Parents often ask me for book recommendations, and I'm sometimes at a bit of a loss because I rarely come across a book that I can endorse without reservation. (I'm very, very picky!)
So before I suggest a title, I typically issue the disclaimer that I hope parents will see books and other parenting resources not as instruction manuals to be followed rigidly or blindly, but rather as sources of ideas to contemplate, experiment with, and customize.
That said, here are a few resources that have been inspiring and informative for me:
http://www.handinhandparenting.org/ (Which is obviously not a book, but a website with lots of great articles, plus some inexpensive pamphlets that can be ordered.)
Becoming the Parent You Want To Be: A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years by Laura Davis and Janis Keyser
Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles: Winning for a Lifetime by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children By Ross Greene
Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It by Gabor Mate
Please Stop the Rollercoaster!: How Parents of Teenagers Can Smooth Out the Ride by Sue Blaney
Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex, A Hands on, practical guide to coping with custody issues that arise with an uncooperative ex-spouse by Ross and Corcoran (and I have to go on record as saying I REALLY don't like this title, but the content is excellent. I recommend using a book cover because it pains me to think of a child thinking that one parent considers the other to be a jerk!)
I have posted a rather extensive list of recommended resources on many topics, including parenting, on my other website: http://www.karenalonge.com/resource.htm. I haven't updated it to include my up-to-the-minute favorites, but there's enough there to keep you busy for quite a while.
I'd love to hear your recommendations, so please let me know about your favorites by posting a comment, so others can enjoy them as well!
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