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The Parenting Junkie: Avital offer funny, honest insight about raising her three children with a respectful, positive parenting approach. 

Video: The Sweet Spot Between Strict and Permissive Parenting- AHA Parenting and Dr. Laura Markham

Video: Every Parent's Number One Responsibility- AHA Parenting and Dr. Laura Markham

Five Words to Change "I Can't to I'm Capable" How to guide a 2 year's independent skills.

Good At Doing Things- Steve Hughes

Janet Lansbury: Don't Help This Child

Janet Lansbury: Don't Fix these Toddler Struggles

Just for fun: Convos with my 2 year old

A RIE diaper change: Diapering Lizzy


All the articles on this site about toddlers

Helping Toddlers Understand Emotion Key to Development- Science Daily

‘Gentle parenting’ explainer: no rewards, no punishments, no misbehaving kids- The Conversation

RIE Parenting Basics (9 Ways to Put Respect into Action)- Janet Lansbury

Montessori Views on Infant and Toddler Behavior: A Parent and Caregiver's Role- North American Montessori Center

Montessori Toddlers Who Are Not Yet Peaceful: Dealing With a Tantrum the Montessori Way- North American Montessori Center

Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!"- Alfie Kohn

Research on babies and pointing reveals the action’s importance- Nicholas Day

How To Love A Diaper Change- Janet Lansbury

3 Reasons Kids Don't Need Toilet Training (And What to Do Instead) by Janet Lansbury

Toilet Learning Booklet Download from How We Montessori

A Montessori Approach to Toileting by Michael Olaf

Independence by Aid to Life

Our Potty Training Journey by Simply Natural Mom

Toileting, a three part series by Three Oaks

The Secret of Raising a Resilient Child- AHA Parenting


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If you were to read just one book about guiding children this age, this is where I'd start.  

The Positive Discipline series offers practical "here's what you say" type advice for common situations with children.  This book focuses on 0-3 year olds.  

I have a lot of resources from Janet here because she is that good of a resource.  This book spells out how to encourage self-discipline in your toddler without using punishment, shame, manipulation, or bribes.  

Janet's first book is also worth a read.  She's taken popular questions about common concerns for ages 0-3, and offered advice from a RIE perspective. 

This book is for any of you with more than one child at home.  Practical advice on mediating conflicts, dealing with age and power differences, and establishing a positive family culture.  

This is another great overview book the the RIE philosophy, by Magda herself.  Lots of short, easy to read chapters! 

Not only is this a delicious cookbook, the first few chapters outline healthy foods for infants and toddlers!  Cynthia has a newer cookbook out too, with an emphasis on whole foods.   

Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents
By Maren Schmidt, Dana Schmidt

This is the best introductory book to the Montessori Philosophy that I've found for parents.  Maren also writes a fabulous newsletter called Kids Talk.  

If you are struggling with keeping your cool and managing your reactions, Dr. Laura's book is easy to read and includes lots of take-away action items.  She also runs AHA Parenting, which has an amazing amount of information about peaceful, positive parenting

This is one of the best books for Montessori at Home under the age of three.  It's fairly dense and is not as straight forward as the RIE books mentioned above.  However, it is an all-inclusive guide for designing a prepared Montessori space for a child under age three and worth a read.  


These websites have a wealth of information about mindful parenting and all the skills we are discussing.  Many of these sites also offer information about setting up your home, developing habits, creating routines, and finding support.  

Resources for Infant Educarers: Books, courses, and support for parents with children under age 2.

Positive Discipline: Excellent step-by-step resources, classes, and programs for parents

Family Resource Collection from the American Montessori Society

Aid to Life: Montessori at Home for children under age 3

How We Montessori:  A mom blog detailing her journey with Montessori at Home, birth to elem.  

Mindful Magazine: A collection of articles about mindful practices, including resources for parents. 

AHA! Parenting Huge resource of peaceful parenting advice and answers from birth to 18 yrs. 

Kids Talk A collection of articles by Maren Schmidt about Montessori at Home and parenting