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6 Amazing Non-Parenting Books That Made You A Better Parent

Chelsey Devauld March 31, 2018

Have you ever purchased a few parenting books that you never finished and are now collecting dust on your bookshelf? Have you ever needed help with discipline or strategies with your kids and not been able to find something relatable?

I have quite a few of these of these books. I even bought a little parenting pocket guide once, and I think the spine has never been cracked. But now let me ask you another question… Have you ever read a book that completely resonated with you and just came along at the right time?  Did you make you rethink your relationships and/or how you treat the people in your life?

I certainly have a few books come to mind when I think about the impact they made on my life. This got me thinking, I wonder if anyone else had similar books in their personal library.  Books that they just naturally incorporated into their psyche or way of thinking because they connected with the story or message.

I have researched and compiled a list of Amazing Books That Made You A Better Parent here with short reviews from real-life parents. These books do not have parent-specific advice, yet they have made an impact on people in how they raise and see their children. I hope you enjoy and perhaps one of these suggestions will come along at just the right time for you!

1. The Happiness Project

– By Gretchen Rubin

I read it before and after I had kids and both times were a very different experience! From a married experience, this book helped me focus on my relationships and how my daily habits have a direct effect on the people around me. As a parent, it affirmed that having rituals of connection with each of my kid’s shapes are relationships now and in the future.

Jen Goeres, Calgary AB


2. Autobiography of a Yogi

– By  Paramahansa Yogananda

I just recently finished autobiograpy of a yogi which was more of a spiritual tome, but reading it made me realize the vastness of the internal world and how much more deeper a person’s universe is on the inside, than what we see externally. The author was largely responsible for bringing yoga to the west and a lot of the book is his stories about spiritual development in children. Just reading the book was grounding and definitely developmental in a spiritual sense. Also, any books by Wayne Dyer – I go back and read them all the time in challenging times, because they have a nice energy to them and I always feel good and uplifted, very similar to the effect of reading authors like Brene Brown!

Carina Huggins, Calgary AB

3. Present Over Perfect

– By  Shauna Niequist

I would say that the book “Present over Perfect” by Shauna Niequest really supported me in continuing to make changes from the inside out. It also resonated with my “why” in my Life Coaching practice! I highly recommend it!

Sarah Creek, Airdrie AB

4. The Five Love Languages

– By  Gary Chapman

I am sure you’ve heard of this book. In fact, I don’t think the cover has changed since it was published. I know this is the same one my parents had. So, how does this book help make you a better parent?  Because this book will help you realize that the love you’re giving your child(ren) may not get received in the way you think it’s getting received. All of us want our kids to feel loved. What if you could figure out the best way to give that love?
This book was meant for couples and I know now there is a sequel just for children. But the message and method are basically the same. You may have a light bulb moment or two with this one!  And it never hurts to apply it to your baby-daddy or baby-mommy.

Chelsey Devauld, Crossfield AB

5. Come As You Are

– By  Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.

Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. is a book about sex! How does a book about sex help you be a better parent? It does so on a number of levels:

  • Partnership. Kids can change the context of our sexual lives, but they don’t end us as sexual beings. Know thy self. Nagoski talks about brain science in a fun and interesting way. She talks about stress, desire, and has a great analogy about growing our garden. If our garden is lush and cared for, we can nourish our children.
  • Parents are the first and most important Sexual Health Teachers. Knowing good quality sexual health information makes it easier to pass that on to our children so they can make the best decisions they can.
  • Sex has super awesome benefits!

Victoria Baitson, Airdrie AB

6. The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

– By  Robin Sharma

Have you ever dreamed of going on a whirlwind adventure? One that would change your life in ways that were unexpected and thought unneccesary. Lately, I have been searching for something. Something I’m not even sure I know what it is. A longing. A deep rooted need to know more, feel more, BE more.

I didn’t even know this book existed. I read the first book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and loved every page. However, The Secret Letters book had me completely in a trance. Sometimes you fall in love with the paper between 2 covers. And that is just what happened. The author, Robin Sharma has a way with words. A way that I always imagined that I am with things to say. He has a magical way of getting you to fall in love with the black ink on those pages. Bringing all of those words into context with your life, everyone’s life.

I want to say we because I know that I am not alone in this. We always say, “When I get that promotion I will stop working so hard” or “When I make this much money, I will be happy with my life”. We always seem to be striving for the next best thing. Feeling the need to outshine our neighbours, family, and friends. Buy the bigger house. Get that dream car. Is it ever really enough?

This book answers that. At least it did for me. This book takes you on a worldwide journey, watching Jonathan learn the 7 timeless virtues of enlightened living. A journey he only agreed to take because he thought someone was in trouble. Someone he loved and cared about. Not knowing that it was he, himself was the one in trouble and the one who needed saving.

I highly recommend this book. Take the time to read it at least once. Reread it every year. Fall in love with the words on these pages and watch your life begin to change. Your outlook on life begins to transform in ways that you didn’t think could happen just by reading a book

Samantha Laycock, Airdrie AB

There you have it! 6 books you may or may not have heard of that could help you be a better parent. I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions as well! Comment below and let’s share!


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