Books on Parenting

Most of the time we want to read books that help us with strategies, ideas and systems that fit within our own family’s personality, vision and rhythm. Here are some of the books that my families have recommended over the years. These books can be found on a variety of online sites (Amazon, Chapters, Audible, Kindle) – some of the books may even be found in PDF version.

The Incredible Years

Guidelines and strategies for parents to promote children’s social and emotional competence. A book for parents of children aged 2-8 years.


Author: Carolyn Webster-Stratton

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

The ultimate “parenting bible” (The Boston Globe) with a new Foreword—and available as an eBook for the first time—a timeless, beloved book on how to effectively communicate with your child from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors.

Author(s): Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Freeing Your Child From Anxiety

A leading clinical expert in the fields of child cognitive behavior therapy and anxiety disorders,   Dr. Tamar Chansky frequently counsels children (and theirparents) whose negative thinking creates chronic or occasional emotional hurdles and impedes optimism, flexibility, and happiness. Now, in the first book that specifically focuses on negative thinking in kids, Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking provides parents, caregivers, and clinicians the same clear, concise, and compassionate guidance that Dr. Chansky employed in her previous guides to relieving children from anxiety and obsessive compulsive symptoms. Here she thoroughly covers the underlying causes of children’s negative attitudes, as well as providing multiple strategies for managing negative thoughts, building optimism, and establishing emotional resilience.

Author: Dr. Tamar Chansky

Freeing Your Child From Anxiety

Childhood should be a happy, carefree time. Yet too many children are stressed-out and exhibiting symptoms of anxiety. In Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, childhood anxiety expert Dr. Tamar Chansky shares a proven approach for helping children build emotional resilience for a happier and healthier life.



Author: Dr. Tamar Chansky

Love and Anger; the Parental Dilemma

Winner of Child Magazine’s Best Parenting Book of 1991. “An honest look at how children can drive the most loving parent to periodic madness, along with practical suggestions for how to cope.”—Adele Faber.

Author(s): Nancy Samalin with Catherine Whitney

Books on Anxiety and Phobias

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook (6th edition)

“Living with anxiety, panic disorders, or phobias can make you feel like you aren’t in control of your life. If you’re ready to tackle the fears that hold you back, this book is your go-to guide. Packed with the most effective skills for assessing and treating anxiety, this evidence-based workbook contains the latest clinical research.

Author(s): Edmund J. Bourne, Ph. D

Ten Days to Self-Esteem

It is probably pretty unusual for someone to get to ‘self-esteem’ in just 10 days, however, there are many good strategies in this book that a person could use on their own, or that complement individual therapy really well

Author(s): Dr. David Burns, M.D

Boundaries: Where You End and I Begin

Boundaries bring order to our lives, strengthen our relationships with others and ourselves, and are essential to our mental and physical health. For those of us who have walked away from a conversation, meeting, or visit feeling violated and not understanding why, this book helps us recognize and set healthy boundaries. Real-life stories illustrate the ill effects of not setting limits and the benefits gained by respecting our own boundaries and those of others. 

Author(s): Anne Katherine

Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal

If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, you may find this book helpful. It provides information on the many possible physical, mental and emotional impacts of experiencing trauma. It uses powerful excerpts from survivors to illustrate the different points.

Author(s): Belleruth Naparstek