Reviews: Books and Magazines: Parenting books: Toddlers and Children


The Kiwi Guide to Potty Training

Ultimate Parenting Guide to Potty Training

This is a really comprehensive guide to potty training in ebook form by Kiwi Families.

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Kids are worth it: giving your child the gift of inner discipline


This book became my parenting lifeline for a few critical years when my children were young. It was so helpful that I bought and gave away dozens of copies! (At the time I was working with teenage parents). It has advice for coping with toddlers all the way to late teenagers. I realised though that if you do all the right groundwork with very young children nothing is insurmountable later on.

Diane Levy – Time Out for tots, teens and everyone in between

TIme out for tots

Many parents have been struggling with the naughty chair, the thinking step, consequences, punishments and what their response should be to the new “anti-smacking” law change.  Well known and highly regarded family therapist and bestselling author Diane Levy provides timely and brilliantly helpful advice on how to make parents lives easier. Read the full review »

Diane Levy – They Look So Lovely When They’re Asleep

The look so lovely

Do you prefer parenting advice to be brief and to-the-point?

Do you find comfort in other parent’s struggles?

Do you enjoy reading about the funny, quirky things that children do?

Do you or did you ever struggle with parenting?

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Diane Levy – Of Course I Love You… Now Go To Your Room!

Of course I love you

Are you fed up with yelling at your children?
Are you fed up with your children yelling at you?
Are you fed up with your children yelling at each other?

Have you ever thought that there must be an easier way?

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Rahima Baldwin Dancy – You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

You are your child's first teacher

Introduces a new way of understanding the human being so parents can be best equipped to serve as their own children’s best teachers. Includes caring for newborns, helping toddler development, developing creative play, nourishing the imagination, and school readiness.

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Steve Biddulph – The Complete Secrets of Happy Children : A Guide for Parents

The complete secrets of happy children

Child psychologist Steve Biddulph tells parents everything they need to know about raising happy, healthy, confident children from babyhood to teens. This book shows parents how to be true to themselves while also bringing up secure children who feel loved and respected, with self-esteem and responsibility.

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Choose To Hug

Choose To Hug

I know that parents in Aotearoa New Zealand want the best for their children.  We want children to be happy, healthy, make good friends and do well at school.  We want our children to grow up to be caring people who have safe, warm relationships with their partners and children.  Confident, happy children trust, rather than fear, the adults in their lives. Read the full review »

Lawrence J Cohen – Playful Parenting

Playful parenting

Have you ever stepped back to watch what really goes on when your children play? As psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen points out, play is children’s way of exploring the world, communicating deep feelings, getting close to those they care about, working through stressful situations, and simply blowing off steam. That’s why “playful parenting” is so important and so successful in building strong, close bonds between parents and children.

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Babette Cole – Mommy Laid an Egg

Mommy laid an egg

In this hilarious twist on one of the most difficult discussions in a child’s development, award winning author Babette Cole illustrates the one question all children are bound to ask: Where do babies come from?

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