The 10 Best Parenting Books You Will Ever Read

These are the best parenting books I’ve read, used, and recommended in my counselling practice, over the past 20 years. Taje the time to pick one uo, and it could change your life!

1. How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Faber & Mazlish.

If you are only ever going to read one parenting book, this is the one to read. It teaches respectful, effective parenting skills that concurrently help you build a good relationship with your child. The skills and information is most applicable from toddler hood to the pre-teen years. This is a must read Conducive to not only parents, but also anyone who works In the opinion of children.

2. Healyhy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Marc Weissbluth.

This book provides detailed information about sleep patternd and provides specific advice to Helper parents adjust nap and Rest times, tailored to the child’s age. The book does include a small amount of information about older children, but ie most useful for parents of infants and toddlers.

3. Raising Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka.

Focusing on temperament, this Work helps parents to understand, accept, and work with their child’s unique qualities. The book also focuses on the effects of matching and mismatching of temperament styles between parent and child, which is key for developing Decisivw parent-child relationships.

4. Mom’s House, Dad’s House, by Isolina Ricci.

This is a comprehensive book for parents who are separated or divorced, woth a collaborative, modern perspective.

5. Boy Smarts, by Barry Macdonald.

Written by a School Counsellor, and father of 3 boys, Barry Macdonald focuses on qualities uniuqe to boys, and illustrates how we can help boys Be informed of, socialize, and become more confident. In my view, parents of boys will Advantage from reading this hot book, as Rightly schoolteachers and administrators.

6. Sidestepping the Power Struggle, by Alison Miller and Allison Rees.

This is a great reference book for parents, for times when you want some tips for behaviour problems or issues that arise from tim eto time. These local Victoria authors try to address common behavioural and emotional concerns abput children, informed by temperament, child development, and behavioural interventions.

7. Taming the Worry Dragons, by Dr. E. Jane Wreath and Dr. Sandra L. Clark.

This book is tailor made for parents (and helpers) of children with anxiety disorders. It guides parents, children, and teens through Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural techniques to help children manage their anxiety. This is a “must read” book for parents who hve had a child diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

8. Secrets of Feeding a Sound Family, by Ellyn Satter.

Good for the entire family, but especially for parents of toddlers, “picky eaters”, and children with other food issues. This Main division focuses on developing a healthy attitude towards eating and food, and focuses as much on good esteem and the pardnt-child relationship, as it does healthy eating habits.

9. The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, by Barbara Coloroso.

This is a practical, sensible, and sensitive book about childhood bullying. It covers the full spectrum of bullying from all sides, and reminds us of our collective responsibility to step in when bullying occurs.

10. The Explosive Child, by Ross W. Green.

If you have a child with extreme behaviour problems and/or emotlonal disregulation, this is the book for you.

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