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The Best Books About Raising Toddlers

Best Raising Toddler Books

“What are the best books about Raising Toddlers?” We looked at 192 of the top Toddler books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 36 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Raising Toddler” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 36 Books About Raising Toddlers



36 .) Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More and Argue Less As Your Family Grows by Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O’Neill and Julia Stone

 Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More and Argue Less As Your Family Grows Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble
  • Early Childhood Education

Scorekeeping—An exceedingly complex, often relentless, tit-for-tat war waged by husbands and wives over the division of parenting responsibilities and domestic chores.

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

 Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting Lists It Appears On:

  • Blinkist
  • Goodreads

The secret behind France’s astonishingly well-behaved children. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn’t aspire to become a “French parent.” French parenting isn’t a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren’t doing anything special. Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. French kids eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. And while her American friends spend their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sip coffee while the kids play. Motherhood itself is a whole different experience in France. There’s no role model, as there is in America, for the harried new mom with no life of her own.

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34 .) Child of Mine: Feeding With Love and Good Sense by Ellyn Satter

 Child of Mine: Feeding With Love and Good Sense Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Flashlight Worthy Books

Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, by Satter, Ellyn

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33 .) Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn – and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

 Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn – and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Parenting

In Einstein Never Used Flashcards highly credentialed child psychologists, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., with Diane Eyer, Ph.D., offer a compelling indictment of the growing trend toward accelerated learning. It’s a message that stressed-out parents are craving to hear: Letting tots learn through play is not only okay-it’s better than drilling academics! Drawing on overwhelming scientific evidence from their own studies and the collective research results of child development experts, and addressing the key areas of development-math, reading, verbal communication, science, self-awareness, and social skills-the authors explain the process of learning from a child’s point of view. They then offer parents 40 age-appropriate games for creative play. These simple, fun–yet powerful exercises work as well or better than expensive high-tech gadgets to teach a child what his ever-active, playful mind is craving to learn.

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32 .) Go the F**k to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes

 Go the F**k to Sleep, Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Health Line

A laugh-out-loud, adults-only bedtime story for parents familiar with the age-old struggle of putting their kids to bed “Hell no, you can’t go to the bathroom. You know where you can go? The f**k to sleep.” Go the Fuck to Sleep is a book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, it captures the familiar—and unspoken—tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. Read by a host of celebrities, from Samuel L. Jackson to Jennifer Garner, this subversively funny bestselling storybook will not actually put your kids to sleep, but it will leave you laughing so hard you won’t care.

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

 How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success Lists It Appears On:

  • Blinkist
  • Goodreads

A provocative manifesto that exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternate philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success. Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings-and of special value to parents of teens-this book is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.

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30 .) Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky

 Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Parenting

“Ellen Galinsky—already the go-to person on interaction between families and the workplace—draws on fresh research to explain what we ought to be teaching our children. This is must-reading for everyone who cares about America’s fate in the 21st century.” — Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent for The PBS NewsHour Families and Work Institute President Ellen Galinsky (Ask the Children, The Six Stages of Parenthood) presents a book of groundbreaking advice based on the latest research on child development.

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29 .) NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson

 NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Parenting

In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What’s the single most important thing that helps infants learn language? NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we’ve mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring–because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors’ work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend children’s (and adults’) lives.

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28 .) Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott

 Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Goodreads

The most honest, wildly enjoyable book written about motherhood is surely Anne Lamott’s account of her son Sam’s first year. A gifted writer and teacher, Lamott (Crooked Little Heart) is a single mother and ex-alcoholic with a pleasingly warped social circle and a remarkably tolerant religion to lean on. She responds to the changes, exhaustion, and love Sam brings with aplomb or outright insanity. The book rocks from hilarious to unbearably poignant when Sam’s burgeoning life is played out against a very close friend’s illness. No saccharine paean to becoming a parent, this touches on the rage and befuddlement that dog sweeter emotions during this sea change in one’s life.

