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Best Parenting Books Reviewed & Ranked

Our list of some of the best Parenting books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (2012)

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & RankedThe ultimate “parenting bible” (The Boston Globe) with a new foreword—and available as an ebook for the first time—a timeless, beloved book on how to effectively communicate with your child from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors.Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine).  Now, this bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested…
Author(s): Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish

2. Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids (2010)

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & RankedToday’s busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. offers inspiration, ideas, and a blueprint for change: • Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter—as well as…
Author(s): Kim John Payne, Lisa M. Ross

3. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (1986)

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & RankedIs your child halfway through first grade and still unable to read? Is your preschooler bored with coloring and ready for reading? Do you want to help your child read, but are afraid you’ll do something wrong? RAs DISTARreg; is the most successful beginning reading program available to schools across the country. Research has proven that children taught by the DISTARreg; method outperform their peers who receive instruction from other programs. Now for the first time, this program has been adapted for parent and child to use at home. Teach Your…
Author(s): Siegfried Engelmann , Phyllis Haddox , et al.

4. Explosive Child, The: A New Approach For Understanding And Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children (2014)

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & RankedA groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviors, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field.What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these…
Author(s): Greene PhD, Ross W.

5. The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively (2016)

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & RankedMore than 1 million sold! The #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages® has helped millions of couples learn the secret to building a love that lasts. Now discover how to speak your child’s love language in a way that he or she understands. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell help you: Plus: Find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child’s love language. Discover your child’s primary language—then speak it—and you will be well on your way to a stronger relationship with your flourishing child….
Author(s): Gary Chapman, Ross Campbell

6. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (2012)

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & RankedNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The authors of No-Drama Discipline and The Yes Brain explain the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures in this pioneering, practical book. “Simple, smart, and effective solutions to your child’s struggles.”—Harvey Karp, M.D. In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier…
Author(s): Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

7. Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive: 10th Anniversary Edition (2013)

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & RankedIn Parenting from the Inside Out, child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent. Drawing on stunning new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help them raise compassionate and resilient children.Born out of a series of parents’ workshops that combined Siegel’s cutting-edge research on how…
Author(s): Daniel J. Siegel, Mary Hartzell

8. The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives (2019)

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & RankedInstead of trusting kids with choices . . . many parents insist on micromanaging everything from homework to friendships. For these parents, Stixrud and Johnson have a simple message: Stop.  — “This humane, thoughtful book turns the latest brain science into valuable practical advice for parents.” —Paul Tough, New York Times bestselling author of How Children SucceedA few years ago, Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson started noticing the same problem from different angles: Even high-performing kids were coming to them acutely stressed…
Author(s): Stixrud PhD, William, Ned Johnson

9. The Christian Parenting Handbook: 50 Heart-Based Strategies for All the Stages of Your Child’s Life (2013)

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & RankedNuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.  Identify character qualities to address problemsBuild internal motivationTransfer responsibility for change to the childTeach kids to be solvers instead of whinersUse…
Author(s): Scott Turansky, Miller RN, Joanne

10. No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (2016)

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & Ranked  Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.  Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving…
Author(s): Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

11. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, 4th Edition: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night’s Sleep (2015)

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & RankedIn this fully updated fourth edition, Dr. Marc Weissbluth, one of the country’s leading pediatricians, overhauls his groundbreaking approach to solving and preventing your children’s sleep problems, from infancy through adolescence. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child’s natural sleep cycles. Rewritten and reorganized to deliver information even more efficiently, this valuable sourcebook contains the latest research on  …
Author(s): Weissbluth M.D., Marc

Best Parenting Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some parenting books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Science of Parenting Adopted Children: A Brain-Based, Trauma-Informed Approach to Cultivating Your Child’s Social, Emotional and Moral Development

Author(s): Arleta James
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Year: 21 Jun 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2382945

Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches

Author(s): Hillary Frank
Publisher: Tarcherperigee, Year: 2019, Size: 10 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2317844

Act Natural: A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting

Author(s): Jennifer Traig
Publisher: Ecco, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2357463

Love, Money, and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids

Author(s): Matthias Doepke; Fabrizio Zilibotti
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2377812

Love, Money, and Parenting

Author(s): Matthias Doepke; Fabrizio Zilibotti
Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: mobi
ID: 2377817

Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool

Author(s): Emily Oster
Publisher: Penguin Press, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2386638

Being at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst: Practical Compassion in Parenting

Author(s): Kim John Payne
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc., Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2404264

Taming Childhood?: A Critical Perspective on Policy, Practice and Parenting

Author(s): Rob Creasy, Fiona Corby
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407229

Intercultural Parenting and Relationships: Challenges and Rewards

Author(s): Dharam Bhugun
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407537

A Micro-History of Victorian Liberal Parenting: John Morley’s "Discreet Indifference"

Author(s): Kevin A. Morrison
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2204131

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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