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Books I’ve mentioned, read and recommend:

Becoming the Parent You Want to Be: A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years – An ABSOLUTE MUST. I still refer to this all the time. Great sections on many aspects of  child development and how to positively parent through them. This came recommended at my co-op preschool in West Seattle and it stays on my nightstand.

Positive Discipline: The First Three Years: From Infant to Toddler–Laying the Foundation for Raising a Capable, Confident Child – I used this as my Bible in the beginning. I still refer back.

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers: For Their Early Years–Raising Children Who are Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful – The next step, and a good way to stay on the right path as toddlers grow into more independent preschoolers.

Positive Discipline – Good background about the entire philosophy for all ages. You can’t rehash this stuff enough.

Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems – when the other books don’t offer solutions or you need to look up something specific, grab this. I like that it’s alphabetized. P for Potty Training!

Positive Discipline for Teenagers – God knows I’ll need this one day.

Connection Parenting: Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion, Through Love Instead of Fear – LOVE this book!! It took forever to read because I kept taking notes. It’s interactive, encouraging you to journal on questions it asks. Do the journaling. It is very eye opening. That’s all I’ll say.

Playful Parenting – great tips for having fun and engendering playfulness.

Redirecting Children’s Behavior – good advice that can help you steer away from punishment.

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too – one can hope, can’t one? Actually, this has already been a help as I lay the groundwork for empathy between the two.

Products I’ve talked about:

Coat hook to encourage independence.

High Road Floor Litterbag perfect for keeping the car messes down.

Educational Websites:

Positive Discipline – good background on the whole theory

Puget Sounds Adlerian Society – Poorly designed site, but chocked full of valuable information to learn more about Dr. Adler and his parenting ideas.

Half Full: The Science of Raising Happy Kids. This is a blog by Christine Carter, sociologist and the executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. She posts a lot of good articles that are very relevant to this topic.

West Seattle and other Mom Groups:

West Seattle Moms of Babes – for birth to about a year or so.

West Seattle Teeter Tots for kids born in 2007.

West Seattle Moms of Tots – for kids born between 2003 and 2006.

Coop Preschools:

South Seattle Community College Family Life for the West Seattle Coop Preschools.

North Seattle Community College also has a coop on the north side.