3 Great Parenting Books for Summer
Today I’m sharing three parenting books that have helped shape the way I approach parenting. If you’re looking for some summertime reading, I recommend these to kick off a peaceful, playful summer.
ScreamFree Parenting – Hal Edward Runkel
This was the book that initially helped me get my anxiety under control as a new mom. In fact, I enjoyed the book so much that I became a Certified ScreamFree Parent and Marriage Leader by training with Hal at his headquarters in Atlanta.
The main message is to stop trying to control your kids and focus on controlling yourself instead. Hal talks about why learning to calm down is so important in creating the relationships we desire with our kids, and how “emotional reactivity” is our biggest enemy as parents. Yelling, lecturing, checking out, and similar tactics actually bring about the very outcomes we try to avoid.
A lot of what I teach in my classes can be traced back to concepts in this book.
I’ve written about some other ScreamFree principles in these posts:
Playful Parenting – Lawrence J. Cohen
I used to play with Marissa for hours on end. But there came a time when she would ask me to play with her and I just didn’t feel like it. I felt tired, distracted, and plain lazy. Then I found this book.
Lawrence Cohen explains how play is a child’s main way of communicating and learning. He describes specific ways that parents can use playfulness to connect with their kids, help them recover from emotional distress, and bring out feelings that may be difficult to talk about.
This book also taught me new ways of using play to foster a sense of competence in my kids, and reminded me to be my silly, goofy self more often.
Check out these posts for more on being a playful parent:
Simplicity Parenting – Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross
It’s hard to stay calm and connected to your child when either of you feels distracted, overwhelmed, or stressed out.
Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross explain why TOO MUCH — too much clutter, too many activities, too many choices — actually limits kids and your connection with them. They discuss why routines and schedules are so important, and how they make life easier for you. They also examine how to filter out the adult world as much as possible to allow kids the freedom to enjoy childhood.
Read more about routines and simplicity here:
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Have you read any of these or other great parenting books lately? Please leave a comment and let us know. I’m always looking for new resources!
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