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Child Development & Parenting Books Recommended by Child Development Institute

Dr-Myers-BlogThere are several thousand books written for parents.  Because good parenting advice is so important yet parent’s time to get the information they need can be limited.  That’s why I have taken the time to list and provide brief reviews of the books I believe will be worth the read.  These books are written by experts and based on sound psychological foundations and backed by scientific research.  They not only serve as great reads as they are easy to understand as well as written in a conversational style with real-life examples and occasional humor to present a balanced perspective.  You will find that they become great references that you will find yourself frequently referring to for encouragement and problem solving tips.

With useful information and tips you will be able to better understand your child and be equipped to provide the encouragement, support and guidance they need for healthy growth and development through each stage of development.

Robert Myers, PhD
Child Psychologist

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Child Development

Ages and Stages: A Parent's Guide to Normal Childhood DevelopmentAges and Stages: A Parent’s Guide to Normal Childhood Development  By Charles E. Schaefer, Theresa Foy DiGeronimo  Written in an engaging, practical style, Ages and Stages offers you the benefits of the most current research on child development, featuring helpful tips and techniques to foster your child’s maturation.
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Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to FiveBrain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five  By John Medina Written by a respected scientist who is also a parent, this books shares practical advise on how to help your child feel safe, develop age appropriate skills and self-confidence to name a few.  Despite being a “developmental molecular biologist” by trade, Medina is a refreshingly savvy writer, opting to avoid much of the jargon that would make the book impenetrable for the untrained layman like me. The book is divided into five clear, topical sections: – Pregnancy (how to help your baby develop while in utero) – Relationship (how to avoid the relationship pitfalls many couples experience postpartum) – Smart Baby (how to optimize your child’s brain development and intelligence) – Happy Baby (how to raise a happy, well-balanced child) – Moral Baby (how to help your child develop and nurture their moral compass)
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You Are Your Child's First Teacher, Third Edition: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age SixYou Are Your Child’s First Teacher, Third Edition: Encouraging Your Child’s Natural Development from Birth to Age Six  By Nahima Baldwin Dancy  In this easy to read and understand book, the authors explains the different stages of learning that children go through from birth to age six, giving you the wisdom and understanding to enrich your child’s natural development in the right way at the right time.  amazon-button

Your Child's Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence Your Child’s Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence  By Jane Healy This recently updated classic provides a window into the fascinating process of brain development and learning. It looks at the roots of emotion, intelligence, and creativity, translating the most current scientific research into practical suggestions for parents and teachers.  amazon-button

 

NurtureShock: New Thinking About ChildrenNurtureShock: New Thinking About Children  By Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman A best selling book based on sound child development research this book is “one of the most influential books about children ever published, Nurture Shock offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library’s worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, the authors demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring–because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live” (publisher review).  amazon-button

What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life  What’s Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life  By Lise Eliot  This wonderful book is written by a child development researcher from a mother’s perspective and and shows parents the innumerable ways in which they can actually help their children grow better brains.  amazon-button

 

Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize LessEinstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less  By Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Diane Eyer  These child psychologists provide a much needed perspective on how children were meant to learn and develop. It teaches parents how to help their child tap into their natural curiosity and learn by exploring and interacting with their environment.  The authors offer parents 40 age-appropriate games for creative play. These simple, fun–yet powerful exercises work as well or better than expensive high-tech gadgets to teach a child what his ever-active, playful mind is craving to learn.  amazon-button

Child Behavior: The Classic Child Care Manual from the Gesell Institute of Human DevelopmentChild Behavior: The Classic Child Care Manual from the Gesell Institute of Human Development  By Frances L. Ilg, Louise Bates Ames, Sidney M. Baker  “Since it was first published, Child Behavior has become classic reading for parents and professionals around the world. This authoritative guide offers the basics of child development, addressing exactly how children’s bodies can affect their behavior. The authors not only discuss what to do to treat specific behavior problems but actually advise parents on how, in many instances, they can prevent many common and more serious problems” (publishers review).  amazon-button

