Parenting books never seem to shy away from the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright hilarious things about being a parent. Whether you’re reading an anecdotal memoir or an inspiring how-to, books are a fantastic way to learn new things, take in thought-provoking ideas, and laugh at the relatable but slightly awful things most parents don’t want to admit. Parenting books are full of great advice but they also give parents, both new and old, a way to feel connected with all of their fellow parents out these. Some of the books on this list are funny, some of them are most fact-based, but all of them are absolutely amazing.

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1. NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Named “one of the most influential books about children ever published,” NurtureShock tackles the subject of child rearing with facts, statistics, and revolutionary insights. This book takes science-backed theories about why many modern parenting theories, ranging from early private school attendance to sibling relationships, may be adversely affecting our children. NurtureShock is irreverent, factual, and incredibly thought-provoking. Even if it doesn’t immediately inspire you to change up your parenting techniques, it will definitely give you a lot to think about.

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2. Daddy Needs A Drink by Robert Wilder

Don’t let the title of this book fool you, this dad totally loves his kids, he just expresses it in a ridiculously hilarious way. Daddy Needs A Drink is less of a parenting guide or a book filled with tips and more of a hilarious personal anecdote filled piece filled with lessons you can totally learn from. From the struggle to finding the perfect baby name to dealing with public toddler tantrums, this book will make you feel loads better about that glass of wine (or two) you need at the end of your day.

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3. The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

A huge part of being a parent revolves around ensuring that your child knows just how much you love them. As adults, we understand that love shows itself in ways that have nothing to do with words but our children often times need to be shown in more overt ways. The 5 Love Languages Of Children expertly teaches parents how to figure out their child’s “love language” then instructs them on how to accurately and consistently express that love. This book helps us understand just how different every child is when it comes to love. We especially recommend it if you have more than one child.

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4. What Every 21st Century Parent Needs To Know by Debra W. Haffner

Whether you’re a Gen-Xer or a Millennial parent, raising a child in the 21st century has its own set of challenges that may seem drastically different than the ones your parents faced while raising you. What Every 21st Century Parent Needs To Know acknowledges the unique concerns that modern parents have about child rearing. From screen time, to fast food, to faith, this book tackles all of it with research, statistics, and some much-needed insight.

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5. Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay is definitely not a book filled with expert advice, statistics, and science, but it is an incredibly funny, relatable body of work for any slightly frazzled new mom out there. In this book, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor tackles everything from Mommy and Me classes to some of the hilarity in modern mommyhood. This piece is genuine, encouraging, and downright witty. Parents new and old can learn a lot from this short essay-filled book.

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6. Nurture The Wow by Danya Ruttenberg

Parenting in spirituality go hand-in-hand in the lives of many people, but thinking of parenting as a spiritual experience in and of itself is a relatively new idea. Nurture The Wow offers parents the chance to approach parenting in all of its ups and downs with the mindset of a mindful meditation. The practices in this book may not be a perfect fit for every parent or family, but they are so interesting, well-thought out, and well researched that they make one super thought-provoking read.

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7. Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross

Saturdays spent in front of the television, Happy Meals, the home phone. Often times we look back and realize how much simpler things were when we were children. While there’s definitely no way we’re ready to give up our iPhones and expensive lattes anytime soon, making things a bit more simple for our children may affect them more positively than we thing. Simplicity Parenting offers the idea that parents these days should totally just chill out a bit.

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Jordyn Smith

Jordyn Smith

A city girl currently living it up in the south with my little family. I love baking, hoarding makeup, and daydreaming. If I'm not writing, I'm probably trying to think up weird pizza recipes or watching Property Brothers.
Jordyn Smith

Jordyn Smith

A city girl currently living it up in the south with my little family. I love baking, hoarding makeup, and daydreaming. If I'm not writing, I'm probably trying to think up weird pizza recipes or watching Property Brothers.