Parenting

It’s hard work, but…

Since the first time someone complained that the parent designation doesn’t come with a manual, knowledgeable people have been sharing what they know.

 

 
 

Apps

 
 

Parenting Ages & Stages
The Zumobi Network
Apple App Store (FREE)

The Parenting Ages & Stages app brings one of Parenting’s most popular magazine features to life for mobile moms and dads. With parenting guides from newborn through school years, the Ages & Stages app provides the most targeted information on child development and parenting milestones. This free app is customizable for each user. By adding their children’s photos, names and birthdays, users will receive relevant news and tips based on age and development.

 

 
 

Parenting Quotes
Mike the Android Farmer
Android Market (FREE)

If you’re a parent, then these quotes are for you. All aspects of parenting are covered from the earliest days in diapers through the children finally realizing their parents aren’t complete fools! A great mix of quotes ranging from the most serious to more lighthearted fare.

 

 

iParent
JAGLABS, Inc
Apple App Store (FREE)

Created in direct harmony with a staff PhD in psychology, iParent was designed to help you, the parent, no matter how old your child is, to communicate with your children more effectively and positively. This simple application will help you deal with the daily stresses and endless problems we all face as parents, and even perhaps, as children of those parents.

 

Books

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids 
Kim John Payne & Lisa M. Ross
ISBN: 978-0345507983

Today’s busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. A manifesto for protecting the grace of childhood, Simplicity Parenting is an eloquent guide to bringing new rhythms to bear on the lifelong art of raising children.

 

 

The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries 
Michele Borba
ISBN: 978-0787988319

In this down-to-earth guide, parenting expert Michele Borba offers advice for dealing with children’s difficult behavior and hot button issues including biting, temper tantrums, cheating, bad friends, inappropriate clothing, sex, drugs, peer pressure, and much more. Written for parents of kids age 3-13, this book offers easy-to-implement advice for the most important challenges parents face with kids from toddlers to tweens.

 

 

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2–12 
Thomas W. Phelan
ISBN: 978-1889140438

Addressing the task of child discipline with humor and practicality, this time-tested program provides easy-to-follow steps for disciplining children aged two to twelve without yelling, arguing, or hitting. With the help of this book, parents learn to deal with the six kinds of testing and manipulation, and they discover the 10 steps for building self-esteem in children. This award-winning guide also teaches parents how to handle the disrespectful outbursts of children with reason, patience, and compassion.

 

 

Parenting with Love and Logic (updated) 
Foster Cline and Jim Fay
ISBN: 978-1576839300

This parenting book shows you how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Learn how to parent effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character. Establish healthy control through easy-to-implement steps without anger, threats, nagging, or power struggles.

 

 

Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us 
Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo & Mary Ann Zoellner
ISBN: 978-1419704598

Sh*tty Mom is the ultimate parenting guide, written by four moms who have seen it all. As hilarious as it is universal, each chapter presents a common parenting scenario with advice on how to get through it in the easiest and most efficient way possible. With chapters such as “How to Sleep Until 9 A.M. Every Weekend” and “When Seeing an Infant Triggers a Mental Illness That Makes You Want to Have Another Baby,” as well as a Sh*tty Mom quiz, this is a must-have, laugh-out-loud funny book for the sh*tty parent in all of us.

 

 

You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded): Strategies for Bringing Out the Best in Your Strong-Willed Child 
Cynthia Ulrich
ISBN: 978-1578561933

It’s easy to recognize a strong-willed child. Difficult to discipline, at times impossible to motivate, strong-willed children present unique, frustrating, and often exhausting challenges to those who care for them. But now, the miracle parents long for can happen. Offering new hope, achievable goals, and a breath of fresh air to families and teachers, Cynthia Tobias explains how the mind of a strong-willed child works—and how to use that information to the child’s best advantage.

 

Web Links

An online resource for real-live parents Massachusetts's Children's Trust Fund

Parenting.org Boys Town

 

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