Top 10 Best Books on Parenting

From childhood challenges to teenage tantrums, we have a great range of parenting and family books to help parents and would-be parents resolve problems and raise children to be as healthy and happy as possible.

1. What Every Parent Needs to Know

Toby Young & Miranda Thomas

This insightful step-by-step guide shows you what you can expect when your child reaches primary school age. It explains what your child is learning, what they should know at the start and end of each year, and whether they're behaving themselves or not! With games, exercises and lots of tips, this essential book can help you prepare, encourage and nurture your child every step of the way.

2. How to Unplug Your Child

Liat Hughes Joshi

If you're tired of seeing your kids glued to gadgets, this is the book for you. With activities for all ages from pre-schoolers to teenagers, this book contains 101 fun ways you can convince your child to turn off their devices and start enjoying real activities! The bite-sized chapters include engaging indoor activities, outside fun, and a range of hobbies and interests, from cooking to science to nature and more.

3. The Gentle Sleep Book

Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Getting children to sleep can seem an endless challenge! But this indispensable guide can hugely help the process, from bringing a newborn home to when they're settling into school life. The book uses cutting-edge research to provide a gentle, no-tears approach to lots of sleep issues, such as night waking, bed-wetting and more. Perfect for both expectant and exasperated parents, sleepless nights can be ended for good.

4. The Whole-Brain Child

Tina Payne Bryson & Daniel J. Siegel

Discover how a child's brain is wired and how it matures with this enlightening book. Different parts of the brain develop at different speeds, and understanding these differences can help you turn any tantrum, argument or fear into an opportunity to nurture your child's brain and raise a calmer, happier child. With clear explanations and age-appropriate strategies, you can help your child lead a balanced and meaningful life.

5. Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting

Noel Janis-Norton

For children aged 3-13, this revolutionary programme gives you simple steps to dispel the daily dramas of parenting. It tries to solve that age-old question: how do you get your children to listen to you and do what you ask, the first time you ask? This book reveals how you can cooperate with your children and bring joy back into your interactions with them - and how you should react when they become defiant or argumentative.

6. How to Be the Parent You Always Wanted to Be

Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

This fun and brilliant book features cartoon illustrations, FAQs, stories and exercises designed to help you hone your parenting skills. Audio dramatizations on a CD demonstrate skills in action so you know exactly what to do. Discover how to use simple techniques that can make relationships with children of all ages more enjoyable. You'lll learn how to deal with children's emotions, set firm limits, secure your child's cooperation, resolve conflicts and more.

7. The Wonder Weeks

Frans X. Plooij

This accessible and fascinating book allows the expectant or new parent to learn all about the developmental changes that babies go through in the first 20 months of their lives. Understand how the need for bodily contact and attention are related to major developmental leaps, how to encourage and nurture babies through the developmental stages, and how to handle the three Cs of fussy behaviour: Cranky, Clingy and Crying.

8. Get Out of My Life

Tony Wolf & Suzanne Franks

There's no doubt about it: teenagehood is tough, both for teenagers themselves and for their parents! But this invaluable book can help with everything from social media and online threats to school, sex, drugs and more. It explains how to translate teenage-speak, resolve conflicts and be kind on yourself!

9. Raising Kids Who Read

Daniel T. Willingham

In the digital age, it's getting harder and harder to get kids interested in reading books, rather than just their social media page! In this fantastic book, psychology professor Daniel T. Willingham explains how to inspire a love of books in children that will last forever. With amusing cultural references, examples, and steps for taking action, this is an invaluable guide for developing a love of reading in children, with different techniques as kids grow.

10. The Conscious Parent

Dr. Shefali Tsabary

This beautifully insightful book is all about becoming mindful of your behaviour and engaging with your child as an individual. As parents become "conscious" of their parenting, they can release their own emotional baggage and transform their relationship with their kids, developing happy, well-adjusted children. The book features a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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    Are you fed up of seeing your children with their eyes glued to a screen? How to Unplug Your Child provides 101 fun ways that you can convince your kids to turn off their gadgets and enjoy doing things in real life.

    Split into bite-sized chapters, from fun indoors to activities on the go and cooking to science and nature, the book has ideas for all ages - from preschoolers through to screen-obsessed teens.

    A brilliant way to give children different ideas for things to do at school, at the weekend and over holidays.
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    Written by How to Lose Friends and Alienate People author Toby Young and Miranda Thomas, What Every Parent Needs to Know: How to Help Your Child Get the Most out of Primary School is a step-by-step guide to what parents can expect when children get to this age.

    Fully up to date so that it fits in with (and explains!) the New Curriculum, the practical guide will show how you can tell what your child is learning, and if they are behaving themselves or not...

    Year by year, it reveals what children will be learning and shows what they'll be taught and why. It also provides information and advice on what children should know at the start of each year, and what they should be able to achieve by the end.

    With its games and exercises, the handy guide has been designed to help you prepare, encourage and nurture children every step of the way as they work their way through each term. You'll give this book an A*!
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    Simple strategies for a happier home and more cooperative kids. For children aged 3-13. Finally, a revolutionary programme that gives you simple steps to take the daily battles out of parenting. These strategies resolve one of parents' biggest frustrations: getting your children to listen and do what you ask, the first time you ask. When children are at their best, it is easy to get along with them and enjoy them. However, when they are defiant, argumentative or disrespectful, it is easy to get wound up, to argue back, threaten, nag or shout. If this sounds like the situation in your home too much of the time, then Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting is for you. When you use these strategies, not only will your children become more cooperative, but also more confident, self-reliant and considerate. Learning new skills like Preparing for Success, Descriptive Praise and the Never Ask Twice method can transform your relationship with your child in a short space of time and help bring the joy back into family life. Full of examples and real stories from parents, this book gives you clear step-by-step guidance to achieve Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting. These strategies work!
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    How parents and educators can teach kids to love reading in the digital age

    Everyone agrees that reading is important, but kids today tend to lose interest in reading before adolescence. In Raising Kids Who Read, bestselling author and psychology professor Daniel T. Willingham explains this phenomenon and provides practical solutions for engendering a love of reading that lasts into adulthood. Like Willingham's much-lauded previous work, Why Don't Students Like School?, this new book combines evidence-based analysis with engaging, insightful recommendations for the future. Intellectually rich argumentation is woven seamlessly with entertaining current cultural references, examples, and steps for taking action to encourage reading.

