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Recommended Books, Apps + Websites

Some of my favourite things all in one place ...

In this internet-driven age, it's easy to get hold of information on, well, just about anything. But not all of it may be true and some of it can be downright false and even damaging. So here's a curated list of some of my favourite things to read and turn to when I need a little (or a lot) of wise advice:*



The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel + Tina Bryson

'12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive'.

No-Drama Discipline by Dan Siegel + Tina Bryson

'The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind'.

Raising A Secure Child by Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper + Bert Powell 'How Circle of Security Parenting can help you nurture your child's attachment, emotional resilience and freedom to explore'.

10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn

'Giving Our Children - And Ourselves - The Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives'.

Everyday Blessings by Myla + Jon Kabat-Zinn

'The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting'.



Smiling Mind

- a super useful, and free, Australian-designed app (+ website) full of guided mindfulness programmes for different ages and occaions 'designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress and challenges of daily life'.


- another useful app (free but with in-app purchases) + a website both of which offer guided meditations on a variety of topics and lengths, stories to help you get to sleep and breathing exercises.


- this app/website has a free basics of meditation/ mindfulness  course after which you can subscribe to gain access to the full Headspace meditation library and a multitude of extras.


- S.K.I.P. stands for Strategies with Kids | Information for Parents. It's a NZ-based website which also offers two useful free apps:

1 - S.K.I.P. Tips

offering 'lots of simple, helpful things to try for all the behaviours most parents find stressful - like toileting, tantrums, fighting and more'.

2 - Tiny Adventures

which offers a plethora of suggestions for adult-child interaction in differentt time slots (from one minute to an hour) and which are 'simple, low-cost and designed to develop attachment and brain development'.

Raising Children

- another NZ app + website combo, fronted by Jude Dobson, with a raft of useful (and short) videos to support parents of children from birth to primary school age.



- American not-for-profit organisation with a wealth of information for parents and educators of young children.

- another American organisation dedicated to disseminating information about the importance and impact of the early years.

- New Zealand not-for-profit organisation focused on delivering education, training and information about early and adolescent brain development.

- a great source of information, research and snippets of advice on all things mindfulness-related.

- home of the MindUP™ Programme: an evidence-based curriculum for education (and home) settings focused on neuroscience, positive psychology, mindful awareness and social-emotional learning.

* The information provided here contains external links and pointers to information created and maintained by other professionals and/or organisations. These links and pointers are provided as suggestions only and I do not control or guarantee their efficacy even though I have found them personally useful. 

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