• ISBN: 978-1-928055-38-9
  • Pages: 272
  • Size: 6x9
  • Price: $23.99 / CAD - $15.99 / USD
  • Category: Parenting, Psychology


"This book paves the way for parenting that is connected, rewarding, and meaningful.”

- Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, bestselling coauthor of The Whole-Brain Child and No Drama Discipline -

“A wise and encouraging guide to nurturing the life-changing connection between you and your child.”

- Ann Douglas, bestselling author of Happy Parents, Happy Kids -

“This is the book the world has been waiting for. It is the absolute best exploration of early parenting, gifting parents with so many beautiful understandings of this ancient and sacred dance.”

- Maggie Dent, author of Mothering Our Boys and other books -

“A brilliant, soulful, and insightful book on the primacy of early years. Connection and compassion shine in Dr. Vanessa’s parenting wisdom.”

- Raffi Cavoukian, CM, OBC, singer, author, Raffi Foundation for Child Honouring -

“Dr. Vanessa’s book is the one every parent needs to be able to navigate the white waters of parenting. If every parent read this book we could change the world within the next generation for the greater good of humanity.”

- Kerwin Rae, creator of the podcast Unstoppable, entrepreneur, and international speaker -

“Dr. Vanessa shows us that parents can choose the kind of parent they want to be. Grounded in the science of child development, Parenting Right From the Start is empowering, inspirational, and practical¬! A must read for new parents and caregivers.”

- Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, developmental psychologist and author of Tomorrow’s Change Makers -

Parenting Right From the Start

Laying a Healthy Foundation in the Baby and Toddler Years

by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe

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About this book:

Silver Winner in the Parenting & Family category in the 32nd Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards

Recent scientific research indicates a strong sense of connection between parents and children teaches children how to regulate emotions, master social skills, and develop a healthy sense of identity—essentially how to grow up. Unfortunately, many accepted parenting practices disrupt connection rather than fostering it, which may lead to lasting behavioral and emotional issues in children. According to Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, author of bestselling Discipline Without Damage, nurturing connection should be the focus of all parenting efforts. But, along the way, many new parents may find themselves working through unsettled issues from their own childhoods. In Parenting Right From the Start, Dr. Lapointe shows parents how mindful, conscious parenting can work to nourish both child and parent.

Through the twin lenses of attachment parenting and the most up-to-date child development research, Dr. Lapointe walks parents through the battlegrounds where problems are most likely to arise for children—sleeping, feeding, toilet training, aggression, sibling rivalry—and she provides appropriate solutions designed to promote connection and growth. Rooted in compassion and understanding, Parenting Right From the Start shows parents how building a firm, caring presence in the early years is one that a child can lean into for a lifetime.

About this author:

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is a BC-based registered psychologist and the owner and operator of the Wishing Star Development Clinic, who has been supporting families and children for 15 years. A much sought-after public speaker, Dr. Vanessa also consults with various provincial and educational organizations on best practices in child development, and presents workshops to a wide range of professionals and parents and continues to ensure that children have what they need to grow up to their fullest potential. As a mother to two growing children, Vanessa strives not only professionally, but also personally to view the world through the child’s eyes. keep reading »