Children–Attachment, Trauma and Parenting


Attachment-Focused Parenting: Effective Strategies to Care for Children by Daniel A. Hughes

Healing A Child’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Help for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approach to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom by Heather T. Forbes, LCSW

(I haven’t read this one yet, but this book has been highly recommended by another mental health professional, whom I highly respect, who works with traumatized children.)

Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., and Gabor Mate’, M.D.


Hope for Healing: A Parent’s Guide to Trauma and Attachment by the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh)

I Love You Rituals by Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D.

Integrative Parenting:  Strategies for Raising Children Affected by Attachment Trauma by Debra Wesselmann, Cathy Schweitzer and Stefanie Armstrong

Far From the Tree: What Does It Mean to be a Family? by Robin Benway  (Wonderful fictional work that helps to increase understanding of what it means to be in the foster care system or adopted).

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Mary Hartzell, M. Ed.

Penny Bear’s Gift of Love: A Story of Friendship Between a Grieving Young Boy and a Magical Bear by Penny Wigglesworth  (A read-aloud story for children who are grieving the loss of their mother.  Broken down into chapters for the first twelve months following the loss)

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman, Ph.D. with Joan Declaire

Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (Or Anyone Who Acts Like One) by Deborah MacNamara, Ph.D.

(This is another JEWEL of a resource!)

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn B. Purvis, Ph.D., David R. Cross, Ph.D., and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

The Power of Validation: Arming Your Child against Bullying, Peer Pressure, Addiction, Self-Harm & Out-of-Control Emotions by Karyn D. Hall, Ph.D. and Melissa H. Cook, LPC

The Science of Parenting: How Today’s Brain Research can Help You Raise Happy, Emotionally Balanced Children by Margot Sunderland

The Whole Brain Child: Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.


“The Teenage Brain”–Dan Siegel