Your Child’s Self Esteem (read this often!): Dorothy Corkille-Briggs
Any and all books by: Dr.William Sears. Visit his web site to see all of his books, and browse through his exhaustive resources. His parenting and child development books cover children from in utero to adolescence and are indispensable. While William Sears is a practising Christian, I have found that he keeps this aspect of his life out of his books, unless the topic is clearly noted in the title of the book (which numbers one). Dr. Sears’ books are available at any book store.
Dr. Jack Newman’s Visual Guide to Breastfeeding: this is a DVD rather than a book. This exceptional link has a description of this invaluable resource, as well as many articles and video clips from this world renowned expert.
Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding: by Dr. Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman. Dr Newmand is a world renowned breastfeeding expert and advocate, and leading researcher in the field of breastfeeding. He is the former chief of paediatrics at Doctor’s Hospital in Toronto and father of three breast fed children.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: La Leche League International. Filled with research along with personal stories from mothers; provides mothers with the tools needed to make informed decisions about birth, breastfeeding, and parenting.
How to Talk so Kids will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk: (excellent ideas, concrete examples) Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Raising Your Spirited Child: (not just for spirited children – all kids and parents can benefit from Kurcinka’s good advice) Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles: (another gem, particularly good for preschoolers) Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Kids are Worth It: (very clear, very warm and humorous, and chock full of excellent ideas) Barbara Colorosa
Real Boys: (truly brilliant – a must read) William Pollack
Giving the Love that Heals: Hendrix and Hunt
The Winning Family Love and Anger: the Parental Dilemma . Nancy Samalin
Playground Politics: (child development from ages 6-12; one of the few good books to cover this age group) Stanley Greenspan
Free to Feel Great: (exercises to do with your kids to enhance their self esteem, their feelings of being able to “cope” with anything, and non-competitive games) Terry Orlick (a well known sports psychologist)