Best Parenting Resource Books

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by: Lindsay Hutton
Whether you are new to parenting or an old pro, you're bound to have questions at some point in your child's life. We've provided a comprehensive list of the best books to turn to when parenting has you questioning everything you do.
ParentingBook,TheHappiestBabyontheBlock
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
by Harvey Karp

Have you ever heard of the Fourth Trimester? If you've read this parenting book, you have! Written by a pediatrician, this book explains why some babies cry for no reason, and how to comfort them.

The book outlines five steps for calming a baby, which are designed to imitate the uterus. According to the author, virtually all babies will respond in a positive manner. If you have a child who cries incessantly, this book will prove to be invaluable.

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ParentingBook,ScreamFreeParenting
Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool
by Hal Runkel

This book puts a little sanity into the otherwise insane world of parenting. Runkel, a licensed family and marriage therapist, urges parents to focus less on their children's behaviors and more on how they (the parents) react to the behaviors.

He recommends "judo parenting," the art of going with your child's momentum, which relies mainly on allowing children to make their own decisions and then live with the consequences.

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ParentingBook,GentleBabyCare
Gentle Baby Care
by Elizabeth Pantley

This easy-to-navigate baby guide is organized alphabetically to help new parents find answers to questions quickly. It offers over 1,000 tips and solutions for everyday issues that arise during baby's first year, including colic, sleep, and developmental milestones, and provides the confidence-building advice all parents need.

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ParentingBook,HeadingHomewithYourNewborn
Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality
by Laura Jana and Jennifer Shu

This book is the perfect resource for first-time parents who are wishing that their little one had come with an instruction manual. With the perfect mix of parenting tips and medically sound advice, Heading Home with Your Newborn offers consolation and answers to those questions and fears that often overwhelm new parents.

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ParentingBook,Dr.Spock'sBabyandChildCare
Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition
by Benjamin Spock

Dr. Spock's pediatric advice has been relied on by parents for generations. This revised version of his original bestseller has advice on raising children in the 21st century, including such topics as raising autistic children, international adoption, and coping with terrorism.

In addition, there are glossaries for commonly used medical terms and medications, and other resources that have proved to be invaluable to new parents. This book provides a plethora of information that is bound to make child rearing just a little bit easier.

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ParentingBook,TheMotherofAllParentingBooks
The Mother of All Parenting Books: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Happy, Healthy Child from Preschool Through the Preteens
by Ann Douglas

This comprehensive book is bursting at the seams with information about health and parenting issues for kids ranging in age from preschool to preteen. The book offers answers to questions about bullying, discipline, and spanking, but suggests that parents choose the course of action that works best for them.

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ParentingBook,TakingCareofYourChild
Taking Care of Your Child: A Parent's Illustrated Guide to Complete Medical Care
by Robert Pantell, James Fried, and Donald Vickery

This completely revised and updated book offers parents all the information they need to keep their child healthy.

Although common medical issues are discussed, Taking Care of Your Child also discusses important emotional issues such as new siblings and school challenges. Also included are charts to track immunizations, growth, and medical records.

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ParentingBook,HowtoTalkSoKidsWillListenandListenSoKidsWillTalk
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Mastering Childspeak and Teenspeak are two important ways to take the frustration out of interacting with children and teens. This book offers advice and encouragement to parents who are learning their children's emotional language.

These time-tested parent-child communication principles have been proven to improve family communication.

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ParentingBook,GetOutofMyLife
Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager
by Anthony E. Wolf

This guide to raising teenagers approaches the topic in a humorous and compassionate voice. The updated version includes chapters on the Internet, more information on drugs and alcohol, and a section on gay teenagers.

Many parents are exasperated and bewildered by their teens. Get Out of My Life offers some solace and guidance to the otherwise alien world of teenagers.

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ParentingBook,TheBabyBook
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition)
by William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, and James Sears

This book describes the "attachment parenting" approach, which stresses bonding with your baby and responding to cues.

The Baby Book offers new parents advice on every aspect of baby care, from newborns to toddlers. Written by a pediatrician and a registered nurse, this book is full of helpful advice to new parents.

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ParentingBook,BabyBargains
Baby Bargains, 7th Edition: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear, and much more! (Baby Bargains)
by Denise Fields

Expecting a baby is exciting, but making sure you have all the necessary gear in place may not be.

This book not only gives helpful advice on what gear is necessary and what is silly; it also gives hints on how to shop around for the best prices.

For any new parent worried about the financial responsibility a newborn brings, this book is worth a look.

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ParentingBook,TheAtoZGuidetoRaisingHappy,ConfidentKids
The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids
by Jenn Berman

This easy-to-read book offer helpful advice that you can easily incorporate into your everyday life.

The A to Z Guide addresses 26 of the most important and pressing issues facing today's parents. The chapters are divided into separate topics, making it easy for busy parents to find exactly what they need in a hurry.

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