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Old 01-29-2003, 01:55 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi Everyone,
I found really cheap books and the site sent me a coupon so I am wondering what parenting books you have that you could not live without. Is there one that changed the way you parent your children or the way you view your role as a parent. I am really curious.

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This is a list of books I have jotted down after people mention them (other threads on this topic have occurred, maybe in the Books, Movies Media forum). So, maybe this list will jog some memories and people can say what they like or don't like:

Smart Medicine For A Healthier Child & Naturally Healthy Babies & Children

Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper

Giving Birth - Catherine Taylor

Siblings without Rivalry -- Adele Faber
For your Own Good -- Alice ******
Families Where Grace is in Place -
Biblical Parenting -
The Mask of Motherhood - Susan Maushart
Birthing from Within

Related to Parenting:
The Continuum Concept : In Search of Happiness Lost
by Jean Liedloff

Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child
by Katie Allison Granju, Betsy Kennedy

Natural Family Living : The Mothering Magazine Guide to Parenting
by Peggy O'Mara, et al

Our Babies, Ourselves : How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
by Meredith F. Small

The Mother Trip : Hip Mama's Guide to Staying Sane in the Chaos of Motherhood
by Ariel Gore, Ellen Forney (Illustrator)

The Baby Book : Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
by William Sears, Martha Sears

Becoming the Parent You Want to Be : A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years
by Laura Davis, Janis Keyser

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber, et al

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
by Gwen Gotsch, Judy Torgus

Magical Child
by Joseph Chilton Pearce

Natural Learning Rhythms : Discovering How and When Your Child Learns
by Josette Luvmour, Sambhava Luvmour

The Path of Parentin,
by Vimala McClure

When Your Child Drives You Crazy
by Eda Leshan, Catherine Whitney

Love and Anger : The Parental Dilemma
by Nancy Samalin, Catherine Whitney

Why Can't I Be the Parent I Want to Be? : End Old Patterns and Enjoy Your Children
by Charles H. Elliott, Laura L. Smith

The Aware Baby
by Aletha J., Ph.D. Solter

Helping Young Children Flourish
by Aletha Jauch, Solter

Everyday Blessings : The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
by Myla Kabat-Zinn, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Smart Love
by Martha Heineman Pieper, William J. Pieper

Kids Are Worth It! : Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline
by Barbara Coloroso

Laughter and Tears : The Emotional Life of New Mothers
by Elizabeth Bing, et al

Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles : Winning for a Lifetime
by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
by Kevin Leman

Raising a Thinking Child : Help Your Young Child to Resolve Everyday Conflicts and Get Along With Others : The 'I Can Problem Solve'
Program
by Myrna B. Shure, et al

Parenting Young Children : Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (Step) of Children Under Six
by Don C. Dinkmeyer

Kid Cooperation : How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading and Get Kids to Cooperate
by Elizabeth Pantley, et al

The Whole Parent : How to Become a Terrific Parent Even If You Didn't Have One
by Debra Wesselmann
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Wow thank you so much. Do you have any favorites.

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While I was pregnant I bought LLL's "The Womanly Art" and Dr. Sears' "the Baby Book". Those are the only two I own or need. Oh yeah, I do also have "Attachment Parenting" by Katie Granju (also a great book).
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Same as puppytails.

"The Baby Book" by Dr. William and Martha Sears

and

"The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" by LLL.

I refer to both alot.

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"You Are Your Child's First Teacher" by Rahima Baldwin...excellent!!!
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The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff changed my life!

I have and like "The Baby Book" Sears
and love Circle Round, Raising Children in Goddess Traditions
and have and am not impressed with Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child

I want How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber, et al, "Diaper Free" by Ingrid Bauer and "Beyond the Rainbow Bridge" (I don't remember who it is by).
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After my second son was born, I experienced what a lot of moms deal with, depression, fatigue, etc. I found a great book called "The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood", a very pro-attatchment parenting type book that helped me greatly when I needed it. I've loaned it out so I don't have the authors name. It saved my sanity...despite the title, it's not a downer at all, very encouraging.

