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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Parenting From the Inside Out | Daniel Siegel
Parenting From the Inside Out’s Rankings
- #5 Development
The book: Siegel nudges parents toward self-reflection and helps us see how personal history shapes our parenting style and our relationship with our kids.
Why we picked it: This is an essential read for parents wanting to know more about mindfulness, attunement, making emotional contact with our kids, and how it all goes down in the brain. And it’s the best book at challenging parents to be introspective and make sense of their own lives. (We predict Siegel’s forthcoming book, The Whole Brain Child, will be a must-read as well.)
Get it from: Amazon, $9.11