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Annotated Bibliography of Parenting Books by Author's Last Name: A - L

Acredolo, Linda and Susan Godwyn
Contemporary Books, 1996

Provides a beautifully simple and fun way to enhance communication with a preverbal child. The easy-to-use signs give you a window into your child's world and help toddlers communicate needs and reduce frustration.

Alban Gosline, Andrea and Lisa Burnett Bossi
Conari Press, 2002

A complication of birth stories, birth customs from around the world, literary excerpts, and spiritual guidance for mothers and about motherhood. Contributing to this book are such literary, world, and spiritual figures as Maya Angelou, Princess Grace of Monaco, Vladimir Nabokov, Carl Jung, Mother Teresa, E. B. White, the Dali Lama, and many others.

Anand, RK
Vakils, Feffer, and Simons PVT. Ltd., 2001

Combining traditional Indian parenting with research-based information, Dr. RK Anand’s Guide to Childcare provides clear, concise answers to questions concerning breastfeeding as well as general childcare. Written with the Indian mother as the target audience, this book provides a cross-cultural perspective to raising children. The author’s religious beliefs are reflected throughout the book.

Arnall, Judy
Professional Parenting Canada, 2007

This book provides parents with 135 tools for raising caring, responsible children without spanking, punishment, or time-outs. The author, also the founder of Attachment Parenting Canada, explains a form of gentle discipline that parents and children can feel good about.

Banno, Melissa & Ann Willms
Self-published, 2002

A collection of poems, This Moment embraces mothering in a soft, gentle way. The collection demonstrates the authors’ reverence for the simple moments with children, and their appreciation of the experience of motherhood in a refreshing and inspiring way.

Barnes, Bridget and Steven York
Boys Town, 2001

Practical, clear, balanced approach to parenting young children. It stresses teaching in place of punishment and helps the parent set reasonable expectations based on a child's age and developmental level. Includes one regrettable reference that identifies baby recognizing the bottle as a developmental milestone. (Reviewed in New Beginnings, March-April 2003.)

Bauer, Ingrid
DIAPER-FREE: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene
Natural Wisdom Press, 2001

In many cultures around the world, babies are raised without diapers. Mothers observe by small signals and cues when their babies are ready to eliminate, just as they tell by cues that babies are ready to nurse. Bauer, a Canadian mother, describes how to care for a baby without using diapers and offers many suggestions from other parents about common concerns and challenges. LLLI does not recommend any specific diapering method.

Berman, Raeann and Bernard Shulman
Surrey, 2nd ed., 2001

A guide to the issues that arise as we care for our aging parents. The focus is on the emotional and practical needs of elderly parents and adult children, with comparisons to other stages of parenting. It stresses the importance of effective communication skills and understanding the development stages of aging.

Biddulph, Steve
RAISING BOYS: Why Boys Are Different and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men
Celestial Arts, 1996

Psychologist Steve Biddulph offers parents and educators a look at the developmental requirements necessary for boys to grow up happy and healthy.

Blois, Maria
Pharmasoft, 2005

This book discusses how wearing babies in baby carriers helps them to nurse better, sleep more soundly, and experience contented moments of quiet alertness when awake. Babywearing provides important information about the many different types of baby carriers available.

Bolster, Alice
FATHERWISE: 101 Tips for a New Father
LLLI, 1999

In the tradition of MOTHERWISE, this book by the same author offers practical, nurturing wisdom for new fathers. Written in an easy to read format, tips from new and experienced fathers are compiled to encourage a strong bond between father and child.

Bolster, Alice
MOTHERWISE: 101 Tips for a New Mother
LLLI, 1997

This concise book offers practical, nurturing wisdom in a format that is easily accessible to busy new mothers. It presents the principles of LLLI philosophy in succinct, concrete tips that affirm the value of motherhood, breastfeeding, and sensitivity to baby's needs. Written by an LLL Leader, this book captures the conversational mother-to-mother support offered in a Group meeting, and reassures mothers that they know what is best for their babies. Available in English, German, and Spanish.

Borba, Michele
12 SIMPLE SECRETS REAL MOMS KNOW: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids
Jossey-Bass, 2006

After surveying five thousand mothers, the author shares what she considers to be the "top 12 secrets" of child rearing. Topics covered include reducing guilt and stress in your life, giving children the gifts of good character and confidence, and how a few uncomplicated changes can bring happiness to your family.

Borba, Michele
Jossey-Bass, 2001

A clear, thoughtful discussion of the importance of helping children develop specific moral values. The author includes helpful evaluation tools, developmental stages, list of resources, and exercises that families can do together to promote development of empathy, conscience, self-control, respect, kindness, tolerance, and fairness. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jul-Aug 2004.)

