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Ain't Misbehavin': Tactics for Tantrums, Meltdowns, Bedtime Blues, and Other Perfectly Normal Kid Behaviours. Alyson Schafer, $17.99

Parenting guru Alyson Schafer addresses every parent's secret fear: their child is the one no parenting book can possibly help. AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' offers parents a sensible, democratic solution to meeting even the toughest discipline challenges. While acknowledging the daily reality that parents face, Schafer's humour and experience make this book a must for parents who want to preserve the peace and also the joy of raising a child.


Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Angela Hanscom, $23.95

Today’s kids have adopted sedentary lifestyles filled with television, video games, and computer screens. But more and more, studies show that children need “rough and tumble” outdoor play in order to develop their sensory, motor, and executive functions.

Using the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook program — that nature is the ultimate sensory experience, and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basis — author Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help children thrive, even in an urban environment.

Today it is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, or spinning in circles just for fun. We’ve taken away merry-go-rounds, shortened the length of swings, and done away with teeter-totters to keep children safe. Children have fewer opportunities for unstructured outdoor play than ever before, and recess times at school are shrinking due to demanding educational environments. With this book, you’ll discover little things you can do anytime, anywhere to help your kids achieve the movement they need to be happy and healthy in mind, body, and spirit.


Becoming the Parent You Want to Be: a Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years. Laura Davis & Janis Keyser, $29.00

One of our favourite books on parenting young children! Respectful, informative and inspiring, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be is full of practical insights into children and into our own journey as parents. This is a practical book that covers so much ground you'll want to read it many times over.

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Beyond Time-Out: From Chaos to Calm. Beth Grosshans, $18.95

Tame tantrums, calm fears, instill good sleep habits, end food battles, overcome potty problems with this five-step program that helps you be a more effective parent and helps children feel safe, happy and confident.


BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids, ages 3-12. Lynne Kenney & Wendy Young, $23.50

Written for real parents with anxious, angry and over-the-top kids, BLOOM is a brain-based approach to parenting all children. Stop second-guessing the way you handle misbehaviours, and learn why they occur in the first place. Come to understand the developmental origins of behaviors and take a fresh look at how you can address them with skill-building techniques that produce real and lasting change.

Taking its lead from neuroscience and best practices in early childhood mental health, BLOOM offers parents, teachers and care providers the words, thoughts and actions to raise calm, confident children, while reducing the need for consequences and punishment.

The first book of its kind, BLOOM provides pages full of printable mantras you can carry with you, hang on your fridge or use in your classroom to raise emotionally competent kids. BLOOM allows you to take a collaborative stance with your children, improving their cognitive, emotional and social skills. BLOOMoffers a new approach to human relationships that will change the way you perceive, think and feel about parenting, love, work and life. BLOOM changes everything. BONUS: Each chapter has a QR code that links to bonus videos so you can hear directly from the authors about each topic.


Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. Pamela Druckerman, $20.00

When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent." Yet as she soon discovers, Motherhood itself is a whole different experience in France. There's no role model, as there is in America, for the harried new mom with no life of her own. French mothers assume that even good parents aren't at the constant service of their children and that there's no need to feel guilty about this. They have an easy, calm authority with their kids that Druckerman can only envy.

With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman, a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others.  She realizes that to be a different kind of parent, you don't just need a different parenting philosophy — you need a very different view of what a child actually is.

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Canada’s Toddler Care Book: a Complete Guide from 1 to 5 Years Old. Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Hospital for Sick Children, $34.95

The complete guide to health care, developmental milestones, nutrition, Canada’s Toddler Care Book addresses the common concerns that all parents have about ther toddlers and preschoolers.


The Conscious Parent's Guide to Positive Discipline: a Mindful Approach for Building a Healthy, Respectful Relationship with Your Child. Jenifer Costa, $21.50

When a child misbehaves, the situation can quickly escalate into an uphill battle of yelling, tears, and resistance — on both sides. But what if you could avoid all that? Conscious parenting is about being present with your child and taking the time to understand the reasons and motivations behind behaviors. This relationship-centered approached means that you respect your child's point of view as you both learn how to create a mutually-beneficially set of behavioral rules. By practicing this mindful method, you can support your child emotionally and help nurture important social development. With The Conscious Parent's Guide to Positive Discipline, you will learn to create a calm and mindful atmosphere for the whole family, while helping your child feel competent, successful, and healthy.


