I have developed quite an addiction to parenting books. How do I have the time? I use audio books, but even with the 10,000 plus books to choose from in every genre you can imagine, I still find myself scanning the parenting book section again and again, looking for something, anything that will help guide me as a “parent” and have it appear these children are raised by nuns or the military, either is fine with me. On that note, here are my top three recommendations for parenting books, so far.
1. Brain Rules For Baby by John Medina. I read this shortly after having my second child and wished I had read it even before I thought about getting pregnant. Medina gives the facts and mostly dispels all that unwanted advice you’re getting from your mother-in-law or neighbour. For example, will playing Mozart to my womb help with my baby’s brain development? Or will telling my child how smart he is build confidence?
2. Freakonomics by Steven Levitt. and Stephen J Dubnar. Now this is not a parenting book, nor did I read it as a parenting book. I found that this collection of economic articles had things that peaked my interest more as a parent than it would have when I was in my AAM days (All About Me days). For example, what name should I give my child to help determine his profession in life or character? Which is more dangerous a gun or a swimming pool? Do parents really matter?
3. The Secrets Of Happy Families by Bruce Fieler. I just finished this book last month and loved it! Fieler ditches the scientific stuff my other two recommendations are all about and takes you on his journey to find way to raise his own children. For example, don’t know how to handle allowance, find out how Warren Buffet would do it. Do you really need family dinner, or date nights? It’s not a parenting book, it’s a good family book.
There you have it! Of the many parenting books I have read, here are three gems I found helpful and ones I would go back to again when the boys are teenagers, cause I can only imagine the guidance I will need then. In the meantime, any non parenting book suggestions for me?