Resources and Books for Parents
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On this page, you will find books and games about parenting by Carolyn Webster-Stratton, the developer of the Incredible Years® programs, and games that support you as a parent. These are materials that can be ordered through the Incredible Years®To order, please download the order form
Incredible Babies: A Guide and Journal of Your Baby’s First Year
The Incredible Babies book shows you how to promote and understand your baby’s physical, social, emotional and language development. It includes safety alerts, developmental principles, and a journal section.
My Incredible Baby: Journal of My Baby’s First Year in My Family
This baby journal provides a place for you to keep track of your baby’s growth and development. Parents can record and preserve memories of babies’ likes and dislikes, temperament, feeding routine, favorite songs, stories, and play activities. It is organized around the developmental stages at 0-3 months, 4-6 months, and 6-12 months. It includes checklists where parents can record the baby’s view point with “Things I can do,” including when baby learns to first sit, know her name, say baba, roll over, crawl, pull to stand, feed herself and so forth. It also includes pages to record outings and visits with friends and family members. There is a temperament questionnaire for your baby and yourself, a support journal and a baby-proofing checklist. Fun to keep this and read to your children when they are older.
Incredible Toddlers: A Guide and Journal of Your Toddler’s Discoveries
Follows the same format as the Baby book, covering all the Incredible Years® Toddler program topics. This book/journal provides parents space to write their memories, paste in photos, and journal about their parenting experiences.
Download a chapter from the book for FREE!
Free download of chapter 3
The Incredible Years: A Troubleshooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2-8
Guidelines and strategies for parents to promote children’s social and emotional competence. (UK residents, contact: Sales@gazellebooks.co.uk Tel: +44(0)152468765)
The Spanish version, Los Años Increibles, includes the first 10 chapters.
Incredible Parents Conversation Card Game
These conversation card games facilitate discussion between parents about parenting strategies and goals. The card game can be played during Incredible Years® parent groups or with friends, group buddies, or between partners. Parents take turns asking each other questions such as: “How do you find time to schedule some personal time for yourself?”, “What is the most fun thing you do with your child?”, “What makes it hard for you to praise your child?”
Examples of questions from the section on handling misbehavior include: “How do you stay calm when using the ignoring strategy?”, “What are two good consequences for 5-6 year olds?”, “What is one principle you have learned in Incredible Years that you have used successfully?”, “When you feel yourself starting to get angry, what coping self-talk do you find useful to stay respectful?”
Child and Parents Conversation Card Game
A game with two card decks, one for the child and the other for parents. Each take turns asking a question from their deck for the other to answer. It is a fun way to encourage communication, sharing, and self-expression.
Parents use their cards to ask children questions like: “What do you like to do best with me?,” “What are two important household rules?,” “What is the best way I can help with your homework?,” “What do you say to yourself to stay calm?,” “What is the hardest part about being a kid?”
Children use their cards to ask parents questions like: “What can I do to earn a reward?” or, “Is it ever okay to tell a lie?,” “What is the story behind my name?,” “What do you like to do best with me?,” “Are there any projects we can work on together?”
Tiny Turtle Hand Puppet
Parents may use the Tiny Turtle hand puppet to explain feelings that occur when problems occur and practice ways to calm down and try out solutions encountered in the child book Wally Learns a Lesson From Tiny Turtle. (Puppet is about 13″ tall)
Baby Dinosaur Hand Puppet (currently out of stock)
Parents can use the Baby Dinosaur Puppet to reinforce and review the concepts and skills that children have learned. For example, parents ask children to help Baby Dina learn how to be friendly, solve problems, and follow the family rules. (Puppet is about 10″ tall)
**New** Oscar Ostrich Hand Puppet
The Oscar puppet is back (only his head and neck) ~ he decided to stop hiding in the sand and stick out his neck to come back to talk about the importance of communication. We know that many Dina group leaders around the world have wanted to add this puppet to their collection and now an inexpensive version is finally available. Use Oscar to help children learn to solve problems and not hide from them.
Each puppet is sold separately.
Size: Oscar Ostrich is about 10″ long. $24
Oscar Ostrich puppet © Folkmanis, Inc.
Wally’s Detective Books
These small books are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in small groups or one-on-one. Wally encounters difficult situations and learns lessons. Children are prompted to suggest possible solutions and act out their solutions (using puppets). (Set of four books.)
There are many more supplemental items available that parents might find fun and useful. For a full listing, see the Parent Program Supplemental Materials.To order, please download the order form