Useful Books on Parenting

Islamic Books

Raising Children

Author: Tahera Kassamali, Publisher: Tayyiba Publishers & Distributors

Details: Paperback, 38/42 pages. First published in 2015 (Amazon)/ 2014 (Book Depository)

Ten lessons on the Islamic way of raising children. The lessons are derived from Islamic sources originally written in Farsi on the subject. This book is one of the many Islamic publications distributed by Ahlulbayt Organization throughout the world in different languages with the aim of conveying the message of Islam to the people of the world.

Lessons include:

  • Training of Children
  • The Role of the Mother
  • Religious Training of children
  • A Child’s need for Love
  • Self-Esteem and Children
  • Discipline and Control
  • Children and Play
  • Outside Influences
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Mistakes Parents often make

A Mother’s Prayer

Compiled by: Saleem Bhimji and Arifa Hudda, Publisher: Islamic Humanitarian Service

Details: Paperback, 128 pages. First published in 2004

“A Mother’s Prayer” The first ever book in English featuring prayers and supplications for the Muslim couples. The book features Duas in Arabic followed by a full English translation, contains supplications such as: ” to help conceive a child” ” ” to read during pregnancy” ” for a safe pregnancy” ” for a safe and easy delivery” ” to assist during breastfeeding” ” recommended acts after birth” “to protect the child from evil elements” “for various spiritual and physical ailments” “Imam Zayn Al Abedin (A.S)’s prayer for his children” and “excerpts from the book ” The Islamic Family Structure” This book is a compilation of 180 questions and answers covering a wide spectrum of issues from the daily practical rulings of Islam, Historical issues, theological beliefs and other topics, which Muslims have been perplexed about for hundred of years.

From Marriage to Parenthood

Author: Abbas and Shaheen Merali, Publisher: The Islamic Education Board of the World Federation of KSIMC

Details: Paperback 32 pages, Kindle Version 195 pages. First published in 2015

The information in this manual is based on the authentic and original sources of the teachings of the Prophet (s) and his Ahlul Bayt (as), on the topics of sexual etiquette between a man and a woman, and the creation of a ‘heavenly’ child. It also examines the various issues concerned with pregnancy, family planning, contraception and delivery of children.  At the end, there is a chapter on how to prepare the ground for raising righteous and beautiful children who will be proud embodiments’ of Islam and the Ahlulbayt.

Child Psychology

Author: Mohamed A.Khalfan, Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Details: Paperback, 94 pages. First published in 2014

This is a “household” book with 30 Chapters written for Muslim parents on the important subject of the Upbringing of Children with the application of Simple Psychology, Broad Parental Vision and Islamic Values. The Book is useful to the parents in helping their children develop a strong personality and assert it fully in the adult life to fare well in the society for a dignified survival as human life gets more complex with newer challenges and a wider spectrum of competition.

Principles of Marriage and Family Ethics

Author: Ayatullah Ibrahim Amini, Publisher: Ansariyan Publications – Qum

Details: Paperback, 204 pages. First Edition 1381 -1423

Discusses the purpose of marriage, duties of the wife, duties of the men, settling disagreements, and divorce, as well as a diverse range of day to day issues.

Other Books…

1. Ansariyan,  Husayn  The Islamic Family Structure tr. Ms. Lisa Zynab Morgan, Dr. Ali Peiravi, Ansariyan Publishers, Qum, 2000

2. Najafi, Allamah Syed Ibne Hasan The Principle of Education Up Bringing Zahra Academy, 1993

3. Rayshahri, Ayatullah Muhammad Children in the Quran and the Sunnah. Dar al Hadith Institute, 2010

4. Rizvi, Sayyid Saeed Akhtar The Family Life of Islam, World Islamic Network, Bombay

5. Tarazi, Norma The Child in Islam: A Muslim Parents Handbook American Trust Publications, 1995

6. Ulwaan, Shaykh Abdullaah Naasih, Bringing Up Children in Islam, Darul Ishaat, Pakistan, 2000

7. The Muslim Family Al-Balâgh Foundation, Tehran, Iran 1995

8. Parents Manual: A Guide for Muslim Parents living in North America, Prepared by the Women’s Committee of the MSA, US and Canada. American Trust Publications, 1992

Secular Books

What to Expect When You are Expecting

Author: Heidi Murkoff, Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Details: Paperback, Library binding 275 pages. First Edition 2009

Incorporating everything that’s new in pregnancy, childbirth, and the lifestyles of parents-to-be, complete with a preconception plan, information on choosing a practitioner, birthing alternatives, second pregnancies, twins, and coping with common and not so common pregnancy symptoms.

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer

Author: Tracy Hogg, Melinda Blau, Publisher: Ballantine Books

Details: Mass market Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle Edition, 352 pages. First Edition 2005

In this groundbreaking book, she shares simple, accessible programs in which you will learn:

• E.A.S.Y.–how to get baby to eat, play, and sleep on a schedule that will make every member of the household’s life easier and happier.
• S.L.O.W.–how to interpret what your baby is trying to tell you (so you don’t try to feed him when he really wants a nap).
• How to identify which type of baby yours is–Angel, Textbook, Touchy, Spirited, or Grumpy–and then learn the best way to interact with that type.
• Tracy’s Three Day Magic–how to change any and all bad habits (yours and the baby’s) in just three days.

