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Active Parenting: a Parent's Guide to Raising Happy and Successful Children, 4th Edition. Michael Popkin, $18.95

This book provides vital information for parents of children ages 5 to 12. It covers ways to discipline without violence; skills to build open communication; how to prevent risky behavior; and more. Dr. Michael Poplin explains positive discipline and communication techniques that will help your family build strengths and lasting communication.


All Joy and No Fun: the Paradox of Modern Parenthood. Jennifer Senior, $19.99

In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior explores the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. Meticulously researched yet imbued with emotional intelligence, All Joy and No Fun makes us reconsider some of our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives. By focusing on parenthood, rather than parenting, the book is original and essential reading for mothers and fathers of today — and tomorrow.


The Awakened Family: a Revolution in Parenting. Shefali Tsabary, $23.00

From the author of the bestselling book The Conscious Parent

We all have the capacity to raise children who are highly resilient and emotionally connected. However, many of us are unable to because we are blinded by modern misconceptions of parenting and our own inner limitations. In The Awakened Family, Shefali Tsabary will show you how you can cultivate a relationship with your children so they can thrive; moreover, you can be transformed to a state of greater calm, compassion and wisdom as well.

This book will take you on a journey to transcending your fears and illusions around parenting and help you become the parent you always wanted to be: fully present and conscious. It will arm you with practical, hands-on strategies and real-life examples that show the extraordinary power of being a conscious parent. 

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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 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.


The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Rituals for Holidays and Every Day, Revised Edition. Meg Cox, $19.99

Quality family togetherness — everyone wants it, but it seems increasingly harder to achieve. In a world run by cell phones, computers, and virtual networking, the comfort of human connection grows more important — and rarer — all the time. In a guide newly updated for the next generation, family expert Meg Cox offers a solution. Family rituals provide a sense of home and identity that kids and parents both need. From holidays and birthdays to bed times, meal times, pets, and even chores, The Book of New Family Traditions spotlights hundred of ways to bring the fun and ritual back to family life.  


Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential — and Endangered. Maia Szalavitz & Bruce Perry, $19.99

Born for Love examines how empathy develops — or fails to develop — from birth through adulthood and what we can do to increase this vital capacity to love and care both among our children and in society.

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Calm and Compassionate Children: a Handbook. Susan Usha Dermond, $19.99

Building on such inherent qualities as open-heartedness and trust, parents and teachers can help children develop empathy and integrity as they grow. From nature walks to conscious quiet time to tips on daily routines, Calm and Compassionate Children provides practical guidance to help grown-ups model behavior and suggests ninety activities to foster children’s concentration, joy, kindness and love.


A Child’s Brain: Understanding How the Brain Works, Develops, and Changes During Critical Stages of Childhood. Robert Sylwester, $25.95

A Child's Brain is a guide understanding children’s cognitive development, and how to nurture children to their full potential. The book examines the neurobiology of childhood, explaining the body and brain systems that develop during pregnancy, infancy, and childhood. It explores factors that can enhance or delay development, such as nutrition, family life, relationships, illness, intelligence, technology, creativity, and the arts. The book also provides practical suggestions to help adults promote healthy development and successful learning in the children they encounter at home, at school, and everywhere else. A CHILD’S BRAIN helps parents and educators understand the biological, emotional, and neurological changes that occur during childhood so they can support children’s learning, socialization, and growth.


The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups. Leonard Sax, $22.49

In The Collapse of Parenting, internationally acclaimed author Leonard Sax argues that rising levels of obesity, depression, and anxiety among young people can be traced to parents abdicating their authority. The result is children who have no standard of right and wrong, who lack discipline, and who look to their peers and the Internet for direction. Sax shows how parents must reassert their authority by limiting time with screens, by encouraging better habits at the dinner table, and by teaching humility and perspective to help their children thrive in an increasingly complicated world.

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The Complete Buddhism for Mothers. Sarah Napthali, $29.95

Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman yet parenting books invariably focus on nurturing children rather than the mothers who struggle to raise them. Firmly grounded in the day-to-day reality of being a mother, The Complete Buddhism for Mothers gives personal and honest advice based on Buddhist teachings as applied to the everyday challenges of bringing up children.

Writing from personal experience, and weaving in stories from other mothers throughout her narrative, Sarah shows us how spiritual and mindful parenting can help all mothers to be more open and content. Even if exploring Buddhism at this busy stage of your life is not where you thought you'd be, it's well worth reading this book. It can make a difference.


The Confident Child: Raising Children to Believe in Themselves. Terri Apter, $20.00

Raising confident, motivated, and caring children is a parent’s greatest challenge. Drawing on her own extensive research on children and parents, Terri Apter has created a guide based on “emotional coaching” — learning to respond appropriately to a child’s feelings — that helps parents raise children to solve problems, to be socially active and understand others, and to manage emotions, all of which are crucial to developing confidence and functioning successfully in society. Hugely insightful, reassuring, and accessible, The Confident Child is a truly necessary parenting guide.


The Conscious Parent. Shefali Tsabary, $29.50

Turning the traditional notion of parenting on its head, Dr. Tsabary shifts the parent-child relationship away from the traditional parent-to-child “teaching” approach to a parent-with-child relationship that is mindful, conscious and mutually supportive.

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The Conscious Parent's Guide to Positive Discipline: a Mindful Approach for Building a Healthy, Respectful Relationship with Your Child. Jenifer Costa, $18.99

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 Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections. Amanda Soule, $23.00

With just the simple tools around you — your imagination, basic art supplies, household objects, and natural materials — you can transform your family life, and have so much more fun!

Perfect for all families, the wide range of projects presented here offers ideas for imaginative play, art and crafts, nature explorations, and family celebrations. This book embraces a whole new way of living that will engage your children’s imagination, celebrate their achievements, and help you to express love and gratitude for each other as a family.


The Dolphin Way: a Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids ithout Turning Into a Tiger. Shimi Kang, $30.00

An expert and lecturer on human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang understands that “Tiger Parenting” only diminishes lifelong learning, internal drive, and happiness. In other words, demanding, disciplinarian parents may want more for their kids, but they’re actually offering them less. Bringing together the lessons she has learned from her own upbringing and the science and training that drive her clinical practice, Dr. Kang calls her approach “Dolphin” parenting to conjure the intelligence, playfulness, and social sophistication of the planet’s most joyful, altruistic species. Outlining ten simple rules that range from things as intuitive as getting good rest or spending time outdoors, to more abstract ideas like social bonding and making the world a better place, The Dolphin Way makes a powerful case that we are not forced to choose between permissiveness and authority. The third option — the option that will prepare our kids for success in a future that will require adaptability — is the Dolphin.

