The best 99 Family Life books

Family is an integral part of our lives, shaping our experiences, values, and relationships. Exploring the dynamics and complexities of family life can provide us with a deeper understanding of ourselves and those closest to us. Our curated book list is designed to help you delve into this essential topic.

These books offer insights into various aspects of family life, from parenting and communication to overcoming challenges and fostering strong bonds. So, let's nurture our family connections and embark on this enlightening journey together!
The best 99 Family Life books
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Family Life Books: Becoming Attached by Robert Karen

Becoming Attached

Robert Karen
First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love
3.8 (91 ratings)
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What's Becoming Attached about?

This book is about the importance of children’s first relationships, especially with their primary caregiver, typically the mother. It offers insights into the ways that attachment can positively or negatively affect children’s development, and offers a great deal of scientific research on important findings concerning attachment.

Who should read Becoming Attached?

  • Anyone interested in psychology
  • Anyone interested in child care
  • Parents or anyone about to become a parent

Family Life Books: Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte


Brigid Schulte
Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time
3.3 (29 ratings)
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What's Overwhelmed about?

Overwhelmed (2014) explores how our outdated attitudes to gender, parenthood and race are making us all stressed and frantic. Author Brigid Schulte shows how such old fashioned ideas are holding us back from living happier, more fulfilled lives. Yet, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are alternative ways to live, we just need to learn how to implement them.

Who should read Overwhelmed?

  • Anyone who feels stressed or overwhelmed
  • Anyone who feels pressured to conform to gender stereotypes

Family Life Books: All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior

All Joy and No Fun

Jennifer Senior
The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
3.7 (29 ratings)
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What's All Joy and No Fun about?

All Joy and No Fun (2014) is a book about the trials and tribulations of raising kids. Senior examines the challenges of parenting while keeping us cognizant of the pleasures and rewards that come with it.

Who should read All Joy and No Fun?

  • People planning for parenthood
  • Anyone who has children
  • Those struggling with the stress of raising children

Family Life Books: The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber

The Opposite of Spoiled

Ron Lieber
Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money
4.5 (84 ratings)
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What's The Opposite of Spoiled about?

The Opposite of Spoiled (2015) is the essential guide to raising patient, generous children through financial education. These blinks will show you how to guide your child’s development by talking to them about money, involving them in financial decisions and showing them the importance of generosity and work.

Who should read The Opposite of Spoiled?

  • Parents or people considering having children
  • Teachers and those who work with kids
  • Anyone concerned that today’s children are growing up spoiled

Family Life Books: Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest

Minimalist Parenting

Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest
Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less
3.9 (112 ratings)
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What's Minimalist Parenting about?

Minimalist Parenting (2013) presents a new conception of parenting: fewer rules and more listening to your gut. Rather than following the herd’s latest parenting trends, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest present an approach to raising a family that puts your personal and family values at the heart of your life as a parent.

Who should read Minimalist Parenting?

  • Parents of all stripes
  • Moms and dads who are overwhelmed by parenting books
  • Anyone wanting to maintain healthy family relationships

Family Life Books: Getting to 50/50 by Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober

Getting to 50/50

Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober
How Working Parents Can Have it All
3.6 (47 ratings)
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What's Getting to 50/50 about?

Getting to 50/50 (2009) exposes the myths surrounding traditional male and female parental roles and provides actionable techniques that allow both mothers and fathers to be independent earners, enjoy quality time with their children and share responsibilities in the household.

Who should read Getting to 50/50?

  • Parents who want to share their responsibilities but don’t know how
  • Pregnant women or mothers who want to continue working throughout motherhood

Family Life Books: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Amy Chua
3.7 (81 ratings)
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What's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother about?

Amy Chua was born in the United States to strict Chinese immigrant parents who pushed her to work hard and succeed instead of coddling and encouraging her. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011) is about her experience of raising her third-generation kids according to her parents’ old-school beliefs. Chua offers not only an insightful and often controversial take on parenting, but also a memoir of a very stern yet loving tiger mother.

Who should read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

  • People who work with children – and their parents
  • Parents who are curious about non-Western child-raising methods
  • Anybody interested in an unusual family memoir

Family Life Books: Screamfree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel

Screamfree Parenting

Hal Edward Runkel
The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool
3.8 (160 ratings)
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What's Screamfree Parenting about?

Screamfree Parenting (2007) is your guide to a better relationship with your children. From the space and boundaries that a child needs, to the trust and love you need yourself, these blinks shed light on the principles of screamfree parenting.

Who should read Screamfree Parenting?

  • Parents of children of all ages
  • All mothers- and fathers-to-be
  • People interested in the psychology of positive parent-child relationships

Family Life Books: How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson

How to Raise a Wild Child

Scott D. Sampson
The Art and Science of Falling in Love With Nature
4.2 (30 ratings)
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What's How to Raise a Wild Child about?

How to Raise a Wild Child (2015) will help your family reconnect with nature. With helpful hints and clever strategies, these blinks will ensure your kids can enjoy the scientifically proven benefits of growing up in the great outdoors.

Who should read How to Raise a Wild Child?

  • Parents who want their children to love nature
  • Teachers who want to educate their students to appreciate and respect nature
  • Nannies who want to spend more time with kids in nature

Family Life Books: The Big Disconnect by Catherine Steiner-Adair

The Big Disconnect

Catherine Steiner-Adair
Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
4.0 (51 ratings)
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What's The Big Disconnect about?

The Big Disconnect (2013) is about the current generation of babies, toddlers and children growing up in the digital world. Digital media, from online games to social networking sites, have a profound impact on a child’s development, both intellectually and socially. These blinks outline the reasons why, and what parents can do to try to keep their children safe from these developmental hindrances.

Who should read The Big Disconnect?

  • Parents and parents-to-be
  • Teachers
  • Anyone interested in sociology, technology or education

Family Life Books: It Didn't Start With You by Mark Wolynn

It Didn't Start With You

Mark Wolynn
How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End The Cycle
4.2 (431 ratings)
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What's It Didn't Start With You about?

It Didn’t Start With You (2016) sheds light on a common thread in family relationships. These blinks explain how the source of your emotional or mental problems isn’t necessarily you but instead, your family history. You’ll learn how trauma can be passed from generation to generation, and what you can do to break the cycle.

Who should read It Didn't Start With You?

  • Anyone struggling with depression, anxiety or phobias
  • Parents and children seeking to mend relationships
  • Psychology students

Family Life Books: Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross

Simplicity Parenting

Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross
Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
4.2 (185 ratings)
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What's Simplicity Parenting about?

Simplicity Parenting (2009) teaches parents how to reduce the levels of stress experienced by their children. Parents can accomplish this by controlling their children’s environment, limiting their access to the adult world and providing them with a steady, rhythmic schedule. Taking these simple steps will improve family life for all involved.  

Who should read Simplicity Parenting?

  • Parents and parents-to-be
  • Child psychologists
  • Therapists

Family Life Books: The Yes Brain by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Yes Brain

Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity and Resilience in Your Child
4.2 (203 ratings)
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What's The Yes Brain about?

The Yes Brain (2018) is a hands-on guide to teaching yourself and your kids to approach the world with openness, creativity and boundless curiosity. Packed full of useful tips, examples and ideas, this book shows parents how to model and cultivate the traits that let you say “yes” to the world: balance, resilience, insight and empathy. And that doesn’t just give children better self-control and awareness; it also puts them on the path to meaningful and successful lives.

Who should read The Yes Brain?

  • Parents worried about their child’s selfishness
  • Anyone who works with children
  • Anyone looking for a mindful solution to everyday problems

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What's The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) about?

