Parenting Books

My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids with Disabilities

In lives where there is a new diagnosis or drama every day, the stories in this collection provide parents of “special needs” kids with a welcome chuckle, a rock to stand on, and a moment of reality held far enough from the heart to see clearly. Featuring works by “alternative” parents who have attempted to move away from mainstream thought–or remove its influence altogether–this anthology, taken as a whole, carefully considers the implications of parenting while raising children with disabilities. – PM Press

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Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

The following Radical Parenting Book List is from CUNTastic #3:

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason, by Alfie Kohn

Unconditional Parenting provides alternatives to punishing, praise, and the conditional parenting so prevalent in our culture. It asks us to question our assumptions in parenting and interacting with our children, while offering advice in switching from a ‘doing to’ type parenting to a ‘working with’ strategy. A must read for anyone questioning the way our culture views children and how they are raised and loved.

Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves by Naomi Aldort

Raising our Children, Raising Ourselves offers a radical perspective in how we communicate and interact with our children. With her SALVE formula, she goes on the premise that neither adults nor children are dominant and offers advice in how to relinquish control and raise authentic, autonomous individuals. Using real examples of her own and other parents, one can get a real feel for using a new paradigm in how we approach parenting.

The Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends, & Others by China Martens

This Zine-Book offers the best from China’s parenting zine The Future Generation, started in 1990. As the zine grows, so does her daughter. It offers an alternative view of parenting that wasn’t around during the time that China was raising her daughter. Passionate, personal, and inquisitive.

Liberated Parents, Liberated Children: Your Guide to a Happier Family by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Their first book written together, the authors put theory to practice in this easy to read, seemingly common sense book. With numerous examples from other parents as well as themselves, this book offers an alternative way to respectfully live and grow with your children.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and How to Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Going off of their first book, the authors continue the conversation of how we want to raise our kids in a non-violent and more respectful way, with comics on easy-to-use practical communication no matter what age.

Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Siblings Without Rivalry is a must-read for people with more than one child. Practical advice for dealing with how kids live together, and a down to earth way of communicating and problem solving. Mazlish and Faber also have a couple more books, one titled How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & How to listen So Teens Will Talk. I highly recommend any thing written by these two authors.

My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us by Jessica Mills

My Mother Wears Combat Boots covers specifically the years from birth to age five. Jessica provides research on a range of issues and personal experience in many issues including cooperative daycare, musical touring and going to demonstrations with kiddos, as well as a host of other exciting subjects. Definitely speaks to that non-mainstream parent and is easy to read and entertaining.

Radical Parenting, Seven Steps to a Functional Family in a Dysfunctional World by Brad Blanton, PhD

Radical Parenting is a radically honest and informative read for anyone questioning our culture’s view of parenthood and how children should be raised. Personal examples and first hand experiences as a psychotherapist are interspersed with compelling evidence to show another way is possible, indeed, necessary for the survival of our
world and species.

Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich

Deschooling Society takes a look at how public schools and universities have failed us and our children and seeks to provide ideas for educational reform that will be more conducive to our needs for the future.

Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers Edited by Ariel Gore and Bee Lavender

Breeder is a fun, easy to read collection of essays by young moms who bring insight to traditional, radical, and real-life aspects of being a mother today. Covering a wide range of topics, this is less of a how-to, advice-filled book, and more of a sharing of personal experiences of life as a parent today.