If you only read one parenting book….

I have been reading parenting books for much longer than I’ve been a parent.  I guess I’ve always been a bit of a child development geek.  I probably should have majored in education or something similar, but when I was in college, there was no convincing me that I was not destined to be the next great novelist/poet on the literary scene.  I think every English major I knew had the same aspiration.

After college, I realized that I’d probably need a job while I waited for the writing dreams to materialize.  That’s where library school entered the picture, and that’s where I discovered children’s literature, which has since become my life’s passion.  So it all worked out, I’d say. :)

I still read a lot of parenting/child development books.  Now that I am a parent, I have a more practical reason for choosing them, but I’m still just generally interested in how kids think and how we as parents, educators, and random people might best interact with them.

daringgreatly

On that note, check out the Best Parenting Books of 2012 from Momma Data (one of my favorite parenting related blogs) for some great suggestions that get behind the headlines and dig into the facts.

My parenting book pick for 2012 isn’t even a parenting book.  It’s a self help book that I’d recommend to just about anyone regardless of whether they have children, but don’t let that deter you from reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown as a parenting book.  You can skip to the chapter on Whole Hearted Parenting if you want or read a version of her words to parents published on the Huffington Post.

If nothing else, this:

“Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.”

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2 thoughts on “If you only read one parenting book….

    • You might find that Daring Greatly is a bit of a rehash for you if you’ve read her previous books. She actually quotes from herself a couple of times, which is kind of funny. But it’s a good starting place for someone new to her ideas.

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