Family Resources

All of the resources shared are based on current best practices and peer-reviewed research.


Alyson is trained in Adlerian Psychology. For information on Alfred Adler’s theory check out:

International Association of Individual Psychology


For books about and by Alfred Adler:

GoodReads 47


Scholarly Research on Parenting Styles


  • Baumrind D. 1966. Effects of authoritative parental control on child behavior. Child Development, 37(4), 887-907.


  • Baumrind D. 1991. The influence of parenting style on adolescent competence and substance use. Journal of Early Adolescence 11(1): 56-95.


  • Xu Y, Farver JA, and Zhang Z. 2009. Temperament, harsh and indulgent parenting, and Chinese children’s proactive and reactive aggression. Child Dev. 80(1):244-58.


  • Brotman LM, O’Neal CR, Huang KY, Gouley KK, Rosenfelt A, and Shrout PE. 2009. An experimental test of parenting practices as a mediator of early childhood physical aggression. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 50(3):235-45.



Parenting Styles Quiz

Micheal Popkin @ Active Parenting Publishers



Great Books for Parents


General Parenting


Positive-Discipline-The-First-Three-Years-Jane-Nelsen Positive-Discipline-For-Teenagers-Jane-Nelsen

Positive-Discipline-for-Preschoolers-Jane-Nelsen Positive Discipline (series)

Dr. Jane Nelsen








Kids are Worth It!

Barbara Coloroso 










The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

Steven Covey








When Parenting Meets Neuroscience:


Parenting-from-the-Inside-Out-alt-Dr-Dan-SeigelParenting from the Inside Out

Dr. Daniel Siegel









The Optimistic Child - Dr Martin SeligmanThe Optimistic Child

Dr. Martin Seligman









For Parenting Teens


For-Parents-and-Teenagers–Dissolving-the-barrier-between-you-and-your-teens-Dr.-William-GlasserFor Parents and Teenagers

Dr. William Glasser








Choice-Theory-Dr.-William-GlasserChoice Theory

Dr. William Glasser










For New Parents


And-Baby-Makes-Three-Dr-John-Gottman And Baby Makes Three

Dr. John Gottman









Healthy-Sleep,-Happy-Baby-Dr-Weissbluth Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Dr. Weissbluth










For Dealing with Conflict / Anger


Calming-The-Family-Storm-Gary-McKay-and-Steven-MaybellCalming the Family Storm

Gary McKay and Steve Maybell









The Explosive Child - Ross GreeneThe Explosive Child

Ross Greene









Siblings With Out Rivalry - Adele Faber & Elaine MazlichSiblings Without Rivalry

Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish










For Raising Boys


Boy-Smarts-Barry-MacDonaldBoy Smarts

Barry MacDonald








Raised By CoverRaised by our Childhood Voices

Darrell Brown









For Independence



Raising Financially Fit Kids - Joline GodfreyRaising Financially Fit Kids

Joline Godfrey









Raising Kids Who Can Betty Lou Bettner and Amy LewRaising Kids Who Can

Betty Lou Bettner and Amy Lew









For Separation / Divorce / Step families


Tug-of-War-Mr.-Justice-Harvey-BrownstoneTug of War

Mr. Justice Harvey Brownstone









Growing-Up-With-Divorce-Neil-KalterGrowing Up With Divorce

Neil Kalter









Active-Parenting-for-Stepfamilies-Micheal-Popkin-and-Elizabeth-EinsteinActive Parenting for Stepfamilies

Michael Popkin and Elizabeth Einstein








Great Resources For Teachers and Schools


Responsibility-in-The-Classroom-Betty-Lou-BettnerResponsibility in the Classroom

Betty Lou Bettner and Amy Lew









Positive-Discipline-In-the-Classroom-Jane-NelsonPositive Discipline in the Classroom

Dr. Jane Nelsen







Maintaining-Sanity-In-The-Classroom-Dr-Dreikurs-Floy-Pepper-and-Brunia-GrunwaldMaintaining Sanity in the Classroom

Dr. Dreikurs, Floy Pepper and Bronia Grunwald









The-Schools-Our-Children-Deserve-Alfie-Kohn-2The Schools Our Children Deserve

Alfie Kohn










Two great websites about education


Responsive Classroom



Important Websites For Parents


Mentoring Boys – Barry MacDonald

PREVNet – Great information on Bullying Prevention

The Gottman Institute – for Relationship / Parenting research and resources.

The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment – non-profit sites are not all that pretty, but check out the downloads for some of the best research in the field.

Positive Discipline – offers an online community to help discuss your issues and the application of Adlerian parenting principles.


Finding A Therapist


While Alyson cannot endorse other therapists, she would like to make you aware of these resources:

Dalton Associates

Leaside Therapy Centre


Adlerian Organizations (for parenting resources / conferences)


ONSAP                 Ontario Society of Adlerian Psychology

NASAP                 North American Society of Adlerian Psychology

IAIP                       International Association of Individual Psychology

Adler Journals     Adler Digitization Project

AdlerPedia          AdlerPedia – All things Adlerian