    The three key elements for reading enthusiasm-decoding, comprehension, and motivation-are explained in depth in Raising Kids Who Read. Teachers and parents alike will appreciate the practical orientation toward supporting these three elements from birth through adolescence. Most books on the topic focus on early childhood, but Willingham understands that kids' needs change as they grow older, and the science-based approach in Raising Kids Who Read applies to kids of all ages. * A practical perspective on teaching reading from bestselling author and K-12 education expert Daniel T. Willingham * Research-based, concrete suggestions to aid teachers and parents in promoting reading as a hobby * Age-specific tips for developing decoding ability, comprehension, and motivation in kids from birth through adolescence * Information on helping kids with dyslexia and encouraging reading in the digital age

    Debunking the myths about reading education, Raising Kids Who Read will empower you to share the joy of reading with kids from preschool through high school.

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    In this pioneering, practical book for parents, neuroscientist Daniel J. Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson explain the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures. Different parts of a child's brain develop at different speeds and understanding these differences can help you turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child's brain and raise calmer, happier children. Featuring clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, "The Whole-Brain Child" will help your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives using twelve key strategies, including: Name It to Tame It: Corral raging right-brain behavior through left-brain storytelling, appealing to the left brain's affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension; and, Engage, Don't Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting. It also includes: Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child's emotional state; Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go; SIFT: Help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible; and, Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success.
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    Teenagers are tough and anyone who has their own needs help. Witty, enjoyable and genuinely insightful, Get Out of My Life is now updated with how to deal with everything from social media to online threats and porn, as well as looking at all the difficult issues of bringing up teenagers, school, sex, drugs and more. But it's the title of the second chapter, 'What They Do and Why' that best captures the book's spirit and technique, explaining how to translate teenage behaviour into its true, often less complicated meaning. One key mistake, for instance, is getting in no-win conflicts instead of having the wisdom to shut up when shutting up would be the most effective, albeit least satisfying, thing to do. Another is taking offence when the teenager views you, the adult, as idiotic. And there's advice on what to do when this happens. The message is clear: parenting adolescents is inherently difficult. Don't judge yourself too harshly!
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    There are few things as challenging as a young child's sleep - or lack of! This book from the founder of BabyCalm, Sarah Ockwell-Smith, is an indispensable guide for parents, whatever challenges they're facing with their child's sleep.

    From bringing a newborn home to when they're settled in at school, this unique and eye-opening book sheds new light on common sleep problems and, using cutting-edge research and anecdotal information, provides a gentle, no-tears approach to handling a host sleep issues including night waking, bed-wetting and much, much more...

    Perfect for both expectant and exhausted parents, with the help of The Gentle Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith, sleepless nights will be a thing of the past.
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    How To Be The Parent You Always Wanted To Be features fresh stories, cartoon illustrations, answers to commonly asked questions, exercises designed to sharpen your parenting skills, and audio dramatizations that demonstrate the skills in action. It addresses struggles parents face every day, in a popular culture saturated with sarcasm, put-downs, preaching, threats, name-calling, and accusations. Loaded with practical wisdom and proven methods, this new multi-media edition demonstrates simple, proven skills that make relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding. Even if you never participated in a Faber/Mazlish workshop or read any of their award-winning books, you'll strengthen your ability to: - deal with your children's strong emotions - set firm limits and still maintain good will - express your angry feelings without being hurtful - engage your children's cooperation - resolve family conflicts peacefully
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    The Wonder Weeks describes in easy-to-understand terms the incredible developmental changes and regression periods that all babies go through during the first 20 months of their lives. Age-related fluctuations and the need for body contact and attention are all related to major and quite dramatic changes in the brains of children. These changes enable a baby to enter a whole new perceptual world and, as a consequence, to learn many new skills. Wonder week by wonder week you'll discover the dates in the first 20 months when all babies take ten major development leaps. Learn how to encourage each leap forward. Help your baby with the three Cs' of fussy behavior: Cranky, Clingy and Crying. Recognize the on-set of stressful times and join your children in coping with them. Based on the scientific- and parental-world-changing discovery of a phenomenon: all normal, healthy babies appear to be more fussy at very nearly the same ages, regression periods, and sleep less in these phases, The Wonder Weeks will help your baby, and you, get the most out of these developmental phases.
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    Conscious parenting is about becoming mindful of your behaviour and engaging with your child as an individual. Dr Tsabary inspires parents to get back in touch with their emotions and shed the layers of baggage they have inherited during their own life and are unconsciously heaping on their children. As they become 'conscious' in their parenting, so parents can transform their relationship with their offspring and raise happy, well-adjusted children. The Conscious Parent is already transforming the way people are parenting through its sales in the US where it's spent 15 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Oprah described the book as 'The most profound book on parenting I've ever read' and Eckhart Tolle has said 'becoming a conscious parent is the greatest gift you can give your child.' The book features a foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.