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  • Writer's pictureLyndell Weaver

Resources for parents

Updated: Apr 26, 2021

It's true that raising your child or teenager doesn't come with a manual! From the early days, you have to get to know your child in all their uniqueness and discover through a lot of trial and error how they need to be parented. But there is a wealth of insightful writing about parenting and family relationships both by professional therapists and parents who learnt over time what doesn't work with their children and had to develop a new approach. Below is my selective list of books, courses, websites and other resources that many of my clients have found helpful in navigating their own parenting journey.

On discipline, co-operation and emotion coaching:

  • Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child. Book by John Gottman

  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. Book by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlich

  • How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7. Book by Joanna Faber & Julie King

  • Between Parent and Child. Book by Dr Haim G. Ginott. Revised and updated by Dr Alice Ginott & Dr H. Wallace Goddard

  • No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind. Book by Daniel J. Siegal & Tina Payne Bryson

  • Children are from Heaven: Positive Parenting Skills for Raising Cooperative, Confident and Compassionate Children. Book by John Gray

  • An article on how to gain co-operation from a child without resorting to 'consequences':

  • A short outline of Emotion Coaching steps:

  • Tuning In To Kids: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting - a parenting course developed by Sophie Havighurst & Ann Harley, University of Melbourne. You can search to see if this group course is being offered near you or online via this website:

On relationship and attachment-based parenting:

On sibling rivalry and conflict:

On problem-solving, building skills and finding solutions with children:

On parenting teenagers:

These resources cover just a few key topic areas in the land of parenting which, nevertheless, still apply across the full gamut of problems and challenges that parents and carers face in raising a child or teenager. Some one-to-one parent coaching can provide more tailored support and guidance to help you strengthen your family relationships, prevent problems getting worse or find a new approach to a stuck pattern of behaviour in your child. If the circumstances of your situation are complex and you're contending with mental health issues, high conflict, violence or a history of trauma, reaching out to a qualified counsellor or psychologist who specialises in parenting, child development and family relationships can help.

"Thank you so much. This feels like one of the most insightful and productive conversations I've had about my daughter and my parenting. I've lost that sick feeling in my stomach and I can see more clearly what I've done well and what I need to work on to get the trust and influence back with her." (Janine, parent of teenager)

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