Books by Aletha Solter, Ph.D


Aletha Solter has written six books describing different aspects of the Aware Parenting approach. They include numerous references to research studies in the fields of child development, attachment, trauma, neurophysiology, and psychotherapy. One or more of these books has been translated into Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

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Original English-language editions

The Aware Baby
Cooperative and Connected
Tears and Tantrums
Raising Drug Free Kids
Attachment play
Healing Your Traumatized Child

The Aware Baby (birth to two-and-a-half years)

This ground-breaking book has contributed to a revolution in parenting around the world. Based on attachment theory, it explains how to respond appropriately to a baby's crying by recognizing the two main functions of crying during infancy. It also describes how to set limits without the use of either punishments or rewards and how to create an optimal learning environment during the important first three years.

Cooperative and Connected (two to eight years)

This sequel to The Aware Baby continues the same non-punitive approach for children past infancy. It inclues chapters on crying, fears, stimulation and learning, play, setting limits, sibling rivalry, eliciting cooperation, and eating issues. (Note: this is a revised and updated edition. The original title was Helping Young Children Flourish.)

Tears and Tantrums (birth to eight years)

This book explains the function of crying and describes ways to respond that will enhance children's emotional health. It includes information on the sources of stress that can lead to crying, as well as nighttime crying, temper tantrums, and crying during separations. A distinctive feature of Aware Parenting is full acceptance of children's emotions to help them cope with stress and heal from trauma.

Raising Drug-Free Kids (birth to 25 years)

This book is not just for parents of teens, and it covers much more than simply teaching kids to say "no" to drugs. Instead, it addresses the deeper causes of substance abuse and describes how to prevent them with the Aware Parenting approach. The 100 easy-to-read tips are organized according to age group.

Attachment Play (birth to 12 years)

This book describes how to solve children's behavior problems with play, laughter, and connection. This approach strengthens the parent/child bond and addresses the underlying emotions that can lead to difficult behaviors. Included are playful interventions to help children overcome fears, heal from trauma, and cope with difficult situations such as the birth of a sibling, parental divorce, or school stress.

Healing Your Traumatized Child (birth to 12 years)

Based on research in the neurobiology of trauma, this book explains how children can recover from traumatic experiences with their own parents acting as guides. Parents will learn to recognize and facilitate their children’s innate healing mechanisms and help their children regain confidence and joy. The last two chapters include powerful and inspiring real-life examples.


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