I have always loved reading and as a result, books have had a major influence on my life. When I read a great book, I want to talk about it and share it with others, so I decided to compile a list of some of my favorites below. If you want to learn more, just click on the link or picture of the book and it will take you directly to the book's page on Amazon!
The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, Shefail Tsabary
In Dr. Shefali's latest book, she takes her concepts from The Conscious Parent to another level. The Awakened Family is broken down into sections, first helping us to understand how we became the parents we are today and then building from there on how we can best connect to our children. She uses everyday examples from her practice that are relate-able to any parent. Another must read from Dr. Shefali!
How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success
The perfect companion to The Awakened Family, How to Raise an Adult is what you should read next. Julie Lythcott-Haimes uses her experience as a Stanford Dean of Admissions to assist parents in how to raise their children so that they are successful in their adult lives. Though she focuses on kids as they prepare for their college years (as early as middle school), she provides key examples of how to begin instilling independence and confidence with your kids at young ages.
The Perfect Parent: 5 Tools for Using your Inner Perfection to Connect with Your Kids, Roma Khetarpal
The tools discussed in this book are especially helpful for parents navigating through the teenage years. She discusses parenting from an honorable, approachable and sensible perspectives that are easy to follow and even easier to implement into every day situations. Who knew you could have an entire conversation with your teenager without even saying a word?!
Breathe Mama Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms, Shonda Moralis
This book had me at the title, busy mom = sign me up! Shonda Moralis reminds us that everything starts with our breath. If we can set up breaks to remember and check in throughout the day, our entire, "busy" experience will change for the better. Not convinced? Well let's just say she's even included an activity you can do while drinking your morning coffee - it doesn't get much easier than that!
Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton
Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of the popular blog, Momastery. In this book she shares her observations on life, motherhood and everything in between. The stories are relate-able and easy to read and remind us that we are never alone on this journey.
Brainstorm, The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
Dr. Dan Siegel is a pioneer in the parenting movement. This book is unique in that it explains the brain chemistry that corresponds with the changing relationships we have with our pre-teens and teens. The science is presented in an easy to understand language and then is coupled with real-life situations. The book also provides a number of tools broken out in each section which makes it easy to put your new found knowledge into practice.
The Conscious Parent, Shefali Tsabary
I recommend this book to everyone with a little person in their lives. This book changed my perspective on parenting and these little beings that share our lives. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Shefali and listen to her speak. Her message is just as powerful on the page, you don't want to miss it.
NurtureShock, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
This was one of the first books I read in the genre and I was hooked. The author's share the results of social studies they've done relating to the behaviors of children, a fascinating read.
Raising Kids to Thrive, Kenneth R. Ginsburg
In this book we are introduced to the concept of "Lighthouse Parenting". Ginsburg co-writes this book with his teenage daughters, which provides a unique perspective from their perspective. A great read for anyone with a tween or teen.
Soul to Soul Parenting, Annie Burnside
Burnside is able to take a hard to explain concept and simplify it into terms that any child could understand. The books outlines a variety of activities, from simple to more time consuming, that are easy to fit into your every day routine.
What's Eating Your Child, Kelly Dorfman
I read this book a few years ago and it was my first exposure to the direct link between food and children's behavior. Since then a new edition has been released, Cure you Child with Food. I haven't read it yet, but am looking forward to learning more.
The Male Brain, Louann Brizendine
Ever wonder what is going on in your son's brain? This book will literally tell you. She covers all the major periods of development and how that impacts behavior.
Inspiring Books with Heart
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, Dali Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
Anyone who has followed my blog knows that I am always on the lookout for Joy. This book delivers on it's promise and so much more. Where else do you have two major spiritual leaders sit down and discuss their view on joy in all things? An amazing book, by two of the most amazing spiritual leaders of our time.
The Wisdom of Sundays: Life Changing Insights from Super Soul Sunday, Oprah Winfrey
This book is a collection of quotes and interviews from many of the authors on this list and beyond. Whenever you are in need of a little advice, wisdom or inspiration, you can pick up this book and open up to any page. And as if this book couldn't get any better, all proceeds are being donated to charity. This book also makes a great gift!
The Universe has Your Back, Gabrielle Bernstein
By now it should come as no surprise that there would be another book by Gabby Bernstein on this list. In fact, my copy of The Universe has Your Back has so many highlights in it, I can't possibly pick just one to highlight in this description, but I can say if you are feeling stuck in any aspect of your life, this is the book for you.
May Cause Miracles, Gabrielle Bernstein
One of my favorite authors and motivational speakers, Gabrielle Bernstein takes you on a 40-day journey to learn how making subtle changes can lead you to unlimited happiness. A game changer of a book.
Miracles Now, Gabrielle Bernstein
Gabby's follow up to May Cause Miracles, this book can be read like a daily devotional of small reminders to help you make it through your day.
Words Can Change Your Brain, Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
I read this book years ago and it has stuck with me (particularly every time I am in a meeting when someone is talking more than they should). Did you know that after only a few seconds of someone talking, you tune them out and start thinking about your response? This book is insightful on how we communicate and the simple things we can do to communicate more effectively.
The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work, Christine Carter
Life is busy! Christine Carter says that when we work from our "sweet spot" life gets easier, and as a working mom she walks the walk. If you're feeling overwhelmed by life, it's time for you to read this book.
The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly and Rising Strong, Brene' Brown
These books were not written as a series but certainly could be read like one. Brene' is a leading researcher on shame, vulnerability and living a wholehearted life. The results of her years of research are these three wonderful books. She describes the progression of her work best when she describes her books in this way: The Gifts of Imperfection = Be You. Daring Greatly = Be all in. Rising Strong = Fall. Get up. Try again.
Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Interviewed by Oprah on Super Soul Sunday, Jon Kabat-Zinn has created a book for anyone who is looking for a change and is not sure where to start. Open your mind to these ideas and you might be surprised at what you find.
Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert
In her latest book , Liz Gilbert shares with us why creativity is such a vital part of our all of our lives (especially those people who feel they "aren't creative". Her words are encouraging and inspiring and make you want to put down the book and just do it.