Just thinking of some of my favorite parenting books as I put them away while cleaning the house today…
Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmell – Dr. Tim Kimmel, founder of Family Matters ministries, offers a refreshing new look at parenting. Rejecting rigid rules and checklists that don’t work, Dr. Kimmel recommends a parenting style that mirrors God’s love, reflects His forgiveness, and displaces fear as a motivator for behavior. As we embrace the grace God offers, we begin to give it-creating a solid foundation for growing morally strong and spiritually motivated children.
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber and Mazlish – I love this book! It is a practical reminder of some great communication skills when approaching our children. It has a lot of illustrations, scenarios, and practical information in it. If you feel like you’re always thinking, “You never listen to me…” then this book is for you!
Siblings Without Rivalry by Faber and Mazlish – Another winner! This one looks at the importance of expressing hostile feelings, the perils of comparisons, teaching kids to work out conflicts on their own, and what to do when they fight. Faber and Mazlish will help you understand sibling rivalry from the inside out, and you’ll gain insight on your relationships with your own siblings, as well. The book is filled with great illustrations and ancedotes to help you out.
Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen – Love it! In Playful Parenting, Lawrence Cohen demonstrates that parents need to lighten up and spend a few hours giggling with their kids. Play is inherently educational for children, he claims, and parents can learn plenty by examining the games kids play–from peekaboo to practical jokes.