There may not be anything that can bring you greater joy, or greater anguish, than raising a child. But whether you’re a new parent or dealing with the marvelous times of adolescence, a little advice can go a long way. Parenting books can be a great source of helpful tips on a wide range of subjects. Here are some tomes that could prove helpful for kids, from newborns to teenagers.
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp
With what he calls a blend of modern science and ancient wisdom, Dr. Harvey Karp explains the four basic principles he has developed that help babies improve their sleep and soothes their senses. Find the best techniques to calm a baby so hopefully you, the tired parent, can sleep as well.
How Toddlers Thrive by Dr. Tovah P. Klein
Toddlers’ brains are often described as sponges, and what they soak up between the ages of 2 and 5 can help make them into successful adults. Dr. Tovah Klein highlights how toddlers can learn resilience, self-reliance, self-regulation and empathy at an early age so they can have it for the rest of their lives.
Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki
The proclaimed “Pied Piper of Poop,” Jamie Glowacki reveals a six-step process that will get your preschooler potty trained quickly and successfully.
Parenting the Strong-Willed Child by Dr. Rex Forehand and Dr. Nicholas Long
Does your child seem to rule the roost? The pairing of Dr. Rex Forehand and Dr. Nicholas Long has developed a five-week program that is designed to achieve discipline without yelling or potentially harming your child’s self-esteem. The book covers the factors that cause or contribute to disruptive behavior; ways to develop a more positive atmosphere in the home; and strategies for managing specific behavior issues.
Differently Weird: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World by Deborah Reber
One in five children have ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, intellectual giftedness, anxiety, sensory processing disorder or other neuro differences, according to Deborah Reber, and with that comes a number of challenges for both child and parent. Reber, who has a child dealing with similar issues, explains how parents can lean into these issues rather than fighting them and help their child succeed.
The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World by Jordan Shapiro
Unlike their parents, kids are being raised in a world where they have almost instant access to the world around them. But what is the best way to utilize this new technological landscape? Jordan Shapiro offers tips on how to use technology to engage with children so they can learn and grow, and how this access to technology can create a brighter future.
Weird Parenting Wins by Hillary Frank
There’s an old saying: “Nobody knows nothing.” Author Hillary Frank has found this applicable to parenting. When the usual expert advice wasn’t working, Frank found examples of parents, sometimes in desperation, who found creative ways to help overcome problems their children were facing. Weird Parenting Wins is a collection of these unique solutions.
Mom Hacks by Dr. Darria Long Gillespie
Just because you have a child, doesn’t mean a mom should forget about the best ways to take care of herself as well. Dr. Daria Long Gillespie, using the latest in medicine, psychology and holistic health, has found life hacks that will make mom and baby the best that they can be. (Publishing in February)
Finding Stevie: A Teenager in Crisis by Cathy Glass
A true story, Cathy Glass describes her experience fostering Stevie, a gender fluid teenager, and some of the dangers that can be found online. (Publishing in February)
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