6 Summer Reads for Moms – Beyond the Basics

I’ll confess, I’m a bit obsessed with reading parenting books, especially when I’m pregnant. I’m not sure if it is the underlying mother-like urge to prepare for the arrival of a new child (the same urge that motivates us to decorate the nursery 10 different ways) or the general sense of “Oh-crap! Am I really ready for this?!?” With my first pregnancy, I read the basic books about baby care, growth and development, but then with my second and third pregnancies I found more complex parenting books to read. Here are a few of my favorites.

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The Happiest Toddler on the Block (2005) by Harvey Karp

If you read The Happiest Baby on the Block, you are well aware of the expertise and simple secrets Dr. Karp shares with his readers. In The Happiest Toddler on the Block, Karp continues his great advice with survival tactics for the tumultuous toddler years.

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Bringing up Bebe` (2012) by Pamela Druckerman

Druckerman, an American Journalist, finds herself as a new parent France. Her first-hand description of French parenting styles is both refreshing, entertaining, and sentimentally sweet. A must-read, if you are looking for something a little different.

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The Five Love Languages of Children (2016) by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

Chapman, PhD (best-selling author of marriage and relationship books) teams up with Campbell, MD (a pediatric psychologist) to help you identify your child’s love language and find ways to communicate more effectively. If your kids are anywhere between the ages of 1 and 18, this book is an eye-opening read about how to help your children feel loved and strengthen your parent-child relationship.

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Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World (2009) by Rosalind Wiseman


Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World (2013) by Rosalind Wiseman

Wiseman dives right in to the social dynamics and modern issues our boys and girls face today as they progress through secondary education. Even if your kids are young, this book gives you a glimpse of what’s to come with philosophy backed by case studies and professional expertise.

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Here’s The Plan: Your Practical Guide To Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy And Parenting (2016) by Allyson Downey

This book is a great comprehensive guide for how to balance career and motherhood. It covers topics from the legalities of maternity leave and childcare options to sleep deprivation and mommy-brain.

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One Response to 6 Summer Reads for Moms – Beyond the Basics

  1. Julia
    Julia July 14, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    I’m expecting in September and have been on the same kick. I really enjoyed Bringing up Bebe.

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