My Favorite Resources for Working with Children

Resources for Infant Educarers™ (known as RIE®)

Developed by Magda Gerber from what she learned from her mentor, Emmi Pikler, RIE is focused on working with infants aged zero to two but provides a framework that creates a respectful relationship with a child that will serve a lifetime. I highly recommend learning about RIE even if you are working with children older than infants.

Recommended Resources

Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect, by Magda Gerber (book)
Your Self-Confident Baby, by Magda Gerber (book)
The RIE Manual: For Parents and Professionals (book)
Sensory Awareness Bulletin: Emmi Pikler (book)
RIE (website)
Janet Lansbury: Elevating Child Care (website/blog)
Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting, by Janet Lansbury (book)
No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame, by Janet Lansbury (book)

Parent Effectiveness Training (PET)

This method has been around since the sixties and was developed by Thomas Gordon. They offer classes around the world but the best place to start is by reading the book. It offers an extremely useful framework for working with children and developing communication skills that will improve relationships with children as well as everyone else in your life. 

Recommended Resources

Parenting Effectiveness Training, by Thomas Gordon (book)
Parenting Effectiveness Training (website)

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (The CPS Model)

This is an extremely practical model developed by Ross Greene and focuses on 1) identifying skills that the child is lacking and 2) identifying unsolved problems. Check out the website for specific steps that walk you through applying this method.

Recommended Resources

Lives in the Balance (website)
The Explosive Child, by Ross W. Greene Ph.D. (book)
Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child, by Ross W. Greene Ph.D. (book)
Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help, by Ross W. Greene Ph.D. (book)

Other methods and educators I find extremely helpful.

Aware Parenting Institute by Aletha Solter

Hand in Hand Parenting by Patty Wipfler

Alfie Kohn

John Holt & GWS

The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff

Natural Child Project