The Best Modern, Gentle Parenting Books

There is so much “how to” parenting information out there. Unfortunately, it’s focused on controlling children and getting them to behave however is easiest for us as the adults, but not focused on the child’s, parents’, and family’s overall well being. Even though I have a master’s degree in child development and years of experience as an early childhood teacher, I found myself struggling to find my identity as a mother. I knew pretty much all the research, the approaches, and what a child needs for healthy development, but I had no idea how to just be a mother. With these books, along with experience and my daughter’s guidance, I am finally feeling at peace with my role as a mother and I hope you too find more peace in your role as a parent.

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Brave Parenting: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children

I really enjoyed this book. Although it’s a little extra on the advice and judgement, I found so much of the content helpful in being a well rounded supportive mother. I changed my approach to big emotions and their expression (hello toddler tantrums) and it’s really lifted a weight off myself and my toddler. I hate to admit it, but the book may have been right about my over-parenting tendencies, but I was able to stop back with this book’s simple approach to both supporting positive behaviors while also allowing the expression of all emotions.

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How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature

This book is awesome for any parents hoping to raise a nature-loving human. It really gives you more understanding by digging into the research but also teaches how to be a nature mentor for your family. It pushed me even further to get my toddler outside daily.

1,2,3…The Toddler Years: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers

This book is much more approach focused and I actually read this one in one of my child development classes, so not necessarily about your role as a parent. However, I enjoy the simple, child-focused approach and have used a lot of ideas from this book as guidance in my own parenting. I even was a substitute teacher for this center for a while when I lived in Santa Cruz. I think this is a great book to read if you’re really just trying to figure out how to approach toddlerhood and get some real and good advice on how to parent.

Mommy Burnout: How to Reclaim Your Life and Raise Healthier Children in the Process

This book is a must read for all moms. It’s totally focused on the motherhood experience and the modern problem of mommy burnout. This book truly changed my life and is probably the reason this blog even exists. This book will awaken you to the issues you don’t know exist with your own wellness and start you on your journey to repair.

Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom

I think all my fellow crunchy mamas will know why this is on the list. I love this book. I learned so much about the statistics about learning outside of schooling even though I have a degree in education! This book was the last push for my family to fully jump on board with unschooling.

The Awakened Family

This book made me cry in the first few minutes because it hits hard at the truth of why our kids act up and spoiler alert- it’s us. It dives into the need to disconnect from all the “shoulds” and parent from a deeper place. A truly life changing book.

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13 Comments on “The Best Modern, Gentle Parenting Books

  1. What a great list, I will have to check these out!

  2. Can’t wait to read Mommy Burnout book! Already reserved it at my local library after reading your post. Thank you!

  3. Okay I am immediately putting all of these on my list! They all sound awesome and exactly like what I’m trying to achieve with my sons! Thank you for sharing these!!

  4. I’m especially curious about the Bhuddist inspired guide on parenting because as a teacher I see so much in the way of over excitability in children. I think some of it has to do with parenting.

  5. These are great, definitely going to check out the one on mommy burnout!

  6. I’ve never read a parenting book. But, I fill like at my daughter’s age now it would be very helpful to learn different tactics. Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll definitely be reading some of these.

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