8 Best Positive Parenting Books & Workbooks for Parents

positive parenting books and trainingIn our two previous articles, we have included many helpful resources and positive parenting techniques.

There are so many great resources and programs it can be hard to navigate through them all. We’ve done our best to put some of the highlights together for you.

This is your go-to source for great positive parenting books, videos, training options and much, much more.

Before you continue, we thought you might like to download our three Positive Relationships Exercises for free. These detailed, science-based exercises will help you or your clients build healthy, life-enriching relationships.

The Triple P Positive Parenting Program

The Triple P Positive Parenting Program is a multilevel parenting approach originally developed at the University of Queensland (Sanders & Markie-Dadds, 1996). The program’s goal is to increase parenting confidence, skills, and information such that severe or persistent child behavior problems will be prevented.

Triple P consists of the following five levels of intervention, with each level providing an increasing dose of intervention:

  • Level 1: Universal Strategy:
    Targets typical, everyday behavior difficulties. Aimed at increasing parent information & awareness of parenting resources via print & electronic media.
  • Level 2: Selective:
    Targets more specific mild behavior difficulties (i.e., potty training). Aimed at providing developmental guidance via 1-2 brief sessions.
  • Level 3: Primary Care:
    Targets more persistent mild to moderate behavioral difficulties (i.e., persistent sleep problems). Aimed at teaching active skills to parents via 4 sessions.
  • Level 4: Standard:
    Targets increased behavioral difficulties (i.e., aggressive behavior; learning difficulties, conduct disorder, etc.). Aimed at providing intensive intervention to parents via 8-10 sessions.
  • Level 5: Enhanced:
    Targets more severe behavioral difficulties & family dysfunction (i.e., persistent parent & child behavior problems such as depression, relationship conflict, etc.). Provides an enhanced behavioral family intervention.

Triple P intervention developers created a tiered approach in order to provide an individualized program based on the level of need. Importantly, the program must be implemented with fidelity in order to achieve its objectives (van de Korput, 2012), which include the prevention of various psychosocial and developmental problems among children and teens (Sanders, 1996; Sanders, 2008).

The Triple P intervention has been associated with long-term child behavior improvements; and its participants have included various cultural groups worldwide (de Graaf, Speetjens, & Smit, et al., 2008).

Rebecca Eanes and Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond

Rebecca Eanes is the founder of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is a positive parenting expert and author of such books as:

  • The Positive Parenting Workbook (Eanes, 2018) (Amazon)
  • Positive Parenting in Action (Ling & Eanes, 2013) (Amazon)
  • The Newbie’s Guide to Positive Parenting (Eanes, 2015) (Amazon), and
  • The Gift of a Happy Mother (Eanes, 2019) (Amazon).

Eanes helps parents with various parenting issues and objectives, including establishing an emotional connection with children, avoiding power struggles, and embracing joy during motherhood. For more information on Rebecca Eanes, you can view her profile here and here.

Amy McCready and Positive Parenting Solutions

Amy McCready is a highly successful parenting coach and self-professed “recovering yeller.” When McCready found herself at a loss when dealing with her own toddlers, she realized that what she was doing wasn’t working. She developed her own positive parenting solutions curriculum aimed at helping parents put an end to yelling, frustration and power struggles; and ultimately to promote healthy parent-child bonds.

She is the author of positive parenting books such as:

  • If I Have to Tell You One More Time…: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling (McCready, 2012) (Amazon)
  • The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World (McCready, 2016) (Amazon)

McCready also offers a highly comprehensive online parenting solutions course for parents of toddlers, teenagers, and everything in-between. For more information on McCready or to register for her course, visit her website as well as the YouTube video links presented later in this article.

Other Online Programs

There are some terrific online positive parenting programs, such as the following examples:

  • A Positive Parenting Teleclass by Debbie Godfrey
  • Triple P Online & Teen Triple P Online Put You in Control
  • Online Positive Parenting Course – Raise Compassionate Kids
  • Positive Parenting Through Divorce
  • The Positive Parenting Academy – Online Parenting Skills Training from The Parent Practice
  • Emotion Coaching: Gottman’s Heart of Parenting presents a 5-step method that builds emotional intelligence and creates positive, long-lasting effects for children
  • Video-feedback Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting – Attachment-Based Intervention

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The Positive Parenting Conference

The Positive Parenting Conference is an annual event where thousands of attendees benefit from presentations from world-renowned positive parenting experts. The conferences address the most salient issues faced by parents today. During a previous Positive Parenting Conference, presenters included Rebecca Eanes, Dr. Laura Markham, Patty Wipfler, Amy McCready, Dr. Peter Gray, Dr. Becky A. Bailey, and Katie Hurley.

Some of the topics included:

  • Solution-Oriented Discipline
  • Staying Connected with your Kids
  • Entitlement Epidemic
  • Research on Screen-time
  • Raising Kind, Compassionate and Empathetic Kids
  • Picky Eaters
  • Raising Resilient Kids

The conference is completely online and offers recording packages.

For the latest information about the Positive Parenting Conference, visit the official website or take a look at our dedicated article detailing a range of upcoming positive psychology events.

