12 Best Parenting Books Of All Time

I often recommend several 12 Best Parenting Books Of All Time by mothers-to-be and novice mothers who have just gotten pregnant, and they all have the same requirements: authoritative, reliable, and practical.

Although “raising children according to books” is not advocated, if you don’t understand anything, there are often only two results: one is being led by the noses of the three aunts and six poems, community aunts, and “parenting experts”; the other is constant mistakes. 

After knowing the truth, I was worried all day long: Oh, baby, don't worry about it.
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Top 12 Best Parenting Books of All Time

Pretty mothers have read a lot of parenting books. If you ask me to make a list of books that pregnant mothers and new mothers must-read, the following top 10 parenting books must be emphatically recommended. 

Here I have added two bonus books, one of which is in the Chinese language and the other book is about financial management.

Regarding parenting books, I recommend the following 12 best parenting books of all time, each of which is a classic in the field of early childhood education.

1. The Pregnancy Book 


The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts by William Sears MD FRCP

I'm pregnant, everything is unknown, I really don't understand anything, and I am embarrassed to ask people, what should I do? It is recommended to read this book published by the team of the grandfather William Sears, the godfather of American parenting. 

William Sears and his wife Martha have raised 8 children, and he is also a pediatrician with more than 40 years of experience, and he is the most influential parenting authority in the United States.

This book starts with scientific preparation for pregnancy and has been talking about postpartum recovery and breastfeeding. Almost all aspects that should be paid attention to during pregnancy are covered in it. 

As the gestational age increases, what changes will happen to the baby in the belly? How will expectant mothers feel? What should I pay attention to in life... It can be said that the questions of expectant mothers can be easily answered in this book.

2. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child 


Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 7th Edition: Birth to Age 5 by American Academy Of Pediatrics

After the baby is born, even if the new parents are too busy to talk to each other, they must take the time to read this book. Let's put it this way, if you don't have much time to read a parenting book, then read this one, it's not wrong!

This book has been published for more than 20 years and has continued to sell well all over the world. The "Caring for Your Baby and Young Child" is collectively edited and reviewed by more than 100 pediatric experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

The book covers all the problems that may be involved in children from birth to 5 years old, and the content is detailed enough to be comparable. textbook! Probably because the content is too complete and detailed, and the layout is also very dense, it is difficult for many people to have the patience to read it after buying it.

My personal suggestion is that you might as well buy it home as an emergency reference book. If you don’t understand or have any doubts during the process of bringing your baby, you can always take out the book and look through it carefully. I believe there will be unexpected gains! 

3. Positive Discipline 


Positive Discipline: The Classic Guide to Helping Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Problem-Solving Skills by Jane Nelsen Ed.D.

Author: Jane Nielsen, is an outstanding American psychologist and educator, and founder of the American Positive Discipline Association.

Recommended reason :

Raising a child is the top priority in life, but how to teach a child to be useful without hurting him?

Then I have to talk about the book "Positive Discipline". Positive Discipline is a method of discipline that neither punishes nor indulges children.

This book uses Adler's psychological principles to explain the reasons behind children's bad behaviors, and proposes a new concept "the most annoying child is often the child who needs love the most". 

This is because there are wrong ideas and behavioral goals behind the children's bad behaviors, but the children are not aware of it and need to be recognized by adults to help the children change.

This book focuses on teaching children what to do, focusing on problem-solving. Children are active participants in the whole process, rather than passive recipients.

4. You are the child's best toy 


You are the child's best toy by Kimberly Blaine

Author: Kimberly Blaine, a child education expert who first proposed "emotion-guided education", a registered family and child psychotherapist, and a mother of two children. 

She often gives lectures on early childhood brain development and positive discipline strategies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and serves as the social promotion director of an early childhood mental health promotion activity initiated by the SAMHSA branch of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Recommended reason :

Do you know? Compared with toys and TV, children need you most. What they really value is the happy time with you, which needs to be valued, time to be alone with their parents without being disturbed, and to establish a lifelong intimate relationship with their parents!

