Here is the first installment of our Summer Reading List series. Our next blog post will cover the best books for you to read with your kids this summer.
This list covers the 10 best books for parents to get a new perspective on the challenges and solutions to parenting. Whether there is a particular parenting challenge you are trying to solve, or want to hone your general parenting skills, there is a book for you.
Parents as Partners in Education: Families and Schools Working Together (8th Edition)
by Eugenia Hepworth Berger, Mari R. Riojas-Cortez
Looking for a comprehensive read about the history of parenting and parent/school collaboration? Well, then this book is for you. It covers vast topics ranging from current issues in schools and communities as well as finding ways to involve parents in their child’s learning. Although the book is quite dense (408 pages), it is easy to follow and well worth the read.
The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
by Dr. Shefali Tsabary
Dr. Tsabary explores the world of non-traditional parenting in this novel. Instead of taking the parent-to-child hierarchy approach, Tsabary explains that being conscious and being in communion with them is important. If you are looking for an enlightening experience this summer, this book is perfect for you.
Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting From Birth to Six Years
by Jim Fay, Charles Fay Ph.D.
Struggling with the little ones? Pick up this book to read this summer because it has tips for everything a parent needs to raise a young child. Topics such as potty training, temper tantrums, bedtime, whining, time-out, and hassle-free mornings are covered in this easy-to-read, fun book for parents.
Between Parent and Child
by Dr. Haim G. Ginott, Alice Ginott, H. Wallace Goddard
Four and a half stars on Amazon.com with 111 customer reviews, this book is on the must-read list for parents. It has already helped millions of parents worldwide strengthen their relationships with their children. Renowned psychologist Dr. Ginott takes you through the proper steps to improve your communication with your kids today.
The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting
by Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.
Want to know what else works besides natural instincts? Let Dr. Steinberg take you through his ten basic principles of good parenting. His principles are simple and universal, so they can be applied to every family. Let him help your family this summer.
Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors
by Rachelle Doorley
Is your kid fascinated by tinker toys and science? Doorley put together 55 playful experiments for your child (ages 2+). These experiments encourage creative thinking and curiosity, helping you keep your budding scientist busy during the summer. Instead of feeling guilty by letting your kids play on the iPad, give them a few toys they can tinker with.
Parents and Teachers Working Together (Strategies for Teachers)
by Carol Davis, Alice Yang
It might be interesting to learn about creating a good connection with your child’s teacher by reading a book geared towards helping teachers work with you. If you are able to see where a teacher is coming from, you will create a stronger relationship with your kids’ teachers next year.
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know
by Meg Meeker
This book specifically targets connecting with daughters. In today’s world, with a culture centered around technology, it is often difficult to create genuine connections. As a parent, this is extremely frustrating. Here is a book by Dr. Meeker that helps parents (specifically fathers) build that connection with their daughters.
The 5 Love Languages of Children
by Gary D Chapman, Ross Campbell
Does your child speak a different language? Each child expresses and receives love through one of five different communication styles. And your love language may be totally different from that of your child. While you are doing all you can to show your child love, he may be hearing it as something completely opposite. Discover your child’s primary language and learn what you can do to effectively convey unconditional feelings of respect, affection, and commitment that will resonate in your child’s emotions and behavior.
Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
by Shauna Shapiro Ph.D., Chris White M.D.
One of the trickiest parts of being a parent is knowing how to discipline your child in a way that isn’t detrimental to their well-being. In this book, you will learn how to “mindfully discipline” your kid and set the right limits. If you are looking for a way to increase your child’s emotional intelligence in a healthy way, then this book is for you.
Comment below and share the books on your list to read this summer!