For those of you who don’t already know, I am, by profession, a nanny! This means I spend most days kissing bruised knees and trying to convince a toddler to eat their veggies. I love being a nanny, and I’ve grown a lot since becoming one. With nannying, as with parenting, you strive to raise your child in the best way possible. Because the children I am helping care for are not mine I do a lot of research on parenting methods/styles/etc…. Whether it be through podcasts, YouTube videos, or books, I love to learn about children. They are my job and I want to aide in their development to the best of my abilities. For my April Book Review, I’ve picked three non-fiction “parenting” books to review. Whether you have kids, mind them, or are just interested they are wonderful reads!
Positive Parenting by Rebecca Eanes
This is one of the easiest and most comprehensive reads for learning about positive parenting. I found out about this book after watching a YouTube series on Gentle Parenting by Ellen Fisher. I instantly loved the concepts around this parenting style, and I knew I had to learn more. Positive (or Gentle) parenting focuses on teaching children and developing a mutual relationship of respect with an emphasis on excellent communication.
This book not only defines positive parenting but also breaks down your own parenting skills with questions and lessons to work through. I don’t suggest this as a quick read but something to sit down when you have a bit of time and really work through the chapters. Whether it be by yourself or with a partner the book helps to define your parenting pillars. I really enjoyed this read and recommend it to everyone, whether you have children, work with them, or just want to learn.
The Newbie’s Guide to Positive Parenting by Rebecca Eanes
I usually only put two books in my book review and I wasn’t planning on including this, but I’ve just read it and think it is a fantastic read which deserved to be included. It really summarizes the key concepts of positive parenting and was such a fantastic read. I really enjoyed it and I think that it is a great starting point to delve into the world of positive parenting. If you aren’t sure about the guidebook, I think this is a wonderful (and cost-effective) option!
You can find out more about Positive Parenting here.
No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
This book introduces a new way to discipline children that engages their brain and really teaches them. It teaches the reader how to respond to a child’s behaviour in a way that benefits everyone, and then how to discipline so that child’s upper brain is engaged and they actually learn from what happened. The book was a little clinical in the beginning but did define all the terms and concepts well, giving lots of examples. They also emphasized the need for different methods for different children and different scenarios and reminded readers that what is taught in this book are not methods to memorize but concepts to understand so you have all the information needed to make rational decisions in your child’s best interest. Again, this is a good read for anyone looking to learn more about disciplining children.
So those are my book choices for April! You can check out the rest of my book reviews here! What have you been reading this month?
*I’d like to just mention that these are books that I enjoyed and I liked the messages of. They are not perfect books with the perfect parenting tips, and this parenting style may not work for everyone all the time. Of course (unless you are abusing or neglecting your children) you are welcome to parent your children the way you believe will raise them the best.