Resources For Parenting: Articles, Books, And Websites
Updated August 27, 2020
Parenting is hard. Like really, really hard. Kids are complicated, confusing and often don't function the way you think they ought to, yet they don't come with an owner's manual (but maybe they should!).
You can ask your friends for advice, and your mother-in-law is likely to dispense it unsolicited. There is a 99 percent chance you have a copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting or What to Expect the First Year on your bookshelf. You can join moms' groups, talk to teachers and pediatricians, and at some point or another, you will almost definitely receive at least one very unhelpful tip from an old lady in the grocery-store checkout line.
These are all wonderful, valuable resources (perhaps except the woman from the grocery store) but maybe you're looking for something a little more informative, with a little less bias. Something you can hold in your hand, highlight, return to, share easily with other parents.
If you want to know everything about kids and child development and parenting, if you're dealing with an illness or another issue, or if you just want to understand a little more about what your kids are doing/feeling/experiencing, you'll want the best parenting info and resources from the finest parenting experts the world has to offer. Parents have weighed in and shared their favorite and most-trusted resources in print and online.
Resources For Expectant Parents
- 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 (the second of whom you might know from his afternoon talk show), this book is a 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 dedicated 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 books you're reading, you'll probably have the how-to stuff covered. 50 Things will help you plan for your baby's arrival 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 dads) 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.
- 16 Things No One Told Me About Pregnancy - An honest and humorous look at the things you might not read about in your baby book or hear about from your Facebook group. This parenting article covers labor and delivery from someone who has been there, done that, from how often you have to pee to how often you have to see the doctor.
- How to Survive Labor and Delivery (and All the Grossness) - Lighthearted and truthful, this article gives you the low down on what to expect when you're delivering - in glorious detail - so that you're prepared when the time comes (because it's coming!) and so there are no surprises. This is another example of things that nobody talks about.
- The Bump - From the same people who brought you The Knot and The Nest comes a fun, interactive and informative website featuring week-by-week updates on baby's development, a symptom checker, a pregnancy checklist, an active forum filled with other moms-to-be, and tons of helpful articles to answer your questions and soothe your fears. The Bump can help you research, create and manage your baby shower registry, plan a baby shower, and name your baby. It even has an extensive section on getting pregnant, if you haven't yet jumped on the baby train.
- What to Expect - Okay, so you've got the book. Maybe you've even read it. But the website has so much more to offer, like tips on how to shop for maternity clothes, a car seat buying guide, Chinese gender predictor chart (it's not scientific, folks - it's just for fun), and a wide selection of articles covering everything from how to track ovulation to toddler basics.
Resources For Parents Of Newborns And Infants
- The Wonder Weeks, by Hetty van de Rijt - This book is a roadmap of the developmental stages and regression periods that babies go through - all babies - in their first 20 months. It's a boon to new parents who have questions and concerns about everything regarding the development of their new babies. The Wonder Weeks uses simple terms and clear explanations to help you understand and interpret all of these leaps and phases, and even to anticipate the most stressful times. There is also a companion website and app for this book.
- The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp - Karp teaches you the 5 S's technique, which thousands of parents have used to calm down crying babies, even colicky ones, and get them to fall asleep or go back to sleep, and he'll give you 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.
- Your Child's Temperament: Finding the Right Parenting Style to Match - You might not realize it, but this is a great time to start thinking about types of parenting styles 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.
- 10 First Aid Skills Every Parent Should Know - The CPR class you took at work probably didn't go into detail on infant CPR, and the training as changed recently so your information might be out of date anyway. Other potentially lifesaving skills 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.
- New Parent - A simple, fun website with sections on parenting newborns and beyond, New Parent has got articles and review on baby gear, recipes for kids and families, a comprehensive breastfeeding guide, and plenty of articles, posts and advice on everything from how to get back your mom bod to helping your child overcome fears of the dentist, and all the other milestones in between.best
- Baby Center - Like The Bump, Baby Center is a great resource throughout pregnancy and beyond. But don't delete that bookmark after your little one is born, because Baby Center also covers infants, toddlers, preschoolers and big kids with a bustling community of other real moms just like you, thousands of articles and expert advice and answers on diapering, baby sleep, starting solid foods and more.
