I read a lot of books.
I read a lot of books about parenting.
My favorite parenting books do one of two things. Some, like Haim Ginott's Between Parent and Child, reinforce wisdom I had forgotten to act on (I first learned Dr. Ginott's powerful and now classic ideas in How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids will Talk, which is about so much more than communication). My other favorites open my eyes to a new way of seeing my children.
I just started reading How to Discipline Your Six to Twelve Year Old Without Losing Your Mind by Jerry Wycoff and Barbara Unell. The reviews on Amazon persuaded me this book would give me some constructive ways to deal with conflicts between my first-grader twins and me, without resorting to harsh punishments. I know I made a good choice. In the first page of the Introduction, they've opened my eyes to who my kids are now.