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 Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight | Kim West
and Joanne Kenen
The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight’s Rankings
- #6 Sleep
The book: A guide to helping your child get a good night sleep.
Why we picked it: This book offers families an alternative to leaving a child to cry alone for progressively longer periods, or to picking up, rocking, and nursing baby (all of which prevent her from learning to self-soothe). West also includes a solid discussion of misconceptions around attachment and sleep.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.72