Resources For Parents Of Toddlers And Preschoolers
- There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient and Confident Kids, by Linda Akeson McGurk - A Swedish mom who settled in the U.S. to raise her family experienced culture shock when she found her outdoors-focused was not the norm here. She sought out to share her philosophy on concepts like an open-air living, spending time outdoors and fostering children's relationships with nature as a way of raising healthier, more resilient, and more confident kids.
- 1-2-3 Magic, by Thomas Phelan - You know a parenting book is good when it has been around for almost 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.
- How to Prepare Your Toddler for Preschool - Ease the transition for both you and your child by talking about it and reading books with your child. Take him or her shopping for school supplies and pick out a special first-day outfit to generate excitement.
- The Beginner's Guide to Positive Discipline for Toddlers - Positive discipline is one of many types of parenting you can implement early on, to shape your child's behavior in a firm but gentle way. Helpful advice includes picking your battles, don't negotiate with terrorists, and learn the magic of redirection.
- Parent Toolkit - Produced by NBC News Learn and Pearson, Parent Toolkit is a one-stop resource covering every facet of child development to help you raise healthy, successful children. It has news, how-to videos, guest bloggers, and plenty of advice and guidance from experts.
- Parenting - Here is another website that doesn't focus solely on offering parenting advice for moms and dads of toddlers, but there is a plethora of just that. It's the website for the magazine of the same name, and features message boards, guides on planning birthdays, holidays and travel, decor, toys, and of course covers the toddler essentials like potty training, calming nightmares, and staving off childhood obesity.
Resources For Parents Of School-Aged Children
- Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots, by Sharon Lovejoy - In the getting-outside-is-good-for-them vein, this book is all about cultivating a young child's mind, wonder and spirit by teaching them to cultivate a garden. It has 12 simple ideas for theme 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 to today's parents, from hygiene and curfew to screen time.
- Why are Kids Impatient, Bored, Friendless, and Entitled? - 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.
- Childhood, Disrupted: How Bad Experiences in Childhood Can Lead to Adult Illness - 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 to look at human health and disease.
- Info About Kids - The American Psychological Association ranks Info About Kids one of its top parenting resources for parents looking for help navigating their children and adolescents through life. Info About Kids is exceptional because all of its behavioral science resources and information 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 for kids, and what might warrant a call to the doctor.
- Aha! Parenting - Laura Markham is a well-known clinical psychologist who founded this website as a way to support parents trying to raise happy, responsible, considerate kids. If you're working on your child's behavior or trying to develop your approach to raising your kids, Aha! Parenting has many resources to complement that journey, from books, articles, and an online shop with online courses and recommended gifts for kids.
Resources For Parents Of Teens
- 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 for parents who 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 - The internationally acclaimed authors of How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk are back with straightforward advice designed to help parents and teens get through the trials and tribulations of adolescence. With their simple suggestions and innovative techniques, you'll be able to tackle tough teen topics and improve communication with your child.
- Ten Ways to Peacefully Parent Your Teen - 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.
- Understanding Changing Middle School Friendships - 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. 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.
- Focus on the Family - With a little faith and spirituality peppered in, Focus on the Family is a Christian ministry lifestyle blog that covers life challenges, social issues, marriage and of course parenting, with a variety of subjects from teen romance to managing technology.
- Raising Teens Blog - Raising Teens was founded by two moms and focused on topics they're personally going through or have experienced while raising their teens. They talk about teen anxiety, dating, social media, physical changes, and many of the other subjects and challenges that parents think and worry about during their kids' teenage years.
In this technological age, Pinterest can also be a great resource for parents, and there are so many other places you can go for help, in addition to books, articles, and websites. You can find many apps, blogs, magazines, support groups, classes and workbooks, all dedicated to education, empower and support you on your meandering journey through parenthood.