Borba, Michele
Jossey-Bass, 2005

Based on a survey of five thousand teachers and parents, Borba has compiled 25 skills children can use in order to create lasting friendships all the while dealing confidently with the varied social and peer pressures surrounding them.

Borba, Michele
PARENTS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: How to Raise Kids with Solid Characteristics, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts
Jossey Bass, 1999

The author identifies eight skills considered critical to success: positive self-esteem, cultivating strengths, communicating, problem solving, getting along, goal setting, not giving up, and caring. Checklists help parents identify where their child may be having trouble. Resources, including books, videos and Web sites, are provided to help parents reinforce each success skill. Directed towards parents of children 3-12.

Brennan, Heidi
Mothers at Home, 1992

This collection of stories, poems, and anecdotes celebrates women who view staying home with their children as a positive experience rather than a burden. LLL does not agree with some of the suggestions and resources concerning nighttime parenting. (Reviewed in New Beginnings, July-Aug 1993.)

Britton, Lesley
Crown, 1993

This presentation of the Montessori method of teaching helps parents teach their children the basics and also recognize their child's unique personality, while helping the child to develop intellectually, psychologically, and emotionally.

Budd, Linda
Parenting Press, rev. ed., 2003

Do these traits describe your child -- active alert, bright, controlling, fearful, intense, attention getting, trouble getting along with others, fluctuating self-esteem, performers, empathetic ability? Budd profiles children with these eleven traits and offers new insights into family interactions. Her strategies encourage parents to provide the warmth and structure that active alert children need. This book is appropriate for parents whose children are over the age of two, and the new expanded 3rd edition now includes chapters related to teenagers and active alerts as adults. This book is a fabulous resource for parents. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 2005.)

Burke, Ray
Boys Town Press, 1996

A simple, practical guide for effective discipline. Clearly outlines the differences between punishment and teaching, positive and negative consequences, expectations, praise, and more. More specific and step-by-step guidelines than other more theoretical discipline books. The chart on positive consequences that cost no money and the entire chapter "Staying Calm" are especially helpful. For children 3-16.

Campbell, Ross
Cariot Victor, rev. ed. 1992

Focuses on the importance of showing our children that we really love them. Good discussion of discipline and the child's acceptance of it. However, LLL disagrees with spanking even as a last resort. Author states strong personal religious convictions. Readers will find many positive reinforcements of LLL principles throughout the book. Second edition includes a new chapter, "A Child's Anger," which explores passive-aggressive behavior. (First edition reviewed in LEAVEN Nov-Dec 1978)

Campbell, Ross
Victor, rev. ed. 1993

Helps parents learn to give unconditional love to teens through eye contact, physical contact, and focused attention. Emphasizes that parents are responsible to meet the emotional needs of their teens and to provide them with authority and direction. Covers dealing with depression and handling teenage anger. Author's personal religious beliefs play a prominent role in this book. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, January 1984.)

Carlson, Barbara, Margaret Healy, and Glo Wellman
Parenting Press, 1998

Great for new mothers and fathers, this book helps parents understand that only by being good to themselves, can they really give their children their best. Filled with creative and interesting illustrations, the authors give new parents the tools they need to implement constructive changes in their lives.

Carpenter, Diana & Annette Leibovitz
OUR CAMP OUR CHILDREN: A Complete Guide to Starting Your Own Home-Based Cooperative Family Day Camp
Privately published, 2002

A detailed book that provides information on how parents can organize and run a successful home-based day camp. While addressing topics such as food, tips for taking field trips, effective games to play, and safety issues, this book is made complete with guidelines for the different aspects of handling money and creating camp schedules. Helpful lists of stores, books, and Web sites are also included.

Chapman, Gary & Ross Campbell
Moody, 1997

This book offers a unique approach to loving our children. Discover the way your child prefers to receive love—physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, or acts of service. The authors also include a practical Action Plan. The authors’ religious views are reflected in portions of the text. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, May-June 2000.)

Cilley, Marla
Bantam, 2002

This charming, mother-friendly book blends humor and practical techniques to demonstrate how to navigate the chaos of daily life. Easy-to-read, this book offers personal anecdotes, step-by-step guides, brief chapter summaries, and fun ways to combat clutter and disorder in your home and life. Ideas, such as making weekly plans and using "baby steps," are easy to implement, will limit stress levels, and teach you how to FLY: "Finally Love Yourself."

