At each and every stage of your child’s life, parenting brings with it many highs, lows and unique challenges.
Thankfully, parents are not alone when they need help, advice or simply want to feel like they are not alone in their struggle. For almost every situation, numerous resources exist simply by reaching out to the parenting community.
While there are thousands of great parenting books out there, here are five great books about parenting to help you raise happy and healthy kids:
- Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids – In this parenting book, Dr. Laura Markham shows you how to take care of yourself and how to recognize and regulate your own emotions. By creating empathic limits, you will be able to stay connected with your child while providing guidance so they can live happy, self-disciplined lives.
- Positive Discipline: The Classic Guide to Helping Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation and Problem-Solving Skills – The key to positive discipline is not punishment, but instead, mutual respect. Author Jane Nelsen shows you how to avoid the dangers of praise — teaching your children how to think vs. telling them what to think, and enforcing your overall message of love.
- The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind – Providing parents with simple, smart and effective solutions, neuropsychiatrist and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson discusses several approaches when it comes to your developing child. This book offers age-appropriate solutions for daily struggles while focusing on 12 approaches to help foster healthy brain development.
- The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children – For parents of children who respond to problems with extreme frustration — crying, screaming or hitting — this book is for you. Author Dr. Ross Greene explains that explosive children aren’t attention-seeking and frustrated parents are not pushovers. Instead, they just need a different approach when it comes to parenting. Dr. Greene discusses his research behind the different frameworks needed to understand your child’s difficulties — to ultimately help you to rework and solve the problem before the next explosive episode.
- Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents – Awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit, this book teaches you how to show your child ‘detective thinking’ to help with irrational worries, what to do when your child is scared, how to introduce important social skills and even how to gradually introduce your child to challenging situations.
No matter the issue, there is likely a book to help you find answers to your parenting questions.