The best books for how to parent with love, integrity, and respect rather than control

Jennifer Waldburger Author Of Calm Mama, Happy Baby: The Simple, Intuitive Way to Tame Tears, Improve Sleep, and Help Your Family Thrive
By Jennifer Waldburger

The Books I Picked & Why

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive

By Daniel J. Siegel, Mary Hartzell

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive

Why this book?

A wonderful exploration of how the past inevitably comes alive in the present when you become a parent – and how you can use pain points as an opportunity for deeper healing. The willingness to do this inner work can be hugely instrumental in the kind of parent you become.


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The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children

By Shefali Tsabary

The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children

Why this book?

Tsabary pulls no punches as she issues a clarion call for showing up in the parent-child relationship with awareness of your wishes and tendencies to control. Rather than falling into the same traps your own parents did by imposing your own ideas of who you think your child should or shouldn’t be, you can serve as your child’s guide – while pointing her to her own inner compass.


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Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected

By Susan Stiffelman

Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected

Why this book?

A very practical guide on how to unlock yourself from the inevitable battle of wills that crop up in the parent-child relationship, and instead become the “captain of the ship” who is able to co-regulate your child through the ups and downs of difficult moods and behavior. Stiffelman explains in clear language how co-regulating in this way, over time, helps your child build skills of self-regulation and problem solving - bringing a natural feeling of peace of harmony both in your child and in your relationship.


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The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners

By Jack Hawley

The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners

Why this book?

This classic of Eastern philosophy endures for a reason: it contains timeless, essential teachings for living with a full heart, with ease, and in peace. The passages in this book reverberate with universal truths that can be easily applied to the parent-child relationship. The truths in The Bhagavad Gita are universal because they are self-evident, and the reader will likely have the experience not of acquiring new concepts, but of remembering what is known on a soul level but may have been forgotten.


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True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart

By Thich Nhat Hanh

True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart

Why this book?

To truly love another, we must first learn what true love is. A love that shifts and changes depending on circumstances, or depending on how someone else responds or behaves, is not built on the right foundation and is sure to cause suffering. But a love that emanates naturally from genuine presence, that asks nothing in return – cultivated through lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and freedom—is strong enough to weather any storm, and is perhaps the greatest gift any parent can offer.


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