Resources: Books

Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pal and Ballcap Buddies has written a wonderful handbook for parents trying to navigate the maelstrom of sexualized and stifling gender messages marketing to girls. Redefining Girly begins with Wardy’s account of her own transformation from an exasperated mom to effective activist. The rest of the book is packed—and we mean packed—with practical and concrete advice for parents who are trying to counter the damaging stereotypes for girls.

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids

A guide for reducing parental anxiety. Parents can create a home environment that nurtures their
children’s identities and their well-being by reducing clutter, establishing rhythms and rituals,
scheduling breaks, and by scaling back on media and on parental involvement.

Slow Family Living

Slow Family Living is an easy-to-read book that teaches families how to slow down and enjoy each other. In our fast-paced world, we often forget that we have choices in how to spend our time and that time with our families is precious. Slow Family Living features seventy five tips on how to slow down and prioritize family time. Noll advocates for checking in with your family's lifestyle, playing and learning together and resisting the pressures of commercialism.

So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids

Popular culture and technology overwhelm children with graphic sexual messages. Diane E. Levin, Ph.D. and
Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., experts in early childhood development and the impact of the media on children and
teens, offer parents strategies to counter the sexualization of children. They offer suggestions, sample
dialogues, and stories from families dealing with these issues.

Taking Back Childhood: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Fast-Paced, Media-Saturated, Violence-Filled World

Based on early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige’s thirty years of researching children,
this book helps parents navigate through the media culture that is damaging children today. The book
provides advice on what toys are best for childhood development, techniques for resolving conflict, and
steps parents can take to create a safe and healthy environment for their children.

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

CCFC has long been at the forefront of the movement to reduce children’s screen time—and The Big Disconnect is an important tool for helping families and people who work with children address this challenging issue. As families are more and more consumed by screens —children constantly texting their friends, parents working online around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Easy availability to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life.