There is no such thing as a universal truth- there is your's and mine, they say. A lot like parenting! Styles may vary, but the journey remains the same- more or less. Why then do we suddenly feel a sense of fear when we have a moment to spare? Does the world accept my parenting style? Am I being too harsh with my child or am I giving in too easily? Accept it- you ask yourself these questions every single day. Help and guidance come in the form of experts who tell us what we are doing wrong and why we need to tweak that approach. Here is a list of some of the best parenting books that have come in the recent times is suggested by Goodreads. Let us know how helpful these books were in the comments below:
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1. Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child
Author: Ross W Greene
What this book tells you: From one of the best-selling authors and leading child psychologists in the US, this book tells you a structured approach to handling issues and stumbling blocks that your child might face. Under the premise that everybody in the world wants to do well if they are able to, this book teaches parents, teachers and caregivers how to help kids identify the root of their problems and to Buy here.
2. The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups
Author: Leonard Sax
What this book tells you: I recently read an article that asked a very simple question. Who is the boss of your house- if you answer it with beaming pride that your kids call shots, you've something to worry about. In our approach to seem uber-cool and friendly parents, we give in to our child's demands very easily and that paves way for a lot of disturbing trends observed among children today- from obesity to depression and drugs. This physician and psychologist author tells parents what they need to listen to. Buy here.
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3. Catastrophic Happiness: Finding Joy in Childhood's Messy Years
Author: Catherine Newman
What this book tells you: For 5 minutes if my four-year-old steps out with her dad, giving me some me-time, I feel relieved! Raising an infant or toddler is easier, I understand now! It's these years, what the authors calls as messy years- from 4 to 14, that is both challenging and enjoyable for the parent-child combo. This book makes you laugh out loud and will also leave you teary eyed with some aww moments! Buy here.
4. The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups
Author: Erika Christakis
What this book tells you: The author makes a wonderful observation on ow we as parents lose sight of the importance of play for our kids. She made a valid point when she says the distinction between early education and official school seems to be disappearing. The need of the hour is not to hone their gross motor skills in playschool with crafts but to nurture them through play time, she says, calling the dichotomy of play and learning being mutually exclusive as terribly fake.Buy here.
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5. Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life's Biggest Yes
Author: Kristen Welch
What this book tells you: Saying NO to kids is something every parent finds really hard to do. By caving into our children's demands and wishes- are we satisfying them for the time being, or spoiling them in the long run? This author explains with a personal example how they taught their kids the difference between "want" and "need" and in the process raise kids who are grateful. You know, you need to read this book now! Buy here.
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