Though children are instilled with their own unique combination of skills, strengths and challenges, there are some themes that are universal to all. As parents and teachers, we want to see every child grow into a strong, resilient, independent adult who finds their niche in the world and becomes a contributing member of the community. I recommend the books below to many parents as exceptional guides for bringing out the best in their children.
Pride & Joy, A Guide to Understanding Your Child’s Emotions and Solving Family Problems by Kenneth Barish, PhD examines the challenges of raising children and suggests ways we can help our children develop into capable, competent, self-sufficient adults.
Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child by Robet Brooks, PhD and Sam Goldstein, PhD provides advice and guidance to help parents raise strong, resilient children.
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish is a timeless book that explains how to effectively communicate with your child.
Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Far From The Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon discusses the proposition that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition – the difference is what unites us.
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough, who argues that the qualities that matter more than intelligence have to do with character: perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control.
The Hurried Child-25th Anniversary Edition by David Elkind delivers important new commentary, putting a quarter of a century of trends and change into perspective for parents today.
The Difficult Child: Expanded and Revised Edition by Stanley Turecki and Leslie Tonner is a classic and definitive work on parenting hard-to-raise children, containing has new sections on ADHD and the latest medications for childhood disorders.
Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner, MD
Multiple Intelligences: The Theory In Practice by Howard Gardner, MD
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
Facing Learning Disabilities In The Adult Years by Joan Shapiro and Rebecca Rich
The above linked resources are provided purely for your convenience and are in no way affiliated with Ilene Davison Consulting.