Parental support Books

The publications listed below can be great tools and are meant to be sources of valuable information. There is a large number of publications, particularly related to parenting and child development. While none of these are designed to replace professional or medical advice, here are some evidence-based books that could be useful tools for parents seeking additional support using available technology.

The books listed here are not affiliated with or specifically endorsed by Childhelp. This list is an example of the various options that are available publicly; please use your discretion to determine the book(s) that best meet your needs.

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Parenting from the inside out

Parenting from the Inside Out

Author:Daniel J. Siegel & Mary Hartzell

In Parenting from the Inside Out, child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent. Drawing on stunning new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help them raise compassionate and resilient children.

The Science of Parenting

The Science of Parenting

Author: Margot Sunderland

Backed by the most up-to-date scientific research, The Science of Parenting, 2nd Edition provides evidence-based parenting advice about how you should care for your child, with practical strategies from birth to 12 years of age. Child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland has more than 30 years’ experience that she brings to this internationally-acclaimed guide, and she provides numerous case studies to relate the science to real life.

Positive Discipline A-Z

Positive Discipline A-Z

Author: Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott & H. Stephen Glenn

As a parent, you face one of the most challenging—and rewarding— roles of your life. No matter how much you love your child, there will still be moments filled with anger, frustration, and, at times, desperation. What do you do? Over the years, millions of parents just like you have come to trust the Positive Discipline series for its consistent, commonsense approach to child rearing.


Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

Author: Dr. Laura Markham

Based on the latest research on brain development and extensive clinical experience with parents, Dr. Laura Markham’s approach is as simple as it is effective. Her message: Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don’t need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe – or even punish.

Unconditional Parenting

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason

Author: Alfie Kohn

More than just another book about discipline, Unconditional Parenting addresses the ways parents think about, feel about, and act with their children. It invites them to question their most basic assumptions about raising kids while offering a wealth of practical strategies for shifting from “doing to” to “working with” parenting— including how to replace praise with the unconditional support that children need to grow into healthy, caring, responsible people. This is an eye-opening, paradigm-shattering book that will reconnect readers to their own best instincts and inspire them to become better parents.

No Drama With Discipline

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

Author: Daniel JJ Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene. Complete with candid stories and playful illustrations that bring the authors’ suggestions to life, No-Drama Discipline shows you how to work with your child’s developing mind, peacefully resolve conflicts, and inspire happiness and strengthen resilience in everyone in the family.

How to talk so kids will listen

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen… And Listen So Kids Will Talk

Author: Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, Faber and Mazlish’s down-to-earth, respectful approach to communication makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.



Beyond Behaviors

Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges

Author: Mona Delahooke

In Beyond Behaviors, internationally known pediatric psychologist, Dr. Mona Delahooke describes behaviors as the tip of the iceberg, important signals that we should address by seeking to understand a child’s individual differences in the context of relational safety. Featuring impactful worksheets and charts, this accessible book offers professionals, educators and parents tools and techniques to reduce behavioral challenges and promote psychological resilience and satisfying, secure relationships.







This project was supported by Grant Number 90CA1855 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.