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Attachment parenting is a style of parenting which is all about responding to your child's cues and following your parental instincts. This incorporates really getting to know him, and not being afraid of "spoiling" or setting up "bad habits". It is more an attitude than a list of instructions. The usual trademarks of AP, such as breastfeeding, co-sleeping and sling wearing, are in most cases a natural response to the way an AP parent thinks and feels about his/her child. Visit our Attachment Parenting Cubby for more information about this very special style of parenting.

Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child
by Katie Allison Granju
Paperback - 256 pages, published August 1999 by Pocket Books

Synopsis: From breastfeeding to the family bed to "wearing" your baby or toddler in a sling or backpack, ATTACHMENT PARENTING has all the information you will need to forge a loving, secure attachment with your young children. With expert advice from pediatricians, lactation specialists, and anthropologists--as well as words of wisdom from dozens of real families--this book offers a comprehensive overview of today's most talked-about nurturing style.

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The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost
by Jean Liedloff
Paperback, 172 pages Reprint edition (January 1986), by Perseus Press

Synopsis: Liedloff lived with South American Indians on and off for a few years in the 70s. After her return home, she wrote this book: a comparison of child-rearing and health between tribal cultures and modern culture while calling for reconnecting with a lost continuum humans followed for millions of years. Liedloff points out how humans in tribes remain healthy and sane while civilized people are full of neurotic tendencies and seem bent on destroying themselves. A vital read for soon-to-be parents and those concerned with the human future.

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The Discipline Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Better-Behaved Child-From Birth to Age Ten
by William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN
Volume 1; First Edition, Paperback, 316 pages

Synopsis: From the bestselling authors of The Baby Book and The Birth Book comes an essential guide for parents with children ten years old or younger . The Sears give parents all the information they need for better-behaved kids--complete with dozens of boxed tips and a Q&A section on the 30 most common behavior problems.

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Good Nights: The Happy Parents' Guide to the Family Bed
by Jay Gordon, MD, and Maria Goodavage
Paperback, 256 pages, published by Griffin Trade Paperback, 2002

Synopsis: Good Nights puts your concerns about the family bed to rest, with fun and easy-to-use guidance on safety, coping with criticism, and even keeping the spark in your marriage (albeit outside the bedroom). With warmth and humor, Dr. Jay Gordon, a nationally recognized pediatrician who has endorsed the family bed for decades, and Maria Goodavage, a former USA Today staff writer with training in sleep research, give you everything you'll need in order to thrive - and at times, simply survive - with the family bed. [Read complete StorkNet review of Good Nights here]

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Hidden Messages: What Our Words and Actions are Really Telling Our Children
by Elizabeth Pantley, forward by William Sears, MD
Paperback, 256 pages, published October 2000 by Contemporary Books

Review: Elizabeth Pantley finds a fresh approach to writing about parenting, and her warmth and gentleness shine throughout this book. Instead of lecturing, Elizabeth uses stories - some true, some compilations of anecdotes - to teach the lessons. This is a book that can help all parents become better parents, in small ways and in dramatic ways. She has written a book that will help parents understand how what they say and do impacts what their children think and feel, and often in ways we might not first realize. In her own words in the introduction, Elizabeth says, "It examines the seemingly healthy everyday interactions between parents and children to find the surprising problems lurking beneath."

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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Paperback, 286 pages, 20th edition, published October 5, 1999 by Avon Books

Synopsis: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk is an excellent communication tool kit based on a series of workshops developed by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Faber and Mazlish (coauthors of Siblings Without Rivalry) provide a step-by-step approach to improving relationships in your house. The "Reminder" pages, helpful cartoon illustrations, and excellent exercises will improve your ability as a parent to talk and problem-solve with your children. The book can be used alone or in parenting groups, and the solid tools provided are appropriate for kids of all ages.

