Recommended Books for Parents

In my clinical practice, I often recommend to parents different books that can support and reinforce the therapeutic work we do together or the work I am doing with their child or adolescent. The books can be helpful resources for parents.

Of course, it is important to keep in mind that parenting books do not replace seeking professional help from a psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist or other health professional, especially for more severe and complex problems. Rather, these recommended books can be a good place to start and can compliment the services you are receiving.

Please find in the table below several recommended books on various topics including anger, ADHD, anxiety, divorce, and general parenting. You may want to check back again at a later date as more suggested publications will be added.

Recommended Books for Parents

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Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents

Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents

Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents is the first and only book to provide a completely parent-based treatment program for child and adolescent anxiety.

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The Explosive Child [Fifth Edition]: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

The Explosive Child [Fifth Edition]: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

In this recommended book, Dr. Greene offers parents a sensitive, practical approach and useful strategies to decreasing antagonism, reducing your child's explosions, engaging in collaborative problem-solving, and helping your child be more flexible and handle frustration more adaptively.

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Helping Your Angry Child: A Workbook for You and Your Family

Helping Your Angry Child: A Workbook for You and Your Family

This recommended interactive, self-help workbook is written to help parents come up with solutions to dealing with their children's anger and rage. Parents will learn to teach their children anger-management skills, how to relate to others when strong emotions arise, as well as how to listen, understand, recognize, and cope with their child's anger.

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How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7

How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7

This user-friendly guide will empower parents and caregivers of young children to forge rewarding, joyful relationships with children 2 to 7 year old.

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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (The How To Talk Series)

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (The How To Talk Series)

This best selling parenting book teaches parents effective ways to communicate with and to engage cooperation in their children. The book offers many illustrations and examples of the skills.

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How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk

This recommended book provides practical ideas as to how to maintain open and mutually respectful dialogue between parents and teens. The authors provide many examples and illustrations of effective communication strategies.

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The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

This recommended book incorporates neuroscience about the developing brain and teaches twelve key strategies to raising children that foster healthy emotional and cognitive development, and leads to calmer, more balanced, and happier children.

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

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

This is another highly recommended book by Dr. Siegel and Dr. Payne Bryson. The book provides practical guidance to parents on how to connect with children first in order to move from a more reactive mode of functioning to a more receptive mode of learning where children can be redirected to make better choices and are able to manage big emotions more effectively.

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Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents

Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents

This parent guide provides up-to-date information about the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. It includes an 8- step behavior management plan for 6- to 18-year olds with ADHD.

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Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents

This guide teaches parents proven CBT techniques for managing and overcoming child anxiety, worries, and fears. There is also a free downloadable workbook for children that is offered to users of this book.

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Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, Revised and Updated Edition: Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries, and Phobias and Be Prepared for Life--from Toddlers to Teens

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, Revised and Updated Edition: Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries, and Phobias and Be Prepared for Life--from Toddlers to Teens

This parent guide teaches cognitive-behavioral techniques for helping both younger and older children who are manifesting various forms of anxiety including social anxiety, Tourette’s Syndrome, hair-pulling, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and more. The revised and expanded edition was published in July 2014.

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Recommended Books for Parents about OCD

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Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents

Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents

Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents is the first and only book to provide a completely parent-based treatment program for child and adolescent anxiety.

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What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD (What-to-Do Guides for Kids Series)

What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD (What-to-Do Guides for Kids Series)

What To Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder. This interactive self-help book turns kids into super-sleuths who can recognize and more appropriately respond to OCD's tricks.

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Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children's Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment

Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children's Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment

Dr. Wagner uses the powerful real-life metaphor of the Worry Hill to describe OCD and its treatment clearly and simply through the eyes of a child. Children and adults will identify with Casey's struggle with OCD, his sense of hope about treatment, his relief and his victory over OCD.

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Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-compulsive Disorder by Tamar E. Chansky (2001) Paperback

Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-compulsive Disorder by Tamar E. Chansky (2001) Paperback

Dr. Tamar E. Chansky creates a clear road map to understanding and overcoming OCD based on her successful practice treating hundreds of children and teenagers with this disorder.

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Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say

Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" -- and Parents Say "Way to Go"

This uniquely designed volume is really two books in one. Each chapter begins with a section that helps kids and teens zero in on specific problems and develop skills they can use to tune out obsessions and resist compulsions. 

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