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Best Parenting Books

Parenting is wonderful but can also be a handful! Parenthood comes with both its perks and struggles. Raising the perfect child is tougher than one can even think. Parents undergo struggles on a daily basis, at this time all they need is a little hand-holding. Parenting books from experts do a great job in comforting and helping parents at this time.

Here is a list of top ten books on Parenting.

1. Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Laura Markham 

This book is based on the latest research on brain development and extensive clinical experience with parents, Dr. Laura Markham’s approach is as simple as it is effective. When you have that vital connection, you don’t need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe—or even punish. This is a remarkable guide that will help parents better understand their own emotions—and get them in check—so they can parent with healthy limits, empathy, and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child. Step-by-step examples give solutions and kid-tested phrasing for parents of toddlers right through the elementary years. If you are tired of power struggles, tantrums, and searching for the right “consequence,” look no further. This is the perfect solution.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

2. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brené Brown

“Daring Greatly” is based on Brené Brown’s research about vulnerability, something that most view as a weakness. But when we avoid vulnerability, we actually distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Brown explains how the vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.

Daring Greatly

3. How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results by Esther Wojcicki

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki and UCSF doctor and researcher Janet Wojcicki is the author of the book. “How to Raise Successful People” is not your typical instructional parenting manual. It combines proven research and personal stories from Wojcicki’s own experience as a mother. Wojcicki’s methods are the opposite of helicopter parenting. As we face an epidemic of parental anxiety, Woj is here to say: relax. Talk to infants as if they are adults. Allow teenagers to pick projects that relate to the real world and their own passions, and let them figure out how to complete them. Above all, let your child lead. How to Raise Successful People offers essential lessons for raising, educating, and managing people to their highest potential. Change your parenting, change the world.

How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results

4. Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents by Ronald M. Rapee, Ann Wignall, Susan Spence, Vanessa Cobham, Heidi Lyneham

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit―an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives. Most children are afraid of the dark. Some fear monsters under the bed. But at least ten per cent of children have excessive fears and worries―phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder―that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood. If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, the program in this book offers practical, scientifically proven tools that can help. Now in its second edition, Helping Your Anxious Child has been expanded and updated to include the latest research and techniques for managing child anxiety. The book offers proven-effective skills based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to aid you in helping your child overcome intense fears and worries. You’ll also find out how to relieve your child’s anxious feelings while parenting with compassion.

5. Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett

This book combines rigour, science, passion and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don’t have to be. Marc Brackett’s life mission is to reverse this course, and this book can show you how. Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University’s Child Study Centre and founding director of the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence. In his 25 years as an emotion scientist, he has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being. The core of his approach is a legacy from his childhood, from an astute uncle who gave him permission to feel. He was the first adult who managed to see Marc, listen to him, and recognize the suffering, bullying, and abuse he’d endured. And that was the beginning of Marc’s awareness that what he was going through was temporary.

Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive

6. The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.

The ground-breaking “New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children,” The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene, PhD, has been updated and revised to include the latest research. Dr Greene is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and the originator of the Collaborative Problem-Solving approach to the treatment and study of children with social, emotional, and behavioural challenges. With the Explosive Child, he offers an indispensable helping hand to parents who may feel overwhelmed by having to deal with children whose reactions to everyday stimuli may be far more extreme than normal.

The Explosive Child

7. Live Love Now by Rachel Macy Stafford

In this book, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Macy Stafford tackles the biggest challenges facing kids today and equips adults to engage them with humanness and heart, compassion and honesty to discover the deep, life-giving connection everyone is longing for. With illuminating, straightforward strategies, this guide reveals the importance of practising acceptance, pursuing peace, and exploring wellness and purpose for yourself so you can be the kind of real, relevant, and lifelong role model young people are searching for. Engaging and thoughtful, each chapter includes moving stories from Rachel’s personal journey as a mom of a teen and pre-teen along with illustrative narratives and prompts to help you reflect and take steps toward becoming the kind of adult young people trust. Whether you’re a parent, educator, older sibling, coach, or anyone in the role of leading young people, this book will help you meet the goal of raising and guiding young people to become resilient, compassionate, and capable adults. 

8. Positive Discipline: The Classic Guide to Helping Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Problem-Solving Skills, by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

Positive Discipline has been the gold standard reference for grown-ups working with children. Now Jane Nelsen, distinguished psychologist, educator, and mother of seven, has written a revised and expanded edition. The key to positive discipline is not punishment, she tells us, but mutual respect. Nelsen coaches’ parents and teachers to be both firm and kind, so that any child–from a three-year-old toddler to a rebellious teenagercan learn creative cooperation and self-discipline with no loss of dignity. Inside you’ll discover how tobridge communication gaps, defuse power struggles, avoid the dangers of praise, enforce your message of love, build on strengths, not weaknesses, hold children accountable with their self-respect intact, teach children not what to think but how to think, win cooperation at home and at school, meet the special challenge of teen misbehaviour. Jane Nelson has updated the book and in this revised edition. Packed with updated examples that are clear and specific, Positive Discipline shows parents exactly how to focus on solutions while being kind and firm.

Positive Discipline

9. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D

The updated edition of the bestselling book has changed millions of lives with its insights into the growth mindset. This book is based on decades of research, of world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, PhD. In this book, he writes about his discovery of a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavour can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset who believe that abilities are fixed are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.


10. How to Do It Now Because It’s Not Going Away by Leslie Josel

Experts say This is the book that will get teens nodding their heads―and actually using the strategies and tips as they transform their study time! Teens and college students alike will feel totally empowered as they tackle their toughest obstacles: procrastination, distraction, organization, and all the rest. With real-life examples and a super-readable format, students will gain the practical help they need to power through their studies and do their best work. This book is a user-friendly guide to help teens get their tasks done. Simple, straightforward, and with a touch of humour, it’s packed with practical solutions and easily digestible tips to stay on top of homework, develop a sense of time, manage digital distractions, create easy-to-follow routines, and get unstuck.

How to Do It Now Because It's Not Going Away

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