First Bite Summary

First Bite Summary

How We Learn to Eat

You’re on a strict diet for the seventh time this year, but, for some reason, you have to try that new pizza at your favorite restaurant. Also, a tiny piece of cake: what’s the point in having lunch and not a dessert after? And why do these dishes ape your willpower over and over again?

What if – Bee Wilson asks – you like certain foods because they remind you of your childhood? And what if there’s a way to circumvent the power of your “First Bite”?

Who Should Read “First Bite”? And Why?

Unfortunately, a small percentage of people today eat healthily.

Even though most of us are aware that sugar and fast food are not exactly the right choice for anybody. Even worse, the majority of parents would rather allow their children to eat once a week at “McDonalds” and convince themselves that it’s not that bad than experience another apocalyptic tantrum from them?

First Bite” is for parents who want to change that. Both for themselves, but, more importantly, for their children. So, if you are a parent and want to learn what you can do better regarding your child’s eating habits – read this book. Do the same if you yourself want to have a healthier diet.

It’s never too late to start doing the right thing.

About Bee Wilson

Bee WilsonBee Wilson is a bestselling British writer on food and food-related matters.

She worked as a food critic for the “New Statesman” magazine for five years, before starting the “Kitchen Thinker” column in “Stella.” In addition, she has written for “The Guardian,” “The Times Literary Supplement,” and “The Sunday Times.”

She published her first book, “The Hive,” in 2004. Since then, she has published four more: “Swindled,” “Sandwich,” “Consider the Fork,” and “First Bite.”

“First Bite Summary”

If you are a parent, you already know how it is: every second meal of your child is a battle on the scale of the Second World War.  And, you know what, we get it: after a while, it’s easier to surrender. Even if that means feeding your child cereals instead of vegetables for breakfast!

But, what if what he or she eats as a child is a one-way portal to his adult eating habits?

Think about it!

Much of our worldview is built by way of comparison. If you haven’t been to – or even seen a picture of – Vienna and Prague, your hometown may be the best place you’ll ever visit. The same holds true for food: if you hadn’t eaten a lot of sugar as a child, apples might taste to you sweeter than chocolate.

Don’t believe us?

A 2012 study revealed that, to some people, a cob of corn or a ball of mozzarella is sweeter than cereals!

The reason?

You’ve guessed it: they didn’t consume a lot of sugar as children!

But, how do you do that? How do you teach your children to eat healthy food? How do you prevent the inevitable: them throwing away the broccoli and stealing a bar of chocolate instead? After all, don’t most children have only one thought on their minds for the first decade of their lives: “Get candy!”?

In 1939, in the September edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), Clara Marie Davies published an article titled “The Self-Selection of Diets by Young Children,” which presented the results of a study examining the behavior of children’s food habits.

At four pages, you wouldn’t expect the article to be called, seven decades later, “a fountainhead of argument, discussion and reinterpretation for everyone hoping to untangle the modern gnarl where children’s appetites, food choices and health collide.”

The experiment – that is, “the world’s longest, most detailed and most ambitious dietary experiment” – was relatively simple. Namely: give few children a selection of 33 foodstuffs every day for four and a half years, and never even hint to them what is the better choice or the proper amount to eat.

The results were staggering!

First of all, every single one of the 15 examined children tried each and every one of the dishes available! Secondly, no two followed the same diet pattern. Thirdly – not one child settled for the now-predominant cereal-and-milk diet. And finally – they all grew up to be healthy, well-nourished children!

But, how did they do it? How were they capable of balancing their diets so neatly and correctly?

“Such successful juggling and balancing,” concluded Davis, “of the more than 30 nutritional essentials that exist in mixed and different proportions in the foods from which they must be derived suggests at once the existence of some innate, automatic mechanism for its accomplishment.”

What does this mean in laymen’s terms?

Just make a selection of foods for your child – and let him or her choose the one he or she would like to eat the most. Each day. For an extended period of time. And when he/she chooses a Hershey’s bar over a carrot, don’t worry: that doesn’t mean that your child has stopped eating vegetables!

After all, evolution works for both of you: you wouldn’t have been here if you didn’t have an innate mechanism to choose the right food!

What parents are actually doing when forcing their children to eat something they don’t like at a particular moment is activating another mechanism which has much more to do with psychology than eating habits.

