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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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother | Amy Chua
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’s Rankings
- #2 Memoirs
The book: Yale Law professor Amy Chua’s story of trying to raise her two daughters according to strict Chinese parenting philosophy.
Why we picked it: This book hit a nerve with American parents when Chua portrayed us as lax and insecure, with low standards for our kids. But her memoir is filled with self-reflection and honesty about how her rigid mindset had to change to fit her girls’ personalities. This book is about the expectations we have for what parenting will be like, and how Chua learned to adapt but stay true to her core beliefs.
Get it from: Amazon, $15.57