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Encouraging Your Child’s Spiritual Intelligence. Mollie Painton, $16.50

Parents will find guidance and inspiration in Encouraging your Child's Spiritual Intelligence. Dr. Painton's thoughtful quizzes and advice provide added support and insight throughout the book. Adults will rediscover their spiritual connections and become valuable spiritual partners with their children.


Enjoying the Parenting Roller Coaster: Nurturing and Empowering Your Children through the Ups and Downs. Marie Masterson & Katherine Kersey, $29.95

Parenting isn’t always the joy it’s made out to be. On the contrary, many parents feel they are struggling to maintain their sanity and control of their young children’s behaviors. Enjoying the Parenting Roller Coaster offers realistic, practical advice for parents who want the joy back in parenting. Instead of getting bogged down in negative cycles, the book will help readers leave those behavior struggles behind and turn children on to cooperation and respect. The book will also help adults model their “best self” and show children how to live.  Unlike other parenting books that focus on problem behaviors or parental wellbeing, this book is grounded in research from child-development specialists and focuses on creating a home that is consistent, responsive, and loving.


Everyday Blessings: the Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Revised Edition. Jon & Myla Kabat-Zinn, $22.00

The bestselling author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full Catastrophe Living joins forces with his wife, Myla, in this groundbreaking revised edition of the classic book about mindfulness in parenting children of all ages. Updated with new material, including an all new introduction and expanded practices in the epilogue, Everyday Blessings remains one of the few books on parenting that embraces the emotional, intuitive, and deeply personal experience of being a parent, applying the groundbreaking "mind/body connection".


The Everything Parent’s Guide to Raising Mindful Children: Giving Parents the Tools to Teach Emotional Awareness, Coping Skills, and Impulse Control in Children. Jeremy Wardle & Maureen Weinhardt, $23.95

Mindfulness means paying attention on purpose. This sounds simple, but it’s not always easy — especially for children. Kids face stress every day as they try to fit in with their peers, worry about grades, and struggle to sit still in a classroom. The Everything Parent’s Guide to Raising Mindful Children uses techniques such as meditation and sensory awareness to help your child gain more self-control and be less stressed. You will also learn how to use mindfulness in your own life. With practice, mindfulness becomes an integral part of your life and in turn will become a skill your child will use for life.

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Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children without Going Nuts with Worry. Lenore Skenazy, $18.95

When Lenore Skenazy wrote a newspaper column about letting her nine-year-old ride the subway alone in New York City, little did she realize that the response would spark a national movement. Her outspoken, commonsense approach to parenting galvanized a huge wave of supporters—and a counterstorm of protest from others who dubbed her "America's Worst Mom."

In this funny, fed-up book, Lenore encourages parents to let their kids be kids. She's all for helmets and car seats but insists children do not need a security detail every time they go outside. Armed with stories, wisecracks, and a battery of facts, she gleefully punctures modern-day myths about rampant kidnapping, marauding germs, and poisoned Halloween candy. After exposing where these worries come from, she gives tips on how to break free.

The book reads like a conversation with your funniest, most honest friend. Readers will find themselves laughing out loud while shedding their fears. For anyone who remembers the days of walking to school, playing outside, or eating a kernel of unwrapped candy corn—and longs to bring them back to childhood—this book is a must-read.


The Gender Agenda: a First-Hand Account of How Girls and Boys Are Treated Differently. Ros Ball & James Millar, $19.95

From language and clothes, to toys and the media, society inflicts unwritten rules on each gender from birth. Aiming to make people aware of the way gender is constructed and constantly reinforced, this diary chronicles the differences two parents noticed while raising their son and daughter.

Adapted from tweets and blogs the couple kept throughout parenthood, this collection shows how culture, family and even the authors themselves are part of the 'gender police' that can influence a child's identity, and offers ideas for how we can work together to challenge the gender stereotypes that are ingrained in our society.


Holding Tight, Letting Go: Raising Healthy Kids in Anxious Times. Benjamin Garber, $24.95

When to hold on; when to let go — a constant dilemma of parenthood. This timely book examines the balance between these powerful dynamics. How parents can instill confidence and security in children and how professionals can recognize and respond when this process goes awry. Holding too long and too tight? Letting go too soon and too easily? Includes down-to-earth descriptions of family systems and identity development and guidance on remaining an emotional anchor in children's lives as they launch toward independence.

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Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World. Ben Hewitt, $17.95

When Ben Hewitt and his wife bought a sprawling acreage of field and forest in northern Vermont, the landscape easily allowed them to envision the self-sustaining family farm they were eager to start. But over the years, the land became so much more than a building site; it became the birthplace of their two sons, the main source of family income and food, and ultimately, both classroom and home for their children. 

Having opted out of formal education, Hewitt's sons learn through self-directed play, exploration, and experimentation on their farm, in the woods, and (reluctantly) indoors. This approach has allowed the boys to develop confidence, resourcefulness, and creativity. They learn, they play, they read, they test boundaries, they challenge themselves, they fail, they recover. And these freedoms allow their innate personalities to flourish, further fueling growth and exploration.

Living in tune with the natural world teaches us to reclaim our passion, curiosity, and connectivity. Hewitt shows us how small, mindful decisions about day-to-day life can lead to greater awareness of the world in your backyard and beyond. Home Grown reminds us that learning at any age is a lifelong process, and the best "education" is never confined to a classroom. These essays on nature, parenting, and education show us that big change can come from making small changes in how you live on the land, while building a life you love.


How to Influence Your Kids for Good: Unlock the Best in Your Children and Yourself. Sara Dimerman, $17.99

The character education movement, implemented by educators around the world, is an incredibly successful and growing phenomenon. When important character attributes like honesty, integrity, and fairness are modelled and taught, kids develop an inner compass that continues to guide them in a positive direction. Helping parents with their crucial participation at home has been the missing link until now. In How to Influence Your Kids for Good, parenting expert and therapist Sara Dimerman shares proven techniques and a powerful, step-by-step plan that will help you bring your family together, improve communication, and unlock the very best in your children and yourself.


