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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Spousonomics | Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson
The book: Two journalists lay out a plan for a smooth house and healthy marriage using the principles of economics.
Why we picked it: It’s funny, helpful, and educational – equal parts economics and love. The authors hit the econ classics, attended seminars with leading relationship researchers, and interviewed couples across the country to shape a new, rational approach to working on your marriage. For example, you’ll learn how to use “comparative advantage,” the economic theory that tells us to trade and specialize in what we’re better than others at, when dividing household duties.
Get it from: Amazon, $15.36