The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison
Even though this book is about the author's books getting older and leaving home, it has immense value of parents of young children. Instead of reading the book when your child leaves home and thinking "I wish someone would have told me," well, Katrina does. Katrina has a sincere appreciation for the valuable gifts of quality, meaningful family life. A great read to center and calm you on your worst parenting days.
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne
This book is as helpful as it is encouraging. It is a go-to guide for making your family time and home simpler, and more enjoyable. No pie-in-the-sky ideas here. Just practical advice and tools to calm your jam-packed schedule and life. Kim John Payne is clear and affirming. If you want to keep your parenting sane, simple and practical, read this book.
Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
As Americans we can sometimes come to believe our way is the only way. Pamela does a great job in this book of informing and relaying how another culture (in this case France) has navigated their way through the trials of parenting. I found numerous tips and tricks in Bringing Up Bebe. I especially liked the parts about restaurant behavior and day cares. If you ever wonder why children of today seem over-indulged, yet fearful and uncooperative, read this wonderful book.