There are so many parenting books out there that the choice can be daunting. Which ones should you turn to and which parenting style / author should you follow? Having read many parenting books these are my current top 4 picks:
Book 1: “Honey I Wrecked the Kids” by Alyson Schafer
The Adlerian Parenting Style is a style that many parents are adopting today because quite simply, it works. Alyson Schafer M.A Counseling. B.Sc., an Adlerian Parenting Expert, has provided in her book “Honey I Wrecked the Kids” the blueprint to understanding – and correcting – misbehavior. It is laid out in an easy to understand format with humor and insight which will provide parents with just what they are looking for. If you have children between the ages of 2 and 10 years and can only read one book on parenting, this would be my recommendation to you.
Books 2 and 3: “Girls on the Edge” and “Boys Adrift” by Leonard Sax
Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., is a family physician, psychologist and acclaimed author of many parenting books. I would highly recommend parents of children ages 9 – 12 years to consider reading these two of his many books: “Girls on the Edge” which highlights the four factors driving the new crisis for girls and “Boys Adrift” which highlights the five factors driving the growing epidemic of unmotivated boys and underachieving young men. He helps provide parents with the tools required to guide their children to become independent and confident young adults. Both these books will offer parents tremendous insight into the lives that children live today, particularly in the face of the rapidly developing digital world and the effect it is having on them.
Book 4: “Brainstorm” by Daniel J. Siegel
Daniel J. Siegel M.D., has gained rapid popularity in the last few years with his research in brain science and his work with self regulation. His latest book “Brainstorm” – the power and purpose of the teenage brain – is an absolute must for parents of adolescents. It offers scientific reasons for why teenagers behave the way they do and will help both adolescents understand themselves and their parents understand them. Following his recommendations and advice will help parents maintain the connection and preserve the relationship they have with their adolescent which is the number one priority during this potentially fragile and reactive phase.
I hope that you find these recommendations helpful.
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