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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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids
Will Talk | Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk’s Rankings
The book: A national bestseller and seminal book on how to get through tough moments and parenting impasses with kids of all ages.
Why we picked it: Countless books on parent-child interaction have followed this one, but none can beat it. It’s the bible for difficult parenting moments. To supplement their advice, the authors include endless examples, sample dialogues, and even cartoon drawings of what to say in typical kid dilemmas and power struggles.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.75
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