1. How To Raise An Adult (2015) by Julie Lythcott-Haims
2. Nonviolent Communication (2015, third edition) by Marshall Rosenberg
3. How We Love Our Kids (2011) by Milan and Jay Yerkowich
4. The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys (1995) by Jawanza Kunjufu
5. iGen (2017) by Jean Twenge
6. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011) by Amy Chua
7. Grit (2016) by Angela Duckworth
8. How Children Succeed (2012) by Paul Tough
9. Fraternity (2019) by Alexandra Robbins
10. A Promise to Ourselves (2008) by Alec Baldwin
What I realize based on the array of titles that I love is that parenting is absolutely connected to culture and upbringing. We often mimic our parents with our children, regardless if we realize it or not. Then, the United States is so diverse that various parenting styles exist within it.
I'm no parenting expert, but I am committed to being a better parent each day. The biggest thing I've learned on my journey is that parenting is a two-way street. I learn from my daughters. Maybe they learn from me, but who knows?
We're in an extremely automated world now, in which the mere questions of what it means to be human often are obscured. I'm hoping that having a baby is a wake-up call to parents to understand that human beings are much more fascinating and amazing than any of our creations.
Unfortunately, if those thoughts happen, they may soon fall by the wayside as fresh parents do and make sure to post pictures of their newborns on social media.
Our next category of recommendations is personal growth. And for avid readers of this blog, keep in mind that we don't post on Sundays during this project, but we'll have our first personal growth selection tomorrow. Enjoy!