The relationship between parent and child is crucial to their development and we know how challenging parenting can be. Here are some of our favorite books that are focused on parenting.
“Thinking of your child behaving badly disposes you to think of punishment. Thinking of your child as struggling to handle something difficult encourages you to help them through distress.” – Author Unkown
Strong Willed Children
Supporting and guiding children that are strong-willed may require specialize parenting techniques. Here are some of our favorites that help build understanding into their amazing qualities and strengths and how to best support them.
“Strong willed children become adults who can change the world as long as we can hang on for the ride and resist the temptation to tame their spirit.” – Author Unknown
The Grieving Child
Navigating loss is difficult. Here are some of our favorites that provide insight into how a child grieves and their needs during this time.
“Grief is like the ocean, it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” Author Unknown
Now that they are older, you’re probably wondering “what works now?” Well, that’s a great question. This is a time where they are creating independence and learning about themselves. Here are some of our favorites to help understand what they are facing and provide some guidance on how to best parent your teen.
“A teen seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to.” – Author Unknown
Starting Play Therapy
Not sure how to share with your child about starting play therapy? Here are some great books to read to children prior to starting play therapy.
“Play is the highest expression of human development, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” Friedrich Froebel
Puberty and Body Awareness
Educating your child on body awareness and how the body works is so important. We recommend that this is an open and ongoing conversation so they feel safe to ask any questions. Here are some great books to help with these hard conversations.
Knowing what to say or how to support your child through divorce can be daunting. Here are some great books that address divorce.
“Never put your child in a place where they have to pick which parent to love.” – Author Unknown
It can be hard to explain grief to children. Here are some great books that we recommend to help your child process these difficult feelings.
“Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” – Vicki Harrison
Here are some of our favorite books to help children navigate socially and address bullying.
“Courage + Self Esteem = Confidence.” – Author Unknown
Here are some of our favorite books to facilitate appropriate behavior.
Rules without relationship = Rebellion Relationship without rules = Chaos Relationship + Rules = Respect and Responsibility
Sometimes it is helpful to read a story that we can connect with the characters. Here are some of our favorite books that share a story of those impacted by bullying.
We are always growing and learning. And, sometimes, we may go through an event or time in our life that may make us question who we are. Here are some of our favorite books/workbooks that we find helpful in self reflection and personal growth.
“Change is inevitable. Growth is intentional”. – Author Unknown
Going through a divorce or separation is difficult and even more challenging if you have children. Here are some recommendations to support you through this process. Some are specific to co-parenting, which is helpful for co-parents to read together to assist in applying co-parenting skills.
“The sign of great parenting is not the child’s behavior. The sign of truly great parenting is the parent’s behavior” –Andy Smithson
Here are some of our favorites on building relationship skills.
“Your relationships can only be as healthy as you are”. – Neil Warren
Healing after an affair can be difficult. Here are some great resources.
“Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned.” – Author Unknown
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