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27 .) Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide

 Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide Lists It Appears On:

  • Health Line
  • The Pragmatic Parent

Popular parenting blogger Rebecca Eanes believes that parenting advice should be about more than just getting kids to behave. Struggling to maintain a meaningful connection with her two little ones and frustrated by the lack of emotionally aware books for parents, she began to share her own insights with readers online. Her following has grown into a thriving community–hundreds of thousands strong. In this eagerly anticipated guide, Eanes shares her hard-won wisdom for overcoming limiting thought patterns and recognizing emotional triggers, as well as advice for connecting with kids at each stage, from infancy to adolescence. This heartfelt, insightful advice comes not from an “expert,” but from a learning, evolving parent. Filled with practical, solution-oriented advice, this is an empowering guide for any parent who longs to end the yelling, power struggles, and downward spiral of acting out, punishment, resentment, and shame–and instead foster an emotional connection that helps kids learn self-discipline, feel confident, and create lasting, loving bonds.

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26 .) Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson

 Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Goodreads

In Raising Cain, Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., and Michael Thompson, Ph.D., two of the country’s leading child psychologists, share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families. They reveal a nation of boys who are hurting–sad, afraid, angry, and silent. Kindlon and Thompson set out to answer this basic, crucial question: What do boys need that they’re not getting? They illuminate the forces that threaten our boys, teaching them to believe that “cool” equals macho strength and stoicism. Cutting through outdated theories of “mother blame,” “boy biology,” and “testosterone,” the authors shed light on the destructive emotional training our boys receive–the emotional miseducation of boys. Kindlon and Thompson make a compelling case that emotional literacy is the most valuable gift we can offer our sons, urging parents to recognize the price boys pay when we hold them to an impossible standard of manhood. They identify the social and emotional challenges that boys encounter in school and show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awareness and empathy–giving them the vital connections and support they need to navigate the social pressures of youth.

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25 .) Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber

 Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Flashlight Worthy Books

The completely revised and updated edition of the all-time bestselling book on children’s sleep problems, with important new insights and solutions from Dr. Richard Ferber, the nation’s leading authority on children’s sleep problems. Does your child have difficulty falling asleep? Wake in the middle of the night? Suffer sleep terrors, sleepwalking, or nighttime fears? Have difficulty waking for school or staying awake in class? Snore, wet the bed, or head bang? In the first major revision of his bestselling, groundbreaking classic since it was published, Dr. Richard Ferber, the nation’s foremost authority on children’s sleep problems, delivers safe, sound ideas for helping your child fall and stay asleep at night and perform well during the day. Incorporating new research, Dr. Ferber provides important basic information that all parents should know regarding the nature of sleep and the development of normal sleep and body rhythms throughout childhood. He discusses the causes of most sleep problems from birth to adolescence and recommends an array of proven solutions for each so that parents can choose the strategy that works best for them.

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24 .) The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- To Four-Year-Old by Harvey Karp

 The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- To Four-Year-Old Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble
  • Goodreads

Toddlers can drive you bonkers…so adorable and fun one minute…so stubborn and demanding the next! Yet, as unbelievable as it sounds, there is a way to turn the daily stream of “nos” and “don’ts” into “yeses” and hugs…if you know how to speak your toddler’s language. In one of the most useful advances in parenting techniques of the past twenty-five years, Dr. Karp reveals that toddlers, with their immature brains and stormy outbursts, should be thought of not as pint-size people but as pintsize…cavemen.

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23 .) The Secret of Parenting: How to Be in Charge of Today’s Kids–From Toddlers To Preteens–Without Threats or Punishment by Anthony E. Wolf

 The Secret of Parenting: How to Be in Charge of Today’s Kids–From Toddlers To Preteens–Without Threats or Punishment Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Flashlight Worthy Books

Essential advice from the author of the bestselling Get Out Of My Life Today’s children–from toddlers to preteens–challenge their parents in ways that would have been unthinkable a generation ago, notes Anthony E. Wolf, and parents are often uncertain about how to cope. In his new book, Wolf presents a fresh perspective on this less pleasant behavior and a surprisingly simple method for dealing with it. He argues that punishments and rewards don’t work and may even be counterproductive. Instead, parents must act swiftly and decisively following Wolf’s easy but powerful technique. Using numerous examples of effective and ineffective parent-child interactions, he offers practical advice on a wide range of basic issues, from tantrums and back talk, to getting kids off to school in the morning and eliminating sibling fights. Humorous and easy to use, The Secret of Parenting is guaranteed to dramatically increase the joy parents get from raising their children.

