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
26 / 50
Brain Rules for Baby | John Medina
Brain Rules for Baby’s Rankings
- #8 Development
The book: Solid, research-backed concepts in how babies learn and how to raise happy kids.
Label your child’s emotions.
Use “two tons of empathy” when you’re setting a limit.
A parent’s verbal benchmark = 2,100 words per hour.
Why we picked it: Medina is a molecular biologist (and a parent) with an amazing knack for communicating important, scientifically-grounded ideas in a fun, engaging style. He paints the full picture of nurturing kids: In this book you get both emotions and relationships, neurons and physiology.
Get it from: Amazon, $17.74