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) (2019) is exactly what it sounds like: a book on raising children and a trove of practical knowledge that you can’t help thinking your childhood would have benefited from. Spotlighting mental health and emotional development, this book takes an alternative approach to parenting that’s apt for our modern world.

Who should read The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)?

  • Parents who want to improve their kid’s childhood
  • Parents-to-be wishing to reduce the learning curve
  • Your inner child

Family Life Books: Nanaville by Anna Quindlen


Anna Quindlen
Adventures in Grandparenting
3.8 (48 ratings)
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What's Nanaville about?

Nanaville (2019) is a guide to the figurative city of grandmotherhood. Being a grandma is a joyful experience, but it’s certainly not the same as being a mother. Breaking the habits of maternity can be difficult; however, it’s necessary if you want to be the best granny to your grandchildren. Filled with useful, first-hand tips on grandmothering, this book is a must for anyone new to “Nanaville.” 

Who should read Nanaville?

  • Women on the verge of grandmotherhood
  • Grandmas struggling to overcome maternal habits
  • Mothers and fathers trying to navigate Nanaville

Family Life Books: Weird Parenting Wins by Hillary Frank

Weird Parenting Wins

Hillary Frank
Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches
3.6 (66 ratings)
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What's Weird Parenting Wins about?

Weird Parenting Wins (2019) shows you how not to lose it while bringing up your kids – all you need is a little craziness. That means being creative and playful. Children approach life ready to deploy their imagination at every turn, and this book in blinks shows how you can be just as imaginative. You’ll find ways to make life easier for the whole family and even have fun in the process.

Who should read Weird Parenting Wins?

  • Overwhelmed parents
  • Anyone who is planning a family and wants to be prepared
  • Caregivers and guardians

Family Life Books: The Power of Showing Up by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Power of Showing Up

Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired
4.5 (441 ratings)
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What's The Power of Showing Up about?

The Power of Showing Up (2020) is a guide to doing one of the most essential things when it comes to raising well-adjusted children – being fully present for them. From providing a safe haven to helping cope with life’s hurdles, parents and caregivers can learn how to build strong bonds with their children that will encourage them to feel confident and secure as they step out into the world.

Who should read The Power of Showing Up?

  • Hands-on parents who want to feel empowered and connected to their children
  • Teachers and caregivers looking to become better equipped to support children
  • Students and educators in the field of child psychology

Family Life Books: A New Way for Mothers by Louise Webster

A New Way for Mothers

Louise Webster
A Revolutionary Approach for Mothers to Use Their Skills and Talents While Their Children Are at School
4.0 (45 ratings)
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What's A New Way for Mothers about?

A New Way for Mothers (2017) is an action plan for mothers to achieve career satisfaction alongside their caregiving responsibilities. It not only offers advice and encouragement to mothers trying to make the most of their time; it also seeks to unleash their incredible talent by connecting them with the skills and people that will help them thrive.

Who should read A New Way for Mothers?

  • Full-time caregivers wanting to find greater purpose
  • Working mothers struggling to achieve balance
  • Women weighing up whether or not to have children

Family Life Books: Why Love Matters by Sue Gerhardt

Why Love Matters

Sue Gerhardt
How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain
4.5 (134 ratings)
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What's Why Love Matters about?

Why Love Matters (2004) is a study of how our early years shape who we become later in life. But this isn’t about rehashing the old nature-versus-nurture debate. As we’ll see in these blinks, the weight of scientific evidence points to a much more fascinating conclusion: that we’re “co-produced” by genetics and social experience during babyhood. This means that many of the social and psychological problems that affect us as adults can be traced back to these formative years.

Who should read Why Love Matters?

  • Mental health professionals
  • Parents with babies or toddlers
  • Would-be mothers and fathers

Family Life Books: Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft

Why Does He Do That?

Lundy Bancroft
Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
4.5 (236 ratings)
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What's Why Does He Do That? about?

Why Does He Do That? (2003) reveals the psychology behind abusive men. Drawing on his experience as a counselor to male abusers, author Lundy Bancroft explains the nature of abusive thinking, the early warning signs of abuse, and the steps women can take to free themselves from an abusive relationship.

Who should read Why Does He Do That??

  • Anyone who feels trapped in an abusive relationship
  • Mothers considering leaving their abusive partner
  • People who suspect a friend or family member is being abused

Family Life Books: Parenting Outside the Lines by Meghan Leahy

Parenting Outside the Lines

Meghan Leahy
Forget the Rules, Tap into Your Wisdom, and Connect with Your Child
4.5 (193 ratings)
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What's Parenting Outside the Lines about?

Parenting Outside the Lines (2020) is an essential guide to forgetting everything you’ve ever learned about parenting – and following your intuition instead. As parents, we’re insecure and desperate to get it right. So we keep searching for the perfect book or workshop that will tell us how to raise our children. But, truthfully, there is no perfect method. The only thing we can do is learn how to tune into ourselves and our children, and respond to specific situations with flexibility and grace.

Who should read Parenting Outside the Lines?

  • Perfectionist parents wanting to learn how to forgive themselves for making mistakes
  • Parents of young children who are tired of being locked in continual power struggles
  • Parents and caregivers who want to have more fun with their children

Family Life Books: The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson

The Self-Driven Child

William Stixrud and Ned Johnson
The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
4.4 (293 ratings)
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What's The Self-Driven Child about?

The Self-Driven Child (2018) shows us how our instinct to control our children’s lives can result in stressed-out, uncooperative, and poorly motivated kids. Instead, the book argues, we should try to help our children come to informed decisions themselves – and trust them to make the big calls. 

Who should read The Self-Driven Child?

  • Parents of stressed, overworked kids
  • Child psychologists and pediatricians
  • Anyone interested in the complex dynamics between parent and child

Family Life Books: The Optimistic Child by Martin E.P. Seligman

The Optimistic Child

Martin E.P. Seligman
A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience
4.4 (134 ratings)
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What's The Optimistic Child about?

The Optimistic Child (1996) explores both the benefits of raising children to be optimistic and the dangers of pessimistic thinking. Drawing on psychologist Martin Seligman’s seminal research, this practical guide explains how parents can instill optimism in their children and equip them with a healthy way of thinking.

Who should read The Optimistic Child?

  • Educators looking for a fresh perspective
  • Parents seeking new insights
  • Anyone suffering from depression and anxiety

Family Life Books: Raising Leaders by Wendy Born

Raising Leaders

Wendy Born
Using the principles of parenting at work to become a great leader and create great leaders
4.2 (59 ratings)
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What's Raising Leaders about?

Raising Leaders (2020) is a thoughtful primer on contemporary leadership. This guide lays out the surprising parallels between raising strong, independent children and cultivating successful, productive teams.

Who should read Raising Leaders?

  • New parents seeking positive advice
  • Business leaders preparing to take on a new role
  • Anyone interested in raising the next generation of leaders

Family Life Books: Fault Lines by Karl Pillemer

Fault Lines

Karl Pillemer
Fractured Families and How to Mend Them
4.5 (39 ratings)
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What's Fault Lines about?

Fault Lines (2020) examines a common problem that no one talks about: family estrangements. Over a quarter of Americans experience being cut off from friends and family during their lifetimes, which has devastating psychological impacts. Fault Lines explores the common causes of estrangement and gives surprising and insightful advice on how to work towards reconciliation.

Who should read Fault Lines?

  • Anyone who’s experienced the pain of family estrangement
  • Budding sociologists who are fascinated by human relationships
  • Parents wanting to learn how to navigate conflict with their kids

Family Life Books: Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Set Boundaries, Find Peace

Nedra Glover Tawwab
A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself
4.6 (685 ratings)
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What's Set Boundaries, Find Peace about?