Clarke, Jean Illsley
TIME-IN: When Time-Out Doesn't Work
Parenting Press, 1999

In this small book, Clarke offers four tools—Ask, Act, Attend, Amend—that work together like puzzle pieces to help parents teach children (toddler to teens) to think through their behavior. Clarke's matter-of-fact approach stresses the competence of both adults and children and reinforces their connectedness. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jul-Aug 2005.)

Cohen, Lawrence
PLAYFUL PARENTING: A Bold New Way to Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems and Encourage Children's Confidence
Ballentine, 2002

How many times have you heard (or uttered) the phrase "They're just playing"? According to Dr. Cohen, there's no "just" about it. He asserts that play is a child's medium for nonverbal communication. Instead of dismissing children's play, he suggests that parents should join their children on the floor and help them explore the feelings of isolation and powerlessness that seem to be at the heart of much play. Cohen offers practical tools to incorporate play in your parenting style: follow their lead, help them try out new roles, empower girls and connect with boys, channel games that children love and parents "hate," and how to overcome parental awkwardness at play. His chapters on discipline and sibling rivalry offer a fresh look at age-old topics. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, Aug-Sept 2002; Featured in NEW BEGINNINGS Nov-Dec 2002.)

Colson, Suzanne
Self-published, 2001

This brief booklet is packed with valuable information focusing on the early hours and days after birth. The author introduces the reader to the concept of "Biological Nurturing," a natural, instinctual way of relating to your newborn through breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact, and constant cuddling. This is a beautiful booklet for every new or expectant mother.

Crary, Elizabeth
Parenting Press, 1995

Straightforward suggestions and lively cartoons make this book an excellent choice for parents looking for a variety of positive alternatives to dealing with common developmental problems from throwing food to grocery store tantrums.

Crary, Elizabeth
Parenting Press, 1997

In this simple and well-focused book, Crary looks at sibling conflicts as a function of developmental stages and learned "people skills" rather than jealousy. Filled with realistic examples from every-day life. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 1999.)

Crary, Elizabeth
LOVE AND LIMITS: Guidance Tools for Creative Parenting
Parenting Press, 1994

Quick and easy guide to the principles of loving guidance. This books helps parents "look for good behavior, acknowledge feelings, set limits, teach new skills, and avoid problems."

Crary, Elizabeth
Parenting Press, 1995

Lively, illustrated, parent-friendly guide to problem solving with children. Gives many examples of common problems and a variety of developmentally-appropriate solutions.

Crary, Elizabeth
Parenting Press, 2nd ed. 1993

Combines techniques of several child care methods. Discusses what parents can expect from a child at various ages; gives wide range of developmental and temperamental characteristics. Valuable aid to parents who do not believe in spanking or permissiveness and are looking for ways to practice loving guidance without physical punishment.

Dacyczyn, Amy
Villard, 1998

It's not just about saving money! Dacyczyn promotes "thrift as a viable alternative lifestyle." Goals such as debt reduction, home ownership, and prospering on one salary--not to mention attaining a less materialistic attitude--may be achieved by adopting some of the attitudes and practices creatively presented in this book based on a very successful homespun newsletter. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept-Oct 2002; Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS Sept-Oct 2003.).

Davidson, Alan and Robert
HOW GOOD PARENTS RAISE GREAT KIDS: The Six Essential Habits of Highly Successful Parents
Warner, 1996

A new twist in publications on child rearing—in this book, parents are the experts! The results of interviews with dozens of parents of well-adjusted children are presented in an orderly, easy-to-read format. Readers may be uncomfortable with a section where some parents advocate physical discipline under certain circumstances where safety is at issue.

Doe, Mimi
BUSY BUT BALANCED: Practical and Inspirational Ways to Create a Calmer, Closer Family
St. Martin’s Griffin, 2001

Busy But Balanced offers practical, real-life advice for parents, who, understanding the importance of creating a nourishing home and deeply connecting with their children, want to do so while still embracing life to the fullest. Divided into four parts, which correspond with the seasons, and into sections for each month of the year, this book offers itself as a “year-long balance guide” designed to help parents “seize the day, calmly.” It stresses the importance of putting people and not things first. While the book remains mostly practical in nature, it does contain advice for spiritual development and includes non-denominational references to God.

Doherty, William
Sorin, 2000

Doherty believes that many parents today see their role as providers of services and opportunities for children. Instead, he urges us to occasionally say no to our children's wants and arrange for more meaningful family time together at meals, religious services, and volunteer activities. His short, highly readable approach includes how to monitor media distractions, counter the "me-first" consumer culture, and contends that nurturing a marriage and caring for children are not mutually exclusive activities.

