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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Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child’s Rankings
The book: From renowned researcher and psychologist John Gottman, a guide to raising emotionally connected and regulated children.
Think of yourself as your child’s “emotion coach,” helping her identify and label feelings as they come up.
It’s not your goal to make your child’s difficult feelings go away, just to help her understand them.
Don’t try to impose your own solution or immediately jump in to fix your child’s problems.
Why we picked it: It’s a book about the most critical aspect of parenting: your emotional connection to your child and how to help them understand and regulate their feelings. This book is really helpful at laying out the different ways you could respond to your child in specific situations and what the most helpful road is for emotional development.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.14