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50 Best Parenting Books

Once upon a time, we parented in communities, with the accumulated wisdom of generations of family members at our disposal. Now parents are more isolated, but the fact remains that we aren't meant to do this job on our own. For many of us, parenting books have helped fill the gap.

They say that kids don't come with an instruction manual - it's true - but if you're like me, you've found parenting books that speak to you. To meet the daunting task of picking and ranking the top 50 parenting books, I've considered a slew of texts in terms of how relevant and popular they are, how scientifically sound, how challenging or fresh their perspective, and how influential they have been to other books in their genre.

Just remember as you stock your library that while we know a lot about psychology and medicine, parenting is not an exact science - it's an art form. - Heather Turgeon

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Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How

They Shape Our Capacity to Love
| Robert Karen

50 Best Parenting Books - Becoming Attached: First relationships and how they shape our capacity to love

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Becoming Attached’s Rankings

The book: A history of attachment theory and how research over the 20th century has changed the way we think about the parent-child bond.

Why we picked it: There is no better book for truly understanding where the central ideas of attachment theory come from. You’ll be amazed (if slightly horrified) at the descriptions of past attitudes toward the mental lives of little kids and how they have changed over the decades. This book is the story of how research across multiple fields converged to build a central, groundbreaking theory of child development.

Get it from: Amazon, $13.52

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5 thoughts on “Top Parenting Books 2011

  1. Rufus Griscom says:

    I just bought “what’s going on in there” on amazon — so up my alley — and I am checking out the others. Nurtureshock is wonderful … highly recommended.

  2. Heather McDuffy Tristan says:

    I love What’s Going on in There! It is one of my go-to baby shower books! That and The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (how did this not make the list?) and Aden and Anais swaddling wraps. Although I think NurtureShock is going to have to go on my to-give list too after reading it.

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