Recommended Reading for Parents

Attachment and Bonding


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And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives.
Gottman, John, Ph.D., Julie Schwartz Ph.D.

Having a baby is a joyous experience, but even the best relationships are strained during the transition from two to three. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework, and new financial concerns often lead to conflict, disappointment, and hurt feelings. In this book, experts John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman teach couples how to avoid the pitfalls of parenthood by: maintaining intimacy and romance, replacing a culture of criticism and irritability with one of appreciation, preventing postpartum depression, and creating a home environment that nurtures physical, emotional, and mental health, as well as cognitive and behavioral development for your baby.
Paperback, 498 pages

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Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences that Create Intelligence and Emotional Growth in Babies and Young Children.
Greenspan, Stanley, M.D.

Every parent wants to raise a bright, emotionally healthy, and moral child, yet no one has shown exactly how these qualities begin and how they can be matured. Greenspan draws upon his research and practice to identify six crucial and irreplaceable experiences that enable a child to reach their potential intellectually, emotionally and morally. Parents learn how to read a baby's cues, to identify each milestone, and encourage growth and development in these areas through every situation.
Paperback, 385 pages

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Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents.
McClure, Vimala.

Founder of International Association of Infant Massage, Vimala McClure helps you master the techniques of infant massage so you can incorporate this joyful and wonderful healing art into your baby's life. This book shares how massage benefits children; easing discomfort, releasing tension, helping premature infants gain weight, even helping asthmatic children improve breathing function.
Paperback, 241 pages  

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Parenting From The Inside Out: How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive.
Siegel, Daniel J., M.D., Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.

Gaining insight from new research in neurobiology and attachment, the authors explain how interpersonal relationships directly affect the development of the brain, and give parents a step-by-step approach toward a deeper understanding of themselves that will help them raise compassionate and resilient children. This book examines topics such as memory, emotion, and communication, revealing to parents: how your understanding of personal attachments to your parents affects your child's attachment to you, how your childhood experiences shape you in unexpected ways, how emotions shape your interpersonal life, and how your communication abilities affect connections with your children.
Paperback, 272 pages

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Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love.
Karen, Robert, Ph.D.

Robert Karen, a clinical psychologist, offers insight into the most fundamental issues of emotional life. He explores the parent-child bond within questions such as: How are our personalities formed? How do struggles with our parents reappear in the way we relate to others as adults? What are the risks of day care for children under one year of age, and what can parents do to manage those risks? What experiences in infancy will enable a person to develop healthy relationships as an adult?
Paperback, 498 pages


Social/Emotional Development

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Between Parent and Child: The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication.
Ginott, Dr. Haim G., Revised by: Dr. Alice Ginott & Dr. Wallace Goddard.

Based on the theory that parenting is a skill that can be learned, this handbook with show parents how to: discipline without threats, bribes, sarcasm, and punishment; criticize without demeaning, praise without judging, and express anger without hurting; Acknowledge rather than argue with children's feelings, perceptions, and opinions; respond so that children will learn to trust and develop self-confidence.
Paperback, 256 pages

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Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict into Cooperation.
Bailey, Becky A., Ph.D.

Dr. Bailey focuses on self-control and confidence building for both parent and child to help families move from turmoil to tranquility. Integrating principles on powers for self-control, basic discipline skills, and values for living into a seven week program offers families a practical way to put Bailey's methods to work. This book will reveal new ways of understanding and improving children's behavior, as well as your own. The best book on discipline Christine has ever read!
Paperback, 269 pages

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How Much Is Enough? Everything You Need to Know to Steer Clear of Overindulgence and Raise Likeable, Responsible and Respectful Children.
Clarke, Jean Illsley, Ph.D., Connie Dawson, Ph.D., David Bredehoft, Ph.D.

This book is a down-to-earth guide for parents to find the right balance between helping their children and overindulging them. Clarke, Dawson, and Bredehoft explain how giving children too much, over nurturing them, and providing them with soft structure will prevent them from learning many important life skills they need to become happy, healthy adults. This book gives parents smart advice, real-life stories, and effective parenting strategies to lead their children into a happy and successful life.
Paperback, 314 pages

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Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting.
Gottman, John, Ph.D.

