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8 Books for the Path to Positive Parenting

Celebrate Positive Parenting Awareness Month in January with these inspirational and transformative reads that will boost your entire parenting experience.

Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide (The Positive Parent Series) by Rebecca Eanes
Parenting blogger Rebecca Eanes shares wisdom for overcoming limiting thought patterns and recognizing emotional triggers, as well as advice for connecting with children at each stage, from infancy to adolescence. This guide encourages parents to foster an emotional connection that helps their kiddos learn self-discipline, feel confident, and create lasting, loving bonds.

No Perfect Parents: Ditch Expectations, Embrace Reality, and Discover the One Secret That Will Change Your Parenting by Dave & Ann Wilson
This hands-on parenting manual is packed with funny and honest stories, compelling illustrations, biblical insight, and practical steps you can put into practice today. No Perfect Parents also covers essential topics like learning to discipline without losing your mind or causing more chaos, the parenting guilt trip, the teen years, and the top five parenting mistakes.

Positive Discipline: The Classic Guide to Helping Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Problem-Solving Skills by Jane Nelsen Ed.D.
This classic guide has been a favorite for 25 years. Jane Nelsen, distinguished psychologist, educator, and mother of seven, has officially written a revised and expanded edition. Nelsen coaches parents and teachers to be both firm and kind, so that any child–from a three-year-old toddler to a rebellious teenager–can learn creative cooperation and self-discipline with no loss of dignity. 

No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury
As a RIE teacher and student of pioneering child specialist Magda Gerber, Janet Lansbury’s advice is not based solely on formal studies and the research of others, but also on her 20 years of hands-on experience guiding hundreds of parents and their toddlers. This book features a collection of Lansbury’s most popular articles pertaining to common toddler behaviors and how respectful parenting practices can be applied to benefit both parents and children.

Tiny Humans, Big Emotions: How to Navigate Tantrums, Meltdowns, and Defiance to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children by Alayna Blask Campbell, M.Ed. and Lauren Stauble, M.S.
From two early childhood experts, this is an essential guidebook that empowers parents to help their little ones navigate their big feelings–including tantrums, outbursts, and separation anxiety–while laying the groundwork for a lifetime of emotional intelligence.

Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids by Hunter Clarke-Fields, MSAE
Find powerful and practical strategies to break free from “reactive parenting” habits and raise kind, cooperative, and confident kids. This book teaches mindfulness skills for calming your own stress response when difficult emotions arise. You’ll also discover strategies for cultivating respectful communication, effective conflict resolution, and reflective listening.

Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be by Dr. Becky Kennedy
Dr. Becky Kennedy, the popular parenting expert and creator of @drbeckyatgoodinside, shares her groundbreaking approach to raising kids and offers practical strategies for parenting in a way that feels good.

The ABCs of Positive Parenting: A Creative Approach to Raising Children by Julie D. Hunter
Parenting is finally broken down in a way that is easy for all to understand–through the ABCs. This book is written to remind parents that positive discipline results in positive results.

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