Namely, humans don’t like to be forced into doing anything. And, more often than not, they tend to develop an intrinsic revulsion towards what they had been pressed to do contrary to their wishes. It doesn’t matter if it is piano classes or a beetroot. Forcing won’t work.

Unfortunately, parents nowadays deal with an even more severe problem.

Namely: TV. And large corporations.

Did you know, for example, that about three-fourths of the food marketed to children has disgracefully low nutritional value?

We asked before and here we ask one more time: how is this allowed?

Key Lessons from “First Bite”

1.      Children Will Usually Choose the Healthy Snack – If You Let Them
2.      Learn to Distinguish Appetite from Hunger
3.      Countries – Be More Like Japan!

Children Will Usually Choose the Healthy Snack – If You Let Them

Over 80 years ago, a Canadian scientist decided to conduct an experiment – which, nowadays, may even seem a bit unethical. Namely, to make a selection of 33 different foods for 15 children and carefully examine their food behaviors for a long period of time.

The trick?

She wasn’t allowed to tell them what to eat and when to eat at no point in the experiment.

The result?

Fascinatingly enough, all children tried each of the foods selected for them. Moreover, not one of them opted for a cereal-and-milk diet. And yes – they all grew up well-nourished and healthy.

The moral?

Don’t force your child into eating things she/he doesn’t want to. Make a selection of foods and let him/her choose.

Learn to Distinguish Appetite from Hunger

As the experiment with the children’s dietary habits shows, our distant relatives – and by distant, we mean the ones who first put the “sapiens” in our taxonomical status – had internal regulating mechanism when it comes to food.

That’s why, they were rarely – if ever – fat. Because of all those marketing campaigns and multinational fast food chains, that mechanism is messed up nowadays. Namely, most people can’t make a distinction between appetite and hunger. And confuse the first with the latter.

However, the first leads to obesity; the second is the last spark of our ancestors’ dietary regulatory mechanisms.

How can you distinguish them?

Start skipping meals. You’ll see that it’s not that bad. When it does get bad – that’s hunger. It’s a state of the body – believe us! – you’ve probably never experienced before.

Countries – Be More Like Japan!

Japan is both a small island country and the third largest economy in the world, so we suppose the title applies to many areas. However, for the time being, we’re interested in no more than one. Namely, food habits.

You see, even though the words rhyme, there are almost no obese Japanese! And the Japanese nation is, on average, the fifth longest-living in the world – with all those above her, some of the smallest countries and least populated countries in the world (Monaco, Macau, San Marino, Andorra).

And in Japan, there are more than 120 million people living!

So, how did they do it?

Well, obviously – with a nationwide campaign. You’ll be surprised to learn that today’s Japanese diet is no more than few decades old.

So, why shouldn’t we do the same in the U.S.?

After all, we have a serious, serious problem with obesity!

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“First Bite” Quotes

The way you teach a child to eat well is through example, enthusiasm, and patient exposure to good food. And when that fails, you lie. Click To Tweet No one is doomed by genes to eat badly. Pickiness is governed more by environment than biology. Click To Tweet Eating well is a skill. We learn it. Or not. It’s something we can work on at any age. Sugar is not love. But it can feel like it. Click To Tweet A few decades from now, the current laissez-faire attitudes to sugar - now present in 80 per cent of supermarket foods - may seems as reckless and strange as permitting cars without seatbelts or smoking on aeroplanes. Click To Tweet When eating becomes a matter of life or death, and each new bite is a celebration, you may discover that none of the other stuff was quite as important as sitting and breaking bread together. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

“First Bite” – as a review in the “Wall Street Journal” noted – is a real treat!

Described as a book “about the pleasure of eating and how we can reconnect with this,” “First Bite” won several awards, including Food Book of the Year. Scientifically sound and applicable, the book is a joy to read. Do yourself a favor and read it.

After all, you’ll be doing your children an even bigger one.

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The Whole-Brain Child Summary

The Whole-Brain Child PDF

12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

“The Whole Brain Child” is a guidebook for parents to understanding their children’s minds.

About Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

Daniel J. Siegel

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is an author, leader at Mindsight Institute and teacher of psychiatry at UCLA.

Tina Payne Bryson

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is an author, a Child Development Specialist at Saint Mark’s School in Altadena, and a clinical psychotherapist in Arcadia, California.

“The Whole-Brain Child PDF Summary”

New parents get a bunch of advice from everyone around them. However, one type of advice is crucial: how parents should approach the child’s brain?

