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Parenting books for raising great kids

By Kobo • March 15, 2024Big Ideas in Books

Let these books make a tough job a little easier

We all want to be the best parents we can be. But how do you get to be good at something you've never done before, when there are no practice rounds and no do-overs—and no two days are the same? We need help from people who've been through this.

These books offer help in the form of advice from experts and other parents, so we don't have to learn everything through trial and error. You'll find the experiences, wisdom, and expertise of a diverse range of parents and researchers offering different approaches for bringing up kids—from their first days at school through turbulent teenage years. With advice ranging from practical tips on setting limits and consequences, to learning to observing yourself through your child's eyes, these books can help each of us better model the kind of parent we most want to be.

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Joyful Courage: Calming the Drama and Taking Control of Your Parenting Journey by Casey O'Roarty

A practical and thoughtful resource for parents of toddlers, teenagers, and every age in between. Learn to navigate the difficulties of setting limits without blowing your lid, and read the cues within you that signal when you're screwing up and when you're parenting at your best.

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Parenting in the Screen Age: A Guide To Calm Conversations by Delaney Ruston

Filmmaker and mental health advocate Dr. Delaney Ruston presents years of communications research in this guide for parents raising kids today. Most helpful, it includes guidance on how to have open and honest conversations with kids about how to make connected devices a part of your lives without driving you apart.

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Discipline Without Damage: How to Get Your Kids to Behave Without Messing Them Up by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe

Sometimes you just need to set a limit. Sometimes it seems like a kid needs to experience a consequence. But how does a parent "lay down the law" in a way that guides children towards positive, pro-social behaviour? Family psychologist Dr. Vanessa Lapointe draws on years of clinical practice dealing with tough situations with families of all kinds. In this book she shares advice rooted in scientific research and a lot of hands-on experience.

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Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams

This book collects essays written by mothers and parents from marginalized communities. The many contributors explore a range of subjects, from the ways racism impacts their families to how they incorporate social justice into their parenting. Centering voices of color, and highlighting issues often ignored by mainstream parenting books, this anthology that will speak to all parents seeking to raise conscious and compassionate children.

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Happy Parents, Happy Kids: Parenting Advice for the Twenty-First Century by Daisaku Ikeda

Peace activist and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda guides parents along a path towards whole-hearted engagement with their children in this book of his writings on parenting. His message is simple: our actions say more than our words, and no lesson can stick without love.

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How To Deal With An Angry Teenager by Rebecca Flag

Tips on communicating with your angry teen and understanding why they're so angry in the first place, delivered in a way that will help you maintain your relationship through these stormy years.

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Who’s Raising the Kids?: Big Tech, Big Business, and the Lives of Children by Susan Linn

Even before the pandemic made living on-camera and on-screen a normal part of childhood from a surprisingly early age, companies have been looking for a way into kids' lives in an effort to raise the next generation of consumers. This book is less a parenting guide and more of a reassuring explanation of what's driving the tech and media saturation of contemporary childhood. Spoiler: it's not because we're "bad parents."

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Kid Confidence: How to Build Resilience and Develop Self-Esteem in Your Child by Susan Garcia

Self-esteem has gotten a bad rap. It's not about "everybody gets a trophy," or "tough love." Rather, it's about an inner sense of worth Fellow parent Susan Garcia offers advice on replacing blankets of vague praise with specific positive reinforcement to build a child's self-esteem and resilience.

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