The Best Parenting Books You Can Read
Understanding children is tough work. Thankfully, there are some best parenting books to help us through them. These classics are by experts of the field and contain some remarkable insight into the minds of children and ways to help them grow.
And what these positive parenting books and child psychology texts contain are not just talk, the strategies actually help. I have personally used them to get out of my angry parent phase and become a calm mom.
Let’s get on with the list then because, let’s face it, us parents don’t have time for preambles.
The Whole Brain Child
If You: Would like some insight into how your child’s brain is developing — and use that knowledge in the way you deal with them on a daily basis.
Daniel J. Siegel’s bestseller helps you see the science behind how children’s brains are made and work — It also equips you with 12 amazing strategies to use everyday in order to help them grow into compassionate, empathetic and confident people.
No Bad Kids
If You: Want to learn how to communicate with your child in a respectful manner.
The book helps you better understand that if you get annoyed or frustrated during a challenging moment with toddlers, they start feeling unsafe and insecure. “Does Mama stop loving me when I am unable to control my emotions? Does she not like my personality? If she, my favorite person in the world can’t handle me, who can then? Am I a bad child?”
No, kiddo, we don’t want you thinking that.
Siblings Without Rivalry
If You: Have to kids and want to make sure both turn into adults without resentments.
My second was born just 13 months after my first. Everyone told me jealousy and rivalry will be inevitable. In my search of parenting books on this matter, this came highly recommended and did not disappoint. I have read other books by Adele Faber and though they might not exactly be grounded in science, the insights are good.
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, And Listen So Kids Will Talk
If You: Want your kids to truly understand what you are saying.
Another Adele Faber book that makes so much sense and is one of my favorites because of its practical advice. The tips and strategies are tried and tested and really do work wonders. There is another one for younger kids as well and a workbook that helps you keep track of your parenting progress. Try all of them out!
The Explosive Child
If You: are feeling drained because of the constant emotional outbursts.
Dr. Greene describes how best to:
- Understand the factors that contribute to challenging episodes.
- Identify the specific situations in which challenging episodes are likely to occur.
- Reduce or eliminate challenging episodes by solving the problems that cause them.
- Solve problems collaboratively (rather than unilaterally) and proactively (rather than reactively).
- Help your child develop the skills to be more flexible, solve problems, and handle frustration more adaptively.
- Reduce hostility and antagonism between you and your child.
Easy To Love, Difficult To Discipline
If You: can relate to the title 100%
This Amazon Review sums up my feelings about this book:
You may be familiar with the love and logic books. Those have some good ideas, but there’s a narrow line between natural consequences and a consequence that really, to be honest, is more of a punishment invented by a frustrated parent. Becky Bailey does not cross that line. She stays on the side of helping you figure out how to best help your child in a loving and effective way. I have enormous respect for her, and would strongly recommend this book for you. When you apply what she says, you will become a better parent.
The 5 Love Languages of Children
If You: are eager to find out what your child learns most through.
The love language is your preferred way of giving & receiving love. What this book gives you is the knowledge that when you discipline a child in their love language, it has the most impact. Read to identify which language of love your child resonates with. It will give your interaction with him a whole new meaning.
And my most favorite for last…
If You: want to learn what positive parenting is all about.
This book was a game changer for me. I came across this in a whatsapp group and my parenting journey hasn’t been the same since. I urge every parent to read this book to truly see how positive parenting can make a difference in your family life.