Do you have a favorite parenting book?

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  1. I am taking a parent education class and we are all supposed to bring a favorite parenting book for a discussion. I just realized I read a few books before DS was born, but now I only have time to read magazines in the bathroom (sorry TMI!. I need some good recs. Anyone?

  2. I like Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood. I'll be interested to hear other people's favorites.

  3. I guess this is more for parenting babies, but I loved Dr. Karp's book, The Happiest Baby On The Block (I think he has a toddler version, but I never got it!).

  4. I like 123 Magic. I am going to start Love and Logic Magic for Early Chilldhood soon...I have heard great things about it.


  5. Positive Discipline for Preschoolers is a good one (parent educator w/ the school district recommended it).

  6. Hands down, Dr. Spock-Baby and Child Care. The first line in the book says something like, "trust yourself, you know more than you think you do". What new mother doesn't need to hear that?

  7. How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk.

    I still re-read it every once in a while.

  8. I've been working my way through a bunch of them trying to figure out what feels right/works best for us. So far liking the Love and Logic books (read the original and now reading the under 6 version) - I find it an intriguing blend of kinda groovy (the premise behind it) and really strict (the execution of the premise). I'm also liking Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles - this one also helps the parent figure out how to get their own intensity level down first before dealing with/responding to the child. I also liked Positive Discipline but didn't feel there were enough explicit techniques/tools - seemed more like theory.

  9. Oh, I did read the Happiest Baby and saw the Happiest Toddler DVD. I tried the dealing with tantrums technique (when you get down and tell them "I know I know you are angry, blah blah). Didn't really work all that great for us. But I am trying to find a gentle disciplinig approach, as I tend to be on a harsher (stricter) side with DS and really feel like I need to loosen up a bit.

    I started reading Creative Correction and couldn't finish it- definitely not my cup of tea.

    The Positive Discipline does sound interesting..

  10. Anything by Penelope Leach. Particularly 'Your baby and child'

  11. There's also a Positive Discipline A-Z that goes through different topics/problem behaviors alphabetically and how to deal w/ them

  12. Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn. Wonderful book! Liked it way better than the positive discipline books. It makes much more sense.


  13. How to Have a New Kid by Friday is my new favorite. I don't really buy the whole "by Friday" part, but I like how it focuses on kids being responsible for themselves, learning from their own mistakes, and being held accountable.

  14. Carrie- LOL! Is it assuming you start on Monday? I'll have to check it out/

  15. I just wanted to thank everyone for the suggestions on this thread. I requested all of them that my library carries and am reading them as they come in, so far I absolutely loved "How to talk so your kids will listen and listen so your kids will talk" and have already used some of the techniques. The title wouldn't have grabbed me to pick up otherwise so thank you! I am gleaning a lot of information from the other books as I read them too.


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