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Staff Favorites: Book Recommendations for Parents

Family relationships take work! No one is a perfect parent, child, spouse or sibling, and there’s always room for growth and change. At Life’s Choices, one of our goals is to provide our community with the necessary and supplemental resources needed to develop into the best person they can be! With the right books and classes comes learning and maturing. It’s always worth it to work on ourselves.

When mentoring clients, Life’s Choices’ staff uses a variety of excellent literature. Today we’re sharing eight of our book recommendations for parents and families.


  1. Boundaries with Kids by Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend “Long before I worked here, I did this book with a group of parents and it was both parenting-affirming and life-changing for me.” -Kolleen Long, Hamburg Center Director

  2. The 5 Love Languages for Children by Gary Chapman An insightful way to show your child you love them in a way that is most meaningful to him or her. One of our favorites on this list!

  3. The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson A great combination of brain science and parenting strategies.

  4. Living More With Less by Doris Janzen Longacre This book is not just about living on a budget, but it is a thoughtful approach to living a sustainable life as a modern family.

  5. Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka “As the mom of two strong-willed children (now young adults), I wish I had had this book as a guide when they were in their formative years. This is the first book I read that fully addresses the positives of this personality type while honestly considering the related parenting challenges.” -Kolleen Long, Hamburg Center Director

  6. Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson A spiritual take on the mixed emotions of early motherhood (the drive for perfectionism, feelings of isolation, struggles with culture, etc.)

  7. No More Perfect Kids by Jill Savage and Kathy Koch A look into how to appreciate your kids for who they are: made in God’s image.

  8. Adventuring Together by Greta Eskridge

We hope you enjoy these reads! For more book recommendations or to learn more about our parenting, prenatal, relationship and life skills classes, contact Life’s Choices today.


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