Parenting Reads

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men Written by Leonard Sax. Sax explains the five factors that he believes is contributing to the growing epidemic of unmotivated boys and underachieving men. Many of the principles in this book really hit home with me. I have found more success as a mother of three boys after reading this book.

Parenting With Love And Logic  Written by Foster Cline and Jim Fay, This book was a really good read for another reference to parenting styles. It is similar to PET in its approach to help children become responsible, confident human beings.

Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children Also called Parent Effectiveness Training, the author, Thomas Gordon, explains the proven program for raising responsible children.  I agree with a lot of the principles in this book. I really found this book to be helpful when considering an over all parenting style.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character Paul Tough helps parents understand how grit, curiosity, and the hidden power of character can help your child succeed. This book was mind opening and very interesting. He uses a lot of case studies and really dives into the workings of success in children and adults.

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic By Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. A spirited child is defined as one that is more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and energetic. This book helps you understand your and your child's temperament, helps parents steer towards more positive labeling with their children, and has a lot of parenting tips for raising a "spirited" child.

The Entitlement Trap: How to Rescue Your Child with a New Family System of Choosing, Earning, and Ownership Written by Richard and Lynda Eyre, this book explains a very common problem parents encounter when raising children today: entitlement. It really helped me understand my children better, gave me so many good parenting ideas, and helped me set up systems that really work in our house.

Children: The Challenge : The Classic Work on Improving Parent-Child Relations--Intelligent, Humane & Eminently Practical (Plume) Written by Rudolph Dreikurs and Vicki Soltz, this book helps by offering advice and strategies to parents trying to raise happy, healthy, and well-behaved children. I liked this book because it hit home in a lot of ways. There were a lot of common pitfalls mentioned in the book and guidance as to how to get through them. Some of these include issues with: jealousy, fighting, bad habits, cooperation and consideration.


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