The Best Parenting Books: Top Picks - September 2021

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The Best Parenting Books - September 2021

Today there are a vast amount of parenting books out there and reading books is a great way to change our neural pathways.

When you read, your brain creates new memories, forming new synapses between your brain’s nerve cells necessary for the transmission of information from one cell to others, while strengthening neural pathways that already exist.

As you work on rewiring your brain you will also be changing how you show up as a parent. You will be more educated and informed and will be able to understand your child more deeply.

That is why today I have included recommendations of some incredible parenting books which cover everything from parenting in the screen age to up-levelling your communication with your kids, understanding self regulation and learning more about Polyvagal theory (the nervous system).

If you are new to conscious parenting and want to expand your mind and become more conscious then start here. These are the parenting books which I currently recommend to parents who I work 1-1 with. You can also find more parenting book suggestions here:

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  1. Beyond Behaviours: Using Brain Science and Compassion To Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioural Challenges by Mona Delahooke.  This book is my go to recommended parenting book at the moment because quite simply it is incredible. “Mona Delahooke has integrated knowledge from the fields of infant mental health, child development, clinical psychology and neuroscience to provide a revolutionary approach to challenging behaviours in children.” Beyond behaviours draws on 30 years of experience to explain that these troubled behaviours are the ‘tip of the iceberg’ – important signals that point to deeper, individual differences in the child that we need to understand and address before we can resolve anything else In fact, many children who can’t seem to behave simply don’t have the developmental capacity to do so – yet.
   
2. What Do You Say: How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance and a Happy Home by William Stixrud, PhD and Ned Johnson

3. SELF-REG: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life.
The first parenting book to bring the science and psychology of children’s behavior together to build brain/body awareness for self-regulation and success Self-Reg is a ground-breaking book that presents an entirely new understanding of your child’s emotions and behavior that serves as a practical guide for parents to help their kids engage calmly and successfully in learning and life. Rooted in decades of clinical practice and research by leading child psychologist Dr. Stuart Shanker, Self-Reg realigns the power of the parent-child relationship for positive change. Self-regulation is the nervous system’s way of responding to stress. We are seeing a generation of children and teens with excessively high levels of stress and, as a result, an explosion of emotional, social, learning, behavior, and physical health problems. But few parents recognize the “hidden stressors” that their children are struggling with: physiological as well as social and emotional. An entrenched view of child rearing is seeing our children as lacking self-control or will-power, but the real basis for these problems lies in excessive stress. Self-regulation can dramatically improve a child’s mood, attention, and concentration. It can help children to feel empathy and to develop the sorts of virtues that every parent knows are vital for their child’s long-term well-being. Self-regulation brings about profound and lasting transformation that continues to mature throughout life. Shanker translates decades of his findings from working with children into practical, prescriptive advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop their self-regulation skills and teach their children how to do the same for optimal learning, social, and emotional growth as well as for overall well-being.
4.Parenting in the Screen Age by Delaney Ruston, MD Does every conversation with your child or teen about screen time blow up into a fight? Or maybe you avoid bringing up the topic but silently harbor worry and frustration. How can you better understand what you’re up against – and most importantly, ensure the healthiest screen time possible? In Parenting in the Screen Age, award-winning filmmaker, and mental health advocate Dr. Delaney Ruston distills more than a decade of communications research into a definitive guide for today’s parents. Packed with evidence-based insights on screen time from researchers, input from kids and teens, and solutions drawn from Dr. Ruston’s own messy parenting struggles, this guide shows you how to start – and sustain – productive family talks about technology. You’ll learn how to: Bring up screen time without making your child or teen defensive; Talk through difficult issues like online social cruelty, sexting, and mental health; Engage your child in creating boundaries around Netflix, video gaming, and social media; Have screen time limits that actually work – with less of the sneaking or arguing. During the COVID pandemic or after, this book will help you lead your child to become more tech-wise and life balanced – empowering them to build a healthier relationship with our digital world, now and into their future.  

5. Dopamine nation by Anna Lembke, MD.

 
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