Never-ending crying all night long.
Saying “No!” to every request you give.
Embarrassing temper tantrums in the grocery store.
Throwing “yucky” food across a restaurant.
Biting your friends’ kids on play dates.
If you have a toddler or school aged child, I know you’ve experienced a few of the above situations. If you’re pregnant or have a newborn, you’re in for quite a treat. 🙂
These are the times when you question whether that miniature person following you around, who resembles you an awful lot, is really your child- Or if it’s actually the Devil himself, disguised as your mini-me.
What’s the secret to stop your devil child from emerging? Being prepared!
Having a small library of books for parenting is sooo important! There are so many unforeseeable situations that happen with children and having a go to book handy on the subject can be a life saver.
I asked these 7 mom bloggers what their favorite books for parenting are and I got some great responses. I already placed an order myself 🙂
Here are a few: “The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two”, “You Are Your Child’s First Teacher” by Rahima Baldwin has a nice introduction to some of the basic principles of Waldorf education and the importance of guarding a young child’s senses. “Toymaking With Children“ shows simple toys to make instead of buying value empty plastic junk. “Simplicity Parenting” by Kim John Payne is more than a parenting book, it’s a lifestyle book! It changed my life so much I got certified to teach workshops on it and am now offering them online at www.blissbeyondnaptime.com -Kathy Hajduk Stowell
“The one that comes to mind right now that I’d recommend is “The Whole-Brain Child” by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.It’s an awesome, totally readable book that gives practical advice on how to handle stressful situations with your child. The book is based on brain research, and the strategies support a child’s healthy emotional growth while helping parents understand why their kids act the way they do. Highly recommended!” -Natanya Lara Helak of www.growtogetherparenting.com.
If you are wondering if there’s another mom in the world who feels like you do right now; if you want to find out how other moms are coping with their relationships, expectations, bodies, sex lives and more; if you want support in early motherhood; then reach out for the award-winning book, “Purple Leaves, Red Cherries: A Gift for Mothers with Short Stories, Journal & Toolkit“. “A must read for new mothers.” – SheKnows More on the book at http://purpleleavesredcherries.com
“CALMS: A Guide to Soothing Your Baby” by Carrie Contey. This is a simple, yet powerful little book of step-by-step instructions on how to calm your baby. I highly recommend this for those of you with newborns and up. I used this book with my own babies and continue to teach my clients about the importance of self-regulation and the impact you have on your baby’s nervous system. This book is super easy and quick to read and even easier to implement. -Dawn Kenroy Gibson of www.mindfulmotheringaustin.com
“The Fussy Baby How to Bring Out the Best in Your High-Need Child” was a life-safer when I had my second baby! Even though I already had a child I was in no way prepared for what happened. This book did not change what I had to deal with but it changed my mind and how I felt about the situation. I felt so empowered by this book and for the first time in my life started to listen to my instincts and trust them. It honestly changed my life and how I think about parenting!
-Ursula Markgraf of www.ursulamarkgraf.com
“Buddhism for Mothers” by Sarah Napthali is a great book to help you get through those days of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. I go back to it time and time again when I’m feeling a little frazzled. -Vari X of http://www.buttercupink.com
“How To Raise An Amazing Child” by Time Seldom is a good intro to Montessori in the home. As a Montessori mom, I would also recommend Maria Montessori’s books. -Jo Ebisujima of www.myorganizedchaos.com