Set Boundaries, Find Peace (2021) lays out everything you need to know about boundaries: what they are, why you need them, and how to implement them in your life right now. By breaking down the ins and outs of setting healthy boundaries, these blinks will leave you feeling confident and empowered to finally tackle those thorny conversations that you’ve been avoiding for so long.

Who should read Set Boundaries, Find Peace?

  • People-pleasers who don’t know how to say no
  • Couples that have trouble communicating
  • Anyone who finds setting boundaries especially difficult

Family Life Books: The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

The Connected Child

Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family
4.5 (56 ratings)
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What's The Connected Child about?

The Connected Child (2007) is an insightful guide for parents of adopted and foster children. Children from deprived or abusive backgrounds have unique needs. By taking a multipronged approach including behavioral interventions, good diet and exercise, and lots of nurturing, parents can play a vital role in helping their children heal. 

Who should read The Connected Child?

  • Parents who are considering adopting or fostering a child
  • Teachers or social workers who interact with at-risk youth
  • Anyone who’s ever had a showdown with a toddler in the cereal aisle

Family Life Books: Crucial Accountability by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler and David Maxfield

Crucial Accountability

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler and David Maxfield
Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior
4.5 (155 ratings)
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What's Crucial Accountability about?

Crucial Accountability (2004) tackles the often tricky issue of addressing broken promises and unmet expectations. The book shares tools and steps for holding friends, family, and colleagues accountable for their actions, and enabling them to fulfill commitments and meet future expectations.

Who should read Crucial Accountability?

  • Managers fed up with missed deadlines
  • Friends and partners frustrated by broken commitments
  • Parents who want to teach their children accountability

Family Life Books: Thrivers by Michele Borba


Michele Borba
The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine
4.4 (221 ratings)
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What's Thrivers about?

Thrivers (2021) is a study of what it means to be a child in today’s fast-paced, ultra-competitive, and digital world. Kids are achieving more and more, but they’ve never felt so lonely and stressed. In our rush to prepare them for an uncertain future, we’ve taught them to strive for accolades but forgotten that there’s more to success – and happiness – than test scores and grades. What’s missing is an emphasis on helping them thrive.

Who should read Thrivers?

  • Parents worried about their kids’ futures
  • Teachers on the frontlines of our burnout-inducing education system
  • Psychologists interested in child development

Family Life Books: The Addiction Inoculation by Jessica Lahey

The Addiction Inoculation

Jessica Lahey
Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence
4.2 (149 ratings)
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What's The Addiction Inoculation about?

The Addiction Inoculation (2021) is a parents’ guide to raising kids who have the knowledge, support, and self-confidence necessary to steer clear of the twin dangers of alcohol and drug use. From peer pressure to self-efficacy, it examines the risks kids need to avoid, and the defenses they need to acquire, in order to live happy, healthy, and substance-free lives.

Who should read The Addiction Inoculation?

  • Parents who want to raise drink- and drug-free kids
  • Teachers interested in the psychology of addiction

Family Life Books: The Family Firm by Emily Oster

The Family Firm

Emily Oster
A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years
4.0 (66 ratings)
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What's The Family Firm about?

The Family Firm (2021) explores the latest research on pre-teen child development. It explains how parents can make data-driven decisions on important parenting decisions like a child’s school, bedtime, diet, and extracurricular schedule.

Who should read The Family Firm?

  • Parents of children ages five to twelve
  • Educators looking for a fresh perspective
  • Psychology buffs seeking new insights

Family Life Books: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Crying in H Mart

Michelle Zauner
A Memoir
4.2 (124 ratings)
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What's Crying in H Mart about?

Michelle Zauner’s memoir, Crying in H Mart (2021), explores Zauner’s search for identity, her relationship with her Korean mother, and her beginnings as a musician. Key moments and emotions are constantly linked with food, which lies at the heart of Zauner’s connection with her mother, her heritage, and her true self.

Who should read Crying in H Mart?

  • Anyone who has experienced grief
  • Fans of Japanese Breakfast
  • Asian food aficionados

Family Life Books: Raising Good Humans by Hunter Clarke-Fields

Raising Good Humans

Hunter Clarke-Fields
A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids
4.5 (372 ratings)
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What's Raising Good Humans about?

Raising Good Humans (2019) is a mindful parenting guide that teaches you how to stop yelling and get grounded. It features healthy practices that can help you break generational cycles and be a better parent.

Who should read Raising Good Humans?

  • Parents who want to stop yelling
  • Teachers and parents who need better conflict management strategies
  • Caregivers interested in personal development

Family Life Books: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee
4.8 (264 ratings)
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What's To Kill a Mockingbird about?

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) is one of the most influential American novels ever written. Set in a small town in Alabama in the 1930s, it follows the Finch family over three tumultuous years as a trial divides a community. Covering themes of love and hate, innocence and experience, and kindness and cruelty, Harper Lee’s book goes to the heart of human behavior.   

Who should read To Kill a Mockingbird?

  • Anyone interested in classic fiction
  • History buffs
  • Those invested in the struggle for justice

Family Life Books: My Life in Full by Indra Nooyi

My Life in Full

Indra Nooyi
Work, Family, and Our Future
4.1 (121 ratings)
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What's My Life in Full about?

My Life in Full (2021) is the memoir of former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi. She reflects on her rise to success and the juggling act it required as she struggled to make time for her family.

Who should read My Life in Full?

  • Working parents
  • Women aspiring to leadership positions
  • Anyone interested in the story of a uniquely successful career

Family Life Books: Parenting by Andy & Sandra Stanley


Andy & Sandra Stanley
Getting It Right
4.6 (94 ratings)
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What's Parenting about?

Parenting (2023) presents essential parenting principles in a format that is easy to follow and implement. By drawing on practical knowledge and experience, the authors illustrate the goals and steps required to raise a happy and healthy kid – whether you’re dealing with the sleepless frustration of a newborn or the emotional rollercoaster of a moody teenager.

Who should read Parenting?

  • Overwhelmed new parents who want a bit of direction in their chaotic lives
  • Frustrated moms and dads looking for a fresh perspective on classic problems
  • Expecting couples who want to have a solid foundation from the very start

Family Life Books: The Daily Dad by Ryan Holiday

The Daily Dad

Ryan Holiday
366 Meditations on Parenting, Love, and Raising Great Kids
4.6 (153 ratings)
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What's The Daily Dad about?

The Daily Dad (2023) is a philosophical meditation on the roles and responsibilities of parents. Presented as short passages to be consumed one day at a time, it draws on the author’s experiences of fatherhood, as well as the writings of history's greatest thinkers – from Plato to Bruce Springsteen. Whether you’re an expecting new parent or already living with a full nest, this wisdom and practical advice is timeless and applicable to all.

Who should read The Daily Dad?

  • New parents looking to cultivate a healthy and productive mindset for the momentous task ahead of them
  • Seasoned parents who want to raise their kids with the bigger picture in mind
  • Teachers, mentors, and other carers craving the best for their children’s future

Family Life Books: Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers by Stephanie M. Kriesberg

Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers

Stephanie M. Kriesberg
Quiet the Critical Voice in Your Head, Heal Self-Doubt, and Live the Life You Deserve
4.5 (97 ratings)
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What's Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers about?

Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers (2022) explores the ramifications of having a narcissistic parent, and what you as an adult can do to release yourself from your mother’s toxic hold. Its toolkit will help you manage the difficult feelings that come with being raised by a narcissist – like self-doubt, shame, and anxiety – so that you can start living on your own terms. 

Who should read Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers?

