If I had to recommend only one book to parents, “Children The Challenge” would be the one.
Children the Challenge by Rudolph Dreikurs is still the most comprehensive book on understanding children and how to guide them. Albeit written in the sixties, the explanation of principles of human behaviour and how to deal with misbehaviour is amongst the best found anywhere.
This book has been cited as one of the most influential books of the last century, by the US Library of Congress. Although written for parents, it was still the text of choice used for studying child guidance when I was working on my masters degree in counselling.
The book is fat, but don’t let that throw you off. It is actually a very easy read because the book is filled with real-life vignettes you will easily identify with. Then eureka you come to understand what is truly going on with your child as Dr Dreikurs reveals the dynamics of these situations and offers solutions.
I have read this book many times and recommend it as a must-read for every parent.
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