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5 Books That Will Change The Way You Parent

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It’s no secret that I love to read.

While my favourite books are usually novels (preferably with some sort of murder mystery), I also really enjoy reading reference books.


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When I was pregnant, I read a ton of books about pregnancy. After I had my kids, I read a lot of books about postpartum and life with a baby. Now that my kids are older, I love reading parenting books. I feel like you can never get too much information. Now, I do think that you need to take each book with a grain of salt though. There are so many books out there that contradict the next, especially when it comes to parenting. One book will say “do this”, the next will say “ No, do that”, but if you’re able to pick and choose what works for you, you can get some really invaluable information. After reading many, many, many, many parenting books, I think that I’ve found a few really great reads.


Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

While I am not a yeller, I found this books really helpful. It was written by Dr. Laura Markham, who also created the website (which is an awesome site by the way). This books gives you suggestions on how to manage your anger during melt downs, how to stop the yelling and how to start connect with your children throughout every age. It then goes on to talk about how to raise your kids to have high self esteem by to coaching instead of controlling. It was a really easy read and I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s looking for tools to help themselves become and more peaceful and positive parent.


How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen and Listen So They Will Talk

This book is, by far, my favourite on the list. I just finished reading it a few months ago and absolutely loved it. It was a game changer, my friends! It focuses on children ages 2 to 7 years old. The book gives you easy to follow tips and tricks on how to deal with just about anything little kids could potentially throw your way. Whether it be melt downs, not wanting to eat, dealing with aggressive behaviour or even not listening, you’ll feel confident and prepared to deal with any situation, calmly. This book offers examples on how to deal with these situations, including many real life scenarios from people that have actually taken the writers workshops. This book is a dense but easy read, that is very well laid out, which is great if you want to got back and reread different sections. Again, this is my favourite on the list. I highly recommend this book.


The 5 Love Languages Of Children

If you like the best selling book, The 5 Love Languages, you’re going to love this one. It follows the same format as the original but it focuses on, you guessed it, children. This book talks about how every child expresses and receives love through one of five different communication styles; physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service and gifts. It helps you identify which love language your child is so that you can better understand how they feel loved and cared for. This is a great tool because most people love in the way that they like to be loved in, but it may greatly differ from the way your child needs to be loved. I also highly recommend the original version. Its a great tool to use for a deeper and more loving relationship with your partner.


The Whole-Brained Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies To Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

This book was extremely interesting. It was so different from the other books listed. The author, a neuropsychiatrist, explains the science behind a child’s developing brain and why they do the things they do. He explains how when your child throws a tantrum at the store or refuses to listen to you, they are not intentionally trying to ruin your day. They literally can’t help it. They are more right brained (emotional) than left brained (logical) during early childhood and adolescence. This book provides examples, explanations and easy to follow strategies on how to deal with your child’s emotions effectively while nurturing their age-appropriate behaviour. There is also a workbook that can be purchased separately. I didn’t purchase it so I can’t really tell you my thoughts but it has great reviews, so check it out if you like workbooks.


No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

This book is by the same authors as The Whole Brained Child so it goes into a lot of detail on the developing brain functions of children. The authors explain how you can get through to your child, re-direct their emotions and turn a tantrum or a negative behaviour into a teaching opportunity. It talks about how discipline is not synonymous with punishment as many often feel. Disciple is really just a form of teaching. This book has lots of stories and illustrations which make it an easy and interesting read. This book also has a workbook that can be purchased separately. Again, I didn’t purchase it, so i can’t really speak to it. It has great reviews though.


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I also wanted to mention 2 other books quickly. I haven’t read them but they’re similar to 2 of the books above, just geared toward older children. They have great reviews.


How to Talk So Kids Will Listen And Listen So Kids Will Talk

This book is co-written by Adele Faber, who just so happens to be the mother of the author who writes How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen and Listen So They Will Talk. It is also known as the greatest parenting book of all time. I haven’t read it, as it’s geared towards older children but I’ve heard that it’s a must read.


The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers

Again, I haven’t read this book, as it’s geared toward teenagers and I have little ones but I’ve heard great things about this book. If it’s anything like the first 2 books, I’m sure that it’s super helpful when dealing teenagers emotions.




What are your favourite parenting books? Please, comment below. I’d love to add a few more titles to my bookshelf.


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  • Reply bellafilippi

    Great article. Reading its a gift that not everybody understands.

    July 26, 2017 at 4:32 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      I agree!

      July 27, 2017 at 1:13 am
  • Reply Lauren

    I need all of these 😂 My toddler is insane

    July 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Lol! 😆

      July 27, 2017 at 1:13 am
  • Reply Elise Cohen Ho

    Great book choices. I am all about resources for parents.

    July 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Marissa

    I love finding book loving parents – I agree with each of these books 100%

    July 28, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Kathy Wright

    Great recommendations! Can’t wait to check them out!

    July 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Rio Sundown

    This is really good information! We need to teach our kids positive things at a young age and it looks like these books will go a long way to helping with that. I’ll have to remember these whenever I get children of my own. Thanks for sharing!

    July 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Rio! I couldn’t agree more 😀

      July 29, 2017 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Laura

    All great suggestions!!! I may need to buy one… we are in full force three-nager and terrible twos!!

    July 29, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Lol! I was there last year. I feel your pain! You should give ‘How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen’ a try. It helped me 😃

      July 30, 2017 at 1:50 am
  • Reply Heather Gerwing

    I haven’t heard of a few of these. Can’t wait to check them out! Thanks!

    July 31, 2017 at 11:56 am
  • Reply shelley

    My kids are basically grown now but these are great suggestions. You’ll definitely want the book on teenagers – and every other resource you can find as well LOL!

    July 31, 2017 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Cher

    My babies are grown now but I know some women that would appreciate these books. I am a homeschool mom as well and I read a few books to learn how to get along with my son while homeschooling. They are so different from girls. Great post!

    July 31, 2017 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Mui Tsun @ Tech Potions

    I have the Whole-Brain Child and the 5 Love Languages of Children. Parenting is such a continuous learning curve. Now that our son is a teenager, I’m finding that I need different approaches. Thanks for the recommendations!

    August 1, 2017 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Gemma

    Great Recommendations!

    August 7, 2017 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Rachel Lowe | A Life With A Little

    I love the 5 Love Languages series of books! I need to pick up a copy of the one for children for sure. It sounds like something I could definitely use. 🙂 And I’ll have to look into the others you recommend as well! Thank you for sharing!

    August 8, 2017 at 2:36 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Your welcome! If you love the series, you’ll definitely love the one for kids too.

      August 9, 2017 at 2:36 am
  • Reply Cinthia

    My son is not even 5 months old at the moment but I m sure some of these books will come in handy when he gets older 🙂
    I love reading other mommy ‘s blogs!!
    I am a new mom so I have lots to learn!

    August 9, 2017 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Jenni Petrey

    These sound really interesting, am going to have to keep an eye out for them.

    August 9, 2017 at 1:06 pm
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