Three favorite parenting resources

If you care for children, here are some excellent resources with helpful, warm and effective approaches and tips: 

1. Kim John Payne, director of the Simplicity Project. Here’s how much I loved his book “Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids”: When I first came across it six years ago I bought 20 copies to give to friends with children. (Hopefully my friends know me well enough to know I get excited to share helpful resources and they were not offended that I gave them parenting books! ;)  This book continues to be a favorite today.

I also recommend his latest book, “The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm and Calm Guidance: From Toddlers to Teens.” Whether you're expecting or have a teenager or anything in between, I think you'll find Kim's resources invaluable. 

Check out his website for more: and to subscribe to his updates. Kim is also one of the experts I interviewed for my newest book, “Take Care: The Balance Guide”—where he shares insights and tips on simplifying and creating a more balanced life. 

2. Dr. Laura Markam, founder of Aha! Parenting. There are tons of great resources, including articles, videos, audios and a newsletter through her website: (thank you to my friend who introduced me to this site! As the saying goes, "It takes a village," and it's important to share good ideas among your tribe). I recently read Dr. Markam's book “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting” and thought it was great. I also liked “Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life.”

3. As far as books to read TO kids, I love the children's books by Wayne Dyer. The messages kids take in during their formative years is so important for how they view themselves and the world, and I love the way these books frame important life lessons:

“Incredible You: 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through”

“Unstoppable Me: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life”

 “It’s Not What You’ve Got: Lessons for Kids on Money and Abundance.”

“I Am: Why Two Little Words Mean So Much”

“No Excuses: How What You Say Can Get in your Way”

(OK, I haven’t actually read these last two titles because they didn’t have them at our library, but I feel pretty confident based on the other books that these two are great too!)

A lot of what all of these resources boil down to is self-awareness and self-mastery, for both parents and children. They’re about being intentional and creating more balanced inner lives and lifestyles for ourselves and our little ones. All of these themes are discussed in more detail in the fifth book in my series, “Take Care: The Balance Guide” so I hope you'll check that out too!

Please share if you have parenting resources you recommend. I believe parenting is the same as every other type of wellness measure-investing in it BEFORE problems arise is the best approach for smoother and more joyful sailing. And we can all use reorienting at times too, so it helps to share practical tips to do so. 

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