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Parenting

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will TalkHow to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk   By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish  This is one of my favorite books to recommend to parents.  Communication is so important in establishing and growing cooperative and loving relationships.  The advice will help you develop a strong bond with your child as well as mutual respect.  This is definitely parenting 101.  amazon-button

 

The Whole Brained ChildThe Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind  By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson This book is based on the latest brain research and provides easy to use strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.  amazon-button

Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child The Heart of ParentingRaising An Emotionally Intelligent Child The Heart of Parenting  By Ph.D. John Gottman, Joan Declaire  There are many skills a child needs to develop.  The ability to regulate emotions can be learned.  This approach helps the child learn to understand and accept their feelings as well as express them appropriately.  This changes the game of parenting from how to control your child to teaching them self-control.  amazon-button

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible ChildrenThe Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children   By Ross W. Greene PhD  This book is great for parents who find they are raising a challenging child.  It helps you discover the lagging developmental skills behind your child’s inability to cope and interact appropriately in different situations.  You will learn how to help them gain these skills while resolving conflict and solving mutual problems.  I recommend this book frequently to parents in my practice.  amazon-button

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 By Thomas W. Phelan  A well written book that provides the basics of creating a positive parent-child relationship with the tools to motivate children to master the basic communication, problem solving and behavioral skills necessary for success at home, school and in the community.  You’ll find tools to use in virtually every situation, including advice for common problems such as: • Whining • Sibling rivalry • Reluctance to do chores • Refusing to go to bed or getting up in the middle of the night • Talking back • Stubbornness  amazon-button

SOS: Help for Parents, Third Edition SOS: Help for Parents, Third Edition  By Lynn Clark  A great set of tools for helping parents work with young children (3 – 7) to master the art of self-control, cooperation and motivation to engage in age appropriate activities.  I have been using this book with parents since the first edition was published.  You learn the best methods for improving your child’s behavior and for reducing stress in your life. You learn essential child rearing rules, how to avoid four common child rearing errors, primary methods for increasing good behavior, major methods for stopping bad behavior, active ignoring, Grandmas Rule, how to avoid nine common time-out mistakes, time-out for toys that misbehave, how to handle children who rebel against time-out, using points and contracts, logical consequences, natural consequences, behavior penalty, and helping your child express feelings.  amazon-button

The Parent's Handbook: Systematic Training for Effective ParentingThe Parent’s Handbook: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting  By Don Dinkmeyer Sr., Gary D. McKay, Don Dinkmeyer Jr. One of the country’s most popular parenting guides. Helps parents meet the challenges of raising a family today. The Parent’s Handbook shows parents how they can become more knowledgeable, confident and successful in relating to their children. Discusses misbehavior, communication, encouragement, natural and logical consequences, family meetings, drug and alcohol abuse prevention.  amazon-button

Parenting Teenagers: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of TeensParenting Teenagers: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens  By Don Dinkmeyer Sr. PhD, Gary McKay PhD, Joyce L. McKay, Don Dinkmeyer Jr.  Parents know the challenges of raising teenagers. This popular STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) guide is filled with easy-to-understand-and-apply skills that helps parents connect with teens and deal with their “issues.” From the STEP/teen program, with practical guidance on social pressure, dating, grades, career plans, and alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse prevention. This handbook is an excellent choice for parents who want to improve their relationship with teens.  amazon-button

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Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth To Age 5Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth To Age 5  The most up-to date, expert advice for mothers, fathers and care providers from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This essential resource is the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust, covering everything from preparing for childbirth to toilet training to nurturing your child’s self-esteem.  amazon-button

What to Expect the First Year: Second EditionWhat to Expect the First Year: Second Edition  The comprehensive month-by-month guide that clearly explains everything parents need to know about the first year with a new baby.  Featuring a practical, illustrated Baby Care Primer, a First Aid Guide, and Best-Odds Recipes.  With special sections on the older sibling; selecting the right physician; seasonal concerns and traveling with baby; managing childhood illnesses; and nurturing the adopted baby, the low-birthweight infant, and the baby with specific problems.  amazon-button

