As a parent, it can often feel as though you are just fumbling around in the dark, trying to do your absolute best with your kids, but not really knowing what steps you need to be taking. This is exactly why so many parenting books exist, as they provide insight, support, and even a few laughs, all of which can make parenting a whole lot smoother.
So, if you’re looking for that perfect parenting book to read in 2019, here’s a list of must-read parenting books well worth checking out.
The Happiest Baby on the Block
Ideal for parents-to-be and brand new parents, The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp M.D. is meant to provide new parents with support and a five-step instruction plan as they work their way through the infant stage. It deals with such common issues as colic, fussiness, crying, and how to help babies relax and fall asleep. It can help take away a lot of the fear, doubt, and confusion that new parents often suffer from.
Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
As any parent that has gone through potty training will tell you, this is one of the most difficult and trying stages for parents, so help is often welcome. Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right, by Jamie Glowacki takes a fun approach that offers help and support. The book is easy and fun to read, yet offers a “proven” six-step plan that will help you realize success.
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior is another must-read for parents. It takes a look at how parents affect children and how they shape their child’s lives moving forward. Readers will likely take a closer look at their own parenting style and be able to determine where changes are necessary.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish focuses on the communication skills between parents and kids and what steps can be taken to improve them. If you find it hard to communicate with your child, this book can act as a game-changer.
Create the Perfect Space for Reading
As a final note, as a parent, you know better than anyone just how hard it can be to find a quiet and relaxing place in the house to read. With that in mind, you may want to carve out that reading nook for yourself in the home, where you can set up shop, be comfortable, and really get into your book. Adding special little touches like a comfortable chair with a plush throw blanket, a decorative lamp, and even a scented candle such as the popular Bookstore Candle from Frostbeard Studio will really create the perfect little area for reading.
Don’t Limit Yourself to Just One
Because each of these books is so engaging and enlightening, you may want to make it your goal to read each of them in 2019.