The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know about Raising Confident, Capable Kids. Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Dissing Sandahl, $22.00

What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world, and how do Danish parents raise happy, confident, successful kids, year after year? This upbeat and practical guide reveals the habits of the happiest families on earth. With illuminating examples and simple yet powerful advice, the authors present six essential principles, which spell out P-A-R-E-N-T:

  • Play is essential for development and well-being.
  • Authenticity fosters trust and an "inner compass."
  • Reframing helps kids cope with setbacks and look on the bright side.
  • Empathy allows us to act with kindness towards others.
  • No ultimatums means no power struggles, lines in the sand, or resentment.
  • Togetherness is a way to celebrate family time, on special occasions and every day. The Danes call this hygge — and it's a simple yet meaningful way to foster a close bond.

A revealing and fresh take on cross-cultural parenting advice, The Danish Way of Parenting will help parents from all walks of life raise the happiest, most well-adjusted kids in the world.

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Dealing with Disappointment: Helping Kids Cope When Things Don't Go Their Way. Elizabeth Crary, $15.95

This practical, easy-to-read guide walks parents through the concept of emotional competency, which begins by teaching children to identify and acknowledge their feelings. It provides exercises and examples that demonstrate how children — even toddlers — can cope with their emotions, using self-calming techniques (exercise or a few minutes with a favorite book, for example) and problem-solving tools. Parents who to often find themselves overwhelmed by frustrated children will appreciate the step-by-step recommendations.


Discipline: The Brazelton Way, 2nd Edition. T. Berry Brazelton & Joshua Sparrow, $16.50

World renowned pediatricians T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua Sparrow see discipline as a parent’s gift to a child. By following the doctors’ unique approach, which emphasizes teaching over punishment, parents will find effective solutions for common behavior problems. Not only will parents feel more confident and at ease but they will also experience the joy of raising children who learn to discipline themselves. The vital advice covers six stages of discipline, the power of consequences, ways to encourage moral development and empathy, dealing with misbehavior (from biting and fighting to cheating, lying and using foul language), and special disciplinary challenges (including academic pressure, illness, and digital technology).


Discipline without Damage: How to Get Your Kids to Behave without Messing Them Up. Dr. Vanessa LaPointe, $19.99

When your child is threatening a meltdown in the grocery aisle, is it really possible to keep your cool, correct the behavior, and reinforce healthy development, all at the same time? In this easy-to-read, science-based book, parents, caregivers, and big people of all kinds will discover how discipline affects children’s development, why intervention should reinforce connection not separation, and why the disciplinary strategies that may have been used on us as children are not the ones that children really need.


15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. Rebecca Cohen, $25.50

What if you got outside every day, and what if you could get your kids to come along? It sounds modest, but the effects, as dynamic outdoor spokesperson Rebecca Cohen herself can testify, are profound. This inspiring collection of activities gives families an idea for every day of the year, requiring little planning, no expertise and relatively little resources (time, cash, or patience!), no matter where they live. Simple and inspiring, this book is bursting with hundreds of easy ways to get your family out into nature a little bit every day.

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Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family. Stephen Segal, $16.95

It takes a starship to raise a child. Or a time machine. Or a tribe of elves. Fortunately, Geek Parenting offers all that and more, with thoughtful mini-essays that reveal profound child-rearing advice (and mistakes) from the most beloved tales of geek culture. Nerds and norms alike can take counsel from some of the most iconic parent–child pairings found in pop culture: Aunt May and Peter Parker, Benjamin and Jake Sisko, Elrond and Arwen, even Cersei and Joffrey. Whether you’re raising an Amazon princess, a Jedi Padawan, a brooding vampire, or a standard-issue human child, Geek Parenting helps you navigate the ion storms, alternate realities, and endless fetch quests that come with being a parent.


The Happiest Toddler on the Block, Revised Edition. Harvey Karp, $17.00; DVD $30.98

Perfect for expecting parents who want to prepare themselves for the challenging toddler years (which starts around eight months of age), this essential guide, a national bestseller by respected pediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp, not only helps reduce tantrums but makes happy kids even happier by boosting patience, cooperation, and self-confidence.


Honey, I Wrecked the Kids: When Yelling, Screaming, Threats, Bribes, Time-Outs, Sticker Charts and Removing Privileges All Don't Work. Alyson Schafer, $17.99

For those who've tried just about everything to discipline their kids, HONEY, I WRECKED THE KIDS explains why children today are resistant to traditional parenting methods and how only a new model for winning cooperation really works. Full of real-life examples, the book gives parents a deeper understanding of misbehaviour and their role in it, shies away from traditional behavioural models of parenting, and offers humane, good-humoured advice that will make parenting a manageable and, finally, rewarding task.

