Allison LaTona, M.F.T.
Psychotherapist | Parenting Coach + Educator

Parenting Circles | Santa Monica CA | Allison LaTona, M.F.T.

View a list of recommended books from Allison on topics such as Parenting, Marriage, Sleep, Siblings as well as Toddler, School-Age and Adolescent development.



Parenting from the Inside Out
How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.

Becoming the Parent You Want to Be
A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years
Laura Davis & Janis Keyser

The Conscious Parent
Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D.

Being There
Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters
Erica Komisar, LCSW

The Whole-Brain Child:
12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D

Just Tell Me What to Say
Sensible Tips and Scripts For Perplexed Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

The Yes Brain
How to Cultivate Courage, Curiousity and Resilence in your Child
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

You're Not The Boss of Me
Brat-proofing your 4-12 year old child
Betsy Brown Braun

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
How We Can Learn To Fulfill Our Potential
Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

Parenting Without Power Struggles
Raising Joyful Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Collected
Susan Stiffelman, MFT

How To Talk to Kids So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

No-Drama Discipline
The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Nurture the Nature
Understanding and Supporting your Child’s Unique Core Personality
Michael Gurian

Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline
The 7 Basic Skills For Turning Conflict
Becky A. Bailey

Positive Discipline
The First Three Years
Jane Nelsen, Ed. D. Cheryl Erwin, M.A., and Roslyn Duffy

12 Ways To Give Your Child A Head Start In The First 3 Years
Dr. Jenn Berman

Raising Happiness
10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents
Christine Carter, Ph.D

Everyday Blessings
The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
Myla Kabat-zinn; Jon Kabat-Zinn

How to Raise an Adult
Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success
Julie Lythcott-Haims


What Children Learn from their Parent’s Marriage
It May be your Marriage but it’s Your Child’s Blueprint to Intimacy
Judith P. Siegel, Ph.D.

And Baby Makes Three
The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives
John Gottman, Ph.D. and Julie Gottman, Ph.D


The Happy Sleeper
The Science-Backed Guide to Helping your Baby Get a Good Night’s Sleep- Newborn to School Age
Heather Turgeon, MFT and Julie Wright, MFT

The Sleep Easy Solution
The Exhausted Parent's Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep from Birth to Age 5
Jill Spivack LCSW & Jennifer Waldburger LCSW

Toddler Development

The Emotional Life of the Toddler
Alicia Lieberman, Ph.D.

The Power of Play
Learning What Comes Naturally
David Elkind, Ph. D.

School Age

Playground Politics
Understanding The Emotional Life of Your School-Aged Child
Stanley Greenspan, M.D.

Homework without Tears
Lee Canter and Lee Hausner, Ph.D.

The Blessing of a B-
Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers
Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.

Hold onto Your Kids
Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D. and Gabor Mate, M.D.


The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.


Raising Cain
Protecting The Emotional Life Of Boys
Dan Kindlon, Ph. D. and Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

The Wonder of Boys
What Parents, Mentors, and Educators Can Do To Shape Boys Into Exceptional Men
Michael Gurian

The Wonder of Girls
Understanding The Hidden Nature Of Our Daughters
Michael Gurian

Growing a Girl
Seven Strategies For Raising A Strong, Spirited Daughter
Dr. Barbara Mackoff

Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
Lisa Damour, Ph.D.


The Sibling Effect
What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us
Jeffrey Kluger

Siblings Without Rivalry
How To Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too
Adele Faver & Elaine Mazlish

Mom, Jason’s Breathing on Me
The Solution To Sibling Bickering
Anthony Wolf, Ph.D.

It’s not fair, Jeremy Spencer’s parents let him stay up all night!
A Guide To The Tougher Parts Of Parenting
Anthony Wolf, Ph.D.

Cultural Issues

The Hurried Child
Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon
David Elkind, Ph.D.

Too Much of a Good Thing
Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age
Dan Kindlon, Ph.D.

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
Using Jewish Principles to Raise Self- Reliant Children
Wendy Mogel, Ph.D

Social Development

Best Friends, Worst Enemies
Understanding the Social Lives of Children
Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Catherine O’Neill Grace


Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in their Digital World
Deborah, Heitner, PhD

The Elephant in the Living Room
Make Television Work For Your Kids
Dimitri A. Christakis, M.D., MPH and Frederick J. Zimmerman

Failure to Connect
How Computers Affect Our Children’s Minds For Better And Worse
Jane Healy, Ph.D.

Media Moms and Media Dads
A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age
Yalda T. Uhls, Ph.D.

Money & Privilege

Raising Financially Fit Kids
Joline Godfrey

The Opposite of Spoiled
Raising Kids who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money
Ron Lieber

The Price of Privilege
How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.

The most profound thing we have to offer our children is our own healing.
— Anne Lamot