And yet, no one has advice for this matter.

Children use only a portion of their brain’s capacity when they deal with life situations.

The reason behind this lies in growth: different brain functions develop at different times.

As a parent, you need to help your child to explore the new brain functions as it gets them and guide her through the process of getting used to using these new functions.

Our brains determine our characters. Also, minds are changed by different experiences.

This means that parenting is all about dealing with your child’s experiences, in a way that they shape the person it becomes.

However, we are not saying that you should protect your child from bad experiences.

In fact, you should let it have such instances, but you should guide it to use the brain in a way that will make it a positive experience for its growth overall.

The key notion behind “managing” your child’s brain growth is integration. In other words, the brain has many different parts, and for a child to grow to a smart and happy individual, it needs to learn how to integrate all of these parts to cope with the experiences that come to its way.

This is what is called whole-brain parenting.

Okay, but how can you help your child to start using its whole brain?

Well, a good place to start is to start using all of yours.

Your child picks up your behaviors and copies them.

Key Lessons from “The Whole-Brain Child”

1.      Two Strategies for Teaching Your Three-Year-Old to Use Both Hemispheres
2.      What to Do When A Toddler Throws a Tantrum
3.      Develop Positive Memories

Two Strategies for Teaching Your Three-Year-Old to Use Both Hemispheres

Connect and redirect: connecting with your child’s feelings and redirecting it toward a logical explanation.

Name it to tame it: make your child name the feelings it gets when it retells its experiences.

What to Do When A Toddler Throws a Tantrum

Your child has two brains: a higher and a lower brain.

When it throws a tantrum, it uses the lower brain. To deal with this, first, ask your child what has caused its anger and then, ask your child for a solution.

By doing this, you will engage its higher brain, instead of just enraging the lower one with punishment.

Make sure that you use all opportunities to guide your child to use the higher brain.

Develop Positive Memories

Memories are associations between events of the past and the present.

Make sure that you do everything you can to form positive memories for your child. You can do this, by creating a pool of positive experiences in the present, that would make good memories in the future.

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Too often we forget that discipline really means to teach, not to punish. A disciple is a student, not a recipient of behavioral consequences. Click To Tweet As parents become more aware and emotionally healthy, their children reap the rewards and move toward health as well. Click To Tweet Harmony emerges from integration. Chaos and rigidity arise when integration is blocked. Click To Tweet It’s also crucial to keep in mind that no matter how nonsensical and frustrating our child’s feelings may seem to us, they are real and important to our child. It’s vital that we treat them as such in our response. Click To Tweet As parents become more aware and emotionally healthy, their children reap the rewards and move toward health as well. That means that integrating and cultivating your own brain is one of the most loving and generous gifts you can give… Click To Tweet

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How to Raise an Adult Summary

How to Raise an Adult SummaryBreak Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

There’s parenting and then there’s overparenting. Unfortunately, the boundary between them is too narrow. In “How to Raise an Adult,” Julie Lythcott-Haims tries to differentiate between them, while keeping you on the safe side of the border.

About Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-HaimsJulie Lythcott-Haims is an American author. She was Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising and holds an MFA in writing from California College of the Arts. She has written one more book in addition to “How to Raise an Adult” – “Real American.”

Read more at https://www.julielythcotthaims.com/

“How to Raise an Adult Summary”

In 1981, six-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted and murdered by serial killer Ottis Toole. The story was turned into a 1983 made-for-TV movie, after which, according to Julie Lythcott-Haims, parenting took a completely wrong turn.

And in “How to Raise an Adult” she explains how you can steer yourself back in the right direction.

The problem has a name: “helicopter parenting” or “overparenting.” In other words, parenting that’s not about preparing your children for life but protecting them from it.

This is the wrong strategy. Because, if parents think that something is good for their children, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is.

And because in parenting, “too much of a good thing” is actually a bad thing.”

Overparenting starts with something very innocuous: shielding your child from your own struggles. You think that it’s helpful for him not to learn that you’re, at least once a day nervous and unhappy, or that you’re taking pills for your depression.

What this results in, however, is creating unrealistic expectations for your child. When he or she inevitably comes across the problems you had to deal with, he/she will feel that the burden is twice as heavy. Because, now, the child will believe that it has not lived up to the expectations.

And will want to suffer alone.

And that’s how things such as addiction and suicide occur.

