Top Parenting Books Other Than “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”

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Guest Blogger, Charlotte Dunlop

New parents looking to prepare themselves prior to the arrival of their firstborn child generally seek advice from a variety of sources. They ask thousands of questions to their own parents along with family and friends who already took the plunge. They buy baby book after baby book hoping to learn as much information as possible both before and after the birth. With so many options out there, it can be hard to know where to start. Most begin with What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but there are hundreds of new and classic titles out there with great parenting tips. Check out a few of them below.

The Best Parenting Books of All Time

Parents looking for time-honored parenting books still popular today should consider picking up one of the following:

The Baby Book

Author(s): William Sears, M.D., Martha Sears, R.N., Robert W. Sears, M.D., James Sears, M.D.

A true family classic, The Baby Book is written the knowledgeable Sears family of physicians. One of the most trusted authorities on infants, Dr. Sears and his family offer proven advice on sleeping, eating, comfort, and the overall health of your baby. They address common behavioral issues, medical interventions, necessary vaccinations, and give great tips on how to care for your child’s emotional and physical needs.

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk

Author(s): Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Existing parents already know what many new parents will soon come to learn, pleading or yelling at your child like an adult generally does not work. Faber and Mazlish teach you how to speak to your child in a respectful manner that will teach them out to express themselves better and save you a lot of headaches and hassles as they grow up. The advice they provide not only applies to children, but transfers into improving your communication skills within your other relationships as well.

Positive Discipline

Author(s): Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

An educator, doctor of education, psychologist, and mother to seven children, Dr. Jane Nelsen’s book Positive Discipline first appeared on the market 25+ years ago. She focuses on parenting skills like maintaining mutual respect with your children while teaching them how to communicate and cooperate in a firm, but kind manner that actually works.

Top Parenting Books Other Than What to Expect When You’re Expecting

New Books for New Parents

While some new parents prefer to read the classics, others want to get the newest, most up-to-date advice for raising children. Even well-seasoned parents can learn a thing or two from these brilliant minds.

Ignore It!

Author: Catherine Pearlman

Pearlman is a family therapist and, therefore, has witnessed and discussed many different kinds of behavioral issues play out in a variety of settings. Since most children believe any attention is better than no attention, even if it means being shouted at by their parent. Pearlman suggests stepping back sometimes and “selectively looking the other way” can work better than addressing the bad behavior directly. That does not mean completely ignoring unsafe behavior that could lead to someone getting hurt, but stepping back and allowing children to work out their emotional issues themselves.

Gentle Discipline

Author: Sarah Ockwell-Smith

The subtitle of Gentle Discipline explains the main focus of the book, “Using Emotional Connection, Not Punishment, to Raise Confident, Capable Kids.” Ockwell-Smith addresses the many reasons children act out and how to control these bad behaviors using mutual respect and working with the child, rather than against them. She does not condone distractions as a means to calm down a misbehaving child and encourages parents to be more specific in everyday interactions.

Top Parenting Books Other Than What to Expect When You’re Expecting

The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans

Author: Josh Shipp

The author, Josh Shipp, is a former foster child who survived the system despite severe behavioral issues. He managed to find a true home at the age of fourteen with a middle school history teacher and football coach named Rodney who instilled in him a sense of purpose and turned around all his behavioral issues. Shipp recounts the events of his childhood and describes how to create mutual respect and trust between you and your child along with the ways a parent’s role changes at the child ages.

Simplicity Parenting

Authors: Kim J. Payne and Lisa M. Ross

In today’s world of constant overstimulation by noise, advertisements, and general information, many people seek simplicity in their daily lives. They attempt to eliminate all the added stresses and anxieties, but how do you do that while raising small humans who also feel the consequences of overstimulation? Simplicity Parenting focuses exclusively on this struggle faced by modern parents. The authors give tips on scaling back the onslaught of modern media, how to schedule breaks and establish a more efficient rhythm to decrease tension, encouraging free play with non-screen toys, and other advice on simplifying home life for you and your child(ren).

How to Deal With Common Social Challenges: Spotlight and Giveaway of Social Leaning Books

Guest Blogger, Charity Allen from Social Learning Group

Ever struggle with patiently parenting your kiddos through any of these challenges?

  • Being too bossy
  • Difficulty compromising
  • Getting worried
  • Being inflexible
  • Being too silly
  • Fairness

As parents and educators, we too were hungry for high-quality and kid-friendly resources to help our own children (and our students) develop social skills around common social challenges.

Despite searching far and wide, we couldn’t find the right tools…and so, we made them.

After two years of development with educators and specialists, we are excited to now be using the best resources ever to proactively address common social challenges with our own children and our students!

Get ready to meet The A-Team – a friendship group whose members help each other with social skills & common social challenges in class, at school and also with friends!

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Each book in the series unfolds from the perspective of one of the A-Team members as they struggle on just one specific social skill challenge. As you read a book, you join the characters as they participate in their A-Team meetings, led by their teacher Ms. Corina. Their meetings are where they learn specific strategies and get Top Secret Missions that help them get better at dealing their social challenges.

In this way, parents and educators will find these books to be an invaluable resource for teaching social skills to ALL kids.

The books are all beautifully illustrated and instantly relatable to kids! Parents who were dealing with common social challenges before will now be able to support their kids with specific strategies outlined in digestible bites each book. What a relief!

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Come visit us at sociallearning.org where you can learn more about the A-Team, find resources, get ideas for activities for social learning in our blog posts and get a copy of your favorite A-Team books to use with your kiddos!

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Dealing with a different social challenge with your kiddo? Send us a message, we’d love to hear what you think a topic for our next set of books should be!

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Enter to win a FREE a Social Learning Book of your choice. Seven lucky winners will be chosen.

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“Hey Goose! What’s Your Excuse?” Spotlight and Giveaway

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Guest Blogger, Lisa M. Griffin

Boone is a gosling, loving life on the water with his family. He feels safe and comfortable in his small corner of the pond, so why would he ever leave?

When Boone’s mom and siblings swim off to the opposite shore, he doesn’t follow. He has his reasons, like the water is too cold and deep, and the other shore is too muddy. But when he sees his family having fun, he wonders what he’s missing.

Boone’s curiosity soon grows bigger than his fears. He slowly paddles away from his safe space, taking readers on a journey that reveals why leaving your comfort zone can lead to exciting and unexpected places.

Hey Goose! What’s Your Excuse? is available for pre-order on AmazonBarnes and Nobles or direct from the publisher, Boys Town Press.

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Lisa M. Griffin has a BFA in Illustration and is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has worked on numerous children’s picture books and is making her author/illustrator debut with”Hey Goose! What’s Your Excuse?” published by Boys Town Press. Lisa lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their three children. When she is not drawing, she enjoys reading, yoga, and time with her family.

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