7 Articles on the Topic

A comprehensive list of positive parenting articles, books and reports are listed in the subsequent reference section, but the following articles may be of particular interest to parents:

  1. Baker, A. & Ben-Ami, N. (2011). To turn a child against a parent is to turn a child against himself: The direct and indirect effects of exposure to parental alienation strategies on self-esteem and well-being. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 52(7), 472–489.
  2. DeVore, E. & Ginsburg, K. (2005). The protective effects of good parenting on adolescents. Current Opinion in Pediatrics, 17(4), 460-465.
  3. Engels, R., Dekovic, M., & Meeus, W. (2002). Parenting practices, social skills, and peer relationships in adolescence. Social Behavior and Personality, 30(1), 3-17.
  4. Hasan, N., & Power, T. G. (2002). Optimism and pessimism in children: A study of parenting correlates. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 26(2), 185–191.
  5. Moser, R., & Jacob, T. (2002). Parental and sibling effects in adolescent outcomes. Psychological Reports, 91(2), 463-479.
  6. Sandler, I., Ingram, A., Wolchik, S., Tein, J., & Winslow, E. (2015). Long-term effects of parenting-focused preventive interventions to promote resilience of children and adolescents. Child Development Perspectives, 9(3), 164–171.
  7. Seay, A., Freysteinson, W. M., & McFarlane, J. (2014). Positive Parenting. Nursing Forum, 49(3), 200–208.

8 Recommended Books

Never before has there been so many helpful positive parenting books available for families. Here are 8 examples:

  1. The Positive Parenting Workbook: An Interactive Guide for Strengthening Emotional Connection (Eanes, 2018) (Amazon)
  2. Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide (The Positive Parent Series) (Eanes, 2016) (Amazon)
  3. Positive Parenting with A Plan (Johnson, 2009) (Amazon)
  4. Positive Parenting in the Muslim Home Paperback (Alshugairi & Lekovic Ezzeldine, 2017) (Amazon)
  5. Positive Discipline: 2-in-1 Guide on Positive Parenting and Toddler Discipline (Carter, 2017) (Amazon)
  6. Positive Discipline Parenting Tools: The 49 Most Effective Methods to Stop Power Struggles, Build Communication, and Raise Empowered, Capable Kids (Nelsen et al., 2016) (Amazon)
  7. Parenting with Love and Logic (Cline & Fay, 2006) (Amazon)
  8. If I Have to Tell You One More Time…: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling (McCready, 2012) (Amazon)

7 Videos on YouTube

There are so many great positive parenting videos on YouTube that it is difficult to select only a few. See our top picks below:

1. Thom Linehan: Positive Parenting: How to parent teenagers

2. Lori Petro: Parenting Tips for Toddlers: 5 Essential Rules for Communicating with Young Children

3. Jim Fay: Parenting Teens with Love and Logic

4. Jeanne Frantz & Kim Bennett: Positive discipline for toddlers to age 3

5. Jane Nelsen: Positive Discipline

6. Debra Harris: Positive Discipline – How to Discipline Your Child (When Nothing Else Seems to be Working)

7. Amy McCready: Positive Parenting Solutions Webinar: “Get Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling”

8 Podcasts Worth Listening


Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.


Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.

Gary Smalley

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.

Rachel Carson

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.

Richard L. Evans

I learned to love my son without wanting to possess him and I learned how to teach him to teach himself.

Maya Angelou

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.

Benjamin Spock

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Building resilience depends on the opportunities children have and the relationships they form with parents, caregivers, teachers, and friends. We can start by helping children develop four core beliefs: (1) they have some control over their lives; (2) they can learn from failure; (3) they matter as human beings; and (4) they have real strengths to rely on and share.

Sheryl Sandberg

Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.

Bill Ayers

All children should be taught to unconditionally accept, approve, admire, appreciate, forgive, trust, and ultimately, love their own person.

Asa Don Brown

There are miracles and glory in every child. Our glory lies in empowering them to flourish their glory.

Amit Ray

Your children need your presence more than your presents.

Jesse Jackson

A parent who has never apologized to his children is a monster. If he’s always apologizing, his children are monsters.

Mignon McLaughlin

Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.

Author Unknown

Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.

Mathew L Jacobson

Peaceful parenting is simply treating our tiny humans with the same humanity that we like to be treated with ourselves.

LR Knost

Feeling heard and understood allows children to release the feelings, let go and move on.

Janet Lansbury

So often, children are punished for being human. They are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet, we adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect. We must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves.

Rebecca Eanes

Don’t forget to bring your funny bone along on your parenting journey. Humor is a universal language that topples walls, connects hearts, and open the door to communication and cooperation.

LR Knost

A Take-Home Message

Our aim in putting this article together was to help you navigate the positive parenting jungle and come up with a guide to the many resources available out there.

We hope that you find it helpful and would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.

Should there be any resources you have found of value and are not included in this article, feel free to add them below.

Here are some other positive parenting articles for further reading:

We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Don’t forget to download our three Positive Relationships Exercises for free.


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What our readers think

  1. Laura Krenz

    I love “The Whole Brain Child” by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. They emphasize helping children to understand themselves, their emotions, and others by integrating the upper (reason, big picture) and lower (big emotions, impulsiveness; what people call our lizard brain) brains. Each chapter offers scenarios of how parent responded to child in a way that wasn’t helpful followed by an example of how parent used the techniques in the chapter to resolve the situation.
    I have not read the follow-up “No Drama Discipline,” but I hear it’s really good.

  2. Dona

    In case o positive parenting book I can recommend everything by Susan Urban from parental-love.com, the fourth trimester theory and hold with love method, about pacifier and how to get rid of it, about potty training. Everything there is with love and based on her experience!

    • Ellie P

      I’ve used Susan’s HWL sleep training method from her book and I was really impressed. I wasn’t convinced to sleep training at all – thinking it’s far from positivity – but her method is totally harmless!


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