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.
While I am not a yeller, I found this books really helpful. It was written by Dr. Laura Markham, who also created the website ahaparenting.com (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.