It’s summer and the book lists are out for the kiddos to keep them sharp all summer, but what are you reading, parents (besides scrolling through instagram…who, me?)? Here are some of my favorites – books that truly offer nuggets of useful information I can easily digest and implement into my own life.
1. Daring Greatly. Ohhh, this really is THE book to read. If you read nothing else this entire year, read Daring Greatly and your whole perspective will shift. The section on Parenting felt like it spoke right to my heart. Brene Brown is funny and witty and serious and raw and…just trust me on this one.
2. Masterminds and Wingmen. This is the boy version of Queen Bees and Wannabes. Even though my boys are young, the personality dynamics are already starting to show in school settings. This book was a recommendation to me from a teacher so I could tap into my little guy’s mind and help him develop a strong sense of self and repel bullies and pressure. I’ll be honest – reading this book makes me so grateful for toddler meltdowns over the wrong sippy cup color!
3. Raising Happiness. I’ve written about this book by Berkeley professor Dr. Christine Carter before and it remains one of my top reads. There is nothing I want more for my boys than to be good people who are truly happy in life.
4. The Price of Privilege. I was drawn to the title of this book and I’ve come to learn so much from the author, more than anything that we have to teach our children through modeling our own behavior that perfection doesn’t exist!
5. Play. This book is one of the leaders in the Play revolution – who would have thought we’d need to be encouraged to just let our kids PLAY – but it’s true! Kids learn so many key life skills through free play, and we are suffering from a lack of it in today’s society.
6. Is That Me Yelling?. Because it’s true. This book is helpful to self identify what your triggers are. A big one for me is being interrupted when I’m on my phone or computer, totally irrational and something I don’t want to be doing anyhow while I’m with my kids, so this was a great learning lesson for all of us. Now if there is something I have to do, I’ll explain to the boys: “Hey, Mama has to send an important email. It may take me 5 or 10 minutes, but then I’m off the computer and we’ll play outside together.”
What’s on your summer reading list? Happy Reading!
Author: Candace Thomas