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the parenting primer


The Parenting Primer is a guide to positive parenting in the first six years. It’s a collection of the kernels of truth I’ve learned through my own journey of parenting, the stories and nuggets of wisdom I wish I knew when I was first starting out. It’s written with new parents in mind, parents who want to parent in a gentle, positive way but might be struggling or feeling like they need more insight into the dynamics that exist in the parent-child relationship.

It’s written for the kind of parent I was when my eldest daughter became a toddler and I became pregnant shortly after that. The kind of parent who really wants to parent with compassion and confidence, but who has difficulty actually behaving that way in the heat of the moment.

What’s in The Parenting Primer?

The Parenting Primer starts out by looking at how love and limits influence our parenting, then explores other topics that affect our relationship with our child, such as information on brain development or personality, communication skills, lifestyle choices, creativity and self-discipline.

I’ve included references to a lot of the parenting resources and other parenting books that align with Attachment Parenting, and each section ends with some questions to inspire reflection and something to actually try in your real life. Stories and tidbits from my own personal experience struggling to improve my parenting skills are woven throughout the book.

Get a Copy for Yourself or Give one as a Gift

I self-published The Parenting Primer at Smashwords, which means that you can download it in any eReader format you want, including two online reading formats that allow you to read it in your browser window without downloading any additional eReader software. Self-publishing at Smashwords also means that there is no DRM included in the book file. I trust that if you love it and want to pass it along, you or your friends will buy an additional copy.

If you prefer to read books printed on paper, you can order a copy of The Parenting Primer print edition from my CreateSpace eStore or from Amazon.com


Buy the ebook here!

Buy the paper version here!


Win a copy of The Parenting Primer for yourself! Just leave a comment by midnight on December 5 and three winners will be picked by a random number generator on Thursday, December 6.

** Giveaway is now closed! Belinda, Lisa C and Stefanie, you’re the lucky winners! I’ll be in touch soon. **




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  • Stefanie December 3, 2012, 2:29 pm

    !!! Congratulations! This is going on my kindle wish list and if nobody picks up what I’m layin’ down I’ll buy it for my own darn self after the holidays. So awesome!

  • Kirsten December 3, 2012, 4:06 pm

    Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me!

  • Bethan Stewart December 4, 2012, 10:25 am


  • Kendra December 4, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Just read about this book on POTD (courtesy of your partner) – with a three-year old and another on the way in January, it’s now on my wish list too!

  • lisa c December 4, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Congrats! Sounds like a great book!

  • Sara December 4, 2012, 4:49 pm

    Congratulations Michelle can’t wait to read the book

  • Kathleen December 4, 2012, 9:47 pm

    Sounds very interesting….

  • Belinda December 4, 2012, 11:37 pm

    Wow. That is so awesome. Congratulations! I will buy it for sure. Just enjoyed. My first look at your blg too. Belinda