As a parent educator and college teacher in early childhood education, I try to keep up with the latest resources and read the new books. Since those of you in the “trenches” of parenting babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are so busy, I did the legwork for you! Here’s a list of my current favorite books with websites on parenting:
1. Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky– The seven essential skills: 1. Focus and Self Control, 2. Perspective Taking, 3. Communicating, 4. Making Connections, 5. Critical Thinking, 6. Taking On Challenges, 7. Self-Directed, Engaged Learning. http://mindinthemaking.org/
2.. NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman – The authors apply the latest research to parenting on topics like race, motivation, praise, siblings, sleep, and more. http://www.nurtureshock.com/
3. Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina –Brain science made easy to read and funny — see his online site and videos. http://brainrules.net/brain-rules-for-baby
4. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk and Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Elaine Mazlish & Adele Faber—classic books on communicating positively and effectively with toddlers-teens and dealing with sibling issues.
5. Becoming the Parent You Want to Be: A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years by Laura Davis and Janis Keyser – wonderful ideas on every parenting topic imaginable. http://www.becomingtheparent.com/
Happy reading and searching!