Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs people face. The library has many resources to make it a little easier. This week we received a couple of books that struggling parents might want to check out.

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King. For more than thirty-five years, the “How to Talk” series of books have given parents effective communication skills for solving the unending challenges of raising children. This new book is specifically designed to apply these strategies to very young children. It discusses common conflicts and situations and gives ways to deal with them respectfully and effectively. There is even a chapter that addresses dealing with children who have sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. It gives parents the tools to develop rewarding relationships with their little ones through the “terrible twos” up through the “semicivilized seven-year-old” stage. It will help little children grow into self-reliant big kids who are capable of good relationships with their parents, teachers, siblings and peers.

The Happiest Mommy You Know: Why Putting Your Kids First is the Last Thing You Should Do by Genevieve Shaw Brown. The author, an ABC News reporter and mother of three, used to be one of those mothers who always put the needs of her children before her own. She got up early to fix special healthy meals for her kids, but then scarfed down whatever junk food she could manage to fit into her busy schedule. She realized the toll it was taking on her and decided to eat adult-sized portions of the same food her children had. She immediately saw the benefits and decided to apply the same principles to other aspects of her life. She decided to treat herself with the same love and care she gave her children. This book shows that if mothers are able to put themselves first sometimes, both they and their children will benefit. She offers advice and her personal stories to help mothers achieve self-respecting parenting.