A Therapists Go To Parenting Books

A Therapists Go To Parenting Books

Amy V. Smith, MS Licensed Mental Health Counselor Registered Play Therapist

As a therapist who works with kids from 5 years old on up, clients are often asking me for good parenting books to read. So I figured I would put together a list.  This is by no means an exhaustive list.  However, I do reference these books every week.  I have also listed a few I like to use with my child and teen clients. If you are like me you probably have to multi-task often, so rest assured, many of these books are on Audible. Well, the parenting ones at least. 

Parenting Books

  • No Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson 
  • Parenting from The Inside Out by Daniel Siegel 
  • Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman 
  • Parenting With Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay
  • The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson 
  • The Good Son by Michael Gurian 
  • How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk by Joanna Faber (one for teens too)
  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel 

Books for Kids

  • What to do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner – actually there is a whole series of What to Do books I encourage you to check out
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
  • Angry Octopus by Lori Lite
  • Books for Teens 
    • The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry by Lisa M. Schab 
  • Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills for Helping You Manage Mood Swings, Control Anger Outbursts, and Get Along with Others by Sheri Van Dijk

If you are wanting to hone your parenting skills but are finding it hard to make time to do so the counselors at Life Skills Resource Group are able to help. Elena Sledge, Jessica Conaway and Amy Smith are all trained to help you and your child find the path to a happy and healthy life. 

Call today (407-355-7378) for a free consultation.  Our assistant would be more than happy to help you get the process started.  


Amy Smith