But, also, how a generation of incapable employees is created. Because, you see, if you overparent your child, then the young man or woman he/she will become will think of his/her boss as a new parent.

So, what should you do instead?

First of all, be an authoritative parent. That’s one of the four styles of parenting – and the only one which makes sense. Authoritarian parents are strict and unreasonable; permissive parents allow too much; neglectful parents are not really parents; authoritative parents, finally, are demanding, but also responsive.

And are role models.

One of the things they are especially aware of is playtime – something necessary in the adult world as well. Playing with your children is as important as teaching them important skills and participating in critical reexaminations with them.

However, since life is a game too, you’ll have to allow your children to play a lot by their own rules. In other words, talk to them and understand what they want out of life. Afterward, discuss it through from all perspectives, irrespective of the one you think is right.

That way, both your children and yourself will earn the necessary amount of freedom.

Which is the core value of good parenting.

Key Lessons from “How to Raise an Adult”

1.      Helicopter Parenting Is a Thing – and a Really Bad Thing, In Fact
2.      There Are Four Types of Parenting – and Only One of Them Is Good
3.      Play with Your Children – But Make Some Space for Yourself as Well

Helicopter Parenting Is a Thing – and a Really Bad Thing, In Fact

Helicopter parenting – or “cosseting parenting” or “overparenting” – is a type of parenting based on the idea that a child is best raised if sheltered from harmful influences. In theory, it may seem nice, but in practice, it means children not prepared for life, but protected from it.

There Are Four Types of Parenting – and Only One of Them Is Good

There are four types of parenting.

Authoritarian parenting is demanding and unresponsive. Permissive parenting is undemanding and responsive. Neglectful parenting is undemanding and unresponsive. Finally, authoritative parenting is demanding and responsive.

Of course, you need to practice the last one, a combination of the best aspects of authoritarian and permissive parenting. Or, in other words: be strict, but give reasons for your strictness, and listen back/take into consideration arguments against it.

Play with Your Children – But Make Some Space for Yourself as Well

Most of the animals learn how to behave through play. Why should humans be any different?

In fact, they are not!

Or, in other words, games are good for your children. Especially, if you play them with him or her. Because, you need to be a role model.

Speaking of which – you need to be independent and stop living your life merely because of and for your children! They will learn more from you if you sometimes take a stand and pursue your own interests.

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Why did parenting change from preparing our kids for life to protecting them from life, which means they’re not prepared to live life on their own? Click To Tweet Not only does overparenting hurt our children; it harms us, too. Parents today are scared, not to mention exhausted, anxious, and depressed. Click To Tweet Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent. (via Carl Jung) Click To Tweet Resilience is built from real hardship and cannot be bought or manufactured. Click To Tweet Happiness and self-confidence can be the by-products of other things, but they cannot really be goals unto themselves. Click To Tweet

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Top Parenting Books

Parenting is right around the corner and you’re feeling unprepared? Dreading the fact that some have started a while back? Wondering if you’ll be able to do a good job?

Don’t worry – these worries are as common as stars on a bright night sky! And there are numerous ways to ease them.

Reading these 15 books may be the best one. These are the best of the best in the parenting books space!

#1. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

What to Expect When You're Expecting SummaryHeidi Murkoff, the brilliant brain behind the amazingly successful “What to Expect” series, is a name almost every pregnant woman in the United States knows very well. In fact, chances are if you’ve ever been pregnant and read a book on pregnancy – it’s one of hers.

We can be even more accurate in our estimates – it’s most probably “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”!

You know how we know that?

Because statistics say that 93% of American pregnant women who buy a book on pregnancy, opt for this one. Making “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” the longest-running “New York Times” bestseller. Ever.

Really – do we need to say anything more?

#2. “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk SummaryEver since its publication in 1980, “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” has been repeatedly praised by experts and parents alike.

In fact, more often than not, it has topped lists such as ours. And, considering the sheer number of them in this internet age, – that should tell you something!

Down-to-earth and practical, the book focuses on what, at this moment, may seem even mythical to you: parent-child communication. Use the advice offered here and you’ll think differently. After all, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish are the preeminent experts in this field.

And there’s a reason why “The Boston Globe” dubbed this bestseller “the parenting bible”!

#3. “Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Siblings Without Rivalry SummaryWell, we sang a few praises for Faber and Mazlish in the above entry. It was only logical that their second collaboration would find its place on our list as well.

