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 Explosive Child | Ross W. Greene
The Explosive Child’s Rankings
The book: A guide for parents of children who are easily frustrated, inflexible, and quick to anger.
Why we picked it: The book challenges traditional thinking, which claims that difficult kids have inconsistent or lax parents. It explains that explosive children are delayed in certain emotion-regulation skills, and punishments don’t really help a child develop those skills (the child-centered methods in the book do). For parents of challenging kids, this is a great book to lift guilt and labels and see that your child is not being difficult on purpose; he’s actually doing the best he can and needs a lot of help along the way.
Get it from: Amazon, $9.14
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