Purposeful Parenting Month

Four Parenting Books to Help Build Relationships with Your Children

Kids are home for summer vacation, which generally leaves a lot more time for parents to talk and interact with their children. That’s why this month is observed as Purposeful Parenting Month, putting the spotlight on parent/child relationships and the significance of being interested and active in a child’s life. We looked for the most useful parenting books when it comes to understanding your child and building strong, positive relationships with them.  

Here’s what we found:

Becoming a Parent: What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff

Is he really supposed to go through that many diapers in a day? Should I take him to the doctor for a cough? Will I ever sleep again? In this book, the follow-up to the hit, "What to Expect When You’re Expecting," Murkoff covers month-by-month growth and development of your child starting from the moment of birth. It’s just about as close to an instruction manual for babies as it gets, with detailed feeding, sleeping, and playing strategies, medical advice, safety tips, and more. There are definitely going to be some curve balls that first year, but  this guide will leave you feeling a little more confident to handle almost anything that will come your way.

For the Terrible Twos: Making the Terrible Twos Terrific by John Rosemond

If you never thought you’d hear the phrase “terrible twos” and the word “terrific” in the same sentence--think again! This book might make it a little easier to survive this trying time. Rosemond, a child psychologist and nationally recognized expert, offers tantrum-free methods for raising toddlers during the “terrible twos.” With a focus on the development of children aged 18-36 months, Rosemond explains how understanding is key and that all parents need are loving, consistent interactions with their toddlers. Hopefully this will leave you feeling ready to take on the next challenge: a “threenager”.

When Discipline is Needed: 1-2-3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan

We’ve all had days when our fuse is especially short and feel like we have lost authority and control over our kids. If this is a frequent problem for you, you may want to check out this discipline book.Targeted towards parents with children ages 2-12, it describes the best and easiest approaches to disciplining your child without yelling, arguing, or getting physical. Not only does Phelan emphasize the importance of discipline and managing troublesome behavior, he also mentions the need for building self-esteem in children through parent-child relationships. A must read for all parents.

To Cope with Teenagers: Staying Connected to Your Teenager by Michael Riera

Remember your teenage years, when you felt lost in limbo trying to navigate your way between a child and adult? Your child is going to go through that same process and when they  grow into an independent, defiant teenager, it can be difficult to bond with them and keep a strong connection. Family psychologist Michael Riera discusses the importance of recognizing the two identities of a teenager; the rebel and the adult. Riera emphasizes the transition from the child to an adult and from a parent “manager” to a “consultant.”

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