Amazing parenting books I’ve read and the ones I want to!
In this post I’m talking about the amazing parenting books I’ve read and the ones I want to! How many of you have a few books sitting on your nightstand with a 1″ layer of dust on it? No? Just me??? Ok, so that was a pointless question, but there ARE some that you have to get your hands and eyes on asap! I have 3 children ages 6,5 and 2, so I’m still in the throes of toddler hood. Toddler hood is the word that everyone does a heavy sigh after saying, and other parents offer a heavy look of sympathy. Surviving toddler hood to me, is as if I’ve had to put on a heavy vest and trudge through mud while there being a lot of crying and tantrums along the way. Don’t get me wrong, there’s so much fun as well, but more often than not, you want to say the phrase “may the force be with you” when you hear someone has a toddler, and give them a bottle of wine or 10.
That leads me to why I wanted to publish a post about amazing parenting books I’ve read and the ones I want to. For me, reading parenting books opens my mind up to what I didn’t know or didn’t understand why my kid’s behavior was the way it was. It helps me understand them better and how to help them in those “meltdown” moments. There are no courses or college classes on preparing you for parent hood, so reading books is a great way to help guide you if you have ever been on the verge of a meltdown(like myself, many times over). There are thousands upon thousands of hilarious meme’s on the internet for a reason, its to help all of us get through this thing called PARENTING. For anyone needing a good laugh any time of the day, visit Scary Mommy on any social media, and you’ll be thanking me.
I always ask myself how in the world my mom survived with 3 kids in a small town, on a farm, where she went for resources, and HELLO, how in the world she made it with out the INTERNET!!! I am here to tell you that I need all the advice my brain can soak up, and all the resources possible. It takes a village, am I right? Also, I don’t know how in the world I could survive this parenting gig without my girlfriends! They are amazing and I appreciate each and every one of them. They have recommended some great parenting books throughout the past 6 years and I thought I would share them with you. I don’t want a timeline to pass in your child’s life and you regret how you should have handled a situation or difficult time in your child’s life, because you just didn’t know the right solution.
Here are some great books that will give you confidence in being a better parent
There are so many, near the end of this post, that I want to read, but who am I kidding, there’s not enough coffee to give me the energy nor hours in a day right now in my crazy life to get through them anytime soon. If you’ve read any listed in this section, please leave me a comment below of what you thought of the book, or if any of you have a good parenting book you highly recommend, please leave a comment at the bottom. The more tools we parents have, the better our future will be!
Good and Angry by Turansky & Miller– What an incredible read. It was randomly recommended by a mom I met at swimming lessons, and it was as if she was an angel and knew I needed this book in my life. Hands down, one of the best books I’ve ever read! I highly recommend this for every parent. The book discusses how to parent successfully without yelling, helping your children accept no for an answer, how to discipline a child that lies, and implementing steps for teaching children how to follow instructions.
Strong fathers strong daughters – My husband said every man who has a daughter should read this. It gives you wonderful and meaningful insight of just how important a fathers role plays in a daughter’s life. He skims through this every few months when he feels he needs a refresher.
Dont make me count to three by plowmanI read this on a beach vacation, and I felt like a new woman twice over. Once because I was in Jamaica, but the other was after reading this book. I took a lot of notes on this one. It’s a faith-based book which discusses getting to the heart of your child. It talks about manipulation, obedience, discipline as well as a lot more. Another great book I highly recommend!
Say Goodbye to Whining by Turansky & Miller– Again, these authors hit the nail on the head when they wrote this book. This book teaches helpful parenting skills, teaching honor to your children, dealing with meanness, sibling rivalry, and more than just following directions. A very good read.
Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Tripp– This was one of the first parenting books I ever read. It’s a faith-based parenting book that also teaches you about getting to the heart of the child to figure out the problem and how to reach them. This book sets a solid foundation into your child’s life.
Parenting Books I want to read:
Now if I could only have this little voice pop up over my shoulder to remind me the proper way to handle each situation, say the right things and remind me of everything I’ve read, I would feel I’d be WINNING at parenting. I realize parenting is mostly forgiving yourself and allowing yourself to make mistakes, because you’re going to, each and everyday. That’s what being human is! Parenting can be a lonely feeling sometimes, especially if you’re a stay at home mom, such as myself. If I can have some tools to make me a better parent and offer suggestions that have obviously worked for other people, than I am all in. I’ve realized over the past 6 1/2 years that almost every parent struggles one way or another in raising their children, and that there’s a new problem with each age that they reach.
If you’ve read any of the ones on my list to read, please leave a comment below and let me know if you liked it, what your thoughts were, and if they were effective in helping with your household/children! I”d love to hear from you!!!