Over the years, some books have become ‘classics’ in early childhood education and parenting. Here are some of our favorites that we often recommend to parents here at SYC. They can be found at most libraries, purchased at local bookstores (who are always happy to special order something they don’t carry), or you can use the links provided to search on Amazon if you prefer (affiliate links help out SYC’s Scholarship Fund).
If you have anything to recommend to us that you’ve found particularly helpful, we’d love to hear about it!
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Product Description Parenting can be such an overwhelming job that it’s easy to lose track of where you stand on some of the more controversial subjects at the playground (What if my kid likes to rough house—isn’t this ok as long as no one gets hurt? And what if my kid just doesn’t feel like sharing?). In this inspiring and enlightening book, Heather Shumaker describes her quest to nail down “the rules” to raising smart, sensitive, and self-sufficient kids.... Read more
Product Description Informative, inspiring, and enlightening, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be provides parents with the building blocks they need to discover their own parenting philosophy and develop effective parenting strategies.... Read moreAmazon.com Review This may be the best parenting book to come around in years. Laura Davis and Janis Keyser take a straightforward, real, and respectful approach to parenting and children.... Read more
Product Description Child psychiatrist and Harvard professor Robert Coles has actively dedicated much of his life to exemplifying, teaching, and writing about the moral life. In his wonderful new book, Coles illuminates the ways in which children become moral or not so moral adults, drawing on case studies, talks with parents, visits to nurseries and classrooms, and interviews with children. No subject could be more important and more timely-for all Americans, but especially for parents.... Read more
Product Description Newly revised, featuring the most up-to-date research, effective strategies, and real-life storiesThe spirited child—often called "difficult" or "strong-willed"—possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. Research shows that spirited kids are wired to be "more"—by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child.... Read more
Product Description This book provides readers with a humorous and enlightening way to uncover damaging beliefs that adults hold about themselves and children. With this new understanding, readers are guided through specific examples, situations and interactive discipline skills. The book is based on love and acceptance instead of fear and control. Step-by-step, readers learn how to teach children to meet their needs in socially acceptable ways without adults being too controlling or permissive.... Read more