Recommended Parenting Books

1. How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Faber & Mazlish.
If you are only ever going to read one parenting book, this is the one to read. It teaches respectful, effective parenting skills that concurrently help you build a good relationship with your child. The skills and information is most applicable from toddler hood to the pre-teen years. This is a must read for not only parents, but also anyone who works with children.

2. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Marc Weissbluth.
This book provides detailed information about sleep patterns and provides specific advice to help parents adjust nap and sleep times, tailored to the child's age. The book does include a small amount of information about older children, but is most useful for parents of infants and toddlers.

3. Raising Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka.
Focusing on temperament, this book helps parents to understand, accept, and work with their child's unique qualities. The book also focuses on the effects of matching and mismatching of temperament styles between parent and child, which is key for developing positive parent-child relationships.

4. Mom's House, Dad's House, by Isolina Ricci.
This is a comprehensive book for parents who are separated or divorced, with a collaborative, modern perspective.

5. Boy Smarts, by Barry Macdonald.
Written by a School Counsellor, and father of 3 boys, Barry Macdonald focuses on qualities unique to boys, and illustrates how we can help boys learn, socialize, and become more confident. In my view, parents of boys will benefit from reading this book, as well schoolteachers and administrators.

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