Favorite Parenting Books

Favorite Parenting Books

There is a plethora of parenting resources available to us, which is wonderful, but can make it difficult to know which parenting books and websites are worth investing our time, energy, and money in. 

I have made a list of some of my favorite parenting recourses and listed them below. I have found them to be a great fit for our families values and beliefs around parenting - being kind yet firm, nurturing the whole child, allowing everyone in our home to have a voice, and bringing calm into our daily family activities.

Positive Disciplineby Dr. Jane Nelsen. 

There are a series of Positive Discipline books available based on your families needs and the ages of your children. A great book to start with is the Positive Discipline Book. 

“Inside you’ll discover how to:

• bridge communication gaps

• defuse power struggles

• avoid the dangers of praise

• enforce your message of love

• build on strengths, not weaknesses

• hold children accountable with their self-respect intact

• teach children not what to think but how to think

• win cooperation at home and at school

• meet the special challenge of teen misbehavior”


There is also a wonderful Positive Discipline blog that I reference often to answer my parenting questions - https://www.positivediscipline.com/blog

Here you can find how to approach common parenting problems such as back talk, how to follow through with children, and what to do when a child is acting out.

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to help your children live together so you can live tooby Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

If you are a parent, an educator, or simply want learn how to better your own interpersonal relationships, this is the book for you! 

I LOVE this book. I laughed, I cried, and I learned so very much about raising my two young children. 

Faber and Mazlish have several more books, but next on my list is How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk.

Check out their website - https://www.fabermazlish.com

Dr. Daniel J Siegel, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Siegel is brilliant at teaching the science of the brain to parents so that they can better understand their children’s developmental process. He has many books and I’ve enjoyed every book that I have read thus far. 

Dr. Daniel Siegel has a wonderful video that explains what happens to the brain when a child gets angry. I can’t recommend the video enough - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm9CIJ74Oxw

Siegel's website is also full of great parenting suggestions, a complete list of his books, and wonderful resources - http://www.drdansiegel.com/home/