Recommended Reading…

In case you haven’t heard from me in a while, no, I wasn’t ignoring you! However, I had emergency surgery and was in the hospital for several days last week, and now I’m starting to get back to myself. (Nothing life-threatening, thankfully, just a very painful experience.)

I’d like to share several inspirational parenting books that I had the opportunity to read while resting. These books are award-winning, easy-to-read, and will give you the additional mental fortitude you need to be a wonderful parent!

Parenting With Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility

by: Foster Cline, MD & Jim Fay

From the back cover: “Parents consistently tell us they wish they had known about love and logic earlier. This common sense approach gives parents a tangible hope that they can still influence their kids.”


Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age

by Daniel J. Kindlon

From the back cover: “Kindlon’s book serves as the latest thoughtful reminder that sometimes the best way a parent can say ‘I love you’ is by gently but firmly invoking that powerful little two-letter word: ‘No.'”


Dibs In Search Of Self
by: Virginia M. Axline

From the cover: “The renowned, deeply moving story of an emotionally lost child who found his way back.” The Child Therapy Classic


Thinking About You Thinking About Me

by: Michelle Garcia Winner

From the cover: Philosophy and strategies to further develop perspective taking and communicative abilities for persons with Social Cognitive Deficits: Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Hyperlexia, Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD)

From the back cover: “This book is a must read! From Michelle’s detailed explanations and case examples, to the oh-so-practical ideas, strategies and worksheets and ready-to-use IEP goals, her book covers it all. I can’t recommend it enough!”


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  1. I just want to let you know that the “animal school” email that I recieved was very beautiful and brought me to tears!! It is soooo very true that the schools now expect us all to be ” the same” as everyone else. I was one of the kids that was not good in really anything but there was one teacher who really saw potential in me and helped me to graduate and be the person I am today. Thanks for making this for us parents we appreciate it greatly.

  2. Ellen Dear, I pray that you will feel stronger daily. Thank you for your newsletter. Please check out the encl. truth. Just as jesus is the only way.Redefining wellness.

  3. Helen Pacheco says:

    They also have Parenting with Love and Logic on tapes which are great to listen to in the car, especially since they are recorded by the authors, two middle aged men with so much funny and heartwarming parenting experience. I love this approach but sometimes the “real consequences” of actions must be tempered if they are dangerous or life threatening.

  4. Hello ther ellen, Sorry to hear you were down for a while. Hope you are feeling well or at least better.
    I read dibs many years ago more than once. A great book that was greatly informative and highly encouraging. A true eye opener as well to what one can achieve on both ends of the spectrum… loved it My daughter hates when I get logical with her…LOL patricia p.s I will pick up the others

  5. I just finished reading Parenting With Love and Logic after it was recommended to our family. My husband and I are seeing results already! I also bought the one for Teens as well. The suggestions are easy and very do-able. Thank you for recommending it to others. I hope it helps other families as much as it has ours.

  6. Trudy Bowler says:

    Hi Ellen,
    Could you please re send me the Animal School email. Had it,loved it but lost it! Many thanks

  7. Joanne Angiulo says:

    Hi Ellen,

    I did wonder why I had not heard from you and feared because I had not responded to anything sent to me yet. I am glad to see you are back and wish you a quick recovery. I enjoy your letters and recommendations. I have been working on trying to find time to read – it’s just difficult to sit down and do it – seems there is always something to be done. I would like to try the book Parenting with Love and Logic – sounds good. I don’t know if you have heard of Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp, but it is wonderful. It’s not about the behavior, it’s about the heart and when you shepherd their heart – their choices and behavior will follow. It is a Christian book, but try it and see if you like it. From what I can tell from this site, there are many women who could appreciate it. Have a great day, joanne

  8. Audra Hiebert says:

    I wanted to say, I really enjoy the emails and this one had perfect timing, I am actually taking a class on this book starting this evening. The Lord has was of making connections. I will check out these other books this weekend.


  9. Erica Hall says:

    Hi Ellen,
    I am glad to see you back. Wish you a speedy recovery. Could you also send me the animal school email. Thanks.


  10. I too reallly enjoy you newsletters – if you can give be a short version of the basic philosphy of love and logic – I think I heard it before and I have no funds to purchase – NOR time to read it anyway – I would appreciate it!!!
    Get ALL WELL soon

  11. Hi Ellen –

    Wonderful to hear you’re back. This is my first time responding to you too. I hope you’re feeling better. I was beginning to wonder – what happened. I can’t wait to go out and buy a good book. Lately, I have been feeling a little overwhelmed, maybe a little anxiety about my children. Conversations with them has decreased immensely, they are getting older. I’ve never felt this emotion before, I usually never get scared about anything but this is creeping up on me. Maybe the book Parenting With Love and Logic will help. I can only try right?

  12. Ellen,
    I just thought I would share that our local Head start program offers love and logic classes every year free of charge. I encourage everyone to check with your local headstart programs to see if the same is offered there.
    Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

  13. When did Jesus or God start having anything to do with the contents of our raising children?
    Please dont start proselytizing here.
    Thanks for the recommended reading Ellen. I will have to check out at least the first entry.

