Must-Read books for Parents
For those 15 minutes of “me time” that you have socked away in each hectic day, here is a short list of some great parenting books and blogs to peruse. Even if you don’t have the luxury to sit and read a book cover-to-cover, these can be wonderful resources to tap into as you face challenges (or prepare for them) in your daily life as parents (or if you just need a good laugh!).
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish, Kimberly Ann Coe
An oldie but a goodie, I LOVE this book. You will find great reviews on it wherever you look. It is full of wonderful insight and lots of practical suggestions to apply to all kinds of kiddo scenarios.
How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7
by Joanna Faber, Julie King
This is another gem, but a little more updated than Adele Faber’s book (and written by her daughter!) Filled with helpful tools in communication, this book tackles real issues with real solutions.
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
By Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Take a peek into the inner-workings of your child’s brain with this best seller. Still as full of practical suggestions as other parenting books, this will also give you an excellent perspective into how important parent engagement is in helping your children grow in emotional intelligence and as they mature and develop.
Stranger Danger – How to Talk to Kids About Strangers
by Kristi Porter
A great resource, this book gives helpful advice on how to talk with kids ages 3-8 about strangers. Much more than a “don’t” book, it helps parents approach a vague concept with practical advice.
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting
by Dr. Laura Markham
This book is a super helpful resource, and is a great keep-handy-on-the-shelf-guide. It is a ‘big picture’ book and helps parents to assess their emotions, too, as they deal with highly charged situations with children.
Looking for quicker reads than something which, even with all your good intentions, ends up as a coaster by your bedside? Here are some excellent parenting blogs just for you filled with both humor and great advice.
And books just for Fun:
Safe Baby Handling Tips
by David Sopp
Best. Illustrations. Ever.
Welcome to the Club: 100 Parenting Milestones You Never Saw Coming
by Raquel D’Apice
For those parents who want to mark milestones such as: First time you hold your baby over your head and he vomits all over you or First time your child puts something disgusting in their mouth.
Leanne Wells, 2017