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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The Happiest Toddler on the Block | Harvey Karp
The Happiest Toddler on the Block’s Rankings
- #10 Development
The book: A guide to understanding and communicating with one- to four-year-olds (Karp likens the former to cave men).
Learn to speak “toddler-ese” by using short, emphatic words and body language.
Before you talk, repeat what your little one says in his language.
Be dramatic and match your tone and emotion to his.
Why we picked it: It’s endearing and helpful to see your one-year-old as embarking on an evolutionary journey from chimp, Neanderthal cave-kid to four-year-old modern man. This is a really useful book for thinking about how to get through to the little person in your house.
Get it from: Amazon, $15.99