Parenting is an evolving process. As parents, we do our best based on the resources and knowledge we have in hands at the point of time. It is a journey where one size does not fit all; what works for your family may not necessarily work for the other family.
Parents go through lots of trials and errors throughout their little ones’ childhood to find what suits their children best. For us, finding out experiences from parents who have been through the same experiences help too. Besides learning from friends and relatives, we also like referring to resources such as parenting books.
Here are some recommended, useful parenting books that we have read and highly recommend:
The No-Cry Discipline Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
This book is an easy read with simple-to-apply ways written in an organised manner. Pantley shares gentle tips and methods to encourage good behaviour without any tears and tantrums.
Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen
When being strict doesn’t work and still instigate repeated misbehaviours, this is the book to refer to. Cohen elaborates on examples how we can encourage cooperation and confidence without compromising on parent-child bond.
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham
Dr Laura Markham changed our perspective on parenting. An eye-opening book with methods that truly work, Markham explains the importance of empathy and acknowledging feelings as kids who feel being understood are more keen to cooperate and behave. The change begins with parents.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
Sick of repeating the same requests to your kids yet not getting the response/action you want? We feel you. That’s when this book comes to the rescue. Communication is key. Written in a fun, casual manner with comic strips added in between for better overview, Faber and Mazlish make parenting easier.
French Children Don’t Throw Food by Pamela Druckermann
Ever wondered why some children, especially French’s, are so well-behaved? Why French mums look so calm and chic? This book will tell you why. Entailing the lifestyles and parenting values of French households, Druckerman narrated her messages through experiences and interviews with mums in the country. Bottom line is, there is a strict framework for children yet within it, there is lots of freedom. Striking a balance plays a huge role.
The 5 Love Languages of Children by Chapman & Campbell
Each individual, including children, has a way to feel loved. What triggers your love button does not necessarily work the same way for the person next to you. This book describes the 5 different types of love languages and what parents can do to make their children feel safe and loved.
Do you have a parenting book that you love but not listed here? Share with us!