I love to read when I have time, which lets face it, is few and far between these days. Some of my favorite genres include realistic fiction and suspenseful books, as well as some biographical and historical books. These are the types I love to read to check-out, chill, and quiet my mind. As us moms know though, sometimes we are called or possibly forced to read parenting books. While pregnant, I found myself reading a lot of parenting books, to prepare as much as I could for the arrival of our first born. Even through the first year I continued to read books related to baby's first year periodically. After the second, I, like so many moms, felt like a pro! So, I had no need to read the parenting self-help books unless I needed a refresher for something specific. As I recently combed over my book shelf, I thought about all of the books and realized I needed to share some of my favorites.
Now, living with two full blown toddlers, my parenting reads continue; these books just aren't necessarily out of my panic to keep these little beings alive anymore, but instead involve how to discipline these little dragons. We have meltdown modes daily and multiple times a day, so here we go...
Some of these are quite serious and super helpful, while others go along with my personality. I love to laugh and in my opinion there's nothing better than trying to laugh through some of the hardest days living with toddlers. In those days, I need humor, I need potty mouthed moms like me, and I seek out those books. So, I will asterisk (*) the books that have adult language/humor, therefore if that's not your thing you can skip right over. Or, if you are like me and need some funny adult humor, you can dive right into to those first! :)
My Favorite Parenting Books 101:
Birth-First Year Books:
What To Expect When You're Expecting- Heidi Murkoff
What To Expect the First Year- Heidi Murkoff
Caring For Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5- American Academy of Pediatrics
Welcome To the Club: 100 Parenting Milestones You Never saw Coming- Raquel D'Apice
**Sh*t My Dad Says- Justin Halpern
**The Sh!T No One Tells You: A Guide To Surviving Your Baby's First Year- Dawn Dais
Toddler Life & Older Kids Parenting 101:
No-Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind- Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
**Toddlers Are A**holes: It's Not Your Fault- Bunmi Laditan
**Confessions of a Domestic Failure- Bunmi Laditan
123 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12- Thomas Phelan
Parenting with Love and Logic- Foster Cline & Jim Fay
**Go the F*ck to Sleep- Adam Mansbauch
If you love this book, make sure you go on YouTube and listen to Samuel L. Jackson's audio version.
**You Have to F*cking Eat- Adam Mansbach
The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, & Smart About Money- Ron Lieber
I have read or am in the process of reading these books, and these are by far my favorite reads. Reading calms my mind, and also helps me sleep.
I would love for you all to comment & share some of your favorite parenting books.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!