10 Best Parenting Books 2017

Whatever phases your kids go through as they grow, you will also be experiencing with them second-hand. You work hard to have a great relationship with them, but sometimes when you focus on just getting through the day (work, meals, grocery shopping, sports games, etc.), you forget to focus on the bond you have with your child.

Why don’t they listen to me? What am I doing wrong?

We all get a little off track in the parenting department sometimes, which is why you hit the internet in search of answers.

Wondering what some of the best parenting books are today for the modern family? Check out all of the titles in this list to help you get back on track with your parenting techniques and improve the relationship you have with your kids.

Top 10 Parenting Books Table

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1. Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa DamourTeen Girls$$$4.8
2. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. SiegelChildren’s Emotional Intelligence$$4.7
3. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Adele FaberHealthy Communication$$4.6
4. The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible ChildrenUnderstanding and Responding to Children with Severe Fits of Temper$$$4.6
5. Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live TooHelping Siblings Get Along $4.6
6. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should KnowTips to Help Fathers Connect with Daughters$$4.6
7. Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start ConnectingCommunicating without Yelling$$4.6
8. NurtureShock: New Thinking About ChildrenAnalysis about Children’s Growth and Learning in Modern Society$$$4.6
9. Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of UsHumorous Advice about Handling Common Parenting Scenarios$$$$4.4
10. Bringing Up BoysAdvice about Raising Boys$$4.3

Choose a Relevant Topic

To choose a relevant topic, you need first to identify the problems you are experiencing. When you understand the weaknesses in your relationship or your parenting skills, then finding the right title will be so much easier.

These books offer advice about how to deal with problems that parents experience with daughters specifically or sons specifically.

All books will discuss communication in some way, shape, and form, but these books are great if you want to start communicating more with your kids or improve the way that you currently communicate with them.

Do you have kids who can’t seem to get along with one another? If so, Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too is the perfect book to help you help them.

Humor and Parenting Advice

Not every parent would appreciate a book like Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us, but for others, it communicates the important message in a way that they can relate to.

Sometimes you just need a laugh, and if your sense of humor is in line with that of the author of this book, you will probably enjoy it.

A few other titles that will make you laugh include Go the F**k to Sleep and Toddlers Are A**holes: It’s Not Your Fault.

Top 3 Best Parenting Books Reviews

While we do consider these to be some of the best parenting books on the list, we realize that some of you may have already read them!

If that’s the case, then be sure to check out the other titles we included on the list as they all contain unique and valuable info for those who want to be successful at parenting.

1. Untangled: By Lisa Damour

The teen years are hard for both kids and parents, and that special bond you had with your daughter when she was 10 can quickly fade once she becomes an adolescent.

Are you feeling a little detached from your teen daughter and want to get your relationship with her back on track? If so, you will find a lot of valuable information in this book.

As adults, it’s hard to remember what we felt like and experienced as teens, which makes it hard to empathize and understand what our teenage daughters are experiencing. This book will remind you of everything that your tween or teen daughter/granddaughter is going through.

Author Lisa Damour, Ph. D. is an authoritative voice on the subject since thanks to her experience as a psychiatrist and working as Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.

Whether you’re an aunt, grandpa, mom or dad, this book will help you reconnect with your daughter as she blossoms into an adult.

2. The Whole-Brain Child: By Daniel J. Siegel

The goal of this book is to help you approach a wide variety of parenting aspects. It focuses on 12 key strategies that will help you approach some of the most common parenting issues with wisdom and calmness, ultimately helping your children to be more balanced emotionally and intellectually.

It was written by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. – a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine – and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph. D. – a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist. The combination of their knowledge and experience makes this quite a powerful read, as you will learn about the science of the brain in an easy-to-comprehend manner.

The thing we liked most about this book was how it encourages you teach your children how to understand their emotions and get to know their feelings. The techniques are powerful on a psychological level for both you and your child, and the tips can help make some of the most common problems parents face with their kids disappear.

3. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen

This is probably one of the most popular books on our list and one that every parent can benefit from. Whether you’re a new parent or you’re a seasoned veteran, it contains valuable information that will help you communicate more effectively with your child.

If you’ve ever read Rich Dad Poor Dad, you will love this book. Instead of focusing on the importance of proper money handling skills, this book teaches you about the importance of communication. The tips are helpful, and it covers topics such as alternative forms of punishment (to help kids learn self-discipline), how to deal with your child’s negative feelings, how to let them know you’re unhappy or upset without overdoing it or how to praise your child the right way.

Even if you don’t need help in all of the areas they discuss, you might at some point later down the road which makes this book an invaluable resource to have on your parenting bookshelf.

It is available in over 30 languages, which is proof of its success as a parenting resource!

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