After reinvigorating my passion for reading with my neighborhood book club, I decided to start a Mommy Call Book Club on Instagram. Inherent to the success of my return as a reader is the fact that my children are now older and play nicely with each other. I reached a critical milestone recently: reading while my children played independently in public. It felt like a dream. So, I figured I could take on another book club, one where I would curate some of my favorite parenting books for you. I’ll do the heavy reading, or in some cases, skimming, so that you have some ideas before making a purchase. This also helps me in clinic, so I know what books my patients’ parents are reading and what to recommend to them when they present with particular issues. If you want to follow along, search for #mommycallbookclub. In the meantime, here are some of the books I already covered and links to purchase!
How Toddlers Thrive by Tovah Klein, PhD. I have raved about Tovah’s book before, as she was my college mentor and taught me most of what I know about toddlers. This book is a great resource for anyone trying to understand the toddler years: parents, teachers, babysitters. I channeled Tovah’s toddler whispering abilities so many times in the past 5 years. One of the lessons that stuck with me most is not ascribing my own thoughts onto my children’s artwork. Instead of asking them what they are drawing, I comment on their use of color or space. Perhaps the scribble is meant to be an elephant or perhaps it is just a scribble, but it is up to them to decide what they want it to be and what they want to share.
The Explosive Child by Edward M. Hallowell, MD. I learned about this book from a psychologist when I asked for advice on an ADHD patient. I think this is a great read for anyone living with or caring for a child with challenging behaviors that are on the extreme end of the spectrum. There are great tips for how to stop punishing kids for things that are not malicious and instead partner with kids to find preventative strategies. I found this book very practical.
The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Carolyn Dalgliesh. As we enter a new school year, you may want to keep this book nearby for your sensory kid struggling with new routines and demands. There were some parts that I didn’t like as an MD, but overall if you are looking for practical organizational tips to make the day-to-day easier, this was good.
Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell A. Barkley, PhD. One of the things I like about this book is that it looks at raising a child with ADHD from a research perspective, but also gives realistic parenting advice, a developmental approach, and treatment options. The author also addresses the effect that ADHD children have on their parents and siblings.
Sensational Kids by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR. Unlike the Dagliesh book mentioned earlier, this one has a heavier focus on diagnostics, comorbidities, and interventions. Like the others, it also uses cases to illustrate the definitions and demonstrate scenarios.
There are so many other great books that I want to share with you, but I would also love to hear from you about what you are reading! This list is ADHD and sensory heavy, but there are so many more great parenting books to come, so stay tuned.
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