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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Queen Bees and Wannabees | Rosalind Wiseman
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The book: A guide to understanding and helping pre-teen and adolescent girls.
Why we picked it: This New York Times bestseller offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of young girls. Gossip, cliques, and hierarchies, self-esteem and relationships – Wiseman explains it all from a less academic, more on-the-ground standpoint, with an emphasis on how to communicate with your teen in a way that won’t embarrass or alienate her. The new edition devotes significant space to how technology (hello, Facebook) has changed what it’s like to be an adolescent.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.14