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Parenting resources

Becoming a mother has been such a wild ride. It is the most challenging and most important job we will ever do, yet there is no detailed informative manual for it. We are thrown right into the beautiful chaos without any training at all and are expected to find our way. An added challenge these days is that often new families live away from the grandparents and often both parents are obliged to work due to the rise of housing and living costs. Which in turn leads to burn out, stress, chronic fatigue and sometimes even separation. And the worst part of all is we are not able to parent the way we would really love due to lack of support and time for much needed self-care time. My number one advice is to seek community. Find other mamas who can relate. Create a network of support for both parents. Parenting is so rewarding and truly the absolute most amazing gift of an experience but it is insane to think one can do it alone and still have a healthy mind and body. It is simply something that requires an entire village.  I myself learned this the hard way. And am still learning. Here are some resources that can serve as a gentle guide throughout your parenting journey. Each of these books carry a common thread as a focus; which is to strengthen the parent-child connection. Parenting isn't a straightforward road at all. And there will be many bumps along the way. So go easy on yourself. You'll make mistakes and that's ok. Your child isn't expecting you to be a perfect parent. Just a loving one. (I personally preferred the audio book versions of these books!) These are just some that spoke to me personally.

  Parenting books

Connection parenting by Pam Leo
Heaven on Earth by Sharifa Oppenheimer
Hold on to your kids by Gabor Mate & Gordon Neufeld
How to talk so little kids will listen by Joanna Faber & Julie King
Mother Daughter Wisdom by Christiane Northrup
No bad kids by Janet Lansbury
Peaceful parent, happy kids by Dr. Laura Markham
Simplicity parenting by Kim John Payne & Lisa M. Ross
Sleeping with your baby by James J.McKenna
The attachment parenting book by Martha Sears
The other baby book by Megan McGrory Massaro
The whole brain child by Daniel J.Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
Wonderful ways to love a child by Judy Ford
You are your child's first teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy

Parenting websites

An award-winning blog and educational resources guide you in making confident decisions so you can parent without all the noise and deepen your family’s lifelong bond.

A great website loaded with podcasts and articles with the aim to "elevate childcare". She covers a multitude of developmental stages from birth to teens and offers guidance for each struggle along the way so that we can better support our littles. She is the author of "No bad kids".

At transformingtoddlerhood you’ll find practical, ready-for-action strategies to navigate toddlerhood. Overcome the challenges. Experience the joy.

This website has Aha! moments for parents of every age child, from pregnancy right through the teen years, guaranteed to help you create a home with a lot less drama and a lot more love.

This website offers support to parents and teachers with the focus of how to deal with anger, aggression, separation, siblings, setting limits and parent stress.

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