Monday, May 11, 2015

Book Review: Bloom: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do With Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids by Lynne Kenney and Wendy Young Lmsw

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Unhooked books, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

This new parenting book releases later this month, in time for Summer downtime, which is a great time to work on ideas from the book with your kids, BEFORE they go back to school and suffer new anxxitis and issues!

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Written for real parents with anxious, angry and over-the-top kids, Bloom is a brain-based approach to parenting all children. Stop second-guessing the way you handle misbehaviors, and learn why they occur in the first place. Come to understand the developmental origins of behaviors and take a fresh look at how you can address them with skill-building techniques that produce real and lasting change. 

Taking its lead from neuroscience and best practices in early childhood mental health, Bloom offers parents, teachers and care providers the words, thoughts and actions to raise calm, confident children, while reducing the need for consequences and punishment. 

The first book of its kind, Bloom provides pages full of printable mantras you can carry with you, hang on your fridge or use in your classroom to raise emotionally competent kids. Bloom allows you to take a collaborative stance with your children, improving their cognitive, emotional and social skills. Bloom offers a new approach to human relationships that will change the way you perceive, think and feel about parenting, love, work and life. Bloom changes everything. If it works wonders with anxious, angry and over-the-top kids, imagine what it can do for your child. 

Filled with mantras you can cut right out of the book or download from the author's websites (special links in the book/ebook), and use anywhere, it offers more than just a one-time read! And it's filled with resources to other great books and websites that are helpful to any parents!


Chapters in the book include Not All Children Created Equal, Morning Mayhem, Room Rehab, Biting, Aggression, Disresect, Yelling, Perpetual Motion, School, Goodbyes, Trauma and Grief.  When you think about your kids in the age group of 3-12 you KNOW those headings cover everything! Overall, the idea is to reduce stress that you might be bringing to your children's routine via disorganization, children not being involved in their routines or a lack of disciplined order. Many of the concepts are valid, like packing backpacks the night before or having a written routine, but some may be hard, like prepareing breakfast before the kids get up and after you've gotten dressed. if you stayed up til 1 am doing laundry or baking last minutes cupcakes, then trading off an extra hour of sleep might NOT be an option. Each chapter has a QR code that links to bonus videos so you can hear directly from the authors about each topic.

There are over 200 mantras, like the ones above, in Bloom, on a variety of topics from getting calm, to interacting peacefully to helping your children with their own feelings. While promarily aimed at kids ages 3-12, many of the mantras may come in handing with petulant teens as well. Overall they are valid reminders for us to pause and think our responses, and not modeling acting out. 

IF you are looking for a different type of parenting guide, this might be the one for you.

About the Authors:

Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., is a mother of two, a practicing pediatric psychologist and the author of The Family Coach Method. She has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. Her content has appeared in Parenting, Parents, Real Simple, People Magazine and more. Dr. Lynne’s current interest is enhancing children’s math skills (ages 6-12) using movement with Play Math and Move2Think. She is currently a featured expert in Parents magazine and Working Mother magazine. Since 2006, she has co-produced three television shows and six DVDs with Baby First TV, and hosted the Baby First TV show “Baby Basics.” Dr. Kenney lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and two children.

Dr. Kenney is a recognized “mom social media expert,” a featured contributor on and the host of The Family Coach Solution Studio on BlogTalk Radio. Her Better Living Content has appeared on ABC, the Montel Williams Show, and various child/family websites (including Ladies Home Journal and Better Homes and Gardens ). Dr. Kenney is a sought-after speaker nationally, and a respected consultant to The International Nanny Association and The National Head Start Association, for whom she was National Ambassador, 2007. Check out her website for more.

Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD, is the mom of three, an award-winning child and family therapist and an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Michigan State University's School of Social Work and is the Clinical Director of Comprehensive Counseling & Consulting, LLC. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Parenting, Family Fun and Woman’s World. Her work has also been featured in several books. She resides in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is recognized world-wide as a thought leader in early childhood and adolescent mental health.

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NEXT Monday, May 18th, 11am- Noon, CDT, Lynne is hosting a FREE web seminar, in which you can:
  • learn about the neurobiological underpinnings of our children’s behavior so that we can teach children how to be successful with better thinking and self-regulation skills.
  • explore how the brain processes social-emotional information in order to move around the defensive brain engaging the thinking centers for better organization, management of emotional intensity and more skillful behavior.
  • learn to apply the BrainSmart interventions in Bloom (this book), we will learn what to say, think and do with anxious, angry and over-the-top kids
You can register HERE! It takes all of 2 minutes (you do NOT ahve to sign up for any other programs) and you can even add the event to your Google or Outlook calendars, from the registration screen! Easy peasy! See you there!

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