Recommended Parent Reads

Mrs. Poland's

Come and checkout these great Parent books!

Being a parent is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs. Research has shown us time and time again the power of strong parenting. I have been reading a wide variety of parenting books(of course in addition to children's books) and below are a list of my favorites. Many of the titles below can be found in Timber Creek Library's Parent Section for checkout.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Dweck explains why appropraching things with fixed or growth mindset brings us success. She explains how important it is not to praise intelligence or ability and how that can actually have a negative affect on kids. Dweck believes if people have the right mindset they can grow. She has looked at the brain research to advise people how to create a love of learning and resilience in life.

Drive: the Suprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

Daniel talks about how most people believe the best way to motivate others is with rewards like money, which is called the carrot-and-stick approach. He says that is a mistake. Daniel believes the true secret to high performance and satisfaction is a need to direct our own lives, learn and create news things, and to do better. He has looked at four decades of research to provide facts and discusses the three elements of motivation. They are autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiousity, and Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

Paul has looked at research and science to delve into how children succeed. We usually assume it is based on intelligence but Paul points out that it is deeper than that. Skills like persseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control that are part of character matter most. He provides ways in which parents can prepare children for being successful adults.

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon

Life can be challenging at times. You have to work to overcome obstacles, negativity, and adversity to create success. The true answer to challenges is positive energy. In this book Jon provides ten rules in order to fuel your life. In addition to this adult book there is also a children's book in which you can teach your children these things. The children's book is called The Energy Bus for Kids.

Read to Me: Raising Kids Who Love to Read by Bernice E. Cullinan

How can you teach your child to better in school and be a book lover? Bernice is an acclaimed reading specialist who answers these questions. She breaks down kids into age groups and discusses their development relating to reading, how to make them a reader or writer at that age, and a list of books that will be a hit with them. It is a great resource.

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