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The 5 Most Popular Parenting Books of the Year

The 5 Most Popular Parenting Books of the Year

2017 was a crazy year for a lot of people. And if you’re a parent, no doubt, the year had it’s hectic moments. That reflected in this year’s most popular sources for kid advice. Here’s a rundown of the most popular parenting books over the past year. Which ones will you check off of your list before diving into what’s to come in 2018?

In 2017 Parenting Books That Were Most Popular

  1. The New York Times published it’s last Parenting specific bestseller list last January, but top of the list: Adam Mansbach’s recent classic Go the —-to SleepPerhaps this established a theme for the year, as the Amazon’s overall non-fiction bestseller of 2017? While it’s not a parenting book per se, it does contain a bit of wisdom that any overstressed parent can occasionally use: Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a —-.
  2. Also making both the New York Times January list, and always a chart topper on Amazon, was an old classic that is chock full of advice: What to Expect When You’re Expecting. While still popular though, it’s no longer considered the end-all be-all of pregnancy books, but it is still the bestseller. Its Goodreads page features many negative reviews that take issue with what some view as an overly alarmist viewpoint and condescending attitude to pregnant women. Many others though continue to appreciate the wealth of information the reference book provides.
  3. Who doesn’t have a little bit of French envy? There’s always something appealing about dropping everything and heading to Paris. But with the ever popular Bringing Up Bébéyou can infuse a bit of French into your life at home, no language lessons required. When Pamela Druckerman has her baby while living in Paris as a journalist, she starts to notice the French children are more well-behaved than she remembers American children being. In this book she brings all of her journalist’s skills to discover what the secret is.
  4. If you use Instagram or Pinterest you’ve likely noticed that minimalism is having a moment. So why not apply the ethos to parenting? Simplicity Parenting receives high marks on Amazon for teaching how “using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier, and more secure kids.”
  5. Kids brains aren’t the same as adult ones, plus, few parents have a perfect understanding of how their own brain works, beyond knowing they could use a whole lot more sleep. However, we do know that good development is of the utmost importance to child-raising, which is why this straightforward and comprehensive books is such a popular resource: The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind.



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