Best Selling Books by Cara Natterson

Cara Natterson is the author of Decoding Boys (2021), Worry Proof (2010), The Care & Keeping of Us (2015), The Care and Keeping of You 2 Journal for Older Girls (2013) and other 3 books.

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Decoding Boys

release date: Feb 09, 2021
Decoding Boys
“If you’re raising a boy, you need this brilliant book. It is clear, wise, and eye-opening.” —Lisa Damour, Ph.D., author of Untangled When boys enter puberty, they tend to get quiet—or at least quieter than before—and parents often misread their signals. Here’s how to navigate their retreat and steer them through this confusing passage, by the bestselling author of The Care and Keeping of You series and Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys. What is my son doing behind his constantly closed door? What’s with his curt responses, impulsiveness, newfound obsession with gaming, and . . . that funky smell? As pediatrician and mother of two teenagers Cara Natterson explains, puberty starts in boys long before any visible signs appear, and that causes confusion about their changing temperaments for boys and parents alike. Often, they also grow quieter as they grow taller, which leads to less parent-child communication. But, as Natterson warns in Decoding Boys, we respect their increasing “need” for privacy, monosyllabic conversations, and alone time at their peril. Explaining how modern culture mixes badly with male adolescent biology, Natterson offers science, strategies, scripts, and tips for getting it right: • recognizing the first signs of puberty and talking to our sons about the wide range of “normal” through the whole developmental process • why teenagers make irrational decisions even though they look mature—and how to steer them toward better choices • managing video game and screen time, including discussing the unrealistic and dangerous nature of pornography • why boys need emotional and physical contact with parents—and how to give it in ways they’ll accept • how to prepare boys to resist both old and new social pressures—drugs, alcohol, vaping, and sexting • teaching consent and sensitivity in the #MeToo culture Decoding Boys is a powerful and validating lifeline, a book that will help today’s parents keep their sons safe, healthy, and resilient, as well as ensure they will become emotionally secure young men. Praise for Decoding Boys “Comforting . . . a common-sensical and gently humorous exploration of male puberty''s many trials.”—Kirkus Reviews

Worry Proof

release date: Oct 26, 2010
Worry Proof
"A clear, succinct, scientific explanation" (Deepak Chopra) of the twenty-five hot-button issues that keep today''s parents up at night. Why do kids today have more allergies? Is it safe to let a child use a cell phone? Are the dangers posed by sunscreen outweighed by its protective value? Do vitamins and supplements really make a difference? These are just a few of the thousands of concerns hotly debated on the playground and in the media-but parents still lack objective knowledge on what''s truly safe for their kids. In this essential guide, experienced pediatrician and mother of two Dr. Cara Natterson clearly explains what to avoid, which so-called "dangerous" products are completely safe, and outlines what she does at home. A classic in the making, Worry Proof is unlike any other guide out there and will ease parental fears in an era of spiraling hysteria.

The Care & Keeping of Us

release date: Aug 27, 2015
The Care & Keeping of Us
Wow, life is changing fast! And there''s so much for moms and girls to talk about. But how do girls ask the questions they need answers to, and what words can moms use to answer those questions? Here''s the solution! This kit includes twin books, one for girls and one for moms, filled with dozens of how-to-say-it scripts to get the conversations going. These scripts give girls the words to talk about all the big topics from body basics, hygiene, and healthy habits to friends, first-love crushes, clothing, and more. And mom''s book gives her the actual words to respond to her girl''s questions, as well as scripts to initiate important conversations with her daughter. Plus, a sharing journal lets both moms and girls jot down everything from jokes, memories, and must-remember moments to thoughts, questions, and even to-dos. Two bookmarks are included to guide each other to the latest entry or point out something they don''t want the other to miss. The journal becomes a great keepsake.

The Care and Keeping of You 2 Journal for Older Girls

release date: Sep 03, 2013
The Care and Keeping of You 2 Journal for Older Girls
This new journal is especially made for girls 10 and older, and is the companion title to our newest body book, The Care & Keeping of You 2! Within this journal you''ll have the perfect place to write down your thoughts about the changes happening to your body, mind, and emotions. So even on the days when you feel out of control, the quizzes, questions, checklists, and drawing assignments will help get you back on the path to feeling your best.

Guy Stuff Feelings

release date: Feb 16, 2021
Guy Stuff Feelings
You''re growing up--and so are your feelings and emotions. As you enter puberty, not only is your body changing, but so are your emotions. You might feel your emotions more strongly or have new feelings you don''t know how to talk about. From the author of the bestselling Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys, this book will help you learn to identify all the feelings you have, from anger to sadness to embarrassment to happiness. Then use the tips inside for managing and expressing your emotions in positive ways.

The Care & Keeping of You

release date: Jan 01, 2023
The Care & Keeping of You
"This thoughtful advice book will guide you through the next steps of growing up. With illustrations and expert contributors, this book covers new questions about periods, your growing body, peer pressure, personal care, and more! Written by Dr. Cara Natterson for girls 10 and up, The Care & Keeping of You 2 follows up the original bestseller with even more in-depth details about the physical and emotional changes you''re going through"--

This Is So Awkward

release date: Oct 10, 2023
This Is So Awkward
The ultimate roadmap for adults helping tweens and teens navigate the rollercoaster of puberty. Almost everything about puberty has changed since today''s adults went through it. It starts, on average, two years earlier and stretches through high school… and for some, beyond. Gens Z and Alpha are also contending with a whole host of thorny issues that parents didn’t experience in their own youth but nonetheless need to understand: everything from social media and easy-access pornography to gender identities and new or newly-potent drugs. Talking about any of this is like puberty itself: Awkward! But it’s also critical for the health, happiness, and safety of today’s kids. Bewildered adults have begged for reliable and relatable information about the modern adolescent experience. This Is So Awkward answers their call. Written by a pediatrician and a puberty educator—together the hosts of a lively and popular podcast on puberty, and moms to six teens between them—this is the handbook everyone has been searching for, and includes: Pointed advice about how to talk to kids about almost anything: acne, body odor, growth spurts, eating disorders, mood swings, sexuality, and more. Science-based explanations for all of puberty’s physical, emotional, and social changes, including the many ways hormones affect kids both above and below the neck. What adults needs to know about today''s teen culture: their mental health drivers, the un-gendering of body image issues, the ways they think about sexual orientation, and more. Invaluable commentary straight from young adults just out the other side of adolescence that highlights what they wish the adults in their lives had known or done differently. Eye-opening and reassuring, This Is So Awkward will help adults understand the turbulent pubescent decade and become confident guides for today’s kids.
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