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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Reading Recommendations

I recently wrote this in an email to someone and thought it would be a useful thing to have on my site as well. Here are a few of what I think are the most important books out there for freedom loving families with children of various ages:

If you are EXPECTING
1. Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
2. Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two and Baby's First Foods
3. How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
4. Bulletin (No. 14) by Emmi Pikler available at RIE.org *also important for physical health
5. Connection Parenting: Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion, Through Love Instead of Fear

If you have a BABY
1. Bulletin (No. 14) by Emmi Pikler available at RIE.org *also important for physical health
2. Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect
3. How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
4. Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two and Baby's First Foods
5. Connection Parenting: Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion, Through Love Instead of Fear

If you have a TODDLER
1. 1,2,3... The Toddler Years: A practical Guide for Parents & Caregivers
2. The Secret of Childhood or The Child in the Family
3. Connection Parenting: Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion, Through Love Instead of Fear
4. Punished by Rewards
5. How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
6. Parenting a Free Child
7. How Children Learn

If you have a CHILD (aged 3-12)
1. The Secret of Childhood
2. Connection Parenting: Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion, Through Love Instead of Fear
3. Punished by Rewards
4. How Children Learn
5. Escape from Childhood
6. The Underground History of American Education
7. Parenting a Free Child
8. How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
9. Non-Violent Communication
10. Harmful to Minors

If you have a TEENAGER (aged 13-18)
1. Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life
2. Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom
3. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
4. The Underground History of American Education
5. The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
6. The Richest Man in Babylon
7. How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
8. The Case Against Adolescence
9. Harmful to Minors

If you have an ADULT CHILD (18 or older) or
If you are an adult THINKING ABOUT HAVING CHILDREN
1. Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life
2. The Richest Man in Babylon
3. How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
4. Nourishing Traditions or Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
5. The Six Pillars of Self Esteem or anything by Nathaniel Branden

*None of these books are perfect. In a few months I will publish my first little booklet (similar to John Locke's Letter of Toleration) called Raising Children is an Act of Philosophy--it's going to be a smoother, edited version of my thesis statement on my blog. When that is out, that will probably be the best book on the list :)


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