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Parenting Resources for Families

Beyond Consequences Logic & Control: A Love-Based Approach to Parenting by Heather Forbes, LCSW and Bryan Post, Ph.D

Beyond Consequences Logic & Control Book II – Heather Forbes, LCSW

You can find these books, cds, and more by Heather Forbes on her website: www.beyondconsequences.com

Even though these books are written for adopted and attachment-disordered children, I recommend her approaches for all kids.

Raising Your Spirited Child – Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Mary reframes the difficult child as “spirited” and off she goes! Other books by her are wonderful too. Delightful!

Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn. There’s no one who can say it as well as this inspiring couple.

This book is filled with mindfulness practices, breathing, poetry, stories, compassionate communication, zen buddhism.

Yes, Your Teen is Crazy! Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind – by Michael J. Bradley.

The best book out there for how to really develop a loving relationship with your teen that includes working together to set healthy limits and consequences.

Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community and the World and Anger, Wisdom for Cooling the Flames – by Thich Nhat Hahn

Parenting From The Inside Out – by Daniel Siegel, M.D. and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed

The Primal Wound, Understanding the Adopted Child – by Nancy Newton Verrier

Women’s Wellness/ Balance Your Life Resources

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

The Wisdom of Menopause – by Christiane Northrup, M.D. – the best guide out there for women moving from periomenopause into menopause.

A Woman’s Book of Life, The Biology, Psychology and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle – Joan Borysenko, Ph.D

Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and by Joan Borysenko

Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine – Saki Santorelli

Full Catastrophe Living, Coming to Our Senses, Wherever You Go, There You Are – Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D (3 books)

Mindsight – The New Science of Personal Transformation – by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

The Institute of Heart Math – wonderful website for all kinds of resources to connect your heart, mind and body.

How God Changes Your Brain – Andrew Newberg, MD and Mark Robert Waldman

Healing From Trauma- A Survivor’s Guide — Jasmin Lee Cori, MS, LPC

The Miracle of Mindfulness – by Thich Nhat Hahn

The Work – by Byron Katie


How to be An Adult in Relationships – Five Keys to Mindful Loving— David Richo

Hold Me Tight – Dr. Sue Johnson – Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy – Couples should read this together.

You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For, Bringing Courageous Love to Intimate Relationships by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D

purchase at the IFS website bookstore at www.selfleadership.org

Recommended Reading for Women’s Groups


The Miracle of Mindfulness – by Thich Nhat Hahn

Minding the Body, Mending the Mind – by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D

Full Catastrophe Living – Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D

Menopause, Initiation Into Power (CD) by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D


Introduction to IFS – by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D www.self-leadership.org

The Spirit-Led Life, Christianity and IFS by Mary Steege

How God Changes Your Brain — Newberg & Waldman

Mindsight — Daniel Siegel,MD


You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D for working with your relationships

Internal Family Systems Therapy by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D. A more in-depth approach to the work (for therapists)

same as above