Summer reading list for Chicago parents

Summer reading is important for kids, and it turns out seeing parents who read has a big impact on little ones. Literacy experts say parents should not just talk the talk but also turn the pages when it comes to promoting reading.

Here are four new books on parenting to add to your summer reading list.

UnSelife: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World

Michele Borba, Ed.D.

Empathy is key to raising healthy, happy kids who will be successful adults in the future, argues Dr. Michele Borba, but kids today are facing an empathy crisis. Over the past few decades, empathy has declined among incoming college freshmen by 48 percent while narcissism has increased by more than 50 percent, according to a study from the University of Michigan. Borba identifies nine key habits of empathy and devotes a chapter to each with stories, research and specific tips for every age level of child. A kinder world certainly sounds like a good thing right now.

The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting

Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Dr. Shefali Tsabary made a big splash in the parenting pond with her book The Conscious Parent. She has a new book out, which aims to “help you become the parent you always wanted to be: fully present and conscious.” Tsabary rejects modern misconceptions of parenting and explains how they can interfere with our connection with our kids.

Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide

Rebecca Eanes

I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that none of us entered into parenthood with plans to take a negative approach or to yell a lot, but it turns out that maintaining positive, calm connections with our little ones is not always easy. Positive Parenting offers advice on the parent-to-parent level. At just 208 pages, this is a good option for taking along with you on summer outings.

Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit

Meredith Sinclair

Adulting is hard, but not adulting and getting back in touch with our spontaneous, fun sides can be tough, too. And sometimes our kids need a little help getting creative or silly, as well. This book is perfect for parents looking up the fun factor in their family’s summer with great suggestions for game and projects, as well as awesome adventures. Play isn’t the only thing that spans all ages–the illustrations in this book are lots of fun, and have me thinking that more books for adults should include images.

Happy summer reading!

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