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First YearMayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year   This easy-to-use yet comprehensive how-to manual provides answers and explanations to the questions and concerns of new parents. From baby-care basics to month-by-month development to common illnesses to health and safety, this book covers it all. There’s also a wealth of tips and advice for couples coping with the many changes to daily life that come with parenthood, as well as full-color photography and graphics throughout the book.  amazon-button

Brain Rules for BabyBrain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five  What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child’s brain? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know.  Bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, the author, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops – and what you can do to optimize it.  amazon-button

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the NightThe No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night  There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby “cry it out,” or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don’t believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented by Elizabeth Pantley based on her research.  Pantley’s successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  amazon-button

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing MothersBreastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers  This book is an essential guide to breastfeeding that every new and expectant mom should own-a comprehensive resource that takes the mystery out of basic breastfeeding dynamics. Understanding the seven natural laws of breastfeeding will help you avoid and overcome challenges such as low milk production, breast refusal, weaning difficulties, and every other obstacle that can keep you from enjoying breastfeeding your baby.  amazon-button

The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First YearThe New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year  An indispensable handbook on all aspects of fatherhood during the first 12 months, by the author of The Expectant Father.  The essential handbook for all things first-year father is now fully updated and revised. Not only will new dads get a month-by-month guide to their baby’s development, men reading The New Father will learn how they change, grow, and develop over the first twelve months of fatherhood.  amazon-button

Baby Play (Gymboree)Baby Play (Gymboree)  All new parents are eager to help their baby discover the world around them, and BABY PLAY was designed to help parents engage their infant in activities that will encourage developmental skills. From the first month home through the twelfth, BABY PLAY offers doctor-approved, age-appropriate activities that stimulate discovery, begin communication, and nurture parental bonding.  amazon-button

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Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth To Age 5Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth To Age 5  The most up-to date, expert advice for mothers, fathers and care providers from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This essential resource is the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust, covering everything from preparing for childbirth to toilet training to nurturing your child’s self-esteem.  amazon-button

Brain Rules for BabyBrain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five  What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child’s brain? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know.  Bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, the author, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops – and what you can do to optimize it.   amazon-button

Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It RightOh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right  Worried about potty training? Let Jamie Glowacki, potty-training expert at OhCrapPottyTraining.com, show you how it’s done. Her 6-step, proven process to get your toddler out of diapers and onto the toilet has already worked for tens of thousands of kids and their parents. Here’s the good news: your child is probably ready to be potty trained EARLIER than you think (ideally, between 20–30 months), and it can be done FASTER than you expect (most kids get the basics in a few days—but Jamie’s got you covered even if it takes a little longer).  amazon-button

The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and PreschoolersThe No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers  Getting babies to sleep through the night is one thing; getting willful toddlers and energetic preschoolers to sleep is another problem altogether. Written to help sleep-deprived parents of children ages one to five, The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers offers loving solutions to help this active age-group get the rest they–and their parents–so desperately need.  amazon-button

What to Expect the Second Year: From 12 to 24 Months What to Expect the Second Year: From 12 to 24 Months  From the first birthday to the second, this must-have book covers everything parents need to know in an easy-to-access, topic-by-topic format, with chapters on growth, feeding, sleeping, behaviors of every conceivable kind, discipline (including teaching right from wrong), and keeping a toddler healthy and safe as he or she takes on the world. There’s a developmental time line of the second year plus special “milestone” boxes throughout that help parents keep track of their toddler’s development. Thinking of traveling with tot in tow? There’s a chapter for that, too.   amazon-button

The Happiest Toddler on the Block The Happiest Toddler on the Block  Combining his trademark tools of Toddler-ese and the Fast-Food Rule with a highly effective new green light/yellow light/red light method for molding toddler behavior, Dr. Karp provides fast solutions for today’s busy and stressed parents. As you discover ways to boost your child’s good (green light) behavior, curb his annoying (yellow light) behavior, and immediately stop his unacceptable (red light) behavior you will learn how to soothe his stormy outbursts with amazing success—and better yet, prevent these outbursts before they begin! And the new thirty-item glossary of Dr. Karp’s parenting techniques will save you valuable time when you need to instantly calm an out-of-control child. The result: fewer tantrums, less yelling, and more happy, loving time for you and your child.  amazon-button

Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers, 2nd EdCommon Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers, 2nd Ed  This 2nd edition is packed with helpful hints, sound strategies and difference-making methods that show parents how to give their young children all the love, nurturing and guidance they need to thrive. Parents learn how to set appropriate expectations, teach social skills, correct misbehaviors, use time-out correctly, improve family life and maintain their composure when little ones are in meltdown. The toddler years are full of chaos and challenges. But they’re also a time of joy and wonder. This go-to guide lightens the stress of parenting and sets children and parents up for a lifetime of success!  amazon-button

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-121-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 A well written book that provides the basics of creating a positive parent-child relationship with the tools to motivate children to master the basic communication, problem solving and behavioral skills necessary for success at home, school and in the community.  You’ll find tools to use in virtually every situation, including advice for common problems such as: • Whining • Sibling rivalry • Reluctance to do chores • Refusing to go to bed or getting up in the middle of the night • Talking back • Stubbornness.  amazon-button

The Whole Brained ChildThe Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind  By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson This book is based on the latest brain research and provides easy to use strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.  amazon-button

Toddler Play (Gymboree)Toddler Play (Gymboree)  Children are naturally ready to learn, and parents are eager to teach them. TODDLER PLAY was created specifically to help parents teach their children through age-appropriate play that is fun and relaxed. Based on the content of the successful Gymboree’s Play & Music Programs, this book is a “recipe book” of games, finger rhymes, nursery songs, and craft exercises that parents can use to help their children develop physical, cognitive, emotional, and social skills. amazon-button

365 Games Smart Toddlers Play365 Games Smart Toddlers Play  365 Games Smart Toddlers Play will help you make the best of the time you and your toddler share, every day of the year.   Each day with your toddler brings new experiences for them and new opportunities for you to teach, share and grow closer to each other. Bestselling parenting author Sheila Ellison fills each page with fun, practical ways to create and enhance those special everyday moments.   amazon-button

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Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth To Age 5Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth To Age 5  The most up-to date, expert advice for mothers, fathers and care providers from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This essential resource is the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust, covering everything from preparing for childbirth to toilet training to nurturing your child’s self-esteem.  amazon-button

Brain Rules for BabyBrain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five  What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child’s brain? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know.  Bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, the author, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops – and what you can do to optimize it.   amazon-button

Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers, 2nd EdCommon Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers, 2nd Ed  This 2nd edition is packed with helpful hints, sound strategies and difference-making methods that show parents how to give their young children all the love, nurturing and guidance they need to thrive. Parents learn how to set appropriate expectations, teach social skills, correct misbehaviors, use time-out correctly, improve family life and maintain their composure when little ones are in meltdown. The toddler years are full of chaos and challenges. But they’re also a time of joy and wonder. This go-to guide lightens the stress of parenting and sets children and parents up for a lifetime of success!  amazon-button

The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and PreschoolersThe No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers  Getting babies to sleep through the night is one thing; getting willful toddlers and energetic preschoolers to sleep is another problem altogether. Written to help sleep-deprived parents of children ages one to five, The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers offers loving solutions to help this active age-group get the rest they–and their parents–so desperately need.  amazon-button

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-121-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 A well written book that provides the basics of creating a positive parent-child relationship with the tools to motivate children to master the basic communication, problem solving and behavioral skills necessary for success at home, school and in the community.  You’ll find tools to use in virtually every situation, including advice for common problems such as: • Whining • Sibling rivalry • Reluctance to do chores • Refusing to go to bed or getting up in the middle of the night • Talking back • Stubbornness.   amazon-button

The Whole Brained ChildThe Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind  By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson This book is based on the latest brain research and provides easy to use strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.  amazon-button

