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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Waiting for Daisy | Peggy Orenstein
Waiting for Daisy’s Rankings
- #4 Memoirs
The book: Orenstein’s story of fertility treatment and a six-year struggle to become a parent.
Why we picked it: Orenstein spends her late 30s working with multiple fertility doctors, and in this book she describes that process clearly and with reflection and humor. This is a book about the emotional, winding journey to parenthood, but it also has helpful technical information about the process of fertility treatment.
Get it from: Amazon, $5.98