I like to think of Mother’s Day as an opportunity to reflect on our roles as mothers.
For myself, it’s a chance to consider how I am raising my children. Where I am and where I want to be.
And I often turn to books for this—either those already on my bookshelf or those at the library and bookstore. A couple of my favorites have been Simplicity Parenting and How to Talk so Your Kids will Listen and Listen so Your Kids will Talk. As well as art and creativity books, of course! And some kids activity books that I turn to for ideas.
Today I thought I’d put together a list of good parenting books that I’ve found helpful. This list is by no means exhaustive. Just some of my faves that I have read and loved over the years. Books that have influenced how I parent and how I live. I have included my own books as well, since they express how I parent.
Please feel free to share your own favorites in the comments!
Okay, here goes…
Good Parenting Books
How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
More Good Parenting Books
When I asked for your favorite parenting books on facebook yesterday, these were some mentioned ::
(Note :: I haven’t read these four, but would like to. I just bought The Conscious Parent and look forward to checking out the others.)
The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Honoring Our Children by Dr. Shefali Tsabary
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Dr. Laura Markham
Kids Activity Books for Arts, Crafts, and Creativity
Mine and others!
Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley
Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids will Love to Make by Andria Lisle and Amie Plumley
Kids Activity Books for Gardening, Playing, and Learning
Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy
101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller
Favorite Household Books for Parents
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adlar
Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up and all the other kids’ cookbooks by Mollie Katzen
Fiction is always a good idea! If you are interesting in trying out a low-key online book club, I recommend Peanut Blossom’s Book Club for Recovering Readers run by my friend Tiffany Dahle. All the books that I’ve read so far have been great!
How about you? Which of these books have made a difference in how you parent and live? What good parenting books would you add to the list?
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