Today I am going to give a review on the best parenting books I have read. Hopefully it willl give you something to go off and make your own reading list for the summer! (Quick tip: if you want your kids to read through the summer, and read for enjoyment, model it! Read quietly to your self and let them see!)
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:This is a great study into attachment parenting principles. This was the first book I bought and read on this subject. It is very good. It is filled with scientific research as well as real life examples. It is well thought out and well written. It goes over the eight principles for raising children in an attached manner, and why those principles are so important. This book also gave me other titles to begin my study on positive discipline and attachment parenting.
This was the second awesome book I read on this subject. See, in
Attached at the Heart: Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children; they mentioned positive disipline as number seven of the attachement principles. They gave an outline of what positive discipline is, but i needed examples. I needed instructions! Only a couple weeks later I found this book at a book sale. It was the answer to my prayers! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it gave me everything I needed to start implementing it into our lives. My favorite quote from this book is “Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, we must first make them feel worse?”
This book helped me organize my thoughts on how to use and implement positive discipline. Amy McCreedy gives a good step-by-step way of changing how you parent. After all we all change only a step at a time! I really loved how in her steps “Logical consequences” was number 11! There is so much you can do instead of an imposed consequence. She also has a parenting style quiz to help you pin point where your strengths and weaknesses are. It is full of strategies and examples as well as explanations of the principles.
This book I read only recently. But I really enjoyed it! It is a great one to read with our partner because she gives a list of questions at the end of every chapter to discuss and get to know each other better as well as understand why we parent the way we do. It isn’t a book of strategies, more of how to change your parenting paradigm. It has a lot of personal growth challenges in it. It was well worth the reading! Especially if you are having a hard time knowing where to start changing your thinking. if you find yourself constantly falling into the same holes, this book can help you understand why, and how to avoid them better. This is a great resource!!
I hope you have found a gem or two on this list! Good luck on finding time to read in your Daily Life!