Once again both intelligently written and profoundly practical, “Siblings Without Rivalry” is as essential to parenting two children as “How to Talk to Kids” is to parenting itself. Faber and Mazlish know how to use their expertise in communication in this case as well.

The book will teach you how to redirect the excessive energy in your children from being wasted in bouts of conflict to being sublimated into wonderful feats of collaboration.

And it will make you smile all the way!

#4. “Parenting with Love and Logic” by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

Parenting with Love and Logic SummaryOnce the children come, your life inevitably starts to change. Luckily, you have so much love in you, you’re able to go through – almost instinctively – through all those sleepless nights and recurrent tantrums.

However, for Foster Cline and Jim Fay, love is only one part of the equation. The second part is logic. And you’re going to need a guidance in both of these areas if you want to raise a motivated child ready to face the real world.

Parenting with Love and Logic” will help you exercise control over your children in a healthy and anger-free way. And one of the best things about it is its index. You can’t even imagine the breadth of its helpfulness!

#5. “The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer” by Harvey Karp, M.D.

The Happiest Baby on the Block SummaryIt’s a question most parents dread to even think about! You’ve guessed it: now, how should you soothe your crying baby to sleep at 2AM so you get few hours of it yourself before the exhausting workday that’s ahead of you?

Believe it or not, Harvey Karp, M.D. has the answer. “The Happiest Baby on the Block” may well be titled “The Happiest Parents on the Block” because that’s how you’ll feel after implement Karp’s advices.

Methodically sound, they revolve around four key concepts: the fourth trimester, the calming reflex, the 5 S’s, and the cuddle cure. Believe us: these will become part of your everyday habits for many years after the birth of your children.

#6. “The SleepEasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep from Birth to Age 5” by Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack

The SleepEasy Solution SummaryOne more book about tackling sleeping problems! And this one’s written by two Hollywood psychotherapists, Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack. Consequently, it’s endorsed by everyone from NBC’s Conan O’Brien to Greg Kinnear and Ben Stiller!

What does “The SleepEasy Solution” promise?

Well, above all, that it’s effective and that it will do its job in less than three nights. But, also something much more important: a customized sleep planner!

So, finally you’ll get the best of both worlds! Not only a child who sleeps, but also a child who sleeps, more or less, regularly.

And we don’t need to tell you what this means for you, our dear exhausted parents, right?

#7. “The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive” by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Whole-Brain Child SummaryDaniel J. Siegel is a child neuropsychiatrist; Tina Payne Bryson, on the other hand, a parenting expert. No wonder that each of their three collaborations has been deemed revolutionary.

The Whole-Brain Child,” however, has attracted the most attention. And, boy, there’s a reason why!

Frist of all, it’s based on the most advanced scientific findings. Secondly, it explains away most of your child’s behavior which may seem as irrational to you. And finally – it’s packed with practical advice you’ll know by heart few months into parenting!

The basic idea of the book is that the brain of your child hasn’t fully developed well into its twenties. And that during this period, its right side (emotions) will inevitably dominate its left side (logic). Use the authors’ 12 strategies to overcome this problem.

Oh, and did we mention: Harvey Karp strongly recommends this book.

#8. “Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids: Creating the Relationship You Want with the Most Important People in Your Life” by Paul Axtell

Paul AxtellTen Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids Summary is primarily a renowned communication consultant – and has quite the portfolio to prove it.

However, he’s also a father of two now-adults, and a grandfather of thirteen children; additionally, he’s also old enough to be able to look back on his life and see what he did right and what wrong with his children.

Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids” is where these three characteristics meet. The book neatly combines his communication theory knowhow with his experience as a parent and grandparent.

Beautifully illustrated by Jane Elizabeth Barr, this Gold Medal Winner for best parenting book in 2011 has everything you need to know about how you can improve your communication with your children.

#9. “Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance: A Powerful New Approach to Overcoming Fear, Panic, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” by Christopher McCurry, PhD

Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance SummaryThere’s a reason why we did a Top 15 list of mindfulness books; there are many of them, and many people are interested in reading them.

Well, Christopher McCurry was amazed to find out that in this wealth of mindfulness books, there is not one dedicated to raising a child. Which is even more fascinating when you take into consideration the fact that mindfulness helps treat anxiousness problems in adults.

Why shouldn’t it do the same in children, as well?

