I like to read books about parenting and education in my free time. Here are a few recent favorites that contain wonderful advice and ideas of ways to help parents connect with their kids. I find that connecting with my children is the richest gift of being a parent – the piece of the puzzle that makes parenting the world’s most rewarding job.
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I started reading this book after I received it in a giveaway package from lovely Mia at Pragmatic Mom, and it’s the book I’ve been recommending to my family and friends! I love Dr. Laura Markham’s approach to parenting! Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids is a must-read for any parent who wants to have a close relationship with their child – throughout their lives – and I believe that the approach she recommends is also ideal for raising emotionally intelligent children. This book is a parenting philosophy rather than specific parenting steps, and it’s designed for the imperfect people that all parents (and children) are.
Dr. Markham’s book is all about the importance of connecting with your child; Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking provides fun and engaging activities that make connecting with your young children (her target age range is 2-5 years old) easy! Author Vivian Kirkfield sent me a copy of this book to review after we connected on Google+, and I am really impressed! The book picture books with activities – perfect for reading your way through summer! If you’re on a tight budget, the Kindle edition is a very affordable $2.99! My eight-year-old is helping me run a home summer camp this summer, and she has been going through this book picking out books and activities she wants us to do together – the book makes planning very easy, and even includes a sample schedule for your day.
The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion is a great read for parents who want to raise critical and creative thinkers. Author Jonathan Mugan (who sent me a digital copy to review) thinks that modern technology will make critical and creative thinking more important than ever for getting an enjoyable job as our children grow up. I think he’s right, and I also think that being able to think critically and creatively is part of living a happy life. Mugan’s book is a little bit intense to read, but it’s a great source of information and also provides many concrete examples of simple ways you can inspire your children to think critically and engage creatively with the world around them.
What are your favorite ways to connect with your kids? Do you have a parenting book that I should add to my summer reading list?
Update: Here are the book recommendations I have so far from readers, both in the comments here on this blog and from social media:
- Bringing Up Geeks: How to Protect Your Kid’s Childhood in a Grow-Up-Too-Fast World
- Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime: The Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids
- Don’t Make Me Count to Three
- Raising Resilient Children : Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child
- Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too
- Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential
- socialsklz :-) (Social Skills) for Success: How to Give Children the Skills They Need to Thrive in the Modern World
- What to Expect the Toddler Years
Have you read any of these? What do you think of them?