As a mother, it’s hard to know it all and where to turn for help. Is your child acting out? Refusing bedtime? Or just being a plain old bratty teenager? Perhaps you’ve thrown your hands up and are ready to surrender the white flag or are just pregnant and ready to be prepared for what life throws your way. I’ve compiled my favourite go to parenting books for a better relationship between mother and child.
The Conscious Parent
This parenting book has critical acclaim, received countless awards and has an introduction by his holiness the Dali Lama. The Conscious Parent is a book transforming the way we parent. This innovative parenting style recognizes the child’s potential to spark a deep soul-searching leading to transformation in parents. Instead of being merely the receiver of the parents’ psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parent’s development. Once parents are learning alongside their children, power, control, and dominance become an archaic language. Instead, mutual kinship and spiritual partnership are the focus of the parent-child journey. The Conscious Parent by: Shefali Tsabary
The Happiest Baby on The Block
Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has found there IS a remedy for colic.In an innovative and thought-provoking reevaluation of early infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom to prove that newborns are not fully ready for the world when they are born. Through his research and experience, he has developed four basic principles that are crucial for understanding babies as well as improving their sleep and soothing their senses: Even the most loving moms and dads sometimes feel pushed to the breaking point by their infant’s persistent cries. Coming to the rescue, however, Dr. Karp places in the hands of parents, grandparents, and all childcare givers the tools they need to be able to calm their babies almost as easily as…turning off a light. The Happiest Baby on The Block by: Dr. Harvey Karp
Mindful Discipline: a loving approach to setting limits and raising an emotionally intelligent child
Grounded in mindfulness and neuroscience, this pioneering book redefines discipline and outlines the five essential elements necessary for children to thrive: unconditional love, space for children to be themselves, mentorship, healthy boundaries, and mis-takes that create learning and growth opportunities. In this book, you will also discover parenting practices such as setting limits with love, working with difficult emotions, and forgiveness and compassion meditations that place discipline within a context of mindfulness. This relationship-centered approach will restore your confidence as a parent and support your children in developing emotional intelligence, self-discipline, and resilience—qualities they need for living an authentic and meaningful life. Mindful Discipline, By: Shauna Shapiro PhD and Chris White MD
Don’t Feed the Dragon!
A Parenting Manual to Guide you from Tots to Teens. Transform your family by using the discipline system in this manual. Teach your children to mind without threats, bribes or anger; stop meltdowns, arguing, fighting, defiant and disrespectful behavior. Get children to do homework, chores, listen do something on time and make wise choices. The last part of the book is a list of solutions to the 130 top concerns of parents, listed in alphabetical order. Don’t Feed The Dragon! By: Sandy Spurgeon McDaniel
The 5 Love Languages of Children
You know you love your child, but how can you make sure your child knows it? Discover how to speak your child’s love language in a way that he or she understands. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell help you, discover your child’s love language, assist your child in successful learning, use the love languages to correct and discipline more effectively and build a foundation of unconditional love with your child. The 5 Love Languages of Children, by: Gary Chapman
Brain Rules for Baby
What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child’s brain? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know…Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Brain Rules for Baby, By: John Medina
Healthy sleep Habits, Happy Child
Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child’s natural sleep cycles. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by: Marc Weissbluth M.D.
The Sleepeasy Solution
Psychotherapists and sleep specialists Jennifer and Jill have perfected their sleep technique that will get any child snoozing in no time—most often in fewer than three nights. The key to their method? It addresses the emotional needs of both the parent and child (yes, how to handle the crying!)—A critical component of why most other sleep methods fail. In this much-needed, family-friendly guide, weary parents will learn to define their own individual sleep goals, those that work for their family’s schedule and style. They’ll create a customized “sleep planner” to ensure consistency with both parents as well as extended caregivers. Plus solutions to special circumstances like traveling, daylight saving’s time, moving to a “big kid bed” and multiples. The Sleepeasy Solution, By: Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivak
Get Out of my Life, but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the Mall
When Anthony E. Wolf’s witty and compassionate guide to raising adolescents was first published; its amusing title and fresh approach won it widespread admiration. Beleaguered parents breathed sighs of relief and gratitude. He points out that while the basic issues of adolescence and the relationships between parents and their children remain much the same, today’s teenagers navigate a faster, less clearly anchored world. Wolf’s revisions include a new chapter on the Internet, a significantly modified section on drugs and drinking. Although the rocky and ever-changing terrain of contemporary adolescence may bewilder parents, Get Out of My Life gives them a great road map. Get Out of My Life, but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the Mall, By: Anthony E. Wolf