Family & Parenting
Books to read as a family and for those who are beginning parenthood, or have children.
Hold On to Your Kids (2008)
Hold On to Your Kids is a groundbreaking book that challenges traditional parenting techniques, and a call to action for parents to re-evaluate their parenting styles and take steps to strengthen their bond with their children.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (2019)
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a surprising best-seller on kindness and vulnerability is uniting people. Charlie Mackesy's captivating debut blends the simplicity of The Giving Tree, the wonder of The Velveteen Rabbit, and the intrigue of Paddington.
Rising Strong (2015)
In Rising Strong, social scientist Dr. Brené Brown has sparked a global conversation on courage and vulnerability, shame and worthiness. Her groundbreaking research revealed that vulnerability is the only path to greater love, belonging, creativity and joy.
The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting (2018)
The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting is a practical and hopeful program by Dr. Brené Brown that teaches parents how to raise children who know that they're worthy of love, belonging and joy.
The Awakened Family (2019)
Tsabary truly is breaking down old parenting traditions and putting forth a powerful new premise on how to parent. The framework Dr. Tsabari details here has the potential to be game-changing. The central point of her framework is to drop your expectation for what your child will like or dislike and let them decide for themselves. This seems risky and all, but it makes sense if you read the book and hear her support for the method. Some of what makes it work are the "Awakened" part of the title.
How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen (2017)
As with the previous book, this is split into chapters for different categoric behavior and situations, with an intro, a discussion of the parental frustrations, and then ideas on how to tackle them. To aid this there are helpful cartoon illustrations of situations showing what we usually do and examples of what different things we could do to improve the situation.
The Whole-Brain Child (2011)
This book is very helpful in helping parents to understand how to help their children integrate the various parts of their brain so that as they grow older they will have the right tools to help them be healthy and happy individuals. The author goes through the different parts of the brain and the states that they are in throughout each stage of a child's development. He then explains how parents can help to integrate parts of the brain via the use of various techniques.
Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings (2015)
Very helpful information about how to talk to your children and coach them to communicate with each other. This book takes the best parts of Siblings Without Rivalry and How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen and Listen So Your Kids will Talk and translates them to young kids.
Bringing Up Bébé (2012)
For some quick background, the author is an American who finds herself living with her British husband in Paris at the time of their daughter's birth. Experiencing motherhood herself, Druckerman witnesses firsthand the differences in how the French families around her are raising their children and the ways in which she's drawn to the modern-day, American style of parenting she's most familiar with.
The Gifts of Imperfection (2020)
After years of studying, researching, and writing about vulnerability, shame, and fear, Brown noticed a pattern among the people who were living a “wholehearted” life through processing thousands of stories collected. After analyzing the data, realization that she wasn’t living a wholehearted life herself, Brown decided to do further research and create a guidebook to help people pursue the wholehearted life.