When you’re a new parent or about to be one, you can expect certain emotions and thoughts to unfailingly bug you. We mean panic, anxiety, self-doubt or even terror. But you’re not alone. There are millions of other parents going through the same emotions. Having a child and nurturing them is a learning experience in itself. To help you with that, we have shortlisted 5 books, which are must-reads for all parents.
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott
The book is about Anne Lamott’s life after childbirth. A single-mom, ex-alcoholic and recovered addict, Ann gives an account of her son Sam’s first year and the amount of changes, both physically and mentally, she had to undergo during that period. Funny yet moving, it is an interesting read for all about-to-be or new parents.
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Written by award winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, NurtureShock analyzes modern society’s methods of nurturing children and why they are backfiring. “Frequent and undeserved rewards in the form of praise deprive a child of motivation and discourage persistence. It’s a neurobiological fact,” write the authors. Interesting and insightful, the book gives you an alternative perspective on how to nurture your kids.
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
“One of the main reasons babies cry is because they are born 3 months too soon,” writes Dr. Harvey Karp, author of ‘The Happiest Baby on the Block’. In the book, Dr. Karp explains the 5 “S’s” that trigger the calming reflex, namely swadling, side position, shushing, swinging and sucking. Apart from this, the author has also provided a remedy for colic. The book is basically a guide on how to make your cranky child into a calm baby in minutes.
The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine
This is one of the must-reads for all mums-to-be. Explaining the entire 9 months of pregnancy, it answers all those questions which most women are embarrassed to ask. The book talks to you like a girlfriend would, explaining mood swings and changes that your body goes through during pregnancy.
Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Sibling rivalries aren’t really uncommon. It starts at a young age, especially when there is a very small age difference. With knowledge gained from a decades worth of feedback from parents’ letters, talk shows and their own experience as parents, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish have produced a manual to end the squabbles of siblings and frustration of parents to create a happy family.