All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior : Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents?
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown: Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. When we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena.
How to Be Here Now by Rob Bell: Each of us was created for something great—we just need to figure out what it is and find the courage to do it. How to Be Here lays out concrete steps we can use to define and follow our dreams.
How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims: A provocative manifesto that exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternate philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood.
Married to Distraction: How to Restore Intimacy and Strengthen Your Partnership in an Age of Interruption by Edward and Sue Hallowell: Modern marriage is busy, distracted, and overloaded to extremes, with ever-increasing lists of things to do, superficial electronic connections, and interrupted moments. The good news is that there are straightforward and effective ways to restore communication and connection, resurrect happiness and romance, and strengthen—even save—a marriage.
Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman: What you’ll find in Masterminds and Wingmen is critically important for every parent – or anyone who cares about boys – to know. Not only does Wiseman challenge you to examine your assumptions, she offers innovative coping strategies aimed at helping your boy develop a positive, authentic, and strong sense of self.
Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less by Christine K. Koh and Asha Dornfest: We’re in the midst of a parenting climate that feeds on more. More expert advice, more gear, more fear about competition and safety, and more choices to make about education, nutrition, even entertainment. The result? Overwhelmed, confused parents and overscheduled, overparented kids. Filled with parents’ personal stories, readers will come away with a unique plan for a simpler life.
Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety by Judith Warner: Warner offers a context in which to understand parenting culture and the way we live, as well as ways of imagining alternatives–actual concrete changes–that might better our lives.
Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman: Queen Bees and Wannabes will equip you with all the tools you need to build the right foundation to help your daughter make smarter choices and empower her during this baffling, tumultuous time of life
Slowing Down to The Speed of Life by Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey: The classic guide to creating a more peaceful, simpler life from the inside out. With practical and easy exercises to help you slow down your mind and focus on the present moment.
Strong Mothers, Strong Sons by Meg Meeker M. D.: This empowering book offers a road map to help mothers find the strength and confidence to raise extraordinary sons by providing encouragement, education, and practical advice.
The Happiest Mommy You Know by Genevieve Shaw Brown: The Happiest Mommy You Know is the life-changing and incredibly positive approach to the challenges of modern parenting—and gives parents permission to finally treat themselves better.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.
The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Grove at Home and Work by Christine Carter Ph.D.: Learn how to achieve more by doing less. Live in that zone you’ve glimpsed but can’t seem to hold on to—the sweet spot where you have the greatest strength, but also the greatest ease.
Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents by Christine Carter Ph.D: What do we wish most for our children? Next to being healthy, we want them to be happy, of course! Fortunately, a wide array of scientific studies show that happiness is a learned behavior, a muscle we can help our children build and maintain.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown: Have you ever felt the urge to declutter your life? Do you often find yourself stretched too thin? Are you frequently busy but not productive? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist. The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It about discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson: Mark cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter.