Being a parent is as rewarding as it is taxing, and sometimes a little extra advice can go a long way. There are an overwhelming number of books out there for every stage of being a parent, including first time parents, those thinking about becoming one and those who already have multiple children. In this list of the best parenting books you will find a range of different approaches and ideas that might help improve your relationship with your children and with yourself. If you are having any children-related issues and you are on the verge of losing your hair from stress, perhaps you should add a few of these parenting books to your to-read list and get a helping hand.
Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky kicks off this list of the best parenting books. The premise she sets out is that there are seven key steps in a child’s development and manages to wonderfully simplify all of the science behind these development processes into coherent passages for parents. Galinsky manages to transpose complex brain functions, memory development and language development into an easy to read text, that offers incredible insight into just how amazingly complex children can be. Each chapter is organised and has a list of suggestions that parents can use in order to expand and explore their child’s growth alongside the information in the text. One of the most interesting insights Mind in the Making offers is that children should be allowed to let their own passions guide them through their development, and they should be encouraged to ask all sorts of questions: no subject should be closed. Although there may perhaps be more than just seven essential steps in a child’s development, Galinsky books is educational, insightful and accessible. A very different and interesting take on parenting books.
Dr. Christopher Green is a highly-skilled paediatrician and an honorary consultant at Sydney’s Children’s Hospital, and his book New Toddler Taming is a witty and helpful guide for parents with toddlers. Green tackles all if the major struggles parents face when dealing with toddlers from potty training to tantrums and always reassures parents that there toddlers are completely normal. This reassurance proves invaluable to parents who can sometimes be at the end of tether with their children at this difficult stage in their development. Green always reminds parents that their toddler’s are “impulsive” and offers common sense advice that is a joy to read. Humour permeates this text, making it one of the less tiring parenting books to read. A great read!
Raising Boys is the fantastic book written by award-winning psychologist Steve Biddulph. It offers parents guidance on the unique development process of boys. Biddulph writes in a gentle and engaging tone and his advice is friendly and funny. For mothers this offers insightful information into the differences between boys and girls, and for fathers it offers a more engaging way to communicate with your son. Some of the things described in this book will have you laughing and crying, but one thing that is certain is after reading Raising Boys you will defiantly feel more fulfilled. This a wonderful book for women to read as it not only helps those on the path of mother hood but also gives women a peek into the male psyche.
Mariah Bruehl tells you that your child is full of potential in her brilliant book Playful Learning. Only published in 2011, this book offers a very modern perspective on parenting and assures you that your child is eager to learn and process information from the day they are born. Bruehl puts all of her experience as a teacher into this easy-to-read and fun book, creating engaging exercises that will help to push your child as they learn. Bruehl explains in a very concise way, how your child learns and then offers the perfect creative solution that will aid you in helping your child’s development. Not only is this book great for parents, but it is also a massive help to any parents thinking of homeschooling. Bruehl’s suggestions a simple and very easy to incorporate into home life, making Playful Learning a great, insightful read. A wonderful book.
Imagine the scene: it is 3am, your baby is bawling his/her eyes out, you haven’t slept in what feels like months and you have an important meeting at work at 9am. Enter The Baby Sleep Solution. Suzy Giordano is something of a baby-whisperer and this book is the common sense approach to ending your sleepless nights. Giordano explains the reasons behind your baby’s restlessness, as well as offering a step by step plan of action to tackle the problems. The solution is simple, regular feeding times and making sure that your baby takes two naps a day. This will then ensure that your baby has 12 hours sleep a night. Unlike other parenting books, this has a regimented structure and means that in order for the Sleep Solution to be successful, you as a parent need to be disciplined. However, if you follow the easy instructions laid down in an incredibly accessible way this book will be a god send.
At number five in this best parenting books list is a must-read book for all first time parents. Penelope Leach utilises cutting-edge research and condenses it and de-tangles it to deliver a really accessible and innovative book. Leach’s tone is motherly and guides you through the information she presents, making it easy to learn about the processes your baby will go through. The Essential First Year covers all aspects of rearing a child and Leach explains the importance of listening to your baby for their brain development. Leach does not need to embellish her sympathetic and simplistic advice and the best part of this book is the fact the information is broken down into bite-sizeable chunks. A great read.