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How Much is Too Much? Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children from Toddlers to Teens in an Age of Overindulgence. Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson & David Bredehoft, $19.99

Overindulgence is not the badge of a bad parent. In fact, it comes directly from having a good and generous heart. But despite our good intentions, the abundance we heap on our kids often becomes more than they need or can handle. Based on new research gathered over the past ten years, How Much Is Too Much gives you the insight and advice you need to put your children on track for a happy and successful life.


How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. Scott Sampson, $22.95

American children spend four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors — 90 percent less time than their parents did. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat illness, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in nature seems to yield long-term benefits in kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development. Yet teachers, parents, and other caregivers lack a basic understanding of how to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world. 

How to Raise a Wild Child offers a timely and engaging antidote, showing how kids’ connection to nature changes as they mature. Distilling the latest research in multiple disciplines, Sampson reveals how adults can help kids fall in love with nature — enlisting technology as an ally, taking advantage of urban nature, and instilling a sense of place along the way.

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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, 30th Anniversary Edition. Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, $21.00; Audiobook (CD format) $39.99

Updated with new insights from the next generation, this bestselling book gives you the know-how you need to be more effective with your children — and more supportive of yourself.

The down-to-earth, respectful approach of Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding. Now, in this revised edition, Faber and Mazlish share their latest insights and suggestions based on feedback they've received over the years. Their methods of communication — illustrated with delightful cartoons showing the skills in action—offer innovative ways to solve common problems.


How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: a Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7. Joanna Faber & Julie King, $23.00

What do you do with a little kid who… won’t brush her teeth… screams in his car seat… pinches the baby... refuses to eat vegetables… throws books in the library... runs rampant in the supermarket? Organized according to common challenges and conflicts, this book is an essential emergency first-aid manual of communication strategies, including a chapter that addresses the special needs of children with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders.

This user-friendly guide will empower parents and caregivers of young children to forge rewarding, joyful relationships with terrible two-year-olds, truculent three-year-olds, ferocious four-year-olds, foolhardy five-year-olds, self-centered six-year-olds, and the occasional semi-civilized seven-year-old. And, it will help little kids grow into self-reliant big kids who are cooperative and connected to their parents, teachers, siblings, and peers.


How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success. Tovah Klein, $18.99

How Toddlers Thrive shows parents of children ages two to five how to harness the singular power of the toddler mind during what might be the most crucial time of a child’s brain development, to plant the seeds of lifelong success. Dr. Tovah Klein explains why the toddler years are different than any other period during childhood. She shows what is happening in children’s brains and bodies at this age that makes their behavior so turbulent, and why your reaction to their behavior — the way you speak to, speak about, and act toward your toddler — holds the key to a successful tomorrow and a happier today.

This provocative book will inspire you to be a better parent, and give you the tools to help you nurture your child’s full potential. A smart and useful guide, this book cracks the preschooler code, revealing what you can do to help your toddler grow into a fulfilled child and adult — while helping you and your toddler live more happily together now, and every day.

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The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Needs from Grownups. Erika Christakis, $23.00

To a four-year-old watching bulldozers at a construction site or chasing butterflies in flight, the world is awash with promise. Little children come into the world hardwired to learn in virtually any setting and about any matter. Yet in today’s preschool and kindergarten classrooms, learning has been reduced to scripted lessons and suspect metrics that too often undervalue a child’s intelligence while overtaxing the child’s growing brain. These mismatched expectations wreak havoc on the family: parents fear that if they choose the “wrong” program, their child won’t get into the “right” college. But Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis says our fears are wildly misplaced. Our anxiety about preparing and safeguarding our children’s future seems to have reached a fever pitch at a time when, ironically, science gives us more certainty than ever before that young children are exceptionally strong thinkers. 

Christakis’s message is energizing and reassuring: young children are inherently powerful, and they (and their parents) will flourish when we learn new ways of restoring the vital early learning environment to one that is best suited to the littlest learners. This bold and pragmatic challenge to the conventional wisdom peels back the mystery of childhood, revealing a place that’s rich with possibility.


The Incredible Years: a Trouble-Shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2-8 Years. Carolyn Webster-Stratton, $31.95

All children misbehave for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's simply to test how far they can go or to get the attention they crave. Other children are temperamentally more difficult to parent than others because they are impulsive, or hyperactive, inattentive, or delayed in some aspect of their development. This invaluable handbook provides parents with guidelines not only to help prevent behavior problems from occurring but also with strategies to promote children's social, emotional, and academic competence.