I Wish You More. Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, $19.99

Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life's joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age.

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It’s OK NOT to Share... and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids. Heather Shumaker, $17.00

In this inspiring and enlightening book, Heather Shumaker describes her quest to nail down “the rules” to raising smart, sensitive, and self-sufficient kids. Drawing on her own experiences as the mother of two small children, as well as on the work of child psychologists, pediatricians, educators and so on, in this book Shumaker gets to the heart of the matter on a host of important questions. Hint: many of the rules aren’t what you think they are! This book focuses on the toddler and preschool years—an important time for laying the foundation for competent and compassionate older kids and then adults. Here are a few of the rules:

  • It’s OK if it’s not hurting people or property
  • Bombs, guns and bad guys allowed
  • All feelings are okay, all behavior isn’t
  • Boys can wear tutus
  • Pictures don’t have to be pretty
  • Paint off the paper!
  • Sex Ed starts in preschool
  • Kids don’t have to say “Sorry”
  • Love your kid’s lies
  • It’s OK not to share

It's OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids. Heather Shumaker, $22.00

With her first book, It’s OK Not to Share, Heather Shumaker overturned all the conventional rules of parenting with her “renegade rules” for raising competent and compassionate kids. In It’s Ok To Go Up the Slide, Shumaker takes on new hot-button issues with renegade rules such as:

  • Recess Is A Right
  • It’s Ok Not To Kiss Grandma
  • Ban Homework in Elementary School
  • Safety Second
  • Don’t Force Participation

Shumaker also offers broader guidance on how parents can control their own fears and move from an overscheduled life to one of more free play. Parenting can too often be reduced to shuttling kids between enrichment classes, but Shumaker challenges parents to re-evaluate how they’re spending their precious family time. This book helps parents help their kids develop important life skills in an age-appropriate way. Most important, parents must model these skills, whether it’s technology use, confronting conflict, or coping emotionally with setbacks. Sometimes being a good parent means breaking all the rules.

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Joy Fixes for Weary Parents: 101 Quick, Research-based Ideas for Overcomin Stress and Building a Life You Love. Erin Leyba, $24.50

Modern parenting presents fresh challenges, including unrelenting time pressures, lack of support systems, and work demands, that often leave parents drained and worn-out. Erin Leyba, the mother of three young children, has been counseling parents on these issues for almost twenty years. She has developed techniques that help parents not only cope but also feel joy — in their parenting and in their relationships with their partners. Leyba draws from the latest research about child development, attachment, successful marriages, and mindfulness to create effective, doable solutions for balancing, simplifying, and communicating. She presents powerful tools that parents can use right away to de-stress, stay energized, and create more warmth and passion with loved ones. Whether new, veteran, overwhelmed, exhausted, or just interested in doing better than they are, parents will find proven help here.


Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers: Create a Life That You and Your Chid Both Love. Faith Collins, $29.95

Backed by mainstream research, along with the LifeWays/Waldorf understanding of child development, this book offers insights into  transforming your relationship with your child. Author Faith Collins gives readers a blueprint to create a positive, mutually responsive relationship:

  • Learn relationship-based discipline that actually strengthens your bond with your child
  • Help your child learn to respond quickly and positively, EVEN when they can’t (or won’t) do what you’ve asked
  • Discover how to be responsive without giving in to your child’s every whim

Find out what children need in order to live a life that’s fulfilling, learn some ways of dealing with your own anger, and explore how to incorporate your own passions into your life with young children. Research-based and highly readable, this book will change the way you approach creating a life with toddlers and preschoolers.

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Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right: Teaching Kids To Think and Act Ethically. Barbara Coloroso, $24.00

In her now-classic ‘kids are worth it!’ Barbara Coloroso’s underlying parenting vision ascribed to parents the responsibility to teach the next generation how to think, not just what to think, so that they may grow into the best people they can be.

Now, in this groundbreaking new book — a natural extension and a profound deepening of her original vision — Coloroso shows parents how to nurture their children’s ethical lives, from preschool through adolescence.

There can be no more necessary book for our times.We live in a world where children are so often given the message that the ends justify the means; where harmful, even violent behavior — in families, in communities, and around the world — goes unnoticed, unmitigated, and often unrepented; where children’s ethical education can come from a T-shirt slogan or bumper sticker, an Internet site, or the evening news; where rigid moral absolutism or moral relativism has replaced true ethical thinking. In a world such as ours, Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right is an essential tool.

Rich in advice and anecdotes, Barbara Coloroso offers no less than an ethical vision, one rooted in deep caring, by which we and succeeding generations may not only live, but thrive.


Kids Are Worth It: Raising Resilient, Responsible, Compassionate Kids, Revised 2010. Barbara Coloroso, $22.00

Barbara Coloroso delivers a powerful message that good parenting begins by treating kids with dignity and respect, giving them a sense of power in their own lives and offering them opportunities to make decisions, take responsibility for their actions and to learn from their mistakes. Rejecting the quick-fix solutions of punishment and rewards, Coloroso shows how to use the very stuff of family life to help you guide your children to become self-disciplined, responsible, resilient and compassionate human beings.


Mindful Discipline: a Loving Approach to Setting Limits & Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child. Shauna Shapiro & Chris White, $24.95

Raising happy, compassionate, and responsible children requires both love and limits. Grounded in mindfulness and neuroscience, this pioneering book redefines discipline and outlines the five essential elements necessary for children to thrive: unconditional love, space for children to be themselves, mentorship, healthy boundaries, and mis-takes that create learning and growth opportunities. In this book, you will also discover parenting practices such as setting limits with love, working with difficult emotions, and forgiveness and compassion meditations that place discipline within a context of mindfulness. This relationship-centered approach will restore your confidence as a parent and support your children in developing emotional intelligence, self-discipline, and resilience-qualities they need for living an authentic and meaningful life.

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Mindful Parenting. Kristen Race, $18.50

Simple and powerful solutions for raising creative, engaged, happy kids in today’s hectic world.


