Ready to master parenting? It all starts with child brain development. Here are the 6 best books on child brain development to help you on your parenting journey.
Here’s the best kept secret of parenthood: parenting has almost nothing to do with managing your child’s behavior. Parenting is about managing your own behavior and understanding how you impact your child’s behavior. And it all starts with child brain development. If parents have a basic understanding of how their child’s brain develops, they can adjust their behavior accordingly. This can have a huge impact on helping their kids understand and self-regulate their own emotions. And it’s no secret that big emotions are often a factor in toddler tantrums and misbehavior.
So how can you get up to speed on child brain development? There are a number of really great books that can help! Here are my favorites.
Dan Siegel is one of my favorite parenting authors. His research connects the dots of brain development and provides useful strategies to tackle common parenting issues. There’s a bonus activity workbook you can purchase to go along with the book. Get the book here. And add the Whole Brained Child Workbook
I love this book because it provides ‘stages’ of brain development as your child ages. It provides details on all the factors that impact your child’s brain development, and gives you actionable ways (and sometimes personal stories) to help your child grow. Grab a copy here.
I love that this book focuses on the individuality of children. We tend to compare our kids based on developmental milestones, but uses a science-backed approach to explain brain development and how each child has their own pace. Buy the book here.
This book is a little different than the others because it focuses on the brain/body connection. It provides real life examples on how you can stimulate brain development through play and activities. Get a copy of this book here.
Brain Rules is a quick read that will lay out the basics of brain development from age zero to five. It avoids technical jargon, but is based in science. Grab the kindle or audiobook version here.
This book will help you understand the inner-workings of your child’s brain. This book is less about brain development milestones and more about how a developed brain should function. You’ll also find the authors dispel common brain development myths. Get the book here.
Have you read any of these books? Do you know of any others that should be added to our best books on child brain development list? Share with me in the comments!