Below are books we really like. You can borrow them from your library or order them from Parenting Press and other retailers.


Dealing with Disappointment: Helping Kids Cope When Things Don’t Go Their Way helps you avoid meltdowns by teaching kids of all ages to cope with frustration and disappointment. It covers:

  • what to do when kids do melt down
  • self-calming tools kids can use
  • a list of skills kids need to manage their feelings, and
  • how to teach kids skills they need

(By Elizabeth Crary, available from Parenting Press.)


STAR Parenting Tales & ToolsSTAR Parenting Tales and Tools: Respectful Guidance Strategies to Increase Parenting Effectiveness & Enjoyment offers you the information, tools, and process you need to be the best parent you can be for your child.  You will learn:

  • a four-step process to deal with routine and challenging behavior
  • to consider children’s temperaments, developmental stages, and your long-range goals
  • to use tools from five areas of healthy guidance (Avoid problems, Respond to cooperation, Acknowledge feelings, Set limits, and Teach new skills) in real-life situations.
  • to generate a variety of ideas for dealing with the situations you face
  • to recognize and avoid common errors using the child guidance tools

(By Elizabeth Crary, available from Parenting Press.)


Temperament ToolsTemperament Tools: Working with Your Child’s Inborn Traits
This book for ages 1 through 6 includes

  • how temperament commonly shows up
  • what’s normal for different temperament types
  • practical strategies to manage temperament issues
  • how adult and child temperament interact
  • how to help children understand their own temperament

(By Helen F. Neville and Diane Clark Johnson, available from Parenting Press.)


Is This a Phase?Is This a Phase? Child Development and Parent Strategies, Birth to 6 Years is for busy parents who want to stay on top of the quickly changing stages of early childhood. It clarifies how development affects daily living. You’ll learn:

  • ways development affects childcare needs and sibling rivalry
  • how artwork, eating, and communication change over time,
  • how to adjust praise and discipline at different ages
  • ways to talk about diversity or death in a developmentally sensitive way.
  • how to understand and manage many more common concerns.

(By Helen F. Neville, available from Parenting Press.)


Who, Me Lead a Group?Who, Me Lead a Group?  Yes, you.  This practical, reader friendly book takes you step-by-step through the process of group leadership.  A blend of theory and practice, the book offers specific examples for each step and includes what to do when problems arise.  People who work with adults in the community, business or any other setting can use the guidance in Who, Me. (By Jean Illsley Clarke, available from Parenting Press.)



Time-In: When Time-Out Doesn’t Work is the turn-to book when children don’t respond to time-out in the way the parents want.  Consider the 4As, Ask, Act, Attend, and Amend, and choose which to use first.  These empathic but firm alternatives help parents offer discipline that supports children’s problem solving and builds strong loving relationships with the parents.  (By Jean Illsley Clarke, published by Parenting Press.)


How Much Is Enough?How Much Is Enough? –  the question that children don’t want to hear and parents often stumble over is the topic the How Much Is Enough? books examine.  Based on the Overindulgence Research Studies, these books offer parents practical help from the Test of Four, which identifies overindulgence, to many short stories about the three ways parents overindulge and what to do instead.  (How Much Is Enough? and How Much Is Enough? Leader’s Guide (By Jean Illsley Clarke, available through Parenting Press.)


Mudras: Ancient Gestures to Ease Modern Stress Mudras are ancient hand gestures found all over the world. They can move us from anxious to calm, tense to relaxed, scattered to focused. Just as we can use “self-talk” to encourage ourselves, we can use “body talk,” the language of gestures, to actually change how we feel. After people have tried Mudras the recurring response is “There is so much payoff for a short time spent, and a small effort.” Mudras: Ancient Gestures to Ease Modern Stress describes mudras and provides suggestions on how to make mudras a part of our busy lives. To experience their results — give them a try. (By Emily Fuller Williams, available from Parenting Press.)

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