Parenting books can help us grow and keep our sanity in the whirlwind that is becoming a parent.
Being a momma is busy and serious business. You are likely your household’s Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operating Officer. One of the things great CEOs and COOs know is that you have to keep growing to stay on your A-Game. Finding time to read as a mom can be challenging but it is doable. This post is not about making you feel guilty that you have to add something else to your already full plate but about getting help and resources to make motherhood better.
The truth is there is so much wisdom that we can gain from books to make parenting our children better. That adage that it takes a village to raise a child may be true but so many of us don’t have a village. At least not in the traditional sense. But we can get help from so many parents that have gone before and written their wisdom down. Some things will work for us and some things will not. I’m a big believer in trusting yourself as a mom to do what is best for your child over the advice of others. Still, there is so much help and wisdom to glean through books.
So here are the 9 parenting books on my to-read list especially for mommas.
Disclaimer: I have not read all these so I cannot say whether they are wonderful or not just yet but I wanted to share my list in progress in case you are looking for some ideas. Maybe like me, you have a new reading goal for the year.
Here’s the list in no particular order. You can click on the yellow title to grab a copy on Amazon!
Montessori At Home– A Practical Guide For Parents
Ever since my early childhood training days, I have loved the Montessori method. I am certainly no expert though so I’m looking forward to reading this one to see how I can adapt our home to teach our baby girl.
Our baby girl was a breastmilk champion. She was sucking away minutes after being born. Her interest in solid foods did not take off quite as fast but she is doing well now. We have taken the baby-led weaning approach and this is a nice book of recipes to look through when I am wondering what to feed her.
I read the praying through your pregnancy book by the same author. I am getting a late start on this one as I did not know it existed as soon as our baby was born but definitely one I want to keep reading.
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids (Early Years)
Kim John Payne & Lisa M Ross
I am not a complete minimalist but I definitely lean toward a desire for more simplicity. And I especially want that for our daughter- a simple, peaceful, fulfilling life. Calm secure children in this busy world sounds like a feat but I’m looking forward to what the authors have to say.
The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids
Jessica Joelle Alexander
This one may be a bit random but I came across it on Amazon one day and was curious. Being an ex-pat myself and meeting people from different countries makes me curious about the different parenting styles that come up.
Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments
Mothering is hard and while I’m about systems to make myself more productive I’m even more about Grace and I need more of God for that. Emily says, “the Bible provides the framework for finding answers to your specific questions about modern motherhood.” I can definitely always use more of the Gospel in my mothering.
The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming
Sally and Sarah Clarkson
I love our home and I want it to be a place where our family loves to be. A life-giving home that brings the peace that the world just cannot offer. This one is written by a mother-daughter duo about enjoying every month that your family has together in a warm and welcoming home.
Memory-Making Mom: Building Traditions That Breathe Life Into Your Home
Another one about our homes and traditions. There may be some things we will want to pass down from when we were growing up but there will also be many opportunities to start traditions of our own that our children will cherish and want to pass down.
Stormie’s books have already given me much encouragement and prayer power in the past so this was a given on the list. We can never pray too much for our homes, families, and especially our children. Stormie always shares nice stories and I look forward to picking this one up anytime I feel an extra need to pray.
This post has been all about the parenting books on my to-read list. There are so many available. What books have helped you as a parent and mother or what is on your to-read list? I would love to hear in the comments.
Are you struggling to find more time to read parenting books? I’ve so been there. Check out How to Read More Books As A Busy Mom