The “New Circuit” of Parenting Books – Behavior

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Parenting is hard work. I don’t think any mom or dad has ever said otherwise. And I find it to be all mini stages. If something is going well (or terribly) this month, just blink your eyes and it will surely be different next month. And bring in a second…or dare I say a third…kid in the mix and you can be thrown for a loop daily!

Our household is easing into the terrible twos with my son, but we have been in the throws of the ever-unpredictable threes (no one ever told me this existed before I had my daughter) for quite some time!

I have been recommended all types of parenting books for the last several years but the behavior ones are proving to be the most fascinating.

Positive Discipline seems to be a favorite with a lot of my friends. I have referred to it on occasion but it mostly just sits on my bedside table to make me feel better. The No Cry Discipline Solution and How to Behave so your Children Will, Too have been recommended…I haven’t pick these up yet…I have a lot of reading to do!

And when these titles get too tedious, I jump over to my new favorite, Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us. A friend’s mom gave this to her for Christmas. A sample chapter header is “should you stop texting if another mom yells at your kid?”. While it is a bit over the top, I think this book will keep my humor up through the challenging days!

What are your favorite “behavior modification” books?

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  1. …and this web resource Hand in Hand Parenting (Patty Wipfler) is amazing:

    No book yet (soon!) but check out their self-paced webinar “No More Hitting” if this is an issue for you. All other issues are addressed by their 6-week teleseminar (with readings & videos) called “Building Emotional Understanding.” These have completely changed our lives!!

  2. I am currently reading the just published “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting” by Brooklyn’s own Dr. Laura Markham ( In fact, she recently spoke at our Montessori School!

    I also love Unconditional Parenting above. Another great one is “Between Parent and Child” by Haim Ginott … published in 1965 in case any one was under the impression that these ideas are actually “new”:)

    I am also planning to read “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, and Listen so Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish as soon as possible.

  3. A few favorites in my Clinton Hill moms’ group are “Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Reward and Punishments to Love and Reason”(Alfie Cohn), “Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense (Ellen Satter), and “The Emotional Life of the Toddler” (Alicia F. Lieberman). Next up for me is “Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers” (Gordon Neufeld).

    Kim – A Child Grows

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