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By Momentous Institute Apr 15, 2016

We’ve really enjoyed doing the “I’m Stumped” parenting posts over the last several weeks. We’ve covered some really tricky parenting issues – many inspired by questions we received over email, in comments, and in person by clients, colleagues, and people we talk to in the community.

You may be wondering who our go-to sources are.  Who do we read to be informed and knowledgeable about parenting topics? People on our staff weigh in on their favorite sources of information related to parenting:

Books

The Whole-Brain Child by Drs. Dan Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson


No-Drama Discipline by Drs. Dan Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
“I recommend this book to all of my parent-friends. I love the way they approach discipline as an opportunity to teach rather than punish.” –Maureen Fernandez, Content Manager


Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Dr. Dan Siegel


Parenting from the Inside Out by Dr. Dan Siegel & Mary Hartzell

“Another title of this book could be, “Parent, Know Thyself” as it explores how our own parent-child relationships in childhood affects the way we parent our kids as adults.” – Lauren Richard, Director of Therapeutic Services


The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D.


The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey
“The idea that shielding our kids from failure will help them be more successful is not only false, but can actually cause them to feel LESS capable and prevent them from growing.” – Lauren Richard, Director of Therapeutic Services


Mindful Parenting for ADHD by Mark Bertin, M.D.


The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland


Brain-Based Parenting: The Neuroscience of Caregiving for Healthy Attachment by Daniel Hughes and Jonathan Baylin
“This book takes the guess work out of the question, 'What do I do in this situation?' as the parenting strategies given are based on brain science and attachment.” – Lauren Richard, Director of Therapeutic Services


The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.
“In an attempt to raise kids who are respectful, resilient, and self-reliant, we try to make their world as perfect as we can and end up fostering the opposite…kids who are entitled and lack compassion.” – Lauren Richard, Director of Therapeutic Services


I Love You Rituals by Becky A. Bailey
What I really like about "I Love You Rituals" is that it is very practical.  It starts with some great basic information about the importance of connecting with our children and then has tons of activities to encourage and inspire connection between parents and children.  It helped me, as a parent, understand the importance of intentionally weaving these times into our daily routine when my children were younger. – Monica Arellano, Family Guidance Coordinator


Every Day Blessings, The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn


Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snell
"This book has helped me integrate mindfulness with my own toddler. It’s short and sweet.” – Brianna Sanford, 3rd grade teacher


Touchpoints – Birth to Three and Touchpoints – Three to Six by T. Berry Brazelton
“It’s impossible to imagine how many times this book was read and reread over that three year period. Brazelton’s four decades of experience in children’s behavioral and emotional growth –and their typical regressions – put parents at ease when they aren’t sure if they or their child are making gains. His strengths based model focuses on the importance of the relationships surrounding the child. Spontaneous, caring interactions with parents and others are the most crucial for helping children develop into the adults. Best “one book guide” ever!” – Paige Conley, Strategic Partnerships Coordinator


The Irreducible Needs of Children by T. Berry Brazelton


The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby by Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears
“My entire pregnancy and early motherhood years I have been greatly sustained by Dr. Sears parenting series and their attachment parenting style.  I have adored their approach and immediately felt like what we are doing here with preschool kids and up was along the exact same continuum … it’s a medical perspective, but then really much much more than that.” – Tania Loenneker, Associate Director of Development


Websites

Greater Good Science Center


Kids in the House


Understood.org
"This is a great resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues." - Robert Stewart, Associate Director of Education


Anything you'd like to add? Leave your favorite parenting books and websites in the comments for us!

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