Parenting books on discipline are kind of an odd concept. Ideally, kids wouldn’t need to be disciplined. The kids would be self-disciplined enough to choose to behave in a way that was acceptable most of the time. In my mind, the real question is how to correct kids as gently and effectively as possible, while simultaneously instilling the ability to self-regulate, preventing further need for parent-imposed discipline.
In an ideal world, discipline should be a small aspect of parenting. If the relationship is intact and healthy, parents should rarely need to resort to negative disciplinary tactics. Therefore, in my opinion, books devoted entirely to discipline are not necessarily the best places to look for these techniques. If you’re interested in discipline, I recommend checking out some of my favorite titles in general parenting as well.
Reviews of Parenting Books on Discipline
Note that by clicking the triangles at the top of each column you can choose to sort the list by title, author, or my own personal rating. Click on an individual title to see my review of that work, as well as a summary of the most useful information and wisdom I obtained from each.
Note that if you only had time to read one parenting book on discipline, I currently recommend Children: The Challenge by Rudolf Dreikurs.
|Children: The Challenge||Dreikurs||9|
|Parenting with Purpose||Garcia||9|
|The Discipline Book||Sears & Sears||7|
|Positive Discipline: The First Three Years||Nelson, Erwin, & Duffy||6|
|How to Behave So Your Preschooler Will Too||Severe||5|
|The Strong-Willed Child||Dobson||2|
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