MINDSETS for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids. Mary Cay Ricci & Margaret Lee, $23.95

All parents want their children to be successful in school, sports, and extracurricular activities. But it's not just about giving your kids praise or setting them on the right direction. Research shows that success is often dependent on mindset. Hard work, perseverance, and effort are all hallmarks of a growth mindset. That's where Mindsets for Parents comes in. Designed to provide parents with a roadmap for developing a growth mindset home environment, this book's conversational style and real-world examples make the popular mindsets topic approachable and engaging. It includes tools for informally assessing the mindsets of both parent and child, easy-to-understand brain research, and suggested strategies and resources for use with children of any age. This book gives parents and guardians powerful knowledge and methods to help themselves and their children learn to embrace life's challenges with a growth mindset and an eye toward increasing their effort and success!


Mothering with Courage: the Mindful Approach to Becoming a Mom Who Listens More, Worries Less, and Loves Deeply. Bonnie Compton, $23.99

Mothering with Courage provides mothers a detailed guidebook for their journey as a mother, complete with the latest understanding and tips for healthy parenting and motherhood. Practical, educational, and inspirational, the book provides self-reflective questions and guided journaling exercises for mothers, specifically related to aspects of their lives and mothering.

Mothering with Courage engages mothers in an interactive experience that will help map their own journey of motherhood, consciously creating it as they move through the book gaining insight and making personal choices. The text and exercises also guide mothers to mindfully choose the legacy of values and attitudes that they want to pass to their children. As a result, they will be given the opportunity to become a calm and connected mother... a mother who is also confident in her journey.

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The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting. Alfie Kohn, $20.00

Somehow, a set of deeply conservative assumptions about children — what they're like and how they should be raised — have congealed into the conventional wisdom in our society. Parents are accused of being both permissive and overprotective, unwilling to set limits and afraid to let their kids fail. Young people, meanwhile, are routinely described as entitled and narcissistic... among other unflattering adjectives.

In The Myth Of The Spoiled Child, Alfie Kohn systematically debunks these beliefs — not only challenging erroneous factual claims but also exposing the troubling ideology that underlies them. With the same lively, contrarian style that marked his influential books about rewards, competition, and education, Kohn relies on a vast collection of social science data, as well as on logic and humor, to challenge assertions that appear with numbing regularity in the popular press. These include claims that young people suffer from inflated self-esteem; that they receive trophies, praise, and 'As' too easily; and that they would benefit from more self-discipline and "grit." These conservative beliefs are often accepted without question, even by people who are politically liberal. Kohn's invitation to re-examine our assumptions is particularly timely, then; his book has the potential to change our culture's conversation about kids and the people who raise them.


No Contest: the Case against Competition, 20th Anniversary Edition. Alfie Kohn, $18.50

No Contest, which has been stirring up controversy since its publication in 1986, stands as the definitive critique of competition. Drawing from hundreds of studies, Alfie Kohn eloquently argues that our struggle to defeat each other — at work, at school, at play, and at home — turns all of us into losers.


Nurturing Spirituality in Children. Peggy Joy Jenkins, $17.50

The greatest gifts that a child can receive are an opened mind, a caring heart, and ignited creativity. Children who develop a healthy balance of mind and spirit are better able to respond to life's challenges when given the tools to think and discover for themselves. Dr. Jenkins gives scores of age-appropriate activities that help children learn empathy, trust, forgiveness, growth, and inner peace.

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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 with Patience: Turn Frustration Into Connection with 3 Easy Steps. Judy Arnall, $19.95

Discover what your child is capable of and learn new ways to help you manage stress and help your child manage frustration. Key messages in Parenting With Patience:

  • We need to be in control to teach our children self-control
  • We get ourselves calm first by time-out, then get our children calm by time-in, then solve the problem by time-together
  • We can separate our anger from our discipline and make better respectful decisions
  • Most parents' expectations of small children are too high. We need detailed information on child development to decide if it is a development issue or a discipline issue
  • Positive discipline has to begin with positive stress management

Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids. Susan Stiffelman, $23.50

Our children can be our greatest teachers. Parenting expert Susan Stiffelman writes that the very behaviors that push our buttons — refusing to cooperate or ignoring our requests — can help us build awareness and shed old patterns, allowing us to raise our children with greater ease and enjoyment. Filled with practical advice, powerful exercises, and fascinating stories from her clinical work, Parenting with Presence teaches us how to become the parents we most want to be while raising confident, caring children.

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Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us. Christine Gross-Loh, $19.00

Research reveals American kids today lag well behind the rest of the world in terms of academic achievement, happiness, and wellness. Christine Gross-Loh exposes the hidden, culturally-determined norms we have about “good parenting,” and asks, are there parenting strategies that other countries are getting right that we are not? This book takes us from Finland, and Sweden to Germany, France, Japan, China, Italy, and more, and examines how parents successfully foster resilience, creativity, independence and academic excellence in their children. Revealing the surprising ways in which culture shapes our parenting, Gross-Loh also offers objective, research-based insight into what strategies are best for children and why.


Parenting Without God: How to Raise Moral, Ethical, and Intelligent Children Free from Religious Dogma. Dan Arel, $17.95

Parenting Without God is for parents who lack belief in a god and who are seeking guidance on raising freethinkers in a Christian-dominated nation. It will help parents give their children the tools to stand up to attempts at religious proselytization, whether by teachers, coaches, friends, or even other family members. It also offers advice on teaching children to question what others tell them and to reach their own conclusions based on evidence and reason. Above all, the book argues that parents should lead by example — both by speaking candidly about the importance of secularism and by living an openly secular life.


Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask. Dalton Conley, $18.99

All parenting is about experimenting (whether you know it or not). It begins on the day our kids start to teethe, as we do backflips to distract them from the pain, and continues all the way through their teenage years, when we bribe them with video games to extract a few minutes of math. Now comes a book from a real scientist who has taken that experi­mentation further and deployed every last piece of data on his own kids so that the rest of us can benefit from the results. 

Emboldened by his keen understanding of cutting-edge research, Dalton Conley makes a series of unorthodox parenting moves. Just to name a few: He bribes his kids to do math because a study in Mexico indicates that conditional cash transfers improve kids’ educational achievement. He gives his children weird names to teach them impulse control because evidence shows that kids with unusual names learn not to react when their peers tease them. Conley tries a placebo on his son when the school wants to medicate him for ADHD, because studies prove the placebo effects are almost as big as those of the actual drugs.

