Please Explain “Alzheimer’s Disease” to Me


Please Explain Alzheimer’s Disease to Me! is a much needed book in this era of aging baby boomers where statistics in 2020 indicated that 5.8 million Americans (one in 10 over age 65) had the disease. This book, a complete and practical resource for children and adults, introduces the subject matter to children in a colorful, sensitive and gentle story, followed by a parent/caregiver section which supplies comprehensive information which adults can use to understand and plan for the course of the disease affecting their loved one.

Dr. Zelinger, a board certified psychologist for children, does an exemplary job of presenting this issue to children in a warm, developmentally appropriate way using appealing characters, child friendly language and familiar scenes they can relate to. The caregiver portion of this handbook is based on empirically based scientific research, and explains the disease at different stages as well as available medication and family supports. More importantly, Dr. Zelinger gives concrete, word-for-word language you can use when discussing this difficult topic with your child and answering their questions. While the medical side of Alzheimer’s and dementia is given a great deal of attention, Dr. Zelinger is sensitive to the emotional toll it takes on the family, and the critical importance of maintaining caring relationships with the individual who has been diagnosed with the disease. This book is more than a helpful guide. It is the only book you will need if you have a child who is asking, “What’s wrong with Grandpa?”

Children will:

  • Enjoy the story and illustrations
  • Identify with the characters
  • Get answers to their questions
  • Grasp the nature and reason for a grandparent’s changes
  • Learn basic biological information about brain function
  • Understand why a grandparent will require more care
  • Feel empowered and find ways they can be helpful

Parents and caregivers will:

  • Have word-for-word scripts available to answer their child’s questions
  • Learn about the progression of the disease
  • Understand their role and the nature of care that is required
  • Gain information for decision making in areas of medical, emotional and daily care
  • Know they are not alone in this difficult journey

Please Explain “Time Out” to Me!


TimeOut600pxTime Out is a dignified and effective method of discipline, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association. This book, written by parenting experts, explains the Time Out process and provides step-by-step instructions for its proper and effective use. Please Explain “Time Out” To Me is two books in one: an engaging story with colorful illustrations and a parent section which describes the Time Out process in detail, as well as the advantages and pitfalls of other methods of discipline.

Children will:

  • Enjoy the story and illustrations
  • Understand how Time Out works
  • Empathize with the characters in the book
  • Be treated respectfully when given a consequence
  • Experience the benefits of Time Out as a mechanism of behavior change

Parents and caregivers will:

  • Develop a plan for supplying responses to their child’s unacceptable behavior
  • Understand the rationale behind Time Out as a management technique
  • Learn how to use Time Out effectively
  • Better handle behavioral issues wherever they occur
  • Learn that physical forms of punishment do not work


Drs. Zelinger book is clearly informed by literature and both clinical and personal experience. Its simplicity and ease-of-use and understanding allows for broad reach to all parents that face the normal challenges in raising children. The story to help the child understand makes this book unique, as well as the “fixer box” concept. Behavioral difficulties often stem from struggles around feeling in control. This book gives a concrete, more adaptive path for both parents and child to feel in control.
— David Salsberg, PsyD, DABPS Clinical Neuropsychologist; Director, Pediatric Assessment, Learning & Support (PALS), New York, NY.

In Please explain “Time Out” To Me, Drs. Laurie and Fred Zelinger offer a clear, concise and insightful look at the often misunderstood and misinterpreted concept of time out. Combining colorful illustrations and story line for children and step-by-step guidelines and principles for parents and adults, the book has unique appeal to both. I highly recommend this book, particularly to parents foraging through the tangled, complicated and sometimes scary web called parenthood.
— Iris Ackerman, LCSW, PhD, Clinical Social Worker

As a child psychiatrist, finding parenting books that are straightforward, helpful, and concise is a rare find indeed. Drs. Laurie and Fred Zelinger offer just that in Please Explain “Time Out To Me”. In its pages, they harness their expert clinical experience and judgment and offer it in a relatable, engaging, and entertaining way. I highly recommend this book to families who are struggling with the difficult journey of growing up and managing problem behaviors along the way.
— Stephen Perret, MD., Child Psychiatrist

Thumbs up for Drs. Zelinger’s book on explaining time out to kids. As a busy working mom with six children, I have used time out effectively. I would recommend reading this book to help understand the benefits of time out for both parents and children, and the effectiveness of time out as a learning tool. Drs. Zelinger’s thought out story will be a helpful, useful contribution for kids, parents and teachers.
— Chani Jacobowitz, LCSW; Mother of 6

From the Please Explain To Me… series
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Please Explain Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy to Me


Nearly 500,000 adenotonsillectomies will be performed on children this year. Will you be ready?

