Raising children is tough, and the number of parenting books available today doesn’t make it any easier. Parenting books about positive discipline techniques for toddlers, children, and teens are no exception. This collection of the best positive discipline books for parents, teachers, and caregivers can be used both in the home and in the classroom to discipline children of all ages!
Before I had my daughter, I spent over 20 years working as a nanny, teacher, and coach. I can recall spending hours of my personal time pouring over positive discipline books for parents and educators to help me take charge of the children in my care.
Once I became a parent, I added a few new gems to our bookshelf. Even though I don’t agree with every word written in each of these positive discipline parenting books, these were the best books I found about disciplining children for parents and caregivers.
Our suggestion is to read the books that look the most interesting to you, and that works the best for the age of the children that you will be working with. You may fall in love with one style and commit to it, or you may pick and choose several techniques that work to form your own style as my husband and I have done. All that matters is that you do what works for you and the children in your care.
Positive Discipline in the Classroom and at Home: Positive Discipline Books for Teachers and Parents
I always recommend you look for these at your local library or used bookstore first. If you have difficulty finding any of them I have provided Amazon affiliate links for your convenience. If you click to purchase, I may earn a very small commission at no extra cost to you.
**Click on either the title or the image of each parenting book to learn more about it.
No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by
Positive Discipline Parenting Books by
- Positive Discipline: The First Three Years
- Positive Discipline for Preschoolers
- Positive Discipline A to Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems
- Positive Discipline for Teenagers
- Positive Discipline Parenting Tools
- Positive Discipline Parenting Tool Cards
Transforming the Difficult Child places the focus on reinforcing positive behaviors and playing down the negative behaviors. Nurtured Heart is the recommended discipline approach of Waldorf educators. As such, it places a refreshing spin on both parenting and teaching, and reveals new techniques and strategies that create positive behaviors.
The Nurtured Heart Approach shares a gentle and supportive plan of action that will change your children for the better, even if they are not difficult. Use the Transforming the Difficult Child Workbook by
This book by Laura Markham is so popular the author created an entire peaceful parenting series to go with it. Her message: Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don’t need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe—or even punish. More books in her peaceful parenting series are listed below:
Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by
Parents today are bombarded with endless information that creates an atmosphere of anxiety and self-doubt in our children. This parenting book provides a lesson in mindfulness different from the rest.
Mindful discipline redefines discipline and outlines the five essential elements necessary for children to thrive: unconditional love, space for children to be themselves, mentorship, healthy boundaries, and mistakes that create learning and growth opportunities.
Out of Control clearly lays out why we enter into dysfunctional patterns with our children and how to prevent them. The author claims that discipline and punishments don’t work. Why? Because the behavior we think we are correcting is not usually the core problem, so we often end up making matters worse.
In this parenting book Dr. Tsabary explains exactly how this works as she guides caregivers towards getting what we really want for our children — a strong foundational center from which their own inspired actions can naturally arise.
This book about the importance of how we communicate is so popular that the author has created several more versions to help you with different age stages from toddler to teen! Click on the links to learn more about each one:
- How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk
- How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen and Listen so Little Kids Will Talk
- How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen so Teens Will Talk
Parenting With Love And Logic (Updated and Expanded Edition) by
Love and Logic can help parents and teachers learn to think for themselves and problem-solve from a very young age. Parents can learn to embrace mistakes as wonderful learning opportunities to raise respectful, responsible, and caring children.
This positive discipline book helped me to form an integral piece of my parenting strategy, but I did not agree with everything written. I loved the concepts of natural consequences, enforceable choices, and encouraging children to think through their problems. My husband and I both found some of the examples encouraging, while others seemed a bit harsh and overdone.
Beyond Positive Discipline Parenting Books: Techniques that work
Another way we have used to discipline our child is to begin at the root of the problem.
To do this, we read books that help children understand feelings and emotions, books that help children manage anger, encourage our child to practice yoga, play with calm down sensory bottles, and give our child the opportunity for lots of outside playtime to help keep the peace in our home. Click on the blue hyperlinked text to learn more about how we use each self-regulation strategy in our home.
I hope you and your family find these positive discipline books and parenting strategies as helpful as we have — Enjoy!
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