Kevin Leehey, M.D.
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry
Board Certified


1980 E. Ft. Lowell Road, Suite 150 | Tucson, Arizona 85719
Phone: (520) 296-4280 | Fax: (520) 296-3835

Kevin Leehey M.D. 1980 E. Fort Lowell Road, Suite 150 296-4280

Parenting and Self Help Books

This is a partial list of suggestions – pick what fits your situation. Although I don’t agree with everything in each book, they are all quite good.


1) Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year 2012, Mayo Clinic Press, Paperback, $16
Excellent information on child development, what to expect, parenting and the health of your child and family.

2) Assertive Discipline For Parents, Revised edition, by Lee Canter with Marlene Canter, (authors of Homework Without Tears) 1993, 2009 eBook, Perennial Library press + Harper Collins, paperback, $13
One of the best books for parents who too often give in and need help setting firm, not harsh, limits. Excellent for all parents. And it’s concise!

3) How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, updated 2/7/12 Scribner, paperback $10.88, eBook
Another excellent classic for parents and anyone who hopes to talk to and connect to kids. There is also a separate book for talking with Teens and a book to help Teachers communicate to kids too.

4) The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel MD + Tina Payne Bryson PhD; 2011 paperback + eBook, Bantam Books, $10
Excellent. Uses brain development and looking at yourself to provide a revised perspective on parenting. New Brainstorm (about teens) and No Drama Discipline are by the same authors.

5) Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy by Michael Bradley EdD, 2003, Harbor Press, paperback, $ 9.95
Uses brain development and looking at yourself to provide good parenting advice with humor. Companion book for teens : Yes, Your Parents Are Crazy

6) Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell Barkley, Ph.D., 2000, Guilford Press, paperback, $18.95
The best book on all aspects of ADHD including school and parenting. Adult version published 2010.

7) Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline M.D. and Jim Fay; 1990, 2006 Navpress Books, hardcover, $21.00 (Their second book covers Teens)
This book emphasizes helping parents properly shift “the problem” to the child and not take the situation personally. I particularly like how they help parents detach from power struggles and not let our own issues get in the way.

8) The Introvert Advantage: How to Survive in An Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney Psy.D. paperback, 2002, $10.25
A different perspective favoring the shy, low key, and non-socialites. Written to build self-esteem, understanding, and see the advantages.

9) Talking Back to OCD by John March, M.D., paperback, 2007, Guilford Publications, $10.45
A self help book written for parents and teens and younger youth to help learn cognitive therapy techniques to combat obsessions and compulsions.

10) Your Defiant Child by Russell Barkley Ph.D., 1998, Guilford Press, paperback, $11.65
Excellent at helping parents disengage from power struggles and rebuild a productive family relationship. Your Defiant Teen by Russell Barkley Ph.D., 2008, Guilford Publications, paperback

11) The Explosive Child by Ross Greene, Ph.D., 2010, Harper Collins Publishers, paperback, $9.29
A good revised book helping parents understand and better parent youth who have biologically based difficult temperaments.

12) Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D., 2003, Knopf Publisher, paperback, $15.95
The book to read to learn how reading, writing, and comprehension really work in the brain, and more importantly how to help your child overcome dyslexia.

13) ADD–Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau Ph.D., 2002, Brunner-Routledge, paperback, $21.95
Does what the title says – for adults.

14) The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by M. McKay PhD, J. Wood PsyD, + J. Brantley MD; 2007, New Harbinger Publications, paperback, $13
Designed and best as a workbook to be used along with therapy/counseling, it can also be used as a self help tool to learn Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance

15) Feeling Good by David Burns, M.D., 1999, Avon Press, paperback, $7.99
The classic best self-help book teaching how to use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to combat especially depression but also anxiety.

16) Codependent No More by Melody Beattie, 1992, Hazelden Press, paperback, $15.95
This classic provides self help unearthing and changing behavior and emotional patterns learned in dysfunctional families especially those affected by alcohol or drug abuse.

17) Brain Lock by Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., Regan Books, paperback, $12.50
One of several books targeting Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) via cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques.

18) The Worry Cure, Seven Steps by Robert Leahy PhD, 2005, Three Rivers Press, paperback, $10.29
Good Cognitive Therapy based book targeting Anxiety written easy to understand and use.

19) Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding by Bubrick and Dr. Neziroglu, 2004, New Harbinger Publications, paperback, ~$12
Concise description of hoarding and associated cognitive distortions and how to change.

20) People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts by Robert Bolton, 1986, Touchstone, paperback, ~ $10
Has been used by many to improve, work, social, family, and other relationships.

21) The Incredible Years by Carolyn Webster-Stratton PhD; see website incredibleyears.com or call 1-888-506-3562
This research based child development oriented program has proven results for families, schools, and therapy/counseling.

22) Helping Teens Who Cut by Michael Hollander, PhD; 2008, The Guilford Press, paperback, 214 pages, ~$12
Very good book about a common problem written to help parents (and youth) understand this problem and using DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) for treatment.

23) Make It Stick - The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, Mark McDaniel; 2014, The Belknap Press of Harvard U Press, hardcover, ~250 pages, ~$18
Excellent book about how to learn and remember what you are taught or study.  The last chapter sums it all up.

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