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Recommended Reading


Baby Knows Best

By Deborah Carlisle Solomon

The parenting book I recommend more than any other! Easy to read and reference, Baby Knows Best covers every imaginable topic on child rearing, from the Educaring® perspective. This book takes a new parent from feeling overwhelmed to excited, from worried to curious, from fear to love. 


Your Self-Confident Baby

By Magda Gerber

Magda shares her practical methods for encouraging your child's natural abilities by parenting with respect, honor, and esteem. See how you and your baby can grow into a mutually beneficial relationship built on a healthy balance of togetherness and independence. 


No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame

By Janet Lansbury

Another collection of Janet's articles on punishment, cooperation, boundaries, testing, tantrums, hitting, and more, “No Bad Kids” provides a practical, indispensable tool for parents who are anticipating or experiencing those critical years when toddlers are developmentally obliged to test the limits of our patience and love. 


The Whole-Brain Child

By Daniel J. Siegel

Neuropsychiatrist Dan Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. By applying recent discoveries in neuroscience to everyday parenting, they'll help you to raise calmer, happier children using twelve practical strategies. 


Free Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children

By Lenore Skenazy

One mother’s common sense approach to facing your fear, understanding risk (by looking at concrete data, not headlines), and allowing your children to live and learn in the real world.


Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect

By Magda Gerber

Magda Gerber, founder of Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE), offers her approach to infant care based on a profound respect for each baby's individual needs and abilities. Distilled from Magda's years of writing and lecturing, this book is a helpful and reassuring resource for parents of new babies and growing infants. 


Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting

By Janet Lansbury

Inspired by the Educaring® Approach of her friend and mentor Magda Gerber, Janet’s Elevating Child Care is a collection of 30 popular and widely read articles from her website that focus on some of the most common infant/toddler issues: eating, sleeping, diaper changes, communication, separation, focus and attention span, creativity, boundaries, and more. Janet’s insightful philosophy lays the foundation for a closer, more fulfilling parent/child relationship, and children who grow up to be authentic, confident, successful adults.


Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool

By Emily Oster

Economics professor and mother of two, Emily Oster, does the hard work of sifting through the science so new parents don’t have to. Teaching readers how to measure quality research, she empowers us to make informed decisions about child rearing and to cut through the overwhelming, and often inaccurate, advice found online and in our social circles. And read her first book, Expecting Better, for a practical look at pregnancy and conception.


Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything

By Laura Grace Weldon

A rich and detailed manual on how to trust and support your child through their journey of self-education.


Free to Learn

By Lynne Oldfield

A beautiful guide for parents and teachers on a method that pairs so seamlessly with Educaring®: Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf philosophy. Kindergarten educator Lynne Oldfield shares how early learners and their families benefit from the rhythms, creativity, movement, and daily moments of reverence that are present in Waldorf classrooms in North America and around the world.