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22 .) The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger

 The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mama Natural

It’s no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book’s range of nursing advice, stories, and information-from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. This ultimate support bible offers: real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably new insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding helpful tips for building your support network-at home or when back at work guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications

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21 .) Toddler Tactics by Pinky McKay

 Toddler Tactics Lists It Appears On:

  • Belly Belly
  • Guardian

Sensible, realistic advice from baby-parent expert to turn the toddler years from despair into delight. Do you automatically cut toast into fingers? Appreciate finger painting as much as fine art? Hear “no” a million times a day? If the answer is yes, then Toddler Tactics is for you. Being the parent of a toddler can be exciting, inspiring, and exhausting—all at once! Your adorable little baby has now become a moving, grooving tot with attitude, and it will take all your patience and skill to deal with these changes. Parenting expert Pinky McKay explains what to do at each stage of development and offers fuss-free advice on communicating with your toddler discipline and good manners, good eating habits, routines for play and sleep, toilet training, and family dynamics. Toddler Tactics is bursting with practical strategies for making the toddler years the exhilarating experience they should be.

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20 .) What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff

 What to Expect the First Year Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • Goodreads

Some things about babies, happily, will never change. They still arrive warm, cuddly, soft, and smelling impossibly sweet. But how moms and dads care for their brand-new bundles of baby joy has changed—and now, so has the new-baby bible. Announcing the completely revised third edition of What to Expect the First Year. With over 10.5 million copies in print, First Year is the world’s best-selling, best-loved guide to the instructions that babies don’t come with, but should. And now, it’s better than ever. Every parent’s must-have/go-to is completely updated. Keeping the trademark month-by-month format that allows parents to take the potentially overwhelming first year one step at a time, First Year is easier-to-read, faster-to-flip-through, and new-family-friendlier than ever—packed with even more practical tips, realistic advice, and relatable, accessible information than before. Illustrations are new, too. Among the changes: Baby care fundamentals—crib and sleep safety, feeding, vitamin supplements—are revised to reflect the most recent guidelines. Breastfeeding gets more coverage, too, from getting started to keeping it going. Hot-button topics and trends are tackled: attachment parenting, sleep training, early potty learning (elimination communication), baby-led weaning, and green parenting (from cloth diapers to non-toxic furniture). An all-new chapter on buying for baby helps parents navigate through today’s dizzying gamut of baby products, nursery items, and gear.

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19 .) What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

 What to Expect When You're Expecting Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • Goodreads

Incorporating everything that’s new in pregnancy, childbirth, and the lifestyles of parents-to-be, complete with a preconception plan, information on choosing a practitioner, birthing alternatives, second pregnancies, twins, making love while pregnant, and coping with common and not so common pregnancy symptoms.

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18 .) Your Baby and Child – From Birth to Age Five by Penelope Leach

 Your Baby and Child – From Birth to Age Five Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Flashlight Worthy Books

This newest edition of Penelope Leach’s much-loved, trusted, and comprehensive classic—an international best seller for twenty-five years, with nearly two million copies sold in America alone—encompasses the latest research and thinking on child development and learning, and reflects the realities of today’s changing lifestyles. In her authoritative and practical style, Leach responds fully to parents’ every concern about the psychological, emotional, and physical well-being of their children. She describes, in easy-to-follow stages from birth through starting school, how children develop: what they are doing, experiencing, and feeling. And she tackles both the questions parents often ask—What does a new baby’s wakefulness or a toddler’s tantrum mean?—and those that are more difficult: How should new parents time their return to work, choose day care, tell a child about a new baby or an impending divorce? Whatever the concern or question, Your Baby and Child supplies the information, encouragement, and reassurance every parent-to-be or new parent needs.

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17 .) Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina

 Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Goodreads
  • Parenting

In his New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to 5. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control.

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16 .) Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood by Jim Fay

 Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Imagiplay
  • The Pragmatic Parent

Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years Let Jim Fay and Charles Fay, Ph.D., help you start your child off on the right foot. The tools in Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood will give you the building blocks you need to create children who grow up to be responsible, successful teens and adults. And as a bonus you will enjoy every stage of your child’s life and look forward to sharing a lifetime of joy with them. Get help with: * potty training * daycare * back-talk * whining * and many more everyday stresses faced by parents of toddlers

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15 .) No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury

 No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Imagiplay
  • The Pragmatic Parent

Janet Lansbury is unique among parenting experts. As a RIE teacher and student of pioneering child specialist Magda Gerber, her advice is not based solely on formal studies and the research of others, but also on her twenty years of hands-on experience guiding hundreds of parents and their toddlers. “No Bad Kids” is a collection of Janet’s most popular and widely read articles pertaining to common toddler behaviors and how respectful parenting practices can be applied to benefit both parents and children. It covers such common topics as punishment, cooperation, boundaries, testing, tantrums, hitting, and more. “No Bad Kids” provides a practical, indispensable tool for parents who are anticipating or experiencing those critical years when toddlers are developmentally obliged to test the limits of our patience and love. Armed with knowledge and a clearer sense of the world through our children’s eyes, this period of uncertainty can afford a myriad of opportunities to forge unbreakable bonds of trust and respect.

