Books to Help You Be the Best Parent Possible

We are often asked by parents-to-be and by new parents which are the best books they can read to help them as they begin their parenting journey.  While there are a lot of terrific books, there are also some that are not so great.  It can be hard to identity the ones that will really give you the information and perspectives that will add to your parenting skills and knowledge.  Here is a short list of some of our top choices:

“Brain Rules for Baby” by John Medina (brain development during pregnancy and the first three years)

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (a classic on pregnancy facts and information)

“From the Hips” by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris (a new, modern up-to-date on ‘everything you need to know about the pregnancy experience)

“Meditations for New Mothers” by Beth Wilson Saavedra (a short book that focuses on what you are going through as a new mother, encouraging you to take some care of yourself)

Liberated Parent/Liberated Children by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlisch (a classic book covering the everyday feelings, challenges and issues that arise while you are in the trenches raising your children)

“Raising Your Spirited Child” by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (even if your child does not seem ‘spirited,’  this book will help you to understand every child’s inborn temperament, whether easy or more challenging)

“Growing Up Again” by Jean Illsley Clarke (a book that will encourage you to consider your child’s developmental tasks as a guide to parenting, and also give you an opportunity to look back at how you were parented)

 “Healthy Sleep Habits” by Marc Weissbluth (an issue that most new parents have questions about)

To see a full list of all the books we recommend for parent, sorted by topic, click here.

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