"Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you." - Robert Fulghum

Parenting can be an enormously satisfying, rewarding, enriching, and growth-promoting experience. It also can be frustrating, stress producing, isolating and lonely. And for most parents, there are a lot of ups and downs between these emotions. Parenting is no easy task.

Fortunately, we now have good researched-based information that can assist us in being more effective parents. Research studies show effective parenting greatly increases a child's chances of healthy development, while ineffective parenting diminishes such favorable results. Smart parents are those who learn and practice parenting skills that are proven to contribute to the development of happy and productive children. These resources will provide plenty of ideas and skills that will assist you in being an effective parent.

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Recommended Books

Discipline with Love and Logic – by Jim Fay, Foster W. Cline
Resource guide for parenting. (Love & Logic Press, 2001)

Raising Resilient Children – by Robert Brooks, Sam Goldstein
Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child. (McGraw-Hill, 2002)

Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems – by Jane Ed.D. Nelsen, Lynn Lott, H. Stephen Glenn
A Positive Proven Approach to Parenting. In this updated edition you will learn how to use kind but firm support to raise a child who is responsible, respectful, and resourceful. (Three Rivers Press, 2007)

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 – by Thomas W. Phelan
Addressing the difficult task of child discipline with humor, keen insight and proven experience. (Parenting, Inc., 2003)

The Optimistic Child – by Martin E. Seligman
Proven Program to Safeguard Children from Depression & Build Lifelong Resilience (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1995)

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child – by John Gottman, Joan Declaire, Daniel Goleman
A guide to teaching children to understand and regulate their emotional world. (Simon & Schuster, 1998)

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