Featured Book: Nurture Shock

Covering everything from praise to sleep to children's lying to talking about race, Nurture Shock will get you thinking, sharing, and trying new things.

Practical Parenting

for the 21st Century

By Julie A. Ross

This book's premise grabbed me: even waiters take six-week courses to work in fine restaurants, but for the most important job, parenting, many assume they'll do just fine figuring it out on the fly relying on instinct.  Practical Parenting offers a quick read and useful tools.

Positive Discipline

By Jane Nelsen

This was one of the first parenting books I read, and it opened up a new world in how to interpret situations, approach behaviors, and reach desired outcomes.  I particularly appreciated the idea of family meetings and how to orchestrate them.  I like the idea of meetings for classrooms and at home.

How to Talk...

By Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

I consider this a "must read" for interacting with children. Illustrations make concepts relatable and memorable, and summaries throughout help consolidate concepts.  This book is great to read yourself and its participatory activities make it ideal for working through with a spouse, grandparents, or parenting group.  

Siblings Without Rivalry

By Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

The structure of this book took some getting used to for me.  It's as if you're a fly on the wall at a parenting group. However, this is one of the most unique parenting books I've read and an immense help in framing your approach to your children's relationships with each other. Like How to Talk, it offers excellent illustrations, examples, summaries, and general wisdom.

Nurture Shock

By Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

I find parenting books written by journalists - rather than doctors, psychologists, professors, teachers, or parents - to be uniquely devourable, and this is no exception.  While Practical Parenting offers the soft skills to guide parenting instinct, Nurture Shock offers research on topics from motivation to sleep to children's lying to talking about race, which help refine those instincts once more.

Montessori: The Science Behind The Genius

By Angeline Stoll Lillard

Dr. Angeline Lillard of University of Virginia set out to investigate how modern psychological and educational research support and refute the tenets of Montessori education; the results surprised her.  Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, this book presents the astonishing science behind Montessori education.  

Best Friends,

Worst Enemies

By Michael Thompson, Catherine O'Neill, and Lawrence J. Cohen

A book for parents and teachers, Best Friends, Worst Enemies uses research and personal and professional experiences to reveal the meaning and motivations behind children's social dynamics from birth through adolescence.

Pink Brain, Blue Brain

By Lisa Eliot

Chock full of studies, Pink Brain, Blue Brain argues that society's gender stereotypes unwittingly amplify small in-born differences between girls and boys.  Lise Eliot suggests that by understanding how sex differences emerge, adults can help children maximize their potential and close the gender gap.

The Whole-Brain Child

By Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Look no further for neuroscience translated in a tender, funny, and practical way.  Knowing what happens in a child's brain when you see certain behaviors empowers a more empathetic and effective response.  Keep an eye out for the refrigerator sheet of reminders at the end.

Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful

By Donna Bryant Goertz

Donna Bryant Goertz, renowned Montessori guide, has a gift for working with children and for storytelling.  The twelve powerful transformations described in this book read like marketing for Montessori education according to my husband; those in the Montessori world can attest to their truth. 

The Out-of-Sync Child

By Carol Stock Kranowitz

Reading this book felt like turning over a stone and uncovering something new!  This book gave me more information and confidence for understanding children who have been labeled difficult, picky, oversensitive, clumsy, or inattentive.  It also provides innumerable ideas to offer a "balanced sensory diet" to all children, such as different textured sponges at bath.

The Explosive Child

By Ross W. Greene

Remember this premise: children act out when the expectations placed upon them exceed their ability to respond adaptively.  Rather than modifying children's misbehavior through rewards and punishments, Ross Greene's method emphasizes identifying unmet expectations and lacking skills and then problem solving between caregiver and child.

Punished by Rewards

By Alfie Kohn

After reading this with my husband, we - at first jokingly - started catching ourselves in words of praise: "Good job" on the climbing wall became "You did it." These mirthful edits with each other have become mindful intentions for interacting with our child.

The Homework Myth

By Alfie Kohn

Leave it to Alfie Kohn to present an unforgettable message: this time, on homework.  Thoroughly researched and unavoidably compelling, you may find yourself wanting to give this book to every homework-giving professional you know! 

Last Child in the Woods

By Richard Louv

Powered by nostalgia and groundbreaking research showing the importance of nature in a healthy childhood, this book offers a transformative perspective on our culture, laws, and future in relating to nature.

Simplicity Parenting

By Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross

I particularly appreciated the sections on creating rhythms and rituals and reducing clutter in the home.  While dense at times (more for some than others), I found this to be a lovely, soul-soothing read.  It's the perfect antidote and guide for those wishing to thoughtfully counter today's fast-paced, anxiety-ridden culture.

First Bite

By Bee Wilson

Recommended by a friend and mentor, First Bite had me from the preface. I enjoyed the writing, the history, the anecdotes, and the research; and it has influenced the way we introduce food to our daughter.  This is a book for curious minds, intentional parents, picky eaters, gourmands and more.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

By Marc Weissbluth

Not my favorite writing, possibly offensive to working parents, BUT this book diagnosed the cause of our daughter's erratic nap routine and helped us quickly correct course to meet her biological needs.  Healthy Sleep Habits fundamentally changed our approach to children and sleep.  

Montessori From The Start

By Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen

Look no further for the Montessori book for children from birth to age three.  It offers thorough and well-written information on preparing the adult and home for baby.  It also educates parents about normal human development and how to support it, rather than get in its way.  This is a great book for new parents!

Baby Knows Best

By Deborah Carlisle Solomon

Less artfully written and  less dense than its complement, Montessori From the Start, Baby Knows Best offers the RIE perspective on interacting with babies and toddlers.  I like the emphases on trust, respect, observation, and creating a safe space for children to explore.  I reference this book often and highly recommend it for new parents.

Bringing Up Bebe

By Pamela Druckerman

My husband considers this the most readable of the books for birth through age three.  Couple the devour-factor with its keen observations, ample research, and ideas you will itch to try, and it's no wonder this book became a cultural sensation.  I challenge you to read Brining Up Bebe and not include "le pause" in both parenting practice and jocund family lingo. 

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