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Parenting Book Roundup: 2018

In 2018, I set a goal to read 100 books. I was pretty generous with the parameters, so I included audiobooks and any books I read to my six-year-old that were over 200 pages. On New Year’s Eve, I met that goal. Hooray! It was completely arbitrary, but it was fun to track my progress. And I don’t know if you can relate to this, but I tend to forget about a book as soon as I finish it. By recording the books I read, I had a log to look back on and remember things I’d read months ago.

While I enjoyed all of the books I read, many of them aren’t necessarily worth commenting on. However, there were a number of books that are worth mentioning. Here are the parenting books I read last year. Some were new and some were pretty old, but I learned a ton from all of them.

(Please note, none of these links are sponsored)


Books about kids and nature




1. Balanced and Barefoot by Angela J. Hanscom

2. There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Akeson McGurk


Books about education

1. The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley

2. Unschooling Rules by Clark Aldrich

3. Teach Your Own by John Holt

4. Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn


Books about respectful parenting

1. Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman

2. Raising Human Beings by Ross Greene

3. Attachment-Focused Parenting by Daniel Hughes


Books about parenting children with trauma or challenging behaviors

1. The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris

2. Building the Bonds of Attachment by Daniel Hughes

3. The Foster Parenting Manual by John DeGarmo

4. Changeable by J. Stuart Ablon

5. Treating Children with Explosive Behaviors by Ross Greene and J. Stuart Ablon

I’m not setting any reading goals for myself this year, but I’m always eager to hear about new (or new to me) books. If you have a favorite book in any genre, I want to hear about it!

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