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14 .) Parenting With Love and Logic by Foster W. Cline

 Parenting With Love and Logic Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Health Line
  • Imagiplay

This parenting book shows you how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Learn how to parent effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character. Establish healthy control through easy-to-implement steps without anger, threats, nagging, or power struggles. Indexed for easy reference.

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13 .) Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Laura Markham

 Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Health Line
  • The Pragmatic Parent

A groundbreaking guide to raising responsible, capable, happy kids Based on the latest research on brain development and extensive clinical experience with parents, Dr. Laura Markham’s approach is as simple as it is effective. Her message: Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don’t need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe—or even punish. This remarkable guide will help parents better understand their own emotions—and get them in check—so they can parent with healthy limits, empathy, and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child. Step-by-step examples give solutions and kid-tested phrasing for parents of toddlers right through the elementary years. If you’re tired of power struggles, tantrums, and searching for the right “consequence,” look no further.

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12 .) Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne

 Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Health Line
  • Parenting

Today’s busier, faster, supersized society is waging an undeclared war . . . on childhood. As the pace of life accelerates to hyperspeed–with too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time–children feel the pressure. They can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now, in defense of the extraordinary power of less, internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need, allowing their children’s attention to focus and their individuality to flourish.

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11 .) The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby by William Sears

 The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby Lists It Appears On:

  • Belly Belly
  • Goodreads
  • Mama Natural

Might you and your baby both sleep better if you shared a bed? How old is too old for breastfeeding? What is a father’s role in nurturing a newborn? How does early attachment foster a child’s eventual independence?

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10 .) The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Elizabeth Pantley

 The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble
  • Chapters
  • Goodreads

A breakthrough approach for a good night’s sleep–with no tears There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby “cry it out,” or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don’t believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley’s sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Pantley’s successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based on her research, Pantley’s guide provides you with effective strategies to overcoming naptime and nighttime problems. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night’s sleep–all with no crying.

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9 .) Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn

 Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason Lists It Appears On:

  • Belly Belly
  • Goodreads
  • Health Line

Most parenting guides begin with the question “How can we get kids to do what they’re told?” — and then proceed to offer various techniques for controlling them. In this truly groundbreaking book, nationally respected educator Alfie Kohn begins instead by asking “What do kids need — and how can we meet those needs?” What follows from that question are ideas for working with children rather than doing things to them. One basic need all children have, Kohn argues, is to be loved unconditionally, to know that they will be accepted even if they screw up or fall short. Yet conventional approaches to parenting such as punishments (including “time-outs”), rewards (including positive reinforcement), and other forms of control teach children that they are loved only when they please us or impress us. Kohn cites a body of powerful, and largely unknown, research detailing the damage caused by leading children to believe they must earn our approval. That’s precisely the message children derive from common discipline techniques, even though it’s not the message most parents intend to send. More than just another book about discipline, though, Unconditional Parenting addresses the ways parents think about, feel about, and act with their children. It invites them to question their most basic assumptions about raising kids while offering a wealth of practical strategies for shifting from “doing to” to “working with” parenting — including how to replace praise with the unconditional support that children need to grow into healthy, caring, responsible people.

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8 .) 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 by Thomas W. Phelan

 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble
  • Chapters
  • Goodreads
  • Health Line

Addressing the task of disciplining children ages 2 through 12 without arguing, yelling, or spanking, this program offers easy-to- follow steps to immediately manage troublesome behaviour with reason, patience, and compassion.

