Here’s My Favorite Book- What’s Yours?

Winter is a my favorite time to snuggle on the recliner with a good book!

If you enjoy reading and learning as half as much as I do, here are some terrific books I’ve been enjoying that you’ll want to add to your collection:

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families  – This is an all-encompassing family book for every age and stage which includes many practical examples and entertaining anecdotes. You owe it to your family to have this guidebook by master personal development expert Stephen Covey in a prominent place on your bookshelf.  And if you like this one, he has several more I recommend you read!

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk – 
I’ve often said that when I become president, I will sign a law mandating that this classic book be bundled with all pregnancy tests. (Negative results may allow for a refund.) This acclaimed book eloquently lays out the fundamental basics of communication and relationships- a must have for any parent or expectant parent!

Choice Theory is a fun read, yet a transformational book. One idea that I learned (and agree with 90% of the time!) is that we don’t get into a bad mood, fall in love, or get a headache. We CHOOSE to be in a bad mood, choose to love, and choose to have our head pound- as Dr. Glasser points out- generally subconsciously. This book will allow you to reclaim your ability to choose the life you want for your family and not be a victim of circumstances. An exceptionally empowering book with the ability to dramatically alter your family’s future.

Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul A heartwarming collection of short stories that will warm your spirit and inspire your family. A perfect gift for any mom- and a wonderful treat for yourself!

What is YOUR favorite book?

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  1. Thank you, Ellen. I’m a big-time reader and I also like listening to audio books while I clean up the house. One recent great parenting book was The Blessings of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel.

  2. I love 123-Magic for my kids. Thank you for these- I’m going to order some for me and some as gifts!

  3. Reviving Ophelia by Mary Phiper is an outstanding book for anyone with girls.

    As to how I best get information- I do love books, but I’m a slow reader, so i find that a video about a subject I want to learn about is the most relaxing way for me to learn new things. I buy a lot of self-improvement seminars on DVD and watch them in the evening. They’re much more uplifting than whatever is on TV!

  4. “To Kindle a Soul: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents and Teachers” by Lawrence Kelemen

    It is a long read, but it contains great advice for bringing out the best in your kids.

  5. To kindle a soul is great. right now my favorite is Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen.

  6. I just “Keeping Our Children’s Hearts” and “Have a New Kids by Friday”… Enjoyed both… =)

  7. My favorite “parenting” book is Redirecting Children’s Behavior by Kathryn Kvols. This book breaks down behavioral problems into 4 categories called “The Goals of Misbehavior” which are power, attention, inadequacy and revenge. The redirected parental response changes depending on the goal.

    I have a “shy” 9 y/o girl with stage fright…she is very social just almost phobic about doing anything public. I plan to read “The Sensitive Child” which I learned about on this web site (what got me registered). Any other suggestions?

    • Thanks for sharing!

      I thought of a few more that I’d written about a while back…

      Parenting With Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility

      by: Foster Cline, MD & Jim Fay

      From the back cover: “Parents consistently tell us they wish they had known about love and logic earlier. This common sense approach gives parents a tangible hope that they can still influence their kids.”

      Buy the book on Amazon or ebay and increase your parenting confidence!

      Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age

      by Daniel J. Kindlon

      From the back cover: “Kindlon’s book serves as the latest thoughtful reminder that sometimes the best way a parent can say ‘I love you’ is by gently but firmly invoking that powerful little two-letter word: ‘No.’”

      Learn to say ‘no’ to your child confidently by buying this book on Amazon or ebay!

      Dibs In Search Of Self
      by: Virginia M. Axline

      From the cover: “The renowned, deeply moving story of an emotionally lost child who found his way back.” The Child Therapy Classic

      Get this eye-opening story on Amazon or ebay.

      Thinking About You Thinking About Me

      by: Michelle Garcia Winner

      From the cover: Philosophy and strategies to further develop perspective taking and communicative abilities for persons with Social Cognitive Deficits: Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Hyperlexia, Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD)

      From the back cover: “This book is a must read! From Michelle’s detailed explanations and case examples, to the oh-so-practical ideas, strategies and worksheets and ready-to-use IEP goals, her book covers it all. I can’t recommend it enough!”

      This book is self-published by the author, so I did not find it on ebay, however it is available on Amazon. My close friend in New York who is the principal of a special-ed school recommended it to me as the only book of its kind, and well-worth its $39 price.

  8. I love to read also, more than TV any day! Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Dr. Becky Bailey is probably the most influential book I have ever read. (sounds a LOT like Susan’s book!) I also like Deepak Chopra’s books, such as Perfect Health, and the Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents. Another good one is The Joyful Child by Peggy Jenkins. For the relationship/marriage I liked How to Love your Marriage, it applies the idea of choosing your life subconsciously specifically to choosing the experiences in your marriage.

    I am wanting to read “Raising an Optimistic Child” soon, anybody read that one yet? There is also a book called “7 habits of highly effective kids” that is meant to be read to your children. Sounds really good. I know it addresses the whole thing of kids being responsible for their own boredom. (An issue that needs addressing in my household!)

    Other than these I was really influenced by books on quantum physics.

  9. Kids are Worth It–Barbara Coloroso; Kids, Parents and Power Struggles also by Barbara Coloroso

    Great perspective on being a parent with a balance between the nurturing and the disciplining roles. Excellent partnered with the Faber and Mazelish books: How to Talk so Kids will Listen, How to listen so kids will talk., How to Talk so Kids will Learn…

  10. Cathie Beck says:

    The parenting book that I rely on is “Back In control” by Gary Bodenhamer. He is a former juvenile probation officer and developed this theory of parenting out of his work. The examples are intense but the basic parenting plan is very effective. No more nagging or arguments.

  11. It makes me sad to see some of the books recommended here, which undermine genuine love and affection between parents and kids (such as 1-2-3 Magic and Back in Control). We will not change society for the better if we teach our kids that power over others is the only way to get what you want. Just because we’re the parents, doesn’t mean this is right. If you want a book or two that will challenge the common view that the parental relationship’s main goal is to manage and control children and compel desired behaviours, then these ones will definitely provoke you to think about everything you do as parent.

    Highly Recommended
    Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn
    Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson

  12. All of these sound great. Really loved How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and How to Listen So Kids Will Talk. We have an interesting and very good gentleman by the name of Gordon Neufeld (PH.D.) from B.C. along with Gabor Mate, M.D. who really gets to the point of these books and this introduction to attachment theory and parenting philosophy has the best of all worlds…Hold On To Your Kids…this allows the child to grow up. It takes longer in our society today but ultimately nothing grows unless it is in a state of rest, fully cared for, provided for, loved unconditionally, and known for who each one is. When we resort to behavior modifications rather than parenting when the child is ready to receive it, the child gets the wrong message sometimes. Our children are not animals that require immediacy of disciple but they require loving limits with us leading the way, and circumstances are controllable not necessarily children. He has a DVD course which is more comprehensive maybe you can find it at I am borrowing a friend’s.