Here you’ll see an excellent menu of free materials that were provided by guest experts and authors as their articles or radio-style interviews were published on The Changing Behavior Network. These complimentary materials consist of resources like ebooks, videos, articles, tips and lists, pdf and audio files, assessments, Dos and Don’ts, hands on materials and book excerpts as they relate to each guest’s particular specialty.
We have checked these links and found them to be authentic and safe at the time they were included here. We will continue to add to this menu.
NOTE: Most of the authors listed here have written multiple books. For the sake of space, we have included one title.
Rosalind Sedacca, CCT, The Voice of Child-Centered Divorce, the founder of The Child-Centered Divorce Network and author of How Do I Tell the Kids About the Divorce? A Create-a-Storybook Guide to Preparing Your Child — with Love offers a free copy of Post-Divorce Parenting: Success Strategies for Getting It Right! It is available on her homepage.
Retired juvenile court judge Tom Jacobs has a great offer from his up-to-date website of legal information for young people. A free ebook, A Teenager’s Guide to Juvenile Court, is Judge Tom’s gift to you when you sign up for his informative newsletter. Simply go to the website and scroll down to the bottom of the left side of the homepage.
Dr. Daniel Trussell, CEO of WebStar Behavioral Health and author of How Families Flourish, offers a great little ebook, 264 Character-building Activities for Kids.
Authors of The Teen Popularity Handbook: Make Friends, Get Dates, and Become Bully Proof, identical twins Jonathan and David Bennett are offering a free ebook download entitled, Four Secrets to Raising Outgoing and Popular Kids. There’s also a video featuring the brothers on that site.
Valerie J. Lewis Coleman is a step-families expert and editor of Blended Families: An Anthology. She offers a free ebook, Don’t Just Survive, THRIVE! Eight Tips for Step-families. Go to the “Contact” part of her site and simply request it. Be sure to mention you heard about it through Dr. Sutton and The Changing Behavior Network. (Valerie also helps folks learn to self-publish their work.)
Tips & Lists
Michael Bushman has written an excellent novella entitled, Suicide Escape. It’s a powerful fictional account of a youngster’s struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. Much of what is in the book was verified in Mike’s own experiences as a teen. Mike desires to help adults respond well to the needs of depressed and hurting youngsters, especially teens. He has written a two-sided onesheet entitled “Five Traps/Five Musts.” He will send it to you upon an email request.
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Dr. Dina Rose is a sociologist, feeding expert and author of It’s Not About the Broccoli: Teaching Our Kids Healthy Eating Habits. f you’ve every struggled with getting your kids to each right, or if you sometimes worry about what and how much they are eating, this freebie, “Top Ten Tips: Translating Nutrition Into Behavior,” is a great resource. Each one of these tips is power-packed and makes good sense.
Dr. Richard Horowitz, life and family coach/trainer, is the author of Family Centered Parenting: Your Guide for Growing Great Families. He offers a copy of The Family P.E.A.C.E. Tree. This resource summarizes his work with Growing Great Relationships and provides an overview of his book. Simply request it from Dr. Horowitz by email, mentioning The Changing Behavior Network.
Debra Beck, mentor, sought-after presenter and leading expert on issues facing teens and parents, is the author of My Feet Aren’t Ugly. She offers “Ten Tips to the Biggest Mistakes Parents Make with Their Teens.”
Rich Korb, founder of Pioneer Education Consulting and author of Motivating Defiant and Disruptive Students to Learn, offers what he calls the “3+6=1 Desired Behavior Change Formula.” Request it from Rich, mentioning The Changing Behavior Network.
Dr. John Mayer, clinical psychologist, is the author of An Anger at Birth, a new novel focusing on the dangers of violent, pathological anger in young people. Although the book is fiction, Dr. Mayer has a good handle on the range of anger issues in children and teens. He offers a two-sided onesheet entitled, “When Your Teen or Child Seems Angry: 7 Things to Look for and 7 Things to Do.”
Melissa Groman, LCSW, psychotherapist and specialist in eating and self-injury disorders, is the author of Better is Not So Far Away: Decide to Recover from Bingeing, Starving, or Cutting. She offers an excellent and informative guide for parents of a child with an eating disorder entitled, “What Are We Supposed to Do?
Therapist, educator and author, Dr. Kristen Lee Costa, is known as “America’s Stress and Burnout Doc.” She offers her RESET Model for reframing stress. It comes from her book, RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress.
Author and psychoanalyst, Dr. Laurie Hollman, offers “Ten Terrific Tips for Unlocking Parental Intelligence.” Dr. Hollman is the author of Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior.
Author and Phoenix psychologist, Dr. Larry Waldman, offers “Five Sure Ways to Raise a Responsible Child.” Dr. Waldman is the author if the popular book, Who’s Raising Whom? A Parent’s Guide to Effective Child Discipline.
Dr. Josh Gressel, clinical psychologist and author of Embracing Envy: Finding the Spiritual Treasure in Our Most Shameful Emotion, has provided some tips on recognizing and dealing with envy. This one-page sheet is entitled, “Five Things to Do When You Feel Envious.”