Kensington Books, 2000

A wonderfully comprehensive book, Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids, approaches the concept of loving guidance from the standpoint of active listening and conflict resolution. General principles for peaceful living are detailed, as well as a day-by-day plan of action for achieving a more peaceful family in fourteen days.(Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, May-Jun 2005.)

Dyer, Traci, ed.
MOTHER VOICES: Real Women Write about Growing into Motherhood
Rose Communications, 1999

Over 100 mothers from around the world share their thoughts on the realities of motherhood-both the pleasures and the frustrations. Intimate, thought-provoking, and frank sharing make this a unique collection.

Elias, Maurice et al.
Three Rivers Press, 2000

Focuses on recognizing and understanding feelings and treating children with respect. Offers many practical ways to encourage children in the middle years to problem-solve situations for themselves in a positive way. Filled with real-life examples and sample dialogue, this book is crammed with step by step plans. Good chapter on the importance of humor.

Eliot, Lise
Bantam, 2000

A scientifically-based book for parents about how brain development and what can be done to optimize healthy brain growth. Beginning with prenatal influences and continuing through the preschool years, the most significant developmental years, the author explains what is happening, why it's important to our species, and what parents can do to assure the best for their baby. Eliot discusses the senses, motor skills, emotions, memory, self-control, language, attention and intelligence, as well as how breastmilk and other nutritional factors can improve a child's mental functioning.

Elium, Jeanne and Don Elium
RAISING A DAUGHTER: Parents and the Awakening of a Healthy Woman
Celestial Arts, 2003

Despite parents' best efforts at providing a stable and loving environment for their daughters--holding them up and helping them to believe they can do anything--growing girls are faced with a society which appears to exploit them from all sides. Guiding parents through the many stages of a girl's development--from babyhood to early adulthood--the authors offer parents the tools necessary to guide their daughters through.

Elium, Don and Jeanne Elium
RAISING A SON: Parents and the Making of a Healthy Man
Celestial Arts, 2004

Blending their years of parental experience, good humor, and loads of sensible wisdom, Don and Jeanne Elium give new and experienced parents the gift of insight into their sons' developmental growth both intellectually and physically. This updated edition provides information on violence in the media and how it affects the young boys who are exposed to it as well as spporting the child with special needs from the "out of control son" to the "highly sensitive son".

Ellison, Sheila and Barbara Barnett
Sourcebooks, 1998

A compendium of step by step instructions for family-centered activities together. Each activity is applicable to any age and activity level which makes this book unusually versatile. If you are looking for some great character-building activitie, this is the book for you.

Emmett, Rita
THE PROCRASTINATING CHILD: A Handbook for Adults to Help Children Stop Putting Things Off
Walker, 2002

A procrastinating child can drive a parent to distraction. This distraction is nothing compared to the effects that procrastination has on a child's self-confidence. In this book, the author provides a lighthearted approach to strategies and guidelines that will encourage both young children and teenagers to face obligations in a timely manner, whether the task at hand involves reaching personal goals, doing homework, or accomplishing chores. (Reviewed NEW BEGINNINGS, November-December 2005.)

Engelhardt, Anne & Cheryl Sullivan
LLLI, 1986

A resource for parents and educators. Focuses on setting up a nurturing, exciting learning environment for children at home. Provides tips on fun and educational games, activities, and crafts which can easily be done by one child or a group. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS Sept-Oct 1986.)

Faber, Adele & Elaine Mazlish
Avon, rev. ed., 1999

Communication skills for parents based on the work of the late Dr. Haim Ginott which stresses listening to your child, dealing with feelings, finding alternatives to punishment, and developing self-esteem. Includes many examples of helpful dialogues and cartoons to brighten your day. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jul-Aug 2005.)

Faber, Adele & Elaine Mazlish
Avon, 2nd edition, 1998

Vivid dialogue and cartoons show how children can express their feelings without doing damage, how parents can be helpful to both "bully" and "victim," how to reduce rage between battling siblings, and how to motivate children to work out their own solutions to problems. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 1999.)

Farrisi, Theresa
Homekeepers, rev. ed. 1998

Diaper Changes provides a wealth of information on cloth diapering and the choices surrounding diapering today. There is a chapter on making your own supplies and an excellent company resource guide. While the author strongly favors cloth diapers, she writes in an open, honest manner which leaves the reader free to make the choices that work for her family. La Leche League does not recommend any specific diapering method.

