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What are your favorite books on parenting and/or for parents? These can be books that share parenting knowledge or are simply good reads for tired/stressed/overwhelmed moms and dads.

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asked 26 Sep '09, 15:34

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

Absolutely loved this book. Message is to love and show respect for your children (they're developing humans - not little pets to be controlled), yet recognizes parenting can be frustrating and challenging at times.

One thing that stood out to me was that accepting children's feelings as real is not the same as permitting negative actions. Also an emphasis on language that is instructive (and firm as needed) rather than accusatory.

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answered 28 Sep '09, 06:01

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I'm almost finished with Bright from the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3, by Jill Stamm.

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A newborn's brain has an incredible capacity for learning, and in order for the brain, and the rest of the body, to develop properly, a baby needs to feel safe and loved, and have interesting, novel things to look at, listen to, and interact with. This book makes infant neuroscience and psychology very accessible, and it gives tips broken down by month for what you can do to help your child's brain develop.

One of the neatest things I've seen with our 11-week old daughter is when she first started tracking an object with her eyes. This book gave me the idea to test out that ability. We've also purchased a few children's books that the author recommends for their use of bold contrast and simple design, such as Spot Looks at Colors.

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answered 29 Oct '09, 15:56

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Well we were give a couple of great books that I will list for you;

The baby owners manual This was a joy to read and refer to for both my husband and myself, lighthearted and practical and really fun!

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geek-kids/b5e5/

The WORST CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbook: PARENTING Another great book that we enjoy and really use.

http://www.amazon.com/Worst-Case-Scenario-Survival-Handbook-Parenting/dp/0811841553

How not to be a perfect mother I enjoyed reading this and feeling very normal about things I was getting worked up about.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Not-Perfect-Mother-International/dp/0007163843

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answered 28 Sep '09, 14:27

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I agree with the Happiest Baby vs. Toddler books. I found the toddler one worthless, but the Baby one like magic.

(29 Oct '09, 03:12) Anderson Imes

We really liked The Happiest Baby on the Block book. It is very helpful if you have a crying and fussy baby. Along with that book, my husband created an iPhone app. called Shush Buddy. We have many sounds that we have recorded that help quiet our baby when she is fussy. There is a record function so you can record your own sound which is great because we have recorded some of her favorite toys.

Another book that I am reading is What to Expect the First Year. It goes month by month on the development of your baby. It has a lot of helpful tips.

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The Five Love Languages is superficially a book about couples and relationships. However, it's really about learning the different ways that people show love and affection toward each other. The theory is that almost everyone has 1 (or at most 2) primary way(s) they receive love. If you are showing a person love in one way but they receive it in a different way, they may not be absorbing the love you're trying to show them at all.

Although the book focuses almost exclusively on the marriage relationship, I believe this applies to everyone, especially parents. This is not your typical self-help book. This is the result of the author's 25+ years counseling marriages.

Because of the success of this book, the author has also written The Five Love Languages of XYZ where XYZ is 'children', 'teenagers', etc. I've never looked at any of these but I can tell you that the original is fantastic and has changed the way I think about how I interact with everyone I feel closely toward.

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The Haynes Baby Manual (Conception to Two Years) is a great gift for a dad (he says, stereotyping horribly). The "diagnosis by poo colour" is particularly amusing.

Personally I haven't found that much value from reading parenting books. They're too prone to making you feel guilty (or to assuming that all dads are useless parents who make the mum do everything, which makes me particularly cross). A good read for a tired parent? Temeraire. It's got nothing to do with parenting1, but it's more likely to relax you than a book telling you how you're doing everything wrong.


1 Actually that's not true. The relationship between Laurence and Temeraire could certainly remind you of parenting... and sometimes when I look at our living room floor at the end of the day, you could easily imagine a dragon had been playing there rather than three children...

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Interesting to hear you say that about the books that make dads feel guilty. I was definitely turned off by the book "The Expectant Father". http://www.amazon.com/Expectant-Father-Advice-Dads-Be/dp/0789205386 Not sure why... it said things like, "it's normal for fathers to feel like attention is shifting away from them" - I thought, what are you talking about? We're having a kid! Of course everyone's going to give it lots of attention... so am I!

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I agree with both your comments, thats why we actually read the fun books that were given to us by friends. Lets face it time becomes the greatest commodity, so little of it with so much to do, think see, prepare... and so fourth...!

(26 Sep '09, 17:56) Emi

Baby's First 100 Days (Paperback)

This book is simple and to the point with no fluff and little opinion or garbage to pad it out. Our kiwi midwife recommended we get it from Plunket and it really has solid advice. I would recommend it to anyone. We wanted all our friends and family to read it so they understand a few of the basics.

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I don't know if it's available in English, but I found Duermete Nino: Como Solucionar Los Problemas del Sueno Infantil to be excellent.

It's about teaching your kids to sleep, and the method worked for all my friends.

Raising Free Thinkers and Parenting Beyond Belief are also great books

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I think "5 days to a Perfect Night's Sleep for Your Child: The Secrets to Making Bedtime a Dream" is the English version of your first book - Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Days-Perfect-Nights-Sleep-Child/dp/0345501802/ref=pd_sim_b_1

(21 Nov '09, 21:59) Meg Stephenson

I recommend the book Atlernadad.

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Can you tell us why you liked it?

(28 Sep '09, 07:07) kurtseifried

If you read the introduction, all will be explained.

(28 Sep '09, 11:44) Kevin
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