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Book Club: Parenting Books for Every Age

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Book Club: Parenting Books for Every Age


It’s true — there are so many many books about parenting. The problem might be not picking up a book, but choosing which one. How to Parent Books for Every Age.

Here are a few parenting books for kids of different ages, to give you ideas, make you feel better, open your mind, comfort your soul and even make you a better parent (or at least feel like one).

Infant

Your pregnancy has turned into a real, live human being — and you don’t have a clue about what to do.

In the “The Baby Whisperer,” parenting expert Tracy Hogg offers a schedule of when to feed, burp and put your baby to sleep. She’ll show you things from the tot’s perspective, helping you treat your newborn with the respect a budding individual deserves.

In “Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting,” Janet Lansbury encourages parents and childcare professionals to perceive babies as unique, capable human beings with natural abilities to learn without being taught.

Both authors have books for toddlers, too.

 

Toddler

Watching your cuddly ball of mush explode with a personality can be shocking, especially hearing that first fierce, “No!”

In “How Toddlers Thrive:What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success,” child psychologist Dr. Tovah P. Klein explains this crucial period of brain development — empowering parents to understand what makes toddlers tick.

Try “Toddlers Are A**holes: It’s Not Your Fault” for a laugh. It’s a satirical guide to this food-throwing, foot-stomping, tantrum-throwing period (which might offer you a window into the teen years).

 

Grade School

For many parents, this is the sweet spot of child rearing.

The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind” uses science to show how a child’s brain is wired, how it matures and how to foster healthy brain development and raise calmer, happier children.

For something more emotionally attuned, try “The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively,” to see how to relate and appeal to your unique offspring.

 

Teenagers

The teenage years are about your child learning to separate from you — which often comes in the form of eye-rolling, yelling and slamming doors. Every parent of a teen needs help.

But boys and girls can have different journeys.

For your dramatic daughter, read “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood to understand your daughter’s confusing behavior, when to pull back and when to worry.

For the parents of teen boys, try “Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World” shows you how to enter uncommunicative “boy world,” and help your boy develop a positive, authentic and strong sense of self.

 

College Age

Yay, you’re done, right? Not so fast.

Whether your kid has moved back home — or never left — in “Parenting Your Emerging Adult: Launching Kids From 18 to 29,” you ‘ll learn how to foster his or her independence and end coddling that may prevent your offspring from going out in the world.

Getting to 30: A Parent’s Guide to the 20-Something Years” helps pave the long, long road to adulthood (are we done yet?), and how to have an optimistic and hopeful parenting attitude.

 

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