I Love to Read Inspiring Books

With so many parenting books available it can be hard to figure out which ones will resonate with you the most. My favorite parenting books are the ones that encourage and teach peaceful parenting, respect, cooperation, and spiritual growth.

Peaceful Parenting

The Conscious Parent

Written by Dr. Shefali Tsabary When we can see our children as teachers who help us with our personal transformation, we will be able to meet parenting challenges from a new perspective – one in which the parent and child are learning together.

Respectful Parents Respectful Kids

By Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson. Helps us see how our child’s needs are driving their behavior. It’s one of my absolute favorite parenting books for a kind, peaceful approach to parenting.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

By Dr. Laura Markham. The book focuses on regulating yourself, fostering connection, and coaching not controlling as a means to have a happy household and a wonderful relationship and with your children.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk

By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.  Illustrates the difference between “ineffective” and “effective” communication methods while stressing the importance of respecting and accepting children’s feelings. (My full review.)

Siblings Without Rivalry

By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. It was also very helpful once we had our second child. It contains examples of real-world situations and ideas for the exact wording to use to help bring cooperation.

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

By John Gottman PhD. A guide to teaching children to understand and regulate their emotional world. The book explains a five-step “emotion coaching” process to help teach children how to recognize and address their feelings.

Complete Buddhism for Mothers

By Sara Napthali, a collection of her three books. A great read for people of any religion, each time I read from this book, I felt immensely more peaceful and calm – and that carried over to my interactions with my children. The books provide simple thoughts and strategies for dealing with many common issues that arise while raising children.

Soul to Soul Parenting

By Annie Burnside. Create deeper bonds and spiritual connections with your family. The book guides us on changing from “role to role” to “soul to soul” in our interactions with everyone (including our children). By seeing others as souls first the nature of your interaction changes, becoming more loving, compassionate, and joyful. (My full review.)

What Do You Really Want for Your Children?

By Dr. Wayne Dyer. Great book with thoughts on creating great self-esteem, risk-taking, and showing love.

Pregnancy, Natural Childbirth, Breastfeeding

I Can and I Will

By Wendy Hanenburg (that’s me!) Details the five keys to a natural birth, which many women don’t know they need to know. Filled with information and inspiration, including advice from over 65 natural birthing women, you will learn how to address your fears, nurture a belief in yourself, and prepare your body so you can face birth with confidence.

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

By Henci Goer. Provides scientific research about many birth choices, which helps you compare and contrast your various options and make informed decisions about your maternity care and birth. I *highly* recommend it to anyone pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

By midwife Ina May Gaskin, who shares many inspirational birth stories from her clients as well as information about how to avoid many standard medical interventions. It will help you see the many ways natural childbirth can happen and will help you prepare for your natural birth.

Natural Hospital Birth

By Cynthia Gabriel. Great book with lots of practical advice.

Birth Matters

By Ina May Gaskin

The Official Lamaze Guide

By Judith Lothian and Charlotte DeVries. Great practical advice and approach to natural birthing.

The Breastfeeding Book

By William Sears MD and Martha Sears RN was my favorite breastfeeding book and I used it often.

The Nursing Mother's Companion

By Kathleen Huggins

The Other Baby Book

By Megan McGrory Massaro and, Miriam J. Katz

Natural Health and Wellness

How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor

By Dr. Robert Mendelsohn. This book was recommended to me by my child’s pediatrician and it’s been a valuable book to refer to over the years.

Cure Tooth Decay

By Ramiel Nagel. This book provided lots of great information that we used to change our diets and our son’s cavities were healed after we followed many of the recommendations.

You Can Heal Your Life

By Louise L. Hay (I have the gift edition and it’s beautiful!)

Other Inspiration and Motivation

Your Sacred Self

By Dr. Wayne Dyer. Great book for living a “no-limit” life. Includes thoughts on how “do your best” isn’t the best thing to say.

A New Earth

By Eckhart Tolle

Daring Greatly

By Brené Brown

Rising Strong

By Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection

By Brené Brown

I Can See Clearly now

By Dr. Wayne Dyer

Choose Yourself

By James Altucher

Eat, Pray, Love

By Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic

By Elizabeth Gilbert

A Path Appears

by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


By Seth Godin

Favorite Books for Kids

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

by Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox, Elaine Bruner (My review.)

Peaceful Piggy Meditation

By Kerry Maclean

I Think, I Am!

By Louise L. Hay and Kristina Tracy

Unstoppable Me!

By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Kristina Tracy

Buddha at Bedtime

By Dharmachari Nagaraja

The Dot

By Peter H. Reynolds

Little Pea

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The Three Questions

By Jon Muth

Only One You

By Linda Kranz

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