5 Books To Help You Be A Better Parent

Reading is such an important part of our kid’s development. So whether it’s a book review, a new reading tech tool, or encouraging you to read aloud to your kids — we are on board. Today, we have a handful of books to recommend for you, the parent, to aid you during your parenting journey. And while an old school paperback can do the trick with any of these, it’s even easier to load up your Kindle with a version (and share it with your spouse).

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood ($1.99)

The book looks into the history of parenting, and points out that in the past twenty or thirty years, kids have gone “from being our employees to our bosses.” This is in part due to the fact that parenting is constantly changing. What are we responsible to do for our kids? While that seems like an easy answer, it’s not for many. Whether it’s dealing with picky eaters, practice schedules, or school stuff, it’s obvious that our kids run the show in more ways than we are willing to admit.

For our full review of All Joy and No Fun, click here.

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs ($11.49)

Author Ellen Galinsky has spent her career analyzing how children learn. And in this book collaborates with researchers in the science of childhood brain development to come up with seven important life skill to help kids reach their full potential. The skills are presented in a readable and accessible volume enlivened by parents’ narratives about what works and what doesn’t, hints and tips, and over a hundred suggestions (games and family activities) for involving kids in the pursuit of learning.

Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, and Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification ($9.99)

Why Do Kids These Days Expect Everything to be Given to Them?

If you’ve ever heard another parent ask that question, or have thought it yourself, this book might be worth picking up. Many have called this generation the Instant Gratification Generation and this in many ways has made them more dependent on adults than any previous group. Dr. Darlene Sweetland and Dr. Ron Stolberg posit that kids are being taught not to think. While that may be a stretch, the book offers some great ways for parent’s to lessen their kids need for instant gratification, and offer practical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to address topics relevant to children of all ages.

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children ($12.99)

Some kids are just tougher than others. And this is a book that can be a great help to parents struggling to find out how to deal with them and minimize their outbursts.

Screaming, swearing, crying, hitting, kicking, spitting, biting…these are some of the challenging behaviors we see in kids who are having difficulty meeting our expectations. These behaviors often leave parents feeling frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, and desperate for answers. In this fully revised and updated book, Dr. Ross Greene helps you understand why and when your child does these things and how to respond in ways that are nonpunitive, nonadversarial, humane, and effective.

Here’s a Question: Starting the Family Conversation ($6.99)

Getting or keeping the line of communication open amongst your family isn’t always easy, especially as the kids get older. Here’s A Question is a great way to break the ice and keep the conversation going in your family with fun and clever drawings that get kids and families participating in meaningful discussion.

Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry ($9.99)

You’re probably heard or read about “Free Range Kids”, and this book was what started the discussion. It’s been dissected, argued about, and covered extensively through the media. You might agree or disagree with the thoughts this book promotes, but either way it’s a great read designed to help you think more about how you are raising your kids and what boundaries you put around them, and why.

We parents have to realize that the greatest risk of all just might be trying to raise a child who never encounters choice or independence.

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Joe Long