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20 Books that Will Change the Way You Parent

This is not just a list of every parenting book I’ve ever read. (For that, go here where I blog ad nauseum about every book I’ve ever read.)

These are the books you need to read because they will change the way you parent. You want to be good at this parenting stuff, right?

  • Healthey Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth 1 of 20
    Healthey Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth
    Sleep is the most important thing for parents and babies. Learn how to do it.
  • The Ultimate Career by Daryl Hoole 2 of 20
    The Ultimate Career by Daryl Hoole
    Daryl Hoole is hard core and has some great tips. You're no Daryl Hoole. Cure yourself of comparison to other mothers by reading this.
  • To Hell With All: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife by Caitlin Flanagan That by 3 of 20
    To Hell With All: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife by Caitlin Flanagan That by
    Conflicted about being a mom? It's OK. Some of the best of us are.
  • Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman 4 of 20
    Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
    Get yourself educated on the new science of raising kids. Fascinating stuff.
  • Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry by Katrina Kenison 5 of 20
    Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry  by Katrina Kenison
    Everyone is always telling you to "just enjoy it." This book gives you actual ideas about how to do that.
  • The Family Managers Every Day Survival Guide by Kathy Peel 6 of 20
    The Family Managers Every Day Survival Guide by Kathy Peel
    Being a parent means running a household. Kathy Peel's systems are life-changing. Get it together--You're the mom.
  • Five Love Languages of Children by Gary D. Chapman 7 of 20
    Five Love Languages of Children by Gary D. Chapman
    The principles in this book seem so obvious once you read them. You need to identify what makes your children feel loved and then DO THAT.
  • Crucial Conversatins: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson 8 of 20
    Crucial Conversatins: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson
    You need to be an advocate for your child with teachers, doctors, (parole officers?). This books is enormously helpful. Someday you may even use these communication skills to actually talk to your teenager.
  • The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child by Marti Olsen Laney 9 of 20
    The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child by Marti Olsen Laney
  • The Intentional Family by William Doherty 10 of 20
    The Intentional Family by William Doherty
    How do you do things? What do you care about? Traditions are so important. Read this and get your family sorted out.
  • The Parenting Breakthrough by Merrilee Browne Boyack 11 of 20
    The Parenting Breakthrough by Merrilee Browne Boyack
    Guess what? A three-year-old can make a peanut butter sandwich. Find out what else they can do.
  • Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) by Gavin DeBecker 12 of 20
    Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) by Gavin DeBecker
    Yes, you have parent's intuition. Stop being paranoid and focus on the real concerns.
  • Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers by Gabor Mate 13 of 20
    Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers by Gabor Mate
    Peer-oriented kids develop issues. Learn how how to keep them oriented towards you.
  • Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before they Grow Old by Joseph Allen 14 of 20
    Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before they Grow Old by Joseph Allen
    Want your kid living in your basement when he's 30? Neither do I.
  • On Turning Ten by Billy Collins 15 of 20
    On Turning Ten by Billy Collins
    "This is the beginning of sadness, I say to myself, as I walk through the universe in my sneakers. It is time to say good-bye to my imaginary friends, time to turn the first big number." Remember what it's like?
  • Everything Bad is Good for You:How Today’s Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steven Johnson 16 of 20
    Everything Bad is Good for You:How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steven Johnson
    Friends without cable, get over yourselves.
  • Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson 17 of 20
    Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson
    A really beautiful meditation on keeping house that will change the way you think about doing ordinary things.
  • House Thinking: A Room by Room Look at How We Live by Winifred Gallagher 18 of 20
    House Thinking: A Room by Room Look at How We Live by Winifred Gallagher
    The way we live, decorate, arrange, and design our homes has a profound effect on family life.
  • The Parents We Mean to Be by Richard Weissbourd 19 of 20
    The Parents We Mean to Be by Richard Weissbourd
  • Outliers by Malcolm 20 of 20
    Outliers by Malcolm
    This will change how you think about success and talent--and getting your kids to practice piano. Really innovative.

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