I always have....
In my first grade I won a reading contest...I remember chowing down at least 200 books! Yes, I was a little bookworm, as my Mother can attest too :)
So now that I have 4 children you can only imagine the amount of parenting books that I've read...
Ones that say this & ones that say that...ones I've never bothered to finish. Too much theory & not enough practical information.
I know when I became a first-time parent (about 13 years ago) I was on the prowl for info to help me adjust.....and since then there have been many OTHER reasons I have kept going, kept pursuing good parenting books. I have searched & purchased many. Some I simply perused at our local library.
My favs are those that focus on PRACTICAL parenting skills.
Today, I share my TOP TEN LIST with you. This is not exhaustive....there are many other good reads for parents out there. But these are 10 that I can attest really helped me in some way, shape or form. Maybe something will catch your eye & perhaps you'll find a new one to add to your 'must read' list. Enjoy!!
1) No Extraordinary Child By Denise Mira
2) The Strong-Willed Child By Dr. James Dobson
3) On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo and Dr. Robert Bucknam
4) On Becoming Childwise By Garry Ezzo & Dr. Robert Bucknam
5) The Five Love Languages for Children By Gary Chapman & Dr. Ross Campbell
What a helpful book! Ever wonder why two of your children do NOT respond the same way to your loving gestures?? Every child has a different way they will perceive your love, and actually the authors narrow it down to five in particular-->acts of service, gifts, time, touch & words of affirmation. Read this book & get a handle on how to show YOUR particular child how much you love 'em!
6) Hide or Seek by Dr. James Dobson (or the updated "The New Hide or Seek")
7) The Great Physician's RX for Children's Health by Jordan Rubin with Dr. Fiona Blair
Certainly a great read if you're looking to improve your family's health :)
8) The Battlefield of the Mind By Joyce Meyer
***This author ALSO has editions specifically for children or teens. My eldest has read the children's edition and it helped him a lot with some of his negative thought patterns. Also highly recommended reads!
9) ***This reco is specific to homeschooling parents.
Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling By Mary Pride
10) My TOP PICK for parenting help would have to be this book-->
Of course, mine does not look like the one above (they have study ones now, different translations as well, notes to help us better understand the culture, ones that are audio, computer down-loaded options, topical studies, and much more!) but all of them in actuality DO have the same verses & the same content.
The bible isn't normally listed in topical sections, so it's best to use a concordance, or another book that has sorted it out for you. Nonetheless, the bible has offered me MORE wisdom on parenting that I have ever found elsewhere. I sometimes just read through the book of Proverbs to glean parenting tips. Ephesians has great thoughts on family life. Both Timothys as well.
Anyway, this one is up to you to get into and dig. Google a bible online if you don't already have one. They're free & usually fairly easy to use.
Well that's it...my top ten list. Hope you've found it helpful. As stated above, there are MANY other great authors I could mention...but these are a few of my favs!! Happy reading :)