5 Parenting books you don’t want to miss

It’s gloomy out, let’s get reading…

Who doesn’t want to cozy up with a nice book, a warm blanket, and a cup of tea right now?

Honestly, March is one of those months where I get dangerously close to selling everything and buying a cabin in the woods with nothing but a wood burning stove and a bookshelf.

…I mean, probably if I sold everything all I could afford is a small cabin with only a bookshelf and wood stove anyway so that works out neatly…

Ah we laugh about the state of the housing market, and then we cry a little…

Digressions aside, I can’t wait to share with you 5 books to help you connect better with your tweens and teen this 2021. At least that’s something to look forward to!

When you are at your wits end, a book really can feel like the solution to everything and these books offer so much hope that you will want to get reading right away.

Book 1: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman

This book will help you communicate with your teen in a way that helps them feel safe and loved, and therefore be more receptive to your guidance.

Book 2: How to Talk so Teens will Listen and Listen so Teens will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

This book will help you connect better with your teen by creating dialogue between you that will strengthen your bond

Book 3: Untangled by Lisa Damour

Have a daughter that you need to understand better? Read this to explain why she does what she does, and how to help her navigate her complex life.

Book 4: Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein (or Boys and Sex by the same author)

Worried about their sexual and relational wellbeing but not sure what’s really going on in their world? These two books give you an all access pass.

Book 5: Running on Empty by Jonice Webb

Did you grow up in a toxic household? Are you wanting to ensure you don’t pass on these same traumatic legacies? Read this book to help heal and to help guide you in your parenting.


Book 6: Hold me Tight by Sue Johnson

This book is to help you navigate romantic relationships, but the principles apply just as well to family relationships. And who knows, as you are discovering how to become closer as a family, you will also enjoy increased connection with your partner along the way…


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