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Kid Cooperation: How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading and Get Kids to Cooperate
by Elizabeth Pantley, Forward by William Sears, MD
Paperback, published April 1996 by New Harbinger

Review: What parent doesn't want to avoid whining, nagging and yelling when it comes to dealing with their children? Kid Cooperation is a fantastic source of tips, tools and ideas to help parents learn to deal with their children calmly and respectfully, while at the same time, teach their children cooperation, good manners and self-discipline.
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Mothering Your Nursing Toddler
by Norma J. Bumgarner
Paperback, 308 pages revised edition, February 2000, by La Leche League Intl

Synopsis: Norma Jane Bumgarner puts the experience of nursing an older baby or child in perspective, within the context of the entire mother-child relationship. She cites biological, cultural, and historical evidence in support of extended breastfeeding and shares stories gleaned from thousands of families for whom breastfeeding and natural weaning have been the norm.

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Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep
by William Sears, MD
Paperback, 203 pages Revised edition, published November 1999

Synopsis: Providing parents with a thorough understanding of why and how babies sleep differently from the rest of us, Parenting is a full-time, twenty-four-hour-a-day job. Nighttime Parenting was written to make that job easier and to help the whole family--mother, father, baby--sleep better. It helps parents understand why babies sleep differently than adults, offers solutions to nighttime problems, and even describes how certain styles of nighttime parenting can aid in child spacing and lower the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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Perfect Parenting: The Dictionary of 1,000 Parenting Tips
by Elizabeth Pantley, forward by William Sears, MD
paperback, 319 pages, published November 1998 by Contemporary Books

Review: If you're looking for a book that puts answers to common (and not so common) parenting challenges right at your fingertips, then look no further. Perfect Parenting is an A-to-Z book full of practical solutions to almost any problem you can think of. As the author says, "Perfect parenting is a process whereby parents, in all their human flaws and weaknesses, do their personal best to raise capable, responsible, happy children."

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Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
paperback, 496 pages, published by Harper Perennial November 2006

Synopsis: Recently, temperament traits have come to the forefront of child development theory. In Raising Your Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka's first contribution is to redefine the "difficult child" as the "spirited" child, a child that is, as she says, MORE. She provides tools to understanding your own temperament as well as your child's. When you understand your temperamental matches--and your mismatches--you can better understand, work, live, socialize, and enjoy spirit in your child. By reframing challenging temperamental qualities in a positive way, and by giving readers specific tools to work with these qualities, Kurcinka has provided a book that will help all parents, especially the parents of spirited children, understand and better parent their children.

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Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sharing Your Bed With Your Baby
by Deborah Jackson
Paperback, 320 pages, published July 2003 by Bloomsbury

Synopsis: Until relatively recently, babies weren't sent off to sleep alone in their cribs where they often cry themselves to sleep--only to wake, needing to be fed or comforted until they can fall asleep again. This book offers an alternative: taking your baby to bed with you. Drawing on up-to-date and startling new evidence, the author shows how babies who sleep with their parents benefit by getting virtually a full night's sleep. Three in a Bed also includes a fully revised chapter based on new research on the SIDS debate and includes practical information on safety in the bed, how to sustain your sex life, and how to deal with the moment when the baby leaves his parents' bed.

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Your Competent Child: Toward New Basic Values for the Family
by Jesper Juul
Paperback, 256 pages, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, April 2001

Synopsis: Jesper Juul argues that today's families are at an exciting crossroads. The destructive values -- obedience, physical and emotional violence, and conformity -- that governed traditional hierarchical families are being transformed. Instead we can choose to embrace a new set of values based on the assumption that families must be built not on authoritarian force or democratic tyranny but on dignity and reciprocity between parent and child. Children are competent to express their feelings from birth, and they are eager to cooperate. It is parents who must work to listen to and learn from their children. When our children's behavior makes us feel less than valuable, then it is almost always because we are. That is, prior to a conflict, we were unable to convert our loving feelings into loving behavior, our good intentions into fruitful interaction.

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