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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Operating Instructions | Anne Lamott
Operating Instructions’ Rankings
- #3 Memoirs
The book: Lamott, a single mom and freelance writer, shares the journal she kept during the first year of her son Sam’s life.
Why we picked it: Published in the early ’90s – before the explosion of first-person parenting writing – Lamott’s account of new motherhood is intense, scary, funny, and touching. She wrestles with colic, breastfeeding, and co-sleeping with the love and support of her San Francisco community, but without the help of close family – a predicament many parents will identify with.
Get it from: Amazon, $10.20