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Book Recommendations for Parents

Baldwin Dancy, Rahima. You Are Your Child's First Teacher : Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development From Birth to Age Six c2012 Baldwin offers new ways for parents and educators to enrich the lives of children from birth to age six. This new and revised edition features updated resources and additional information on discipline, early childhood programs, toilet training, using home life as curriculum, and more. HQ769 .B31244 2012.

DeGarmo, John. The Foster Parenting Manual : A Practical Guide to Creating A Loving, Safe, And Stable Home c2013 The Foster Parenting Manual is a comprehensive guide offering proven, friendly advice for novice and experienced parents alike. Distilling many years' experience into one book, this book describes what you can expect from foster parenting, how to access help and support and how to ensure the best care for your child. 306.874 D363F 2013.

Elkind, David. Parenting On The Go : Birth to Six, A to Z c2014 Parenting On-the-Go is an authoritative yet quick and easy reference for the harried parents of infants and children under six. Covering more than 100 key issues in succinct entries, it is both comprehensive and precise. Dr. David Elkind draws from his own research and experience as a child clinical psychologist along with the most recent studies. Parenting On-the-Go is a display of that expertise and comforting sensibility that tackles everything from autism spectrum disorders and daycare centers to vaccinations and taking your kids to the zoo. 305.231 EL52P 2014.

Galinsky, Ellen. Mind In the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs c2014 There are hundreds of books that give parents advice on everything from weaning to toilet training, from discipline to nutrition. But in spite of this overwhelming amount of information, there is very little research-based advice for parents on how to raise their children to be well rounded and achieve their full potential, helping them learn to take on life's challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning. These are the "essential life skills" that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing, both through her own studies and through decades of talking with more than a hundred of the most outstanding researchers in child development and neuroscience. The good news is that there are simple everyday things that all parents can do to build these skills in their children for today and for the future. They don't cost money, and it's never too late to begin..305.231 G133M 2010. Also available on eAudiobook  Hoopla c2014.

Gold, Jodi. Screen-smart Parenting : How to Find Balance and Benefit In Your Child's Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices c2015 Even for today's most tech-savvy parents, managing kids' technology use is a huge challenge fraught with uncertainties. What kinds (and amounts) of screen time boost learning and development--and what kinds may be harmful? What is the right age for a game console or a smartphone? How can kids and teens be protected from cyberbullying and learn to be good digital citizens? Psychiatrist and author Jodi Gold sees every day both the mind-boggling benefits and the serious downsides of technology. In a positive, accessible style, she gives parents a wealth of practical strategies for navigating the digital frontier and creating realistic, doable rules and expectations for the whole family. 649.1 G563S 2015.

Good, Jason.This is Ridiculous, This is Amazing : Parenthood in 71 Lists. c2014. Good delivers a laugh-out-loud reminder that everything is easier and more fun when approached with a sense of humor-- especially parenting. Each list captures a perfect (or perfectly terrible) aspect of parenthood while wholeheartedly embracing every moment. 649.1 G594T 2014.

Hughes, Daniel A. Attachment-focused Parenting : Effective Strategies to Care For Children c2009 We know that secure attachment is the foundation of a healthy parent-child relationship. But what exactly is secure attachment? What does it involve? What does it mean to parents and caregivers? With this book, Hughes, an eminent clinician and attachment specialist with over 30 years of experience working with kids and families, makes this complex theory accessible to the rest of us. 649.1 H874A 2009.

Kazdin, Alan E. Everyday Parenting Toolkit : The Kazdin Method For Easy, Step-by-step, Lasting Change For You and Your Child c2013 Some of us are just naturals when it comes to parenting. But the rest of us wish that parenting came with operating instructions. Now it does. The result of thirty years of scientific research, Alan Kazdin's The Everyday Parenting Toolkit will guide you through every developmental stage--from toddler to teenager--and make you a more relaxed, confident, and competent parent. 649.64 K189E 2013.

Keith, J. J. Motherhood Smotherhood : Fighting Back Against the Lactivists, Mompetitions, Germophobes, and So-called Experts Who Are Driving Us Crazy c2014. Motherhood Smotherhood takes parents through the trenches of new parenting, warning readers of the pleasures and perils of mommy blogs, new parent groups, self-described 'lactivists,' sleep fascists, incessant trend pieces on working versus non-working mothers, and the place where free time and self-esteem goes to die: Pinterest (back away from the hand-made flower headbands for baby!).. 306.8743 K269M 2014.

Klingberg, Torkel The Learning Brain : Memory and Brain Development In Children c2013 Despite all our highly publicized efforts to improve our schools, the United States is still falling behind. We recently ranked 15th in the world in reading, math, and science. Clearly, more needs to be done. In The Learning Brain, Torkel Klingberg urges us to use the insights of neuroscience to improve the education of our children. 612.8233083 K686L 2013.

