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By Becky Freeman

These are some of the books that are consistently getting the most rave reviews from actual parents of preschoolers on-line.  Not surprisingly, there are some methods that work beautifully for some parents and children, while failing miserably for others.  What a surprise!

Again, we are all unique as parents and so are our children.  Find a method that you believe honors your spiritual values, your personality and that of your child.   Throw in a little common sense, some grace for imperfection and enjoy!  This time will pass all too fast.

Sign With Your Baby by W. Joseph Garcia

Kids, Parents and Power Struggles
(also, Raising Your Spirited Child) both by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

1-2-3 Magic by Dr. Thomas Phelan ( book & video

Winner of 1999 National Parenting Publisher Award

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Rules for Parents: Simple Strategies that Help Little Kids Thrive and You Survive by Nan Silver        

  Parenting by Heart Dr. Ron Taffel  How to connect with your kids in the face of too much advice, too many pressures, and never enough time  (I love what one reviewer said, and I must agree with her: "A parenting bubble bath.  Advice that relaxes you... because it makes you more effective. And vice versa.")

Kid Cooperation: How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading to Get Kids to Cooperate by Elizabeth Pantley (intro by William Sears)

Practical Parenting Tips:

Over 1500 Helpful Hints for the First 5 Years by Vicki Lansky (Vicki has written over 25 books for parents and kids easy to read, practical, down-to-earth.)

Good, General Reference Books

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child American Academy of Pediatrics

Touch Points: Your Child's Emotional and Behavioral Development by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

© Becky Freeman
Becky Freeman is an award-winning, best-selling author, national speaker and humor columnist, and radio/TV media personality. Among her many inspirational/true-life/humor books are fun titles like "Worms in My Tea: And Other Mixed Blessings" (nominated for a Gold Medallion), "Coffee Cup Friendship & Cheesecake Fun: Stories and Adventures Between Girlfriends", and many more. See her website at!


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