  • Adults with controlling, manipulative, or domineering mothers
  • Those who have struggled with anxiety and insecurity since they were young
  • Anyone who has felt fundamentally flawed since they were a child

Family Life Books: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

Stephen R. Covey
4.5 (490 ratings)
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What's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families about?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families (1997) was written by Stephen R. Covey with, as he says, “such a passion . . . because family is what I care about most.” It’s a very personal book that talks about how the author, his wife, and nine children apply each of the habits in their family life. It can also be your guide to solving the problems you face in your family as you strive, individually and together, to become more effective.

Who should read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families?

  • Self-improvement seekers who want to understand how effective families work
  • Couples who want to raise their family in a nurturing environment
  • Fans of The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People

Family Life Books: The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies

The Montessori Toddler

Simone Davies
A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being
4.3 (76 ratings)
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What's The Montessori Toddler about?

The Montessori Toddler (2019) teaches parents how to better understand their toddlers and raise them according to the method developed by Italian physician and philosopher Dr. Maria Montessori. With its practical approach, it offers actionable advice that parents and grandparents can apply no matter whether they already have experience with the Montessori method or not.

Who should read The Montessori Toddler?

  • Parents who want to understand how toddlers communicate
  • Parents whose children are nearing the toddler stage and want to provide a supportive environment for them
  • Parents curious about the Montessori method and how they can employ it in their own homes

Family Life Books: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini
4.6 (77 ratings)
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What's The Kite Runner about?

The Kite Runner (2003) is narrated by Amir, an Afghan living in the US, as he reflects on his childhood in Kabul, and an incident that changed his life. This best-selling novel is a story of friendship, family, betrayal, and redemption.

Who should read The Kite Runner?

  • Fathers and sons
  • People interested in Afghanistan

Anyone who’s curious about a book that was a New York Times bestseller for 2 years

Family Life Books: Potty Training in 3 Days by Brandi Brucks

Potty Training in 3 Days

Brandi Brucks
The Step-By-Step Plan for a Clean Break from Dirty Diapers
4.4 (14 ratings)
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What's Potty Training in 3 Days about?

Potty Training in 3 Days (2016) is a success formula for parents and caregivers who want their babies to start using the toilet. The plan involves recognizing when your child is ready for potty training, what to do during the three days of intense practice, and how to follow up for lasting results.

Who should read Potty Training in 3 Days?

  • Parents
  • Family members and caregivers who want to understand their role in potty training
  • Pediatricians and teachers

Family Life Books: Good Inside by Becky Kennedy

Good Inside

Becky Kennedy
A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be
4.6 (494 ratings)
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What's Good Inside about?

Good Inside (2022) offers hope to parents who feel helpless when it comes to managing conflict in their homes. More than parenting, it’s about loving yourself and extending that love to your children. Dr. Becky rejects traditional reward and punishment strategies, instead encouraging parents to seek understanding with their children while still maintaining healthy boundaries.

Who should read Good Inside?

  • New parents
  • Parents who are afraid it’s too late to change how they parent
  • People healing from emotional damage

Family Life Books: Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay C. Gibson

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

Lindsay C. Gibson
How to Heal from Difficult, Rejecting, or Self-involved Parents
4.6 (439 ratings)
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What's Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents about?

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents (2015) exposes the negative impacts that many adults face as the result of growing up with distant, rejecting, or self-involved parents. From demystifying the behavior of emotionally immature caregivers to providing practical tools for personal growth, it’s a step-by-step guide to healing old wounds and embracing a more positive future.

Who should read Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents?

  • Adult children of emotionally immature parents
  • Parents who want to be more emotionally mature for their children
  • Anyone interested in the dynamics of family psychology

Family Life Books: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

La Leche League International
3.8 (16 ratings)
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What's The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding about?

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (2010) is an updated version of the classic, definitive guide on breastfeeding. Based on the premise that breastfeeding should be the baseline standard of baby feeding, the book offers answers and techniques to both common and obscure breastfeeding challenges.

Who should read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding?

  • First-time breastfeeders
  • Anyone pregnant and considering breastfeeding
  • Partner of a breastfeeding (or soon-to-be) mother

Family Life Books: The Five Core Conversations for Couples by David Bulitt and Julie Bulitt

The Five Core Conversations for Couples

David Bulitt and Julie Bulitt
Expert Advice about How to Develop: Effective Communication, a Long-Term Financial Plan, Cooperative Parenting Strategies, Mutually Satisfying Sex, and Work-Life Balance
4.3 (339 ratings)
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What's The Five Core Conversations for Couples about?

The Five Core Conversations for Couples (2020) examines the five important topics every couple should talk about. It offers expert guidance on the core facets of a relationship that can help you strengthen yours. 

Who should read The Five Core Conversations for Couples?

  • Young couples looking for relationship advice
  • Older couples wanting to fix and strengthen their marriage
  • Anyone in a relationship

Family Life Books: The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson

The Fourth Trimester

Kimberly Ann Johnson
A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality
4.3 (21 ratings)
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What's The Fourth Trimester about?

The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality (2017) is the ultimate resource for postpartum women who are navigating life with a newborn and want to discover how to reclaim their health, their bodies, and their spirits.

Who should read The Fourth Trimester?

  • New and expectant mothers
  • Women seeking to reclaim their bodies following a traumatic birth
  • Women suffering from postpartum depression

Family Life Books: 1-2-3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan

1-2-3 Magic

Thomas W. Phelan
Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
3.8 (109 ratings)
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What's 1-2-3 Magic about?

1-2-3 Magic (1995) is a clear and thorough guide to one of the most difficult yet important aspects of parenting: discipline. By outlining essential parenting principles and demonstrating simple and immediately applicable techniques, it creates a roadmap for taking back control of your home and building a much more enjoyable relationship with your child. Whether your goal is to stop the bad behavior of a tantrum-prone toddler or encourage good behavior in your pre-teen, this revised sixth edition will give you the tools you need to discipline responsibly.

Who should read 1-2-3 Magic?

  • Overwhelmed parents of younger children who need to adopt a new approach to discipline
  • Exhausted carers of pre-teens who want to have more control over bad behavior
  • Anyone who feels like they spend more time fighting than having fun with their child

Family Life Books: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë
4.7 (51 ratings)
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What's Wuthering Heights about?

Wuthering Heights (1847) is a masterpiece of English literature. Set in Yorkshire, it tells the story of two families and their intense, often tumultuous relationships – in particular, the stormy romance between Heathcliff and Catherine.

Who should read Wuthering Heights?

  • Fans of family sagas
  • People drawn to unconventional love stories and antiheroes
  • Anyone interested in classic novels of the nineteenth century

Family Life Books: We're Pregnant! by Adrian Kulp

We're Pregnant!

Adrian Kulp
The First-time Dad's Pregnancy Handbook
4.2 (21 ratings)
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What's We're Pregnant! about?

We’re Pregnant! (2018) answers all those questions first-time dads scratch their heads over. It shows you how to tackle daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to provide strategic support to your partner throughout pregnancy and childbirth.

Who should read We're Pregnant!?

  • First-time dads seeking practical advice on how to support their partners during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Dads keen on acing the next pregnancy
  • Anyone trying to understand the challenges women experience during pregnancy

Family Life Books: Habits of the Household by Justin Whitmel Earley

Habits of the Household

Justin Whitmel Earley
Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms
4.3 (36 ratings)
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What's Habits of the Household about?

Habits of the Household (2021) offers a meaningful way for families to connect with God through daily routines. Through reflections and stories, you’ll learn how to implement simple habits that will help you find deeper meaning amid the chaos of family life.

Who should read Habits of the Household?

