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 Your Spirited Child | Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Raising Your Spirited Child’s Rankings
The book: A guide for parents of high-energy, persistent, rigid, challenging, and outspoken kids.
Temperament has a real, physiological basis in your child’s nervous system. If she reacts strongly, is upset easily, or takes a long time to recover, it’s in large part how she is wired.
Learn to work with your child’s strong-willed temperament and embrace it as positive trait: assertive, dramatic, perceptive, charismatic.
Make eye contact, keep messages simple, and tell a spirited child what she can do instead of constantly saying no.
Why we picked it: This is a really helpful book for parents who feel like the usual techniques and methods they read about don’t work for their uniquely intense child. Instead of instructing you to “fix” your child’s behavior, Kurcinka encourages you to respect and work with it.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.75
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