Our team is so very blessed to have Leslie Rothenberger as one of our most cherished advisors and parenting guides. Leslie has been a gift to us and to the planet and we use her often as a resource for mindful and conscious parenting.
Here are 10 of her favorite reads for making consciousness, kindness and mindfulness a daily practice with kids. Leslie also runs her highly successful mindfulness program THE GIFT for children and adults both live and virtually.
It’s safe to say that I’ve read my fair share of parenting books over the years. When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter Emma, I immediately began diving into different parenting books as resources. I wanted to be the best possible parent for her, and one who showered her with unconditional love.
Over the years, I have found such soul-feeding information within the pages of these books. The many beautiful perspectives presented by different authors have led me to valuable understandings that have helped me learn and grow as a parent.
Of the many books I’ve read, here are my 10 favorites. I hope they are just as helpful to you on your own parenting journey.
The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering our Children
By Dr. Shefali Tsabary
What I love about this book is the huge shift in consciousness around traditional parenting approaches, shining a bright light on how our children are our mirrors to help us find our way back to our own wholeness and break away from egoic ways of parenting. Purchase here.
Simplicity Parenting: Using The Extraordinary Power Of Less To Raise Calmer, Happier, And More Secure Kids
By Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross
This book presents a wonderful, practical way of simplifying life to create greater calm and connection with our kids. Purchase here.
Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need To Matter More Than Peers
By: Dr Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Maté
This is such a fantastic look at the importance of attachment. It’s eye-opening with regards to how in today’s busy world, peers can become our children’s strongest attachment, even though they innately need their parents to be. Purchase here.
The Awakened Family: How To Raise Empowered, Resilient, and Conscious Children
By Dr. Shefali Tsabary
This book dispels the “myths” of parenting that can sometimes get us trapped into doing what we simply think we “should” as parents. The Awakened Family instills a more present and conscious way of being with our children. Purchase here.
The Soul Of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach To Warm, Firm, Calm Guidance — From Toddlers To Teens
By Kim John Payne
This book creates an easy-to-follow framework to help guide our kids at every age and stage while giving them the appropriate amount of choice and independence. Purchase here.
The Seven Spiritual Laws For Parents: Guiding Your Children To Success And Fulfillment
By Deepak Chopra
This book presents a beautiful, practical way of bringing spiritual lessons into the daily life of our families. Purchase here.
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power Of Being Kind To Yourself
By Kristin Neff
While this isn’t an “official” parenting book, it does touch on many topics that are relevant to parents. I benefited so much from reading about the science and research behind the necessity of self–compassion and the steps on how to practice it. Where else is self-compassion needed more than in our role as parents? Purchase here.
Unconditional Parenting: Moving From Rewards And Punishments To Love And Reason
By Alfie Kohn
I absolutely love the clear, concise way Kohn helps get to the heart of what unconditional love as a parent looks like in everyday life. Purchases here.
Parenting With Presence: Practices For Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids
By Susan Stiffelman
Similar to Dr. Tsabary’s books, Parenting With Presence focuses the spotlight within and looks at how raising kids can help us shed old patterns and help us grow. Purchases here.
The Three Questions [Based On A Story By Leo Tolstoy]
By Jon J Muth
This is a children’s story, but I chose it as one of my favourites because in it, Muth asks three important questions. When I remember to think of these questions, they help me become a more present and attentive parent. I also loved reading it to my children. Purchase here.