Is there a baby on the way? Congratulations! Raising children is a wonderful experience to cherish but it can be challenging, and especially so in the rapid pace of the modern world. This is why we’ve come up with some of our best books for new parents—titles that get to the core of what really matters, to help you become the best mum or dad that you can be.
From an early age, children have their intellect assessed day-in-day-out. They are given test after test; but academic intelligence is overrated, and the education system fails to develop other fundamentally important traits like self-control or grit. Paul Tough brings a fresh angle on how to truly prepare your child for adulthood, placing an emphasis on the damaging effects that stress can have on young minds and explaining that this stress could be easily avoided if we simply taught kids to embrace their failures.
Looking after the kids is just as demanding as a full-time job; in fact it can at times be much more stressful! For dads who are in need of a little help with their parenting, look no further than Laura Markham’s Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids. This book can teach any dad (or mum!) how to keep calm looking after their children. It offers a range of methods that will encourage good behavior, promote independent learning, and strengthen parent-child bonds. Happy dad, happy kids—what’s not to love?
We’re all bombarded by constant messages telling us to do better or achieve more. The unrealistic and draining need we feel to be a “success” can discretely spill into our approach to parenting: we demand more and more from our children, until we become “tiger parents!” While we may have good intentions, putting pressure on our children from an early age is not good for their well-being—and high academic achievement often comes at the expense of a child’s happiness. InTaming The Tiger Parent, you’ll learn to drop the habits many parents have developed, focusing instead on giving your child the loving support they need, which is what’s really needed to help them flourish.
Mindset will have you rethinking how you approach every aspect of your life, not least how you parent. Our mindset is what makes or breaks us. So many of us hold “fixed” mindsets, held back by negative and destructive thought patterns, and this is very likely to have an effect on our children’s development, too. In Carol Dweck’s inspiring read, you’ll learn to implement a growth mindset to help you achieve whatever you want. A parent with a growth mindset will help develop the same qualities in their children. Attitudes are contagious—and this is the perfect one to spread.
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