If I have to Tell You One More Time

Author: Amy McCready, Publisher: TarcherPerigee

Details: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle Edition, 320 pages. First Edition 2012

The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling.

In this invaluable book, Amy McCready, founder of the popular online parenting course Positive Parenting Solutions, presents a nag-and-scream-free program for compassionately yet effectively, correcting your children’s bad behavior.

Raising your Spirited Child

Author: Mary Kurcinka, Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

Details: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle Edition, 320 pages. First Edition 1992

A spirited child, often called difficult or strong-willed, has certain needs that may make parents feel overwhelmed and frustrated; this book explains how to understand and nurture these special children.

How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk

Author: Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish, Publisher: Collins Living

Details: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle Edition, 368 pages. First Edition 1979

The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling.

In this invaluable book, Amy McCready, founder of the popular online parenting course Positive Parenting Solutions, presents a nag-and-scream-free program for compassionately yet effectively, correcting your children’s bad behavior.

Raising your Spirited Child

Author: Mary Kurcinka, Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

Details: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle Edition, 320 pages. First Edition 1992

This bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships, including innovative ways to:
·      Cope with your child’s negative feelings, such as frustration, anger, and disappointment
·      Express your strong feelings without being hurtful
·      Engage your child’s willing cooperation
·      Set firm limits and maintain goodwill
·      Use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline
·      Understand the difference between helpful and unhelpful praise
·      Resolve family conflicts peacefully

The Art of Roughhousing

Author: Anthony DeBenedet and Lawrence Cohen, Publisher: Quirk Books

Details: Paperback, Kindle Edition, 196 pages. First Edition 2011

With The Art of Roughhousing, the authors show how rough-and-tumble play can nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, boost confidence, and more. Drawing inspiration from gymnastics, martial arts, ballet, traditional sports, and even animal behavior, the authors present dozens of illustrated activities for children and parents to enjoy together—everything from the “Sumo Dead Lift” to the “Rogue Dumbo.” These delightful games are fun, free, and contain many surprising health benefits for parents.

Playful Parenting

Author: Lawrence Cohen, Publisher: Ballantine Books

Details: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle Edition, 320 pages. First Edition 2001

Have you ever stepped back to watch what really goes on when your children play? As psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen points out, play is children’s way of exploring the world, communicating deep feelings, getting close to those they care about, working through stressful situations, and simply blowing off steam. That’s why “playful parenting” is so important and so successful in building strong, close bonds between parents and children. Through play we join our kids in their world–and help them to

• Express and understand complex emotions
• Break through shyness, anger, and fear
• Empower themselves and respect diversity
• Play their way through sibling rivalry
• Cooperate without power struggles

No Regrets Parenting

Author: Harley Rotbart, Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Details: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle Edition, 232 pages. First Edition 2012

For tiger moms, free-range parents, helicopter parents, soccer moms, single parents, stay-at-home dads, and every other lifestyle du jour, No Regrets Parenting focuses on the simple truth that long days of busy parenting race quickly by and teaches parents how to stretch and enhance the time they spend with their kids.

Teaching Kids to Think

Author: Darlene Sweetland, Publisher: Sourcebooks

Details: Master Market Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle Edition, 304 pages. First Edition 2015

In Teaching Kids to Think, Dr. Darlene Sweetland and Dr. Ron Stolberg offer insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation. They identify the five parent traps that cause adults to unknowingly increase their children’s need for instant gratification, and offer practical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to address topics relevant to children of all ages.

Parenting in the Age of Facebook

Author: Marzia Hasan, Publisher: Rupa Publications

Details: Paperback, Kindle Edition, 200 pages. First Edition 2016

Parenting in the Age of Facebook acknowledges the all-pervasive influence of the World Wide Web on the lives of children, and the quandaries parents find themselves in as a result. How much ‘net-time’ is enough? Are children safe on social media pages? What are the online dangers kids could encounter and how do parents counter these threats? By encouraging practical, proactive strategies-those that model the mindful use of technology, help nurture connections, and support children through healthy Internet-browsing techniques-this book encourages positive parenting in the age of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Other Books…

1. Coloroso, Barbara. Kids are Worth it!  Somerville House Publishing, Toronto, 1995

2. Dyer, Wayne W.  What do you really want for your children? Avon Books, New York, 1997

3. Faber, Adele, and Mazlish, Elaine. Siblings Without Rivalry. Avon Books, New York, 1987

4. Severe, Sal. How to Behave so Your Children will, too! Viking, New York, 1997

5. Vannoy, Steven W. The 10 Greatest Gifts I give my Children. Fireside Books, New York, 1994

6. Stephen R.Covey, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families. Simon & Schuster Ltd , January 4, 1999.