The Top 5 Parenting Books for Raising Kids

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Books on parenting can bring out the worst in parents. Many seem to give up on their parenting skills and rely solely on the advice of these books. They either do everything the book says or nothing at all.

But parenting is not that simple – it’s not about following a set of rules, rather than appreciating your individuality as a parent. The best way for you to raise your child is by understanding what you want from your child and then going about figuring out how to achieve it while celebrating his or her individualistic quirks along the way.

Here are some books that I find, not only helpful in my parenting but also give me a good giggle when reading them.

The No-Cry Discipline Solution

A boy sitting at a table using a laptop

The first book on the list is about teaching your kids good behavior without using bribes or punishments. Author Elizabeth Pantley promises that parents who follow her advice will see an improvement in their child’s behavior within only a few days. She says there are no gimmicks, quick fixes, or harsh parenting practices involved in this book. I love to let my son watch TV while resting his legs – it’s totally not what this book recommends but hey, he stops fussing after some time, and at least he gets his much-needed rest.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk


I love reading books that help me be a better parent rather than books that tell me how to treat my child. The first book, “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen …” written by the late Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish is probably one of the best parenting books that focus on communication rather than discipline. The authors say that children may not always do what you ask them to but if you explain your requests in a clear manner then at least they will know why they are being asked to act in a certain way. And this brings up another point – which parent doesn’t want their kids’ approval?

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

Okay, I admit it – I’m an overprotective parent who didn’t think it was possible for me or my family members to hurt ourselves even when we’re trying our best at it. I guess a lot of parents are like that – we don’t want to consider the possibility of our child or someone else getting injured. For this reason, I love books that talk about injury prevention and how to make kids understand why they shouldn’t put certain things in their mouths. The book also talks about how children’s brains develop as well as why it is important for them to know what can and cannot be done with their bodies at different stages in their growth.

Parenting from the Inside Out

This scientifically proven book by Daniel J. Siegel M.D., an esteemed neuropsychiatrist and now author Laura Markham helps you understand why you behave the way you do as a parent so you could learn how to reinvent yourself and become a better parent for your child. I love books that give me a psychological perspective on how my mind works and this book is totally the one to do the trick.

The Wonder of Boys

There are times when I really wonder how my little boy thinks – he doesn’t have female siblings so I can only guess what goes on in his mind! This book by Michael Gurian talks about the characteristics of boys at different ages and stages of growth. It also talks about their interests, affinities, learning styles, and other concerns unique to boys.


Parenting is not easy – you need to learn how to balance discipline, understanding, communication, and creativity. Books are your best friends when it comes to learning new tricks on how to get the most out of parenting.

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