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There are lots of parenting books out there, so it can be hard to choose which one is best for your needs, as well as for enhancing development. I have a created a list of the best parenting books that cover a variety of topics that can help optimize development and offer solutions to common issues. If you’d like more information on any of the books, click on the image of the book.
1.The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Brain
I have read this book, and it is excellent! First of all, these authors discuss how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. There is an upstairs brain that makes decisions and uses logic, but it is under construction until the mid 20’s. However, for young children, areas of the brain responsible for emotions are more in control when it comes to the regulation of behaviors. Keeping this knowledge in mind, the authors do a wonderful job explaining 12 strategies that can be used to raise calmer, happier kids. The book is easy to read, offers clear explanations, and age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles. This book even offers refrigerator sheets to act as reminders!
2.How Talk to So Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk
This book has great reviews, and it is a #1 Seller on Amazon. The authors of the book discuss time-tested methods that help solve common issues and build relationships. For example, some topics discussed in this book include building firm limits and maintaining goodwill, using alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline, and understanding the difference between helpful and unhelpful praise.
I have also read this book, and it has great reviews on Amazon! This book first defines discipline, which is more about teaching than shouting or reprimanding. Then, the authors discuss how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn meltdowns and tantrums into opportunities for growth (even growth and development in the brain!). In addition, this book will help you discover your own discipline philosophy, what kinds of discipline are most appropriate and constructive for all ages and stages, and how to calmly and lovingly connect with your child no matter how extreme the behavior is (while still setting clear and consistent limits).
4.The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Sleep Longer
This is definitely a popular one, and I wish I read this sooner! The author discusses techniques for soothing babies and increasing sleep in babies. According to the reviews, a parent can transform their fussy baby into a very happy baby by using Dr. Karp’s techniques!
4.Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood
This has great reviews! Dr. Damour discussed the seven transitions that teenage girls go through on their way to becoming an adult. In addition, she addresses common questions such the following: 1) What should be done if my teenage daughter rolls her eyes at me?, 2) Do I tell my teenage daughter that I am going through her phone and 3) What can I do to help my daughter who suffers from test anxiety?
5. 1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting (ages 2-12)
This is another book that has excellent reviews and even won the 2016 Family Choice Award! First of all, the author does an excellent job drawing on research and experience in order to help parents connect more deeply with their children and help them develop into healthy, capable adults. He breaks down parenting into 3 steps: 1) Helping children learn to control their emotions and refrain from negative behavior (even tantrums and whining!); 2) Encouraging good behavior and providing positive feedback; and 3) Strengthening relationships with your children to help reinforce the parent-child bond. This book is an essential for parents as it provides lots of tools that can be used in nearly any challenging situation such as reluctance to do chores.
6. 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids
And if you just need some inspiration and ideas for activities, this book comes highly rated! This is one I will be looking into!
7. The Baby Owner’s Manual
Have you ever asked yourself if babies come with manuals? Well, here you go! 🙂 This book offers step-by-step instructions and diagrams that help explain how to take care of your newborn. For example, it describes the best way to swaddle your baby, as well as tips on how to help your baby sleep through the night. According to Amazon, this book is ranked #2 in Parenting and Families Humor and #11 in Baby and Toddler Parenting.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Whole Brain Child books. They do an excellent job explaining how their strategies can impact several areas of development (i.e. biological, social, emotional). I hope this list helps, as I know it was difficult for me to try to wade through all of the parenting books to find the best ones.
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