Confession, I love parenting books but I haven’t finished one since the boys have been born.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy reading entire books, I assure you that I do.  I just haven’t slept an entire night through since Oli’s birth in April of 2015, so if I sit down to read a chapter I fall asleep.  But I’m definitely a skimmer and I need all the parenting advice I can get.  So I buy all the parenting books.       I have a few on my night stand, one on my desk next to me, a few in the car, and one in my diaper bag.

These are the current books I’m skimming during car-pickup line or when I’m pinned under a sleeping child not able to move without a charged iphone.


Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

Last child in the Woods is the first book to bring together cutting-edge research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development-physical, emotional, and spiritual. What’s more, nature is a potent therapy for depression, obesity, and Add. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Even creativity is stimulated by childhood experiences in nature.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.

Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Confidence

From eliciting a giggle during baby’s first game of peekaboo to cracking jokes with a teenager while hanging out at the mall, Playful Parenting is a complete guide to using play to raise confident children. Written with love and humor, brimming with good advice and revealing anecdotes, and grounded in the latest research, this book will make you laugh even as it makes you wise in the ways of being an effective, enthusiastic parent.


Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

A groundbreaking guide to raising responsible, capable, happy kids

Based on the latest research on brain development and extensive clinical experience with parents, Dr. Laura Markham’s approach is as simple as it is effective. Her message: Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don’t need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe—or even punish.

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What are you reading now?  Or skimming?


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