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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Bright From the Start | Jill Stamm
Bright From the Start’s Rankings
- #7 Development
The book: A framework for nurturing brain development from birth to three years.
Why we picked it: This is not one of those fussy, high-anxiety, flash-card-endorsing books on IQ-boosting. Instead it’s a science-backed approach to raising smart, happy little people who feel loved. Stamm is skillful at explaining brain development in a straightforward way, and she gives concrete advice on topics such as how to exercise your baby’s attention system and why downtime consolidates memories.
Get it from: Amazon, $16.81