We know there’s often a lot of conflicting parenting advice on the internet these days, so parenting books still remain one of our most trusted resources. Here are some of our faves – all mama-approved!
Parenting books are kind of our forté here (call us obsessed!). So whether you’re looking for parenting advice, tips on getting kids to sleep through the night or targeted know-how on raising and supporting teens, we’ve got just the book recommendation. Plus you’ll be happy to know that all the books below can easily be found on Amazon.sg – along with over 17 million books spanning genres, age groups, and different categories – making it arguably one of the largest bookstores in Singapore! You can also shop the Best Sellers, Top Rated and Most Gifted categories for book inspiration. Psssst! Amazon Prime members can enjoy free shipping for items from the Amazon US international store with no minimum spend from now until 31 October 2021!
Our Favourite Parenting Books Right Now
1. How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes
Isn’t it every parent’s hope that our kids don’t grow up to be a-holes? How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes by Melinda Wenner Moyer is an honest and tongue-in-cheek guide to help kids turn out kind, considerate, and ethical, in a world where social media and the news seem to ‘reward’ individuals who appear selfish, obnoxious and cruel. How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes is a refreshing evidence-based parenting book that provides often surprising perspectives on parenting issues. It even highlights the kind of traits we want to instil in our children, including honesty, generosity, and antiracism and ways to impart these values to them.
2. The Montessori Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Nurturing Your Baby with Love, Respect, and Understanding
The Montessori Baby is the perfect book for new parents who want to learn to raise babies with love, respect and insight, right from birth. It’s filled with hundreds of practical ideas plus pointers on understanding what’s actually happening with your baby through active observation and cues. There are also tips on how to create ‘Montessori spaces’ in your home and ideas for activities that encourage baby’s movement and language development at their own pace. If you’ve got slightly older kids, be sure to check out The Montessori Toddler: A Parent’s Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being!
3. The Wonder Weeks: A Stress-Free Guide to Your Baby’s Behavior
The first year of a baby’s life is one of the toughest – especially if you’re new to the parenthood game! Half the battle is won when you anticipate their crankiness, fussiness and clinginess, which are all often attributed to a developmental leap. The Wonder Weeks provides ground-breaking behavioural research that explains how babies experience ten magical “leaps” during the first 20 months of life. It reassures parents that fussiness, regression and wakeful nights are necessary for growth and won’t last forever.
4. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
Neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson’s The Whole-Brain Child details twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development so kids can be calmer and happier. With this book you’ll learn that especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain–so it’s no wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk! we love the age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles!
5. Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting by Janet Lansbury
Inspired by the pioneering parenting philosophy of her friend and mentor, Magda Gerber, Janet Lansbury encourages parents and child care professionals to view babies and children as unique, capable human beings with natural abilities to learn without being taught; develop motor and cognitive skills; communicate; face age-appropriate struggles; initiate and direct independent play for extended periods; and much more. “Elevating Child Care” is a collection of 30 popular and widely read articles from Janet’s website that focus on some of the most common infant/toddler issues, including eating, sleeping, diaper changes, communication, separation, focus and attention span, creativity, boundaries, and more. Janet’s insightful philosophy lays the foundation for a closer, more fulfilling parent/child relationship, and children who grow up to be authentic, confident, successful adults.
6. No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame
We can count on Janet Lansbury’s 20 years of hands-on experience guiding hundreds of parents and their toddlers (along with in-depth research) to teach us a thing or two about navigating toddler behaviours and how respectful parenting practices can be applied to benefit both parents and children! No Bad Kids covers common topics such as punishment, cooperation, boundaries, testing, tantrums and hitting, with practical tips to tackle those critical years when toddlers are developmentally obliged to test the limits of our patience and love.
7. Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children
When parenting, do we usually trust our own instincts or are we often too caught up on the advice or judgement of others before taking action? Nurture Shock explores exactly that, with the authors reviewing their findings in a way that acknowledges the complexity of the issues without overwhelming the average reader. Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman explain why previous beliefs about a topic were wrong and how the new, science-based ideas work better. You’ll also find tips on how you can change your behaviour as a parent to approach each situation calmly. Nurture Shock covers praise, sleep deprivation, discussing race, lying, sibling conflict, teen rebellion, self-control and focus, bullying, and more.
8. How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children
Organised by common challenges and conflicts (think refusal to do everyday tasks or challenging behaviour) How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen is an essential parenting guide with communication strategies, including a chapter that addresses the special needs of children with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. With this useful parenting book you’ll feel empowered to establish rewarding, joyful relationships with kids from ages 2-7 years old.
9. Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
Ahh, the teen years! At this point, it’s worth noting that parenting teens sometimes does vary by gender (in relation to which hormones take up the majority in their bodies), with Untangled in particular being targeted towards parents of daughters. This highly engaging parenting guide explores the latest research on seven distinct—and absolutely normal—developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups. You’ll find realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, plus answers to the most common questions parents of teen daughters may have!
10. Raising Boys: Why Boys Are Different–And How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men
With all the stories of toxic masculinity, abuse and power dynamics that we’ve heard through the years, a practical guide on raising sons is much needed. Raising Boys talks about the nitty-gritty in parenting our sons – including topics like sex, violence, homework, sports, the Internet, and more. Steve Biddulph has a way of approaching these difficult topics with gentle humour and proven wisdom backed by his decades of experience as a family psychologist and father. The book even explores mitigating the dangerous effects of online pornography, male-specific hearing problems, and teen driving on boys.
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Happy reading, mamas and dads!
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