Preschooler's Busy Book: 365 fun, creative, screen-free activities to stimulate your preschooler every day of the year! Preschooler’s Busy Book: 365 fun, creative, screen-free activities to stimulate your preschooler every day of the year!  This book should be required reading for anyone raising or teaching preschool-age children, it is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight.  The book contains 365 screen-free activities (one for each day of the year) for three- to six-year-olds using things found around the home..  amazon-button

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Caring for Your School Age Child: Ages 5-12Caring for Your School Age Child: Ages 5-12  No longer are the middle years of childhood considered a time of relative calm and smooth development. During the years from five to twelve, children must master the skills and habits that determine their future health and well-being–and parents have a crucial role to play. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the organization that represents the nation’s finest pediatricians and the most advanced research and practice in the field of child health from infancy to young adulthood, presents this fully revised and updated guide for parents who want to help their children thrive during these exciting and challenging years.  amazon-button

The Parent's Handbook: Systematic Training for Effective ParentingThe Parent’s Handbook: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting  By Don Dinkmeyer Sr., Gary D. McKay, Don Dinkmeyer Jr. One of the country’s most popular parenting guides. Helps parents meet the challenges of raising a family today. The Parent’s Handbook shows parents how they can become more knowledgeable, confident and successful in relating to their children. Discusses misbehavior, communication, encouragement, natural and logical consequences, family meetings, drug and alcohol abuse prevention.  amazon-button

The Whole Brained ChildThe Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind  By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson  This book is based on the latest brain research and provides easy to use strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.  amazon-button

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will TalkHow to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk   By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish  This is one of my favorite books to recommend to parents.  Communication is so important in establishing and growing cooperative and loving relationships.  The advice will help you develop a strong bond with your child as well as mutual respect.  This is definitely parenting 101.  amazon-button

Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child The Heart of ParentingRaising An Emotionally Intelligent Child The Heart of Parenting  By Ph.D. John Gottman, Joan Declaire  There are many skills a child needs to develop.  The ability to regulate emotions can be learned.  This approach helps the child learn to understand and accept their feelings as well as express them appropriately.  This changes the game of parenting from how to control your child to teaching them self-control.  amazon-button

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible ChildrenThe Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children   By Ross W. Greene PhD  This book is great for parents who find they are raising a challenging child.  It helps you discover the lagging developmental skills behind your child’s inability to cope and interact appropriately in different situations.  You will learn how to help them gain these skills while resolving conflict and solving mutual problems.  I recommend this book frequently to parents in my practice.  amazon-button

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy LessonsTeach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons  Is your child halfway through first grade and still unable to read? Is your preschooler bored with coloring and ready for reading? Do you want to help your child read, but are afraid you’ll do something wrong?   SRAs DISTAR® is the most successful beginning reading program available to schools across the country. Research has proven that children taught by the DISTAR® method outperform their peers who receive instruction from other programs. Now for the first time, this program has been adapted for parent and child to use at home. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a complete, step-by-step program that shows patents simply and clearly how to teach their children to read.  amazon-button

Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions to Stress-Free HomeworkHomework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions to Stress-Free Homework  This book is for any parent who has ever experienced stress, self-doubt, and anxiety over their child’s homework. In Homework Made Simple – Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework, the author, an educator with over 20 years teaching and tutoring experience, reveals the core problems that commonly lead to homework stress.  amazon-button

Kids & Sports: Everything You and Your Child Need to Know About Sports, Physical Activity, and Good HealthKids & Sports: Everything You and Your Child Need to Know About Sports, Physical Activity, and Good Health  Readable, practical, a much-needed resource—from a pediatric sports medicine specialist—the only book that focuses on all aspects of sports, exercise, nutrition, and physical activity for kids of all ages and abilities, from infancy through adolescence.  One of the few pediatricians specializing in sports medicine, Dr. Small reminds us that children are not miniature adults; they are physiologically and psychologically different. Parents and coaches need to know what sports are suitable for which age, how to prevent and treat injuries, how to plan sports programs for children with chronic conditions such as asthma or diabetes, and the importance of good nutrition and exercise.  amazon-button

