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Six Parenting Books Worth Reading

Three kids in, I’ve done my fair share of parenting book perusal. Now, you can reap the benefit of my research!

What A Difference A Mom Makes by Dr. Kevin Leman

This was one of the first parenting books I read. I’m a huge fan of Dr. Leman (he wrote The Birth Order Book) and love his parenting advice. This made me feel valued as a mom — especially as a momma of two boys. The book explains the importance of the mother/son relationship and what a huge role we moms play in our son’s lives. If you’re a #boymom, this is a must read.

You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded) by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

Don’t we all have at least one challenging child under our roof? I know I sure do! This book teaches moms how to parent their strong willed child. It’s full of tips and useful advice that can dramatically change the family dynamics within your home. I have a 4×6 index card with Tobias’ tips for parenting strong willed children taped to my pantry door—it’s something I review often.

The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell

Chapman describes how we all have (at least) one love language that we receive love the through. This book helps moms decode their child’s love language and how to meet their needs through that love language. When you’re able to meet your kid’s love language, they feel safer, more valued, and have a stronger connection with you. Also, Chapman wrote The Five Love Languages marriage book — which is another highly recommended read!

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie

Technically, I haven’t finished this book yet. (It’s my current read.) But I love it so much that I couldn’t leave it off the list. I’m a huge fan of reading aloud to my kids, and this book goes into detail about why it’s such an important and wonderful gift we can offer our children. It also has recommended reading lists in the second half of the book, so check it out if you need book recommendations for reading aloud to your kiddos. 

The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers by Dr. Meg Meeker

Ah, motherhood. It’s the most challenging and rewarding thing you’ll ever encounter. And it’s very easy to get “lost” in the journey of motherhood. Dr. Meeker (who also has an amazing podcast) explains the 10 habits that make a healthy, happy, and productive mom. It’s an encouraging read, and I’d strongly recommend it — especially to moms trying to find their new normal.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish 

A counselor friend recommended this book to me. She explained it was a $12 therapy session. It’s a big book full of great parenting advice. If you’re the mom that wishes you yelled less and listened more to your kids, this is the book for you. It teaches moms how to talk calmly to their child and how to truly listen to them. It describes the importance of speaking less and letting your kids figure things out for themselves. I have to read it a chapter at a time because it’s a lot to digest, but it’s definitely worth the time I’m putting into it.

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