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This parenting thing is hard. Sometimes harder than I ever thought it would be. And when the kids can start talking and telling you how mad they are, yikes!
We have entered the stage of imitation with C. It’s cute and funny sometimes and then there are times when I have to remind him I’m the mom. Just to give you an example, I was putting one of the boys on the floor the other day and he turned and hit his arm on something.
C said, “I’m sorry, Mom.”
Me: “Why are you sorry? It’s not your fault.”
C: “I know. It’s your fault!”
This was one of those funny moments, of course. But there are days when I want to pack up all the toys and throw them away after asking over and over again to pick them up. You know that meme going around, the one where you start the day as Mary Poppins and by the end you’re Batman? We’ve had a few of those days for sure.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last 8 months or so, it’s that sometimes you need a little help from others, whether it’s talking a situation through with friends or finding a good book on it.
That’s why we put together this list. It’s full of books with tips on how to get through to your kids without yelling (or as much).
- No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siefel & Tina Payne Bryson
- The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman
- Honey, I Wrecked the Kids by Alyson Shafer
- 1-2-3 Magic by Thomas Phelan
- How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & How to Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
- Parenting With Love & Logic by Foster Cline & Jim Fay
- The No-Cry Discipline Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
- Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham
- Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn
- Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson Ed.D.
- Have A New Kid by Friday by Kevin Leman
- Between Parent & Child by Drs. Haim G. & Alice Ginott
- Connected Parenting by Jennifer Kolari
- Kid Cooperation by Elizabeth Pantley
- Real Love in Parenting by Greg Baer