My clients will tell you I am constantly referring them to one book or another… whether it’s parenting, spirituality, mindfulness, self-acceptance, there are so many wonderful books out there!
So today, I wanted to share a few parenting books. Ones I consider to be most life-changing for both myself and my clients.
I do not yet have any affiliate status, so I am not receiving anything in return for promoting any book. They are just that good.
Life-Changing Parenting Books
Let me first say that I am a huge fan of Dan Siegel.
Like, if I put posters of rockstars on my wall, it wouldn’t be Springsteen, or Hendrix, or Prince. It would be Siegel, all the way.
And I don’t even know if the man sings.
But, I do know that he has put together more than half a century of attachment research, along with the latest developments in neuroscience, in book form to help parents rock their roles.
All puns aside, I need you to know that I am not one of those people who reads every parenting book.
In fact, when I was pregnant with my first child, I swore I would not read a single parenting book other than What to Expect When You’re Expecting because I hated all the conflicting and faddish advice.
And yet, here we are… Due in no small part to the fact that Siegel’s approach is rooted both in hard science and deep love, two things which are arguably the opposite of faddish.
So, with no further ado, my top 6 life-changing parenting books!
The thing that stood out to me in this book was not the idea that autism can be cured, though the author claims that very thing happened to him, but that without ever talking about attachment theory, the author’s parents lived and breathed attachment with their son.
There is no universe in which a child doesn’t benefit from parents “entering their world,” and in this case, that idea is applied with love and kindness to parenting autistic children.
Please understand, I am not endorsing this book for the purpose of upholding neurotypical as the only, or even the best, way to be in this world.
Instead, I see this book as a guide for helping our children with autism be the best they can be in a way that makes everyone feel whole, understood, and loved.
A practical, easy-to-understand road map for helping our “chronically inflexible” children.
If you are exhausted and have no time to read anything about parenting because parenting is so exhausting, this is the book for you.
Written from an attachment framework and filled with real-life stories, Dr. Greene offers a compassionate and effective guide book that can be read in small chunks and applied immediately to elicit change.