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The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing for Your Child is You. Stephen Camarata, $32.95

Using accessible, down-to-earth language, child development specialist Dr. Stephen Camarata explains how parents can intuitively support their child’s brain development by simply paying attention. Babies and children develop at their own pace; what’s more, they are hardwired to signal to caregivers when they’re ready for the next step. Restrictive tools like flashcards may derail your child’s ability to learn holistically — and will definitely sap the joy from one of the most important jobs in the world: being a parent.

The key is to recognize the “ready to learn” cues your child is giving you and respond in a way that comes naturally. Routine activities, such as playing peekaboo, reading books to a toddler, talking, singing, feeding, and otherwise meeting the everyday needs of a child, are the true magic that ultimately wires a child’s brain and helps children become an intelligent, confident, curious, and talented adults. Grounded in the latest science by a nationally recognized child development expert, The Intuitive Parent arms parents and caregivers with the confidence and knowledge they need to quit worrying and enjoy the time they have with their child — no fancy gadgets or pricey videos necessary.


Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child, 2nd Edition. Katharina Manassis, $10.99

Still the most-popular, accessible and comprehensive guide to the entire range of childhood anxieties, the specific problem behaviours associated with anxiety, and the appropriate strategies for supporting anxious children.


Kids are Weird and Other Observations from Parenthood. Jeffrey Brown, $18.95

Jeffrey Brown brings his perceptive humour to everyday parenting, capturing the hilarious, sweetly weird moments parents everywhere experience in the adventures of raising a child.

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Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World. B. Brett Finaly & Marie-Claire Arrieta, $19.95

Babies and young kids are being raised in surroundings that are increasingly cleaner, more hyper hygienic, and more disinfected than ever before. As a result, the beneficial bacteria in their bodies is being altered, promoting conditions and diseases such as obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and autism. As Let Them Eat Dirt shows, there is much that parents can do about this, including breastfeeding if possible, getting a dog, and avoiding antibiotics unless necessary — and yes, it is OK to let kids get a bit dirty.


Nature’s Playground: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors. Fiona Danks & Jo Schofeld, $21.95

This wonderful book leads parents, teachers and children through fields, across streams, and over mountains. From making a dam with sticks and stones to cairn lanterns on the beach at night, Nature’s Playground is packed with activities, games, crafts and adventures that will bring children outdoors for year-round fun and bring back memories of one of the chief joys of childhood for adults — exploring the natural world.


The Next 1000 Days: a Journal of Ages Two to Six. Nikki McClure, $15.95

Track the transformative years from toddler and “big kid” with this interactive journal for parent and child. This beautiful companion to the best-selling The First 1000 Days journal helps parents capture the precious ages between two and six. From losing a first tooth to the first day of school, Nikki McClure's beautiful paper cut illustrations celebrate all the special moments. Parents can also write and draw with their child to help bring these years to life and preserve them for all time.

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The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums & Tears. Elizabeth Pantley, $19.95

Practical and specific, The No-Cry Discipline Solution shows you how to deal with your child's behavior. Written with warmth and based on one important fact — parents know their children best — Elizabeth Pantley shows you how to deal with childhood's most common behavioral problems.


No-Drama Discipline: the Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $22.00

The pioneering experts behind The Whole-Brain Child — Tina Payne Bryson and Daniel J. Siegel, the author of Brainstorm — now explore the ultimate child-raising challenge: discipline. Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears — without causing a scene.

Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation.


No-Drama Discipline Workbook. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $36.95

Exercises, activities, and practical strategies to calm the chaos and nurture developing minds.

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No More Misbehavin’: 38 Difficult Behaviors and How to Stop Them. Michelle Borba, $15.99

Parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba tackles the most common bad behaviors that kids ages 3 to 12 repeat over and over, behaviors that drive parents crazy. In this enormously useful, simple-to-use book she shows how to change these behaviors for good. For each negative behavior, Dr. Borba offers a series of key tips and guidelines and outlines a step-by-step plan for a customized makeover that really works! Using the steps outlined in NO MORE MISBEHAVIN' will give you the help you need to raise kids with strong values and good character.


1-2-3 Magic

1-2-3 A Calmer Me: Helping Children Cope When Emotions Get Out of Control. Colleen Patterson & Brenda S. Miles, $13.95 (ages 4-8)

1-2-3 A Calmer Me introduces children to a simple rhyme they can use to slow down their bodies and stop mad feelings from spinning out of control. Includes a "Note to Parents, Teachers, and Other Grown-Ups" with more information about the steps of the "1-2-3" rhyme, and advice for working through the steps with your child.


