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Peace, Love, and Parenting

Sometimes parenting can feel anything but peaceful, but the love we feel for our children keeps us looking for ways to make our homes and lives a little more gentle and kind.

Check out these titles chosen specifically for the peace and love they have brought about in my own life with children. While no parenting book will have all the answers, these titles will offer you more tools for your parenting tool box. Peace begins in the home, and what better way to bring about change in the world than to start with yourself and your family. So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy these books about parenting. All you need is love... and your Richland Library card!


Laura R. Says: Nurturing babies and very young children
Amazon Says: Might you and your baby both sleep better if you shared a bed? How old is too old for breastfeeding? What is a father's role in nurturing a newborn? How does early attachment more...
Amazon Says: Might you and your baby both sleep better if you shared a bed? How old is too old for breastfeeding? What is a father's role in nurturing a newborn? How does early attachment foster a child's eventual independence? Dr. Bill and Martha Sears -- the doctor-and-nurse, husband-and-wife team who coined the term "attachment parenting" -- answer these and many more questions in this practical, inspiring guide. Attachment parenting is a style of parenting that encourages a strong early attachment, and advocates parental responsiveness to babies' dependency needs. "The Attachment Parenting Book" clearly explains the six "Baby B's" that form the basis of this increasingly popular parenting style: Bonding, Breastfeeding, Babywearing, Bedding close to baby, Belief in the language value of baby's cry, Beware of baby trainers.Here's all the information you need to achieve your most important goals as a new parent: to know your child, to help your child feel right, and to enjoy parenting. less...
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Laura R. Says: Nurturing children from birth to seven years
Amazon Says: by Barbara J. Patterson, Pamela Bradley and Jean Riordan (Perfect Paperback - Jan 1, 2000) more...
Amazon Says: by Barbara J. Patterson, Pamela Bradley and Jean Riordan (Perfect Paperback - Jan 1, 2000) less...
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Laura R. Says: Nurturing through creative play for babies 3 months to 2 years
Amazon Says: Babies and young toddlers explore their worlds through creative play. Based on the Steiner theory—the world-renowned holistic approach to childhood education as taught in th more...
Amazon Says: Babies and young toddlers explore their worlds through creative play. Based on the Steiner theory—the world-renowned holistic approach to childhood education as taught in the Waldorf Schools—this illustrated guide offers advice for parents on helping your baby develop mind, body, and spirit through stimulating imaginative play. Practical instruction is provided for each stage of development, centering around some 25 age-appropriate toys that parents can make at home. The playthings include dolls and puppets, knitted animals, rattles and balls, simple cars and other vehicles, blocks, and even a sandbox. The toys will stir the imagination, enhance sensory awareness, and enable children to discover more of their expanding world. less...
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Laura R. Says: Nurturing through creative play for children 2 to 4 years old
Amazon Says: Give your kids more than a diet of television and plastic toys with this inspiring course. Following hot on the heels of the hugely popular Creative Play for your Baby, this i more...
Amazon Says: Give your kids more than a diet of television and plastic toys with this inspiring course. Following hot on the heels of the hugely popular Creative Play for your Baby, this is the ideal resource for modern parents who want their children to expand their creativity and imagination through play. Discover child development according to the Steiner theory, which helps toddlers realize themselves both naturally and holistically in mind, body, and spirit. Each chapter deals with a different element of your child’s growth and includes an expert summary of the theory that goes behind it. You’ll find step-by-step instructions for making over 20 beautiful toys from natural materials to help your child develop resourcefulness, originality, awareness, and confidence. less...
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Laura R. Says: Nurturing children from birth to age 3
Amazon Says: What can parents do to help their youngest children in their task of self-formation? How does the Montessori method of hands-on learning and self-discovery relate to the young more...
Amazon Says: What can parents do to help their youngest children in their task of self-formation? How does the Montessori method of hands-on learning and self-discovery relate to the youngest infants? This authoritative and accessible book answers these and many other questions. Based on Dr. Maria Montessori's instructions for raising infants, its comprehensive exploration of the first three years incorporates the furnishings and tools she created for the care and comfort of babies. From the design of the baby's bedroom to the child-sized kitchen table, from diet and food preparation to clothing and movement, the authors provide guidance for the establishment of a beautiful and serviceable environment for babies and very young children. They introduce concepts and tasks, taking into account childrens' ''sensitive periods'' for learning such skills as dressing themselves, food preparation, and toilet training. Brimming with anecdote and encouragement, and written in a clear, engaging style, Montessori from the Start is a practical and useful guide to raising calm, competent, and confident children. less...