  • Busy Christian parents
  • Fans of the Lord’s message
  • Church tool kit shoppers

Family Life Books: Trust by Dr. Henry Cloud


Dr. Henry Cloud
Knowing When to Give It, When to Withhold It, How to Earn It, and How to Fix It When It Gets Broken
4.5 (330 ratings)
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What's Trust about?

Trust (2023) is a sensitive and practical guide to this essential part of human relationships. It reveals the deep significance of trust as a factor in our lives and outlines the five essential elements for building and maintaining it.

Who should read Trust?

  • Leaders who wish to create trust within organizations
  • Those looking to establish deeper personal and familial relationships
  • People who want to rebuild trust after it has been broken

Family Life Books: Drama Free by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Drama Free

Nedra Glover Tawwab
A Guide to Managing Unhealthy Family Relationships
4.4 (90 ratings)
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What's Drama Free about?

Drama Free (2023) is a concise and thoughtful guide to navigating the negatives of one of the most fundamental and unavoidable aspects of our lives: family. Covering a wide range of topics including emotionally absent parents, codependent siblings, substance abuse, and many more, it offers advice on recognizing the patterns of a dysfunctional family, healing from the past, and growing into the full human being you deserve to be.

Who should read Drama Free?

  • Adult children or siblings looking to untangle their current family relationships
  • Emotionally troubled individuals who are prepared to analyze their childhood
  • Anyone who tenses up when a family member calls

Family Life Books: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
4.8 (43 ratings)
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What's Romeo and Juliet about?

Romeo and Juliet (c. 1591-1597) is the iconic tragedy of two youths who fall in love amid the feud raging between their two families. The many themes it explores include love and hate, fate and free will, and dream and reality.

Who should read Romeo and Juliet?

  • Romantic souls
  • Shakespeare fans who want a Romeo and Juliet refresher
  • Anyone trying to up their knowledge of classic literature

Family Life Books: The Home Edit by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin

The Home Edit

Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin
A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals
3.2 (88 ratings)
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What's The Home Edit about?

The Home Edit (2019) proposes a straightforward formula to organize any part of the home in a way that is functional, classy, and easy to maintain. The technique it teaches is equally easy for other members of the household to learn and apply, so that everyone can enjoy a calm, happy home environment.

Who should read The Home Edit?

  • Anyone trying to maintain order and beauty in their homes
  • Parents teaching their kids good housekeeping habits
  • Interior designers trying to help clients maintain the spaces they create

Family Life Books: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden

John Steinbeck
4.6 (80 ratings)
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What's East of Eden about?

East of Eden (1952) is a sweeping epic that centers around three generations of the Trask family. Growing up, Adam Trask competed with his brother for his father’s love – with jealousy and vengeance leading to violent consequences. When Adam has children of his own, he struggles to spare them the same fate.

Who should read East of Eden?

  • Fans of the great American novel
  • Lovers of classic Westerns
  • Anyone who enjoys epics or family dramas

Family Life Books: The Emotional Lives of Teenagers by Lisa Damour

The Emotional Lives of Teenagers

Lisa Damour
Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents
4.6 (89 ratings)
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What's The Emotional Lives of Teenagers about?

The Emotional Lives of Teenagers (2023) is a best-selling guide to navigating the highs and lows of parenting your child through adolescence. It dispenses honest, practical, research-informed advice aimed at helping parents understand, support, and connect with their teens in a way that honors the huge transition they’re experiencing.

Who should read The Emotional Lives of Teenagers?

  • Parents looking for effective strategies to support their teen’s mental health
  • Educators and youth workers seeking clinically informed advice about the adolescent years
  • Anyone who wants to help the teenagers in their lives feel loved, supported, and heard as they transition into adulthood

Family Life Books: Love More, Fight Less by Gina Senarighi

Love More, Fight Less

Gina Senarighi
Communication Skills Every Couple Needs
3.9 (245 ratings)
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What's Love More, Fight Less about?

Love More Fight Less provides straightforward directions on how to develop communication skills that will help you and your partner handle conflict. Various activities let you practice the skills, and this Blink details how to use these communication techniques in real-life situations.

Who should read Love More, Fight Less?

  • Couples that need help communicating
  • Those interested in improving their social skills and personal growth
  • Skilled communicators looking for new ways to connect in their relationships

Family Life Books: The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene

The Explosive Child

Ross W. Greene
A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
4.4 (96 ratings)
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What's The Explosive Child about?

The Explosive Child (2021) is a groundbreaking and scientific guide to dealing with children who react extremely to routine situations. Drawing on neuroscience and child psychology, Greene lays out a conceptual framework focused on the cause of the behavior, rather than the behavior itself. This framework can serve as a guide for frustrated parents who want to understand and address their child’s severe outbursts.

Who should read The Explosive Child?

  • Frustrated parents who feel like they've tried it all
  • Caregivers and teachers who are concerned by a child's violent outbursts
  • Anyone looking for a fresh and compassionate perspective on children's problematic behavior

Family Life Books: The Parenting Map by Dr. Shefali

The Parenting Map

Dr. Shefali
Step-By-Step Solutions to Consciously Create the Ultimate Parent-Child Relationship
4.6 (159 ratings)
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What's The Parenting Map about?

The Parenting Map (2023) by Dr. Shefali Tsabary offers a step-by-step guide to parenting healthy, happy, resilient, and grounded children by adopting a mindful parenting approach. In it, parents are encouraged to unlearn toxic parenting habits and replace them with moments of meaningful connection.

Who should read The Parenting Map?

  • Expectant families looking for clear, compassionate parenting advice
  • Seasoned parents who’d like to feel more present for their children
  • Grandparents, caregivers, guardians, and anyone with special young people in their lives

Family Life Books: Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore

Care of the Soul

Thomas Moore
A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
4.2 (231 ratings)
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What's Care of the Soul about?

Care of the Soul (2016) offers a Jungian approach to everyday life. It’s a guide for codifying our experiences into story and myth, recognizing and accepting the soulfulness and messiness of our experiences, and seeing the sacred in the ordinariness of life.

Who should read Care of the Soul?

  • Spiritual people
  • Those struggling with their mental health
  • Fans of Jung and Campbell

Family Life Books: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison
3.8 (143 ratings)
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What's The Bluest Eye about?

The Bluest Eye (1970) is the debut novel of author Toni Morrison. It tells the story of Pecola Breedlove and her parents, and reflects upon the familial and societal circumstances that would lead a Black girl to wish she had blue eyes.

Who should read The Bluest Eye?

  • Anyone interested in exploring themes of race and identity
  • Fans of landmark works of modern literature
  • Those seeking insight into African-American history and experience

Family Life Books: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
4.7 (152 ratings)
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What's The Brothers Karamazov about?

The Brothers Karamazov (1879) follows the events, machinations, and tragedies of the Karamazov family over the course of four critical days in an unnamed town in Russia. As tensions within the household simmer and seeth into a stunning climax, we are treated to one of the most penetrating explorations of religion, faith, and doubt in all of world literature. 

Who should read The Brothers Karamazov?

  • Anyone interested in deep themes like philosophy and religion
  • Agnostics looking for spiritual guidance
  • People who don’t have time to read a 900-page novel

Family Life Books: Look for Me There by Luke Russert

Look for Me There

Luke Russert
Grieving My Father, Finding Myself
3.5 (246 ratings)
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What's Look for Me There about?

Look for Me There (2023) chronicles the struggles of a man dealing with the loss of his father. By accompanying him on a journey across the world and his heart, we learn how he copes with grief, and what other lessons he learns along the way. 

Who should read Look for Me There?

  • Anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one
  • Travel fans who love to learn about interesting places
  • Anyone interested in the human condition and its struggles

Family Life Books: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens
4.6 (206 ratings)
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What's Great Expectations about?