1-2-3 Magic

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2 – 12, 6th Edition. Thomas Phelan, $22.50; DVD $56.95

This award-winning, bestselling book in a new edition is now even easier to use with an updated internal design that is user-friendly and has more visual interest. The 6th Edition is more engaging and browse-able for the reader. We’ve also added a handy new index. The world's simplest and most effective parenting program is all right here!

  • Part I: Building a Solid Foundation for Parenting
  • Part II: Controlling Obnoxious Behavior: Parenting Job 1
  • Part III: Managing Testing and Manipulation
  • Part IV: Encouraging Good Behavior: Parenting Job 2
  • Part V: Strengthening Your Relationship with Your Children: Parenting Job 3
  • Part VI: Enjoying Your New Family Life

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1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 Workbook. Thomas Phelan & Tracy Lewis, $17.95

This user-friendly manual includes chapter reviews, case studies, self-evaluation questions and planning exercises to help parents get the most out of the 1-2-3 Magic program.


1-2-3 Magic for Kids: Helping Your Children Understand the New Rules. Thomas Phelan & Tracy Lewis, $13.99

The popular 1-2-3 Magic parenting program has been adapted to be introduced from a child’s point of view! This innovative guide explains the child discipline system — from counting and time-out methods to how better behavior benefits the entire family and leaves more time for play — with clear, easy-to-understand language and lots of illustrations.

Crossword puzzles, word searches, and journal suggestions further encourage children to apply what they’ve learned about the methods, and make 1-2-3 Magic for Kids a fun way to get kids on board with the new rules at home.


Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids. Asha Dornfest, $19.95

A parent hack can be as simple as putting the ketchup under the hot dog, minimizing the mess. Or strapping baby into a forward-facing carrier when you need to trim his fingernails — it frees your hands while controlling the squirming. Or stashing a wallet in a disposable diaper at the beach — who would ever poke through what looks like a used Pamper?

On every page, discover easy-to-do, boldly illustrated, unconventional solutions, arranged by category from Pregnancy & Postpartum through Sleep, Eating, Bath Time, Travel, and more.

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Parenting From the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive. Daniel Siegel & Mary Hartzell, $23.00

In PARENTING FROM THE INSIDE OUT, child psychiatrist Daniel Siegel and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent. Drawing on stunning new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help them raise compassionate and resilient children.

Born out of a series of parents' workshops that combined Siegel's cutting-edge research on how communication impacts brain development with Hartzell's decades of experience as a child-development specialist and parent educator, this book guides parents through creating the necessary foundations for loving and secure relationships with their children. 


Parenting Through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change, Barbara Coloroso, $22.00

When families are facing crisis, parents struggle with how to best nurture and support their children. PARENTING THROUGH CRISIS offers practical guidance through difficult situations and shows caring adults what they can do to help children facing trauma or loss. Barbara Coloroso's deep love and respect for children once again shine in her compassionate look at parenting during times of chaos and uncertainty.


The Playful Parent: 7 Ways to Happier, Calmer, More Creative Days with Your Under-Fives. Julia Deering, $24.99

This activity-led parenting guide shows how to get young children involved and learning, thinking and growing, helping and cooperating by making play the beating heart of family life. Julia Deering offers support and advice to busy parents, combining down-to-earth practicality with hundreds of simple activities, tips, tricks and fixes, guidance, prompts and brilliant ideas that show parents how to tap into their child's playful instincts.

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Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems. Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott & H. Stephen Glenn, $21.99

As a parent, you face one of the most challenging — and rewarding — roles of your life. No matter how much you love your child, there will still be moments filled with anger, frustration, and, at times, desperation. What do you do? Over the years, millions of parents just like you have come to trust the Positive Discipline series for its consistent, commonsense approach to child rearing. In this completely updated edition of Positive Discipline A–Z, you will learn how to use methods to raise a child who is responsible, respectful, and resourceful.


Positive Discipline Parenting Tools: the 49 Most Effective Methods to Stop Power Struggles, Build Communication, and Raise Empowered Capable Kids. Jane Nelsen, Mary Nelsen Tamboski & Brad Ainge, $23.00

Do you wish there was a way to raise well-behaved children without punishment? Are you afraid the only alternative is being overly indulgent? With Positive Discipline, an encouragement model based on both kindness and firmness, you don’t have to choose between these two extremes. Using these 49 Positive Discipline tools, honed and perfected after years of real-world research and feedback, you’ll be able to work with your children instead of against them. The goal isn’t perfection but providing you with the techniques you need to help your children develop the life and social skills you hope for them, such as respect for self and others, problem-solving ability, and self-regulation. The tenets of Positive Discipline consistently foster mutual respect so that any child — from a three-year-old toddler to a rebellious teenager — can learn creative cooperation and self-discipline without losing his or her dignity.

