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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Down Came the Rain | Brooke Shields
Down Came the Rain’s Rankings
- #6 Memoirs
The book: Brooke Shields’ personal story of postpartum depression.
Why we picked it: A lot of moms have identified with Shields’ story. She talks openly about fertility treatments, miscarriage, and the painful transition to motherhood. Shields is candid about the effect of PPD on her marriage, how disconnected she felt from her baby, and how becoming a parent was an emotional transformation she never expected. Her struggle with the decision to take medication and her experience in therapy has been heartening for many new mothers.
Get it from: Amazon, $17.87