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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Positive Discipline: One to Three | Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin, and Rosalyn Ann Duffy
Positive Discipline series’ Rankings
The book: A series about understanding and working with kids’ behavior. Books go from infancy through preschool and into adolescence.
Why we picked it: This book has a good description of classic theory on little kids’ psychological development and the stages they go through as they wrestle with independence from mom and dad. It also shares ideas for working through tough moments without resorting to punishment. And its message is an important one: We can’t expect more from our kids than they are developmentally capable of.
Get it from: Amazon, $11.55