In this new parenting guidebook, you’ll find day-to-day exercises for parents to improve their parenting skills, along with success stories from parents worldwide who have benefited from the Positive Discipline philosophy. With training tools and personal examples from the authors, you will learn:

  • The “hidden belief” behind a child’s misbehaviour, and how to respond accordingly
  • The best way to focus on solutions instead of dwelling on the negative
  • How to encourage your child without pampering or praising
  • How to teach your child to make mistakes and follow through on agreements
  • How to foster creative thinking

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers. Jane Nelsen et al, $18.99

Caring for young children is one of the most challenging tasks an adult will ever face. No matter how much you love your child, there will be moments filled with frustration, anger, and even desperation. Over the years, millions of parents just like you have come to trust the Positive Discipline series and its commonsense approach to child-rearing. Now completely updated to report the latest research in child development and learning, POSITIVE DISCIPLINE FOR PRESCHOOLERS will teach you how to raise a child who is responsible, respectful, and resourceful. This revised and updated third edition includes information from the latest research on neurobiology, diet and exercise, gender differences and behavior, the importance of early relationships and parenting, and new approaches to parenting in the age of mass media. In addition, this book offers new information on reducing anxiety and helping children feel safe in troubled times.

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Raising Great Parents: How to Become the Parent Your Child Needs You to Be. Doone Estey, Beverley Cathcart-Ross & Martin Nash, $22.95

An inspiring and eminently practical book, full of guidance, tips, exercises, and the cumulative understanding of three wise and innovative authors. Written in a friendly "we've been there" style.


Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child. Ross Greene, $35.00

Parents have an important task: figure out who their child is — his or her skills, preferences, beliefs, values, personality traits, goals, and direction — get comfortable with it, and then help him or her pursue and live a life that is congruent with it. But parents also want to have influence. They want their kid to be independent, but not if he or she is going to make bad choices. They don’t want to be harsh and rigid, but nor do they want a noncompliant, disrespectful kid. They want to avoid being too pushy and overbearing, but not if an unmotivated, apathetic kid is what they have to show for it. They want to have a good relationship with their kids, but not if that means being a pushover. They don’t want to scream, but they do want to be heard. Good parenting is about striking the balance between a child’s characteristics and a parent’s desire to have influence.

Now Dr. Ross Greene offers a detailed and practical guide for raising kids in a way that enhances relationships, improves communication, and helps kids learn how to resolve disagreements without conflict. Through his well-known model of solving problems collaboratively, parents can forgo time-out and sticker charts, stop badgering, berating, threatening, and punishing, allow their kids to feel heard and validated, and have influence. From homework to hygiene, curfews, to screen time, Raising Human Beings arms parents with the tools they need to raise kids in ways that are non-punitive and non-adversarial and that brings out the best in both parent and child.


Raising Your Spirited Child: a Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic, 3rd Edition. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, $21.99

Including real life stories, this newly revised third edition of the award-winning bestseller—voted one of the top twenty parenting books—provides parents with the most up-to-date research, effective discipline tips, and practical strategies for raising spirited children.

In Raising Your Spirited Child, Third Edition, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka offers parents a glimpse into what makes their children behave the way they do. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, this invaluable guide offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling the toughest times. Dr. Kurcinka has devised a plan for success with a simple, four-step program that will help you discover the power of positive — rather than negative — labels, understand your child's and your own temperamental traits, cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occur, develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school, and many other situations. In this third revised edition, you will find:

  • More practical strategies to help you manage your own intensity (keep your cool)
  • Effective discipline tips — including how to win cooperation and establish clear expectations and limits
  • New strategies for managing the meltdowns — including how to prevent them in the future
  • Revised tips for helping your spirited child fall asleep and stay asleep
  • Revised tips for finding the school that “fits” your child
  • Ideas for working with your child when he or she does not want to talk about emotions
  • Steps to teaching your child how to be a “problem solver,” work well with others, and be more flexible

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Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child. Mary Gordon, $19.95

Mary Gordon, an educator who has worked for more than two decades with children from all kinds of backgrounds, believes that the solution to bullying and other anti-social behaviour lies within each child's innate sense of caring and compassion. She believes that infusing children with empathy constitutes nothing less than a new paradigm in our approach to child-raising.

Through Roots of Empathy, her highly successful organization, Mary Gordon creates a rich, rewarding classroom experience that fosters empathy within children. The program brings babies and students together in a symbiotic loving environment that has been proven to reduce aggression and increase tolerance and emotional understanding in children. Roots of Empathy has reached over 500,000 children worldwide. Founder Mary Gordon’s contribution has been recognized with the Order of Canada, the David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction, and has given her the opportunity to dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on three separate occasions.

