The best parenting books for creating confident creative children

Cheri Fuller Author Of What a Son Needs from His Mom
By Cheri Fuller

Who am I?

I’ve written and spoken on raising children and creating a home environment that supports learning, self-worth, a growing faith, a confident child who has character and creativity. I’ve had a passion for children all my life, and after teaching and working with kids from ages two to eighteen, and college, I began writing to inspire and equip parents to make the most of the fast-moving years of their children’s growing up years. My books like Unlocking Your Child’s Learning Potential, When Mothers Pray, Mothering By Heart, The One Year Book of Praying Through the Bible, have been published in eighty countries because they are inspiring, contain doable ideas, and are applicable to parents in other nations.


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What a Son Needs from His Mom

By Cheri Fuller,

Book cover of What a Son Needs from His Mom

What is my book about?

There’s a good reason why your son perplexes you. He’s the OPPOSITE sex! Boys really do think, communicate and process the world differently than girls. But no matter your son’s age, he needs you, and he needs you in not-so-apparent ways.

Cheri Fuller shares what makes boys and young men tick and how to become a more welcome influence at every stage in their lives including: Helping your son deal with his emotions in a healthy way, how you can help him shine in school and beyond, how you can understand his personality and temperament, instill good values, and steer your son toward becoming a caring, confident young man.

The books I picked & why

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How to Really Love Your Child

By Ross Campbell,

Book cover of How to Really Love Your Child

Why this book?

Ross Campbell explains the emotional needs of a child and provides you with skills that will help your child feel truly loved, accepted, and emotionally secure. He explains love for a person "no matter what". With regards to children, loving them regardless of who they are, or how they live up to expectations or don’t. This was one of the most important books I read as a young mother.

Raising Your Spirited Baby: A Breakthrough Guide to Thriving When Your Baby Is More . . . Alert and Intense and Struggles to Sleep

By Mary Sheedy Kurcinka,

Book cover of Raising Your Spirited Baby: A Breakthrough Guide to Thriving When Your Baby Is More . . . Alert and Intense and Struggles to Sleep

Why this book?

As a mother of three grown children, former teacher, and author, and speaker on parenting for many years, I much prefer the term “Spirited Child” to “Strong-Willed Child.” Do you have a child who’s more intense and persistent? Challenging and uncomfortable with change? Then thank your lucky stars. As they grow into their personality, these spirited kids can become the most empathetic and focused young people and successful adults. Learn how to work and parent with an understanding of your child’s temperament instead of trying to “break” your child’s will. Often when parents set out with punitive methods to break their child’s will, they end up breaking his or her spirit. This book has plenty of real-life stories, practical ideas, and the most current research.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish,

Book cover of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Why this book?

I read this book when my children were in elementary, middle, and high school, and it made a big impact on how I communicated with my kids. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen is by a wise psychologist who had counseled thousands of children and parents. It presents an approach to “getting kids to listen” that encourages parents to respect and accept their children’s feelings and thoughts instead of threatening, yelling, or putting down how their kids feel and what they say. One of my favorite things about this book is the effective strategies and examples for getting your kids to cooperate instead of using harsh and punitive methods. And here’s the thing: this way of parenting works, so it’s definitely worth reading.

Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook

By Jim Trelease, Cyndi Giorgis,

Book cover of Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook

Why this book?

This is a crucial and important book for parents to read and put into practice. If you want your child to be a strong reader and successful student instead of addicted to screens and video games, this is the book for you. Help children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. Terrific new research and delightful anecdotes are included. A must-read for every parent and teacher!


What is a Family?

By Edith Schaeffer,

Book cover of What is a Family?

Why this book?

In this classic book that has wisdom for today and all time, Edith Schaeffer seeks to define the family in terms of a balanced environment, the birthplace of creativity, formation center for relationships, a shelter from the storm, a relay of values, and so much more. This is one of the most inspiring books I read as a young mother and I put many of Schaeffer’s ideas into practice in raising our three children. I love her narrative approach and stories about her family and how to make lasting memories with our kids and family.

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