Control, laissez-faire, bribery, and threats are all common methods used by parents. These different types of education methods may cause children to use the wrong way to express emotions and communicate, thus failing to establish an intimate relationship between parents and children, and children cannot get the sense of belonging and security brought by family relationships.

The emotionally guided education method proposed in this book is more caring. Emotionally guided parents will regard these difficult situations as a good opportunity to understand their children’s inner world and give sympathy and understanding to their children’s emotions, enhancing parent-child relationships in communication, and then Improve children's emotional intelligence and communication skills, and lay the most beneficial foundation for their future growth.

5. How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk 

Author: Adele Farber, Master of Education from New York University, has taught in high schools in New York City for 8 years and is an internationally renowned expert in parent-child communication. 

Elaine Mazlisch is a professional painter and composer and is an internationally renowned expert in parent-child communication. Both authors studied under the famous child psychologist Dr. Heim Ginault and have been included in the Who's Who in the United States.

Recommended reason :

This is a "Family Education Book of the Year" by the American "Children" magazine. It is one of the world's best-selling family education books and has changed the way in which countless families get along.

The author of this book provides a set of practical methods to encourage children to self-supervise, self-discipline, and love learning so that children are willing to accept the influence of parents and teachers on them.

In the book, the author easily solves the problems faced by parents and teachers in education by constructing rich dialogue scenes, supplemented by funny cartoons. No wonder readers call it the "Bible" for parent-child communication and a must-have book for parents and teachers.

6. Listen 


Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges by Patty Wipfler

Author: Patty Wipfler, graduated from Ossidante College in California in 1968 and has been committed to the research and practice of family education and psychological counseling for many years. 

Many years of psychological counseling work have allowed her to meet various families and help many parents to solve the problems of communication and getting along with their children.

Recommended reason :

We often hear that many parents complain about their children. We can understand the inner world of their children by understanding the psychological motivations behind their behaviors, so as to find better ways of communication and establish a harmonious parent-child relationship.

When the child is crying, when the child is scared, when the child loses his temper, when the child is angry... what should we do? What can be done to help the child*? 

Patty Wipfler, who has been committed to family education and psychological counseling for many years, believes that children’s "abnormal" behavior plays a special role in the growth process of children. 

If handled properly, it will help children form a healthy personality and healthy mentality. "Listening to Children: Psychological Adjustment in the Family (3rd Edition)" is the result of years of research and practice by her and her colleagues. 

It will provide parents with some very practical methods to help them cope with these often difficult moments. ; It will also provide parents with some basic ideas to help maintain the precious relationship between parents and children.

This book is written by the author after many years of psychological counseling practice and research, and after analyzing a large number of cases. 

The author believes that in order for children to grow up healthily during childhood and adolescence-the formation period of a healthy personality and a healthy mentality-parents must learn to listen to their children.

7. Parent Effectiveness Training 


Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children by Thomas Gordon

The author of this book is a well-known American psychologist. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and stayed on to teach at the University. He has served as the president of the California Psychological Society and the White House Child Counselor. 

In 1962, Dr. Gordon developed the "Parental Effectiveness Training" course and wrote it into a book in 1970. This book introduced his new family education philosophy, and people in many countries began to pay attention to this course. 

According to statistics, this book is being published globally in 33 languages, and the English version has sold more than 5 million copies. What's more commendable is that nearly 5 million pairs of parents take part in the "Parental Effectiveness Training" course by Dr. Gordon every year around the world. 

Reading through this "PET Parental Effectiveness Training" can definitely help you solve most of the parent-child relationship and child development problems.

8. The Education of Children 

Author: Alfred Adler, Austrian psychiatrist. The founder of individual psychology, the pioneer of humanistic psychology, and the father of modern self-psychology. Together Freud and Jung, are called the "Three Psychologists of the 20th Century".

Recommended reason :

Modern developmental psychology has confirmed that when children are about 5 years old, the basic construction of personality has been completed. 

After that, the development of the whole life is nothing more than the repetition and adjustment of this personality pattern. Children’s personality education is of great significance to every parent, every child, and every family.

So how should children's personalities be educated?

