"The Whole-Brain Child" is an Our Neighborhood favorite. We appreciate the authors deep and insightful break down of the current brain research. "The Whole-Brain Child" shares practical tools without straying from the heart of the research being shared. This book is geared for children who are a bit older. The early chapters are helpful for the toddler age but by age three children can likely manage most of the "Whole-Brain Strategies".
"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 from this book feeling like you are wrong but rather with ideas of how to connect and support cooperation from day one. "No-Drama Discipline" is one of our favorites and we certainly recommend it as one of the first few parenting books to get you started. The authors have also developed a refrigerator sheet that's a great resource for grandparents and babysitters!
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Recommended - "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk" by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
This is a valuable book for all parents, especially as children approach 3 years of age and continue to grow. "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk" provides specific skills to parents that support respectful and cooperative family relationships. If you have established peaceful parenting practices and are continuing your study of reflective parenting, "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen" is a must-read. We particularly like the Audio Version which gives you the tone of each scenario. This book will certainly help parents with their long-term goals of raising a child who is a strong decision maker. We also recommend "How to Talk" to teachers of children over three up to middle school age. Everyone can learn from exploring this resource.
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"Baby Knows Best" is our first recommendation for expecting families, an Our Neighborhood favorite. "Baby Knows Best" clearly explains the principles of RIE, Resources for Infant Educarers, through the eyes of the modern world. Deborah Carlisle Solomon outlines the tenets of RIE with specific details and stories to help parents begin to reflect on the parent they want to be. For families who embrace the RIE principles, "Baby Knows Best" includes guidance on care, sleep, play, growth, learning limits, and child care. Our Neighborhood draws on RIE for inspiration and this is a must read for infant teachers and new parents. "Baby Knows Best" is a clear and useful resource that we highly recommend to expecting and new parents.
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"Conscious Discipline" is an emotional self-regulation program we use here at Our Neighborhood. It’s a life-changing read that is thoughtfully written and based on solid brain research. The model is specific and life-changing. The book, the philosophy underlying the approach, and the examples provided are very easy to follow. "Conscious Discipline" is designed for group reading, reflection, growth, and actual behavior change. The book is great for families, especially with young children. "Conscious Discipline" is great to buy, have, read, reference, reread, and reflect on. You need your own copy.
"1, 2, 3... The Toddler Years" is a fabulous resource for parents of budding toddlers. This book will help you see your growing toddler as strong and capable while providing you skills to understand your child and support your child to cooperate. This is a must read for parents who want to build peaceful, respectful, and strong relationships with their growing toddlers. This is also a great resource for early childhood educators and a great teacher gift. You will certainly find yourself rereading, referencing, and exploring "1, 2, 3... The Toddler Years" again and again.
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"In Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason" Alfie Kohn outlines a strong case for what he calls working with, not 'doing to' parenting. Kohn's book is a a clear, though quite loud, presentation of the research and logic behind moving away from the reward/punishment model. The first six chapters lay out the clear challenges with the old model and throw away the ideas of permissive or authoritarian parenting. In the next three chapters Kohn outlines a model for unconditional parenting.
All in all, the book is a well written and researched examination of moving away from the reward/punishment model. Kohn's work can come off as ranting at times but if you can get past that "Unconditional Parenting" is a great read. This book tends to be little more theoretical but the later chapters contain a few specific techniques.
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"Most parenting guides begin with the question "How can we get kids to do what they're told?" and then proceed to offer various techniques for controlling them. In this truly groundbreaking book, nationally respected educator Alfie Kohn begins instead by asking, "What do kids need—and how can we meet those needs?" What follows from that question are ideas for working with children rather than doing things to them."
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Just as the title states, "Learning Together with Young Children" is a curriculum framework for reflective teachers. Deb Curtis and Margie Carter beautifully outline a reflective framework that support teachers to practice intention, reflective, authentic, project based teaching in their classroom. Though not specifically "Reggio inspired" much of the writing in "Learning Together with Young Children" explores Reggio Inspired practices and clearly is written to support teachers to develop a social constructivist classroom.
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