I recently finished reading Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents by Betsy Brown Braun, and I liked it a lot. I found the second half of the book that went through various themes of conversations/situations and provided actual scripts and language to be really helpful; the first half, which was more about the principles, was good too, though it covered material I've read in other books as well. I had heard the author speak at a live event a few years ago, and this book is now a good complement to what I learned from her before.
While I don't intend to read or copy verbatim the scripts in the book, it is helpful to read specific, concrete examples of how to talk about certain issues in order to understand the method/reasoning behind it, and that's what I enjoyed most from this book.
Below are my main notes and takeaways. I definitely recommend it for any parent of a young kid.
I recently finished reading Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Laura Markham, and I thought it was great. It built on Siblings Without Rivalry and incorporated many ideas from RIE (such as from No Bad Kids). The biggest new ideas I learned from this book were about coaching instead of controlling (I liked many of the sample scenarios and scripts in the book), the importance of daily roughhousing and 1:1 special time, self-regulated turn-taking, and family property rules.
My main notes and takeaways are below.
I attended a parenting talk a while ago, and the speaker recommended the book UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba. I recently finished reading it and thought it was decent. The book seemed to have a mnemonic/acronym for every situation, which I thought was clever but also tiring by the end. I did appreciate reading about all the different games and example activities that can help develop empathy in kids and the research behind why empathy helps kids succeed.
Below are my main notes and takeaways from the book.