Fedorschak, Karuna
Hohm Press, 2003

A thoughtful book on the spiritual journey of parenting, Parenting, A Sacred Task, is a meaningful discussion of being attentive to your child’s wants and needs and the importance of raising children with flexibility and an open mind. Fedorshak addresses breastfeeding, nutrition, loving guidance, and closeness of mother and baby as important aspects of conscious parenting.

Fleiss, Paul
Lowell house, 2000

While there are many books in print about sleep, few acknowledge the sleep patterns of breastfed infants or reflect LLL philosophy about the importance of responding to a baby's needs. Sweet Dreams supports the breastfeeding relationship while offering practical, specific information to parents. It fosters an understanding of the child's capabilities at different stages, through adolescence, as they relate to sleep. Many sections in the book include references to current research so parents can decide for themselves whether the evidence is relevant to their parenting experience. The book also reflects the author's personal opinions on a variety of parenting topics, including his strong opposition to circumcision. (Featured in NEW BEGINNINGS Jan-Feb 2003.)

Flower, Hilary
LLLI, 2005

This insightful book debunks myths about the effectiveness of gentle discipline methods and encourages parents to find ways to make gentle discipline work for themselves and their children. Personal stories from a variety of mothers show creative adaptations of gentle discipline methods and provide parents with tools and encouragement to put theory into practice to be real parents, not perfect parents.

Folger, Liz
2nd ed., 2000

Increase your family's income while taking care of your children! This book will help you find a business you love, plan and budget your time, manage yourself, your business and your family, and answer many more common questions about working from home. Learn how to avoid get-rich scams and costly mistakes, while tapping into the Internet and local resources for a wealth of information to help you get started. You'll also find tips and advice from over 30 mothers who have started their own successful businesses while staying home with their children.

Ford, Judy
Conari Press, 1998

Easy to pick up and read, this little book encourages everyone in the family to lighten up, have fun, and enjoy each other.(Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Mar-Apr 2001.)

Ford, Judy
Conari, 1995

This collection of brief, warm essays supports loving guidance and offers down-to-earth ideas for expressing love for your child as a part of everyday life.

Fox, Isabelle
Barron's, 1996

This book reveals startling evidence about the critical importance of a parent's presence in a child's early years. Dr. Fox points out the risks involved in substitute care and ways to provide the necessary consistency when a substitute caregiver must be used.

Fox, Isabelle
GROWING UP: Attachment Parenting from Kindergarten to College
Sun Publishers 2003

Fox takes us through the developmental stages—physical, social and emotional—of the child aged 5 through 21. She believes that by understanding what is normal, parents are better equipped to deal with the many changes that occur throughout these turbulent years, and should be able to respond with empathy, respect and sensitivity. Throughout Fox stresses the importance of “being there,” both emotionally and physically, and of creating a supportive and loving family environment. A section on Special Situations discusses Attachment Parenting in relation to the mother returning to work, divorce and stepfamilies, adoption and death.

Gerhardt, Sue
WHY LOVE MATTERS: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain
Brunner-Routledge, 2004

We may not be able to recall our babyhood, but author Sue Gerhardt believes that each experience we have lived through has shaped us into the person we are today and who we will become later in life. Using the most recent studies based in neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis, and biochemistry, Gerhardt brings home the connection between love and brain development in the early years of life.

Glennon, Will
Conari, 1995

This book about fathering from the heart tells how to strengthen the connections between father and child even when travel, long work hours, or divorce make this difficult. Strong quotes from more than 100 fathers convey the message that fatherhood is one of the most difficult and rewarding challenges a man can face.

Glennon, Will
Conari, 2000
This companion volume to 200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem combines easy-to-read theory and easy-to-apply practical tips. Rich in ways to nurture an open, deep, warm bond with boys and young men, this book stresses positive discipline and communication skills for parents, teachers, mentors, and friends. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept-Oct 2002.).

Glennon, Will
Conari, 2000

This book gives practical suggestions from a father's perspective for both parents and teachers in the all-important responsibility of building self-esteem. Girls especially need a strong self-image to get them through their early and mid-teen years. Glennon provides just the right balance of theory (some) and ideas you can use (many). Despite the focus on women's issues, most of the ideas apply to sons as well. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept-Oct 2002.).

Goldstein, Robin
STOP TREATING ME LIKE A KID: Everyday Parenting for the 10- to 13-year-old
Viking Penguin, 1994

A common-sense approach to handling the upheavals of the pre-teen years. Offers parents help on topics such as communication, respect, negativity, single parenting, peer pressure, and more. Brief, concise, easy-to-read chapters make this an excellent guide for parents who want specific advice as well as those who are looking for more general suggestions.