Great Expectations (1860) is Charles Dickens’ classic novel about the social ambitions and failings of Pip, a small-town orphan who suddenly becomes wealthy through a mysterious benefactor. Pip leaves his home town for London, but as his social and material standing develop, he suffers a moral deterioration that leaves him questioning his decisions. 

Who should read Great Expectations?

  • Fans of classic literature
  • Anyone who loves a good tale of rags to riches
  • People who want to find out what Dickens was all about

Family Life Books: The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen & Amy Ellis Nutt

The Teenage Brain

Frances E. Jensen & Amy Ellis Nutt
A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
4.0 (103 ratings)
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What's The Teenage Brain about?

The Teenage Brain (2014) delves into the labyrinth of teenage neuroscience, offering a captivating exploration of why teens think and act the way they do. With a blend of science and real-world anecdotes, it illuminates the complexities and wonders of a brain in flux.

Who should read The Teenage Brain?

  • Concerned, proactive parents of teenagers
  • Educators seeking insight into students
  • Advocates of teenage mental health

Family Life Books: Stop Walking on Eggshells by Paul T. Mason & Randi Kreger

Stop Walking on Eggshells

Paul T. Mason & Randi Kreger
Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder
4.5 (220 ratings)
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What's Stop Walking on Eggshells about?

Stop Walking on Eggshells (1998) offers a lifeline to the beleaguered loved ones of those suffering from borderline personality disorder. It provides techniques grounded in empathy and understanding to establish healthy boundaries without abandoning those in need.

Who should read Stop Walking on Eggshells?

  • Partners or family members of someone with borderline personality disorder
  • Individuals seeking to understand personality disorders and emotional dysregulation
  • Anyone searching for compassionate approaches to complex psychological issues

Family Life Books: The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary

The Conscious Parent

Shefali Tsabary
Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
4.6 (74 ratings)
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What's The Conscious Parent about?

The Conscious Parent (2014) offers a new approach to parenting based on adults increasing their awareness of the impact that their behaviors and emotional wounds have on the children in their lives. By honoring a child’s authenticity and innate wholeness, parents can deepen their connection with their children, and support them in becoming happy, well-adjusted individuals.

Who should read The Conscious Parent?

  • Parents hoping to raise happy, well-adjusted children
  • Adults wanting to break the cycle of harmful parent-child dynamics
  • Extended family members who want to support the healthy development of the children in their lives

Family Life Books: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
3.9 (16 ratings)
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What's Sense and Sensibility about?

Sense and Sensibility (1811) explores the divergent paths of two sisters as they navigate through society’s challenges, drawn by differing temperaments of sound logic and emotional sensitivity.

Who should read Sense and Sensibility?

  • Fans of classic literature
  • Students studying societal norms
  • Lovers of strong female characters

Family Life Books: Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Hello Beautiful

Ann Napolitano
A Novel
4.0 (111 ratings)
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What's Hello Beautiful about?

Hello Beautiful (2023) is a tale of love, family, and sisterhood. It centers on William Waters, who meets and marries the ambitious, practical Julia Padovano while they are both still in college. Julia is one of four girls in a close knit Italian-American family, whose storybook lives at first seem like a fantasy to William. But soon enough, life’s many obstacles catch up with the Padovanos, and William is drawn deep into their lives, loves, conflicts, and griefs. 

Who should read Hello Beautiful?

  • Readers who love sprawling family epics
  • Lovers of Little Women, the classic story of sisterhood that inspired Hello Beautiful
  • Anyone who wants the scoop on one of 2023’s best-selling novels

Family Life Books: Growing Up in Public by Devorah Heitner

Growing Up in Public

Devorah Heitner
Coming of Age in a Digital World
4.0 (85 ratings)
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What's Growing Up in Public about?

Growing Up in Public (2023) explores the many stresses both parents and children can experience in today’s digital world. Although raising children in the face of today’s many technological social outlets might seem overwhelming, this guide provides clear, actionable insight for guiding adolescent online behavior as well as monitoring our own adult actions.  

Who should read Growing Up in Public?

  • Parents or guardians concerned about their children’s social media usage
  • People looking for advice on raising children in today’s digital world
  • Anyone interested in the internet’s impact on adolescent development

Family Life Books: This Is So Awkward by Cara Natterson & Vanessa Kroll Bennett

This Is So Awkward

Cara Natterson & Vanessa Kroll Bennett
Modern Puberty Explained
4.1 (19 ratings)
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What's This Is So Awkward about?

This Is So Awkward (2023) is the ultimate guide to navigating the cringeworthy, bewildering realm of adolescence. Blending scientific insight with compassion and frankness, this indispensable toolkit helps adults support teens through the tumultuous journey growing up.

Who should read This Is So Awkward?

  • Parents of tweens and teens looking for guidance on puberty-related issues
  • Teachers looking for advice on leading puberty education and supporting students
  • Coaches and mentors interested in understanding teen experience 

Family Life Books: Gifted and Distractible by Julie F. Skolnick

Gifted and Distractible

Julie F. Skolnick
Understanding, Supporting, and Advocating for Your Twice Exceptional Child
4.1 (21 ratings)
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What's Gifted and Distractible about?

Gifted and Distractible (2023) offers research-based strategies to support children who exhibit both giftedness and learning differences. The guide helps parents and teachers move beyond misconceptions that intellectual talent guarantees social and emotional success, and provides strength-based tools to nurture these remarkable yet often misunderstood kids.

Who should read Gifted and Distractible?

  • Parents who want to see their gifted children thrive
  • Educators looking to support the gifted children in their care
  • Clinicians or other experts who work with 2e children

Family Life Books: Tiny Humans, Big Emotions by Alyssa Gloria Campbell & Lauren Stauble

Tiny Humans, Big Emotions

Alyssa Gloria Campbell & Lauren Stauble
How to Navigate Tantrums, Meltdowns, and Defiance to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children
4.2 (45 ratings)
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What's Tiny Humans, Big Emotions about?

Tiny Humans, Big Emotions (2023) helps caregivers navigate and manage children's emotional outbursts, such as tantrums and meltdowns. It offers strategies to raise emotionally intelligent children by teaching them how to handle complex feelings like anger, sadness, and anxiety, emphasizing the importance of fostering emotional resilience and well-being in children through a research-based approach that strengthens the parent-child relationship.

Who should read Tiny Humans, Big Emotions?

  • Parents or carers of young children
  • Early childhood educators
  • Parenting coaches and counselors

Family Life Books: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson
4.3 (4 ratings)
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What's The Argonauts about?

The Argonauts (2015) invites you on a transformative journey through language, identity, and love. You’ll delve deep into a personal yet universal exploration of queer family-making, motherhood, and relationships. Part memoir and part theory, this powerful narrative challenges you to consider the fluidity of life and embrace the power of transformation.

Who should read The Argonauts?

  • LGBTQ+ individuals exploring identity and relationships
  • Feminists interested in examining gender roles and motherhood
  • Curious minds looking to ponder language, love, and transformation

Family Life Books: ADHD an A-Z by Leanne Maskell


Leanne Maskell
Figuring It Out Step by Step
4.1 (178 ratings)
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What's ADHD an A-Z about?

ADHD an A–Z tackles the daily challenges of ADHD with an empowering guide drawn from personal insights. From time management to budgeting to managing emotions and stress, these bite-sized tips help readers harness their unique strengths and gain confidence to thrive in their own unique way.

Who should read ADHD an A-Z?

  • Individuals with ADHD
  • Their family and friends
  • Health professionals and educators

Family Life Books: Raising Critical Thinkers by Julie Bogart

Raising Critical Thinkers

Julie Bogart
A Parent's Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age
4.3 (81 ratings)
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What's Raising Critical Thinkers about?

