Book offers host of home remedies for family needs SALT IN YOUR SOCK AND OTHER TRIED--AND--TRUE HOME REMEDIES: A PEDIATRICIAN SELECTS PARENTS' FAVORITE TREATMENTS FOR MORE THAN 90 CHILDHOOD AILMENTS, by Lillian M. Beard M.D. with Linda Lee Small, Three Rivers Press, 2003, $14.

Wouldn't it be refreshing to have a handy source of proven home remedies for everything from cold sores and nose bleeds to acne and pinkeye? Who wouldn't value a complete source that offers a compilation of effective home remedies in an easy--to--follow manner?

Dr. Lillian Beard's collection of child--tested folk remedies for everyday problems is a beneficial reference for your family's bookshelf.

A practicing pediatrician and associate professor, Brown presents more than 100 favorite all--natural treatments. Her A--to--Z guide combines a medical explanation, warning signs and conventional treatments with an array of favorite folk remedies.

She presents the ailments and treatment options in a readable fashion mixed with a light--hearted flair for the entertaining side of the folk remedies.

This helpful reference addresses what essentials--some unusual--should be in your pantry and how to convert household items into alternative therapeutic options. After reading this book, you'll make sure not run out of cucumbers for treating acne, apple cider vinegar for treating athlete's foot and raw potatoes for headaches.

While Beard clearly outlines several remedies for each ailment, she does a terrific job of presenting each option without overstating the possible treatments. Every treatment option description provides easy--to--follow preparation and application directions. Information about the origins of the treatment is often included as well.

The herbal and non--conventional alternatives listed are balanced with traditional medical options. You'll learn the benefits of incorporating a compress soaked in vinegar to aid in combatting swelling along with the conventional practice of applying ice to the area.

Many of the remedies are easily prepared with items commonly found in your kitchen cabinet or pantry.

This book guarantees that you'll never consider honey or tea bags to be nothing more than consumable items again. Gina Roberts--Grey

If your kids procrastinate, don't put off reading this THE PROCRASTINATING CHILD: A HANDBOOK FOR ADULTS TO HELP CHILDREN STOP PUTTING THINGS OFF, by Rita Emmett, Walker & Co., 2002, $10.95.

If you have a dawdler or a doodler or an apparent do--nothinger who is driving you over the edge and you've lost your voice from screaming, "Now, I said now! Do it now, not later!", then this book is for you. Author Rita Emmett, who is a self--described "recovering procrastinator" absolutely believes that all procrastinators can convert to "anti--crastination" living, with a little help.

Emmett asserts that adults, unless they've been life--long procrastinators, don't understand the frustration children experience when they are unable to complete tasks or projects. "They consider themselves losers," she says, "or feel like giving up. They are often punished by their parents or by school authorities (or both)."

According to Emmett, a veteran parenting education and time management teacher, a child will need help at the beginning of the conversion to "anti--crastination" living. For example, if you want a procrastinating child to clean her room, start with teamwork. Give her one job. You take one job. Teach her how to break the tasks into manageable chunks. If she's reading, you may also want to give her a detailed checklist that specifies room--cleaning duties. Eventually, you shouldn't have to help at all.

Emmett's advice can be easily shared with your child through catchy acronyms. One technique she explains in her book is called "Taking the STING out of procrastination." S is for SELECT one task you've been putting off. T is for TIME yourself with a kitchen timer (use a 20--60 minute block depending on the task and child's age). I is for IGNORE everything but the task. N is for NO breaks. G is for give yourself a realistic reward. For a child, this might be playing a computer game or going to the park with a friend. By setting a goal and a time limit and working faithfully on one particular project, the procrastinator can actually get something accomplished and feel successful.

Concludes Emmett, in helping your child break the habit of procrastination, you will be opening up a wonderful, new world for her filled with dreams and goals and hopes. What an incredible, life--changing gift. For more on Rita Emmett or to buy her book, visit Rachel Gilmore

Kids book gives powerful parenting reminders UNCLE WILLY'S TICKLES: A CHILD'S RIGHT TO SAY NO, by Marcie Aboff, Imagination Press, 2003, $8.95.

When this book arrived at the office, I was prepared, by virtue of the cover, to write it off as a poorly done book warning children about sexual predators. I was also put off by the title. Surely there was a better choice of a main character's name for a sensitive subject?

By the time I finished the 32--page illustrated book, I decided I should not judge it by its cover. This book is respectful of children and one parents should read with their kids.

While it is written for children ages 4--8, it also fits my definition of a good parenting book because it reminds us of key lessons. Kids, the story tells us, have boundaries that need to be respected. And sometimes, what is OK for everyone else, is not OK for some.

The story is told by Kyle, a young boy who starts right off by making it clear how much he is dreading Uncle Willy's visit. We are not sure why--even if we suspect this may be a good touch/bad touch issue. It is, but with a twist: Uncle Willy tickles too much and won't stop at Kyle's request. Uncle Willy is a favorite relative and apparently has no children of his own. Everyone, including Kyle's older sister, Carly, thinks Uncle Willy is a funny, good natured guy. Everyone but Kyle, that is.

Uncle Willy relates to children by tickling. Not a big deal for some. Kyle tells us: "My sister Carly says Uncle Willy tickles all the kids. She thinks its funny."

Kyle doesn't come downstairs when Uncle Willy arrives and his mother comes in to see what's up.

The two talk, but Kyle is worried his mother will just dismiss his worries. She doesn't, instead suggesting they tell Uncle Willy not to tickle Kyle anymore.

Kyle goes downstairs and when Uncle Willy greets him with a tickle, Kyle says, "NO! You tickle me too much and I don't like it."

Uncle Willy says, "Hey. No problem." And after dinner, over a game of checkers, Uncle Willy reaffirms he will respect Kyle's wishes. "I'm glad you told me you don't like the way I tickle you," he says.

It seemed to me a simple but powerful story, reaffirming that children need to know their concerns are important and parents will listen.

Put out by the American Psychological Association's publishing company, this is the second edition of Uncle Willy's Tickles and a good addition to any library. Susy Schultz

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