Four Must Read Parenting Books

by Rebecca on August 19, 2012

As many of you know, I am a voracious reader. It is actually my favorite thing to do, and nothing sounds as appealing to me as being in a comfortable place and reading all day!


I have read a number of books on parenting mainly because I feel like this is always something I can do better. I wanted to share a few of my favorite books today, and I hope you will check some, if not all, of them out.

The first is Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne, M.Ed. and Lisa Ross. Many of the concepts they discuss are rooted in the principles of the Waldorf education. I don’t think anyone reading this wishes they could buy more things for their kids, but if you are anything like me, you wish the world would just slow down. This book not only covers why simplicity in your family life is so important, but also provides easy to implement strategies to make it happen in your home.

Next is Boys Should Be Boys by Meg Meeker, MD. She also has another book called Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters that should also be required reading for any parents of daughters. First of all, Dr. Meeker is a pediatrician, so she speaks from many years of dealing with her patients, but she is also a mother of 4 kids. Again, her books are full of great ideas that you can implement right away. She also recently started a blog that is worth checking out at

I am a big fan of Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages, so when I saw his one for kids I knew I had to read it. As you may know, he says we all have a primary love language and this is how we interpret love. Mine (as true of many women) is “Acts of Service.” When someone does something for me, it makes me feel loved. The other day, Jeff vacuumed out my truck, which was way better than buying me a gift! Obviously, kids are wired this way too. The Five Love Languages of Children helps you figure out what your child’s love language is so you can make certain he is receiving love in the best way possible for him.

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof, is another favorite of mine. This book talks about the importance of connecting your family with a community of people you can trust to help your children develop and become who they were meant to be. As your children grow up, there will come a time when they would rather talk to someone other than you. It is important for you to build friendships with adults you trust, so when that time does come, your kids will have people to go to for good advice.

Are there any great parenting books you have read and would like to share?

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