Best Parenting Books (to Read in 2018)

Being a parent is no easy job.

Good thing that today, help can come in many ways, even  through books!

We’ve gathered the Best Parenting Books to read as recommended by 10 experts.

See below!

The most recommended parenting book is The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.

Sue Scheff

Nationally Recognized Author | Parent Advocate | Family Internet Safety Advocate

Diana Graber is the co-founder of Cyberwise and founder of CyberCivics. She’s also one of the first digital literacy teacher’s in our country.

Raising Humans is the first parenting book that compares raising digital kids to building a house — first you need that sturdy foundation.

This author’s approach is user-friendly and will take the sting (and fear) out of parents believing they need to be more cyber-savvy than their kids. Diana Graber refers to devices and social platforms as tools.

She helps give her students the foundation and emotional support to use these tools – and it’s exactly what’s she passing on to parents and readers.

She helps parents build a sturdy structure with four pillars (reputation, privacy, screen-time, relationship – skills) that will withstand the digital storms that may come their way.

Raising Humans offers CyberCivicMoments that are activities for both parents and kids/tweens/teens to participate and learn from (both online and offline). Whether your building your digital billboard or creating a strong password or maybe detecting fake news, Raising Humans will help make you a digital leader.

Sue Scheff was once a target of online shame and won a landmark case for internet defamation and invasion of privacy in 2006. We’re all a click away from digital disgrace, but being an educated parent and having the awareness of what our young people are facing is the first step to being part of the solution.

In the rise of incivility, we are living in an era where online bullying and harassment has become a new normal for all ages. The emotional impact online shame has on young people, especially teens can be overwhelming as we witness them struggling with depression and anxiety as social media is influencing their lives.

Shame Nation addresses these concerns not only for young people, but for parents and anyone that is dealing with online hate as well as the trend of the sexting scandals in schools and the importance of online reputation.

With real life stories that offer teachable moments, and people that have been digitally shamed and gone on to create organizations that help others today, this book is packed full of resources, advice and over a dozen experts in the field of cyber-safety, psychology and online reputation.

It’s a perfect pick for both parents and teens to read together and discuss how they can prevent, overcome and survive digital disasters as well as become upstanders in their communities.

Isn’t it time we bring this shame nation to a civil one?  

Caleb Backe

Health & Wellness Expert, Maple Holistics

This book is full of personal anecdotes of parents talking about their own childhood sibling rivalry.

How many of us would be able to spend a few days with our siblings now without arguing?

It helps work through your issues so you can help with your children’s.

A book that teaches a parent to treat children with respect and trying to meet them wherever they may be.

It teaches you to discipline your children without shame. The book shows us how our children can be their best selves without ruining ourselves in the process.

This book is for exhausted parents, which is most likely all of them. The story captures the day-to-day survival techniques of families from all over the world.

It offers motivation and support for the parents who feel like they just can’t possibly do it all.

Dana Stahl

Learning Specialist | Educational Consultant | Child/Parent Advocate

The ABCs of Learning Issues is a practical guide to help parents understand various learning disabilities and behaviors that they may observe at home and hear about from their children’s teachers.

It explores 24 of the most commonly observed learning issues, including immature social-emotional development, decoding skills, and academic anxiety.

The book describes each learning issue in layman’s terms, as well as provides clinical and educator definitions. It also offers a robust ‘Resource’ section that includes a glossary, tips for parents to effectively communicate with their children’s school, and a list of organizations that can provide assistance.

Psychologist | International Speaker | Parenting Coach

This book emphasizes the crucial role that our language and intentions play in the way we parent – it is the difference between parenting from a “yes” place as opposed to a “no” place.

The authors do an incredible job of incorporating brain science in an understandable way, and showing us that the way we parent our children changes their brains in powerful ways.

First published just over a decade ago, the contents of this book are as relevant today as ever.

Written by the founder of the positive psychology field, the book discusses some of the most important elements of child development such as optimism, sense of mastery and competence, self-esteem and negativistic thinking.

