Tackling One of Life's Most Difficult Jobs

Recently a Washington Post article discussed a study that suggests that yelling is as harmful as spanking when disciplining children. So what should parents do? The library has a wide range of parent guides that might be what you need to help you navigate one of life’s toughest jobs: parenting.

Bébé Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting
Pamela Druckerman

Witty and brimming with common sense, this title offers a mix of practical tips and guiding principles to help parents find their way.

Duct Tape Parenting: A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient KidsDuct Tape Parenting book cover
Vicki Hoefle

Gives parents a new perspective on what it means to be effective, engaged parents and to enable kids to develop confidence through problem solving.

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

When overwhelmed with “too much,” children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Use this book for inspiration, ideas, and as a blueprint for change.

Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Calm, Cool and Connected
Susan Stiffelman

A guide for busy parents on how to promote harmony in a family.

Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool
Hal Edward Runkel

This book will encourage you to calm your emotional reactions and learn to focus on your own behavior more than that of your children.

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

Challenges the hidden, culturally-determined norms we have about good parenting, and asks, the question, “What are other countries doing that we aren’t?”
 
The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to ParentingThe Honest Toddler book cover
Bunmi Laditan

This parenting book like no other will leave moms and dads laughing and maybe cringing as they recognize their own child in the words of this honest toddler.
 
Everyday Parenting Toolkit: The Kazdin Method for Easy, Step-by-Step, Lasting Change for You and Your Child

Alan E. Kazdin
Strategies for everyday child-rearing challenges that guide you through every developmental stage—from toddler to teenager.
 
Raising a Self-Reliant Child: A Back-to-Basics Parenting Plan From Birth to Age 6

Alanna Levine
With this guide, parents can end daily power struggles with their preschoolers, toddlers and infants and create more time for the family.

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

Called “the ultimate parenting bible” by The Boston Globe, this title utilizes real-life situations.

Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success
Madeline Levine

Combines cutting-edge research with years of clinical experience to shift focus to a parenting style that promotes academic success, a sense of purpose, and meaning in life.