Find the best advice with these top parenting books moms and dads should read. Learn how to discipline and become the best parent you can be!
I’m a researcher. When I run into an issue with my kids, I read as much as I can about it. I start online where a quick online search can turn up some good articles. But some of the best advice I’ve heard and applied comes from reading the best parenting books.
These aren’t “how-to” guides like when to start solids or how to change a diaper (though I’ve read those as well!). These books discuss parenting, from how to best communicate with our kids to dealing with day-to-day struggles.
Many of these might sound familiar from my talking about them so much. They’re intuitive. The actionable items and insights make sense, and the goals for many of them are long-term change, not quick-fix tips.
Below are my top parenting books for new parents and veteran moms. These are my go-to books that form the foundation of how I view parenting.
Top parenting books moms and dads should read
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Parenting with Love & Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay
The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey
How to Be a Happier Parent by KJ Dell’Antonia
No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Laura Markham
The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley
Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary
How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims
The Explosive Child by Ross Greene
Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen
How to Raise Successful People by Esther Wojcicki
Confident Parents, Confident Kids: Raising Emotional Intelligence in Ourselves and Our Kids by Jennifer Miller
Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids by Hunter Clarke-Fields
Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett
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Great books, especially for me a soon to be parent.
Nina Garcia says
Thank you, Carolyn!