21 Must-Reads for Moms, Dads and Caregivers


Below is a list of books by top parenting industry experts that have inspired me, all of us at Parent Footprint and many of my patients. These books have helped me define Parent Footprint’s “Vision of Successful Parenting” and “Parent Footprint Awareness Training” video series and I hope they help your family too.

1) The Awakened Family by Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D. “The Focus is always on the Parent’s awareness rather than the child’s behavior.”

2) The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D. “Despite our best intentions, we enslave them to the emotional inheritance we received from our parents, binding them to the deliberating legacy of ancestors past.”

3) Teach Your Children Well by Madeline Levine, Ph.D. “It is important to keep the bar high for our children, but we need to make sure that we are keeping our eye on the right bar.”

4) Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. “Imperfect parenting moments turn into gifts as our children watch us try to figure out what went wrong and how we can do better next time.”

5) How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. “I’ve come to the conclusion that we define success too narrowly and what’s worst, this narrow, misguided definition of success has led us to harm a generation of young adults – our children.”

6) Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman. “How a child turns out if a function of infinite number of variables, but parents can influence their children to become fulfilled and joyful grownups.”

7) The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. “What do you really want for your children? What qualities do you hope they develop and take into their adult life? Now think about what percentage of your time you spend intentionally developing these qualities in your children.”

8) Whispers Through Time by L.R. Knost. “It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”

9) No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph. D. “You really can discipline in a way that is full of respect and nurturing, but that also maintains clear and consistent boundaries.”

10) The Explosive Child by Ross W. Green, Ph.D. ”For things to improve, your kid needs you to be at your best.”

11) Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. “In order to be fountains of hopefulness and enthusiasm for our children, we must find ways to replenish ourselves.”

12) The Available Parent by Dr. John Duffy. “Through judgment and the emotional baggage they themselves bring to the relationship, parents too often limit their ability to communicate with influence and enjoy the relationship with their child.”

13) Take Back Your Kids by William J. Doherty, Ph.D. “Without respect, no sustainable warmth between a parent and a child is possible. During the first six years of life, the template for later years is set down.”

14) The Self Aware Parent by Cathy Cassani Adams. “Self awareness begins by monitoring your mood when you are with your children.”

15) Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. “The power of people’s belief strongly effects and permeates every part of life.”

16) The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan. “Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus. Who we are and where we want to go determines what we do and what we accomplish.”

17) The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. “It takes tremendous energy to keep functioning while carrying the memory of terror and the shame of utter weakness and vulnerability. Long after a traumatic experience is over, it may be reactivated at the slightest hint of danger.”

18) The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child, by Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D. “There is a way to establish what actually works. It’s called science. Obviously, few parents have the time or training to get up to speed on the latest research in psychology, so my emphasis is on what to do and how to do it with basic principles that underline why this approach works.”

19) What Do You Really Want for Your Children? by Wayne W. Dyer. “We want them to feel successful rather than having some external factors determine their degree of success.”

20) Your Self-Confident Baby by Magda Gerber. “Respect means accepting, enjoying, and loving your children and not expecting them to do what they cannot do. It means allowing your child the time, the space, and the love and the support to be themselves and to discover the world in their own unique way. It means trying to understand their point of view.”

21) What All Children Want Their Parents to Know by Diana Loomans. “Kids seem to instinctively know that a happy, well-adjusted adult has much more joy, attention, energy and love, so the first and foremost pivotal way to be a role model for children of all ages lies in the healthy, consistent care of you.”

You will find the complete list of these book with links to purchase online at https://parentfootprint.com/training/ vision-of-successful-parenting/.

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