It also provides invaluable tools for helping children grow up to be masters of their own thoughts and emotions.

This is one of THE most practical books on parenting out there. For parents who are looking for concrete advice on how to manage theirs and their children’s 6-8pm routine, this is the book that will show them how to do it in the easiest way possible.

Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov

Lawyer | Law Professor | Digital Parenting Coach | eSafety Consultant

Inside this book are tips that will give you additional support and a boost of confidence as you raise your children in the digital environment.

This guide is full of advice and parent-friendly tips for each age group. The key themes:

This guide covers the harmful content that your child, tween, or teen may come in contact with, as well as highlighting the creative pull of YouTube. This guide contains YouTube-specific tips and resources to assist parents and caregivers in the digital age.

This is the perfect conversation starter book! Screen Balance Inspiration is designed to provide you with ideas on balancing your family’s screen time and device usage. This guide is one of those resources with the goal to get you started with confidence in parenting this digital age.

Good parenting involves speaking with children about their ideas, talents, and passions.

College Success Stories That Inspire helps readers – parents and students alike – explore academic and extracurricular possibilities at a wide variety of colleges and universities. Each chapter creates opportunities for meaningful conversation within families.

By seeing college life experienced to the fullest, high school students can be motivated by multiple education and career paths.

Jennifer L. Baker

Founder |  Executive Director, Good Dads, Inc.

Many of my clients ask what they might read to supplement the work we are doing in couple and family therapy.

As a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist, I feel very confident in recommendingThe Boy Crisis. Many have told me how helpful this book has been to them in understanding their own place in the world and giving them insights about how to be the dad and partner they want to me. 

Gina Hendon Meadows

School Psychologist | Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator |Mother

There are tons of parenting books that talk about parenting strategies for addressing and preventing misbehavior. One aspect that I often found was missing was information to help the PARENT.

Dr. Markham has an entire section of her book dedicated to this. She teaches you, as the parent, to stay calm when things get hectic and prevent yourself from yelling at your kids which only makes the situation (and relationship) worse. I am SO thankful I found this book.

As a Positive Discipline instructor, so much of what I teach and what I practice in my daily life with my children is based on Dr. Jane Nelson’s Positive Discipline program. 

She lays out how to parent with respect and in turn raise respectful and capable children. This book provides so many strategies and tools that do not involve punishment, and instead focus on problem solving and building connection with your children, which I think are some of the most important aspects of parenthood! Nelsen explains why many common parenting practices (like punishment, grounding, etc) are ineffective, and demystifies positive parenting by providing the research and tools that work!

If you want to improve your communication with your child, stop engaging in power struggles, teach your children to be accountable, and have a more cooperative home, you should check this book out.

Dr. Siegel is a neuropsychiatrist. In his book, he explains how the brain develops in young children and applies this to everyday situations like public tantrums, arguments, and meltdowns.

He also explains how the way we parent, can directly affect our children’s brain, thinking, and development. The way we talk to and parent our kids can have a huge impact! The parenting strategies he clearly discusses in this book are all based in neuroscience research, and they work!

Sharyn Saftler

Registered Dietitian | Health Coach

The authors use neuroscience to help you understand how your kids brains are developing and how to teach them developmentally appropriate ways to regulate their own emotions and thoughts.

It empowers parents to raise healthy kids who can think rationally, contribute to the world around them and grow into the incredible humans they were meant to be – having little unlearn as they grow up (unlike the situation many millennials are facing now).

Elizabeth Jeglic
Cynthia Calkins

Clinical Psychologists | Professors | Sexual Violence Prevention Researchers | Authors

This year we published a book based upon the research providing parents with concrete strategies that they can use to protect their children from Sexual Abuse. This is a very important book as parents often feel afraid and helpless to protect their children.

This book gives parents facts and information based upon the most current research evidence about what we know about what they can do to keep their children safe.