Gordon, Jay & Maria Goodavage
GOOD NIGHTS: The Happy Parent's Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night's Sleep)
St. Martin's Griffin, 2002

Putting many concerns and rumors that often surround the family bed to rest, the authors use a fun, easy-to-understand approach to explain safety, coping with criticism, and how to keep the spark alive in a marriage while cosleeping. This book provides a breastfeeding-friendly, comprehensive look at the scientific research that surrounds cosleeping, including the possible protection from SIDS; and the benefits that many parents may not be away of, such as the fact that cosleepers are usually more independent than their cribbed peers. And when the time is right for your child to leave your bed, Good Nights helps you to help your child move on. (Featured in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 2003; Reviewed in LEAVEN Aug-Sept 2003.)

Gordon, Jay
Perigee, 2002

Parenting advice is available nearly everywhere, but the best source of information, according to Dr. Jay Gordon, is a baby. An experienced pediatrician and board-certified lactation consultant, Gordon offers common-sense advice while reminding parents that their babies and their own instincts will give them the most reliable guidance. An easy book to read, especially helpful for expectant and new parents. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS July-Aug 2003).

Granju, Katie
Pocket Books, 1999

A practical guide for parents who want to be responsive and respectful of their baby's needs. The author strongly advocates attachment parenting, an approach which includes minimizing baby-parent separation, co-sleeping, exclusive breastfeeding, and avoiding an over-reliance on baby "gadgets." Includes extensive resource lists as well as stories from parents and information from experts including LLLI, William Sears, Rachael Hamlet, and Jack Newman. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, July-Aug, 2000.)

Griffin, Mary
Prima, 2nd rev. ed., 1999

A thorough, well-written guide which provides information on the effectiveness of homeschooling, legal issues, theories of learning and practical applications. Readers are given assistance in dealing with state regulations, skeptical friends and relatives, sibling wars, isolation, and avoiding burnout. An excellent resource for anyone considering homeschooling. Griffith believes in family first and stresses the importance of recognizing individual strengths and needs. (First edition reviewed in LEAVEN, Oct-Nov 1998.)

Hannessian, Lu
St. Martin's Press, 2004

This memoir of TV personality Lu Hannesian's early years with her first child is marked by empathy for children's needs and her ability to look honestly at the needs and motivations of parents. It is a thoughtful story of Hanessian trusting her instincts as a mother amid the chorus of voices advising her on what is best for her son. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept-Oct 2004.)

Hanson, Rick, Jan Hanson, Ricki Pollycove
Penguin, 2002

This book comprehensively covers the physical and emotional stressors on contemporary mothers and offers ways they can care for themselves and nurture their relationships. Special emphasis is given on ways to improve the interactions and relationships between mother and father. (Reviewed in LEAVEN Feb-Mar 2004.)

Heinowitz, Jack
FATHERING RIGHT FROM THE START: Straight Talk about Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond
New World Library, 2001
A must-read for any father-to-be! Heinowitz offers loving and down-to-earth ideas for fathers on how to communicate with your partner and how to understand and express your fears. From the prenatal period to adolescence, topics covered include sex after baby, bonding with a breastfed baby, setting priorities, and time management. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, March-April 2002.)

Hicks, Jennifer
HIRKANI'S DAUGHTERS: Women Who Scale Modern Mountains to Combine Breastfeeding and Working
La Leche League International, 2005

The title of this book was inspired by an ancient Indian tale about a young mother, Hirkani, who scaled down a 1,000-foot vertical cliff in order to get to her baby to breastfeed. A compilation of inspirational stories f rom women around the world, Hirkani's Daughters tells the stories of modern employed mothers who have overcome various obstacles to continue breastfeeding.

Hine, Dianna
THE BABY BOND: How to Raise an Emotionally Healthy Child
Cocoon, 1998

In an engaging and easy-to-read discussion of the importance of bonding and attachment, Hine emphasizes the crucial role support plays in the development of a healthy family, along with the "species-specific" needs of the baby. The appendix lists a variety of helpful resources for families, including associations, support groups and suggested reading. Very supportive of breastfeeding, although the author overgeneralizes from her personal experience.

Hunt, Jan
New Society Publishers, 2001

This collection of essays explores issues related to attachment parenting-such as the importance of natural childbirth, extended breastfeeding, and loving guidance-from infancy onward. The author, a parenting counselor, bases her writing on the belief that "children who have the most loving care in infancy become the most secure and loving adults." Topics addressed include living with a crying baby, parenting with empathy and trust, and guiding and helping children to learn. The author's views on homeschooling and child-spacing go beyond LLL philosophy. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, Aug-Sept 2003; Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS Mar-Apr 2004.)

