15 books to help you be the best possible parent
Parenting books can be full of conflicting information or overwhelming with new concepts and ideas. I'm filtering through the latest to bring you some well-known authors as well as hidden gems in this roundup of books for parenting success.
by Thomas Gordon
Thomas Gordan’s book on empathy, conflict resolution and communication skills will enhance any parent/child relationship for life. Even better, these same skills can enhance relationships at home, work, school and beyond.
by Steve Biddulph
This book is a call to arms for parental engagement, reflecting on our own personal biases towards girls and boys, as well as a how-to for raising girls through the ages of plummeting self-confidence. For more reading on girl’s self-esteem and what you can do about it, check out Anea Bogue’s 9 Ways We’re Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop.
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
If bickering and competition for attention have taken over your household, it is time to unwind the clock to encourage cooperation and bonding between siblings. The concept of fair doesn’t mean equal is groundbreaking for many parents and children alike.
by Dr. Louise Porter
Using parenting techniques from the 1900s are ineffective for our highly digitized, social-media mania culture. Guide your children to adulthood using an engaged, thoughtful and mentor-style approach that cultivates self-esteem, resilience and perseverance. This book is a must for parents who want to encourage children to be strong in character, self-motivated and feel supported by a backbone of loving parents and a strong community.
by Noel Perrin
It may feel awkward reading a book about reading books, but this thought-provoking list of ‘wrongfully forgotten’ stories will have you at the library or bookstore in no time. We used this book to discover a variety of rich hidden gems in our local library.
by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
Typically used as a homeschooling curriculum, this book is an excellent guide to exposing your child to a well-rounded, classically-based education. We loved the resources in the book for interesting, additional and future reading as well as using the guide as a blueprint for what our children should be learning in and out of school.
by Michael Pollan
“If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t,” says Michael Pollan. Our children eat for growth, vitality, energy and learning. Michael will take you on a rollercoaster of what is happening in the food industry now, and how you can act three to five times per day to make sure your child thrives on real sources of nutrition. If your child is interested in food, pick up the young reader’s edition of The Omnivore’s Dilemma for an easy, yet informative, read.
by Ruth Yaron
Ditch processed food for this comprehensive food guide to nutrient-dense, brain-building foods for infants to toddlers. With a bit of planning, any parent or guardian can make, freeze and organize a thoughtful array of real, unprocessed foods any child will enjoy. We still use this book for more extensive nutrition information. If you have a child with special dietary requirements like our family, this book is indispensible.
by Ron Lieber
If you don’t know how to start conversations about money at home, Ron Lieber gives you a concise guide on how to talk, create experience and raise children who are smart about finances. A must for every parent wishing to raise financially-savvy children.