Parenting Books You Should Read This Year

I love a good parenting book, so when someone mentions a new one, I will general pick it up and give it a read.  Who doesn’t need parenting advice every once in a while?!  Here are a couple that I recently tried and found useful.  Check out the best parenting books of this year, add them to your list, and let me know what your favorites are.

The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

If you have read The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, this is a similar idea, but really targeted at children and how do children feel loved.  There are five different “love languages” that children speak: Acts of Service, Physical Touch, Gifts, Words, and Quality Time.  By figuring out which one is your child’s love language and then speak to them in that language; you will “fill their love bucket” and they will be happier, better behaved, etc.  I thought this was really interesting way to look at letting those around you (children and adults) know you love them and really rang true for how my kids work.

The Best Parenting Books You Need to Read Now

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All About Me World by Michele Borba

I checked this out from the library as an audiobook and liked it so much I ended up buying a copy too.  This is a practical how-to guide on helping our kids build empathy and why it is important.  Society has moved to a more achievement oriented culture and we have lost some four empathy and kindness.  Borba lays out the argument for why we need to be teaching our kids empathy and the practical tools to actually do it.  From recommended kid books to practical advice on everyday activities you can do with your kids to build empathy, this book is not only theoretically really interesting about setting up our kids for success, but gives parents the practical and easy tools to start doing with our kids today and at every age level as they grow.

The Best Parenting Books You Need to Read Now


For more of some of my favorite parenting books, check out my previous post on Parenting Books That Will Change Your Life.

I was really inspired after reading both of these books and have already changed some of things I do as a parent and tried some of the activities from UnSelfie, I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.  What are your favorite parenting reads?  What should I read next?

Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored, the opinions are my own, but it does contains affiliate links.

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