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Top Parenting Book Advice

Written by Sierra Alvis

From pregnancy to adolescence, here are some parenting books that will help you navigate the next 18 years.parenting books


Every nursery needs a well-stocked library. Easy to read, informative books will help answer questions, quell fears and offer techniques to give even the most confident moms and dads a leg-up on parenting.

Here are some top parenting titles:
  1. "What to Expect When You're Expecting", Arlene Eisenberg. The first in a series of "What to Expect" books, Eisenberg thoroughly explores each stage of pregnancy. This informative guide is compiled in an easy-to-read month-by-month format that will reassure even the most nervous mother-to-be.
  2. "Operating Instructions", Anne Lamott. While not a traditional parenting book, Lamott weaves humor and insight to tell the story of her son's first year. Lamott shares her struggles as a parent with an honesty not often found.

  3. "The Self-Calmed Baby", Berry Brazelton. This is an indispensable book for the sleep-deprived parent. Brazelton, the modern-day Dr. Spock, conquers one of the most challenging skills of parenting: Getting your baby to sleep on his own.

  4. "Child Safe", Mark A. Brandenburg.Does your home, car or preschool hold hidden dangers for your child? This book, written by an emergency room doctor, covers every possible aspect of child safety. While parents may find it difficult to childproof to Brandenburg's standards, it's a valuable reference book, including important recall and car safety information.

  5. "Giving the Love that Heals: A Guide for Parents", Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt. This book focuses on resolving parents' childhood issues to ensure the emotional well being of their children.

  6. "10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting", Mimi Doe. Do you provide a safe environment for your children to speak their minds? Do you encourage your children to trust their instincts? This book poses some strong arguments for raising spiritual, if not religious, children.

  7. "Reviving Ophelia", Mary Pipher.This book shines a bright light onto the world of adolescent girls. Pipher follows the lives of several young women as they struggle with their preordained roles in society.

  8. "Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys", Daniel J. Kindlon. Written by some of the nation's top child psychologists, this book reviews the latest research on boys. It offers practical advice and solutions to help parents raise emotionally healthy young men.

  9. "How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen and Listen So Your Kids Will Talk", Adele Faber. This classic book on communication can help throughout your parenting career. It offers practical daily reminders and exercises that will keep even the most well-spoken parent on their toes.

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