Parenting Resources: Our Top Recommendations
Being a parent is a wonderful journey — but it isn’t always an easy one, is it? We all struggle, from those early days with a newborn when you can’t even find time to take a shower, to the days of trying to teach a stubborn teen to drive safely. We wonder what we’re doing wrong, how everyone else makes it look so easy, and whether our kids will turn out okay!
I recently worked with a team of pediatricians and health educators to create a list of resources for you. To help you navigate the parenting path, answer your questions, and give you support, we recommend these trusted resources in print and online.
My top 5:
1. Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child by Robert J. Mackenzie is the book I credit for giving me the skills to raise 3 children who I enjoy spending time with.
2. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish helped make me into a parent my kids enjoy spending time with and can actually talk to.
3. Siblings without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish helped me raise 3 kids that truly like each other and don’t fight.
4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a website with answers to all of your FAQs about diseases and vaccines.
5. American Academy of Pediatrics is a trusted source and has a terrific page for parents about all aspects of children’s health.
Here’s a roundup of our top recommended websites for parents:
- Preventiveoz.org (Temperament questionnaire & strategies, small fee required)
- Kidshealth.org (Nemours Foundation)
- Babysleep.com (Pediatric Sleep Society)
- Childmind.org (Emotional Health)
- Choosemyplate.gov (Nutrition)
- Ellynsatterinstitute.org (Feeding and Eating)
- First5california.com (Brain development)
- Seatcheck.org (US Department of Transportation, Car seat safety)
- Zerotothree.org (Infant and toddler development)
- 211.org (Community Resources)
Here are other books I also recommend that are great additions to your parenting bookshelf:
- Your Baby’s First Year (4th ed.), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
- Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Birth to Age 5 (5th ed.), AAP
- Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Baby’s First Year, by Ari Brown and Denise Fields
- Your Self-Confident Baby: How to Encourage Your Child’s Natural Abilities by Magda Gerber
- What to Expect the First Year (2nd ed.), by Sandee Hathaway, Arlene Eisenberg, and Heidi Murkoff
- Touchpoints: Birth to 3. The Essential Reference for the Early Years, by T. Brazelton, MD
- Guide to Toilet Training (2nd ed.), AAP
- Toddler 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Toddler, by Denise Fields and Ari Brown
- The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups, by Erika Christakis
- The Magic Years: Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood, by Selma H. Fraiberg
- The Happiest Toddler on the Block, by Harvey Karp
- Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide for Putting Positive Parenting Principles into Action in Early Childhood, by Laura Ling and Rebecca Eanes
- Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know, AAP
- Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor and a Bottle of Ketchup (2nd ed.), byLaura Jana, MD, FAAP, and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
- The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers: Practical Answers to Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, by Anthony Porto, MD, and Dina DiMaggio MD
- Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater, by Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH, Melanie Potock, MA
- Healthy Kids, Healthy Diet. A Parent’s Guide to Optimizing Nutrition for Your Family’s Health and Well-Being, by Sue KuivanenBooks by Ellyn Satter
Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense
Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family: How to Eat, How to Raise Good Eaters, How to Cook
How to Get Your Kid to Eat, but Not Too Much
- The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes, by Natalie Digate Muth, MD, and Sally Sampson
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child (3rd ed.), by Marc Weissbluth, MD
- Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems, by Richard Ferber
- Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep, by Jody Mindel
- Sleeping Like a Baby: A Sensitive and Sensible Approach to Solving Your Child’s Sleep Problems, by Avi Sadeh
- Understanding Your Child’s Temperament, by William B. Carey MD
- Temperament Tools: Working with Your Child’s Inborn Traits, by Helen Neville et. al
- Raising Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
- The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them, by Elaine N. Aron
- Your Defiant Child, (2nd ed.), by Russell A. Barkley and Christine M. Benton
- 1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting, by Thomas Phelan
- Mom’s House, Dad’s House: Making Two Homes for Your Child, by Isolina Ricci
- The Co-Parents’ Handbook, by K. Bonnell and K. Little
- Parenting through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief, and Change, by Barbara Coloroso
- Trauma through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing, by Peter Levine & Maggie Kline
- Talking with Children about Loss, by Maria Trozzi
- Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life, by Laura Markham
- Siblings: You’re Stuck with Each Other, So Stick Together (Laugh & Learn), by James J. Crist and Elizabeth Verdick
- Understanding Sibling Rivalry: The Brazelton Way, by T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow
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