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7 .) Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen

 Positive Discipline Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Goodreads
  • Imagiplay

For twenty-five years, Positive Discipline has been the gold standard reference for grown-ups working with children. Now Jane Nelsen, distinguished psychologist, educator, and mother of seven, has written a revised and expanded edition. The key to positive discipline is not punishment, she tells us, but mutual respect. Nelsen coaches parents and teachers to be both firm and kind, so that any child–from a three-year-old toddler to a rebellious teenager–can learn creative cooperation and self-discipline with no loss of dignity. Inside you’ll discover how to • bridge communication gaps • defuse power struggles • avoid the dangers of praise • enforce your message of love • build on strengths, not weaknesses • hold children accountable with their self-respect intact • teach children not what to think but how to think • win cooperation at home and at school • meet the special challenge of teen misbehavior “It is not easy to improve a classic book, but Jane Nelson has done so in this revised edition. Packed with updated examples that are clear and specific, Positive Discipline shows parents exactly how to focus on solutions while being kind and firm. If you want to enrich your relationship with your children, this is the book for you.” –Sal Severe, author of How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too!

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6 .) Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber

 Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too Lists It Appears On:

  • Belly Belly
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Goodreads

Already best-selling authors with How to Talk So Kids Will Listen Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish turned their minds to the battle of the siblings. Parents themselves, they were determined to figure out how to help their children get along. The result was Siblings Without Rivalry. This wise, groundbreaking book gives parents the practical tools they need to cope with conflict, encourage cooperation, reduce competition, and make it possible for children to experience the joys of their special relationship. With humor and understanding—much gained from raising their own children—Faber and Mazlish explain how and when to intervene in fights, provide suggestions on how to help children channel their hostility into creative outlets, and demonstrate how to treat children unequally and still be fair.

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5 .) The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by Martha Sears and William Sears

 The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Goodreads
  • Mama Natural

The “baby bible” of the post-Dr. Spock generation, already embraced by hundreds of thousands of American parents, has now been revised, expanded, and brought thoroughly up-to-date — with the latest information on everything from diapering to day care, from midwifery to hospital birthing rooms, from postpartum nutrition to infant development. Dr. Bill and Martha Sears draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as the parents of eight children to provide comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care. Working for the first time with their sons Dr. Bob and Dr. Jim, both pediatric specialists in their own right, the Searses have produced a completely updated guide that is unrivaled in its scope and authority.

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4 .) Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

 Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble
  • Goodreads
  • Guardian
  • Health Line
  • The Pragmatic Parent

Newly revised, featuring the most up-to-date research, effective strategies, and real-life stories The spirited child—often called “difficult” or “strong-willed”—possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. Research shows that spirited kids are wired to be “more”—by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. In this revised edition of the award-winning classic, voted one of the top twenty books for parents, Kurcinka provides vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint. Raising Your Spirited Child will help you: understand your child’s­—and your own—temperamental traits discover the power of positive—rather than negative—labels cope with the tantrums and power struggles when they do occur plan for success with a simple four-step program develop strategies for handling mealtimes, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, holidays, and school, among other situations

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

 The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer Lists It Appears On:

  • Blinkist
  • Chapters
  • Goodreads
  • Guardian
  • Mama Natural

In perhaps the most important parenting book of the decade, Dr. Harvey Karp reveals an extraordinary treasure sought by parents for centuries –an automatic “off-switch” for their baby’s crying. No wonder pediatricians across the country are praising him and thousands of Los Angeles parents, from working moms to superstars like Madonna and Pierce Brosnan, have turned to him to learn the secrets for making babies happy. Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has found there is a remedy for colic. “I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers throughout history …and I explain exactly how they work.” In an innovative and thought-provoking reevaluation of early infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom to prove that newborns are not fully ready for the world when they are born.

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2 .) The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel

 The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive Lists It Appears On:

  • Blinkist
  • Goodreads
  • Health Line
  • Imagiplay
  • Parenting For Brain
  • The Pragmatic Parent

Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No—it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!

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1 .) How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

 How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Lists It Appears On:

  • Blinkist
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Goodreads
  • Health Line
  • Imagiplay
  • The Pragmatic Parent

Here is the bestselling book that will give you the know-how you need to be effective with your children. Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, the down–to–earth, respectful approach of Faber and Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.

