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4 Books that Every Parent Should Read

Every parent has their own different method of upbringing because each child is unique in their own way. Despite the many unique styles of teaching, parenthood comes with many lessons learned from trial and error, patience, and understanding how to unconditional love. Even the strongest parents need guidance sometimes. There are just some situations that can get out of hand if the issue is not solved properly. Often times, unresolved childhood issues will cause a domino effect of irreversible emotional turmoil that could cripple a child’s identity. From understanding the depths of extinguishing sibling rivalry to learning about tips on how to nurture a child’s developing mind, here are 4 books that every parent should read.

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel

A child’s neurological development depends on the way a parent reacts to misbehavior. Children learn most of their behaviors from watching how their parents react and interact with everything. No-Drama Discipline covers effective tips and tricks on how to handle intense tantrums and take control of stressful situation without causing a scene. Mastering the skills taught in this book will nurture the child’s self-esteem and help build them up for success. Rather than constantly at war with the children, it is mentally and emotionally healthier to replace aggressive calming tactics with drama-free tactics. 

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish

Healthy sibling relationships play a very important role in a child’s neurological development. Siblings spend a lot of time with each other during childhood. The moments spent together will drastically impact a child’s sense of self. Growing up with sibling rivalry will do more harm than good. No one ever wants to feel like they’re not good enough. No one wants to feel like everything is unfair. Faber and Mazlish address important tips on how to help siblings get along with each other in Siblings Without Rivalry. Removing the tension and disagreements will make room for growth, positivity, and great loving memories. 

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Each child is born with a different personality. Some are timid and gentle while others are exploding with an energetic spirit. Managing a spirited child many feel almost impossible and exhausting at times. Kurcinka shares that temperament is the cause for “strong-willed” and “difficult” children. Raising Your Spirited Child helps guide parents through the intense and sensitive moments with vivid examples, in-depth explanations about where this behavior stems from, and solutions to difficult situations. 

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Laura Markham 

This novel is the most important must-read book on this list. Many studies show that yelling at children damages their confidence and causes anxiety. Yelling installs fear and insecurity instead of promoting a sense of understanding and courage. Markham explains the consequences of constant yelling while illustrating the possibilities of parent-child connection in his novel, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids. Markham highlights a refreshingly positive viewpoint of how misunderstandings can often lead to unnecessary conflict. It is important to keep in mind that children will make mistakes. How a parent reacts will influence their future behaviors. 

Taking time to dive into these wonderful must-read books will help many parents understand how to handle critical situations to prevent future conflict from occurring. What these novels have in common is that they all share many wonderful tips on how to endure difficult moments while offering an effective solution. Each author uniquely explains how to strengthen the parents relationship with their child without aggression and yelling. With this knowledge, parents will be able to build up their children for a brighter future filled with success by becoming the positive example in their child’s life.

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