recommended parenting books

Once upon a time, at the age of forty, I asked a question: “What is my life journey all about?” The answer I received: “To discover the optimum environment in which to raise healthy, hardy, intelligent future citizens of our country and the world.” Over the next forty-nine years I devoted my life to the answer. I share with now some of my favorite books here that helped me on my journey with the hopes that you will gain as much from them as I did:

The Continuum Concept written by Jean Liedloff

The author, a New York anthropologist, was invited to work with a mining company deep within the Amazon. Upon returning to New York she realizes, “Those people were happy, I want to go back and learn ‘why.’” What follows is a peak into a society that is in tune with simple laws of nature. Their parenting style can provide bottom line good sense as well as inspirational information for all parents wanting to connect deeply and authentically with their children.

Becoming the Parent You Want To Be: A Source book of Strategies for the First Five Years written by Laura Davis and Janis Keyser

Becoming the Parent You Want to Be provides readers with the building blocks they need to help discover their own parenting philosophy and effective parenting strategies. Through in-depth information, practical suggestions, and many lively first-person stories, the authors address the many dilemmas and joys that parents of young children encounter. Full of warmth, clarity, humor, and respect, parents are given permission to be human: to question, to learn, to make mistakes, to struggle and to grow, and, most of all, to have fun with their children.

Connection Parenting: Parenting through Connection instead of Coercion written by Pam Leo

I was fortunate to be trained by Pam Leo as a facilitator to present her book ‘Connection Parenting’ on Maui. Pam has grandmother wisdom. Independently she studied child development, psychology, sociology, and anthropology while providing childcare for twenty-two years. Sharing her ideas in a series of workshops these were later published for all to appreciate. Although our culture has become much more challenging, these seven chapters and their principles and exercises, will guide you to the bottom line, solid place of connection.

Real L.I.F.E. Parenting: The Antidote to Parenting Information Overload written by Gail Nagasako

We now come to a Maui artist, teacher, mother, craftsperson, community worker, tutor, mentor, author of ‘Homeschooling: Why and How’, and my dear friend. Many folks have stated, “This is the most helpful parenting book I have ever read.” Unique, it provides 4 simple principles. This book is self published and available on Amazon. 

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Liz Wertheim has trained with Virginia Satir, has her Early Childhood degree, co-directed two Sudbury Schools and staffed many years at the Hui Jungle Preschool. She also has facilitated a series of Parenting Classes. To chat with Liz call (808) 573-1819.

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