As a caring and ambitious parent, it is natural to want to do everything you can to help your child reach their full potential. You have to work hard to make sure that your child has the correct approach to learning. In addition, you also need to take a step back and look at your own influence on your child (both directly and indirectly).
This page contains a carefully curated list of books, which come highly recommended for pupil’s mental development and academic success.
Helping Your Child Improve
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
by Dr Tina Payne Bryson.
In this pioneering, practical book for parents, neuroscientist Daniel J. Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson explain the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.
Different parts of a child’s brain develop at different speeds and understanding these differences can help you turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and raise calmer, happier children.
This fantastic book features clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child
Help Your Child Love Reading
by Alison David.
Would you like your child to read for pleasure or read more than they do? In this easy-to-use and accessible guide, Alison David gives you the tools you need to help your child love reading.
Once a child develops an appetite for reading it can be life changing. Studies show that regular readers can learn quicker, process information faster and have a better aptitude for problem solving.
Follow the simple guidelines to turn reading in your home from yet another chore into a fun experience that will bring you and your child closer together. Getting your child engaged with reading will increase their confidence, encourage language development and improve their life chances.
Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
by Ellen Galinsky.
There are hundreds of books that give parents advice on everything from weaning to toilet training, from discipline to nutrition. But in spite of this overwhelming amount of information, there is very little research-based advice for parents on how to raise their children to be well rounded and achieve their full potential.
There is even less advice helping them learn to take on life’s challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning. These are the “essential life skills” that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing, through her own studies and through decades of talking with more than a hundred of the most outstanding researchers in child development and neuroscience.
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential
by Eileen Kennedy-Moore.
It takes more than school smarts to create a fulfilling life. In fact, many bright children face special challenges: some are driven by perfectionism,some are afraid of effort (because they′re used to instant success), some routinely butt heads with authority figures, some struggle to get along with their peers and some are outwardly successful but just don′t feel good about themselves.
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids is a practical and compassionate book that explains the reasons behind these struggles and offers parents strategies to help children cope with feelings, embrace learning, and build satisfying relationships. Drawing from research as well as the authors′ clinical experience, it focuses on the essential skills children need to make the most of their abilities and become capable, confident, and caring people.
Help Yourself to Help Your Children
Homework Help for Mums and Dads
by Karen Dolby.
Every parent will be familiar with the cry for help that comes from their child when it’s homework time. Many parents find themselves having to help a great deal with all subjects – yet with teaching methods having changed so much since their own schooling, it’s often the parent who could use a helping hand. Homework Help for Mums and Dads takes the horror out of homework, providing parents with tips on how to get to grips with each subject and, most importantly, on how to pass that knowledge on to their child.
From reading to fractions, Ancient Greeks to spelling games and times tables, this book includes shortcuts and tricks that will make subjects easier to grasp. It even includes tips on homework layout, writing practice and on how to make some subjects more fun by thinking creatively about each task set.
How to do Maths so Your Children Can Too: The essential parents’ guide
by Naomi Sani.
Does the sight of your child’s maths homework fill you with dread? Do you look for any excuse when they ask you to explain equations, fractions or multiplication? Maths can often leave children – and parents – perplexed. How to do Maths so Your Children Can Too works through maths topics with a simple step-by-step approach, explaining the new ways of teaching maths that confuse so many parents.
This book will show you how to: Master ‘number bonds’ and ‘number lines’,-divide by ‘chunking’, multiply using ‘the grid method’, work with fractions/percentages/ratios and understand number and place value
Bridging the gap between primary and secondary school – when children often struggle – and packed full of simple, accessible examples, this essential guide will banish your maths phobia and take the pain out of homework time.
Help Your Kids with Maths
by Carol Vorderman.
A simple, visual guide to helping children understand maths from Carol Vorderman. Reduce the stress of studying maths and help your child with their homework, following Help Your Kids with Maths a unique visual guide which will demystify the subject for everyone. Updated to include the latest changes to the UK National Curriculum and with additional content on roman numerals, time, fractions and times tables.
Help Your Kids with Maths helps you solve maths problems step-by-step. Using clear, accessible pictures and diagrams – and covering everything from basic numeracy to more challenging subjects like statistics and algebra – you’ll learn to approach even the most complex maths problems with confidence. Includes a glossary of key maths terms and symbols.
Help your Kids with English
by Carol Vorderman.
This title offers a simple, visual guide to helping children understand English from Carol Vorderman. Reduce the stress of studying English and help your child with their homework by following “Help Your Kids with English”, a unique visual guide that demystifies the subject for everyone.
This book uses clear, accessible pictures, diagrams and easy-to-follow step-by-steps to cover all the important areas including punctuation, grammar, spelling, and communication skills, so you can approach even the most complex English concepts with confidence.
It includes cross-references throughout to show links between language ideas and a glossary of key terms. “Help Your Kids with English” is the perfect guide for every frustrated parent and desperate child, who wants to understand English and put what they’ve learnt into practice.
Parenting Intelligent Teenagers
How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
by Adele Faber.
From curfews and cliques to sex and drugs, bestselling authors Faber and Mazlish give parents and teens the tools they need to communicate and navigate the often stormy years of adolescence.
Packed with practical, accessible advice and guidelines,you’ll learn how to: Engage cooperation, Take appropriate action, Avoid lectures, Express your feelings, understand each other and Work out solutions together.
Even the most intelligent of children go through hormonal changes and rapid mental development as teenagers. This can cause out of character behaviour to say the least. It is up to parents, teachers and mentors to make sure that through all of this teenagers stay focused enough on education. This book helps you do your bit.
Parenting a Teen Girl: A Crash Course on Conflict, Communication and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter
by Lucie Hemmen.
Parents everywhere struggle to respond appropriately to the defiant behaviour, confrontational or non-existent communication, and mood swings commonly exhibited by teenage girls.
This population faces a unique range of body image issues and psychological vulnerabilities that put them at increased risk for depression, eating disorders, self-injury, anxiety, and mental health conditions.
Written by the mother of two teenage girls who is also a licensed clinical psychologist, Parenting a Teen Girl is a parent’s survival guide to navigating this challenging time.
The Best of Boys: Helping your Sons through their teenage years
by Claire Gillman.
Growing up is never easy, but for boys today, the pressures seem to be increasing. With depression and suicide rates among male adolescents on the up, they need your help to grow into happy and confident young men. But when boys hit the teenage years, communicating with them can be difficult and sometimes challenging.
Giving the right support and guidance through these years should set them on the right course for a well-balanced adult life.
This book gives parents all the information they need on the enormous changes boys go through from the age of 11 to 18, and honest advice on how to deal with them.