Best Parenting Books to Add to Your Reading List

In these books, experts share their tips and tricks to help make parenting a breeze.

There’s no such thing as a perfect parent, and many families deal with issues that can make parenting feel downright impossible at times. The global pandemic has only exacerbated these problems for many people.

Resources like books written by experts in their field can be useful to stressed out parents. Here are some top picks for tackling topics like sleep, emotions, potty training and more.

The Whole-Brain Child, by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

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Why do kids throw tantrums, cry uncontrollably or lash out for seemingly no reason? Co-authored by a neuropsychiatrist and a parenting expert, “The Whole Brain Child” explores the reasons behind our children’s big emotions and offers advice for handling those tough moments.

Precious Little Sleep, by Alexis Dubief

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If you’re tired of sleepless nights with your child, this book could be a game changer. Sleep expert Alexis Dubief tackles the hot topic with humor and evidence-based strategies. Subjects covered include newborn sleep, healthy napping, weaning from overnight feeds and toddler and preschool sleep struggles. Bonus — the book has both a podcast of the same name and a popular Facebook group, where the author and parents share tips and advice with each other.

Raising Good Humans, by Hannah Clarke-Fields

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Raising your children to be kind and loving is important, but not easy. This book offers parents suggestions for calming their own stress responses so they can model respectful communication, conflict resolution and listening skills to kids.

The Danish Way of Parenting, by Jessica Joelle Alexander

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The Danish are known for being some of the happiest people in the world, and raise happy, confident children as a result. So what do the people of Denmark know that we don’t? Learn the six principles for better parenting, including play, empathy, reframing and togetherness.

The Complete Guide to Potty Training, by Michelle D. Swaney

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Struggling to potty train your strong-willed child? Or maybe you’re not sure how to even begin the process. This guide has got you covered. Author Michelle D. Swaney encourages parents to embrace their individual “potty personality” to help determine which method works best for their family. Common potty training issues, such as fear of the toilet, unhelpful siblings and backsliding are all covered in a realistic way, as well as methods for training children with special needs.

Baby Sign Language Made Easy, by Lane Rebelo

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Teaching your child sign language as an infant helps them develop communication skills before they can form actual words. This book includes 101 sign lessons for frequently-used words and phrases, along with tips for teaching them. Songs and activities for reinforcing signs are also included.

The Co-Parenting Handbook, by Karen Bonnell and Kristin Little

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Even the most amicable divorces can still be difficult for both parents and children to process. One of the toughest aspects of a marriage ending is learning how to co-parent with your ex-spouse. “The Co-Parenting Handbook,” written by two divorce and co-parenting coaches, aims to provide a roadblock for families grappling with boundaries and guidelines in the wake of divorce. The book also gives advice on how to address children’s emotions post-separation.


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