Managing Screen Time: Raising Balanced Children in the Digital AgeManaging Screen Time: Raising Balanced Children in the Digital Age  Screens and digital devices are everywhere in our modern world and it’s becoming increasingly common for even very young children to regularly use tablets and smart phones. Many parents struggle to know what’s best for their children. This book offers a comprehensive overview of the pros and cons, to help parents make their own choices. It explores the health effects of screen time as well as the benefits of new technology and the implications for education.  amazon-button

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly  Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly  In Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens, Internet safety expert Nancy Willard provides you with need-to-know information about those online dangers, and she gives you the practical parenting strategies necessary to help children and teens learn to use the Internet safely and responsibly.  amazon-button

How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges  How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges By Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea offers social skills and friendship advice presented in an easy to read, reference guide format. While geared toward elementary school kids, many teens and adults report they are finding these tips to be a helpful resource. Included are simple and immediately actionable tips to navigate common social situations that can be challenging, such as: • How to Join a Group • How to Safely Handle Angry Feelings • Handling Rejection and Exclusion • Working Things Out & Sharing Fairly • Being a Good Guest and Host • Playground Success • … and much more!  amazon-button

Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your KidsFifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids  What if you got outside every day, and what if you could get your kids to come along? It sounds modest, but the effects, as dynamic outdoor spokesperson Rebecca Cohen herself can testify, are profound. This inspiring collection of activities gives families an idea for every day of the year, requiring little planning, no expertise and relatively little resources (time, cash, or patience!), no matter where they live. Simple and inspiring, this book is bursting with hundreds of easy ways to get your family out into nature a little bit every day.  amazon-button

Fun on the Run!- 324 Instant Family ActivitiesFun on the Run!: 324 Instant Family Activities  It’s instant fun. Activities to do in minutes. Super-quick games to roll out at a moment’s notice. Filling a need that every parent of young children has, 324 Anytime, Anywhere Activities! for Kids is a perfect antidote to those “booooring” car rides, endless waits in the doctor’s office, restaurant fidgetiness, and assorted child-unfriendly chores. And you don’t need to bring along any special props.  amazon-button

Family Fun NightFamily Fun Night  More than ever before, family time faces stiff competition from other activities that appeal to kids:  video games, text messaging, and checking in on friends through mySpace or Facebook.  Family Fun Night offers the antidote:  Tips and advice for establishing a weekly family time, as well as dozens of specific ideas for spending quality time together.  amazon-button

 

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Your AdolescentYour Adolescent: Volume 2  Parents, teachers, and mental health workers will find the answers to these- and many other-questions in this forthright yet compassionate guide to helping your adolescent through the tumultuous teen years. From peer pressure and self-esteem to experimentation with sex, alcohol, and drugs, this invaluable resource covers a wide range of practical issues. Here as well is information on more serious obstacles to a teen’s development that may require professional intervention, such as depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and disruptive behavioral disorders. As surely as every child will become a teen, every person that must relate to a teen will find this book a reliable, indispensable guide to the ups and downs of adolescence.  amazon-button

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young AdultsThe Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults  Drawing on her research knowledge and clinical experience, internationally respected neurologist—and mother of two boys—Frances E. Jensen, M.D., offers a revolutionary look at the science of the adolescent brain, providing remarkable insights that translate into practical advice for both parents and teenagers.  amazon-button

Parenting Teenagers: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of TeensParenting Teenagers: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens  By Don Dinkmeyer Sr. PhD, Gary McKay PhD, Joyce L. McKay, Don Dinkmeyer Jr.  Parents know the challenges of raising teenagers. This popular STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) guide is filled with easy-to-understand-and-apply skills that helps parents connect with teens and deal with their “issues.” From the STEP/teen program, with practical guidance on social pressure, dating, grades, career plans, and alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse prevention. This handbook is an excellent choice for parents who want to improve their relationship with teens.  amazon-button

Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + TeensGetting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens  Parenting a teenager is tougher than ever, but new brain research offers new insight into the best way to connect with teens. With humor, wisdom and a deep understanding of the teenaged brain, noted teen expert Dr. Laura Kastler shows parents how to stay calm and cool-headed while dealing with hot-button issues everything from rude attitude and lying to sex and substance use — with clear, easy-to-follow suggestions for setting limits while maintaining a close and loving relationship.  amazon-button

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible ChildrenThe Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children   By Ross W. Greene PhD  This book is great for parents who find they are raising a challenging child.  It helps you discover the lagging developmental skills behind your child’s inability to cope and interact appropriately in different situations.  You will learn how to help them gain these skills while resolving conflict and solving mutual problems.  I recommend this book frequently to parents in my practice.  amazon-button

Boundaries- Parents and Teenagers - Sex, Privacy and ResponsibilityBoundaries: Parents and Teenagers : Sex, Privacy and Responsibility  This book was written as a guide to parents to bring better understanding to boundaries: when to set them and when to allow your teen freedom to grow and explore. By working together, parents and teens can create boundaries which give the teen the ability to begin to stand on their own two feet. This book gives examples and will help parents see the world from both sides of the boundary.  amazon-button

Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: Expanded Third Edition: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: Expanded Third Edition: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships  This has helped hundreds of thousands of teenagers make informed decisions about their lives, from questions about sex, love, friendship, and how your body works to dealing with problems at school and home and figuring out who you are. It’s packed with illustrations, checklists, and resources for the answers you really need. Best of all, it’s filled with the voices, poems, and cartoons from hundreds of other teenagers, who tell you what makes them feel worried, angry, confused, sexy, happy, and, yes, even excited and hopeful about their lives amazon-button

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and ResponsiblyCyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly  In Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens, Internet safety expert Nancy Willard provides you with need-to-know information about those online dangers, and she gives you the practical parenting strategies necessary to help children and teens learn to use the Internet safely and responsibly.  amazon-button

Family Fun NightFamily Fun Night  More than ever before, family time faces stiff competition from other activities that appeal to kids:  video games, text messaging, and checking in on friends through mySpace or Facebook.  Family Fun Night offers the antidote:  Tips and advice for establishing a weekly family time, as well as dozens of specific ideas for spending quality time together.   This comprehensive book suggests ways to interest teens. amazon-button

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I have a selected a few books on child psychology to help parents understand and support their child during their developing years.  I have also selected a few books for kids and teens that help them acquire some useful coping skills and develop a positive self-concept.  You will find more useful books in the other tabs on this page.

Children

Between Parent and Child: The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child CommunicationBetween Parent and Child: The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication  Over the past thirty-five years, Between Parent and Child has helped millions of parents around the world strengthen their relationships with their children. Written by renowned psychologist Dr. Haim Ginott, this revolutionary book offered a straightforward prescription for empathetic yet disciplined child rearing and introduced new communication techniques that would change the way parents spoke with, and listened to, their children. Dr. Ginott’s innovative approach to parenting has influenced an entire generation of experts in the field, and now his methods can work for you, too.  amazon-button

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will TalkHow to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk   By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish  This is one of my favorite books to recommend to parents.  Communication is so important in establishing and growing cooperative and loving relationships.  The advice will help you develop a strong bond with your child as well as mutual respect.  This is definitely parenting 101.  amazon-button

 

The Whole Brained ChildThe Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind  By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson  This book is based on the latest brain research and provides easy to use strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.  amazon-button

Temperament Tools: Working with Your Child's Inborn TraitsTemperament Tools: Working with Your Child’s Inborn Traits  The most recent and respected research on how temperament can affect a child’s progress toward developmental milestones and responses to new experiences.  This book describes many types of children and offers strategies to help deal with behavior resulting from inborn temperament. Parents fill out a temperament chart to help define and understand their child, then consult the appropriate chapter that refers to that type of child. Temperament Tools avoids the use of psychological jargon while featuring the extensive practical understanding of children and their parents’ questions and needs for skills.  amazon-button

