When we decide to look for new parenting tools one of the first things most of us think about is finding a good book to read. Some books below I have only read in part, some all the way through. I tend to be a “gleaner” of parenting tools, just picking up ideas here and there as I need them or come across them.
The authors below use a variety of techniques for bringing peace to families. I believe all are within the realm of Positive Parenting (parenting out of love, not fear), but not all will be a fit for you, and in fact, some tools are a fit for a time, but then we need to move on. You can purchase the books below and if you purchase through my link you’ll be helping support Creative with Kids, (for which I am very grateful) however, I’ve found I have a lot of luck finding many of these at my library too, and that can be a nice way to “try out” a book before you purchase it to see if you’ll find enough tips that will work for your family.
I find that one of the best things about reading about a variety of approaches is that when you reach a frustrating point in your parenting, when you know something needs to change, you at least have an idea of a new approach to try.
Books for Connection and Calmer Days:
Figuring out ways to connect with your kids and putting structures in place that help your days go smoother can prevent many (but not all) frustrating behaviors. At least if you feel a strong connection to your children, you will likely have more energy to deal with discipline in a positive way.
Positive Parenting Books about Discipline and Behavior
What I like about the books below is that I feel like the authors come from a standpoint that our kids WANT to be successful. I think this helps SO much to remember that our kids are learning and growing beings who want to succeed, and that their behaviors are communication to us about what’s going on with them.
Books About Parenting Intense or Strong Willed Children
If you sometimes feel bowled over by the intensity of you kids, the following books may help. Raising Your Spirited Child is a long time favorite.
Books Recommended by Parents I Trust
(I haven’t personally read these, but they come highly recommended.)