Parenting books

These are some of my favourite and recommended holistic books for parenting – involving everything from gentle discipline and health to child development and spiritual aspects of parenting.

Connection Parenting

A great book that is simple and easy to read, exploring parenting through connection and love rather than coercion and fear.

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Reclaiming Childhood

A book all about the importance of childhood and letting children be children in our age of overachievement.

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healingstoriesHealing Stories for Challenging Behaviour

Stories are a wonderful way of supporting health and wellbeing and this book gives the tools and know how to incorporate stories into your parenting toolkit. The power of story can help resolve a range of common childhood behaviours and situations such as separation anxiety, bullying, sibling rivalry, nightmares and grieving.

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Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves

Transforming parent-child relationships from reaction and struggle to freedom, power and joy. This book is a progressive look at parenting where meeting children’s needs brings with it an opportunity for parent’s to grow.

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everydayblessingsEveryday Blessings – the inner work of Mindful Parenting

This has been one of my favourite parenting books, from the perspective of the sacred journey that parenting can offer. By being present to the challenges and learning to grow through the difficult stages, helps enrich our lives as adults. Everyday Blessings is one the few books on parenting that embraces the emotional, intuitive, and deeply personal experience of being a parent.

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guidetochildhealth A Guide to Child Health

A very comprehensive book serving as a complete resource guide to children’s physical, psychological and spiritual development. Combines medical advice with questions of development and education and is based on an anthroposophic (Steiner) approach to health.

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Primal Health

Classic book by French Obstetrician, Michel Odent, exploring the role the important role that pregnancy, birth and early parenting has on the emotional development and physical health of the child and adult.

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You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

One of my favourite early childhood books that covers the different stages of learning that children go through from birth to age six, giving you the wisdom and understanding to enrich your child’s natural development in the right way at the right time. An easy to read and practical approach that is broadly based on Steiner philosophy.

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kidworthitKid’s Are Worth It

This bestselling parenting guide rejects “quick fix” solutions and instead shows good parenting begins with treating kids with respect. Taking everyday situations, Coloroso shows that parents can teach children how to think, not what to think, in dealing with these issues – giving them the tools to have inner discipline. Covers childhood from the beginning and right through to teenagers.

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10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting

This lovely book shows how in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we can still honour the spirituality of our children. Includes exercises and practical suggestions to express spirituality in our regular routine life. Talking at dinner, lighting candles, performing daily chores–all of these events have the potential to be sacred moments.

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Mitten Strings for God – Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry

This inspirational book offers a wake-up call for parents in a hurry and helps examines how we can nurture our children’s souls and have our own souls nurtured in return. I loved this book and still return to it for inspiration with my kids.

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The Gift of An Ordinary Day

Through her own story of midlife upheaval, the author offers this memoir and invites mothers to rediscover the wonder of ordinary days with their families as they approach the ‘letting go’ that comes with raising teenagers.

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