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Parenting books

Positive Discipline Series by Jane Nelson

Hold on to Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld

Ages and Stages: A Parent’s Guide to Normal Childhood Development by Charles E. Schaefer and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo

Bright from the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3 by Jill Stamm

A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by Webb, Gore, Amend, and DeVries

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students by Fonseca

Raising Cain by Michael Thompson, PhD

Your One Year Old by Louise Bates Ames, PhD (as well as the other books in the series)

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Dan Siegel

Parenting from the Inside Out by Dan Siegel

No Drama Discipline by Dan Siegel

Any book by Laura Markham

Any book by Vicki Hoefle

Any book by Shafali Tsabary

Any book by Susan Stiffelman

Any book by Adele Faber (books about communication and sibling rivalry)

This list from Zen Parenting Radio.

These development books by Louise Bates Ames

Bowlby on attachment theory.

Any book by Alyson Schafer

The Explosive Child and Raising Human Beings by Dr. Ross Greene

The End of American Childhood by Paula Fass

The Self-Driven Child by Stixrud and Johnson

The Good News About Bad Behavior by Lewis

The 5 Love Language of Children by Chapman

Simplicity Parenting by Payne

No Bad Kids by Lansbury

Peaceful Parent by Markham

Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings by Markham

Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn

Mind in The Making by Galinsky 

Out of Sync Child by Kranowitz

Differently Wired by Reber

The Collapse of Parenting by Sax

Every Day Blessings by Kabat-Zinn

The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Kenison

The Dance of Anger by Lerner

My Body My Self by Madaras

Family Meeting Workbook by foldes

The Thinking Parents Guide to Talking About Sex by Roffman

Drive by Pink

The Awakened Family by Tsabary

Changing the Game by O’Sullivan

The Parent Tao Te Ching by Martin 

Mitten Strings for God by kenison

Is This Your Child? By Rapp

Quiet by Susan Cain

Odd Girl Out by Simmons

Sex is a Funny Word by silverberg

Scattered Minds by Mate

Rest Play Grow by MacNamara

The Body Keeps the Score by Kolk

The Drama of the Gifted Child by Miller

The Gardener and the Carpenter by Gopnik

The Orchid and the Dandelion by Boyce

The Highly Sensitive Child by Aron

Atomic Habits by Clear

How To Raise A Boy by Reichert

Middle School Matters by Fagell

Parenting the Teen in the Age of Anxiety by Duffy

How To Stop Losing Your Shit With Your Kids by Numburg

How to be a Happier Parent by Dell’Antonia

The Gift of Failure by Lahey

Raising a Screen-Smart Kid by Miner

The Book of Awakening by Nepo

I Minds by Swingle

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better by chodron

The Gift of Adversity by Rosenthal

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Brain, Parenting, and Thought-Research

Nurtureshock by Po Bronson

The Mindful Brain by Dan Siegal

Mindsight by Dan Siegal

Brainstorm by Dan Siegal

Buddha’s Brain by Hanson

The Heart’s Code by Paul Pearsall

Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky


Bossy Pants by Tina Fey


Nurturing the Soul of your Family by Renee Peterson Trudeau

A Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal by Renee Peterson Trudeau

Hand Wash Cold by Karen Maezen Miller

Momma Zen by Karen Maezen Miller

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Paradise in Plain Site by Karen Maezen Miller