It’s hard to be a parent. Whether you’re a single parent, married, or re-married with step kids, navigating the daily stresses of family life can be a nightmare. Thankfully, there are parenting books can help make your job easier. Whether you are a parent to a toddler, a kid, or a grouchy teen, these books can help. Parenting books can be great for families with a lot of conflict, but even families that are comfortable and rarely fight can still benefit from the lessons in these books.
1. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk is a classic parenting book that is helpful for any parent, no matter how old your kids might be. The book is a must-read for any parent who wants to establish clear lines of communication and a trusting relationship with their children. This book will help parents navigate potential minefields like teaching kids how to express anger, dealing with family conflicts, or getting kids to cooperate with your requests. The book also boasts some interesting alternatives to traditional punishments.
2. What to Expect: The First Year
If you spent your pregnancy (or your wife’s pregnancy) reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting, then then What to Expect: The First Year is the natural choice for parenting advice in your baby’s first months. This book breaks down what to expect in your baby’s first year, using a month-by-month guide that is easy to understand. Whether you’re trying to combat colic or just wondering when the best time is to return to work after having a baby, this book can help you. This books is great for first-time parents, but even parents who already have children may benefit from the advice and perspectives in this manual.
After you’ve finished this book, you can check out all of the other “What to Expect” books, including What to Expect the Second Year: From 12 to 24 Months and What to Expect: The Toddler Years.
3. Have a New Teenager by Friday: From Mouthy and Moody to Respectful and Responsible in 5 Days
For many parents, the hardest years come when their sweet kid hits puberty. A teenager can be a real challenge to raise, and many teens become surly and sullen. For parents who want a quick guide to transforming their teen’s behavior, Dr. Kevin Leman’s book can be a great resource. Unlike some dull, dry parenting books out there, Have a New Teenager by Friday actually has a bit of humor. This parenting book will help open the lines of communication, reverse selfish behavior, and help parents instill self-confidence in their turbulent teens.
4. The Happy Stepmother: Stay Sane, Empower Yourself, Thrive in Your New Family
We live in a culture where little kids hear fairy tales about “wicked stepmothers” from a very young age. So perhaps it is not surprising that stepmoms often have a hard time integrating into a new family. This parenting book is designed to help stepmoms reach out to their stepchildren, bond with them, and help them feel secure.
In The Happy Stepmother: Stay Sane, Empower Yourself, Thrive in Your New Family, author Rachelle Katz offers readers a program for success. In addition to parenting advice, there is also self-help advice on dealing with stressful situations. For moms on their second, third, or fourth marriage, this guide can be truly helpful in creating a harmonious family environment.
5. Supernanny: How to Get the Best From Your Children
Supernanny may have been off the air for a few years now, but Jo Frost still has some great parenting advice. For parents who struggle with discipline and behavioral problems in their kids, this book helps parents deal with common issues like bedtime, bedwetting, and sibling rivalry. While it is an older book, the advice is still solid. Plus, it’s easy to find this book online for less than a dollar. Who can’t afford to spend a dollar to become a better parent?