What is the best parenting book you've ever read and why? What was so great/life-changing about it?
Happy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child - Marc Weissbluth
It taught me about sleep patterns, naps and scheduling and reinforced my thoughts on how important sleep is. My child was a great sleeper/napper as a baby and is still a great sleeper (he's 11). I think it made him a happier baby, toddler, and young child. And, I proudly accepted the title of "Sleep Nazi" from my husband!! :)
Queen Bee's and Wannabes. It was a big help in allowing me to help my daughter navigate girl world and deal with conflict. I enjoyed the ability to skip around, and the writer managed to throughly explore all the teen girl personality types without heaping judgement.
1,2,3 magic. I love it because it gave me a way to discipline my children without yelling or spanking.
This book really helped us a lot, too!
Quoting mommaofALT: 1,2,3 magic. I love it because it gave me a way to discipline my children without yelling or spanking.
BringingUp Bebe ~DruckermanIt made me feel so much less guilty about how I raise my kiddos. Before I read the book, the differences in how I bring up my babes from that of friends or neighbors was glaring and made me wonder if I was a bad mom. I read the book excepting to mock it, but my jaw dropped when I recognized many of my own child-rearing techniques and habits in those pages! Now I know I'm not abnormal, mean, or wrong, I'm just raising them differently. They're happy, loving, bright, well-adjusted children, so I'm much more relaxed about being a little unusual compared to other mums at playdates.
Motherhood, the Second Oldest Profession. It's by Erma Bombeck. I just downloaded it on my iPad. It's not really a 'how to' book. Every chapter is about a different kind of kid, and it's just a good laugh kind of book! It helped me a lot with remembering that I didn't have to be so serious about everything.
Parenting for Prevention
It teaches you how not to be "friends" with your children and how to not enable their manipulative behaviors (drinking, drug use, peer pressure)
Good one. :)
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