Parenting today is not as straight forward as it used to be. Raising children in a changing world can be challenging, however, getting some tried and tested advice and tips can make the process easier. Here are some of our top recommended books that will help parents navigate the parenting journey.
1. Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World
The New York Times bestselling author Madeline Levine explores how today’s parenting techniques and our myopic educational system are failing to prepare children for their certain-to-be-uncertain future—and how we can reverse course to ensure their lasting adaptability, resilience, health and happiness.
She starts the discussion of how parenting practices, combined with a desperate need to shelter children from discomfort and anxiety, are setting future generations up to fail spectacularly. Click HERE to read the book.
2. Parenting for a Digital Future: How Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Children’s Lives
This is an interesting book for parenting in the digital world today. In the decades it takes to bring up a child, parents face challenges that are both helped and hindered by the fact that they are living through a period of unprecedented digital innovation.
Parenting for a Digital Future authored by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross moves beyond the panicky headlines to offer a deeply researched exploration of what it means to parent in a period of significant social
and technological change. Get and read the book HERE
3. Impossible Parenting: Creating a New Culture of Mental Health for Parents
Why is it that research suggests people who don’t have kids are happier than people who do? Olivia Scobie provides practical solutions for parents who find themselves pushing beyond their capacity; to meet impossible standards, and challenges parents to shift their thinking from child centred to family centred.
By naming today’s unrealistic parenting expectations as impossible from the get-go; Impossible Parenting creates the space to acknowledge harmful expectations for new parents; and begins a conversation that focuses on healing and doing the best one can with the resources available. Click HERE for an interesting read.
4. Raising Exceptional Kids: Warrior Parenting
This book is a must-have for all parents and parents-to-be. Currently being reprinted due to high demand, this book is filled with inspiring examples of exceptional children, pointers from their childhood and practical things to do to raise an exceptional child. It’s premised on the age-old principles but provides fresh understanding and insight, which is delivered in an easy to read book. Written by an author that has raised two exceptional children herself – this book is a must-read. Click here to get the book
5. 12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid: Leading Your Kids to Succeed in Life
You’re deeply committed to helping your kids succeed. But you have concerns about why so many graduates unprepared to enter the workforce and face life on their own? You’re doing your best to raise healthy children, but sometimes you wonder, am I really helping them?
Tim Elmore shows you how to avoid twelve critical mistakes parents unintentionally make. He outlines practical and effective parenting skills so you won’t fall into common traps such as making happiness a goal instead of a by-product, not letting kids struggle or fight for what they believe, not letting them fail or suffer consequences Find out how you can improve your parenting skills and help your kids soar. Click here to get the book.
6. Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World
Screenwise offers an encouraging perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in
the digital age. Many parents and educators worry that kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Digital Citizenship expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children–if parents help them.
Screenwise helps parents recognize that the social wisdom they have gained throughout their lives is a relevant and urgently needed supplement to their kid’s digital savvy. These skills can help set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world fueled by technology. Click here to buy the book.
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7. Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, and Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification
A must-read for parents and educators, Teaching Kids to Think offers insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation of instant gratification kids. By identifying the five parent traps that adults fall into to fuel their child’s need for instant gratification, this is the parenting resource that offers practical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to raise children who are confident, independent, and most importantly, able to think for themselves.
Today’s kids can easily:
- Google the answer to any question at lightning speed
- Text mom or dad to drop off any homework they’ve forgotten
- Find immediate solutions to problems
- and avoid opportunities to make mistakes and learn from them!
However, this must-have childhood development resource will give valuable insight and guidance to parents looking to raise kids who can solve problems, flourish independently, and create their own success! Click here to get the book.
8. The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively
You know you love your child. But how can you make sure your child knows it? The #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages has helped millions of couples learn the secret to building a love that lasts. Now discover how to speak your child’s love language in a way that he or she understands. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell help you discover your child’s love language, assist your child in successful learning, use the love languages to correct and discipline more effectively and build a foundation of unconditional love for your child
You will also find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child’s love language. Discover your child’s primary language—then speak it—and you will be well on your way to a stronger relationship with your flourishing child. Click here to buy the book.
9. Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
What is your calling as a parent?
In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.
In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centred on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.
Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy. Click here to buy the book.
10. The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity
Mothers are expected to do it all; raise superstar kids, look great, make good salaries, volunteer for everything, run errands, keep a perfect house, be the perfect wife. Single mothers often have even more demands—and less support.
In this book, Dr Meeker incorporates clinical data and her own experience raising four children; to show why mothers suffer from the rising pressure to excel and the toll it takes on their emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health. Too many mothers are increasingly lonely, anxious and unhappy with themselves; refusing to let themselves off the hook. Dr Meeker has identified the 10 most positive habits of mothers who are healthy, happy and fulfilled. Click here to get the book. By implementing the key strategies in Dr Meeker’s book, you can be happy, hopeful, and a wonderful role model. You can also teach your children to be the very best they can be.
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