • One of his books is titled “No Grades + No Homework = Better Grades


Hold On To Your Kids Gordon Neufeld

Queenbees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of GIrl World – Rosalind Wiseman

Gender Matters – Leonard Sax – If you have raised males and females, no one needs to tell you how different they are!  This book explores some of the intricacies of why they are so different and how to adapt your parenting and teaching methods accordingly.

Girls on the Edge – Leonard Sax – Girls can be on the edge of many different aspects of what is going on in their lives.  This book helps in understanding the causes and possible solutions.

Boys Adrift – Leonard Sax – Boys may seem not to care about school, work, and family; but have lots of time for gaming, social media, and other adventurous past times. This book looks at these issues and more.

Waiting for Superman: How We Can Save America’s Failing Public Schools – Participant Media and Karl Webber

Bringing up GEEKS: Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered KidsMarybeth Hicks – This book covers the new version of the ‘Geek’.  If you are raising one or more of them, this book provides assurance.  If the thought of a genuine, enthusiastic, empowered kid seems impossible; give the book a read and see where you stand! Author’s Site Information

Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn – Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D. – Like it or not, technology is coming faster and faster and the realization is that it is not going to stop! And even if the advancement of technology slowed, teens have been permanently changed by their involvement with it.  This book looks at how this has happened, what exactly has happened and how we can best help promote learning.

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg Author’s site

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell gladwelldotcom information

Blink – Malcolm Gladwell gladwelldotcom information

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell gladwelldotcom information

What the Dog Saw – Malcolm Gladwell Gladwelldotcom information

iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind – Gary Small  check this link (scroll down).


FOOD/LIFESTYLES: It would be negligent to set up a list of books for parents to read, without including the following books.  You will never know how much the information will relate to your life and the life of your teen, until you read them.

Omnivore’s DilemmaMichael Pollan – An in-depth look at where, exactly, our food is coming from and the options you have.

Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser – This book is about much, much more that ‘fast food’.  Dependence on the car, working conditions, questionable food production standards, etc. and it’s effect on children, teens, and adults.

The End of Overeating – Dr. David Kessler – This is not a ‘dieting’ book.  It is a book about understanding the science and technology  that is put into food, which makes you want to eat more of it or prefer some foods over others.  Even the most plain foods have science and technology behind them, and this book spells out some very obvious and interesting facts.

Food Inc.  (2008) – Director Robert Kenner – This documentary looks at some of the aspects of the books above.   “Even if you don’t eat at a fast food restaurant, you are still eating food that is produced by the system”

Food Inc: A Participants Guide: How Industrial Food is Making us Sicker, Fatter, Poorer and What You Can Do About It. – Participant Media and Karl Webber – Supplementary reading to the Food Inc. DVD

CNN Link to food additives information

Post Secondary

  • The Canadian Campus Companion: Everthing You Need to Know about College and University, Erin Millar & Ben Coli, published annually
  • Erin Millar’s Website
  • Google book title for many reviews.



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