Parent Resources

The following are a collection of articles and books on various topics that parents may find helpful. In addition, these resources may help to further illuminate the philosophies that inform our practice here at Seedlings.

Interacting and Communicating with Kids:

Teacher Tom's list of things to say instead of "Be careful"

Teacher Tom's list of things to say instead of "Good job"

Fred Rogers on The Importance of Slowing Down

Janet Lansbury provides a wealth of information in easily digestible articles and podcasts on the benefits of respectful parenting

No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame (Janet Lansbury)

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish)

Children in Conflict, Friendship, and Community:

Teacher Tom on the value of conflict between children:

Janet Lansbury on helping young children resolve their conflicts:

It's OK Not to Share (Heather Shumaker)

Toilet Learning:

Janet Lansbury on letting children lead the way in potty learning:

Robin Einzig (of Visible Child) on trusting and waiting:

Food and Mealtimes:

Janet Lansbury on feeding babies:

Ellyn Satter's philosophy of "Division of Responsibility" in eating:

Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family (Ellyn Satter)

Child Development:

Your One-Year-Old, Your Two-Year-Old, Your Three-Year-Old, Your Four-Year-Old, Your Five-Year-Old (Louise Bates Ames)

Caveat on these books: the parenting advice is outdated, but the age-specific information on child development can be so helpful in understanding what is going on for your child at a certain age and stage of development.