Based on my clinical work with families, below is a list of selected books which I recommend to both parents and educators.
Recommended reading for parents
The opposite of worry: The playful parenting approach to childhood anxieties and fears. Author: Cohen, L. (2013). Publisher: Random House.
Because the opposite of worry is play, this is a great resource for managing children's anxiety using playful techniques.
Parenting from the inside out: How a deeper self-understanding can help you raise children who thrive. Author: Hartzell, M. & Siegel, D.J. (2014). Publisher: Scribe.
An exploration of how parents' childhood experiences affect their parenting and how to raise compassionate and resilient children.
You are my world: How a parent's love shapes a baby's mind. Author: Hatkoff, A. (2007). Publisher: Stwart, Tabori & Chang
A beautiful book acknowledging the profound influence that a parent's love has on a baby's emotional and social development.
Raising a secure child: How Circle of Security Parenting can help you nurture your child's attachment, emotional resilience, and freedom to explore. Author: Hoffman, K. Cooper, G., Powell, B., & Benton, C.M. (2017). Publisher: Guilford.
This book offers parents a map of healthy attachment and how to use self-reflection to meet your child's needs.
Simplicity parenting: Using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier, and more secure kids. Author: Payne, K.J. (2010). Publisher: Random House.
Practical ideas on how to reduce too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time to help children flourish.
The whole brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child's developing mind. Author: Siegel, D.J. & Bryson, T.P. (2012). Publisher: Random House.
Really accessible strategies to foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer and happier children.
What every parent needs to know: Love, nurture and play with your child (2nd ed.). Author: Sunderland, M. (2016). Publisher: Dorling Kindersley.
Clearly written book on what science can teach us about parenting a child from 0 to 12 years.
Recommended children's story books and workbooks for use by parents and educators with
children who are experiencing anxiety or who carry big feelings.