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Best Young Children Parenting Books


No matter how many times you’ve wished for one, sadly, your baby doesn’t come with a manual, handbook or guide.

Although you may receive parenting advice from friends, family, and even your own parents, there are still many other facets of parenting you can explore on your own. You may not need a book to teach you how to change a diaper or choose a milk formula, but you might need help dealing with tantrums, developing learning habits and communicating with your toddler. Now, more than ever before, there are many books dictating different styles of parenting and how to raise children. Here’s a selection of some of the best young children parenting books, with some fun ones thrown in at the end.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

By Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

It seems obvious, but pregnancy is one of the first steps in parenting. So it should come as no surprise that one of the best selling parenting books is about pregnancy. Originally published in 1984, this book has become a parenting book cult classic. Sometimes dubbed the pregnancy bible, a revised edition of this book is released every few years to incorporate new medical knowledge and lifestyle trends. Covering a range of topics, from IVF pregnancy, dad advice to e-cigarettes, this book will answer many of your burning questions about pregnancy. This book is also available as an audiobook if you find yourself too busy to pick up the book.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Another classic parenting book that has been around for many years. As the title suggests, this book will teach you how to better communicate with your child so you can argue less, engage with them more, and teach them to cope with their negative feelings. Just as telling an angry person to calm down is ineffective, telling a child throwing a tantrum to stop isn’t going to work either. This book will teach you strategies to help your children calm down by facing their feelings.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

By Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

If you want to crack into the scientific and psychological aspects of child development, this is the book for you. Siegel, a professor of psychiatry and Bryson, a pediatric psychotherapist, will take you through the neuroscience of temper tantrums. This book approaches temper tantrums from a respective approach, encouraging parents to acknowledge and accept their child’s feelings and emotions as part of the process.

Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

By Pamela Druckerman

When Druckerman observed that French babies could play by themselves while their parents conversed and sipped coffee, and sleep through the night, she knew there had to be something French parents were doing differently. This book isn’t to sing the praises of the French, in fact, the author walks you through her own skepticism and backs up her anecdotes and advice with research studies. For the parents that want to regain a semblance of the life they had before children, or even just have a little more me time, give this book a read for some different parenting techniques you can easily implement.

The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One-to-Four-Year-Old

By Harvey Karp, M.D

Another book where the title tells you what exactly you will be getting from this book. Renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp proposes two main techniques for communicating with your toddler, the “fast food” rule and the four-step (gesture, repetition, simplicity and tone) rule. Intrigued? This book also offers insight into how toddlers develop and change with each year they get older. Also available as an audiobook from Audible.

Toddler Discipline for Every Age and Stage: Effective Strategies to Tame Tantrums, Overcome Challenges, and Help Your Child

By Aubrey Hargis

This book will help you understand your child’s behavior from their perspective, so you understand why they are throwing a temper tantrum. Knowing how your child thinks and their cognitive capability can help you better handle and diffuse those temper tantrums. The book is organized into easily searchable sections, and the tips are practical and easy to apply.

The Montessori Toddler: A Parent’s Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being

By Simone Davies and illustrated by Hiyoko Imai

Based on the principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, this book is a great introductory guide to the Montessori method. Montessori is an education system and philosophy based around independent child learning. Such a learning method is designed to inspire curiosity, independence and responsibility in children. Aside from providing an easy introduction to  Montessori and how to integrate it into your home, this book will also inspire how you teach and interact with your children.

Best Funny Books About Parenting

There’s alot of pressure on parents to be perfect, whether it’s from family, peers or just society in general. After all, you’re raising a new life and supposed to be a role model for your kids. But let’s be honest, parenting is hard, and you won’t always get it right. It’s okay to mess up sometimes, and not feel bad about yourself. Here are some of the best funny books about parenting, for when you need some reassurance that you are not alone in those absurd situations, or for when you need comic relief, so you can laugh about the situation when you feel like crying. These parenting and family humor books also make great gifts for parents.

Toddlers are A**holes: It’s Not Your Fault

By Bunmi Laditan

The title of this book succinctly sums up the origin of the term “terrible twos.” A normal part of human development, toddlers go through a phase of riotous and disorderly behavior. Although logically you know that this phase of temper tantrums, food thrown everywhere and picky eating will pass, there’s no denying the hopelessness and frustration you’re bound to feel. While this book may not offer substantial parenting advice, it will at least make you laugh and give you the reassurance that you are not alone in your parenting struggles.

You’re Doing a Great Job!: 100 Ways You’re Winning at Parenting

by Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn

If you’re a little stressed out from trying to figure out your parental rights and wrongs, this book will tell you that what’s important is that regardless, you’re doing your best. From the hosts of the One Bad Mother podcast, this book will help you celebrate your wins as a parent, instead of focusing on your failings. Written in a humorous and light-hearted tone, this book is the figurative pat on the back you didn’t know you needed.

We’ve listed many classic and best-selling young children parenting books here, but most people find no single book can provide all the answers to parenting. But after going through several parenting books, you’ll adopt and combine the best tips that work for you and your child. Did we miss any parenting books that have really helped you? Let us know in the comments below.

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