8. Raising Bully-Proof Kids (by Paul Coughlin) – With a little help, parents can raise assertive, confident, bully-proof children. While he shows parents how to avoid over-parenting and how to instill the virtues of toughness, wisdom, and courage.
7. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish) – Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, internationaly acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, give advice on how to talk productively with children in the interest of harmony and cooperation.
6. The Toddler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 1 1/2- to 3-Year-Old Busy (by Trish Kuffner) – The Toddler’s Busy Book is a must-read for anyone raising or teaching toddlers! This book contains over 365 activities (one for each day of the year) for kids ages 18 months to 3 years, using items found around the home. It shows parents and day-care providers how to prevent boredom during the longest stretches of indoor weather, stimulate a child’s natural curiosity with entertaining math, language, and motor-skills activities, encourage a child’s physical, mental, and emotional growth, celebrate holidays and other occasions with special projects and activities, and keep toddlers occupied during long car trips or while running errands. The Toddler’s Busy Book is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight.
5. Discipline without Shouting or Spanking: Practical Solutions to the Most Common Preschool Behavior Problems (by Jerry Wyckoff PhD & Barbara C. Unell) – Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking offers effective, practical, nonviolent options for correcting the most common behavior problems of preschoolers. You will learn how to deal with misbehavior including temper tantrums, whining, negativity, sibling rivalry, possessiveness, aggressive behavior, resisting bedtime, playing with food, and many more problems — without shouting or spanking. The authors’ advice will help you be a more effective parent and discipline your child in a loving yet firm way, without damaging self-esteem or natural curiosity about the world. This easy-to-use text has been formatted like a first-aid manual for handling misbehavior.
4. Stop Struggling with Your Child: Quick-Tip Parenting Solutions That Will Work for You-And your kids, ages 4 to 12 (by Evonne Weinhaus & Karen Friedman) – A practical, four-step program that helps parents minimize the battles and maximize success with their children–from the authors of Stop Struggling with Your Teen.
3. Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (by Dan Kindlon, Ph.D. & Michael Thompson, Ph.D.) – In Raising Cain, Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., and Michael Thompson, Ph.D., two of the country’s leading child psychologists, share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families. They reveal a nation of boys who are hurting–sad, afraid, angry, and silent. Kindlon and Thompson set out to answer this basic, crucial question: What do boys need that they’re not getting? They illuminate the forces that threaten our boys, teaching them to believe that “cool” equals macho strength and stoicism. Cutting through outdated theories of “mother blame,” “boy biology,” and “testosterone,” the authors shed light on the destructive emotional training our boys receive–the emotional miseducation of boys.
2. What Every Mom Needs (by Elisa Morgan & Carol Kuykendall) – When do you get time for you? Remember when you had a life of your own? The hectic job of being a mom is fraught with sacrifices, fears, and uncertainties. But nothing offers greater rewards or more opportunities to enrich yourself than raising your kids. What Every Mom Needs shows you how being a great mom and a person in your own right go hand-in-hand. Extensively revised and updated based on current research and the latest survey of moms by MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers), this bestselling book helps you deal with the realities you face today as a young mother. If you’ve wondered how to find time for friendships, how to lighten your workload, or how to go about rediscovering and developing yourself as an individual, What Every Mom Needs is for you. Filled with personal stories and helpful features, including a list of resource websites, this book will help you understand the importance of meeting your six basic needs as a mom—and how to actually get them met. Fulfilling your needs for identity, growth, relationships, help, perspective, and hope will make you a happier, more centered person and a better mom.
1. The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are (by Dr. Kevin Leman) – Dr. Kevin Leman’s ever-popular book on birth order is getting a new look and updated writing. With insight and wit, Dr. Leman offers readers a fascinating and often funny look at how birth order affects personality, marriage and relationships, parenting style, career, and children. Birth order powerfully influences the way people interact with others, whether they’re at home or on the job. This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn more about how they react to their world. Dr. Leman even shows readers how to overcome ingrained tendencies they never thought they’d be rid of, all by focusing on their birth order.