Parentology hilariously reports the results of Conley’s experiments as a father, demonstrating that, ultimately, what matters most is love and engagement. He teaches you everything you need to know about the latest literature on parenting — with lessons that go down easy. You’ll be laughing and learning at the same time.

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ParentSpeak: What's Wrong with How We Talk to Our Childrenand What to Say Instead. Jennifer Lehr, $22.95

A provocative guide to the hidden dangers of “parentspeak” — those seemingly innocent phrases parents use when speaking to their young children.

Imagine if every time you praise your child with “Good job!” you’re actually doing harm? Or that urging a child to say “Can you say thank you?” is exactly the wrong way to go about teaching manners? Jennifer Lehr is a smart, funny, and fearless writer. Backing up her lively writing and arguments with research from psychologists, educators, and organizations like Alfie Kohn, Thomas Gordon, and R.I.E. (Resources for Infant Educarers), Ms. Lehr offers a conscious approach to parenting based on respect and love for the child as an individual.


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 Parenting: an Essential Guide. Rebecca Eanes, $20.00

Popular parenting blogger Rebecca Eanes believes that parenting advice should be about more than just getting kids to behave. Struggling to maintain a meaningful connection with her two little ones and frustrated by the lack of emotionally aware books for parents, she began to share her own insights with readers online. Her following has grown into a thriving community — hundreds of thousands strong.

In this eagerly anticipated guide, Eanes shares her hard-won wisdom for overcoming limiting thought patterns and recognizing emotional triggers, as well as advice for connecting with kids at each stage, from infancy to adolescence. This heartfelt, insightful advice comes not from an "expert," but from a learning, evolving parent. Filled with practical, solution-oriented advice, this is an empowering guide for any parent who longs to end the yelling, power struggles, and downward spiral of acting out, punishment, resentment, and shame — and instead foster an emotional connection that helps kids learn self-discipline, feel confident, and create lasting, loving bonds.

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The Present Parent Handbook: 26 Simple Tools to Discover That This Moment, This Action, This Thought, This Feeling Is Exactly Why I Am Here. Timothy Duke, $20.99

If you can recognize that your child needs to be witnessed, held, and loved by you, he or she will have a chance to thrive. With all the distractions of work, technology, and life in general, The Present Parent Handbook invites parents to be mentally and emotionally available to their children. In the present, there is the opportunity to show up, pay attention, and become the parent you want to be. With an easy-to-follow A-Z format, every parent will be able to implement the 26+ simple tools to become a more present parent for their children.


Promoting Young Children's Emotional Health and Wellbeing: a Practical Guide for Professionals and Parents. Sonia Mainstone-Cotton, $29.95

Positive emotional health in a child's earliest years can be a critical factor in their future development. Offering practical suggestions for games, activities and exercises designed to promote emotional wellbeing in young children, this essential guide showcases a wide range of approaches such as mindfulness and meditation, Forest School and Reggio Emilia to provide a hands-on reference for teachers and parents.

Drawing on over 25 years' experience as an early years professional, the author explores topics including playfulness, stillness, sensory play, creativity and staff wellbeing. Each topic references current best practices and international examples, and also includes a comprehensive list of further resources and activities. Providing an informative introduction to both theory and practice, this book demonstrates easy-to-implement ideas for any professional or parent engaging with young children.


Raise Your Kids without Raising Your Voice: Over 50 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Challenges. Sarah Chana Radcliffe, $16.50

Healthy parenting leads to healthy children. While it may seem obvious, it’s a goal that’s often difficult for parents to achieve, especially those who were raised in families where criticism and anger shaped their upbringing. And even those parents who come from healthy family environments struggle to make the right decisions when caught in a parenting ‘moment.’ Filled with practical solutions to everyday dilemmas, as well as offering a map for the larger parenting picture, Raise Your Kids Without Raising Your Voice gives all parents the techniques they need to maintain a peaceful, happy and healthy home.


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.

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The Reflective Parent: How to Do Less and Relate More with Your Kids. Regina Pally, $34.95

Figuring out how to raise happy, healthy, and successful kids can be overwhelming. Parents find themselves wading through tons of conflicting advice. Books that outline a “right way” of doing things can leave even the most dedicated caregiver feeling discouraged and inadequate when real life doesn’t measure up. An experienced psychiatrist and founder of the Center for Reflective Communities, Regina Pally serves up something totally different in her book. She argues that the key to successful parenting is learning to slow down, reflect, and recognize that there is no one key to doing it right.

The Reflective Parent synthesizes the latest in neuroscience research to show that our brain’s natural tendencies to empathize, analyze, and connect with others are all we need to be good parents. Each chapter weaves together discussions of specific reflective parenting principles like “Tolerate Uncertainty” and “Repair Ruptures” with engaging explanations of the science that backs them up. Brief “Take Home Lessons” at the end of each chapter and vivid examples of parents and children putting the principles into action make this a highly readable, practical guide for anyone looking to build loving, lasting relationships with their kids.


Reflective Parenting: a Guide to Understanding What's Going On In Your Child's Mind. Alistair Cooper & Sheila Redfern, $42.95

Have you ever wondered what’s going on in your child’s mind? This engaging book shows how reflective parenting can help you understand your children, manage their behaviour and build your relationship and connection with them. It is filled with practical advice showing how recent developments in mentalization, attachment and neuroscience have transformed our understanding of the parent-child relationship and can bring meaningful change to your own family relationships.

Alistair Cooper and Sheila Redfern show you how to make a positive impact on your relationship with your child, starting from the development of the baby’s first relationship with you as parents, to how you can be more reflective in relationships with toddlers, children and young people. Using everyday examples, the authors provide you with practical strategies to develop a more reflective style of parenting and how to use this approach in everyday interactions to help your child achieve their full potential in their development; cognitively, emotionally and behaviourally.

Reflective Parenting is an informative and enriching read for parents, written to help parents form a better relationship with their children. It is also an essential resource for clinicians working with children, young people and families to support them in managing the dynamics of the child-parent relationship. This is a book that every parent needs to read.


Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict Into Family Co-operation. Sura Hart & Victoria Kindle Hodson, $19.95

Do more than simply correct bad behavior — finally unlock your parenting potential. Use this handbook to move beyond typical discipline techniques and begin creating an environment based on mutual respect, emotional safety, and positive, open communication. Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids offers practical and compassionate ways to discover the mutual respect and nurturing relationships you’ve been looking for. Learn how to:

  • Set firm limits without using demands or coercion
  • Achieve mutual respect
  • Successfully prevent, reduce and resolve conflicts
  • Empower your kids to open up, cooperate, and realize their full potential
  • Successfully handle disagreements or problem behaviors
  • Transform anger and conflict into cooperation and trust
  • Create outstanding lifelong relationships with your children

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The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons. Amanda Blake Soule & Stephen Soule, $22.95

Many of us with busy families yearn for a slower and simpler life with our kids. The Rhythm of Family is a guide to living such a life for any family.

Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering around the woodstove in winter, our activities naturally change from season to season—from the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythms in our homes, our hearts, our families, and our every day. Paying attention to these changes slows us down, inspires new types of creative play and exploration, instills a sense of family togetherness, and deepens an awareness of nature and self that can make our lives, days, family, and earth grow stronger.

The Rhythm of Family explores what we learn and can gain as parents and families by encouraging and experiencing creativity and nature exploration with our children, the seasons can provide us with a rhythm that brings us close to the Earth and closer to our children.


The Science of Parenting: How Today’s Brain Research Can Help You Raise Happy, Emotionally Balanced Children, 2nd Edition. Margot Sunderland, $23.95

Backed by the most up-to-date scientific research, The Science of Parenting, 2nd Edition provides evidence-based parenting advice about how you should care for your child, with practical strategies from birth to 12 years of age. From separations and time apart to forms of discipline to the latest thinking on screen time, this guide traces the direct effect of different parenting practices on your child's brain. Summaries at the end of every chapter provide key takeaways and make action points simple and clear so you can begin to implement them immediately. The Science of Parenting shows what science can teach us about parenting — and the remarkable effects of love, nurture, and play on a child's development.


Scientific Parenting: What Science Reveals about Parental Influence. Nicole Letourneau, $24.99

Combining the expertise of its author — a celebrated expert in parent-infant mental health and mother of two — with the latest findings in gene-by-environment interactions, epigenetics, behavioural science, and attachment theory, Scientific Parenting describes how children's genes determine their sensitivity to good or bad parenting, how environmental cues can switch critical genes on or off, and how addictive tendencies and mental health problems can become hardwired into the human brain. The book traces conditions as diverse as heart disease, obesity, and depression to their origins in early childhood. It brings readers to the frontier of developmental research, unlocking the fascinating scientific discoveries currently hidden away in academic tomes and scholarly journals. Above all, Scientific Parenting explains why parenting really matters and how parents' smallest actions can transform their children's lives.

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ScreamFree Parenting: the Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool. Hal Edward Runkel, $17.99

The ScreamFree Philosophy is about letting go of our need to manage others and learning to focus more — much more — on managing ourselves. This means learning to calm our own emotional reactivity. Whenever we get reactive — whether by screaming, cutting ourselves off, overcompensating for others, or taking things personally or defensively — we operate out of our anxiety. ScreamFree Living takes this reactivity very seriously and stresses that the number one step toward creating the types of relationships we truly crave is learning to calm down. The ScreamFree Parenting principles will lead parents of all ages (with kids of all ages) to create and enjoy the family relationships they've always craved — starting now.


Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids. Kim John Payne, $19.00

Simplicity Parenting teaches parents how to worry less — and how to enjoy more. For those who want to slow their children’s lives down but don’t know where to start, Payne offers both inspiration and a blueprint for change. By doing less and trusting more, parents can create a sanctuary that nurtures children’s identity, well-being, and resiliency as they grow — slowly — into themselves. A manifesto for protecting the grace of childhood, Simplicity Parenting is an eloquent guide to bringing new rhythms to bear on the lifelong art of parenting.


The Soul of Discipline: the Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance — from Toddler to Teen. Kim John Payne, $31.00

Payne gives parents heartwarming help and encouragement by combining astute observations with sensitive and often funny stories from his long career as a parent educator and a school and family counselor. In accessible language, he explains the relevance of current brain- and child-development studies to day-to-day parenting.

Practical and rooted in common sense, The Soul of Discipline gives parents permission to be warm and nurturing but also calm and firm. It gives clear, doable strategies to get things back on track for parents who sense that their children’s behavior has fallen into a troubling pattern. And best of all, it provides healthy direction to the entire family so parents can spend less time and energy on outmoded, punitive discipline and more on connecting with and enjoying their kids.


Stay Positive In a Jar® Tips, Quotes, and Questions to Spark Upbeat Thoughts and Attitudes. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99 (all ages)

Boost positive thoughts and attitudes in kids (and adults!) of all ages with these uplifting reflections, prompts, tips, and quotes. Use the cards as a jumping-off point for conversation and contemplation on positive thinking and for taking positive action in big and small ways.

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The Strength Switch: How the New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish. Lea Waters, $36.00

This game-changing book shows us the extraordinary results of focusing on our children’s strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses. Most parents struggle with this shift because they suffer from a negativity bias, thanks to evolutionary development, giving them “strengths-blindness.” By showing us how to throw the “strengths switch,” Lea Waters demonstrates how we can not only help our children build resilience, optimism, and achievement but we can also help inoculate them against today’s pandemic of depression and anxiety.

As a strengths-based scientist for more than twenty years, ten of them spent focusing on strengths-based parenting, Waters has seen how this approach enhances self-esteem and energy in both children and teenagers. Yet more on the plus side: parents find it a particularly exciting and rewarding way to raise children. With many suggestions for specific ways to interact with your kids, Waters demonstrates how to discover strengths and talents in our children, how to use positive emotions as a resource, how to build strong brains, and even how to deal with problem behaviors and talk about difficult situations and emotions. As revolutionary yet simple as Mindset and Grit, The Strength Switch will show parents how a small shift can yield enormous results.


Strengths Based Parenting: Developing Your Children's Innate Talents. Mary Reckmeyer, $30.99

Unlike many parenting books, Strengths Based Parenting focuses on identifying and understanding what your children are naturally good at and where they thrive — not on their weaknesses. The book also helps you uncover your own innate talents and effectively apply them to your individual parenting style.

You'll find stories, examples and practical advice as well as a strengths assessment access code for parents and one for kids, so you can take the first step to discovering your innate talents and those of your children. Grounded in decades of Gallup research on strengths psychology, Strengths Based Parenting shows you how to uncover your kids' top talents and your own, guiding you to more fulfilling, productive and happy lives.