Dr. Joanny Liu is a specialist in Chinese Sports Medicine and author of the book, Heal Your Concussion: How to Quickly and Effectively Get Back in the Game. She offers a free report and on her website: “The Five Things You Should Never Do When You Have an Injury.”
Heather Wilson is a co-founder and CMO of GiveSendGo.com, the #1 FREE Christian Crowdfunding site on the internet. Heather provided this article entitled, “10 Crowdfunding Ideas to Create Summertime Family Adventure.”
Christy Monson is a retired therapist and the author of Family Talk: Creating a Synergistic Home. On her website, there’s a moving banner of mini-book covers at the top. These topics are featured: Bullying, Name Calling, Problem-solving, Sibling Competition and Temper Tantrums. Click on any of them and receive a well-written, targeted piece on that topic. Suggestion: Print them off and share them with friends, associates and loved ones.
Dr. James Sutton, psychologist and founder/host of The Changing Behavior Network and author of The Changing Behavior Book, is a Diamond Level Expert Author with EzineArticles.com. There are currently 52 of Dr. Sutton’s articles on the site, and all are available for reprint. These would make excellent fillers and pieces for newsletters and other publications. (Although permission for reprinting these articles is given, Dr. Sutton would appreciate knowing about the reprint.)
Dr. John DeGarmo, is a foster parent, nationally-recognized expert on foster care and author of Fostering Love: One Foster Parent’s Journey. He has a number of excellent articles on his website regarding foster kids and foster care. These would be especially useful to anyone wanting to know more about children receiving foster care and how to better understand and serve their unique needs while building on their strengths.
Dr. Frank Sileo is a child and adolescent psychologist and Executive Director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He’s also the author of Sally Sore Loser, a children’s book about winning and losing. Go to this site for a free article, “Teaching Kids to Win at Losing.” Included are some great ideas for parents, teachers and coaches entitled, “Basics for Fostering Good Sportsmanship in Children.”
As a culturalist (Social Scientist) and a Collabortive Justice specialist in the field of Conflict Dynamics, Kenneth Johnson strongly feels that many of the current strategies and processes for managing juvenile offenders are not only ineffective, they are harmful. He presents his observations in a complimentary article entitled, “Behind Bars and Behind the Gun.”
Ruth Herman Wells, Director of Youth Change Professional Development Workshops out of Oregon, is a specialist when it comes to difficult students. Her books and her training programs are loaded with excellent, doable strategies and interventions. Ruth offers a two-part article entitled “What Every Youth Professional MUST Know About Violent Students.”
URL (Part 1): http://www.youthchg.com/school-violence/
URL (Part 2): http://www.youthchg.com/violence-prevention/
Here’s another article from Dr. Frank Sileo, child and adolescent psychologist and Executive Director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, New Jersey. It’s an excellent piece on helping youngsters develop better and stronger self-confidence. This article, “What’s Self-Confidence, Anyway”, was inspired by Frank’s most children’s picture, Don’t Put Yourself Down in Circus Town: A Story About Self-Confidence.
Peggy Caruso, author of Revolutionize Your Child’s Life, believes strongly in the teaching of intuition and faith to our children. Here is an excellent and to-the-point article on the topic.
Bill Ratner, author of Parenting for the Digital Age: The Truth Behind Media’s Effect on Children and What to Do About It, was surprised when TIME printed this article based in his book. Entitled “8 Ways to Help Cure Your Teen’s Screen Addiction,” the article carries much of the essence of Bill’s passion and work on behalf of youngsters and their families.
The Washington Post referenced Mike Ferry and his book, Teaching Happiness and Innovation, in an excellent article entitled “How to Teach Our Children the Art of Happiness.”
Donna Jackson Nakazawa grants a candid interview on the topic of adults diseases and conditions that can develop from chronic, toxic childhood trauma. She is the author of Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal.
John Starley Allen offers this insightful article, “Incident At a Pharmacy,” as a testament to how we can be affected while observing the relationship of others. John is the author of A Splash of Kindness: The Ripple Effect of Compassion, Courage and Character.
Greg Warburton’s newest book, Ask More, Tell Less: A Practical Guide for Helping Children Achieve Self-Reliance, challenges parents to do just as the title suggests. Quality questions, plus many other tools from this resource help parents foster self-reliance in their children. Greg also offers this free article from his book, “The Power of Praise Revisited: A Full Formula.”
In her interview on The Changing Behavior Network, Danielle Linder shared concerns about children and teens spending so much of their lives using techno devices that they don’t learn enough valuable skills of face-to-face social interaction. To reinforce her message, Danielle offers this article entitled, “The Joys of Being Bored.”
Decluttering and organization expert, Alison Kero, suggests that simple skills of organization can improve our lives and lifestyles dramatically. Here’s is a complimentary article from Alison entitled, “How to Gain Happiness, Health and Productivity Through Organization.”
Christy Ziglar is the author of the Shine Bright Kids series of children’s books. She offers a complimentary electronic copy of the “Shoot for the Stars” Goal Sheet. It’s a great tool for teaching youngsters responsibility and goal-setting in a fun way. She also has a “What Matters Most” activity page to help children understand deep-held values, plus a “Star Chart” for making good choices and recording the completion of tasks. Simply request these by sending Christy an email.
