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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 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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"Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline" is Dr. Becky Bailey's parenting book. It doesn't have the research or specific examples that Conscious Discipline provides, so while it is a helpful and respectful resource for families, we find that "Conscious Discipline" is a stronger resource. If you're looking for a bit of a lighter and quicker read, "Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline" is a good place to start and can serve as an introduction to the principles of "Conscious Discipline".
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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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Sleep is a book designed to share what is typical and what is problematic in regards to development of sleep in children, birth through teenage years. The book has some general advice that is common in the public domain regarding options for ‘sleep training’ and the importance of routine. A large portion of the book is dedicated to sleep problems like Sleep Apnea, Leg PaSleep, etc.
Dr. Ferber was the one of the first widely read authors to advocate for the “cry it out” method in 1985. This book, in its second edition, is more than an explanation of how to use the “cry it out” method. The book is very long and explains more about sleep research, how to develop good habits, and possible challenges. The second edition describes well the method and reasoning, but ultimately advocates allowing your child to cry themselves to sleep while you check in.
The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley is overall a fairly reasonable book. It is long and tedious like the Weissbluth book and presents a little more respectful way of helping your child learn to sleep. It completely rejects the “cry it out" methods, which is more respectful but not always reasonable for every family. In many passages in this book, the author expects too little from the child. While it is good to not set unreasonably high expectations, it is also necessary to set limits that support both you and your child to get a restful night’s sleep. The book is generally well written and, other than length is easy to read and reference. I think the title sets you up to fail because some children cry as they learn to block out all the distractions of the world so they can get to sleep. I would recommend following your instincts and listening to your child, but if you are consuming many sleep books trying to find your way, this isn't the worst choice out there.