Parenting Books

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General: (Recommended by Nancy)

The Aware Baby by Aletha Jauch Solter

Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina

Boys Adrift
Looks into the reasons that boys and young men seem addicted to video games, lacking drive and interest in school, disconnected from male adults, and taking medications for attention disorders at an alarming rate.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

The Highly Sensitive Child: helping our children thrive when the world overwhelms them by Elaine N. Aron

How Children Learn and How Children Fail by John Holt

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk and Siblings Without Rivalry
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

How your Child is Smart
by Dawna Markova, Ph.D
Identifying Learning styles and working with the particular learning pattern

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
by Richard Louv

Lisa Rivero
A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Teens, The Smart Teens’ Guide to Living with Intensity, Creative Home Schooling, The Homeschooling Option
Books based on her experience of homeschooling gifted teens, as well as help for gifted teens.

PBS Booklist
Raising Boys

Playful Parenting – by Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D
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Punished by Rewards
by Alfie Kohn

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
by By Michael Thompson, PhD and Dan Kindlon, PhD

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic
by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
by  Mary Pipher

Strong-Willed Child or Dreamer?
by Dr. Dana Scott Spears and Dr. Ron L. Braund

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason
by Alfie Kohn

General – (Recommended by Others)

Adoption Ark – Booklist for Parents of Adoptive Children

Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent by Meredith Small

Parenting With Love And Logic (Updated and Expanded Edition) by Foster Cline

Perfectionism: What’s Bad About Being Too Good by Miriam Adderholdt Ph.D. (Author), Jan Goldberg

Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen

Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live

Raising Resilient Children : Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child by Robert Brooks

Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman

Touchpoints: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development, Birth to 3 – The Essential Reference for the Early Years by T. Berry Brazelton