With the exception of outfit details, curiosities surrounding my kids’ age gaps, and questions about how/if I’m as happy and laidback of a mom as I appear on the blog or social media (hopefully I give an accurate depiction!), this has got to be one of the most frequently asked questions I get via email or DM. Books are such a great tool for us parents so I always try to share what I remember in the moment, but thought it would be a good idea to really sit down and make a well-thought-out reference.
Regardless of the ages and needs/challenges of your kid (how are they all so different!?), I hope you find the list below helpful. I do believe there are perspectives, habits, or takeaways from each of these books that are maybe not perfect, but can be adjusted to fit your family or parenting style. And if you are not a ‘sit down and read‘ type of person or you’re wondering how you’ll find time to finish a book when you barely have time to pee, I highly recommend becoming friends with audible!
THE BEST PARENTING BOOKS I’VE READ (OR LISTENED TO):
- I tell people all the time, the study (LOVING OUR KIDS ON PURPOSE: Making a Heart to Heart Connection) changed how we parent and how we see our roles as parents, more than anything else we’ve read or done. Don’t forget to grab the workbook too. There’s also a lot of videos of the author, Danny Silk, on YouTube.
- No Drama Discipline (want to get this book by same author, too)
- The Self-Driven Child
- How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk
- Parenting with Love and Logic
- 5 Love Languages of Children
A FEW BOOKS ON MY WISHLIST:
- Raising Humans in a Digital World
- Nourish Your Tribe — because (I swear) half of parenting is feeding people!
- The Family Field Trip — I need some inspo for this summer!
What book(s) would you add!? (I’ll come back and add them to this post!)
And what about podcasts!? Would you guys be interested in a round up of parenting podcasts, too?