Lewis, Marc D. Bedtiming : The Parent's Guide To Getting Your Child to Sleep At Just the Right Age c2010 Are you tired of endless hours spent rocking your baby to sleep? Have you “hit the wall” when it comes to sleepless nights? Teaching your baby or toddler to sleep through the night can be a bewildering and frustrating experience. Developmental psychologists Marc D. Lewis and Isabela Granic reveal that the key to your child's sleep habits is not which method 

Medina, John. Brain Rules For Baby : How To Raise A Smart and Happy Child From Zero to Five c2014. The best-selling author of Brain Rules extends his popular plan to infants, sharing what the latest science says about raising smart and happy children, in a book that includes such advice as: TV is harmful for children under 2, the best predictor of academic performance is a child's level of self-control, praising effort is better than praising intelligence and much more. 649.1 M468B 2014.

Monastra, Vincent J. Parenting Children With ADHD : 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach c2014. In this second edition, Dr. Vince Monastra provides practical, step-by-step guidance to parents looking for ways to bring out the best in kids with attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorder. He presents updated lessons about the causes of ADHD, how medications work, and the problems that sleep deficits, poor nutrition, and other medical disorders can cause. He also shares his innovative approach for improving organization, task completion, problem solving, and emotional control. 618.928589 M742P 2014.

Nichols, Marylisa. The Parent Backpack For Kindergarten Through Grade 5 : How to Support Your Child's Education, End Homework Meltdowns, and Build Parent-teacher Connections c2013. How do you ensure your child gets the best education possible when U.S. schools have become overburdened, test-driven institutions that rank only average worldwide? Decades of research confirm that when parents engage with their children|s learning, kids do better in school and life. 371.192 N517P 2013.

Race, Kristen. Mindful Parenting : Simple and Powerful Solutions For Raising Creative, Engaged, Happy Kids In Today's Hectic World c2014. Rooted in the science of the brain, and integrating cognitive neuroscience and child development, Mindful Parenting is a unique program that speaks directly to today's busy families who make up what Dr. Race calls "Generation Stress." 306.874 R114M 2014.

Rotbart, Harley A. No Regrets Parenting : Turning Long Days And Short Years Into Cherished Moments With Your Kids c2012. A reference for busy parents of different lifestyles shares advice for making the most of limited time to promote quality interactions between children and parents, covering topics from school and sleep to fitness and entertainment. 649.1 R74N 2012.

Siegel, Daniel J. No-drama Discipline : The Whole-brain Way to Calm the Chaos And Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind c2014. The authors of the Los Angeles Times bestselling The Whole-Brain Child team up again to offer parents of children aged 2-13 a practical roadmap to effective, productive, and more peaceful discipline, highlighting the fascinating and important connection between the way a parent reacts to misbehavior and a child's neurological development. 649.1 SI15N 2014.

Smith, Paul. Parenting With A Story : Real-life Lessons In Character For Parents And Children to Share c2015. Parenting with a Story gathers 101 narratives from people around the world and from all walks of life, reflecting unexpected moments of clarity about who they are and how they should treat others. The lessons illuminate the power of character--integrity, curiosity, creativity, grit, kindness, patience, gratitude, and more--to prepare us for anything. 306.874 SM63P 2015.

Stafford, Rachel Macy Hands Free Mama : A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! c2013. A popular Christian blogger provides a step-by-step guide to transforming a distracted parenting life into one of meaningful connection and fulfillment by learning to grasp and appreciate the moments that really matter. 306.874 ST13H 2013. 

Stiffelman, Susan. Parenting With Presence : Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids C2015. Help for parents in applying spiritual principles to everyday child-care, from a therapist and parenting expert. Advice on finding peace, presence, self-acceptance, and happiness in the midst of raising children; other topics include improving communication skills, taking responsibility, managing stress, and cultivating empathy, vulnerability, and compassion.649.1 ST52PR 2015.
Suskind, Dana. Thirty Million Words : Building A Child's Brain : Tune in, Talk more, Take Turns c2015. The founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Professor Dana Suskind, explains why the most important--and astoundingly simple--thing you can do for your child's future success in life is to talk to him or her, reveals the recent science behind this truth, and outlines precisely how parents can best put it into practice. 612.8233083 SU81T 2015.
Tsabary, Shefali. The Conscious Parent : Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children c2010. The time has come for parenting to become what it was always meant to be - about the parent. Dr Shefali Tsabary details how our children can be raised as conscious adults only when we as parents allow ourselves to be raised into a higher state of consciousness. 649.1 T782C 2014.