Raising Critical Thinkers (2022) is a guide for parents who want their children to make up their own minds amid today’s flood of information. Personal stories and science-backed exercises offer practical wisdom with which families can nurture thoughtful minds and empathetic hearts.

Who should read Raising Critical Thinkers?

  • Parents seeking to nurture curious, discerning children who process information thoughtfully
  • Homeschooling parents looking for exercises to foster critical thinking
  • Teachers hoping to encourage perspective and insight in students

Family Life Books: Raising Mentally Strong Kids by Amen MD Daniel G. & Charles Fay

Raising Mentally Strong Kids

Amen MD Daniel G. & Charles Fay
How to Combine the Power of Neuroscience with Love and Logic to Grow Confident, Kind, Responsible, and Resilient Children and Young Adults
4.4 (77 ratings)
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What's Raising Mentally Strong Kids about?

Raising Mentally Strong Kids (2024) explores the fascinating intersection of neuroscience and parenting, revealing how everyday interactions shape a child's developing brain.

Who should read Raising Mentally Strong Kids?

  • Parents of children of all ages who are looking for evidence-based strategies to help their kids develop
  • Teachers, school counselors, and administrators eager to learn how to support student’s mental health and well-being
  • Anyone interested in the latest research on neuroscience and its applications on child development and parenting

Family Life Books: The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt

The Anxious Generation

Jonathan Haidt
How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness
4.3 (199 ratings)
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What's The Anxious Generation about?

The Anxious Generation (2024) argues that the decline of play in childhood and the rise of smartphone usage among adolescents are the twin sources of increased mental distress in Generation Z. Grounded in psychological and biological research, this eye-opening text explores how the profound shift from play-based to phone-based childhoods has disrupted adolescent development – and offers practical advice to address this crisis.

Who should read The Anxious Generation?

  • Parents and carers concerned about their children’s smartphone use
  • Educators and psychologists perturbed by increased rates of mental illness among Gen Zers
  • Anyone addicted to their smartphone

Family Life Books: Bad Therapy by Abigail Shrier

Bad Therapy

Abigail Shrier
Why the Kids Aren't Growing Up
4.3 (199 ratings)
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What's Bad Therapy about?

Bad Therapy (2024) explores the unintended consequences of therapy culture and its impact on young people's resilience and well-being. It argues that by overemphasizing emotional fragility and shielding youth from adversity, modern parenting and therapeutic practices may be inadvertently hindering the development of essential life skills in our youngest generations.

Who should read Bad Therapy?

  • Parents concerned about the impact of modern parenting and therapy practices on their children's development and well-being
  • Advocates for personal responsibility, grit, and the importance of learning from adversity in character development
  • Anyone exploring the broader implications of therapy culture on society and the human experience

Family Life Books: Healthy Kids, Happy Kids by Elisa Song

Healthy Kids, Happy Kids

Elisa Song
An Integrative Pediatrician's Guide to Whole Child Resilience
4.5 (2 ratings)
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What's Healthy Kids, Happy Kids about?

Healthy Kids, Happy Kids (2024) provides a proven, holistic plan focused on optimizing the gut microbiome to build resilience and heal the root causes of these issues, empowering parents with natural therapies, recipes, and an integrated approach to raising truly healthy, happy kids. 

Who should read Healthy Kids, Happy Kids?

  • Parents despairing at their children’s persistent health issues
  • Carers who want to promote children’s health and holistic wellbeing
  • Anyone interested in boosting their microbiome’s health

Family Life Books: All Souls by Michael Patrick MacDonald

All Souls

Michael Patrick MacDonald
A Family Story from Southie

What's All Souls about?

All Souls is a memoir by Michael Patrick MacDonald that tells the story of his childhood in South Boston during the 1970s and 1980s. It explores the impact of poverty, crime, and violence on his family and community, as well as his journey to break free from the cycle of poverty and find hope and redemption. It is a powerful and heartbreaking account of life in an impoverished neighborhood and the resilience of the human spirit.

Who should read All Souls?

  • Individuals seeking a deep understanding of the social issues affecting marginalized communities
  • Readers interested in personal memoirs that shed light on the complexities of poverty and crime
  • Activists and advocates for social justice looking for inspiration and a call to action

Family Life Books: Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat

Brother, I'm Dying

Edwidge Danticat

What's Brother, I'm Dying about?

"Brother, I'm Dying" is a memoir by Edwidge Danticat that tells the story of her family's experiences in Haiti and the United States. It explores themes of immigration, family bonds, and the challenges faced by those seeking a better life. The book offers a poignant and powerful reflection on love, loss, and the complexities of the human experience.

Who should read Brother, I'm Dying?

  • People interested in the immigrant experience and the challenges faced by immigrants
  • Readers who enjoy memoirs and personal narratives
  • Those who appreciate poignant storytelling and reflections on family, identity, and resilience

Family Life Books: Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

Finding Winnie

Lindsay Mattick
The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

What's Finding Winnie about?

This heartwarming true story follows a veterinarian named Harry Colebourn who adopts an orphaned bear cub and names her Winnie. Set during World War I, the book recounts the incredible journey of Winnie and the bond she forms with Harry, ultimately leading her to become the inspiration for A.A. Milne's beloved character, Winnie-the-Pooh. A tale of friendship, love, and the power of storytelling, "Finding Winnie" is a delightful read for all ages.

Who should read Finding Winnie?

  • Parents and caregivers who want to teach children about history and the power of love
  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming and beautifully illustrated true stories
  • Anyone interested in the origins of the beloved character Winnie the Pooh

Family Life Books: Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon

Riding the Bus with My Sister

Rachel Simon
A True Life Journey

What's Riding the Bus with My Sister about?

This memoir tells the story of Rachel Simon's relationship with her sister, Beth, who has a developmental disability. After years of estrangement, Rachel decides to reconnect with Beth by spending time with her on the bus rides she takes every day. Through their conversations and experiences, Rachel gains a deeper understanding of her sister and learns valuable lessons about acceptance, love, and the true meaning of family.

Who should read Riding the Bus with My Sister?

  • Readers who enjoy heartfelt personal narratives
  • People looking to understand and empathize with individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Those interested in exploring the complexities of family and relationships

Family Life Books: Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford

Somebody's Daughter

Ashley C. Ford

What's Somebody's Daughter about?

In this powerful memoir, Ashley C. Ford shares her journey of growing up as a Black girl in America, navigating family dynamics, abuse, and the search for her father. With raw honesty and vulnerability, she explores the complexities of identity, forgiveness, and the enduring love between a parent and child. Somebody's Daughter is a compelling and thought-provoking read that sheds light on the universal experience of longing for connection and belonging.

Who should read Somebody's Daughter?

  • Anyone interested in memoirs that explore complex family dynamics
  • Readers who enjoy personal stories that blend vulnerability with resilience
  • People seeking insights on identity, forgiveness, and finding one's place in the world


What's The Distance Between Us about?

This memoir tells the story of Reyna Grande's childhood in Mexico and her journey to the United States to reunite with her parents. It explores the complexities of family, immigration, and the pursuit of a better life, while highlighting the emotional and physical distance that separates loved ones. Grande's powerful and poignant writing offers a unique perspective on the immigrant experience.

Who should read The Distance Between Us?

  • Readers who are interested in coming-of-age stories
  • People who want to gain insights into the immigrant experience
  • Those looking for a memoir about resilience and determination

Family Life Books: When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

When Stars Are Scattered

Victoria Jamieson

What's When Stars Are Scattered about?

