Everyone seems to fancy themselves an expert when it comes to knowing what the best parenting books really are. Once you finish reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the book recommendations seem to come either with full-force or not at all. It seems like, depending on what issues you’re facing as a parent, there are either an assortment of conflicting ideologies all published in the “best parenting books” out there, or no one’s talking about it at all.
The good news for you is that, from sleep help to teen support, we’ve done a bit of research for you and have found the ten best parenting books out now. We’re not saying all of these are must-reads for every parent because every situation and child differs but, if you’re facing one of the issues below, we’ve found books that might just help you solve your parenting problems. Take inspiration from the words of Frederick Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” And consider this list great list of titles on parenting advice.
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child by Marc Weissbluth, M.D. Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child is one of the most highly recommended sleep support books for parents. It explains the stages of learning to sleep and how to support your child to move through that area of growth and development. It also offers solutions to accommodate different family sleep styles and schedules and many readers appreciate the malleability of the methods.
- The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide (for Dads too!) by Susan Senator If you’ve recently (or not so recently) received a diagnosis of Autism (or perhaps you suspect it to be so) for your child, The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide might just be the thing you’re looking for. From keeping your relationship intact to seeking new treatments, you’ll get sympathy and information from an author who’s been there and has lots to share.
- The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp Dr. Harvey Karp has made books, videos and support systems to help parents navigate what he calls the “fourth trimester” of your baby’s life. His methods are gentle and based on physiological and psychological development of newborns and we’ve experienced some of our own success using the five S’s outlined by him.
- Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook by Carol Fertig It’s a common misconception that “gifted” means “good.” Raising a gifted kid can be one of the most challenging situations a parent could face. From discipline to development, there’s a lot that isn’t typical when a child is identified as gifted. Raising a Gifted Child gives parents some support and ideas as well as compassion when they might need it most.
- Asperkids: An Insider’s Guide to Loving, Understanding, and Teaching Children with Asperger’s Syndrome by Jennifer Cook O’Toole Asperger’s syndrome is on the rise and parents often struggle to problem solve with their kids on the spectrum. Asperkids was named one of the top 12 books to read if your loved one is diagnosed with ASD by Autism Asperger’s Digest. It also has incredible reviews on Amazon!
- Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster W. Cline, M.D. & Jim Fay Love and Logic has been around for a long time and, overall, parents seem to love the results they get when they incorporate its methods. Focused on natural consequences and attachment with parents, Parenting with Love and Logic provides some tools to think outside the box for discipline and learning in your household.
- The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary D. Chapman & Ross Campbell The best-selling 5 Love Languages author released this book in 2012 and it’s gotten great reviews ever since. You’ll find keys to communicating with your kids as well as ideas for how to convey your love, fostering better attachment, trust and security in your relationship to last a lifetime.
- Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky Mind in the Making walks parents through how to support their child in developing what the author has identified as the seven essential life skills (some of us are lacking). You’ll learn how to foster: focus and self-control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges and self-directed, engaged learning.
- No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids by Harley A. Rotbart, M.D. By nature, parenting is filled with regrets, right? We mean, most days, we’re just trying to do the least damage possible to our growing children. That said, No Regrets Parenting is a quick read about being present and making the moments matter and we pretty much love that idea. This is parenting advice at its best.
- The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas by Laura Fuentes The movement toward whole foods is awesome and we love eating healthy at home but do you know what’s being served at school for kids these days? With The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet, you’ll get a lot of ideas, tips and tricks to support you in creating healthy habits for your kids, one lunchbox meal at a time.