That’s the basic premise of “Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance.” Using his knowledge from acceptance and commitment therapy, McCurry revolutionizes the way parents can help their anxious children.

And he claims that his approach works even for children as young as four!

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#10. “Parent/Teen Breakthrough: The Relationship Approach” by Mira Kirshenbaum and Charles Foster

Parent, Teen Breakthrough SummaryHere’s another book about parent/child relationship. This time, however, it’s about bigger and – dare we say? – more problematic children.

You know the drill: when the hormones kick in, the idyllic parent/child relationship you’ve developed may suddenly break down. And, there’s nowhere to turn for help. Unfortunately, it seems like whatever you’re doing, you’re only making it worse.

Well, take a chill pill and calm down! “Parent/Teen Breakthrough” will take you to the promise land, baby step by baby step!

Featuring many sample dialogues (oh, how familiar they sound!) and concrete suggestions, Mira Kirshenbaum’s and Charles Foster’s book will certainly help you build a loving relationship with your teenage child.

#11. “How to Talk with Your Kids About Sex: Help Your Children Develop a Positive, Healthy Attitude Toward Sex and Relationship” by Dr. John Chirban

How to Talk with Your Kids About Sex SummaryAt some point during your life, your child will either ask you the dreaded question (“Mommy, Daddy – what is sex?”) or, much worse, happen upon some sex-related stuff and will try to understand on its own.

According to Dr. John T Chirban, by this moment, it may be a bit too late to start talking with your child about sex. But, how would you know when it’s too early?

Well, that’s where “How to Talk with Your Kids About Sex” comes in handy. Chirban explains parents the when-s, the how-s, and the why-s – at each stage of a child’s development.

So you can plan well and plan ahead!

#12. “1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12” by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.

1-2-3 Magic SummaryThomas W. Phelan is a clinical psychologist with a Ph. D. And his objective in “1-2-3 Magic” is to easily and straightforwardly use his expertise to make your and your child’s life happier and more fulfilled!

And when we say easy – we mean as easy as 1-2-3! Because, according to Phelan, there are exactly three steps to becoming a better parent!

First of all, you need to teach your children to control their emotions. Secondly, you need to encourage their good behavior by providing positive feedback and rewards. And, finally, you need to strengthen the parent/child bond.

How?

Well, that’s what the book is about! And its methods work for all children aged 2 to 12!

#13. “Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason” by Alfie Kohn

Unconditional Parenting SummaryYou may already know Alfie Kohn as a crusader against grade-based education. In fact, “Time Magazine” has described him as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades and test scores.”

Many TV appearances – yes, including twice on Oprah – have merely reinforced this idea of Kohn as

However, he has also written one of the best books about parenting. And it’s directed against the same perceptions which rile him up in the current US education system. You see, “Unconditional Parenting” claims that the whole parenting paradigm is wrong.

That, in fact, it’s not about learning how to control your kids, but about finding out how to work with them. Because, all children need unconditional love. And, because, through the right training, offering it works best for both sides.

#14. “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood” by Jennifer Senior

All Joy and No Fun SummaryUnlike most of the books on this list, “All Joy and No Fun” is much more theoretical than a practical volume. Interestingly enough, this is exactly what makes it not only unique, but also a must-read.

Jennifer Senior is an award-winning journalist, whose political columns have been frequently anthologized. In “All Joy and No Fun” she shows a completely different side of herself, exploring one aspect of life you’d think hasn’t changed much during the past millennia.

However, Senior claims that it has – and radically so. As a result of this, she argues, modern parents have much more complex and far less clear roles than ever before.

Which makes parenting both a joy and – well, a pretty difficult job. Senior might not help you do it – but, she will definitely help you feel less alone.

#15. “Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!” by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad SummaryA time for our wildcard.

“Rich Dad Poor Dad” is not really a book you would expect to find on a list of the 15 best parenting books ever written. Yet, we had no doubts we’ll include it right from the start.

An autobiographical story about Robert Kiyosaki’s early years, “Rich Dad Poor Dad” tells the story of how his worldview was influenced by two very different paternal figures. The first one, Kiyosaki’s real dad, was a well-educated employee; the second one, the father of his best friend, a street-smarts entrepreneur.

Who do you think was the rich one?

And that’s why we chose to include this book. If you want to raise a financial maverick, it will be a good idea to start from the very beginning.

Albeit implicitly, Kiyosaki explains how.

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