Hunter, Brenda
Questar, 1994

Author and psychologist Hunter provides insight into the importance of female relationship, from the bonds between mother and daughter to friendship and mentoring. The author's Christian beliefs are reflected in some parts of the text.

Hunter, Brenda
WaterBrook Press, 1999

From her double perspective as mother and psychotherapist, Hunter describes the incredible force that is unleashed when a mother surrenders her heart to her children. This well-researched book eloquently conveys the importance of mother love for both mother and child. LLL does not agree that nighttime feedings should end by the middle of the first year or that spanking is an effective discipline tool. The author's strong Christian faith is reflected throughout the text. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, Feb-March 1999.)

Hyland, Terry and Jerry Davis
Boystown Press, 1999

Aggression in children is a concern for many parents. This book describes techniques developed over 80 years of work at Boystown, a facility for the treatment and care of abused, abandoned, and neglected girls and boys. This easy-to-read book outlines a respectful, concise approach to disciplining aggressive children without physical punishment. Five levels of aggressive behavior are described, as well as ways to stop negative behavior. Discipline techniques are explained plainly, with concrete examples. The religious values of Boystown are reflected in one chapter of the book.

Jackson, Deborah
Bloomsbury, 2003

A thorough exploration of loving guidance from infancy to young adulthood, this book makes an impassioned plea for parents to step back and let their children get on with growing. As well as drawing on the writings of progressive educationalists psychologists and others, the book considers the emotions and motivations of both children and parents. Extolling the virtues of "wholesome neglect" and treating breastfeeding as the norm, Deborah Jackson shows us how ordinary parents can raise extraordinary children.

Jackson, Deborah
Bloomsbury, rev. ed., 1999

Where should baby sleep? According to Jackson, the answer is up to you. But if you choose to have baby in bed with you, she offers lots of support. This is a passionate exploration of the advantages of bedsharing, supported by medical, anthropological, psychological and historical evidence.

Johnson, Elizabeth
Self-published, 2004

Whether seen as a delightful children's book or as a sentimental book for parents who practice babywearing, Dance With Me is a lovely collection of photographs of babies in slings and carriers doing everything with their parents from sleeping and nursing to swimming. A heartwarming book about this very brief time in a child's life.

Jones, Claudia
PARENTS ARE TEACHERS, TOO: Enriching Your Child's First Six Years
Williamson, 1988

Includes hundreds of specific ideas and problem-solving techniques that can be used to encourage your children to achieve their full potential by turning everyday events into spontaneous learning experiences.

Jones, Sandy
CRYING BABY, SLEEPLESS NIGHTS: Why Your Baby is Crying and What You Can Do About It
Harvard Common Press, rev. ed. 1992

For the frustrated parents of crying babies. Written in a warm, loving tone. Includes a foreword by Marian Tompson. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Mar-Apr 1993.)

Kabat-Zinn, Myla and Jon
EVERYDAY BLESSINGS: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
Hyperion, 1998

Written by the parents of three grown children, this book focuses on the thoughts and feelings, rather than the techniques, associated with parenting children of all ages. The authors draw upon their knowledge of the Zen-Buddist concept of mindfulness to give readers a new understanding of how to be present to their children. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept-Oct 2001.)

Kashton, Inbal
Puddle Dancer Press, 2003

For those who live their parenting responsibilities as a call for inner growth and social transformation, this booklet offers a unique perspective based upon the renowned book by Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication. Parenting From Your Heart emphasizes connecting with your child, attending to his or her needs, and looking for the needs behind challenging behaviors.

Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen
Pharmasoft, rev. ed., 2005

An overview of the deep, hidden issues of motherhood: stress, depression, and burn-out. Kendall-Tackett addresses a wide range of situations, including household management, work-family balance, parenting disabled children, and coping with the death of a child. Each section includes extensive resources. Throughout, the author emphasizes that mothering can be very challenging at times while offering practical suggestions, gentle empathy, and steadfast hope that even the greatest challenges can be faced. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, Dec 02-Jan 2003.)

Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen
New Harbinger Publications 2003

Written in short, easy to read chapters, this book adopts the thinking woman's approach to housework. Readers are encouraged to find organizational methods that work for them through four basic principles: starting where you are now, having what you need, using active storage, and getting rid of clutter. Packed with practical tips on everything from organizing your kitchen to coping with the holidays, this book gives a realistic and motivating approach to home management.

