Books we Love

As parents and professionals these books are close to our hearts. They have been an invaluable source of knowledge, expertise, advice, wisdom and tips. We would recommend any of them to you. If you would like to buy through Amazon, please consider choosing us as your Amazon Smile charity - we will receive a percentage of the money you spend :-) 

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Good Moms have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of a New Mother

Kleiman K (2019)

Over 90 percent of new mothers will have scary, intrusive thoughts about their baby and themselves. What if I drop him? What if I snap and hurt my baby? Mothering is so hard--I don't know if I really want to do this anymore. Gosh, I'm so terrible for thinking that! Yet for too many mothers, those thoughts remain secret, hidden away in a place of shame that can quickly grow into anxiety, postpartum depression, and even self-harm. But here's the good news: you CAN feel better!


Good Moms have scary thoughts

The Emotional Life of a Toddler

Lieberman A (2017)

Anyone who has followed an active toddler around for a day knows that a child of this age is a whirlwind of explosive, contradictory, and ever-changing emotions. Alicia F. Lieberman offers an in-depth examination of toddlers’ emotional development and illuminates how to optimize this crucial stage so that toddlers can develop into emotionally healthy children and adults.

The Emotional Life of a Toddler

The Life of Dad: The Making of a Modern Father

Machin A (2018)

Becoming a father is one of most common but also one of the most profoundly life-altering experiences a man can have. It is up there with puberty, falling in love and experiencing your first loss. Fifty years ago a father’s role was assumed to be clear: he went to work; he provided the pay cheque; and he acted as a disciplinarian when he got home. But today a father’s role is much more fluid and complex.

The Life of Dad

Building the bonds of attachment: Awakening love in deeply traumatised children

Hughes D (2017)

A highly accessible resource for students and professionals as well as parents, Building the Bonds of Attachment presents a composite case study of one child's developmental course following years of abuse and neglect. Weaving theory and research into a powerful narrative, Hughes offers effective methods for facilitating attachment in children who have experienced serious trauma. The text emphasizes both the specialized psychotherapy and parenting strategies often necessary in facilitating a child's psychological development and attachment security. 

Building the Bonds of Attachment

The yes brain child: Help your child be more resilient, independent and creative

Siegel D (2018)

Children can often act out or shut down when faced with a setback or a tricky issue like homework, food or screen time. This is what acclaimed parenting experts Dr Siegel and Dr Bryson call the ‘No Brain’ response. But you can help your child develop the ability to cope, solve their own problems and thrive by nurturing their ‘Yes Brain’.

The Yes Brain Child

Oh the Places you will go

Dr Suess (1990)

For more than thirty years, this Dr. Seuss classic has carried us through life’s ups and downs – from fun times and triumphs, to lurches and slumps!

Oh The Places you will go

The Parenting Book

Lee N & S (2018)

Drawing on their own experience of bringing up four children, and having talked to thousands of parents over the years on their parenting courses, Nicky and Sila Lee bring fresh insights and time-tested values to the task of parenting. The book covers the following areas:

- Understanding how families work

- Meeting our children's needs

- Building character through setting boundaries

- Helping our children make good choices

- Passing on our believes and values

The Parenting Book

Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby brain

Gerhardt S (2014)

Why Love Matters explains why loving relationships are essential to brain development in the early years, and how these early interactions can have lasting consequences for future emotional and physical health. This second edition follows on from the success of the first, updating the scientific research, covering recent findings in genetics and the mind/body connection, and including a new chapter highlighting our growing understanding of the part also played by pregnancy in shaping a baby’s future emotional and physical well-being.


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