It seems that in today’s never ending fast paced society, childhood has taken a back seat. Parents seem to spend more time working than looking after their children at home. Simplicity Parenting is the brilliant book by Kim John Payne that tackles modern society and the problems it cause for modern parenting. One of the most insightful pieces of advice centre around the media, with Payne suggesting that parents should limit the time their children spend getting bombarded by useless information on screens. Payne’s advice is universal and can be applied to kids of any age, making this book defiantly one for your bookshelf. Payne explains that we live in worlds where we over-clutter and in the end, the people this has the most impact on is our children. Simplicity Parenting states that if your children have carefully chosen books and toys they are more likely to use them, instead of having to navigate around an infinite number of choices. Payne never condescends, but instead manages to point out very common-sense ideas that can have huge benefits for family life. A very interesting take on a parenting book. A great read!
Gary Chapman states that there are five ways in which we give and receive love and uses this mantra to explain why children’s behaviours and attitudes fluctuate. The Five Love Languages of Children aims to bring you closer to the language of love that your child speaks and allow you to communicate a deep level of respect, commitment and affection that will help your child to grow. Chapman explains that each person communicates love in a different way, and that by tapping into the wavelength of your child’s love you can harbour a much stronger and much more fulfilling bond with that child. The language is accessible and simplistic, even if sometimes the theories are rather stretching, and Chapman’s conversational style makes this book a very easy read. This is a book that will not just help you and your child to form a strong bond, but the theories that Chapman marks out can be applied to any form of relationship in life.
In her book, Adele Faber helps you to better understand the communication barrier that can exist between you and your child. Instead of scolding your child Faber explains how a simple change in language can turn chastising your child into an educational process, whereby your child feelings are not hurt. It does not neglect the need to discipline your children, but instead offers ways to discipline whilst remaining firm and not destroying yours and your child’s relationship. How To Talk So Kids Will Listen is not too dense and Faber cleverly offers accompanying illustrations to the scenario sections of her book, which make what could be a tiresome read rather enjoyable. A very deserving second place in any best parenting books list!
…Jo Frost reiterates things parents should already know in a friendly and reassuring manner, that lets parents know that they are not alone…
We have all seen Jo Frost in action and now for the first time her expert advice has found its way to print. Supernanny: How To Get The Best From Your Children is a brilliant book that lays out scenarios that have caused problems with you and your children and then offers a no-nonsense solution to resolve the dispute. She tackles the big issues from bed time to toilet time, Jo Frost takes on all the un-glamorous sides to being a parent and supports parents along the way. It is refreshing to see Frost’s experience being utilised in this text, as she draws on her time as Supernanny to deliver a really wonderful book. Unlike numerous doctors who write books containing airy-fairy theories, Frost uses a very down-to-earth approach that takes the skills she picked up during her TV series straight from screen to page. Jo Frost reiterates things parents should already know in an friendly and reassuring manner, that lets parents know that they are not alone. A fantastic must-buy book and worthy number one in this best parenting books list!
There are many parenting books out there, each documenting a multitude of different approaches. For parents who want to take a more ‘thinking’ approach to parenting then Nurtureshock: New Thinking About Children is the book for you. Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman tackle modern approaches to parenting and dispel myths such as why do children lie when they know it’s wrong? Written in an accessible way this is a really engaging read and pushes known strategies of parenting, helping you to adapt and expand your ideas. Another great read is by No. 2 on the list Adele Faber. Siblings Without Rivalry: How To Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Too is the book that tries to offer advice to stop siblings arguing. Faber goes right to the root of the problem and explains that within a functioning family, constantly arguing between siblings is not a “normal” problem. A really great read that will help any parent stuck in the middle of brothers and sisters at each other’s throats. All of the books that have appeared on this best parenting books list are great stepping stones for anyone thinking about starting a family, and hopefully they will allow you to find others that are similar that may expand the way you view parenting. Good luck!