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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1-2-3 Magic | Thomas W. Phelan
1-2-3 Magic’s Rankings
The book: A guide for managing kids’ difficult behavior.
When your child is breaking a known rule, do not talk, explain, or get emotional.
After providing three chances to stop inappropriate behavior, implement a consequence (time out, for example).
Focus on quality time and positive interactions with your kids.
Why we picked it: Based on principles of behavioral psychology, this Supernanny-esque book provides a structure for families who feel out of control. While the approach is slightly old-school, the focus on parents being warm but also demanding and firm is an important one. Many parents swear by Phelan’s methods.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.11
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