After a comment was posted last night asking for book recommendations I thought it would be a great time to do a repost of my favourites.
I would guess that many of you already know and love these books but if you don’t, and you have kids, or have kids around you, you need to read them..
The difference between these books and mainstream parenting books are that these are not all “how to” books… they are not books meant to give quick fixes while putting parents into an “us against them” frame of mind with children. They are not all-in-one manuals and instead all compliment each other. These books will change the way you think about children, will help you communicate with your children and will give the tools to recognize that “bad behaviour” is often a symptom of an underlying need that is not being met.
Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason: this book points out what is wrong with the system of rewards and punishments. Kohn focuses on parenting with unconditional love and respect and giving children the chance to make their own decisions.
Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More: This might be a bit more geared toward the older child, but it is a great book to read while children are still young. Neufeld and Mate talk about how society has been putting an emphasis on opportunities to socialize and as a result children are forming attachments to their peers. They point out that attachment doesn’t stop in infancy and it is important to keep our attachment to our children, to be a strong and positive primary role-model until they are able to stand on their own as an adult….
The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost
: Jean Liedloff spent 2 1/2 years in the south american jungle and this is her account. The focus here is to be a very present parent by always having your baby with you but at the same time being very passive and not child-centered.
Playful Parenting: As a play-therapist Cohen shows you how to communicate through play. The book focuses on the importance of attachment in infancy and all the way through the teen years, and goes through all the problems of rewards and punishments, and permissive and over-authoritarian parenting.
Child Honouring: How to Turn This World Around: This was written by Raffi, yes, “Baby Beluga” Raffi. Read his Covenant for Honouring Children.
Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane): This is not a parenting book per say, but it is a great read. This book gives you the tools to deal with fears we have as a parent and how to teach kids to be safe, without being over-protective. Listen to your intuition.
Great book! I have read some of these many many years ago and need to read them again!…I have been reading your blog for a while now and love it very much…I just have been to darn lazy and have not left any comments…so off my buns I am this morning!
I really want my husband to read the Continuum Concept…is it too late to start over and re-parent a child?…having an autistic child and an adhd child has chattered some of parenting dreams…
Love, your wisdom …wish I was closer to you:) I was born and raised in Montreal for half of my childhood…I am now in Alberta but my family still resides in Quebec…
I’m glad you posted this. I have almost all those books, but I hadn’t heard about the Raffi one. I had heard good things about Playful Parenting, so I picked up a book by that title, but it was a different author and not what I had in mind. I’m gonna look for the Cohen one.
I remember being a little annoyed when I read “Hold On To Your Kids”. Then I took a step back and understood that it was geared towards the older child… but at the time I had a rowdy 2 year old and it was hard for me to take. Though I agree with the message he’s sending.
really cool blog..thanks for sharing the tips…and i am looking forward to have a book…awesome post…