In ROOTS OF EMPATHY: CHANGING THE WORLD CHILD BY CHILD the innovative and inspired book based on her groundbreaking research and successful classroom program, Mary Gordon shares her vision of a nation of compassionate and caring children who will pass on their legacy of empathy to their own children.


Secrets of Discipline: 12 Keys for Raising Responsible Children. R.G. Morrish, Book $18.95; DVD $29.95

Morrish critiques past disciplinary styles and introduces what he believes to be essential building blocks for effective discipline: training compliance, teaching skills, and managing choices. The Secrets of Discipline are revealed in 12 keys for raising responsible children.


Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason. Alfie Kohn, $17.00; DVD $36.95

Unconditional Parenting addresses the ways parents think about, feel about, and act with their children. It invites them to question their most basic assumptions about raising kids while offering a wealth of practical strategies for shifting from a "doing to" to "working with" style of parenting — including how to replace praise with the unconditional support that children need to grow into healthy, caring, responsible people. This is an eye-opening, paradigm-shattering book that will reconnect readers to their own best instincts and inspire them to become better parents.

  • Unconditional Parenting is going to make you think — hard — about the type of relationship you want to have with your child, about your parenting priorities, and about how to avoid many of the mistakes of our predecessors. It's what we've come to expect from Alfie Kohn, and this is unquestionably one of his most persuasive, important works. For your sake and your child's…read it!"

- Ross W. Greene, The Explosive Child

  • This book underscores an important parenting principle: Discipline is more about having the right relationship with your child than having the right techniques."

- William Sears, The Baby Book and The Discipline Book

  • I found myself wanting to underline every other sentence of Unconditional Parenting, which is different from — and a refreshing challenge to — most other books about raising children. It's entertaining enough so that you can read it quickly, but it's so packed with thought-provoking ideas that you'll want to take your time."

- Barbara Coloroso, Kids Are Worth It!

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Unplugged Play: No Batteries – No Plugs – Pure Fun. Bobbi Conner, $21.50

710 games and activities for ages 12 months to 10 years that stretch the imagination, spark creativity, build strong bodies and forge deep friendships.


The Wiggle & Giggle Busy Book: 365 Fun, Physical Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers. Trish Kuffner, $12.95

The Preschooler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Learning Games and Activities to Keep Your 3 to 6 Year Old Busy. Trish Kuffner, $13.95

These Busy Books by Trish Kuffner are packed with creative, fun, simple activities to keep toddlers and preschoolers busy. Terrific alternatives to watching TV or playing video games, the books show parents and care providers how to encourage physical, emotional and cognitive growth and stimulate a child’s natural curiosity.

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You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six, 3rd Edition. Rahima Baldwin Dancy, $20.99

Some of the most important learning years happen before your child reaches school. From language and cognitive development, to appropriate toys and nourishing your child’s creativity, this classic book speaks for a rational approach to child-rearing — one that helps children to be children.


Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far). Tracy Cutchlow, $32.50

When you're a new parent, the miracle of life might not always feel so miraculous. Maybe your latest 2:00 a.m., 2:45 a.m., and 3:30 a.m. wake-up calls have left you wondering how "sleep like a baby" ever became a figure of speech — and what the options are for restoring your sanity. Or your child just left bite marks on someone, and you're wondering how to handle it.

First-time mom Tracy Cutchlow knows what you're going through. In Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far), she takes dozens of parenting tips based on scientific research and distills them into something you can easily digest during one of your two-minute-long breaks in the day. The pages are beautifully illustrated by award-winning photojournalist Betty Udesen. Whether you read the book front to back or skip around, Zero to Five will help you make the best of the tantrums (yours and baby's), moments of pure joy, and other surprises along the totally-worth-it journey of parenting.