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Dr. Milton Dehn, author and memory specialist, offers an excellent activity to help youngsters or adults strengthen their memory. It’s call “N-Back;” it uses a plain deck of playing cards and takes only 15 minutes a day. Go to the website and click on the “Memory Training” link. Then go to “Featured Resource” on the right.
Donna W. Hill has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a performer and a journalist. She’s the author of the The Heart of Applebutter Hill, an adventure and mystery novel about a blind girl who handles some big challenges. Donna, knowing blindness personally, has put together a factual quiz and fact sheet about blindness. It is a great resource, especially for teaching young people about the contributions and challenges of blind Americans. It’s in pdf format; use the link below.
Danny Kofke, former special education teacher and author of three valuable books on personal finance, is very concerned about the financial literacy of today’s children and teens. Little about it is being taught at home or in school, and that’s a problem. Here is a 30-question financial literacy quiz (complete with answers and explanations) from his book, A Bright Financial Future: Teaching Kids About Money Pre-K through College for Life-Long Success!
How are you doing as a Dad (note the capital “D”)? Col. Michael Byron Smith, author of The Power of Dadhood: How to Become the Father Your Child Needs, offers this excellent resource entitled “A Dad’s Self-Inspection Checklist.”
Do you or a youngster you know have problems sleeping? Use this Sleep Dairy furnished by physician and nationally-recognized sleep expert, Dr. Robert Rosenberg. This resource is from his excellent book, Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day: A Doctor’s Guide to Solving Your Sleep Problems.
In her book, Why Can’t We Just Play? author Pam Lobley describes the summer she unhooked her sons ages 8 & 10 from schedules and obligations so they could play and enjoy being kids. Pam calls it their 1950s Summer; the whole family became involved. Here is a resource guide full of all sorts of fun things to do with your children. Some will remind you of that “simpler time.”
Barbara Lewis is a former public school teacher and an award-winning author. Her book, Building Character with True Stories from Nature, is an excellent character education resource with a refreshing perspective. Available are complimentary audio readings from the book, plus several excerpts as downloads. When going to this site, look toward the middle of the page.
Jonathan and Lana Hewitt, owners of the Life Ki-do Martial Arts Academy in Austin, Texas, offer a free first chapter of their excellent book, Life Ki-do Parenting. It combines elements of martial arts, parenting and life education to empower the development of confident and responsible young people.
Loren Gelberg-Goff, psychotherapist and author of Being Well Within: From Distressed to De-Stressed, offers a free copy of the book’s first chapter, “Understanding How Stress Affects You.”
Under “Hands-on” Materials above, Danny Kofke offered a 30-question literacy quiz, complete with answers and explanations. The quiz is actually the whole third chapter of his book, A Bright Financial Future: Teaching Kids About Money Pre-K through College for Life-Long Success!
Donna Jackson Nakazawa, author of the groundbreaking book, Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, provided this adapted and reprinted excerpt from the book (from Aeon online magazine).
Terry Lancaster, author of BETTER! Self Help for the Rest of Us, offers us great ideas on establishing positive, healthy habits that deepen family relationships and a zest for life itself. He offers a free download of the first chapter of this excellent resource, plus a 25% discount on the purchase of the book.
Dr. Lynn Wicker offers this complimentary download of the introduction and first chapter of her book, Raising Kids That Succeed: How to Help Your Kids Overcome Life’s Limitations and Think Their Way to Lifelong Success.
Dr. James Sutton, child and adolescent psychologist and author of the best-seller,101 Ways to Make Your Classroom Special, offers an audio recording that was produced in the Rock ‘N Learn Studios in Houston back in 1991. It’s entitled Pull the Plug on Failure, a shorter version of a longer program, Shutting Down the Failure Machine. In this audio program, Dr. Sutton shares his insights into how some students get caught up in failure and become “stuck.” He also shares some insights into helping these youngsters to experience success.
Howard Glasser, Executive Director of The Children’s Success Foundation and author of the acclaimed book, Transforming the Difficult Child, offers a complimentary 10-part video e-course entitled, 10 Ways to Propel Your Challenging Child to Greatness. (Be patient; this page takes a moment to load.)
Donna W. Hill was a blind street performer before opening up for many popular groups and singers onstage. She followed that with a successful career as a journalist and author. Donna shares this original song, The Rules of the Game, from her album, The Last Straw. The song speaks of the courage to take risks sometimes, especially if one intends to accomplish something significant.
Keith Zafren,founder of The Great Dads Project and author of How to Be a Great Dad: No Matter What Kind of Father You Had, offers a training course consisting of three 10-minute videos. These training videos teach, illustrate and provide practical guides to help dads master the core fathering skills of Affirmation, Acceptance and Affection.
Peggy Sealfon, stress and anxiety specialist, and author of Escape from Anxiety: Supercharge Your Life with Powerful Strategies from A-Z, offers a three-minute audio to help you de-stress.