8 great books for parents

Categories   Moms + Motherhood

There’s soooo much to read out there when it comes to being a parent. Isn’t it difficult to figure out *which* books are really worth you precious quiet time? We’ve compiled a list of a few books we’ve really loved over the last 3+ years. Some are funny, some are fascinating, some are practical, and some are inspiring. A little mix of everything.

8 great books for parents | 100 Layer Cakelet

1. Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
THE essential read for all new moms. It’s so sweet and funny and crass and heartfelt. You will wish that you could meet Anne at the park once a week with your kids.

2. Playful Learning by Mariah Bruehl
A beautiful book that helps you create interesting projects with your young children.

3. Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross
Less is more. This philosophy rings true in nearly every aspect of life, especially as your family grows.

4. Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair
A lovely collection of creative and delicious meals for, well, the whole family!

5. First Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos by MaryAnn Kohl
Such a beautiful and inventive book (total must have for creative mamas) that gives you awesome ideas for easy, exciting projects for the littlest art-makers.

6. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth M.D.
Sleep can be a sensitive subject these days, but understanding what your child needs from a a very early age is sooooo helpful. There are plenty of philosophies out there, but this one seems to be very popular among lots of moms we know.

7. The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel and Tina Bryson
A welcome break from competing parenting philosophies, this book uses the science of brain development to help you understand how and when to communicate gently and effectively with your children. Truly something you could read every year until they’re well into their teens!

8. Nurture Shock by Bo Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Absolutely fascinating work that discusses a whole range of real life issues that relate to children of varying ages. If you love Malcom Gladwell and Freakanomics, you have to read this book.

What are your favorite books? There are so many more we should probably be reading too!

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Cynthia on Oct 17, 2013

There always seems to be a ton of books available to coach you through the baby and toddler years - but I haven't found any good resources for parents of tweens or school-aged children. My son is now ten and we are going through a whole new set of challenges with him that we haven't faced before. You'd think we had this parenting thing licked by now but I can't seem to keep up with the now sudden back talking, lying and sneaking, and selfish behaviours we're encountering with our son. Does anyone have any suggestions for books on parenting older kids? On that note, I would love to see more posts that cater to older kids, even teenagers on the cakelet site. Let's see some parties for 9 year olds, or sweet sixteens, prom photos etc. Let's celebrate all stages of childhood and parenting.

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