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10 Best Parenting Books to Read this Christmas and Holidays(2023)

10 Best Parenting Books to Read this Christmas and Holidays 2023, such as Keep Calm, The Whole-Brain Child, French Kids Eat Everything, Becoming Dad
When we talk about the best parenting books for Christmas and holidays in 2023, There are a lot of books out there that are available for you to read. It’s not easy to know which parenting books for Christmas and holidays are best for you. 

If you’re finding it hard to choose the best parenting books for Christmas and the holidays, you should keep reading down the list. The books below will help you when it comes to raising your kids

Parenting is a wonderful experience for a new parent who wants to give everything they have to their child. Nevertheless, it's crucial to remember that even the best parents sometimes need a book to figure out what's best for their child. 

Parents are often the top priority of children's education, but for many new parents, children's education seems a little at a loss. There are also many friends who are already moms and dads. 

Every time they go out to a party, they will always talk about the education of their babies, consciously or unconsciously. Especially dear mothers, the troubles are really one after another.


10 Best Parenting Books to Read this Christmas and Holidays 2023 

If you want to improve your parenting experience and parenting ability, in addition to continuous learning in daily life, reading is the fastest way for mothers. Books have very rich parenting theories and previous experiences. 

We only need to learn to be able to solve various problems and doubts that we encounter in daily life. Parents should read a few parenting books during the holidays.

You can get parenting books that tell you what to expect, guide you on how to handle your child and calm you down when you notice rebellion in your child. The following books are must-read parenting books this Christmas.

In this article, we will try to help you by giving you a list of the 10 most popular parenting books for Christmas and holidays that we’ve found. The list is based on our experience and what we read that we thought was good.

1. Keep Calm: The New Mum's Manual 


Keep Calm: The New Mum's Manual: Trust Yourself and Enjoy Your Baby by Ellie Cannon 

Keep Calm: The New Mum's Manual, with an introduction by Jools Oliver, is the perfect antidote to inflexible, guilt-inducing parenting guides. Turning the tables on encyclopedic tomes on parenthood and their often conflicting advice, GP and mum-of-two Dr. Ellie will empower you to relax, trust your instincts and enjoy your new baby. Includes:
  • Early days – looking after a baby and listening to your instincts
  • Sleeping – establishing a flexible routine that works
  • Feeding – making the right, guilt-free choices
  • Soothing – understanding crying and settling your baby
  • Weaning – starting with a simple action plan for success
  • Development – identifying key milestones and not worrying
  • Health – recognizing baby illnesses and when to call the doctor
  • Vaccinations – understanding the facts and getting them without tears
This isn't a one-size-fits-all routine but a lighthearted, sensible guide that is full of essential advice to build your confidence and bring back mummy power.

2. The Whole-Brain Child 


The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel 

From the perspective of brain science, this book explores how to cultivate a "whole-brained child", that is, the so-called "developmental education". Integrating self, integrating self and others, in the translator's postscript, there is a brief summary of these aspects:

a "whole-brained child", that is, a child with an integrated brain should be able to work together with the left and right brains, and their own logic The self is connected with the emotional self; a connection is established between the "lower brain" that represents instinct and the "upper brain" that represents speculation to develop decision-making ability, insight, compassion and morality; to understand one's own past, a kind of Express and deal with pain from the past in a gentle, sober, and conscious manner; have the ability to perceive and reflect on one's own mental state, be able to independently decide how to feel and face the external world, and be able to establish a connection with others while maintaining an independent self.

The author lists 12 strategies according to 5 integrated frameworks, and at the end of the book gives a summary application method for children of different ages, which is relatively concise and can basically be used immediately.

The difference between this book is that it starts from the perspective of expanding thinking, that is, expanding the breadth, depth, and height of children’s brain thinking through a variety of integrations. The book also lists some cases for an explanation.

Personally, integration is also a kind of balance. It allows children’s brains to develop in a balanced way. The balance between sensibility and rationality, between instinct and speculation, between the past and the future, between the self and the periphery, and the balanced development of thinking help Establish an excellent mental model that will help them communicate with the world as they grow up.

But more importantly, the "integration" of parents or caregivers themselves, that is, they must "integrate" themselves before integrating children's development in accordance with these five aspects, educating others and themselves. This seems to be the basic principle of all child nurturing theories. one.

In short, be patient, understand, think, and interact more with children. The so-called strategies and skills are only the concrete manifestations of the caregiver's behavior. The key is to cultivate yourself, otherwise, it will be too hypocritical.

3. French Kids Eat Everything 


French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters by Karen Le Billon

Children are picky eaters and do not like to eat, eating a meal is like a war, making you one head and two older? Why do French children eat a balanced diet, love to eat all kinds of fruits and vegetables, are not greedy for snacks, and are still polite when sitting at the table? Together with the author, we will uncover the secret that the French teach healthy children who are not picky eaters!

