Recommended books about parenting

Parenting is extremely hard work! As understanding of child development and psychology has developed, new ways to think about parenting has developed also. Parenting decisions are very personal. Many people find books that offer inspiration, ideas and new ways to understand children to be helpful and encouraging.


* How to Talk so Kids Will Listen...And Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Fabre

Effective step by step techniques to help you improve and enrich your relationships with your children. Break a pattern of arguments. Cope with your child's negative feelings. Engage your child's co-operation. Set clear limits and still maintain goodwill. Express your anger without being hurtful. Resolve family conflicts peacefully


* The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Philippa Perry.

Whether you are interested in understanding how your upbringing has shaped you, looking to handle your child's feelings or wishing to support your partner, you will find indispensable information and realistic tips in these pages. Philippa Perry's sane, sage and judgement-free advice is an essential resource on how to have the best possible relationships with the people who matter to you most.


* No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury

Provides a practical, indispensable tool for parents who are anticipating or experiencing those critical years when toddlers are developmentally obliged to test the limits of our patience and love. Armed with knowledge and a clearer sense of the world through our children's eyes, this period of uncertainty can afford a myriad of opportunities to forge unbreakable bonds of trust and respect.


*How are you feeling today?

Children have strong feeling and they can't always handle them very well. Perfect for sharing, How Are You Feeling Today? is packed with fun, imaginative ways to help children understand and cope with a whole range of different emotions. This delightful book gives parents the tools they need to help their child deal with those feelings - without it all ending in tears!


* Playful parenting by Lawrence Cohen

Easy read about how to make good connections with children. Through play we join our kids in their world and help them to: Express and understand complex emotions, break through shyness, anger, and fear, empower themselves and respect diversity, play their way through sibling rivalry, cooperate without power struggles.


* Unconditional parenting by Alfie Konn

Most parenting guides begin with the question “How can we get kids to do what they're told?” and then proceed to offer various techniques for controlling them. In this truly groundbreaking book, nationally respected educator Alfie Kohn begins instead by asking, “What do kids need—and how can we meet those needs?” What follows from that question are ideas for working with children rather than doing things to them.


* Elevating childcare by Janet Lansbury

Janet Lansbury's advice on respectful parenting is quoted and shared by millions of listeners worldwide. She encourages parents and child-care professionals to perceive babies as unique, capable human beings with natural abilities to learn without being taught. Instead of the quick-fix tips and tricks of popular parenting culture, Janet's insightful philosophy lays the foundation for a closer, more fulfilling parent/child relationship, and children who grow up to be authentic, confident, successful adults.


*The Gentle Discipline Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

The Gentle Discipline Book analyses common discipline techniques and explains why so many are ineffective. It focuses on helping parents understand why children misbehave and how to respond in a way that will help them work with - rather than against - their child.


* My Hidden Chimp by Professor Steve Peters

My Hidden Chimp is an effective and powerful new educational book that offers parents, teachers and carers some ideas and thoughts on how to help children to develop healthy habits for life. The science behind the habits is discussed in a practical way with exercises and activities to help children think the habits through and start putting them into practice. The neuroscience of the mind is simplified for children to understand and then use to their advantage.


* How to Talk so Teens will Listen & Listen so Teens will Talk by Adele Fabre

Discover the tools to combat the often stormy years of adolescence. Packed with practical, accessible advice and guidelines, both parents and teens will learn how to: engage cooperation, take appropriate action, avoid lectures, express your feelings and understand each other, work out solutions together.


*Sex Positive Talks to Have With Kids by Melissa Pintor Carnagey

Your guide to creating an open, shame-free connection with the young people in your world. These talks will help caregivers create the kind of bond that keeps kids safer, empowered, and returning to you for support along their journey.