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Parenting Books Recommended By Our Members
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Very very often we get queries on Parenting Books and our kbc members share the ones that have worked for them.

NEW RELEASE – NOV 22, 2021

Sleeping Like a Baby by kbcMembers Himani Dalmia & Neha Bhatt. Read Kausar’s outstanding review here. A must must have for every parent with children in the 0-5 years age group.

All You Need Is Love Achira highly recommends this book. To quote her:

A perfect book which is not preachy but let’s us introspect and understand what is parenting all about. The concept of building the connect with our kids and have fun in the journey of being parents to little humans is what touched me about this book.

Quoting Sabah from her post while she was reading this highly recommended book – How To Talk So Kids Will Listen And Listen So Kids Will Talk

When I was expecting my second, I met with equal amounts of “oh you’re so brave” and “oh koi nahi yaar, doosre toh pal jaate hain (translated: seconds don’t require a whole lot raising)”. But of course I had no idea which if either were true. My first born wasn’t only smooth sailing, but he is a calm, content and innately logical child. With time I learnt conversations and the explanation of consequences were my biggest tools (along with buckets of love of course). When my second was born, a spritely little firecracker, I fumbled. I waited for her to turn into her even minded brother, to develop that sense of tranquility, and understand the idea of cause and effect. Uff. In my head I knew no two children are the same, but there was something obstinate in me that refused to see her inherently different qualities and find ways to manage those, to help her thrive. I will honestly say, it took me a year and a half to stop waiting, and it has taken me another year to accept that I need to “retool” myself to nourish and shelter the big love and big emotions that my little girl holds in her heart (and sometimes in her hands or feet or mouth). So this weekend I’ve decided to reach out to my best mates for help. Books. I’m not one to indulge in parenting bibles and it’s been a long while (those sleepless nights) since I’ve read one, but How to Talk so Kids will Listen and How to Listen so Kids will Talk comes highly recommended.

How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen (for parents who have kids ages 2 – 7 years)

How To Talk: Siblings Without Rivalry 

Raising a Humanist (read review here): Excerpt:

Not only does the book list out issues which are very relevant and up-to-date with today’s time but it also gives us handy self-analysis tools and practical solutions with real-life examples to overcome them. You can expect guidance on varied topics – which range from helping children stand-up to bullies to using internet productively and creating safe online space from pedophiles, bullies, scamsters, and extremists. It touches upon ‘authoritarian parenting’ v. ‘involved parenting’ for encouraging responsive interactions and raise adults full of self-love, strong mental health and self-confidence with healthy habits.

The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary

How Your Personality Makes Or Breaks Your Child

Parenting Tips For Indian Parents

Scholastic: How To Motivate Your Child (99 easy things to do) – lots of our parents have enjoyed this book as it has very simple and practical pointers which are easy to put into practice.

The Whole-Brain Child

Building A Happy Family: 11 Practices of Mindful Parenting

How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids

What No One Tells You

How To Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons

Active Parenting: How to Raise Children with Boundless Potential by Ramgopal Vallath – this is a new release, an Indian book! Read Kausar Makki’s detailed review here.

Two of our other kbc members Pooja Rathod & Selvakani Selvaraj have highly recommended it. Quoting Pooja:

The best part about the book are the real world snippets discussing the challenges the parents faced and how their reactions made the situations better or worse. How they handled it, their interpretation, their mistakes, their confessions, how they explained it to their child when necessary. Many of the challenges seemed so relatable yet their outcomes were different just because they were addressed in a rational rather effective way.

Quoting Selvakani:

I write this review with an awe for real life stories, that are deep and profound. The forward itself is heartfelt ode to his father on parenting. What moved me to tears thinking of my parents (who are very active and lead a role model life for us at home), is the following excerpt from the book. “That is what great parents do-they live on for centuries after their physical selves depart, through the thoughts and values that they have bequeathed to their children. Their influence is boundless across generations” That line hooked me up so much that I fell in the pool of gratitude for my grand parents and parents instantly. As I read the book, I laughed out loud heartily, became thoughtful at my own parenting style and admired RamG’s ability to write a really funny line yet make it so much real 😊

The Explosive Child [Sixth Edition] : A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

NEW RELEASE NOV 2023: Raising Stars: The Challenges and Joys of Being a Bollywood Parent by Rashmi Uchil, published by Fingerprint! Publishing. We have at least 20 awesome reviews in our facebook group. Read one here.

It’s Your Baby by Dr Saroja Balan

The Elephant in the Womb by Kalki Koechlin

Mommy Burnout: How to Reclaim Your Life and Raise Healthier Children in the Process Divya highly recommends it! Read detailed review here.

Power to the Parent: Parents Who Know Better, Do Better

Weird Parenting Wins


What To Expect The First Year

Notes For Healthy Kids And Parents Too!!

The Happiest Baby Guide To Great Sleep

The Happiest Baby On The Block

The Happiest Toddler On The Block

Mindful Parenting: The First 1000 Days

Diaper Dude

The Fifth Trimester

Positive Discipline

The Mommy Shorts Guide To Remarkably Average Parenting

0 To 2 Baby & You

NoDrama Discipline

How Your Child Can Win In Life

Keep Calm And Mommy On (indian book)

Parenting: Innocence To Innersense

The Discipline Book

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

Building Resilience In Children And Teens

Image: Building Emotionally Safe Spaces For Inclusive And Creative leLarning

Parenting Outside The Lines

Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child

Namrata recommends – The Incredible Years

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) by Phillipa Perry – Meghana Amal recommends this

French Kids Eat Everything

Rest Play Grow by Deborah MacNamara – also recommended by Meghana Amal

How To Raise A Secure Child

I’m Thoughting

This Kind of Child: The ‘Disability’ Story

Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder


Running on Empty (a book to help heal from childhood emotional neglect) – 2012
Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect – 2016
Running on Empty No More – 2017


Some of our members have requested books on dealing with in-laws. We are sharing all the books that fall under the topic, with a request to everyone to check out the reviews on amazon as we don’t have firsthand feedback on any (unless mentioned)

Rising-In-Love with Your In-Laws: Unlocking the Code to Extraordinary Relationship with Your In-Laws by Savita Sinha

The Mother-in-Law: The Other Woman in Your Marriage by Veena Venugopal

Dealing With In-laws In Marriage: Strategies And Tips To Avoid Conflict To improve Your Relationship With In-laws – this is not an indian book and has very few reviews, but positive ones!

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