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Complete Booklist

Ain't Misbehavin': Tactics for Tantrums, Meltdowns, Bedtime Blues, and Other Perfectly Normal Kid Behaviours. Alyson Schafer, $17.99

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Angela Hanscom, $23.95

Becoming the Parent You Want to Be: a Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years. L. Davis & J. Keyser, $29.00

Beyond Time-Out: From Chaos to Calm. Beth Grosshans, $18.95

BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids, ages 3-12. Lynne Kenney & Wendy Young, $23.50

Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. Pamela Druckerman, $20.00

Canada’s Toddler Care Book: a Complete Guide from 1 to 5 Years Old. Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Hospital for Sick Children, $34.95

The Conscious Parent's Guide to Positive Discipline: a Mindful Approach for Building a Healthy, Respectful Relationship with Your Child. Jenifer Costa, $21.50

The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know about Raising Confident, Capable Kids. Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Dissing Sandahl, $22.00

Dealing with Disappointment: Helping Kids Cope When Things Don't Go Their Way. Elizabeth Crary, $15.95

Discipline: The Brazelton Way, 2nd Edition. T. Berry Brazelton & Joshua Sparrow, $16.50

Discipline without Damage: How to Get Your Kids to Behave without Messing Them Up. Dr. Vanessa LaPointe, $19.99

15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. Rebecca Cohen, $25.50

Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family. Stephen Segal, $16.95

The Happiest Toddler on the Block, Revised Edition. Harvey Karp, $17.00; DVD $30.98

Honey, I Wrecked the Kids: When Yelling, Screaming, Threats, Bribes, Time-Outs, Sticker Charts and Removing Privileges All Don't Work. Alyson Schafer, $17.99

How Much is Too Much? Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children from Toddlers to Teens in an Age of Overindulgence. Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson & David Bredehoft, $19.99

How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. Scott Sampson, $22.95

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, 30th Anniversary Edition. Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, $21.00; Audiobook (CD format) $39.99

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: a Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7. Joanna Faber & Julie King, $23.00

How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success. Tovah Klein, $18.99

The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Needs from Grownups. Erika Christakis, $23.00

The Incredible Years: a Trouble-Shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2-8 Years. Carolyn Webster-Stratton, $31.95

The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing for Your Child is You. Stephen Camarata, $32.95

Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child, 2nd Edition. Katharina Manassis, $10.99

Kids are Weird and Other Observations from Parenthood. Jeffrey Brown, $18.95

Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World. B. Brett Finaly & Marie-Claire Arrieta, $19.95

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Nature’s Playground: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors. Fiona Danks & Jo Schofeld, $21.95

The Next 1000 Days: a Journal of Ages Two to Six. Nikki McClure, $15.95

The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums & Tears. Elizabeth Pantley, $19.95

No-Drama Discipline: the Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $22.00

No-Drama Discipline Workbook. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $36.95

No More Misbehavin’: 38 Difficult Behaviors and How to Stop Them. Michelle Borba, $15.99

1-2-3, a Calmer Me: Helping Children Cope When Emotions Get Out of Control. Colleen Patterson & Brenda S. Miles, $13.95 (ages 4-8)

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2 – 12, 6th Edition. Thomas Phelan, $22.50

1-2-3 Magic: Managing Difficult Behavior in Children 2 - 12, DVD. Thomas Phelan, $56.95

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 Workbook. Thomas Phelan & Tracy Lewis, $17.95

1-2-3 Magic for Kids: Helping Your Children Understand the New Rules. Thomas Phelan & Tracy Lewis, $13.99

Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids. Asha Dornfest, $19.95

Parenting From the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive. Daniel Siegel & Mary Hartzell, $23.00

Parenting through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change. Barbara Coloroso, $22.00

The Playful Parent: 7 Ways to Happier, Calmer, More Creative Days with Your Under-Fives. Julia Deering, $24.99

Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems. Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott & H. Stephen Glenn, $21.99

Positive Discipline Parenting Tools: the 49 Most Effective Methods to Stop Power Struggles, Build Communication, and Raise Empowered Capable Kids. Jane Nelsen, Mary Nelsen Tamboski & Brad Ainge, $23.00

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers. Jane Nelsen et al, $18.99

The Preschooler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Learning Games and Activities to Keep Your 3 to 6 Year Old Busy. Trish Kuffner, $13.95

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Raising Great Parents: How to Become the Parent Your Child Needs You to Be. Doone Estey, Beverley Cathcart-Ross & Martin Nash, $22.95

Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child. Ross Greene, $35.00

Raising Your Spirited Child: a Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic, 3rd Edition. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, $21.99

Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child. Mary Gordon, $19.95

Secrets of Discipline: 12 Keys for Raising Responsible Children (for Parents & Teachers) R.G. Morrish, Book $18.95; DVD $29.95

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason. Alfie Kohn, $17.00; DVD $36.95

Unplugged Play: No Batteries – No Plugs – Pure Fun. Bobbi Conner, $21.50

The Wiggle & Giggle Busy Book: 365 Fun, Physical Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers. Trish Kuffner, $11.95

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six, 3rd Edition. Rahima Baldwin Dancy, $20.99

Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far). Tracy Cutchlow, $32.50

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