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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The Glass Castle | Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle’s Rankings
- #8 Memoirs
The book: Walls’ story of growing up in West Virginia with an alcoholic father and eccentric mother. She and her siblings take care of each other and eventually move to New York. Her parents follow – and choose to be homeless.
Why we picked it: This is a shocking and moving memoir about Walls’ experience in an intense, dysfunctional, and, in a strange way, bonded family. The book illustrates an important truth about families and personal history: Each child reacts differently to struggle. Walls emerged to find resilience, personal success, and love.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.60