Parenting Books and Podcasts for Understanding Child Development and Emotional Wellbeing

Looking for a good read? 

With hundreds of books on the market it is hard to know which books are any good.

Here at Sharing Parenting we love a good parenting book, that gives some evidence based advice.

We have put together a list of some of our favourite books and recommendations from some of our parents we have worked with.  So if you know a new parent or want just want a quality recommendation take a look.

Surviving The Storm 

We have written this great little book about a real Mum’s COVID story. 

This book was written to honour and celebrate all those parents and carers who had the courage and resilience to last through the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020. 

It helps parents and carers reflect on the ups and downs of parenting and includes some helpful wellbeing worksheets and tips which can be used at anytime. 

Download your copy of Surviving The Storm – A Mum’s COVID Story HERE or please contact us if you would like one of these books sent to you. 

  • What every parent needs to know by Margot Sunderland

This book has recently been revised.  This book explores different approaches to parenting and how these impacts on children development.

  • Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Maxlish

There are several version of this book on the market. It looks at why the sibling relationship is so different to any other, and the parent’s role in supporting it.  We also run our own Sibling Rivalry course parents can attend.

  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child s Developing Mind by Dr Tina Payne Bryson and Dr. Daniel Siegel

A fascinating book about child brain development, its effects on behaviour and how to nurture it for emotional wellbeing.

  • Raising Boys and Raising girls both by Steve Biddulph

Both these books are worth a read, exploring the differences between boys and girls and how to nurture their development.

  • Pink Brain Blue Brain by Lise Eliot

Another book about the differences between the male and female brains, this book is more academic, and explores how parents can bridge the gap between the male and female brain.

  • The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz

Recommended to me by an Occupational Therapist –  this book looks at sensory issues children have and how to support them.

  • Peaceful parent happy kids by Dr Laura Markham

It was the first parenting book that I read and really opened my eyes that there were different strategies and techniques out there.  

  • The Awakened Family by Dr Shefali Tsabary
I really loved this book. She has another book called the conscious parent but I found the awakened family a lot more digestible. 
  • Child of Our Time by Tessa Livingstone

The book is based on the television series hosted by Robert Winston of the same name. It looks at child development in the first 5 years of life.

  • The Legend of Miss Kendra

A book (and concept ) to help children discuss their worries. 


  • Brainstorm By Daniel Siegel

Daniel Siegel explores the changes in brain that effect teenage development. He also explains why these changes are positive and how to support your child through them.

  • Hold on to your kids – Why parent need to matter more than peers by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate

For Separated Parents

This book book titled “Mum, Dad can you hear me?” was written to help couples that are going through the difficult period of separation to understand the it from the eyes of their kids and realize the importance of shared parenting.

In the book Irene (means “Peace” in the Greek language) finds herself in the middle of her parents’ fights. She feels helpless and confused and she turns to her diary to express her feelings and better process her parents’ divorce. With the help of her grandmother and her teddy bear, Irene reconciles her feelings and finds a way to better communicate with her parents as they go through their divorce.

Although the book is written for  9 – 13-year olds, it is an almost necessary read for parents! 

It can be bought on Amazon:


  • Sharing Parenting Podcasts for REAL parents.

A series of Podcasts with the Sharing Parenting Team.

  • Motherkind by Zoe Blaskey 

She has so many people on there with really interesting perspectives, her overall ethos is that parents need to work on themselves first to be able to parent well – which compliments what we’ve been learning through Sharing Parenting.

  • Parenting Shy Children

I listened to this Woman’s Hour episode on 9th December, where there’s an interview with the founder of Shy and Mighty about parenting shy children. It’s just under 10 minutes long and runs from about the 13 minute marker to around the 22 minute marker in the episode.

Although we’re not often challenged to deal with shy children (they’re not normally ‘trouble-makers’ – or rather, exhibit behaviour that causes trouble!) this is an eye opener.

  • Happy Place with Philippa Perry 

Listen to Ferne Cotton interviewing child psychotherapist and author of  ‘The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read: (And Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)’

She gives examples of challenging behaviour and shares strategies to positively support children through.

Listen to the podcast with Philippa Perry here:


A series of podcasts of different parenting issues

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Parent Manuals 

Corona-Superhero Training Manual 

Sharing Parenting Corona-Superhero Activity Book

We have put together an activity book for you and your children to go through together. 

Our aim if for this little book to help will help your child understand a little more about how to keep safe, explore any feelings or anxieties about the virus and help prepare them to return to school safely and positively. 

You can download your copy HERE or please contact us if you would like one of these books sent to you. 

  • Sharing Parenting Manual 

Our Sharing ParentingManual at home is also on sale with 9 chapters to guide you through our Raising Children programme.

Please contact us if you would like to buy one for £10.99.

Addiction Support

Have we missed any of your favourite books? Contact us and let us know!

You may also be interested in: 

Resources for parents and professionals 


How to support my child at home


Top Tips to Keep calm with the children at home 


Video top tips for positive behaviour 


Top Tips for helping with school closures 


How to talk to your children about Covid 19 


Emergency Contact Numbers 


You can contact us or email us with your parenting questions at and give us a call for confidential advice on 07867 568339.