Books by Julie Ross M.A.

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Joint Custody With A Jerk

Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex


From parenting expert Julie A. Ross and writer Judy Corcoran comes the fully revised Joint Custody with a Jerk, the highly praised guide to co-parenting with an uncooperative ex-spouse, now updated to provide real solutions to tough family issues.

It's a fact that parenting is hard enough in a family where two parents love and respect each other… After divorce, when the respect has diminished and the love has often turned to intense dislike, co-parenting can be nearly impossible, driving one or both parents to the brink of insanity. Joint Custody with a Jerk offers many proven communication techniques that help you deal with your difficult ex-husband or ex-wife. By outlining common problems and teaching tools to examine your own role in these sticky situations, this book conveys strategies for effective mediation that are easy to apply, sensible, timely and innovative.

This revised edition of a bestselling classic sheds light on how today's digital forms of communication can both hurt and help in custody conflicts, and offers updated information throughout that brings age-old issues into the present day.

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How To Hug A Porcupine

Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years


“You never listen to anything I say!”

Yesterday, your child was a sweet, well-adjusted eight-year-old. Today, a moody, disrespectful twelve-year-old. What happened? And more important, how do you handle it? How you respond to these whirlwind changes will not only affect your child's behavior now but will determine how he or she turns out later. Julie A. Ross, executive director of Parenting Horizons, shows you exactly what's going on with your child and provides all the tools you need to correctly handle even the prickliest tween porcupine.

  • Find out how other parents survived nightmarish tween behavior--and still raised great kids
  • Break the “nagging cycle,” give your kids responsibilities, and get results
  • Talk about sex, drugs, and alcohol so your kid will listen
  • Discover the secret that will help your child to disregard peer pressure and make smart choices--for life

"This excellent book lets parents peek into the underlying, confusing thoughts and perplexing decisions that young tweens are constantly facing."
--Ralph I. López, M.D., Clinical Professor or Pediatrics, Cornell University, and author of The Teen Health Book


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Practical Parenting for The 21st Century

The Manual You Wish Had Come With Your Child

PracticalParenting_large.jpgRaising a child is the most important job you will ever have.  Yet no parent starts out with the training necessary to get the job done well.  Practical Parenting For the 21st Century: The Manual You Wish Had Come With Your Child is exactly that: a manual with instructions for every parent of a child between the ages of birth - five years of age.  The book is packed with techniques that help parents handle everything from temper tantrums, to biting, to getting your child to go to bed, and stay in bed, all night. How to teach your child to learn from their mistakes, take responsibility for their actions and internalize your values: all of these things and more are covered in an easy-to-read, easy-to-implement format.  This is THE instruction manual that should have come with your child!