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Laura R. Says: Nurturing children from birth to 6 years
Amazon Says: Adapted for easy use with children at home and based on the key ideas that create confident, independent children in Montessori schools, this inspiring book shows parents how more...
Amazon Says: Adapted for easy use with children at home and based on the key ideas that create confident, independent children in Montessori schools, this inspiring book shows parents how to deal with children's physical and intellectual growth from birth to six years. less...
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Laura R. Says: Nurturing children for the first 12 years
Amazon Says: How do 9/11-era parents deal with the fearful, violent world where their children are growing up? Two experts in non-violence show how to practice established conflict resolut more...
Amazon Says: How do 9/11-era parents deal with the fearful, violent world where their children are growing up? Two experts in non-violence show how to practice established conflict resolution techniques with children from birth through adolescence. It starts with better awareness of our own needs and wants, with peaceful ways to meet them. Words that solve problems without arguments lead families into sharing, working, and playing together so that peace is a normal feature of daily life--including dealing effectively with bullies. less...
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Laura R. Says: Nurturing children who are generally more intense, senstive, perceptive, or especially energetic
Amazon Says: Newly revised, featuring the most up-to-date research, effective strategies, and real-life storiesThe spirited child—often called "difficult" or "strong-willed"—possesses more...
Amazon Says: Newly revised, featuring the most up-to-date research, effective strategies, and real-life storiesThe spirited child—often called "difficult" or "strong-willed"—possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. Research shows that spirited kids are wired to be "more"—by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. In this revised edition of the award-winning classic, voted one of the top twenty books for parents, Kurcinka provides vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint. Raising Your Spirited Child will help you:understand your child's­—and your own—temperamental traits discover the power of positive—rather than negative—labels cope with the tantrums and power struggles when they do occur plan for success with a simple four-step program develop strategies for handling mealtimes, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, holidays, and school, among other situations less...
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Laura R. Says: Nurturing from a place of simplicity, simplifying your family
Amazon Says: Today’s busier, faster, supersized society is waging an undeclared war . . . on childhood. As the pace of life accelerates to hyperspeed–with too much stuff, too many choi more...
Amazon Says: Today’s busier, faster, supersized society is waging an undeclared war . . . on childhood. As the pace of life accelerates to hyperspeed–with too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time–children feel the pressure. They can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now, in defense of the extraordinary power of less, internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need, allowing their children’s attention to focus and their individuality to flourish. Based on Payne’s twenty year’s experience successfully counseling busy families, Simplicity Parenting teaches parents how to worry and hover less–and how to enjoy more. For those who want to slow their children’s lives down but don’t know where to start, Payne offers both inspiration and a blueprint for change. • Streamline your home environment. The average child has more than 150 toys. Here are tips for reducing the amount of toys, books, and clutter–as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload that crowd the space young imaginations need in order to grow. • Establish rhythms and rituals. Predictability (routines) and transparency (knowing the day’s plan) are soothing pressure valves for children. Here are ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed. • Schedule a break in the schedule. Too many activities may limit children’s ability to motivate and direct themselves. Learn how to establish intervals of calm in your child’s daily torrent of constant doing–and familiarize yourself with the pros and cons of organized sports and other “enrichment” activities. • Scale back on media and parental involvement. Back out of hyperparenting by managing your children’s “screen time” to limit the endless and sometimes scary deluge of information and stimulation. Parental hovering is really about anxiety; by doing less and trusting more, parents can create a sanctuary that nurtures children’s identity, well-being, and resiliency as they grow–slowly–into themselves. 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 parenting. less...
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Laura R. Says: Nurturing older children
Amazon Says: Attachment parenting is not just for babies; as children grow, they need to expand the web of their secure attachments to friends, teachers, community and the wider world. By more...
Amazon Says: Attachment parenting is not just for babies; as children grow, they need to expand the web of their secure attachments to friends, teachers, community and the wider world. By following the advice laid out in this book, parents can see that the bonds they have nurtured will provide the anchor that will ground their children through the challenging teen years to adulthood. less...
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