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Essential Parenting Books, Birth-Teenage Years

Christina Vlinder
The list author says: "These are books I've read that I think are very helpful for first-time parents. Parenting philosophies you will find here are : RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers), NVC (Nonviolent Communication/Compassionate Communication), Unconditional Parenting, Homeschooling, Democratic/Free Schools and books about healing your own childhood trauma so that you might parent in a more compassionate way."
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
"This book does a great job of covering the many options for birth, and the pros and cons of each."
Your Amazing Newborn
Your Amazing Newborn
"This book will help you appreciate all the things your newborn can do already.  It will help you recognize that your child, although hard to understand and at times frustrating, is a skilled and growing person that you can respect.  That's the first key to working together and building a relationship."
Dear Parent: Caring for Infants With Respect (2nd Edition)
Dear Parent: Caring for Infants With Respect (2nd Edition)
"A basic RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) book for 0-3 years.  The RIE approach will help you build a relationship with your child by trusting in their process of development and respecting their rights as a person."
Respecting Babies: A New Look at Magda Gerber's RIE Approach
Respecting Babies: A New Look at Magda Gerber's RIE Approach
"And alternate, or additional, book on RIE parenting (0-3 years)."
Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foodsand Helping Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater
Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foodsand Helping Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater
"Baby led weaning helps your child to develop a healthy relationship with eating by allowing them to proceed at their own pace."
1, 2, 3-- the toddler years: A practical guide for parents & caregivers
1, 2, 3-- the toddler years: A practical guide for parents & caregivers
"This book is very straightforward and easy to read.  A RIE book that does a great job of expanding on how to use respectful caregiving strategies after infancy."
The Emotional Life of the Toddler
The Emotional Life of the Toddler
"If you find your toddler frustrating or it seems like they are trying to push your buttons, taking a step into their inner world will help you continue a compassionate relationship.  This is a little more academic than 1, 2, 3, The Toddler Years."
The Block Book (NAEYC)
The Block Book (NAEYC)
"This is a fun and educational look into all the ways your child learns just by free playing with unit blocks.  Don't skip unit blocks for your child!  For toddlers to early elementary school."
Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Cooperation
Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Cooperation
"This book is most useful for older children (5+), although some of the ideas in here you will benefit from practicing from birth.  The philosophy is NVC (Nonviolent Communication), which uses intention and speech to help us communicate compassionately with each other.  This book has lots of great ideas and exercises for making the rather abstract concepts of NVC tangible and real for children."
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
"If you are interested in Nonviolent Communication, perhaps after reading Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids, this is a great 2nd book to read on the topic."
Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason
Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason
"Many parents like to say that they love their children "no matter what" but their children have a different impression ("My parents love me as long as I don't act up." or "My parents only love for me is dependent on my grades.")  This book will help you get on the same page for a more trusting and lasting relationship."
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
"This book has many concepts similar to NVC presented in a very easily readable way with summaries and comics.  I think the NVC approach is a little more on-target with respectful parenting, but this book has the advantage of being very easy to scan to remind yourself of what you can do in those trying times."
Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too
Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too
"Same authors as above and many similar topics, but with a focus on siblings.  A must-read if you have more than one child."
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
"This book will help you see the importance of allowing children freedom to play in nature, and the importance of loose-parts play."