In the food war with your children, as a parent, you are always defeated and helpless?

By flexibly using the 10 dietary guidelines in the book, you can also teach healthy children who are happy to eat!

Because he yearned for life in her husband’s hometown, Karen eagerly dragged her husband and two daughters to France, thinking that the family was about to embark on a dreamy and beautiful life in a foreign country, how unexpectedly her eating habits of her and her two daughters became relatives and friends. Friends and even strangers have raised the subject of siege! A baptism of food culture with climax and humor unfolded...

In addition to the lively and lively life in France with tears in laughter, the book also compiled 10 dietary guidelines and practical tips to help you re-educate your children's appetites and taste buds. I don't know where to start? There are simple, delicious, and healthy French recipes at the end of the book for you to learn easily. Let’s go on the journey of French food education!

Teach 10 dietary guidelines for children who are not picky eaters:
  • Criterion 1: Majestic family diet education
  • Rule 2: Avoid emotional eating
  • Principle 3: Diet schedule and diet choices
  • Rule 4: Eat together
  • Principle 5: Eat a variety of healthy foods
  • Rule 6: Try unfamiliar food
  • Principle 7: Tips for eating snacks
  • Rule 8: Create a happy and relaxed eating atmosphere
  • Rule 9: Eat "real" food
  • Rule 10: Eat happily, don’t eat under pressure

4. Simplicity Parenting 


Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne & Lisa M. Ross

Waldorf educator and consultant Payne teams up with writer Ross to present an antidote for children who are overscheduled and overwhelmed by too much information and a fast-paced consumer culture that threatens the pace and playful essence of childhood. 

Payne claims that a protective filter should surround childhood, rather than the competitive, stressful adult world that has encroached on childhood's boundaries, preventing kids from developing resiliency with a sense of ease and well-being. 

But Payne is not a doomsayer: he presents a wealth of practical ideas for reclaiming childhood and establishing family harmony. In chapters covering four levels of simplification—environment, rhythm, schedules, and Filtering Out the Adult World—Payne explains how parents can tackle extraneous stuff and stimulation by reducing the mountain of toys, limiting scheduled activities, providing valuable downtime, and employing such pressure valves as storytelling and periods of quiet. 

According to the authors, limiting choices and activities will lead to kids who are more secure and less stressed, and to parents whose days are calmer. With fewer choices, Payne explains, families have the freedom to appreciate things—and one another—more deeply. Though simple parenting may seem a stretch for some, others will find that Payne's program for restoring creative play, order, and balance is long overdue.

5. The Danish Way of Parenting 


The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids by Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Sandahl

There is an American mother, Jessica. After she married her Danish husband, she deeply felt the difference and significance of this kind of education. Compared with the strong colors of American individualism, Danes pay more attention to acceptance and interaction with others. 

Jessica summarized and wrote a book called "Learning Happiness Education from Danish Parents". The features of empathy education for Danish children in the book are impressive.

After reading this book, I feel that children’s task when they are young is to know how to play! Will play with people of different ages! It is best for children to go to a kindergarten where a Frenchman is a cook and a Danish is a teacher! Perfect!

There is a summary at the beginning and the end. This small book contains these points: play /authenticity /reframing empathy /no ultimatums /togetherness and hygge. It is easy to read because it is basically a paper with occasional stories. 

But what is a bit uncomfortable is that many books are based on the fact that American parents are so imperfect, so we have to learn the Danish education method and extend it to the outside world.

6. Becoming Dad 


Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood by Leonard Pitts Jr.

A book about African American men and their experiences as dads and with their own dads. The fatherless black family is a problem that grows to bigger proportions every year as generations of black children grow up without an adult male in their homes. 

As this dire pattern grows worse, what can men who hope to break it, when there are so few models and so little guidance in their own homes and communities? 

Where can they learn to “become Dad?” When Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Pitts—who himself grew up with an abusive father whose absences came as a relief—interviewed dozens of men across the country, he found both discouragement and hope, as well as deep insights into his own roles as son and father. 

An unflinching investigation, both personal and journalistic, of black fatherhood in America, this is the best, most pivotal book on this profoundly important issue.

7. Infants and Mothers 


Infants and Mothers: Differences in Development by T. Berry Brazelton

A book that identifies three categories of infants in this formative period: quiet, active, and average. To the first edition, there is a zest and vitality in human infancy that shows itself at every turn. The infant looks with absorptionï and drinks in his environment well before he  "knows how " to do anything about taking hold of it. 

He scouts his world for every sign of what is novel and monitors not only what goes on right before him but what is happening at the edges of his world. At the startï of the opening weeks of lifeï, the baby is either alertï "turned on" and in a mood to exploreï, or he is  "turned off " in the total way that young infants have of turning off. 

