Recommended Books for Parents

In my clinical practice, I often recommend to parents different books that can support and reinforce the therapeutic work we do together or the work I am doing with their child or adolescent. The books can be helpful resources for parents.

Of course, it is important to keep in mind that parenting books do not replace seeking professional help from a psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist or other health professional, especially for more severe and complex problems. Rather, these recommended books can be a good place to start and can compliment the services you are receiving.

Please find in the table below several recommended books on various topics including anger, ADHD, anxiety, divorce, and general parenting. You may want to check back again at a later date as more suggested publications will be added.

Recommended Books for Parents

Book TitleAuthor(s)TopicDescription
The Explosive ChildRoss W. Greene, Ph.D.Anger problemsIn this recommended book, Dr. Greene offers parents a sensitive, practical approach and useful strategies to decreasing antagonism, reducing your child's explosions, engaging in collaborative problem-solving, and helping your child be more flexible and handle frustration more adaptively.
Helping Your Angry ChildDarlene G. Nemeth, Ph.D., Kelly P. Ray, Ph.D., Maydel M. Schexnayder, MSAnger problemsThis recommended interactive, self-help workbook is written to help parents come up with solutions to dealing with their children's anger and rage. Parents will learn to teach their children anger-management skills, how to relate to others when strong emotions arise, as well as how to listen, understand, recognize, and cope with their child's anger.
How To Talk So Teens Will Listen

Adele Faber & Elaine MazlishParenting adolescentsThis recommended book provides practical ideas as to how to maintain open and mutually respectful dialogue between parents and teens. The authors provide many examples and illustrations of effective communication strategies.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen
Adele Faber and Elaine MazlishParenting childrenThis best selling parenting book teaches parents effective ways to communicate with and to engage cooperation in their children. The book offers many illustrations and examples of the skills.
The Whole-Brain Child Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.DParenting childrenThis recommended book incorporates neuroscience about the developing brain and teaches twelve key strategies to raising children that foster healthy emotional and cognitive development, and leads to calmer, more balanced, and happier children.
No-Drama Discipline
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.DParenting childrenThis is another highly recommended book by Dr. Siegel and Dr. Payne Bryson. The book provides practical guidance to parents on how to connect with children first in order to move from a more reactive mode of functioning to a more receptive mode of learning where children can be redirected to make better choices and are able to manage big emotions more effectively.
Taking Charge of ADHD, Third EditionRussell A. Barkley, Ph.D.ADHDThis parent guide provides up-to-date information about the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. It includes an 8- step behavior management plan for 6- to 18-year olds with ADHD.
Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for ParentsRonald M. Rapee, Ph.D., Ann Wignall, D.Psych, Susan H. Spence, Vanessa Cobham, Ph.D., & Heidi Lyneham, Ph.D.AnxietyThis guide teaches parents proven CBT techniques for managing and overcoming child anxiety, worries, and fears. There is also a free downloadable workbook for children that is offered to users of this book.
Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, Revised and Updated Edition

Tamar Chansky, Ph.D.AnxietyThis parent guide teaches cognitive-behavioral techniques for helping both younger and older children who are manifesting various forms of anxiety including social anxiety, Tourette’s Syndrome, hair-pulling, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and more. The revised and expanded edition was published in July 2014.
Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles WayM. Gary NeumanDivorceAn excellent and practical resource that guides parents step-by-step on how to help their child of any age cope with the changes and issues that arise following a divorce. Topics covered include how children experience divorce; understanding children's play and art; when parents fight; how to tell your child about the divorce; custody and visitation; parenting the child of divorce; and introducing your new significant other.

Recommended Books for Parents about OCD

TitleAuthorDescription
Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents
Tamar E. Chansky, Ph.D.This highly recommended book for parents by Dr. Chansky explains how OCD is diagnosed, how to find the right therapist, and how to tailor the treatment to your child's needs. Through the comprehensive advice in this book, you will feel better equipped to help your child overcome OCD.
Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" - and Parents Say "Way to Go"
John S. March, MD with Christine M. BentonThis excellent book by Dr. March outlines in detail an eight-step program for treating childhood OCD. This book is for both parents and for children and teaches the skills on "how to" take back control over OCD.