SOME OF THE MOST USEFUL THINGS I'VE READ/LISTENED TO:
Gosh, I've read a lot of books and articles about parenting. Some left me feeling more incapable and overwhelmed than I did beforehand.
The resources below are the ones I've felt gave me the most reassurance and confidence in my parenting. The books I wouldn't want to have missed and parented without.
Once I had a little one I started listening to audiobooks for the first time as they allowed me to listen to another adult on long days alone with a baby and they were easy to listen to whilst doing housework/feeding etc For that same reason I also discovered podcasts for the first time, often listening with one ear whilst using the other to listen for my daughter waking up and needing me.
I hope you find this short list useful.
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THE GIFTS OF IMPREFECT PARENTING | BRENE BROWN
If there is one book I could recommend it would be this one. Actually it's not available in book format only audio but it's hands down been the best and most reassuring parenting information I've come across. I would highly recommend it to every single parent out there!
THE CONSCIOUS PARENT | SHEFALI TSABARY
And if there was only one other book that I could recommend it would be this one! It really shifted how I looked at my role as a parent.
NO BAD KIDS | JANET LANSBURY
Oh my goodness, this book was a lifesaver once my little one was having tantrums and refusing to leave the house or get in the car. Her methods work so well and I still pop back to her blog sometimes when I'm having a recurring issue with my pre-schooler. This book was worth it's weight in gold!
HOW TO TALK SO LITTLE KIDS WILL LISTEN | JOANNA FABER
This book is a fantastic book if you want to understand how your little one's brain works and why sometimes you can feel like you're banging your head against a brick wall. There is also a version for kids over 7. A great recommendation if you feel like you're never being listened to!
THE WHOLE-BRAIN-CHILD | DR DANIEL J SIEGEL
This is a book for those of you who like to understand how your child's brain is developing and what that means in terms of your lived experience with your child. Definitely not an essential like some f the ones above but super interesting if you're into that sort of thing.
THE HIGHLY SENSITIVE CHILD | ELAINE N. ARON
This book really helped me understand my daughter a whole lot better. She struggles with loud noises, itchy clothes and is easily overstimulated. The book gave such great insights as well as advice on how best to nuture and discipline sensitive souls.
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