How To Raise Kids To Have Confidence In Themselves And Their Own AbilitiesHow To Raise Kids To Have Confidence In Themselves And Their Own Abilities  This book will help you learn how self-esteem develops in children. It will also give you step-by-step instructions for building up your child’s self-esteem in a natural way. The ultimate goal of this book is to help you build and maintain your child’s self-esteem, as well as help raise their self-esteem if it has fallen to an all-time low.  amazon-button

Stress Free Kids: A Parent's Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in ChildrenStress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children  Kids today are more stressed, overwhelmed, and struggling with anxiety than ever before. Children are not born with the coping strategies needed to navigate today’s increasing demands of technology, bullying, academics, and family dynamics. You yourself might wonder how your own stressed-out lifestyle is affecting your children. Based on Lori Lite’s award-winning series, Stress Free Kids provides relaxation techniques you can use to free your child from stress.  amazon-button

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent ChildrenAnxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children  Using current research and contemporary examples, the book exposes the most common anxiety-enhancing patterns—including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance, and poor problem solving—and offers a concrete plan with 7 key principles that foster change. And, since new research reveals how anxious parents typically make for anxious children, the book offers exercises and techniques to change both the children’s and the parental patterns of thinking and behaving.  amazon-button

Being Me: A Kid's Guide to Boosting Confidence and Self-esteemBeing Me: A Kid’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Self-esteem  Dr. Moss’s kid friendly book provides strategies aimed at learning to like who you are and how to deal with everyday “growing-up” issues. Topics ranging from getting through “tough stuff” and meeting new kids, to asserting yourself to adults are presented in short attention-grabbing segments. Kids and parents alike can use this guide to help navigate the stormy waters of growing up.  [For Children 9 and up]  amazon-button

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The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively  Socially, mentally, and spiritually teenagers face a variety of pressures and stresses each day. Despite these peer pressures; it is still parents who can influence teens the most.  Are you equipped to love your teenager effectively? Get equipped to be a better parent as The Five Love Languages of Teenagers explores the world in which teenagers live; explains the developmental changes; and give tools to help you identify and appropriately communicate in your teens love language. Get practical tips on loving your teen effectively and explore key issues in your teen’s life including anger and independence. Finally learn how to set boundaries that are enforced with discipline and consequences, and discover useful ways for the difficult task of loving when your teen fails.  amazon-button

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young AdultsThe Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults  Drawing on her research knowledge and clinical experience, internationally respected neurologist—and mother of two boys—Frances E. Jensen, M.D., offers a revolutionary look at the science of the adolescent brain, providing remarkable insights that translate into practical advice for both parents and teenagers.  amazon-button

Parenting a Teen Girl: A Crash Course on Conflict, Communication and Connection with Your Teenage DaughterParenting a Teen Girl: A Crash Course on Conflict, Communication and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter  It’s not easy to be a teen girl, and it’s definitely not easy parenting one. Parents everywhere struggle to respond appropriately to challenging behavior, hit-or-miss communication, and fluctuating moods commonly exhibited by teenage girls. More than previous generations, today’s teen girls face a daunting range of stressors that put them at risk for a range of serious issues, including self-harming behaviors, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Is it any wonder that parents are overwhelmed?  amazon-button

Teenage Boys: Surviving and Enjoying These Extraordinary Years Teenage Boys: Surviving and Enjoying These Extraordinary Years  A teenage boy’s world is a dynamic, unpredictable place. That’s why stringent parenting “techniques” don’t always bring about the results we expect. Though we know there’s a lot riding on our ability to wisely parent teenage sons, it’s hard to know the best way to proceed–and parents are often overwhelmed by the challenge. But now, in this fun and down-to-earth guide, Bill Beausay offers six fresh principles that can help you overcome your fears and powerfully shape the man inside your teenage boy.  amazon-button

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens  Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens will engage teenagers unlike any other book.  amazon-button

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