Parenting is a privilege and rewarding. But let’s face it, parenting is challenging. As parents, when we are pushed to the edge and back, we start questioning ourselves. Am I doing the right thing? Should I be disciplining my child like this? What am I doing wrong? Fortunately, there is a plethora of parenting books that offer advice and guide us through this challenging but rewarding phase in our lives. Here are 10 of our favorite books on parenting:
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D. This national bestseller by respected pediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp offers a method for calming a crying infant and promoting healthy sleep from day one. In what has been called one of the most important parenting book of the decade, this book reveals the secret “off-switch” to calm a crying baby.
Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother by Beth Ann Fennelly. This is a book of letters from a mother to her pregnant friend about the joyful parts of parenthood, instead of the horror stories well meaning “experienced” moms tell new moms.
Jo Frost’s Confident Baby Care by Jo Frost. Remember the TV’s Supernanny? I remember watching her show when my kids were little and taking notes. She has written a book that offers advice about taking care of a new baby. Like her show, the book’s tone is soothing and self-assured.
The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children by Shefali Tsabary, PhD. Dr. Tsabary offers an innovative parenting style that recognizes your child’s role in your own transformation as a parent. “ Once parents are learning alongside their children, power, control, and dominance become an archaic language. Instead, mutual kinship and spiritual partnership are the focus of the parent-child journey.” The overall message of this book was to be present with your child and that they are not your “mini me”. This book shows us how our behaviors affect our children, and can help us see what we are doing right and how we can improve as parents.
Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. This book shared wise advice and funny cartoons to “help your children live together so you can live, too.” A friend swears by this book and says it changed the way she and her husband spoke to their children about each other.
The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins. This book is encouraging and offers a detailed guide that makes breastfeeding easier.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. The authors teach you how to keep the lines of communication open with your children, so you can talk openly and honestly about their worries, hopes, joys and fears. The book also includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships, including ways to cope with your child’s negative feelings, such as frustration, anger, and disappointment, express your strong feelings without being hurtful, set firm limits and maintain goodwill, and use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline.
No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene. Within the pages of this book, parents can read about strategies that help parents identify their own discipline philosophy—and master the best methods to communicate the lessons they are trying to impart, facts on child brain development—and what kind of discipline is most appropriate and constructive at all ages and stage, the way to calmly and lovingly connect with a child—no matter how extreme the behavior—while still setting clear and consistent limits, tips for navigating your children through a tantrum to achieve insight, empathy, and repair, and twenty discipline mistakes even the best parents make—and how to stay focused on the principles of whole-brain parenting and discipline techniques
The Whole Brain Child, by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., offers twelve revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. It is an excellent resource to help parents understand how a child’s brain develops and functions, and how they can help their child learn how to handle and respond to different experiences and challenges.
The Sleepeasy Solution by Jennifer Waldburger. I wish I had known about this book when I was sleep deprived with my second baby. The book explains why it’s important for babies to learn how to sleep, shows you step by step how to do it, and gives you pep talks throughout. If you’d like to teach your child to sleep, I highly recommend it.
Have you read any of these books?
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