ABOUT THE BOOK
Being a parent is a powerful experience, but often we don't anticipate the many ways it will change us. Expectant and new parents will find this book helpful because it examines the very real effects children exert on a parent's sense of "self," concept of love, and personal and work goals, your family relationships and friendships, and, explores the basis of the deep satisfaction we derive from being a parent–as well as areas that create stress. Realistic in the ways that life is changed post-baby, this book offers practical advice and sensitive know-how to help you thrive as you find solutions to tackle the challenges that prove that being a parent is the epitome of life experiences. It's the "what to expect" manual that's real and honest . . . and helpful and hopeful.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Bettie B. Youngs, Ed.D., Ph.D., is the award-winning author of thirty-two books translated into twenty-seven languages. Dr. Youngs is a former Teacher-of-the-Year, University Professor of Graduate School education, and Director of Instruction and Professional Development, Inc. Bettie has frequently appeared on The Good Morning Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and Oprah. USA Today, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, Redbook, McCall’s, Working Woman, Family Circle, Parents Magazine, and PTA have all recognized her work. Dr. Youngs is the co-author of the nationally acclaimed Parents on Board, a video-based training program to help schools and parents work together to increase student well-being and achievement. She works with parents and schools nationwide.
Susan M. Heim is a writer and editor specializing in parenting, women’s, and Christian issues. Before starting her own writing and editing business, Susan was a Senior Editor at Health Communications, Inc., where she was a lead editor for the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, as well as all religion and teen books. Her books include, Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for the Parents of Twins and Multiples, published in conjunction with Twins magazine. Susan has a degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with her husband and their four sons.
Jennifer Leigh Youngs is the author of Moments and Milestones Pregnancy Journal: A Week-by-Week Companion; Confidence & Self-Esteem for Teens; Health & Fitness for Teens; Problem Solving Skills for Children, ages 5-12 and co-author of the popular Taste Berries for Teens series (14 self-help books for ages 10–18). Jennifer is a former Miss Teen California finalist and a Rotary International Goodwill Ambassador and Exchange Scholar, and a volunteer with Airline Ambassadors, an international organization affiliated with the United Nations that aims to develop cross-cultural friendships by escorting children to hospitals for medical care and orphans to new homes throughout the world. She lives in Southern California with her husband Rick and daughter Kendahl.
“Expectant and new parents will find this book helpful and hopeful.”—Michael Popkin, Ph.D., Publisher, Active Parenting, and, author of 52 Weeks of Active Parenting
“As a father of nineteen children, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, a motivational speaker and author, I know all about balancing the needs of a family with all the other demands of a busy life. The authors perfectly capture the juggling act that parents struggle to perform when a child is added to the family. The challenges of childrearing are great, but the rewards are even greater. Whether you’re having your first baby or your fifth, this book is chock-full of wisdom on how to maximize the parenting experience. I highly recommend this book!”—Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the NBA’s Orlando Magic and author of How to Be Like Coach Wooden