Parenting Books For Connection, Love, & Presence

Parenting Book Guide

With Fall just around the corner, the thought of busy schedules is lurking. Paired with an ever increasing amount of stuff and demands, no wonder we can become overwhelmed. This list of parenting books shares the common theme of connection. From being present, to simplifying, to focusing on love and togetherness, these inspiring reads shine light on the idea that sometimes less is more.

I hope you find some inspiration and helpful strategies for enjoying time together and parenting with love!

5 Parenting Books for Connection

Presence and Simplicity

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
Shauna Neiquist
This book shares the author’s journey to live a life marked by grace, love, rest, and play. It will encourage you to leave behind pushing and proving in exchange for a life of presence. Amen. 

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
Kim John Payne
This parenting guide focuses on ways to scale back and do less in a world focused on more. Through routines,  breaks, and play, this book encourages creating space, freedom, and a simpler way of being. 

The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Sandahl 
I Love, love, LOVE this book. This is my top pick from this list. Will parenting be easier if I just move to Denmark? (Kidding, kind of! 😉 )This book shares insight into the habits and practices of Danish culture and applies them to parenting through six essential principles. This is an inspiring, calming, and wonderful guide to finding happiness together.

Parenting Book Guide

Love and Connection

The 5 Love Languages of Children
Gary Chapman
Each child expresses and receives love through one of five different communications styles. I learned a lot about the different ways my children communicate and feel love. Vienna loves quality time: I saw a huge difference in her behaviour when I focused on her love language.

The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection
Brene Brown
Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly inspired me to step outside of my comfort zone and write this very blog! Here she shares the concepts of wholeheartedness and authenticity as they apply to parenting. I love how she considers the struggle with societal expectations placed on “perfect parenting.” I’m sure we can all relate! Embracing  imperfection and leading by example encourages our children to be connected, authentic, and compassionate people.

Love and Connection Parenting Books

Helpful Time-Saving Tip

I often listen to these on audio books in my car driving to and from work. Framing my day with inspiring parenting concepts is SO good for everyone. I’m calm, reset, and its a great reminder … particularly when those early morning drop offs or after work pick-ups can be less than ideal (although, we’re working on it!)

More Books!

If you’re looking for a great list of kids books focused on love, check out our Five Books About Love and Life.  I  also love to read/listen to self development books and a few of my favourites are featured here in Five Books for YOU.

Happy reading! xo

Mama Writes


  1. I’m not a momma yet, but these are such great ideas for gifts!! I know my sister would love the one about the Danish culture. I think we could learn so much by taking pieces of every culture and applying it to our lives!

    1. Thanks Marysa for checking this list out! That one is such a good read (and super popular in the comments too!)

  2. “The 5 Love Languages of Children” was great. On your recommendation, I am going to try The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids” next.

  3. Adding these all to my Goodreads list! I’m in this new season of really wanting to make sure I get this parenting thing down the best way possible for me and my family. I could always use good inspiration. Thank you for this!

  4. This is such a great and helpful list! I will most definitely be looking into the books. I currently have the 5 Love Languages book, and love it 🙂

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