The holiday season is almost upon us and many parents will tell you the ultimate gift they would love to receive is an instruction manual on how to raise their kids. Don’t get them wrong, children can be some of the most difficult beings on the planet to understand. That is also why there are professions that are dedicated towards understand children better and from there, great books on parenting are written.
Book #1: Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky
Within the confines of this deeply thought out book are hints and clues that will apply to every parent. Whether you’re raising your first child or the fourth one, chances are you will be able to learn immensely from this exemplary book on parenting. It talks about the seven essential skills that every parent needs in order to successfully raise their child. Some of them include: Focus and Self Control, Communicating, Making Connections, Critical Thinking and much more! This is definitely one book that should not be missed.
Book #2: Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential by Eileen Kennedy Moore
This book focuses on teaching the parent more than the child. It talks about letting go of your children at an early age both mentally and physically. Allow them to explore the world in their own way and to make their own mistakes. Parents will definitely have a sense of protection for their child which is only normal and instinctual but by overprotecting your child, there will be more harm done than good. Hence this book teaches the parent to resist giving directions or instructions to our children at every moment in their lives.
Book #3:NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Here’s a book that will definitely give you new insight on parenting and teach you one or two things along the way! The book focuses on ‘new age’ thinking when it comes to bringing up children and applies scientific theories and techniques to improve specific areas of parenting. For example, the book doesn’t shy away from introducing new thoughts on topics like motivation, giving praise, how to tackle sibling relationships and much more.
Book #4: Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn – and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D& Roberta MichnickGolinkoff, Ph.D.
Saving the best for last, this book should be read by every parent on the planet and will make them reconsider sending their kids to preschool! There is more than enough evidence and research results shared in this tome that shows the difference in learning when a child is involved in play instead of in a classroom. Very fascinating read.