Book Club

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

Brain Rules for Baby is my new favorite book.  This century brings us significant information that is backed by science, finally!  John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and a dad, a great combination for bringing us practical tips that will guide you in raising your child.  This book is a MUST if you are pregnant or have young children.


Your One-Year-Old: The Fun-Loving, Fussy 12-To 24-Month-Old

Your Ten- to Fourteen-Year-Old

Talk about classics!  This series was published in the 1970’s and remains timeless.  From Your One Year Old to Your Ten Your Old this series helps parents understand child development specifically for each age.  I can remember feeling relief that my child was typical.  What I remember the most is that children’s growth is cyclical, from being organized to chaotic and then organized to a higher level.  Thank you Louise and Frances for writing this book so many years ago!


Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict into Cooperation

I bought this book in 2000 and needless to say the binding is showing the wear and tear.  It is a Bible for every parent and a great resource for anyone working with parents.  Depth of information; practical; comprehensive are just a few adjectives that describe this book.

Chapter 11 could be read first, just to get a glimpse of the inner workings of a parent’s brain.  Brilliant!  Chapter 12 is a seven week program to implement Conscious Discipline® into your family’s life.  Brilliant again!  To quote Dr. Becky ~ Be the parent you want your children to be.

I Love You Rituals

This book is a great resource for both parents and teachers.  There are three chapters devoted to how I Love You Rituals boost your child’s brain power, the four goals of I Love You Rituals and how to get started.  The next 7 chapters have positive nursery rhymes, finger plays, silly interactions and plenty of games; all re-written positively with the gestures for both you and your child.

It’s an easy read that will become your go to book when you want to add some fun into your child’s life and boost their brain power.  It’s quick and the pay off is priceless.

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

I’ve attended the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 1987.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to keep up with the latest early childhood education research.  I discovered Ellen in 1987 and will make a point to attend anything that she presented at NAEYC.

Mind in the Making is her latest book.  The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs is the sub title.  She understands children and how they learn and this book is written with the end in mind; of what we want our children to be when they are grown and what they need to achieve that goal.

She has coupled both brain research and best practices for children to inform parents.  Each chapter has suggestions and exercises sprinkled with stories of her children that are helpful.

This book is a keeper for me and is definitely on my bibliography for any of my training workshops.  Make sure that you have a highlighter and page markers ready.

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