Sometimes we all need a little refresher when it comes to parenting. It can be exhausting and exciting, but overall we forget much of the knowledge we have sought out, paid for, and educated ourselves on overtime. Even after years of education, I still have to look back at old notes or books to recall some theories or techniques. I wanted to share some of favorite parenting books, that never get old (in my point of view), and are always helpful to my clients. Feel free to share your favorites too!
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, by John Gottman, Ph.D. Gottman relates to parents, divulging some of his own mistakes and challenges. This book is a guide to teach parents how to raise emotionally intelligent children, with a simple five step process. It is a easy read, that provides strategies and techniques rather than explaining issues in-depth. Good for parents with kids of any age.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & How to Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Farber adn Elaine Mazlish. Classic book on communicating with kids, it gives practical strategies and tips. Their book for Teens is great as well. I often go back and read chapters to remind myself (as a therapist) what NOT to say to kids, what gets them to close up, and what phrases work well to get them to open up.
Parenting from the Inside Out, by Daniel J Siegel, M.D., and Mary Hartzell, M. Ed. The authors examine how our own childhoods shape the way that we parent, and how we can draw on this awareness to become better parents ourselves. Attachment research and neurobiology are discussed along with strategies to become the parent you really want to be.
These are just a few of my go-to favorites on my bookshelf, I have more specific book recommendations based on symptoms and diagnosis, however there are TOO many for this post. Please add your favorites and ones that you have found helpful to your family.
Emily Roberts, MA., LPC
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