Graduallyï alertness spreads over longer periods and the infant be- gins on new tasks--social lifeï manipulation of thingsï and the gradual lacing together of the world of the eyes with the world of the hands. A career of self-projected travel begins early--perhaps when the baby can turn from his back to his tummy--and the realm over which control extends expands as no empire ever has. 

There are memorable landmarks. There is the first time the child sustains his look into his mother s eyes and begins a career of social exchange of such complexity that no grammar has yet been devised to explicate it. There is the first smileï earlier than the books sayï and a genuine expression of pleasureï in spite of early detractors who suspected gas pains. 

There is the first time that the infant is able to go on looking at the world around him while still feeding at breast or bottle--probably the opening achievement of the art of doing two things at onceï which will burgeon later on. 

There is the first visually guided reach for an objectï hand wide spreadï attention long sus- tainedï and a final capture with the object delivered for inspection to the mouth--the mouthï that lighthouse in the midlineï the all-purpose sense organ. And on it goes.  

For those of us who study the growth of infant competenceï, the mysteries are no less deep than for any other observer. We are only beginning to appreciate how subtle the processes of growth are-- 

8. Our Babies, Ourselves 


Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent by Meredith F. Small

A thought-provoking combination of practical parenting information and scientific analysis, Our Babies, Ourselves is the first book to explore why we raise our children the way we do--and to suggest that we reconsider our culture's traditional views on parenting.

New parents are faced with innumerable decisions to make regarding the best way to care for their baby, and, naturally, they often turn to guidance from friends and family members who have already raised children. But as scientists are discovering, much of the trusted advice that has been passed down through generations needs to be carefully reexamined.

In this ground-breaking book, anthropologist Meredith Small reveals her remarkable findings in the new science of ethnopediatrics. Professor Small joins pediatricians, child-development researchers, and anthropologists across the country who are studying to what extent the way we parent our infants is based on biological needs and to what extent it is based on culture--and how sometimes what is culturally dictated may not be what's best for babies.

Should an infant be encouraged to sleep alone? Is breastfeeding better than bottle feeding, or is that just a myth of the nineties? How much time should pass before a mother picks up her crying infant? And how important is it really to a baby's development to talk and sing to him or her?

These are but a few of the important questions Small addresses, and the answers not only are surprising but may even change the way we raise our children.

9. The Sears Baby Book, Revised Edition 


The Sears Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Sears Parenting Library) by James Sears MD (Author), Robert W. Sears MD (Author), William Sears MD FRCP (Author), Martha Sears RN  (Author)

In this encyclopedic guide, Dr. William and Martha Sears draw from their vast experience as both medical professionals and parents to provide authoritative and comprehensive information on every aspect of infant care. 

The Baby Book presents a practical and contemporary approach to parenting that reflects the way we live today. It is a comprehensive guide to baby care, focusing on the essential needs of babies -- eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort -- as it addresses the questions of greatest concern to parents today. 

The Searches acknowledge that there is no one best way to parent a baby, and they offer the basic guidance and inspiration you need to develop the parenting style that best suits you and your child. 

The Baby Book is a rich and invaluable resource that will help you get the most out of parenting -- for your child, for yourself, and for your entire family. 

The topics covered include: 
  • - bonding with your baby and soothing a fussy baby 
  • - feeding your baby right 
  • - getting your baby to sleep 
  • - understanding your baby's development 
  • - treating common illnesses 
  • - baby proofing your home 
  • - toddler behavior and dealing with tantrums - toilet training 
  • - working and parenting 

10. What to Expect When You're Expecting 

The cover of this book states that the author is the world's best-selling maternity and childcare author and one of the 100 most influential people in the world. To be honest, before the library stumbled across this book, I actually didn't know there was such a person. 

       The book includes detailed preparations for pregnancy, possible concerns during pregnancy, various symptoms that may occur during pregnancy, and guidance on life during pregnancy. The book also contains a chapter for prospective dads, but there are probably fewer dads who really have the patience to read this book. After all, the book has 575 pages.

        Regarding health care during pregnancy and physical discomfort, including problems that you need to be treated for, the best way is to consult a doctor. But during pregnancy, reading this book can learn a lot of professional knowledge, so pregnant women who encounter some minor problems can get a lot of benign advice and encouragement. 

The author's tone is more like a good neighbor and friend who has professional knowledge and enthusiastically encourages pregnant women. Five-star recommended reading for pregnant mothers.

Conclusion of Best Parenting Books to Read this Christmas and Holidays

There is no such thing as perfect parenting, however, by reading these books you can align yourself and become a better parent to your kids.
Which baby or parenting books would you give a gift to? And since we’re talking books again, what are your children’s favorite holiday books
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