Recommended Reading

PARENTING BOOKS THAT I LOVE (not toddler-specific):

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, Third Edition: Encouraging Your Child’s Natural Development from Birth to Age Six, by Rahima Baldwin Dancy. Ten Speed Press (3rd ed.), 2014.


Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids, by Kim John Payne with Lisa M. Ross. Ballantine Books, 2010.

Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected, by Susan Stiffelman. Simon & Schuster, 2012.


Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents, by Christine Carter. Ballantine Books, 2010.

Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Confidence, by Lawrence Cohen. Ballantine Books, 2002.


Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry), by Lenore Skenazy. Jossey-Boss, 2010.



No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame, by Janet Lansbury. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.


Twelve Alternatives to Time Out: Connected Discipline Tools for Raising Cooperative Children, by Ariadne Brill. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.


• Positive Discipline: The First Three Years: From Infant to Toddler—Laying the Foundation for Raising a Capable, Confident Child (rev. & updated ed.), by Jane Nelson. Harmony, 2015.

• Positive Discipline for Preschoolers: For Their Early Years, Raising Children Who are Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful (Positive Discipline Library), by Jane Nelson. Harmony, 2007.


• This Is the Way We Wash A Day (Singing with Children Series Song Book and CD) (4th ed.), by Mary Thienes Schunemann. Naturally You Can Sing, 2003.

• Sing A Song with Baby (Singing with Children Series Song Book and CD), by Mary Thenes Schunemann. Naturally You Can Sing, 2001.

• Juniper Tree School of Puppetry Arts ( All of her story collections, puppet/story kits, are lovely. Or take one of her classes.

• Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children, by Sharon Lovejoy. Workman Publishing Company, 1999.

• Festivals, Families and Food, by Diana Carey and Judy Large. Hawthorne Press, 1982.


• The Parenting Passageway (

• Janet Lansbury: Elevating Child Care (

• Waldorf in the Home (


• LifeWays North America offers Certificate Trainings and online classes: (

• RIE: Resources for Infant Educarers offers classes, trainings, and conferences (

• Mothering Arts offers online classes and trainings (

• Sophia’s Hearth offers a Birth to Seven Certificate, summer courses and weekend workshops (https://www.

• Juniper Tree School of Puppetry Arts offers weekend workshops up to full-year trainings (


More Books I Like:

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish


Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children, by Po Bronson

Raising Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (this is an older book, but a good one. Its focus is on helping your children gain emotional self-control through “emotion coaching”)

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. (I’m just reading this one now, and I’m not sure what ages it really focuses on yet. But the message is VERY compatible. I love their phrase: Connect, THEN Redirect.)


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