My Booklist
Favorite Books for Parents
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Bringing Up Geeks: Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids--how to protect your kid's childhood in a grow-up-too-fast world
by Marybeth Hicks

This book is a "parenting bible!" It describes ways (in detail) to help your child reach his fullest potential, according to the values of your family.

My personal favorite chapter is "Rule #1: Raise a Brainiac." If you read anything from this book, it MUST be this chapter. Hicks has outstanding suggestions on how to make your child a lover of learning. I especially enjoyed her ideas for developing a love of reading in your child. If you follow the recommendations in this chapter, you are almost guaranteed to help your child easily reach academic success.

Other outstanding chapters (although, I truly enjoyed every chapter) are "Rule #4: Raise a Kid Adults Like," "Rule #9: Raise a Principled Kid," and "Rule #10: Raise a Faithful Kid."

No: Why Kids--of All Ages--Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It
by David Walsh, PhD

‚Äč"Although saying NO to your child is obviously important, many parents still have a hard time following through--even when they know they should--especially when other parents and the culture around them are being permissive. Now, successful psychologist, bestselling author, and nationally known parenting expert Dr. David Walsh provides you with an arsenal of tactics, explanations, and examples of using NO the right way with your kids. His memorable, affecting, and sometimes humorous anecdotes help you regain confidence in your own judgment and ability to say NO as they remind you that you're not alone in your parenting struggles. With Dr. Walsh's down-to-earth advice, you can immediately assess and improve your relationship with your kids, set and enforce limits that make sense for different ages (from toddlers and teens), and otherwise make NO a positive influence on kids' behavior and in your overall family life." (copied directly from the book)

Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility
by Foster Cline, M.D. & Jim Fay

"If you want to raise kids who are self-confident, motivated, and ready for the real world, take advantage of this win-win approach to parenting. Your kids will win because they'll learn responsibility and the logic of life by solving their own problems. And you'll win because you'll establish healthy control--without resorting to anger, threats, nagging, or exhausted power struggles." (copied directly from the book)

I found this book enjoyable to read and very informative, but even more enjoyable to listen to on CD (available through the Livonia Public Library) with my husband on a trip up north. The reader on the CD has an engaging voice and reads quickly. Listening to the book with my husband gave us some great topics of discussion!