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The Best Parenting Books for People with Little Kids

Are you completely overwhelmed by all the parenting books out there?  Not only are there a million to choose from, but they can be so dry and boring you can barely make it through.

I’m here to share with you books that speak to me not only in parenting style, but in entertainment value, too.  Stick around for a bonus book at the end!  Without further ado, I present to you my Top 5 Best Parenting Books in 2 minutes or less.  

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For the parent that’s overwhelmed: 

Simplicity Parenting:  Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross

I return to this book time after time. The main principles include getting rid of unnecessary extras and building routines and rhythms in your daily life.  

For the parent that wants less screen time: 

Grow Wild by Katy Bowman

Although the author says she didn’t set out to write a parenting book, I would definitely consider this as one.  The main principle is promoting more movement in your everyday life (which kids are seriously lacking these days) and making it fun for the whole family.  

For the parent who is tired of being a referee: 

Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings:  How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Dr. Laura Markham

The other bestseller by Dr. Laura Markham is Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids – also a great read – but you get a good overview in this book before addressing siblings.  This book also goes into detail on principles from another great read, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber.  More bang for your buck!

For the outdoorsy or nature parent:

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Akeson McGurk

(A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids)

I love learning about parenting in other cultures and this one is a great read for those looking to get more outdoor time with their kids.  

For the parent that’s tried everything: 

Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans by Michaeleen Doucleff

This author lived in remote villages with her child to deep dive into different child rearing practices.  It is a great read and definitely has something to offer for everyone that reads it. 

BONUS BOOK For Every Human Being!

The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t, and Get Stuff Done by Kendra Adachi

If you like or need to implement systems in your household, life, family, work, whatever – you need to read this book.  It is not a one-size-fits-all self help book, but rather helps develop systems that will work for your particular situation.  It emphasizes relationships and connections and is very entertaining and quick to read.  

Well, there you go!  Hibernation season (January – March) is coming up fast.  You know you’re not going out a lot or planning big events, so go ahead and add these to your list of reads for this season.  

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