Parenting Resources: Articles, Books, And Websites
Updated July 28, 2021
You: Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy, by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet Oz
Written by two medical doctors for expecting parents (the second of whom you might know from his afternoon talk show), this book is a parenting guide chock full of detailed scientific information about pregnancy and gestational myths busted. You'll learn about biology and epigenetics, nutrition, hormones, fetal development, and more, all with the authors' signature wit and wisdom. There is even a special section expressly for dads-to-be.
50 Things to Do Before You Deliver: The First Time Mom's Pregnancy Guide, By Jill Krause
From all the other informative pregnancy and parenting books you're reading, you'll probably have the how-to stuff covered. 50 Things will help you plan in anticipation of your baby's arrival and becoming a parent with trimester-by-trimester tasks that you, as a first-time parent, probably had no idea you needed to do. It's a practical guide to the most important things expectant moms (and other parents) need to do, think about and focus on, as well as creative tips for using technology to track, document and learn all about your pregnancy.
The Wonder Weeks, by Hetty van de Rijt
The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp
Karp teaches you the 5 S's technique for parenting, which thousands of parents have used to calm down crying babies, even colicky ones, for getting them to fall asleep or go back to sleep. And he'll give you the parenting a newborn magic wand, a calming reflex off-switch that all babies are born with, if you just know how to use it. If your baby is fussy or having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, or if you know what a "witching hour" is, this book is a great resource.
You might not realize it, but this is a great time to start thinking about types of styles for parenting and discipline. Your little one is just starting to develop his or her personality, so you can consider different types of parenting to find what's best for each child, whether it's more guidance or less, or an emphasis on rewards more than on consequences. There are more articles about the different styles for parenting on our website.
The CPR class you took at work probably didn't go into detail on infant CPR for parents, and the training has changed recently so your information might be out of date anyway. Other potentially lifesaving skills (that are necessary for every parent) discussed in this article include how to treat a burn, how to stop severe bleeding, and knowing when to intervene and when to stand back and wait for help to arrive.
There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient and Confident Kids, by Linda Akeson McGurk
1-2-3 Magic, by Thomas Phelan
You know a parenting book is good when it has been around for over 25 years and is still referenced by therapists, pediatricians, and parents everywhere. 1-2-3 Magic is a scientifically proven approach to managing child behavior, both good and bad, with simple consequences and positive reinforcement.
Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots, by Sharon Lovejoy
In the getting-outside-is-good-for-them vein, this parenting book is all about cultivating a young child's mind, wonder and spirit by teaching them to cultivate a garden. It has 12 simple design ideas for themed gardens, including planting recipes and activities. It's sure to inspire garden fun and a love of outdoors in your family.
Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child, by Ross W. Greene
Written by a renowned child psychologist and New York Times bestselling author, Raising Human Beings helps parents build better relationships with their children while also offering nurturing, empathy, honesty, resilience and independence. It covers a broad range of topics of concern for today's parents, from hygiene and curfew to screen time.
You've probably lamented at some point, feeling that your child was one or more of these. This article includes advice from an occupational therapist about why kids are this way (hint: it has a lot to do with the amount of attention they get from their parents), technology, and how to turn things around.
New research shows that childhood adversity can have far-reaching impact, not just emotionally and mentally, but possibly by altering our cells and DNA. Extreme stress in youth can damage endocrine and immune systems into adulthood. It's a different way for parents to look at human health and disease.
The American Psychological Association ranks Info About Kids as one of its top parenting resources when parents need help navigating their children and adolescents through life. Info About Kids is exceptional because all of its behavioral science resources and information for parents have been reviewed and approved by psychologists to make sure they are based on actual research and free of bias. One of its most popular and most useful features is a section to help parents learn to recognize what behaviors are normal, and what might warrant a call to the doctor.
Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood, by Foster Cline and Jim Fay
Raising happy, healthy teenagers is almost as tumultuous and trying a journey as navigating your baby's first year. Parenting Teens with Love and Logic is a great resource if parents want to gently and discreetly help their teens learn on their own how to make good choices. Learn to set limits and encourage responsible decision making without losing your mind or ruining your relationship with your teen.
How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
As a parent, going through the teen years with your child is a lot like going through the toddler years, and many of the gentle, guiding techniques you used during your child's younger years can still be applicable when they're teenagers, especially trust, respect and listening.
It might not seem like your middle school days are that far behind you, but it can be hard to remember what youthful friendships are like. They can be fickle, shifting, and heartbreaking, mainly because at this age, kids are still figuring out their identities. As a parent, you have to help your teen learn to be a good friend, identify good friends, and not dwell in despair if a friendship doesn't survive the journey.
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