Kenison, Katrina
Warner, 2000

A beautifully crafted collection or "Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry." In a series of short chapters, Kenison meditates on living a simpler life and explores mothering as a vocation and spiritual journey.

Kirschner, Jan and Tracy
Atlas Press, 1998

A unique book, part baby journal and part philosophy lesson. Each page offers a simple lesson taught by the parents' best and wisest teacher, their own baby, and a space for the parents to write in their thoughts. Best suited as a journal or gift book rather than a Group Library book.

Kirshenbaum, Mira & Charles Foster
PARENT-TEEN BREAKTHROUGH: The Relationship Approach
Plume, 1995

"Is this really my child?" How can we continue with the parenting style we know feels right when teens are so different from their younger selves? Describes "the relationship approach"--loving guidance--for the teenage years. The authors tell how to break down the barriers to parent and teen communication.

Klaus, Marshall & Phyllis
Perseus, 2000

The authors present new research on mother-infant bonding and infant behavior and development in a coherent and beautifully illustrated volume. The 7-page spread of a newborn infant making his own way to the breast just minutes after birth is stunning. Readers will discover a new appreciation for a newborn's awareness and abilities.

Kohn, Alfie
UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason
Atria Books, 2006

Kohn believes that the most common discipline techniques from "time out" to "rewards for good behavior" are damaging our children. He goes on to describe how we are raising up a generation of children who believe that in order to be loved, they must first earn approval. This book provides parents with the practical information they need to make the change in their parenting approach in order to help their children to grow up healthy, responsible adults capable of providing unconditional support to those they love.

Koplen, Dotty
Hawthorn Press, 1995

Discusses approaches to parenting, emphasizing the importance of guiding children in their development with respect for their feelings and capabilities. Advocates discipline rather than punishment and discusses the difference. Moves from the philosophical to the practical, addressing mealtimes, bedtimes, etc.

Kvols, Kathryn
Parenting Press, 3rd ed. 1998

A concise how-to guide for parents looking for concrete ways of implementing loving guidance in their parenting philosophy. Without offering easy answers, Kvols offers insights and tips on how parents can foster inner motivation in their children. She also helps parents develop strategies for working through challenging behaviors while respecting the child's capability. A useful appendix defines common behaviors according to developmental stages.

Lahrson-Fisher, Ann
Nettlepatch Press, 2002

Lahrson-Fisher describes how all families, homeschooling or not, can live a “satisfying learning lifestyle.” Her numerous suggestions for capitalizing on a child’s natural ability to learn through play and daily interactions are relevant to any parent seeking to enhance their child’s education. From preschool to teenage years, see how family living can be successfully combined with learning at home.

Layne, Marty
LEARNING AT HOME: A Mother's Guide to Homeschooling
Sea Change, rev. ed., 2000

An easy-to-read guide written by a homeschooling mother of four and former LLL Leader. The author emphasizes the importance of focusing on each child's needs rather than sticking to a strict curriculum and timetable.

Leo, Pam
CONNECTION PARENTING: Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion, Through Love Instead of Fear
Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2007

This book is a concise and insightful guide to parenting. Pam Leo provides the theory to encourage parents to connect with their children, as well as the practical tools to effectively transform common childhood behaviors. She is honest about the challenges facing many parents today, and provides strategies to overcome these challenges without resorting to authoritarian parenting.

Lewis, Thomas, Fari Amini, Richard Lannon
Random House, 2000

A serious discussion of the importance of attachment to brain development which underscores the value of early nurturance. Three psychiatrists describe what new scientific research has to say about human love. Our brains link us to others, and these relationships help determine our moods, maintain our health and actually change our brain structure. Topics include how relationships function, where love goes wrong, how parents shape a child's developing self, what promotes and discourages violence in children, and how our modern societal expectations are often at odds with our needs.

Liedloff, Jean
Addison-Wesley, 1986

The author lived with the Yequana Indians of South America and observed the effortless upbringing of their children. Yequana babies are literally kept in arms day and night until they begin to creep. LLL does not endorse the author's proposals for providing adults with experiences to compensate for a lack of in-arms experience as babies. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, Mar-Apr 1978.)

Lutz, Ericka
Sourcebooks, 2002

Parents of babies and young children may feel they have to choose between leaving their baby in someone else’s care or never traveling when their children are young. Lutz challenges this assumption and encourages parents to bring their children along when they travel. She provides thoughtful and practical suggestions, so that each family can figure out how to make traveling with children work for everyone.

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