Teach Your Children Well: Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More Than Grades, Trophies, or “Fat Envelopes”. Madeline Levine, $17.99

Psychologist Madeline Levine brings together cutting-edge research and 30 years of clinical experience to explode once and for all the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame. Teach Your Children Well is a toolbox for parents, providing information, relevant research and a series of exercises to help parents clarify a definition of success that is in line with their own values as well as their children’s interests and abilities. Teach Your Children Well is a must-read for parents, educators, and therapists looking for tangible tools to help kids thrive in today’s high-stakes, competitive culture.


The Teachable Minute: the Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids. Connie Hebert, $19.95

Every day there are golden opportunities to teach your kids about the small — and big — things in life. The Teachable Moment shows parents how to recognize those moments. Taking advantage of them can lead to lifelong learning, and enhance your time with your kids in memorable ways for everyone.

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10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children — and Ourselves — the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives. Goldie Hawn, with Wendy Holden, $20.00

Inspired by the revolutionary MindUP program (developed under the auspices of the Hawn Foundation), the book offers easy-to-grasp insights from current behavioral, psychological, and neurological studies to show how our thoughts, emotions, and actions — including our ability to focus, manage stress, and learn — are all exquisitely interconnected. Hawn presents simple and practical ways to develop mindfulness in children and parents alike, and shares her own heartfelt experiences with the challenges and joys of parenting. 


Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. Sandra Aamodt & Sam Wang, $17.00

How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries-and difficulties-encountered by parents. In an effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better, parents will try almost anything, from vitamins to toys to DVDs. But how can we tell marketing from real science? And what really goes through your kid's growing mind-as an infant, in school, and during adolescence?

Neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang explain the facets and functions of the developing brain, discussing salient subjects such as sleep problems, language learning, gender differences, and autism. They dispel common myths about important subjects such as the value of educational videos for babies, the meaning of ADHD in the classroom, and the best predictor of academic success (hint: It's not IQ ). Most of all, this book helps you know when to worry, how to respond, and, most important, when to relax. Welcome to Your Child's Brain upends myths and misinformation with practical advice, surprising revelations, and real, reliable science. It's essential reading for parents of children of any age, from infancy well into their teens.


Well Played: the Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family's Playful Spirit. Meredith Sinclair, $24.99

In our age of digital addiction, many of us have lost our ability to be spontaneous. More parents are complaining that they no longer even remember how to play with their children, or their spouse, and even with their own friends. In Well Played, Meredith Sinclair helps families relearn what used to come naturally and shows how to find happiness through play. For children, playing comes naturally, or at least it used to. But today that kind of easy-going fun is harder to come by, for both kids and their parents. With hectic lifestyles and constant technology overload, families have simply forgotten how to play. The solution? Relearn how to integrate fun and creative play into our day-to-day lives.

Packed with fun and engaging line drawings, entertaining DIY projects, and hundreds of lists and tips on capturing the game-changing joy of goofing off, Well Played is an indispensable guide for families to incorporate quality fun and playtime into our daily lives. 

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What Am I Feeling? John Gottman & the Talaris Research Institute, $13.95

How we feel about our emotions — whether we value those emotions and how we cope — shapes how we nurture children. What Am I Feeling is adapted from John Gottman’s Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child and was created to introduce the basics of emotion ‘coaching’ to parents and caregivers. It helps adults identify their parenting and caregiving style and explains the five important steps in “emotion coaching” children, to ensure that children are guided to healthy emotional growth. Beautifully illustrated with photographs of parents and children.


The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $21.00

This pioneering, practical book explains the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures. The "upstairs brain," which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids can seem — and feel — so out of control. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child's brain and foster vital growth.

Complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.


The Whole-Brain Child Workbook: Practical Exercises, Worksheets, and Activities to Nurture Developing Minds. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $34.95

Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson speak to audiences all over the world about their immensely popular best-sellers, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. The message Dan and Tina continually receive from their audiences, whether live or virtual, is that people are hungry for the opportunity to take the Whole-Brain ideas and go deeper with them. Thanks to this new workbook, they now can.

A practical learning tool for parents, grandparents, therapists, teachers, and caregivers, The Whole-Brain Child Workbook has a unique, interactive approach that allows readers not only to think more deeply about how the ideas fit their own approach, but also develop specific and practical ways to implement the concepts, and bring them to life for themselves and for their children. 

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Yes I Can Be Kind to Me. Gary Yorke, $24.95 (ages 10 to adult, 2-6 players)

The Yes I Can — Be Kind to Me cards are designed to increase an individual’s appreciation for the power of being positive. The instructions include a number of fun activities and suggestions for using the cards.


Your Brain on Childhood: the Unexpected Side Effects of Classrooms, Ballparks, Family Rooms and the Minivan. Gabrielle Principe, $18.00

For most of human existence, childhood was spent in a natural environment. Children spent their days roaming in packs and playing on their own. They improvised their play, invented games, and made up their own rules.  

While modern environments have made life easier and more secure for children, scientists are finding that this new lifestyle is having unwanted side effects on children's brains. Today's structured & controlled surroundings are exactly wrong for developing brains. Children learn by exploration, experimentation & exposure to the real world.

In Your Brain On Childhood, developmental psychologist Gabrielle Principe reviews the consequences of raising children in today's highly unnatural environments and suggests ways in which we can learn to naturalize childhood again, so that a child's home and school environments gel with how the brain was designed to grow.

Fascinating and controversial, this well-researched discussion by an expert on child development will make readers rethink how we are raising our children.


Your Children are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear from You. Jim Taylor, $20.95

As a parent, your words, attitudes and actions are constantly sending your children messages. These messages influence their earliest ideas about themselves, others and the world around them. This practical guide helps you to stay "on message", to develop positive parenting skills and to make the most of this opportunity to give your children a great start in life.

