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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NurtureShock | Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
- #4 Development
The book: A research-based book on important and surprising new ideas in child development.
Help your little one create a plan for her activities and use imaginary play. Engaging and focusing on her favorite projects help build key pathways in the brain’s frontal lobes.
Protect your child’s sleep. Sure, we know it’s tied to mood and school performance, but did you know it could also be one of the missing links in the obesity epidemic?
Why we picked it: This book is full of thought-provoking new ideas about how your child thinks and grows. Each chapter builds a surprising story around a different theme. You’ll be a wiser parent after reading, and you’ll bank some impressive factoids to unleash at your next dinner party.
Get it from: Amazon, $16.49