Parenting books are everywhere!Â Which ones do you recommend for this Katy parent?
I love to read.Â I have to limit myself to the amount of â€œfor pleasureâ€ reading that I do because I tend to get so involved with the book that I neglect my house, my children and my husband until the last word on the last page.Â Iâ€™ve found that self-help books are a bit easier to pull myself away from; the information takes a while to digest and if I read too much too quickly I tend to forget what Iâ€™ve read.Â Â
I have a pile of no less than 8 books and magazines sitting next to my bedside right now, and all of them are self-help, books for better living, or parenting related.Â I am in the middle of all 8 of them, and I really do love them all.Â Â
When it comes to parenting books, there are the highly touted (and highly controversial) baby sleep books, but I am talking about so much more than that.Â I love anything inspirational, funny, or helpful about raising children or activities I can do with my children.Â What follows is a list of my favorite 10 parenting books and magazines from my reading over the last year or so.Â
- The Bathtub is Overflowing but I Feel Drained by Lysa TerKeurst â€“ the chapters are short and offer practical advice, but more than that, I love the fact that just in the title, I feel understood.Â It is so comforting to read another momâ€™s honest account of loving (but also being drained by) her life as a mom.
- Boundaries with Kids by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend â€“ I loved their original book, Boundaries, and was recently recommended this one by a friend.Â I am in the middle of it and love the way the book clearly outlines how to maintain healthy boundaries while showing unconditional love to our children.
- Discover Your Childâ€™s DQ Factor by Dr. Greg Cynaumon â€“ This book changed everything about how I viewed my oldest daughter and how I approach her.Â It is an important book for anyone with a uniquely wired (read: difficult) child.
- Shepherding a Childâ€™s Heart by Tedd Tripp â€“ This book Iâ€™ve read twice: once as a new mom and again recently.Â It talks about the motive behind the correction with children.Â
- Raising Confident Girls (also: Raising Confident Boys) by Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer â€“ 100 quick tips for raising confident children.Â Practical and easy to read!
- The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp â€“ Dr. Karp shares the 5 â€œSâ€s which really worked with my fussy baby.
- The Girlfriendâ€™s Guide to the First Year by Vicki Iovine â€“ I love her other book, The Girlfriendâ€™s Guide to Pregnancy, as well.Â When I read her books, I laugh, am educated and feel understood at the same time â€“ a great combination!
- Katy Magazine â€“ I scour it for ideas for activities around Katy.Â I also love to send in pictures of my kids for the Cute Kids contest!
- The Toddlerâ€™s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner â€“ Such an important book to have in the house for the â€œIâ€™m bored!â€ days.Â There are 365 ideas for activities to do with your child.Â
What books do you recommend to an avid Parenting-Book-Reader?Â I canâ€™t wait to get started on more great reads!Â Post a comment below with your recommendations!