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Mar 11

Staff Picks, Special Collection: The Parenting Collection

Posted on March 11, 2022 at 9:11 PM by Beth Pofahl

Staff Picks, Special Collections:  The Parenting Collection 

  photo of Jessica & Olivia

Today’s Staff Picks calls attention to the parenting collection. Gone are the days when you needed to visit one place in the library to find books for your young children and another place to seek out helpful parenting materials. Since the remodel, you can find the majority of the parenting books conveniently located in our wonderful children’s area, along the wall adjacent to the picture books. As Children’s Librarian Molly further explains: 

“Our Parenting Collection is a great resource for caregivers! The materials cover so many questions and concerns that caregivers face when raising infants, children and teens. We've also started including materials that can be used as a starting point for conversations about tough topics that children and teens are exposed to in today's world.”  

For more information about the Lewis & Clark Library’s Parenting Collection, contact our Children Services Librarian Molly Hudson, Teen Services Librarian Sherry Schlundt, or Collection Management Librarian James Parrot. 

Read on to learn about two books Jessica has found helpful during her parenting journey. 


Jess recommends . . . Hunt Gather Parent book coverHunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans
by Michaellen Doucleff 

I've only been a parent for a little over half a year so far, but I've already had the thought, "Isn't there an easier way to navigate this new role?" 

In the grand scheme of human history, the idea of a one-generation household is fairly new.  In the Western world, we tend to put the burden of raising children onto one or two people.  It's a lot of pressure and our kids are feeling the effects of it, too.  

In Hunt, Gather, Parent, Michaeleen Doucleff travels with her young daughter, Rosy, to both the Yucatan to experience life among the Mayans and the Arctic Circle with the Inuit people.  In moments that her daughter is defiant and difficult, she sees kids in these cultures jumping in to help their families without complaint. 

The book's main takeaway is this: the more we include our children in our daily tasks, the more they want to help.  Whether it is cooking, going on a hike, doing the dishes, or getting ready in the morning: it is possible to have less conflict and more togetherness. 

Find Hunt, Gather, Parent in the library catalog Here 

  The Power of Showing Up book cover

The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired  
by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson 

Daniel J. Siegel is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and the founding Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center also at UCLA. Tina Payne Bryson is a Mom, Pediatric & Adolescent Psychotherapist, and the Executive Director of The Center for Connection & Play Strong Institute. This book examines how children's brains work so that you can better manage them.  

Every child needs to feel what Siegel and Bryson call the Four S's: 

  • Safe: We can’t always insulate a child from injury or avoid doing something that leads to hurt feelings. But when we give a child a sense of safe harbor, she will be able to take the needed risks for growth and change. 
  • Seen: Truly seeing a child means we pay attention to his emotions - both positive and negative - and strive to attune to what’s happening in his mind beneath his behavior. 
  • Soothed: Soothing isn’t about providing a life of ease; it’s about teaching your child how to cope when life gets hard, and showing him that you’ll be there with him along the way. A soothed child knows that he’ll never have to suffer alone. 
  • Secure: When a child knows she can count on you, time and again, to show up - when you reliably provide safety, focus on seeing her, and soothe her in times of need, she will trust in a feeling of secure attachment. And thrive! 

Find The Power of Showing Up in the library catalog Here
Also available in digital format:
Montana Library2Go/Libby eAudiobook 




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