Recently, two of my friends mentioned – at different times and places – that they were struggling with a parenting issue and wished they had a book to read that might help them with this particular phase. It got me thinking about the books that have helped me along the way, on this crazy journey of parenting, and I decided to put together a list of books that have had a significant impact on my parenting, either by changing my actual approach or by changing my heart and attitude. Of course, there are no easy answers or quick fixes for any parenting-related problem, but thankfully there are some helpful and encouraging resources available.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish –This book, hands down, is the most important parenting book that I’ve ever read. It completely revolutionized my approach when communicating with my kids. It is filled with practical advice and even a few “homework” assignments that reinforce the lessons learned throughout the book. Whatever the issue, I feel strongly that this book can help!
Don’t Make Me Count To Three by Ginger Hubbard – This book deals with the hard act of disciplining your children – an area that I needed a lot of help with and was constantly feeling frustrated by. Along with practical advice, it also encouraged me to “dig deeper” when it came to fixing behavior issues. I love her Wise Words for Moms resource and still reference it often!
Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for The Half-Insane Working Mom by Kristin van Ogtrop – I’m adding this book because sometimes you just have to laugh. I read this book several years ago, but I still think about it and giggle at some of the stories in it. I think that’s a sign of a good book! It’s part memoir, part commentary, written by a working mom and the editor of Real Simple magazine. It’s not all fun and games, though; as I remember her observations and stories were spot-on and quite insightful. This book is like lunch with a good friend.
The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson – I like to read this book every few years because it helps me to see the bigger picture of what we’re doing here – the goal behind all the schoolwork and laundry. Somehow Sally Clarkson always writes words that go straight to my heart and I always feel so encouraged. You can’t go wrong with any of her books, but for some reason I keep coming back to this one.
What parenting books have had a significant impact on you? I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!
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