Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

There is a plethora of advice on the internet do yourself a favour and don’t listen.
The best advice is to learn about the science behind child development and align that knowledge with your own personal values.

These are my favorite online resources:

My Top 10 MUST Read Parenting Books

  1. Hold On To Your Kids……………………..Gordon Neufeld (blog)
  2. A Good Enough Parent……………………………………..Bruno Bettelheim
  3. You are Your Child’s First Teacher…………………Rahima Baldwin
  4. Under Pressure………………………Carl Honore
  5. The Hurried Child…………………………………………..David Elkind
  6. The Goodness of Rain………Ann Pelo (you can borrow this from me)
  7. Really Seeing Children…………Deb Curtis (you can borrow this from me too)
  8. Whole Child/Whole Parent………………………………….Polly Berrien Berends

The remainder of this book list is relatively heavy reading. For those who are interested in the science and psychology behind the concepts I discuss much of it is available from the resources below:

Child Development

Parenting A Path Through Childhood………………………Dotty Turner Coplen
The Whole Brain Child…………Daniel Siegel
Continuum Concept…………………….Jean Lideloff
The Kindness of Children………..Vivian Gussin Paley
Children Without Childhood………………………………..Marie Winn
Kids are Worth It!………..Barbara Coloroso
Uses of Enchantment: The meaning and importance of Fairy Tales…….Bruno Bettelheim
The Stories Children Tell……Susan Engel

On Education

Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk…………………………David Elkind
Magical Child………Joseph Chilton Pearce
School Can Wait………………….Raymond & Dorothy Moore
On Learning to Read…………….Karen Zelan

Suggested Reading about the Effects of Television

The Plug In Drug……………………………………………Marie Winn
Endangered Minds …………………..Jane Healey
In the Absence of the Sacred…………Jerry Mander
Evolution’s End………………………Joseph Chilton Pearce
Where Are The Children?……………Marie McClendon
What to Do After You Turn Off the TV……Francis Moore Lappe & Family
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television………….Jerry Mander

 

“Watching television, even in the form of “educational” children’s programs produces an impoverishing, damaging “blackout” during the critical, early stages of neurological development, leaving children with a life-long deficit of undeveloped potential.”

Dr. Foster Cline

Waldorf Education

Kingdom of Childhood……………………………………….Rudolf Steiner
Brothers and Sisters………………………………………….Dr. Karl Koenig
The First Three Years………………………………………..Dr. Karl Koenig
Waldorf Parenting Handbook……………………………….Lois Cusick
Education As A Social Problem……………………………..Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf Education…………………………..David Mitchell
Creativity in Education………………………………………Rene Querido
The Education of the Child………………………………….Rudolf Steiner
Phases of Childhood…………………………………………Bernard Lievegoed
Between Form & Freedom:A practical guide to the teenage years……………Betty Staley
Millennial Child: Transforming Education in the 21st Century

* note a few of these books are quite old and may contain outdated perspectives or anecdotes. I am trusting you as the reader to be skilled enough to see past the cultural biases the author may have grown up in and look toward the research and insight they had regarding human development. Amazon is pretty good at giving you the red flags.