This graphic novel tells the true story of Omar and his younger brother Hassan, who are refugees living in a camp in Kenya. It explores their daily struggles and dreams as they navigate life without their parents and search for a better future. A heartwarming and inspiring tale of resilience and the power of family.

Who should read When Stars Are Scattered?

  • Readers interested in a heartwarming and inspiring story
  • Individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of refugees
  • Those who enjoy graphic novels and illustrations that enhance storytelling

Family Life Books: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House in the Big Woods

Laura Ingalls Wilder

What's Little House in the Big Woods about?

Little House in the Big Woods is a classic children's book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Set in the 1870s, it tells the story of the Ingalls family living in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. Filled with heartwarming and adventurous tales, the book gives a glimpse into pioneer life and the bond between family members.

Who should read Little House in the Big Woods?

  • Those who enjoy historical fiction and pioneer stories
  • Readers interested in the daily life and challenges faced by early American settlers
  • People who appreciate detailed and descriptive narratives about nature and rural living

Family Life Books: Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Half Broke Horses

Jeannette Walls

What's Half Broke Horses about?

Half Broke Horses (2009) is a memoir by Jeannette Walls, inspired by the life of her grandmother Lily Casey Smith. It tells the story of a resilient and independent woman who grew up in the American Southwest in the early 20th century. Filled with humor, adventure, and determination, the book offers a glimpse into a bygone era and celebrates the indomitable spirit of a remarkable individual.

Who should read Half Broke Horses?

  • Readers who enjoy compelling, true stories of strong, independent women
  • Those interested in the history of the American West and the resilience of its inhabitants
  • Individuals who appreciate engaging, well-written memoirs with a unique narrative voice

Family Life Books: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier


Raina Telgemeier

What's Ghosts about?

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier is a heartwarming graphic novel that explores themes of family, friendship, and acceptance. It follows the story of Catrina and her family as they move to a coastal town in Northern California, where they discover a community that celebrates the Day of the Dead. As Catrina learns more about the traditions and beliefs surrounding the holiday, she also comes to terms with her sister's illness and the presence of ghosts in their lives.

Who should read Ghosts?

  • Readers who enjoy graphic novels with a touch of supernatural elements
  • Young adults or middle-grade readers who are dealing with themes of illness and loss
  • People looking for a heartwarming story about family, friendship, and acceptance

What's Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant about?

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is a poignant family drama by Anne Tyler. Set in Baltimore, it delves into the lives of the Tull family, focusing on the relationships between a mother and her three very different children. As they gather for a final dinner at the family restaurant, old wounds are reopened and secrets are revealed, offering a profound exploration of love, loss, and the complexities of family bonds.

Who should read Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant?

  • Readers who enjoy character-driven stories with rich, complex family dynamics

  • Those interested in exploring themes of memory, identity, and the impact of childhood experiences on adulthood

  • People who appreciate insightful and nuanced portrayals of human relationships and emotions

Family Life Books: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

Handle with Care

Jodi Picoult

What's Handle with Care about?

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult is a thought-provoking novel that delves into the complex ethical and emotional issues surrounding a family raising a child with a rare genetic condition. As they navigate the challenges and difficult decisions that come with caring for their daughter, the story raises important questions about love, sacrifice, and the value of life.

Who should read Handle with Care?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally impactful stories

  • Those interested in exploring complex ethical and moral dilemmas

  • People who appreciate thought-provoking narratives that challenge their perspectives

Family Life Books: Letters to My Baby by Lea Redmond

Letters to My Baby

Lea Redmond

What's Letters to My Baby about?

Letters to My Baby by Lea Redmond is a heartwarming book that provides a unique way for parents to document their thoughts, hopes, and dreams for their child. With prompts and space for personal letters, this book allows parents to create a cherished keepsake that their child can one day read and treasure. It's a beautiful way to capture the journey of parenthood and express the deep love and connection between parent and child.

Who should read Letters to My Baby?

  • Expectant parents who want to create a meaningful and personal keepsake for their child

  • New parents looking for a way to capture and preserve precious memories and milestones

  • Family members or friends seeking a thoughtful and heartfelt baby shower gift

Family Life Books: Room for More by Beth Eheman

Room for More

Beth Eheman

What's Room for More about?

Room for More by Beth Ehemann follows the story of Kacie Jensen, a single mother of twin girls who unexpectedly finds herself falling in love with Brody Murphy, a professional hockey player. As their relationship blossoms, they navigate the challenges of blending their families and making room for more love in their lives. With heartwarming moments and unexpected twists, this book explores the power of love and the importance of second chances.

Who should read Room for More?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming and emotional romance novels

  • Fans of small-town settings and close-knit communities

  • Those who appreciate stories about family dynamics and second chances

Family Life Books: The Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenberg

The Baby Name Wizard

Laura Wattenberg

What's The Baby Name Wizard about?

The Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenberg is a comprehensive guide to choosing the perfect name for your child. Filled with insights into naming trends, historical data, and unique name suggestions, this book will help you navigate the overwhelming world of baby names and make an informed decision that suits your family.

Who should read The Baby Name Wizard?

  • Expectant parents looking for a comprehensive guide to choosing the perfect name for their baby

  • Individuals who are curious about the origins and meanings of different names

  • People who enjoy exploring trends and patterns in popular baby names

Family Life Books: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Dutch House

Ann Patchett

What's The Dutch House about?

The Dutch House is a captivating novel that delves into the complex dynamics of family and the lasting impact of childhood experiences. Set over five decades, it tells the story of siblings Danny and Maeve as they navigate their unconventional upbringing and the mysterious history of the opulent house they grew up in. With richly drawn characters and beautiful prose, Ann Patchett explores themes of love, loss, and the enduring bonds that shape our lives.

Who should read The Dutch House?

  • Readers who enjoy family dramas and complex relationships

  • Those interested in exploring themes of memory, loss, and resilience

  • People who appreciate rich and descriptive storytelling

Family Life Books: The Expectant Father by Armin A. Brott

The Expectant Father

Armin A. Brott

What's The Expectant Father about?

The Expectant Father by Armin A. Brott is a comprehensive guide for dads-to-be, offering practical advice and emotional support throughout the journey of pregnancy. From understanding the physical and emotional changes in their partner to preparing for the arrival of their baby, this book provides valuable insights and tips for expectant fathers.

Who should read The Expectant Father?

  • Expectant fathers who want to be well-prepared for the journey ahead
  • Men who are looking for practical advice and guidance on supporting their partner during pregnancy
  • Dads-to-be who want to understand the emotional and physical changes their partner is experiencing

Family Life Books: The Other Son by Nick Alexander

The Other Son

Nick Alexander

What's The Other Son about?

The Other Son by Nick Alexander tells the story of a woman named Alice who discovers a long-held family secret that changes her life forever. As she grapples with the revelation, she must confront the past and make difficult decisions about her future. This emotionally gripping novel explores themes of family, identity, and the power of forgiveness.

Who should read The Other Son?

  • Readers who enjoy family dramas and emotional storytelling

  • Those interested in exploring complex mother-son relationships

  • Individuals who appreciate character-driven narratives with relatable and flawed protagonists

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Family Life Books

What's the best Family Life book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Becoming Attached as the ultimate read on Family Life.

What are the Top 10 Family Life books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Becoming Attached by Robert Karen
  • Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte
  • All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior
  • The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber
  • Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest
  • Getting to 50/50 by Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  • Screamfree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel
  • How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson
  • The Big Disconnect by Catherine Steiner-Adair

Who are the top Family Life book authors?

When it comes to Family Life, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Robert Karen
  • Brigid Schulte
  • Jennifer Senior
  • Ron Lieber
  • Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest