There are millions of parenting books out there. These are a few of my favourites, each of them has helped in a different way, at different stages of the parenting journey (none of the links are affiliated btw).
Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer, Tracy Hogg
If I could only recommend one book to people expecting their first baby it would be this one. The EASY template (eat, activity, sleep, you) gave us the perfect amount of structure to get the important things right during the crazy hazy days of early parenthood.
How to Calm a Challenging Child, Miriam Chachamu
This book helped me see life from the child’s point of view. It teaches that challenging (read tear your hair out frustrating and rage inducing) behaviour is often due to a real or perceived need not being met. Meet the need = happier kidlet.
Raising a Thinking Child, Myrna Shure
We all want our children to grow into thoughtful little people that can make their own decisions. We’re also then pretty quick to do all the thinking for them giving instructions on what to say and how/when to do this/that. This books provides a framework to help them do their own thinking and find their own solutions.
Play, Stuart Brown
I love this book. It’s an amazing study of the role of play in learning, building relationships and relieving stress. It really highlights how children use play to explore and understand the big strange world they’re growing into. You also find out quickly that playing is awesome and wonder why you stopped just because you’re a grown up.
How about you? Do have any other favourites? Books that have carried just the right message at just the right time. I’d love to hear in the comments.