August 12, 2015

Top Seven Parenting Books

I can hardly believe I set out on my parenting journey without a single child training or parenting book.  I started reading parenting books about the time Emma was born.  I have enjoyed doing many reviews for such books over the years and have built quiet a library of books we share with parents who come seeking advice.  Before this post gets under way, clearly understand, with the exception of Proverbs, I do not endorse every idea or teaching in any one book.  You must read, think and decide for yourselves what is the best way to parent your child.  This is not an all inclusive list but rather the ones which came to my mind first.
If we go no further we can find everything we need to successfully raise our children right in this tiny book.  Make it a habit to read it every day of your life.  Better yet, read it with your children and you will all be better for it.

What to Expect When You Are Expecting  by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
This book was given to me when I was expecting Kaitlin.  In the days before the internet and with no mother figure to go to this was an invaluable resource for me.

Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade Curtis
Again, this book was given to me when I was expecting Kaitlin.  I loved reading each week to see how baby was growing and developing.  With modern apps I suppose it is obsolete now but my kids insisted it was a must for the list because we all still loved to pull it out with Addison.

On Becoming Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo
I think all expecting parents would profit by reading and applying the principles shared by the Ezzos.

ESP Character Training by Kim Doebler
This book is an excellent volume on teaching your children self control and character training from toddler hood and up.

The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman
This is a book is one I think everyone should read and apply to the relationships in their life.  It will help you love your husband, mother, friend and children better.  It will help you understand how they both show and receive love.  When I first read this book about 20 years ago it even helped me understand me better.

Shepherding A Child's Heart by Ted Tripp
An excellent book on how to reach the heart of your children and connect with those heart strings to have positive lifelong influence over your children.


  1. I've read all of those except ESP and the five love languages (and the pregnancy one, but you're right about apps ;o). Going to order those two now!

  2. Thanks for the recommendations! I have heard of most of them. And even with the apps available now I still loved pulling out my what to expect book every week for updates. Many of the women at my church swear by the babywise books, and I read the first 2 in the series. Unfortunately the scheduling and sleep training advice did not work at all for my baby, but we were able to find another that did. But I think she was an exception. I know many children who did well with it.