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MPMK’s Favorite Parenting Books


Nurture Shock – This is one of my all time favorite parenting books because it’s an incredibly easy read with a lot of useful info.  Each chapter covers a completely new topic so they can be read independently.  The chapter on how (and how not) to praise your kids had a huge impact on my parenting.

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child – I really wish this book had a better cover because it’s filled with excellent info. on emotional coaching, which is a huge part of our parenting.

Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children: Becoming a Mindful Parent – Not at all a book about religion, much more a handbook on how to be a more present parent and truly learn to savor your time with your kids.  You can find our virtual book club discussion of the chapters here.

Siblings without Rivalry – If you have more than one child, this one is a must read.  It came highly recommended from just about every early education professional I’ve come across.

The 5 Love Languages of Children – I love the concept of individualizing how you connect with your kids based on their individual needs.

15 Minutes Outside – This one really made me see the importance of outdoor time for my kids.  So much so that we made some significant attempts (from summer camping to even a completely outdoor preschool for our son) to get outside more in our rainy city.

Parenting With Positive Guidance – Of all the books on the list, this one has impacted my parenting the most.  This quick-read ebook is jam-packed with usable info. on how to start using positive parenting with your kids the minute you start reading it.  It’s my go-to reference guide whenever we’re struggling with discipline issues.

Simplicity Parenting – I’m actually really excited to read this one as soon as I have time.  The premise aligns perfectly with the simplify and connect spirit of MPMK.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk – The title of this one says it all for me. Establishing good communication with your kids early on is critical in keeping the peace at any age. Plus, it will pay parents back tenfold when the teenage years arrive.

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