Waldorf and Natural Parenting Book List
I have put together a parenting book list with some of the most essential conscious parenting reads (especially catered towards those with young children). Please share some of your favourites in the comments section below- mine are marked with an asterisk.
On Early Childhood Parenting
Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman
Simplicity Parenting* by Kim John Payne
Elevating Childcare by Janet Lansbury
The Whole-Brained Child by Daniel J Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson
Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
On Gentle Discipline
Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
The Soul of Discipline* by Kim John Payne
Out of Bounds by Dr. Shafali Tsabury
Hold onto your Kids* by Dr. Gordon Neufeld and dr. Gabor Mate
On Rhythm and the Waldorf-Inspired Home
You are your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy
Heaven on Earth by Shafira Oppenheimer
Seven Times the Sun by Shea Darian
The Rhythm of Family* by Amanda Soule
Understanding Waldorf Education by Jack Petrash
Last Child in the Woods* by Richard Louv
The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
Creative Schools by Ken Robinson
On Self and Inner Work
Conscious Parenting by Dr. Shefali Tsabury
Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J Siegal
Parenting in the Present Moment by Carla Naumberg
Mitten Strings for God by Katrina Kennison
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali
Everyday Blessings- the Inner Work of Mindful Parenting* by Jon Kabat-Zinn
On the Sibling Dynamic
Siblings without Rivalry* by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings by Dr. Laura Markham
Brothers and Sisters by Karl Konig
More Specific Topics
Sensory Processing Disorder
Creating Meaningful Rituals in the Home
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Thank you for sharing. I noticed you used a Ken Robinson in your photo but you’ve not listed any of his books as a recommendation? Do you have one of his that you’ve liked?
Simplicity Parenting was a life changing book for me! We moved an hour from where we were living into a smaller house (meaning we had less room for stuff) & enrolled our daughter in the local Steiner school.
After reading it that is!
I’d recommend Listen by Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore – wonderful tools for the emotional work of parenting! The book is based on the Hand in Hand Parenting approach to building connection and responding to children’s behavior in a way that is healing. You can learn more on their website.
What a beautiful blog, thank you for sharing. I have been blown away with Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves by Naomi Aldort. It goes right to the heart.