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Complete Booklist

Active Parenting: a Parent's Guide to Raising Happy and Successful Children, 4th Edition. Michael Popkin, $18.95

All Joy and No Fun: the Paradox of Modern Parenthood. Jennifer Senior, $19.99

The Awakened Family: a Revolution in Parenting. Shefali Tsabary, $23.00

Becoming the Parent You Want to Be. Laura Davis & Janis Keyser, $29.00

The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Rituals for Holidays and Every Day, Revised Edition. Meg Cox, $19.99

Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential — and Endangered. Maia Szalavitz & Bruce Perry, $19.99

Calm and Compassionate Children: a Handbook. Susan Usha Dermond, $19.99

A Child’s Brain: Understanding How the Brain Works, Develops, and Changes During Critical Stages of Childhood. Robert Sylwester, $25.95

The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups. Leonard Sax, $22.49

The Complete Buddhism for Mothers. Sarah Napthali, $29.95

The Confident Child: Raising Children to Believe in Themselves. Terri Apter, $20.00

The Conscious Parent. Shefali Tsabary, $29.50

The Conscious Parent's Guide to Positive Discipline: a Mindful Approach for Building a Healthy, Respectful Relationship with Your Child. Jenifer Costa, $18.99

The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections. Amanda Soule, $23.00

Enjoying the Parenting Roller Coaster: Nurturing and Empowering Your Children through the Ups and Downs. Marie Masterson & Katherine Kersey, $29.95

Everyday Blessings: the Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Revised Edition. Jon & Myla Kabat-Zinn, $22.00

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Raising Mindful Children: Giving Parents the Tools to Teach Emotional Awareness, Coping Skills, and Impulse Control in Children. Jeremy Wardle & Maureen Weinhardt, $23.95

Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children without Going Nuts with Worry. Lenore Skenazy, $18.95

The Gender Agenda: a First-Hand Account of How Girls and Boys Are Treated Differently. Ros Ball & James Millar, $19.95

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Holding Tight, Letting Go: Raising Healthy Kids in Anxious Times. Benjamin Garber, $24.95

Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World. Ben Hewitt, $17.95

How to Influence Your Kids for Good: Unlock the Best in Your Children and Yourself. Sara Dimerman, $17.99

It’s OK NOT to Share... and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids. Heather Shumaker, $17.00

It's OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids. Heather Shumaker, $22.00

Joy Fixes for Weary Parents: 101 Quick, Research-based Ideas for Overcomin Stress and Building a Life You Love. Erin Leyba, $24.50

Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers: Create a Life That You and Your Chid Both Love. Faith Collins, $29.95

Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right: Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically. Barbara Coloroso, $24.00

Kids Are Worth It: Raising Resilient, Responsible, Compassionate Kids, Revised 2010. Barbara Coloroso, $22.00

Mindful Discipline: a Loving Approach to Setting Limits & Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child. Shauna Shapiro & Chris White, $24.95

Mindful Parenting. Kristen Race, $18.50

MINDSETS for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids. Mary Cay Ricci & Margaret Lee, $24.95

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees! Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illustrated by Gustavo Mazali, $7.99 (ages 4-7)

Mothering with Courage: the Mindful Approach to Becoming a Mom Who Listens More, Worries Less, and Loves Deeply. Bonnie Compton, $23.99

The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting. Alfie Kohn, $20.00

Nurturing Spirituality in Children. Peggy Joy Jenkins, $17.50

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

Parenting with Patience: Turn Frustration Into Connection with 3 Easy Steps. Judy Arnall, $19.95

Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids. Susan Stiffelman, $23.50

Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us. Christine Gross-Loh, $19.00

Parenting Without God: How to Raise Moral, Ethical, and Intelligent Children Free from Religious Dogma. Dan Arel, $17.95

Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask. Dalton Conley, $18.99

Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts. Michele Borba, $23.99

ParentSpeak: What's Wrong with How We Talk to Our Children — and What to Say Instead. Jennifer Lehr, $22.95

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 Parenting: an Essential Guide. Rebecca Eanes, $20.00

The Present Parent Handbook: 26 Simple Tools to Discover That This Moment, This Action, This Thought, This Feeling Is Exactly Why I Am Here. Timothy Duke, $20.99

Promoting Young Children's Emotional Health and Wellbeing: a Practical Guide for Professionals and Parents. Sonia Mainstone-Cotton, $29.95

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Raise Your Kids without Raising Your Voice: Over 50 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Challenges. Sarah Chana Radcliffe, $16.50

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

The Reflective Parent: How to Do Less and Relate More with Your Kids. Regina Pally, $34.95

Reflective Parenting: a Guide to Understanding What's Going On In Your Child's Mind. Alistair Cooper & Sheila Redfern, $42.95

Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict Into Family Co-operation. Sura Hart & Victoria Kindle Hodson, $19.95

The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons. Amanda Blake Soule & Stephen Soule, $22.95

The Science of Parenting: How Today’s Brain Research Can Help You Raise Happy, Emotionally Balanced Children, 2nd Edition. Margot Sunderland, $23.95

Scientific Parenting: What Science Reveals about Parental Influence. Nicole Letourneau, $24.99

ScreamFree Parenting: the Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool. Hal Edward Runkel, $17.99

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids. Kim John Payne, $19.00

The Soul of Discipline: the Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance — from Toddler to Teen. Kim John Payne, $31.00

Stay Positive In a Jar® Tips, Quotes, and Questions to Spark Upbeat Thoughts and Attitudes. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99 (all ages)

The Strength Switch: How the New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish. Lea Waters, $36.00

Strengths Based Parenting: Developing Your Children's Innate Talents. Mary Reckmeyer, $30.99

Teach Your Children Well: Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More Than Grades, Trophies, or “Fat Envelopes”. Madeline Levine, $17.99

The Teachable Minute: the Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids. Connie Hebert, $19.95

10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children — and Ourselves — the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives. Goldie Hawn, with Wendy Holden, $20.00

Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. Sandra Aamodt & Sam Wang, $17.00

Well Played: the Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family's Playful Spirit. Meredith Sinclair, $24.99

What Am I Feeling? John Gottman & the Talaris Research Institute, $13.95

When Anger Hurts Your Kids: a Parent’s Guide. Mathew McKay et al, $25.95

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $21.00

The Whole-Brain Child Workbook: Practical Exercises, Worksheets, and Activities to Nurture Developing Minds. Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, $34.95

Yes I Can — Be Kind to Me. Gary Yorke, $24.95 (ages 10 to adult, 2-6 players)

Your Brain on Childhood: the Unexpected Side Effects of Classrooms, Ballparks, Family Rooms and the Minivan. Gabrielle Principe, $18.00

Your Children are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear from You. Jim Taylor, $20.95

 

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