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The Discontented Little Baby Book

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As a RIE inspired early educator I was intrigued by “The Discontented Little Baby Book” because of the way it challenges some of the ideas while mirroring others. Douglas takes a very different view of respect and balance in the lives of young children. I appreciate the research, the story, and the challenge. This is…

Parenting from the Inside Out

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One of Daniel Siegel’s earliest books “Parenting from the Inside Out”  provides parents current attachment research in a digestible format. This book will help you process your own history of attachment and how that might impact your parent-child relationship. This is one of our favorite books for parents who are interested in reflective practice and…

Raising a Secure Child

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When I was first introduced to the Circle of Security, I was immediately drawn to its simplicity and profound impact on the way we think about parenting. “Raising A Secure Child” is a quick and easy way to dive deep into reflecting on your parenting and how to support security in your child. The authors…

The Gardener and The Carpenter

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Alison Gopnik has written a few books about her research into child development and children’s brains. Her third widely popular book “The Gardener and the Carpenter” dives into deep ideas about what it means to be a parent and the paradoxes of love and learning. Gopnik’s reflections on childhood are inspiring and challenging for parents…

I Love You Rituals

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“I Love You Rituals” is one of our favorite Dr. Becky Bailey books. It highlights the importance of joy time, shared attention, physical touch and one on one time with young children. This is a great resource for families or teachers who want to build more tools for connection. Don’t expect something comprehensive it is…

No-Drama Discipline

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“No-Drama Discipline” is a great read. Some of the wording is different than what we use at Our Neighborhood but the ideas are very respectful and the brain research backing up this more peaceful approach is clearly explained. The book is funny and quick with lots of practical advice for parents. You won’t come away…

Rising Strong

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Brene Brown is definitely on our list of favorite authors and she continues to change the world with her writing. The best thing about “Rising Strong” is that it accepts that people are fallible and everyone will make mistakes and then teaches the reader how to work though and learn from their struggles. This work…


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The authors studied great influencers of humankind and how they influenced so many people.  The skills and knowledge in this book are all learnable and bring a new perspective on how to truly influence others. This is a great book for those that are looking to influence themselves and others. Powerful research based practices and…


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Mindsight is a great book for those looking for a deeper looking into how our brains work.  Daniel Siegel provides insights and tools to better understand the brain and promote emotional wellness.  Though this isn’t specifically for parents it is a great life book and so we recommend it for parents, educators, and all leaders!

Sleepless in America

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This is by far the best sleep book on the market! “Sleepless in America” walks you through the various challenges that parents face when it comes to sleep.  It talks a lot about the importance of sleep, and how sleep deprivation can drastically affect your child. It also offers many suggestions and ways to diagnose…