Book Club Picks: Parenting Books for Spring

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Whether you are a first-time mom or a seasoned pro, we all can use a little help raising our kids. Some of the most beneficial advice can be found in the latest parenting books. These remarkable gems offer practical tips, real-life experiences, and even research-based recommendations. As moms, we want what is best for our children. Using knowledgeable resources as a guide is the first step towards achieving success. To help you select the best one suited for your needs, here are our favorite picks that are available online and in stores now.   

Dude, You’re Gonna Be A Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months

 Dude, You’re Gonna Be A Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months by John Pfeiffer is not your typical pregnancy book. Let’s be honest…most dads are clueless when it comes to understanding the ins and outs of childbirth. In this hilarious spin on prenatal care, dads will learn what to expect for the next nine months and beyond in a man-friendly way. A quick read perfect for the bedside table, this revealing guide debunks pregnancy myths while preparing you both for one of life’s most incredible experiences.    

 How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success

How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success by Tovah P. Klein, PhD is an essential must-have pick for parenting. This down-to-earth book clearly explains the scientific intricacies of how a toddler’s brain functions and what parents can do to help the child’s development in a positive and nurturing way. With a heartfelt foreword written by Sarah Jessica Parker who has personally benefited from Dr. Klein’s wisdom, this book even provides tips for “cracking the code” on some of the most challenging toddler behaviors like tantrums and fussy eating habits.

 Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your Five Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior

 Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your Five Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior by the popular British super nanny and disciplinarian Jo Frost is an easy-to-follow program designed to create a peaceful and happy home environment. Using her proven S.O.S. method- Step Back, Observe, and Step In- she addresses such important topics as sleep, food, play, learning, and manners. These practical guidelines and useful strategies make this book a go-to resource for parents looking to make a change in their child’s behavior.  

Parents Who Don’t Do Dishes (and other recipes for life

Parents Who Don’t Do Dishes (and other recipes for life) by Richard Melnick is a combination memoir, cookbook, and parenting primer for moms and dads in search of a holistic approach to child rearing. Rather than sweating the small stuff, Melnick has taken the lessons he has learned from his experiences with cancer and divorce and translated them into better parenting strategies. From helicopter parenting to tiger moms, he addresses it all with humor and wit in this delightful 100 page book worth the read.

 A Meaning for Danny

 A Meaning for Danny by Brigid Marlin is a compelling memoir addressing the joys and struggles of raising a child with Asperger’s syndrome. As parents, we know the number of children who fall within the autism spectrum is staggering, yet there is hope when it comes to dealing with the challenges parents must face. This touching story of one mother who never gave up will provide valuable insight for those looking for inspiration.   

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