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Become an Even Better Mom or Dad with Today’s Best Books on Parenting

Children aren’t born with an instruction manual, but if there were, it would likely include the same advice as these bestselling parenting books.
by Michael Benninger | Sep 2 2017
Learn how to be a better parent with these books

Life would be so much easier if our bundles of joy came bundled with a guide to proper care and maintenance. Fortunately for today’s moms and dads, these top books on parenting are the next best thing. So sit back, moms and dads, because your reading list just got a little longer!

Get a little help bringing up baby with these top parenting books

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Most parents never learn how to nurture their children’s brains, but this guide to understanding your young one’s noggin helps you raise your son or daughter to face life’s challenges with intuition and intelligence. Discover the different parts and functions of a child’s brain, and pick up pointers on how to encourage the integration of thoughts in order to raise a self-aware individual.

The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer by Harvey Karp

The constant crying of a baby is one of the biggest issues new parents face, yet a child’s survival depends on how his or her parents respond to screaming. Luckily, you can learn to become an expert baby-calmer by understanding why infants cry and triggering the calming reflex with the five S’s: swaddling, side position, shushing, swinging, and sucking.

The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Raised by strict Chinese parents who pushed her to work hard instead of encouraging her, the author of this insightful and controversial memoir delves into the differences between Asian and American cultures and explains why she chose become a stern, yet loving “tiger mom” when it came to raising her own kids.

Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman

French children are famous for their independence and conscientiousness, and this eye-opening exploration of the culture’s approach to parenting exposes the secrets to raising such agreeable offspring. By learning a few simple rules to rearing your child the French way, not only will your kid exhibit behavior better, but you’ll also have more time in your own schedule.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlis

Among today’s most popular parenting books, this practical guide aims to help families live in harmony by offering moms and dads a new approach to communicating with their children. It explains how a series of tactics can help you foster more civilized conversations with your children of any age and how you can minimize tantrums and misunderstandings while simultaneously helping your kids become more independent.

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Arguing that the overparenting epidemic in our culture has spiraled out of control and is robbing children of opportunities to develop skills necessary for success, the author of this book outlines a parenting path proven to help children become happier. By taking a step back and changing your perspective on parenting, you can raise a more well-rounded child without being overbearing.

The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need From Grown-Ups by Erika Christakis

Children’s minds are full of untapped potential, but modern preschools can inhibit toddlers’ innate skills by focusing on personal development rather than independent needs. So, instead of shipping kids off to school at an early age, we should let them enjoy their fleeting phase of wonder before they become serious adults.

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love With Nature by Scott D. Sampson

These days, it’s normal for children to spend the majority of their free time in front of screens, but this bestselling parenting book is jam-packed with helpful hints and clever tactics to ensure your kids enjoy the proven benefits of growing up in the great outdoors. By allowing your kid ample experiences enjoying Mother Nature up-close and in-person, you’ll enrich your child’s life and instill in them an unbounded imagination.

Common Sense Pregnancy: Navigating a Healthy Pregnancy & Birth for Mother and Baby by Jeanne Faulkner

Shedding light on the the surprises that await mothers during the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth, Faulkner details exactly what to eat, who to call for help, and what kind of birth to have based on your unique set of circumstances. She explains how by first gaining a good idea as to what challenges to expect when carrying a child, moms-to-be can better prepare themselves for the miracle of bringing life into this world.

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour

One of today’s best parenting books, this is a must-read guide for anyone trying to better understand the life of teenage girls. The invaluable advice offered in this title can help you ease your daughter’s transition into adulthood by enabling you to recognize and ease the seven transitions every girl goes through on her journey to becoming a woman.

There you have it! Ten of the greatest parenting books in Blinkist’s ever-expanding library of bestselling nonfiction. With well over 2,000 titles and new ones being added all the time, our books-in-blinks are the best way to stay on top of today’s most talked-about books. Just launch the app, and explore thousands of titles today. Happy reading!

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