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Thank you for all the good ideas everyone.
Peggy I read and reread You are your childs first teacher until the cover fell off. LOL Alas I loaned it to a friend years ago and I haven't seen it since. It is the book that started me on all this "nonsense" as my mom calls it and if any one else is looking at this I highly reccomend it too.

I know this is a little IT but what about good cookbooks?

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In addition to some of those already mentioned, I love "The Family Virtues Guide: Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves" by Linda Kavelin Popov. This is a wonderful, easy-to-read book that i've never heard of anyone reading but myself--but it fits very well with AP principles, I feel.
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I have lots of parenting-type books that have been helpful (Sears, etc.) but one of my favorites of all time is Anne Lamott's A Journal of My Son's First Year.

If you ever think you're the only one feeling less than motherly, read this book. Full of humor, compassion, spirituality.
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Kids Are Worth It! by Barbara Coloroso

and

The Baby Book by Dr. Sears

and

The Discipline Book by Dr. Sears

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The Birth Book, The Baby Book, The Discipline Book, and The Family Nutrition Book (Sears) have been invaluable to me.

Also Mothers Who Think (Peri/Moses) is a great collection of stories written by mothers with different views and insights- a GREAT read.

I have dozens of cookbooks but I use The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook often. Kind of a good all-around book with a nice section on meatless meals.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by HotMama
[B]The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff changed my life!

Wow! I'd love to hear more about this book. I haven't come across it. Would you mind sharing how it changed your life?

Thanks!
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Every other sentence in The Continuum Concept made me go ah ha...it gave me an anchor in who I wanted to become as a parent. I read it while training as a midwife years ago. That path diverged, but I just reread TCC when I finally became a Mama and it rings even more clear. An example is I've been thinking about the "terrible two's" idea here in our western culture. We become very child-centered as parents here and often look to the child to "tell us" what they want...when we are the adults the child looks to for stability and guidance. They become insecure and challenging when we are not "doing our job" of being the "grownups." Not meaning being authoritarians, just not making our lives revolve around them - they need to see what we do to grow and become the social beings they are. It is a deep, yet easy to read book that is no longer than it should be (some go on longer than is interesting: ) I do have disagreements with a few of her conclusions, but appreciate that she puts her ideas out there. There's even a website Continuum Concept I hope this is clear, I am pretty tired just now. Anyway, read the book and enjoy some Ah Ha moments.
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Of the many books that have been very meaningful to me, Kid's, Parents, and Power Struggles is the one that had (and still has) me jumping up and down, grabbing dh, and saying, "Whoa! Listen to this! This is SO RIGHT!" It's really helping us undo all the bs we thought we'd dealt with a long time ago. You know... the stuff that comes out of your mouth and sounds like your mother. It's really helped us cut through a lot of confusion, too: "Why is she acting like this? Why is she so angry?? Why won't she pick up her toys or do her homework?" This is the one book I really couldn't live without.
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cannot live without Sears baby book. Every time baby does or gets something new I go right in there and it tells you what's happening
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Chicklet - I loved Mothers Who Think! While not a parenting book, it is a wonderful collection of stories from moms. I especially liked the birthing one about the woman, her DH andFIL driving t the hospital through city traffic while in labor. I read this while in the last weeks of my first (and only thus far!)pregnancy - what a great distraction, full of laughs.

I also recommend "The Continuum Concept", "How to talk so kids will listen, and listen so kids will talk", "The Discipline Book", "Kids are Worth It",
and I found "The Nursing Mothers' Companion" by Kathleen Huggins and "Nursing Mother, Working Mother" by Gayle Pryor to be terrific breastfeeding resources.

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I have really enjoyed 'Our Babies, Ourselves' by Meredith Small (similar to 'the Continuum Concept', but written by an anthropologist and much better IMO) and 'Playful Parenting' by Lawrence Cohen (a wonderful book about how to use play to enhance your attachment with your kids).
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by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

"In this interpretation of the relationships between mothers and fathers, mothers and babies, and mothers and their social group, Hrdy offers a revolutionary new meaning to motherhood, and an important new understanding of human evolution."

I loved this book. I read it with Our Babies Ourselves , and the two books worked well together. One picked up where the other left off; one amplified and reinforced the other.
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