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The 150+ Additional Best Raising Infant Books



 

#BooksAuthorsLists
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
37All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern ParenthoodJennifer SeniorGoodreads
38An American Childhood,Annie DillardBarnes and Noble
39Baby Chronicles: My Very Own Story: from…Chapters
40Baby Play and Learn: 160 Games and Learning Activities for the First Three YearsPenney Warner
Early Childhood Education
41Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good FoodGill RapleyGoodreads
42Be the Coolest Dad on the Block: All the Tricks, Games, Puzzles and Jokes You Need to Impress Your Kids and Keep Them Entertained for Years to ComeSimon Rose and Steven Caplin
Early Childhood Education
43Beautiful BabiesKristen MichaelisMama Natural
44Becoming the Parent You Want to Be: A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five YearsLaura Davis and Janis Keyser
Early Childhood Education
45Between Parent and ChildDr. Haim G. Ginott
Early Childhood Education
46Beyond Baby Talk: From Speaking To Spelling: A Guide To Language And Literacy Development For Parents And CaregiversKenn Apel Ph.D. and Julie Masterson Ph.D.
Early Childhood Education
47Beyond Consequences, Logic, and ControlImagiplay
48Big Bad-Ass Book of Cocktails: 1,500 Recipes to Mix It Up!,Running PressBarnes and Noble
49Bringing Up BoysJames C. DobsonGoodreads
50Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed,Glennon Doyle MeltonBarnes and Noble
51Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl CulturePeggy OrensteinGoodreads
52Common Sense Pregnancy: Navigating a Healthy Pregnancy & Birth for Mother and BabyJeanne FaulknerBlinkist
53Cooking With Trader Joe’s: Dinner’s Done,Deana Gunn and Wona MiniatiBarnes and Noble
54Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get…Chapters
55Diaper-Free Before 3Jill M. Lekovic, M.D.Babble
56
Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems
Parenting
57Ending the Homework HassleJohn Rosemond
Early Childhood Education
58
Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House
Parenting
59Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing From America’s Favorite Humorist,Erma BombeckBarnes and Noble
60Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with WorryLenore SkenazyGoodreads
61French Children Don’t Throw FoodPamela Druckerman:Independent
62French Kids Eat EverythingKaren Le Billon:Independent
63Fun On the RunParenting
64Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in the Age of Instant EverythingDr. Michael Osit
Early Childhood Education
65Gift From the Sea,Anne Morrow LindberghBarnes and Noble
66Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of JesusElyse M. FitzpatrickGoodreads
67
Go Out and Play: Favorite Outdoor Games From Kaboom!
Parenting
68Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives,Jean Shinoda-BolenBarnes and Noble
69Grace-Based ParentingTim KimmelGoodreads
70Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy ChildMarc Weissbluth M.D.Mama Natural
71Heart To Heart ParentingRobin GrilleBelly Belly
72Hidden Figures Young Readers’ EditionRead brightly
73Hidden Messages: What Our Words and Our Actions Are Really Telling Our ChildrenElizabeth Pantley
Early Childhood Education
74Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than PeersGordon NeufeldGoodreads
75How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of CharacterPaul ToughGoodreads
76How to Raise A Brighter ChildJoan Beck
Early Childhood Education
77How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love With NatureScott D. SampsonBlinkist
78How to Raise an Amazing Child The Montessori WayTim Seldin.
How We Montessori
79Hypnobirthing: The breakthrough natural…Chapters
80I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids: Reinventing Modern MotherhoodTrisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile
Early Childhood Education
81
Imaginative Prayer: A Yearlong Guide for Your Child’s Spiritual Formation
Imagiplay
82Ina May’s Guide to ChildbirthIna May GaskinGoodreads
83It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much-Needed MargaritaHeather Armstrong
Early Childhood Education
84
Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House
Forbes
85Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit DisorderRichard LouvGoodreads
86Masterminds and WingmenRead brightly
87MatildaRead brightly
88Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink,Katrina AlcornBarnes and Noble
89Mental Toughness: Understanding the Game of LifeDr. Timothy S. Wakefield
Early Childhood Education
90Mom & Me & Mom,Maya AngelouBarnes and Noble
91Mommy GuiltJulie Bort, Aviva Pflock, and Devra Renner
Early Childhood Education
92My Body Myself for Boys: A “What’s Happening to My Body” Quizbook and JournalLynda Maderas and Area Maderas
Early Childhood Education
93My Body Myself for Girls: A “What’s Happening to My Body” Quizbook and JournalLynda Maderas
Early Childhood Education
94My Life on the RoadRead brightly
95My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family,Zach WahlsBarnes and Noble
96Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Liberating ParentsKeith Gilbert
Early Childhood Education
97No Drama Discipline – Dan SiegelImagiplay
98
No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids
Parenting
99No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing MindDaniel J. SiegelGoodreads
100Nobody Told MeHollie McNish:Independent
101Notorious RBGRead brightly
102Nourished BabyHeather DessingerMama Natural
103Nourishing Traditions of Baby & Child CareSally Fallon Morell & Thomas Cowan M.D.Mama Natural
104Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in GirlsRachel SimmonsBarnes and Noble
105On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime SleepGary EzzoGoodreads
106Opehlia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self,Sara ShandlerBarnes and Noble
107Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.)Thomas GordonBelly Belly
108Parenting College Students: 27 Winning Strategies for SuccessDr. Debi Yohn
Early Childhood Education
109Parenting From the Inside OutDaniel J. SiegelGoodreads
110
Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected
Health Line
111Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures,Amber DusickBarnes and Noble
112Perfect ParentingElizabeth Pantley
Early Childhood Education
113Pink Brain, Blue BrainRead brightly
114Pippi LongstockingRead brightly
115
Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder
Parenting
116Playful ParentingLawrence J. CohenGoodreads
117Preschool Art: It’s the Process, Not the Product!Maryann F. Kohl
Early Childhood Education
118Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids: Dealing with Competition While Raising a Successful ChildWendy S. Grolnick and Kathy Seal
Early Childhood Education
119Raising An Emotionally Intelligent ChildJohn M. GottmanGoodreads
120Raising BoysSteve BiddulphBelly Belly
121Raising Drug Free Kids – 100 Tips For ParentsAletha SolterBelly Belly
122Raising GirlsSteve BiddulphBelly Belly
123Raising Kids Who Can: Use Good Judgment, Assume Responsibility, Communicate Effectively, Respect Self & Others, Cooperate, Develop Self Esteem & Enjoy LifeBetty Lou Bettner and Amy Lew
Early Childhood Education
124Rosie Revere, EngineerRead brightly
125Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run,Alexandra HeminsleyBarnes and Noble
126Running With Scissors: A Memoir,Augusten BurroughsBarnes and Noble
127Screamfree ParentingHealth Line
128
Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices
Forbes
129Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer: How To Calm,…Chapters
130Sex, Likes and Social MediaAlison Havey and Deana Puccio:Independent
131Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us,Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, Mary Ann ZoellnerBarnes and Noble
132Shepherding a Child’s HeartTedd TrippGoodreads
133Shut Up About Your Perfect KidGina Gallagher & Patricia KonjoianBabble
134
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential
Parenting
135
Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men
Health Line
136Take Out Your Nosering, Honey, We’re Going to Grandma’s!: Hanging In, Holding On, And Letting Go Of Your TeenCarleton Kendrick and Barbara Cook
Early Childhood Education
137Teenagers Suck: What to Do When Missed Curfews, Texting and “Mom, Can I Have the Keys” Make You MiserableJoanne Kimes, R. J. Colleary, and Rebecca Rutledge
Early Childhood Education
138Teenagers TranslatedJaney Downshire and Naella Grew:Independent
139The Absorbent MindMaria Montessori.
How We Montessori
140The Artful ParentJean Van’t Hul:Independent
141The Battle Hymn of the Tiger MotherAmy ChuaBlinkist
142The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant ChildrenWendy MogelGoodreads
143The Boy Who Was Raised as a DogParenting For Brain
144The Calm and Happy ToddlerDr Rebecca Chicot:Independent
145The Can’t Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!,Jessica SeinfeldBarnes and Noble
146The Complete Secrets of Happy ChildrenSteve BiddulphBelly Belly
147The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children,Dr. Shefali TsabaryBarnes and Noble
148The Continuum ConceptJean LiedloffBelly Belly
149The Emotional Life of a ToddlerGuardian
150The Everything Parent’s Guide to Dealing with Bullies: From Playground Teasing to Cyber Bullying, All You Need to Ensure Your Child’s Safety and HappinessDeborah Carpenter and Christopher J. Ferguson
Early Childhood Education
151The Explosive ChildRoss W. GreeneGoodreads
152The Five Love Languages of ChildrenGary ChapmanGoodreads
153The Gardener and the CarpenterAlison Gopnik:Independent
154The Gift of Failure
The Pragmatic Parent
155The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need From Grown-UpsErika ChristakisBlinkist
156
The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for Your Child’s First Four Years
Forbes
157The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An…Chapters
158The Mother’s AlmanacMarguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons
Early Childhood Education
159The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in USA and Canada,Barbara IrelandBarnes and Noble
160The Nursing Mother’s CompanionKathleen Huggins
Early Childhood Education
161The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About MoneyRon LieberGoodreads
162The Other Baby Book: A Natural Approach to Baby’s First YearMegan McGrory MassaroMama Natural
163The Parent Survival GuideImagiplay
164The Pocket ParentGail Reichlin and Caroline Winkler
Early Childhood Education
165The Power of Positive ParentingDr. Glenn I. Latham
Early Childhood Education
166The Read Aloud HandbookJim Trelease
Early Childhood Education
167The Rhythm Of Family: Discovering A Sense Of…Chapters
168The Rookie Mom’s HandbookHeather Gibbs Flett and Whitney Moss
Early Childhood Education
169
The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year
Forbes
170The Science of ParentingParenting For Brain
171The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much MoreBruce FeilerGoodreads
172The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite MealsMelissa Chase Lapine
Early Childhood Education
173The Ten Greatest Gifts I Give My Children: Parenting from the HeartSteven W. Vannoy
Early Childhood Education
174The Toddler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 1 1/2- to 3-Year-Old BusyTrish Kuffner
Early Childhood Education
175The Vaccine BookDr. Robert SearsMama Natural
176The Whipped Parent: Hope for Parents Raising an Out-of-Control TeenKimberly Abraham, Marney Studaker-Cordner, Katharine O’Dea
Early Childhood Education
177Toddlers are A**holes (It’s Not Your Fault)Guardian
178
Transforming the Difficult Child: A Heart Nurtured Approach
The Pragmatic Parent
179Turning Tantrums Into TriumphsParenting For Brain
180Understanding the Human BeingSilvana Quattrocchi Montanaro MD.
How We Montessori
181Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into AdulthoodLisa DamourBlinkist
182VerdictIndependent
183Video Games & Your Kids: How Parents Stay in ControlHilarie Cash, Kim Mcdaniel, Ken Lucas
Early Childhood Education
184WeeliciousCatherine McCordBabble
185What Every 21st Century Parent Needs to Know: Facing Today’s Challenges with Wisdom and HeartDebra W. Haffner
Early Childhood Education
186What Every Parent Needs To KnowMargot SunderlandBelly Belly
187What Kids Really Want to Ask: Using Movies to Start Meaningful ConversationsRhonda A. Richardson and A. Margaret Pevec
Early Childhood Education
188What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most,Elizabeth BenedictBarnes and Noble
189Wherever You Go, There You Are,Jon Kabat-ZinnBarnes and Noble
190Worried All the Time: Overparenting In An Age Of Anxiety And How To Stop ItDavid Anderegg
Early Childhood Education
191You Might As Well Laugh: A Working Mothers #1 RuleSandi Kahn Shelton
Early Childhood Education
192Your Baby Week by WeekSimone Cave and Dr Caroline Fertleman:Independent


