Best Parenting Books: Here are 11 Must Read Titles

When choosing a parenting book, decide if you are hoping to improve communication, troubleshoot discipline, or understand child development.  

The books below cover various topics that serve as a starting place for your search. 

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (The How to Talk Series)

Each book contains simple but effective lessons about encouraging cooperation, building autonomy, and validating feelings. Moreover, the authors' principles build the confidence you need to tackle sibling rivalry or mischievous behavior at the moment. The chapters are illustrated with playful cartoons and give you thought exercises to apply the concepts. 

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

While their discipline techniques are gentle, they emphasize the importance of boundaries and accountability. This book is beneficial if you feel stuck in a negative pattern of relating to your child. It uses techniques that encourage connection, loving touch, and validation to empower you to begin new ways of relating. 

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

The authors of “No-Drama Discipline” once again combine their parenting experience and knowledge of brain development in this easy-to-read book. They help you understand why your little one is having a meltdown over little things like wearing a swimsuit and offer strategies for dealing with tough behavior. Even better is the page of strategies to put on your refrigerator. 

Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids

Rather than offering specific tips or strategies, Clark-Fields encourages us to change our underlying philosophies about parenting. A crucial part of this is looking at your childhood and healing any wounds still impacting you. Once you begin this work, you can relate differently to your children. You may even find that the principles of mindful parental communication transform other relationships in your life as well.