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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Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape
the Rest of Our Lives | Annie Murphy Paul
- #3 Development
The book: A beautifully told story of Murphy’s own pregnancy woven into the history and current thinking on the science of pregnancy and fetal development.
Why we picked it: This is a fascinating journey through the latest research and expert perspectives on pregnancy, life in the womb, and the relationship between the mom’s and the fetus’ worlds. A must-read if you’re expecting, it will forever change the way you think about the first nine months.
Get it from: Amazon, $17.12