Recommended Reading for Families
As a parent or caregiver there is so much information to sort through, whether it is Facebook, Pinterest, a New York Times article or a friendly recommendation. It can be overwhelming to filter through the wealth of information out there about parenting.
We are hoping to provide you with some resources that have helped shaped our view of children, families and parenting. We have broken them down into different categories so that you can find the ones that are suited to your stage of life and your specific concerns/interests. These resources all pass the test of being attachment-focused and developmentally informed. We believe that these are two critical lenses when picking a resource. Both of these lenses reflect the ways that children were created to grow and ask the question: What conditions can parents provide in order to help their child flourish? If you read any of them, we would love to hear from you! What was most helpful? What would you recommend to others? Send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Warning! Shame is lurking just beneath the surface and around the corner as you explore your story, your parenting narrative and your family history. Reach out to a safe friend, spouse, pastor, counselor or family member if you begin to hear the common refrain of “not enough,” “failure,” “bad mom,” etc. The hope that we have is that we will be “good enough” parents and that Christ stands in our place when we are exhausted, drained, stressed, angry, sad and preoccupied.
Parent Story Work
Parenting from the Inside Out - helps parents explore the extent to which their childhood experiences shape the way they parent
Anatomy of the Soul - illustrates how learning about one of God’s most miraculous creations―your brain―can enrich your life, your relationships, and your impact on the world around you.
The Healing Path - helps us in understanding what we should do with our pain
Rising Strong - "If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up."
And Baby Makes Three - helps new parents positively manage the strain that comes along with their bundle of joy.
Parenting from the Inside Out (see above)
Anatomy of the Soul (see above)
The Apprenticeship of Being Human - explains why early childhood parenting matters to everyone
Hold on to Your Kids - explains the causes of the crucial breakdown of parental influence—and demonstrates ways to “reattach” to sons and daughters, establish the proper hierarchy in the home, make kids feel safe and understood, and earn back your children’s loyalty and love.
How Toddlers Thrive - New research indicates that the seeds for adult success are actually planted in the toddler years.
No Drama Discipline - provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.
Preschool - Elementary
Rest, Play, Grow - offers a road map to making sense of young children, and is what every toddler, preschooler, and kindergartner wishes we understood about them.
Hold on to Your Kids (see above)
The Whole Brain Child - offers a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children.
Brainstorm: The Power & Purpose of the Teenage Brain - explores exciting ways in which understanding how the brain functions can improve the lives of adolescents, making their relationships more fulfilling and less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.
The Connected Child - will help you: Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child; Effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders; Discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened.
Integrative Parenting - written for birth, foster, or adoptive parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, or anyone who may be raising a child who has experienced attachment loss and trauma.
The Out of Sync Child - offers comprehensive, clear information for parents and professionals--and a drug-free treatment approach for children with Sensory Processing Disorder.
Freeing Your Child from Anxiety - approach for helping children build emotional resilience for a happier and healthier life.
Kids in the Syndrome Mix - The all-in-one guide covers the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children – from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety, to autism spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, Tourette's, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction.
I Love You Rituals - offers more than seventy delightful rhymes and games that send the message of unconditional love and enhance children's social, emotional, and school success.