The best parenting books

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

The Books I Picked & Why

How to Really Love Your Child

By Ross Campbell

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.


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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

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.


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

By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish

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.


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Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook

By Jim Trelease, Cyndi Giorgis

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!



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What is a Family?

By Edith Schaeffer

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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