Parenting Books We Love
The Highly Sensitive Child
by Elaine Aron
If your child is highly sensitive and you’re only just beginning to discover what that means, this is the best place to start. This book has been an eye opener and a game changer for every parent who has been struggling alone, wondering what might be “wrong” with their child. As Dr. Aron ̶ the researcher who coined the term “highly sensitive” ̶ explains in her book, our children are perfectly normal. She has also shown that 20% of the population is genetically wired to feel and think more deeply thanks to a highly-tuned nervous system which can’t be changed. This book is filled with information and advice on bringing out the best in our sensitive children. A great tool for parents, caregivers and teachers.
The Strong Sensitive Boy
by Ted Zeff
This is a fantastic book for parents raising highly sensitive boys in parts of the world that expect males to be tough and emotionless. Dr. Zeff interviews thirty highly sensitive men form five different countries, demonstrating the factors that had the biggest impact on these individuals growing up, such as relationships with fathers, school, making friends, sports, just to name a few. Reading these men’s stories and finding out what helped and hurt them the most is not only moving, but also helps to open the eyes and hearts of fathers ̶ and mothers ̶ who may be trying to “toughen up” their sensitive boys. If you have a highly sensitive son, this book is for you!
Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child
by Jamie Williamson
This short but comprehensive guide on highly sensitive children was written by a loving father and active member of the “highly sensitive” community. This booklet clearly demonstrates the differences between highly sensitive and non-highly sensitive children in the way they view the world and react in different situations. Because of its length, this is a great book to give out to friends, family members and teachers who need help understanding just what our children are going through. Jamie shows that highly sensitive children are not spoiled, they are simply overwhelmed.
Raising Boys: Why Boys Are Different–and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men
by Steve Biddulph
It never occurred to me that I might need to read a book about raising boys specifically. Until my neighbor handed me this book I thought, “kids are kids, right?”. Well yes, kids are kids, but what this book made me realize was that moms have never been boys and that there is no way we can fully understand what boys go through. It also taught me that a boy’s needs can differ greatly based on age, developmental stage and circumstances, can be very different from a girls needs, and that bringing up happy well-balanced boys can be a very delicate thing. It’s good not to miss out on any of the essential things that need to be considered; things we may not have been aware of as women.
For a list of children’s books that were recommended by parents of highly sensitive children from all over the world, click here.