Posted by Mitch on Jul 17, 2015

Who said parenting was easy? No one! We asked our in-house expert, (as well as Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation) Dr. Danielle Bello, Ph.D., for a little advice, as well as her thoughts on publications that parents might find useful. Thanks Dr. Bello!

Parenting a child is tough work.

Parenting a child with a medical illness comes with its own specific challenges. Nowadays with information overload on the internet, it can be difficult for parents to find good resources and information about how to best handle behavior problems, use consequences, and determine which discipline methods work best for their home. Many of the parents I have seen struggle with strong emotions regarding using discipline with a sick child. For some there are also residual emotions that remain after a child has completed treatment. That is why I have compiled a list of parenting books that contain excellent strategies to use. (They are all available free at the public library – I checked!) Keep in mind that not every method works for every child/parent and that some cases need some more individualized attention from a child therapist. Also it is important to mention that whenever we do something new in the home, we can have push back from family members and behavior can get worse before it gets better! Be structured and consistent when starting any new parenting method. You will see results in the long run.

Love and Logic book series:

  • Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years by Jim Fay and Charles Fay
  • Parenting With Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay
  • Parenting Teens With Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

Additional books:

  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazish
  • The Everyday Parenting Toolkit: The Kazdin Method for Easy, Step-by-Step, Lasting Change for You and Your Child by Alan Kazdin
  • The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old by Harvey Karp