With 4 children and 9 years under my belt, I have been through my fair share of parenting books.
1) Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne.
"Based on Payne’s twenty year’s experience successfully counseling busy families, Simplicity Parenting teaches parents how to worry and hover less–and how to enjoy more. For those who want to slow their children’s lives down but don’t know where to start, Payne offers both inspiration and a blueprint for change."
This is by far my favorite parenting book. I love the advice, tips and real life stories used in this book. A good read for preparation of your parenting journey. This is a guide that will help you parent your way through life.
2) Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford.
"Her post "The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up" was a true phenomenon on The Huffington Post, igniting countless conversations online and off about freeing ourselves from the vicious cycle of keeping up with our overstuffed agendas. Hands Free Mama has the power to keep that conversation going and remind us that we must not let our lives pass us by.”
This book offers a gentle reminder about finding the time to focus on your children and let go of the distractions of life. The stories she shares are relatable and personable. She opens and shares her own insecurities and poor parenting moments to help us all grown and learn.
3) Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp.
"Dr. Karp’s highly successful method is based on four revolutionary concepts:
1. The Fourth Trimester: Why babies still yearn for a womblike atmosphere . . . even after birth
2. The Calming Reflex: An “off switch” all babies are born with
3. The 5 S’s: Five easy steps to turn on your baby’s amazing calming reflex
4. The Cuddle Cure: How to combine the 5 S’s to calm even colicky babies"
I enjoyed all the helpful tips that you can easily implement. Harvey uses concrete examples that are realistic and possible for anyone. The 5 S's are amazing and have worked well for all my children. Don't forget about his book Happiest Toddler on the Block which is equally as useful and practical.
4) Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr.Laura Markham
"Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don’t need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe—or even punish.
This remarkable guide will help parents better understand their own emotions—and get them in check—so they can parent with healthy limits, empathy, and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child. Step-by-step examples give solutions and kid-tested phrasing for parents of toddlers right through the elementary years."
What I love most about this book is the strategies she shares for becoming a more peaceful parent. Let's face it - we all have terrible moments in front of our children. Sometimes it is directed at them and other times it is directed at our partner. Parenting is a hard gig and Dr. Laura recognizes that. She shares useful for tips for creating a more calm and loving home environment.
5) Ecoholic Home by Adria Vasil
"Our resident Ecoholic comes to the rescue again, offering reminders and tips on how to keep your castle (however humble) clean, energy-efficient and healthy. We spend so much time at home — why not make it a sustainable haven instead of a polluting, off-gassing cesspool? Ecoholic Home addresses the green side of the economic crisis, and includes a resource guide for finding designers and contractors, and for renovating and shopping green."
I know. This isn't a parenting book, but it is a great book for new parents. Wondering how to make your home greener and safer for your new little babe? This Canadian book (yay!) shares information, research and suggestions for greening your home. I use this is a bible of sorts referring to often when I am looking to make a change in my own.
What is your favorite parenting book? Share away so that we can all learn more!