10 Parenting Books That I Love!

10 parenting books babies to primary school

I do like to read on parenting issues. Usually I head to a book when I know that there is new stage of development on the horizon. This is my way of planning how I can then best deal with this impending stage.

One of the beautiful things about children is that they are all unique and as a parent I try to take that into account when I am managing their behaviour. In some instances, I have very different ways of dealing with each of the children as they have quite different personalities. Reading books like those listed below have helped me build up my skills as a parent and adapt my strategies appropriately.

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1. The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
My first foray into the world of childhood. An empowering book for pregnant women.

2. Baby Love by Robin Barker
The Australian Bible of Baby Care. I loved the honest writing style of Robin and that there was not just one answer to baby issues. In most cases for each area of baby development there were a number of alternatives to try.

3. Baby and Toddler Meals by Robin Barker
Very practical and realistic advice on food issues from the introduction to solids up to toddlers. There are fantastic, healthy recipes for all stages.

4. Raising Boys by Steven Biddulph
I came from a family of 4 girls. Baby and little boys were a very new thing for me. I still go back and refer to this book, as my boys hit new developmental stages of their lives.

5. The Secret of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph
A thoughtful and instructive book on parenting children. Reminds you to focus on what you do and say to your child as it greatly impacts on their current and future happiness.

6. Children are People too by Louise Porter
I have referenced this book a couple of times on the blog and I would have to say that this book really changed the way I parent. I can remember reading the first half of the book and thinking “I am doing all the things she says not too – oh no I am crap parent!!!!” But then reading through the book she takes you through very simple, caring strategies on how to manage children’s behaviour.

7. The Hurried Child by David Elkind
I don’t own this book, as I borrowed it from the library but I think I really need to buy it, because I feel like I need to read it again. Although originally written 20 years ago, (it has been revised 3 times) it reminds me that children need time to rest and time to just be.

8. What’s the hurry? by Kathy Walker

I have also referenced Kathy Walker quite a bit on my blog and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is wondering when their child might be ready for school.

9. The Challenging Child by Stanley Greenspan
A very detailed book on the five basic personality types that most children fall into and stem from inborn physical characteristics. Has lots of practical ideas on how to work with each type of child.

10. Playground Politics by Stanley Greenspan
A great resource that details the emotional challenges that kids have to face on the playground and what we as parents can do to help.

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  1. says

    I feel like I need that book about hurried children. I keep catching myself rushing onto the next activity because I am not letting them get their own experience out of it. Good reminder, good resource. Thank you.

  2. says

    Nice list, most I am unfamilar with. A book that my wife and I have gotten a lot out of is ‘Parenting with Love and Logic’ by Cline & Fay. It really has some great tips for many different situations. Highly recommend it.

  3. says

    I will check out the ones I haven’t read from your list. But after having my first born in England, the bible over there was “Baby Whisperer” and “Baby Whisperer for Toddlers” by Tracy Hogg. An amazing read for first time mums and dads and I referred back to it many times with my 2nd child. I swear by it – especially for getting bubs to sleep through the night and for dealing with tantrums!

    A great recipe book for kids is by Annabel Karmel (another English guru) and I still cook the recipes today for our whole family. The cheesecake recipe is just out of this world!

  4. says

    Jen – I know what you mean, I catch myself doing this too, hence wanting to but the book.

    Kyle and Laine – Thanks for the recommendations, I will see if I can get them at the local library.

  5. says

    I also adore Robin Barker’s advice. So sensible and practical. I’m a big Kathy Walker fan (and have done one of her parenting courses) too.
    I refer to Raising a daughter by Jeanne and Don Elium. Lots of sound advice for babyhood to late teens. Reading that book convinced me to keep my daugher sheltered from commercial music and TV till she turned 7. Another fabulous book is Whole Child/Whole Parent by Polly Berrien Berends, which I find extremely reassuring in its gentle tone.

  6. vasso says

    raising boys is a book i have read and re read.
    as a mother of 2 boys and a sister on one brother and 2 sisters, i found it essential.

    i pass my copy round to all my friends.

    highly recc!!

    also book 1 was a fav here while i was prego.

  7. Bree says

    I have found Breast, Bottle, Bowl by Penelope Stone & Anne Hillis really helpfull when starting solids espicially. Also some reeally helpful simple children’s recipes in the back.

  8. Cath says

    I’m currently reading Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. I think it might be along the same lines as The Hurried Child. It talks about children having too much stimulation, too much to do and too much ‘stuff’.