A lovely book, written by Selma Fraiberg is The Magic Years: Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, Inc. It was first published in 1959, but it is still available.
Alice Miller wrote a book about childhood trauma: “The Drama of the Gifted Child, The search for the True Self”.
All decent parents want to do what’s best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that… Read and enjoy this book, written by Amy Chua.
Another thought provoking title is “A Nation of Wimps“, written by Hara Estroff Marano. Kids are growing up to be wimps. They can’t make their own decisions or cope with anxiety. Why? Because hothouse parents raise teacup children- brittle and breakable instead of strong and resilient.
Go the F*** to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland…Written by Adam Mansbach and… you probably should not read it to your children!
Mark Haddon wrote “The curious incident of the Dog in the night-time“, a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down. Christopher is a brilliant creation, and Mark Haddon’s depiction of his world is deeply moving, very funny and utterly convincing.