The new 3rd Edition of this bestselling book helps parents understand and organize the necessary medical and emotional components that accompany their child’s surgery. In an easy to follow timeline for events prior to and following a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy, the authors provide reassuring and accurate guidance that eases the process for the patient and family. As caregivers, you will: Continue reading

Please Explain “Terrorism” To Me


From Little Lady Plays website


Podcast : Dr. Laurie Zelinger and Illustrator Ann Israeli stop by #ConversationsLIVE (September, 2017)

How To Talk About The Ariana Grande Concert Attack With Young Girls & Boys
By Jon Hecht – May 23, 2017 – Bustle (website)

Manchester Attack: Explaining Terrorism to Children
Sara Miller Llana – May 23, 2017 – Christian Science Monitor

Ariana Grande Concert Attack: Helping Kids Cope With the News
Beth Whitehouse – May 23, 2017 – Newsday

How do I stop my kids worrying about the big bad world?
Tanith Carey – 27 April, 2017 – The London Telegraph

Jak rozmawiać z dzieckiem o terroryzmie? – Gazeta Wyborcza (interview with Monika Rebala in Poland)

Calm in the face of terror – Irish Independent Newspaper (interview with Kathy Donaghy)


Read what Goodreads has to say …

Beck Valley Books & More Blogspot. Sharon Martin – Blogger & Promoter at Beck Valley Books (2017, May 18)

homeschoolbookreviewblog. “Please Explain Terrorism to Me” by Wayne S. Walker (2017, Feb 7)

Just Reviews. “Please Explain Terrorism to Me” by Fran Lewis (2017, Jan 30)

Nassau Herald. “Educating kids about terrorism using ‘P-E-A-R-L-S’” by Diana Colapietro (2016, Sept 7)

MomZette. ‘Please Explain Terrorism to Me’ offers kids wisdom, reassurance, conversation by Deirdre Reilly (2016, Sept 6)


Newsday, Wednesday November 2, 2016 (Click on image for a larger view)

This book provides the ‘PEARLS’ of wisdom for parents and children to discuss a scary topic like terrorism in ways that promote healthy and authentic parent-child conversations that yield to mutual respect and bonding.
Marc A. Brackett, PhD.
Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

In her captivating new book, Dr. Laurie Zelinger, a leading expert in child psychology, explores the troubled realm of terrorism from a child’s perspective. Deep and yet accessible, her remarkable deciphering of the psychological factors that hinder the free communication between parents and children on terrorism is compelling. It deals with an intrusive scourge, which stands in a blatant contradiction to the rather radiant child’s universe. This fascinating guide amounts to a riveting lesson of clarity and to a masterpiece in bridging the unbridgeable.
Honorable Yehuda Lancry
Former Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations

This forthright and calming story clarifies the nature of terrorism for children ages 7 to 11. An afterword for parents offers guidelines for parents about how to dialogue with their children on this important topic. Highly recommended!
Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., RPT-S
Co-Founder and Director Emeritus, The Association for Play Therapy

As a parent, it can be challenging and overwhelming to find the words to talk with your child about frightening and potentially traumatic events such as acts of terrorism. “Please Explain Terrorism to Me” meets this need and is likely to become an invaluable resource for parents and other caregivers to help guide these critical conversations.
Christina Laitner, Ph.D.
The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center

“Please Explain ‘Terrorism’ to Me” is a straightforward and down-to-earth treatment of a difficult subject. Dr. Zelinger uses common sense, a simple clarification of the basic issues, and reassurance to provide a deeper understanding of terrorism for kids—without a corresponding rise in anxiety.
Tomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
Psychologist/Author “1-2-3 Magic!”

Dr. Zelinger provides caregivers with “P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom” in her honest, developmentally appropriate approach to a terrifying topic. This book is an essential resource to ensure that children are provided straightforward information in a sensitive fashion to an issue, all too often ignored.
Sarah Valley-Gray, Psy.D., ABPP
President, American Academy of School Psychology

Dr. Zelinger opens up the Pandora box of ‘Terrorism’ delicately and with great sensitivity as she brings awareness, tools and answers to children growing up in our ever changing world today. Dr. Zelinger’s book magically fosters, promotes and encourages conversation and social skills. This is a powerful and valuable book for children and adults.
Penny Ellis
LIVE! Regis & Kelly ~ Second annual Top Teacher winner, 2011

With bombings and shootings so frequently in the news, Dr. Zelinger’s book is a timely source of guidance to parents on the importance of explaining terrorism to their children. It’s full of great advice on listening thoughtfully and understanding your child’s perspective.
Dewey Cornell, Ph.D.
Director of the Virginia Youth Violence Project


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Please Explain “Anxiety” To Me

Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents
2nd Edition


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Fear, worry, and anxiety are normal occurrences within the life of a child. Helping children to understand and process these emotions often falls in the hands of parents, who by their own admission often feel painfully concerned, overwhelmed and unprepared to deal with these kinds of feelings. Continue reading

A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself
— even on the bad days

the secrets to trusting yourself, being your best & never letting the bad days bring you down

AmericanGirl195pxFrom the back cover: Has a bad day got you down? Is your self-esteem making you feel blue? In a smart girl’s guide to liking herself–even on the bad days, you’ll learn how having high self-esteem can turn a good day into a great day, while having low self-esteem can turn a bad day into a nightmare. You’ll learn tips for trusting yourself, ideas for boosting your self-esteem (or for keeping it up), and how to feel your best in all kinds of situations. You are perfect just as you are, and this book will help you believe that to be true!

by Dr. Laurie Zelinger ~ illustrated by Jennifer Kalis
editorial development: Carrie Anton

Published by American Girl Publishing, 2012 Continue reading

Contributions to Other Books


Dr. Zelinger worked with the editors on the following eight books by American Girl Publishing, where she reviewed the storyboard and developed the “For Parents” pages that follow each story. The prefix page in each book reads, “Special thanks to Dr. Laurie Zelinger, consultant, child psychologist and registered play therapist. Dr. Zelinger reviewed and helped shape the “For Parents” section, which was written by editorial staff.” Continue reading