Every parent knows the importance of equipping children with the intellectual skills they need to succeed in school and life. But children also need to master their emotions. This book is a guide for parents to teach their children to understand and regulate their emotional world. As acclaimed psychologist and researcher John Gottman shows, once they master this important life skill, emotionally intelligent children will enjoy improved self-confidence, greater physical health, enhanced performance in school, and healthier social relationships. Gottman equips parents with a five-step "emotion coaching" process that teaches how to: be aware of a child's emotions, recognize emotional expression as an opportunity for intimacy and teaching, listen with empathy and validate a child's feelings, label emotions in words a child can understand, help a child come up with an appropriate way to solve a problem or deal with a hard issue or situation.
Paperback, 240 Pages


Nurturing Brain Growth

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Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions From Birth Through Adolescence.
Hopson, Janet and Diamond, Marian. Dutton-Penguin Putnam Inc., New York 1998.

A beautifully written book on enrichment practices from conception to adolescence. Marion Diamond writes from her years of experience as a scientist, thoroughly discussing the work of others across the nation who have researched enrichment from every angle. She presents a very balanced recipe for enrichment at every stage of development. A fabulous resource list of related books, products, organizations, websites and learning centers are included.
Paperback, 465 pages



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What's Going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life.
Eliot, Lise. Bantam Books, New York 1999.

Neuroscientist and mother, Lise Eliot, details the journey of brain development from conception to age 5. She follows the development of each one of the senses and how parents and caregivers can provide stimuli for optimal development. This book is for the reader who is fascinated with brain development.
Paperback, 460 pages.

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Your Child's Growing Mind: A Practical Guide to Brain Development and Learning from Birth to Adolescence.
Healy, Jane M., Ph.D.

A reliable, clearly written guide to learning skills for children, Your Child's Growing Mind translates the most current scientific theories on nervous-system development into practical information for parents. Jane Healy explains how children develop language and memory, and addresses academic learning - reading, writing, spelling, and math.
Paperback, 331 pages

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The Whole- Brain Child
Siegel, Daniel J. M.D., Mind Your Brain Inc., and Bryson Creative Productions Inc. New York, 2011.

In this book, author demystifies the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures.
Hardback, 171 pages


Baby's Motor Development


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The Well Balanced Child

Sally Goddard Blythe

The Well Balanced Child is a passionate manifesto for a 'whole body' approach to learning which integrates the brain, senses, movement and play. This fully revised edition includes a new chapter on what parents can do to help children reach their full potential, physically and mentally. This practical, inspirational resource will help parents and educators to understand:

  • Why Movement Matters
  • How Music helps brain development
  • The role of nutrition, the brain and child growth
  • How to help children with learning and behavioural problems
    Paperback, 280 pages 


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Amazing Babies: Essential Movement for Your Baby in the First Year.
Stokes, Beverly. Move Alive Media, Inc. Toronto, ON 2002.

A well-organized movement map of baby's development designed to engage the parent/caregiver in the developmental movement patterns infants progress through during the first year. Amazing Babies will validate the benefits of floor time for adults with babies. Fully illustrated with photos.
Paperback, 221 pages

Community Classes

The Listening Mothers™ program offers a unique opportunity for parents of babies birth through six months of age to discover the joys of parenting. Our science based curriculum will help you turn the present moment into a positive moment!

Eight Week Series Offers:

  • Mindful based skills to help reduce stress and encourage balance
  • An environment to discover your own inner wisdom
  • Skilled professionals & mindfully trained facilitators
  • Parent & child self-awareness with a focus on self-regulation, self-compassion and parent and child emotional development
  • Emphasis on the importance of parent/child attachment
  • Parental confidence and empowerment
  • A community of like-minded parents who aspire to be the best parents they can be and are willing to embark on the parenting journey with an open mind, curiosity and willingness to explore.