Transform Your Parenting Style with These 5 Powerful Books on Gentle Parenting

Revolutionize Your Parenting Approach with These 5 Groundbreaking Books on Gentle Parenting

There are many books on Gentle Parenting (also known as Conscious Parenting) that are must-reads when it comes to embarking on this journey.

Many people operate under the assumption that they know what Gentle Parenting is, based entirely on the popular name it’s been given. This false sense of understanding typically results in parents deciding that Gentle Parenting “doesn’t work” because no matter how gently the parents speak to their children, the children do not change their behavior.

I hear this a lot. And when I ask these parents which Gentle Parenting books they’ve read, they always respond with, “none.” They never consider reading any books/articles, taking classes, or speaking with a coach because they assume Gentle Parenting is simply being nice to your kid.As we now know, there is quite a bit more to it than that, and you’re welcome to read about what it actually is HERE.

If you are serious about learning this parenting style and adopting it into your parenting, you must educate yourself. The following books on Gentle Parenting are necessary to fully understand what this is and why we parent the way we do. Without this fundamental understanding, you will find yourself frustrated with yourself and your children.

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And while there are many books on gentle parenting, this is a list that I frequently provide my parenting clients as I can personally vouch for them. While there is no shortage of parenting books, and finding the best books on gentle parenting may be a question of opinion, I don’t think you’ll have any complaints with the following list.

1. No Right Way, By Lisa Jean-Francois

Of course, I had to begin with my very own E-book, No Right Way. This e-book is an introduction to Conscious Parenting. Please note that I use Conscious Parenting and Gentle Parenting interchangeably. I don’t find there to be much difference between the two, but I do go into more detail about it here.

Now, more about this book. I may be a bit biased, but I think this is the perfect book on gentle parenting for those who are very new to this journey and want to figure out exactly what this is. Grab your copy here.

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2. The Whole Brain Child, By Daniel J. Siegel

It is imperative that parents understand child development in order to adhere to this parenting style. Far too often, we tend to arbitrarily decide when a child’s behavior is developmentally appropriate. For instance, we may feel that a toddler who “throws tantrums” is behaving inappropriately, and therefore respond to this behavior by punishing or shaming the child. When, in truth, the child’s behavior is developmentally appropriate.

And once you know that the behavior is perfectly normal, you can then lean into better tools to help your child regulate their big feelings. But you wouldn’t know to do that if you don’t understand the way a child’s brain works. That’s why this is, by far, one of my most recommended books on Gentle Parenting. It is an incredibly important read. Grab your copy here.

cover of The Whole Brain Child

3. The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read: (And Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did, By Philippa Perry 

Of all of my recommended books on gentle parenting, this one truly brings into perspective the way children feel and view the world. We often think we remember what it was like because we were all children at some point, but adulthood truly erases all of that. Our egos often get in the way of understanding their perspective and why they do what they do. This book explains it all, far better than I ever could. Grab your copy here,

Cover of The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read

4. The Explosive Child: A New Approach For Understanding And Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, By Dr. Ross Greene.

As we know, every child is unique. If you are a parent to a neurodivergent child, for instance, you may have a child who is not only very autonomy-driven, but also very challenged when it comes to adapting to change. In The Explosive Child, Dr. Greene gives great examples and guidance for how to approach parenting “explosive children.” This is a fast read and a must for parenting kids who are easily frustrated. Buy Here.

cover of The Explosive Child

5. The Conscious Parent, By Dr. Shefali Tsabary

This was the first Conscious Parenting book I read, and it will forever be the book that I credit with helping me to understand childhood trauma. This book took me from being an “unconscious parent” to a conscious a one. It’s still a journey, of course, but it truly opened my eyes and increased my understanding of the science/psychology of this parenting style. Grab your copy here.

cover of The Conscious Parent

*grab All of These While You are At It!*

I’ll be rotating this list every month or so, so these are a few others that will be included in the future. Grab these also!

These books on gentle parenting provide a treasure trove of wisdom and guidance for parents seeking to create nurturing and respectful relationships with their children. Embracing the principles of gentle parenting can foster emotional well-being, build strong bonds, and create a harmonious family dynamic based on empathy and connection.Whether you’re a new parent or have been on the parenting journey for a while, these books on gentle parenting offer valuable insights and practical strategies to enhance your parenting skills and foster a loving and supportive environment for your children. So, dive into these transformative reads and discover the joy of gentle parenting.

Feel free to drop additional suggestions in the comment sections!

 

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7 Comments

  1. Thanks for the list! I just put a bunch on hold at my library!

    1. awesome! Let me know your thoughts!

  2. In the same How to Talk series is, HOW TO TALK SO LITTLE KIDS WILL LISTEN, by Faber and King. Geared to parents and caregivers of kids ages 2-7.

    1. thanks for the additional title!

  3. Dropping all of the mics in the world. I am an ADHD specialist and ADHD behavior parent trainer for families. Authoritative is EXACTLY the style of parenting that works best for both children that have ADHD and parents that are raising a child with ADHD and or have ADHD themselves. So Drop the Mic, kudos, way to go, keep it up, thank God there is Another like-minded decent fucking human. Lol

  4. A good article to read is
    Is Gentle Parenting Biblical?
    by
    Bernard N. Howard
    Christian Living

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