In this book, Adler reveals the psychological mechanism of the formation of children's personality, answers how children view external stimuli, how to respond to achieve their own goals, how to reduce inferiority complex, and how to pursue superiority.

9. Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child The Heart of Parenting 

Author: John Gottman, a psychologist who is as famous as Jung, is one of the "10 influential psychotherapists in the eyes of American psychotherapists". He is also known as the "Marriage Pope" and the author of the best-selling book "Happy Marriage". More than that, John Gottman's research on child developmental psychology has lasted for 20 years.

Recommended reason :

The biggest headache for many parents is that their children cry at every turn, so how can we help their children control their emotions?

This book points out that parents need to give their children emotional guidance in the process of educating their children. This is a perspective that has never been involved in many parenting concepts in the past 30 years. This book will teach parents how to cultivate a child with high EQ who understands emotional management.

10. Parenting from the Inside Out 


Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive: 10th Anniversary Edition by Daniel J. Siegel

Author: Daniel Siegel, Doctor of Medicine, Harvard University. He creatively integrated anthropology, biology, cognitive science, sociology, neuroscience, and other disciplines with psychology, creating a new discipline of interpersonal neurobiology, specializing in the close relationship between interpersonal relationships and the brain. 

He is a brain scientist admired by "Father of Emotional Intelligence" Daniel Gorman. In recent years, Daniel has applied his research results to family education and disseminated them to the public.

Recommended reason:

The author of this book, Daniel Siegel, is an amazing psychologist and a doctor of medicine from Harvard University. He creatively combined anthropology, biology, cognitive science, sociology, neuroscience and other disciplines with The integration of psychology has created a new subject of interpersonal neurobiology. Specializes in the close relationship between interpersonal relationships and the brain.

This "Cultivation from the Inside Out" is a parenting classic that has been selling well in the United States for 10 years. After years of research, Daniel discovered that it is our experiences, especially childhood experiences, that shape our brains, determine our thinking, and influence the way we raise children. 

Only by having a deeper understanding of one's own experience and resolving the traumas that were not dealt with in the early years can we create a warm parent-child relationship with a healthy mind. This is the so-called "inside-out approach to parenting."

11. Playful Parenting 


Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Confidence by Lawrence J. Cohen

Author: Dr. Lawrence Cohen, is an American clinical psychologist, father of two children, and a senior child psychologist. He focuses on children's psychology and parent-child relationship and has won the National Parent-Child Publishing Award of the United States. 

In the process of interacting with children for a long time, he found that games are a special language for children. Children express extremely rich content in games, such as negative emotions, such as the desire for love, etc., and are satisfied by games And develop themselves.

Recommended reason :

Why do children play games? What does play mean to children? And how should parents use play to guide their children?

In this book, the author's play power is not just about playing games but refers to the way of playing games, the mentality of games, and easy and humorous interactions to help adults and children to establish an intimate connection and grow together. 

From the perspective of children's psychology, the author explained the great effect of play power on children and how to effectively develop play power.

12. Money Puppies 


Money Puppies: America's #1 Money Management Book for Kids by Donald Kulp

Compared with intelligence quotient and emotional quotient, the financial quotient is a word rarely heard in educating children. But if you want wealth to become a pleasant force in life, you must establish a correct view of money from an early age.

This book is an enlightenment book for elementary financial management. Compared with other financial management books, its focus is not to teach children professional economic knowledge but to help children establish ideas and opinions and develop good habits. 

Money Puppies is an enchanting educational story told by The Great Wizard about the delightful happy characters, Stella and her three pups, Charity, Nester the Investor, and Savannah who teach children the life skills of money management, giving, investing, saving, and smart spending. 

Money Puppies will appeal to children aged 3 to preteen. Children will learn the necessary skills and good habits of money management which will equip them with the tools for a successful financial future as they grow into adults. 

The methods of financial management, such as what kind of money concept should be established, how to dig the first pot of gold in life, how to make one's own money a goose that can only "lay a golden egg" and so on. These laws of obtaining wealth are valid in different societies and different cultures, even in different eras.

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