    Mary Erb says:

    Just as jesus is the only way.

  14. Joanne Angiulo says:

    Dear David,

    HE IS EVERYTHING about the contents of raising our children. No one is pushing it down your throat – you don’t have to read the book and no on is proselytizing here. We all have a right to share good material.

  15. Hello everyone, thanks for your kind words.

    I am feeling better each day, thankfully.

    The Animal School movie can be viewed by clicking on the purple rectangle on the home page

    To those of you that want more info about the books, Amazon has reviews that will be helpful to you.

    Make it a great day:)

  16. Dear Joanne,
    Believe it or not some people dont believe in Jesus. People are the ones responsible for raising their children and whether you teach your child about your beliefs or not still has nothing to do about whether you raise your child in a kind and understanding way.
    Parenting with Love starts from within each person, god or not.

  17. Grandma Jo says:

    You are so right, Joanne. I’m glad you mentioned that book. Sounds like one my daughter might have already read – but I will check with her to make sure. I think she would like it. I will also make sure she checks this site regarding the others. She doesn’t always get time to check her email because she has 4 children, including one she is nursing who is about 5 mos old and she is also homeschooling. But I like her to hear about books like these. I’m sure she already uses some of the techniques in these books – but I think she would be glad to have more resources. Hopefully she will find time to read at least some of the books or parts of some of them.
    I also wanted to mention to Beth that besides the short version you want from Ellen, you could also get a book from the library so you wouldn’t have to buy it, and see if it is what you need. They are good to own so you can reference them when you need them, but that is where ebay could ome in or I’ve gotten books there for 88 cents, but then postage put it up to about $4 – and still I saved at least half or more ordering them online! That was my first time getting books on line and it was great! They were used but in very good condition. Good luck!

  18. Joanne Angiulo says:

    Thank you Grandma Jo – by the way, I go by Jo, also. Parenting is hard and very sacrificing. What I have found is that we are so much of what we grew up with, that is hard to make the changes to being much more selfless and way more giving to our children. It’s wonderful your daughter is homeschooling – I would love to do that, but can’t imagine how incredibly challenging it must be. I have a friend with 4 children that span from 5 to 15 yrs of age and she homeschools them all. Good luck to your daughter and if she hasn’t read the Sheparding Your Child’s Heart – she should take a look at it. It even has a handbook/studyguide, as well. Have a great day, jo

  19. Grandma Jo says:

    Thanks, Jo (Anguilo)! Just want you to know I read your response to my comment and I appreciate it. I’m sure my daughter will appreciate it also. Thanks, again!

  20. hi – i/m glad you’re feeling better- is this a jewish, secular or christian site? i want my ideals not other views so if you could respond i’d appreciate it thanks sherrie

  21. Oh…For goodness sakes…grow up people. We come from all faiths and all different walks of life. I thought it was kind of ellen to include the fact that a book has christian undertones. Dr. Dobson is a wise christian author. So to I throw out his wisdom because of his faith and lose out on a great answer I hav been Looking for? I do not check my authors out to see if they are Jewish, Christian, A woman, A male, gay or not gay. Whether rabbi or priest. Ther are a lot of biblical wisdom in a book that has is the most read book throut mankind and that lasted over 5000 yrs. So let us not get a bent out of shape here. We are here to be assistance to all who come to obtain it. And to hands on answers that worked for us to others. There is no religious background here just the background of NEED. patricia

  22. Grandma Jo says:

    Way to go, Patricia. We can choose to read or not to read a certain book – but we are all here to help each other.

  23. I just wanted to thank you Ellen for the information you give us. It is truely beneficial! I have 2 kiddos, ages 6, and 4. I am at my wits end some days and it’s nice to come here and find some help. Thank you for that.
    I really hate to see that people are getting offended by some of the books that are being offered to us as reference for raising happy and “normal” children. Please if you don’t want to read it, don’t read it!! Don’t be so rude to the ones who would like to read it. We all have our difference of opinions!!! Thanks

  24. My point wasnt in whether the book was written by a jew, a catholic, or a muslim. I just dont need to have someone turn this into a Jesus is Lord forum and thats what Joanne was saying in her comments.
    Lets try and talk about child rearing without bringing religion into it.

  25. Dear Parents;

    Yes that means all of you. As I sit here and read the back and forth comments on religion and where it belongs in parenting all I can think about is something I learned a long time a go from a very wise woman who just happened to be a mother of 18 children; “Focus on the things in life you can change and stop focusing on those things you cannot change” Which brings me to my comment on the whole thing. You will never change someone’s personal beliefs when it comes to God, faith , or religion. So lets stop focusing on those things and spend our time giving each other wisdom, ideas, advise and support on PARENTING!
    I also remember another thing the same woman told me and that was that there are many different recipies for chicken soup but somehow they all end up tasting good in the end!! Good analogy for parenting- – – what works good for you is exactly that” Good for you”.

    P.S. nice to hear your feeling well Ellen and it was nice to see your name in my inbox again! misssed you.

    Kim C.