In pursuit of making great book club kits and generally improving ourselves, we read a LOT of books! We believe that you can get at least a little bit better at just about anything, as long as you keep learning about it and practicing proven techniques. We extend this philosophy to our journeys as parents, too. What if all parents took their parenting as seriously as their career or favorite hobby? To progress at work, people read books, take classes, and seek mentorships. We aren't too proud or self-assured to try these techniques to become better parents, as well.
While we're certainly not perfect, we're definitely seeing results from these efforts. One of our biggest lessons has been that we're constantly planting the seeds for future progress; real changes are rarely immediate, but they're lasting and buildable. That and, parenting is hard! Even when you're doing it right, your kid will still get mad at you. Saying "no" in the cereal aisle when your kid is two might result in a tantrum that makes you wish you'd just ordered everything online. But sticking to your "no" and enduring the tw0-year-old's rage will result in a much more subtle, but accepting, form of dissatisfaction to your "no" in the same scenario a year or two later.
All of this is to say, you've got this! And when you feel like you don't, we have books that can help. Read on for our list of our ten favorite parenting books (in no particular order). These are all of our go-to's when friends ask how we handle things. Use the links in the article to order your own copy from Amazon (we'll get a small referral payout if you do, at no additional cost to you). Bonus: we have a printable pamphlet of all ten titles that you can take with you to the bookstore or library!
Before we jump in, download the whole list here. The list below contains affiliate links in case you want to order one of our picks off Amazon, but we know you might want to try before you buy. We've put the list in a handy pamphlet you can take with you to the library or share with your friends!
1. How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen
4. The 5 Love Languages of Children (and Teens)
If you like the idea of learning to use the five love languages with your kids, but yours are a bit older, there's a book for you, too! Chapman also wrote The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers and A Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages. The first teaches parents how to love their children through the five love languages lens, and the second teaches teens how to use the same principles in a way that's appropriate for them. If you've never read The 5 Love Languages in any form and are super confused right now, check out our overview on the original, and see if this series is a good fit for you.
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5. The Importance of Being Little
7. There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather
8. The Whole-Brain Child
9. No-Drama Discipline
10. Raising Your Spirited Child
Those are our ten favorite parenting books! Plus a few bonuses. You might not need or like all of them as much as we do, but these are the books we find ourselves recommending again and again to our friends when they as us what helped our families.
Ariel and Brianna are friends who met while working in a library. Now they collaborate to develop life-enhancing book club experiences.
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