19 Best Books About Raising Kids Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Babble Top 9 Toddler Parenting Books | Babble
Barnes and Noble 25 Days of Modern Mom Must-Reads – Barnes & Noble Reads …
Belly Belly Best Parenting Books – 12 Great Books | BellyBelly
Blinkist Become an Even Better Mom or Dad with Today’s Best Books on …
Chapters Top 50 Parenting Books | chapters.indigo.ca
Early Childhood Education 50 Of The Best Books For Parents – Early Childhood Education Degrees
Flashlight Worthy Books The 6 Very, Very Best Parenting Books – Flashlight Worthy Books
Forbes Five Science-Based Parenting Books You Should Add To Your Library
Goodreads Popular Parenting Books – Goodreads
Guardian 5 Useful Books for Raising Toddlers | Guardian Learning
Health Line The Best Parenting Books of 2017 – Healthline
How We Montessori Top 3 – Must Read Montessori Books – how we montessori
Imagiplay Top 10 Parenting Books for Raising Toddlers | ImagiPlay
Independent 10 best parenting books | The Independent
Mama Natural Top 10 Natural Parenting Books | Mama Natural
Parenting 10 Best Books for Thinking Parents | Parenting
Parenting For Brain 7 Best Science-Based Parenting Books – Parenting For Brain
Read brightly A Reading List for Moms Who Want to Raise Feminist Sons | Brightly
The Pragmatic Parent 10 Best Parenting Books for Positive Parenting & Raising a Happy …

 

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