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My Top 10 Mom Books!
Enjoy this varied selection, and not necessarily in order (as it depends on a given day what I need from a certain book). These books are my go-to group!
The Five Love Languages of Children, Gary Chapman (and the version for adults). An excellent resource for learning how your child needs to feel loved, not necessarily how you most readily show it. Although children need all five love languages, you can learn their primary and secondary ones.
The Challenging Child, Stanley L. Greenspan. When my autistic child about put me in the ground, this was a life-saver. It has great tips on dealing with various types of personalities and issues while retaining the love and positivity.
Everyday Parents Raising Great Kids, James MacArthur. An informative and helpful tool for intentionally parenting, from teens to toddlers, and for having more fun with your children. It’s simple to use and effective in it’s practices. Sound advice with excellent case studies that help you parent in a wiser, happier way. I’ve loved these principles and used them on various children throughout my child-rearing years.
Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Connie Sokol. Yes, I know, but other women have shared this so I felt I needed to. These life principles and practices have been honed and taught for fifteen years. I use them in some way every single day. From creating healthy connections to balancing motherhood, the principles are simple, doable, and enjoyable.
Parenting with Love and Logic, by Foster Cline, M.D. and Jim Fay. Based on a more logical approach with a good dose of love, this book focuses a good deal on natural consequences and “affordable mistakes.” Absolutely fabulous, it provides specific ways to respond to difficult situations. Recently, I’ve had to do this with two children who continually bicker. Using a positive/negative tally approach, it’s helped them to see how often they’re engaging (more than they thought) and how quickly they can stop it when the outcome is understood.
A Joyful Mother of Children, Linda J. Eyre. A close second was another of her books, I Didn’t Plan on Being a Witch. Mrs. Eyre shares real-life situations with wise solutions. And, the addresses the rollercoaster emotions that can accompany them.
This book has helped me countless times. One particular experience was when my husband and I were deciding whether or not to have a caboose baby. I just happened to grab this book off my shelf and open to a page where she was making a similar decision. Her candor about the emotions and concerns facing that kind of question helped me make a clearer decision for our family.
Motherhood Matters: Joyful Reminders of the Divinity, Reality, and Rewards of Motherhood, Connie Sokol. I wrote this because there days when I felt like a loser mom and wanted to run away. After researching and reading principles to help me feel better, on a deep level, I wanted to share them. With quotes, life experiences, and joyful truths, you’ll feel happy about being mom and able to get back in the ring!
Change Anything, Kerry Patterson and co-authors. Excellent resource on science-based principles for creating change. Their fabulous approach is teaching change concepts like a skill-set, especially applicable to teens. It’s excellent with case studies and real-life application.
The Parenting Breakthrough, Merilee Boyack. A humorous, pragmatic approach to parenting with details on how to help children with emotional, social, and even financial development. And, some great tips on how to be a happier more fulfilled parent.
What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know: 10 Secrets to Connect Moms & Daughters, Rachelle J. Christensen and Connie Sokol. For 5th to 7th graders, this book is a must-have. It’s the reason we wrote it. Covering issues like puberty, friends, bullying, peer pressure and more, the first half of the book i“speaks” to your daughter, the second half “speaks” to you as the mom. Includes conversation tips (how to start, what to do when it gets uncomfortable, etc.), and scenarios to help your child practice situations before they occur.