Resources for Parents

March 8, 2012
by piedfam

Dear Carol,

I am a new mom and would like to learn more about parenting from some experts in the filed but do not know which would be the best sources for information on things like discipline, how children learn, and what parents can do to help their children through challenging times. Any recommendations?

Bewitched and Bewildered in Warrenton.

Hi B&B,

I am sure you are bewitched by that beautiful new bundle of joy. Maybe even bothered sometimes when you think you may be doing, “the right thing” and still baby is fussy. The bewilderment comes, of course, when, as new parents, we don’t know where to turn when we face the many everyday challenges of parenting.

We begin with loving our babies and that is the most important part. But what happens when love is not enough and we need some answers to serious questions. That is where prevention comes in the form of knowledgeable and trustworthy resources. The following list of books and web sites can help you be the best parent you can be.


Baby Play and Learn by Penny Warner. 160 games and learning activities for the first three years of life.

Bringing Up Baby: Three Steps to Making Good Decisions in Your Child’s first Years by Claire Lerner. Offers parents a three-step approach to supporting their children’s healthy development:

1. Understand your own parenting style and its effect;

2. Observe your child to understand what she is feeling and thinking; and

3. Use those observations to make healthy and effective decisions.

Challenging Behaviors in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing and Responding Effectively by Barbara Kaiser. This book provides strategies for addressing challenging behaviors and in-depth explanations of the research on which they are based.

Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: Seven Basic Skills for Turning Conflict into Cooperation by Dr. Becky Bailey. Focusing on self-control and confidence-building for both parent and child, Dr. Bailey teaches a series of linked steps to help families move from turmoil to tranquility

Everyday Goodbyes: Starting School and Early Care: A Guide to the Separation Process by Nancy Balaban. Emphasizing the need for parents and teachers to work together in phasing children into a child care, preschool, or kindergarten program, this book offers many sensitive, practical suggestions to ease the separation process for all involved.

I Love You Rituals by Dr. Becky Bailey. Seventy-nine interactive activities are provided to help children increase their attention spans, reduce hyperactivity, build self esteem, and facilitate language development. The interactions also teach children how to be kind and caring using gentle touches.

There’s Got To Be A Better Way: Discipline That Works for Parents & Teachers by Dr. Becky Bailey. This practical book is divided into four major sections: developmental beliefs, development of power, the development of a philosophy of guiding young children and self esteem and its reflection of your philosophy. Each section offers exercises to complete that will provide you with insight and skill in working with young children.


Web Sites Zero to Three’s mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. The site offers publications, articles, and resources from local and national experts. Family Communications is a nonprofit organization founded in 1971 by Fred Rogers as the production company for MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD. FCI develops projects in all media, provides education and training for people who work with young children, and consults on issues that affect families. – Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, renowned teacher and internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology. – Talaris Research Institute works to improve the social, emotional and cognitive development of children from the prenatal period through age five by providing parents with tools to raise their children effectively. – This website has resources for parents and educators, and offers advice on issues such as helping kids feel good about themselves.

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