Books and Articles

Most Recent Articles

from Fostering Families Today magazine
March/April 2011 issue

“The Five ABCs of Effective Communication”
by Gail Underwood Parker

“Six Simple Shifts to Calm Conflicts”
by Gail Underwood Parker and A. Patricia Miller

Parenting Books

The Caring Heart Speaks: Meditations for foster, kinship, and adoptive parents
by Gail Underwood Parker
pub: Upbeat Publications

From the first night a child arrives, to the days and ways they leave, the challenges of raising other people’s children are covered by the meditations in The Caring Heart Speaks. Find inspiration, laughter, and comfort as you read the candid, heartfelt meditations.
Available from Upbeat Parenting… soon available on Amazon.


Raising Honest Children in a Dishonest World: Tips and Tools to Reduce Lying and Stealing
written by A. Patricia Miller and Gail Underwood Parker
Status: currently seeking an agent

Everyone wants to raise an honest child, but many parents are worried. Based on years of workshops with all kinds of parents Raising Honest Children details a practical, specific plan for reducing dishonest behavior, supporting honest behavior, and rebuilding reputations. Filled with examples from real parents and practice exercises, this book offers support and encouragement, a workable plan for achieving change…. and hope that it can and will happen.

Independent Me!: An interactive workbook to achieving successful independent living
written by Gail Underwood Parker
Status: A prototype workbook currently is being piloted. Anyone interested in participating in the pilot project and providing revision feedback, please contact us.

Children in state custody often “age-out” of the system and find themselves all alone with no adult support, no family to fall back on, and often ill-equipped to deal with independent life of jobs, apartments, budgets, transportation, meals, and everything else. This interactive workbook helps teens and their caregivers or support staff move step-by-step to acquiring the skills and knowledge needed for successful independent living.

History, Biography, and Teaching Books

MORE THAN PETTICOATS: Remarkable New Hampshire Women
by Gail Underwood Parker
pub: Globe-Pequot Press , 2008

Moving profiles of thirteen of New Hampshire’s most important historical figures– women from across New Hampshire, from many different walks of life. With enduring strength and compassion, these remarkable women broke through social, cultural, or political barriers to make contributions to society that still resonate today. From the former slave of President George Washington who found freedom in New Hampshire to Laura Bridgman and Sarah Hale to Marilla Ricker and Lotte Jacobi. These women were spunky, skilled, sometimes even stubborn and each of them demonstrated an independence of spirit that is as inspiring now as it was then. Read about their extraordinary lives in this collection of biographies.
Available on Amazon.

by Gail Underwood Parker
pub: Globe-Pequot Press, 2004

Fascinating stories about twenty-four events that helped make Maine what it is     today, including little-known episodes that shaped the Pine Tree State’s colorful history from its earliest years through the 20th century. Captivating, humorous, inspiring, and adventurous.. from snowstorms and shipwrecks to log drives and lighthouses, be entertained and informed by some of the most captivating moments from Maine’s history. Revised edition expected out in 2012.
Available on Amazon.

HISTORICAL MEMOIRS: The Osteopathic Hospital of Maine 1936-1998
by Gail Underwood Parker
pub: Custom Communication, 2000

Celebrating the people, events, and history that marked the rise of Maine’s first Osteopathic Hospital from its founding, through its remarkable history, profiling its pathfinders, its growth, and its final merger with the Maine Medical Center.
Out of print…. sometimes available from Amazon or E-Bay

by Gail Underwood Parker
pub: Walch Education [formerly J. Weston Walch, Publishers], 1994

A wide assortment of classroom ready materials for anyone teaching general music, music appreciation, or humanities classes. Role Play activities, Simulations, Sound exploration, the impact of historical events, the role of folk music and much, much more. Classroom tested and popular with students, parents, and teachers.
Supplies running out soon. Remaining copies available from Walch.


Myths and Mysteries of Maine
written by Gail Underwood Parker
pub: Globe-Pequot
Status: writing currently in progress.. due to be completed 2012.