Compiling 5 of the best toddler parenting books has been truly a fun ride. Not only are these topics fun to cover, but they also tend to help a lot of parents make decisions.
Thankfully there are so many books in this topic, that choosing the best toddler parenting books can be challenging.
This indeed, makes our work a tiny bit harder, but in return it makes the life and experience of so many parents, way more easier and way more enjoyable. Making it a good thing at the end.
Before we reveal the list to you, we just wanted to mention that these entries are somewhat subjective. We have tried to be as professional as we can, but at the end of the day, this is our opinion.
We believe that these books have a lot of knowledge to give, and we are certain that most parents can benefit from them.
With that disclaimer aside, let us start to count the best toddler parenting books with:
1. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive
Author: Daniel J Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
Goodreads Rating: 4.4 out of 5
Number of Pages: 192
Other than having a very long name, The Whole-Brain child is also one of the books that is always brought up in a conversation about the best toddler parenting books.
Co-Written by a neuropsychiatrist and a children’s expert; Daniel Sielge and Tina Payne Bryson, respectively, this book is able to teach parenting by merging these two sciences into one.
Not only is the book very well at merging the expertise of the authors, it also is a very practical book that talks about everyday issues most parents face with their children.
Before reading it we were a bit skeptical about the ‘premise’, so to speak. We jumped in expecting something super technical from the field of neuropsychiatry.
Instead we were greeted by a comprehensive breakdown on what makes children behave the way they behave. Understanding was the first step though.
The book goes as far as to show you how to deal with mundane things like your kid throwing a tantrum at the store, or stuff like this.
This is not only one of the best toddler parenting books ever, we highly believe that this is one of the best parenting books in general.
2. Helpful Phrases: How to Gain Cooperation from Toddlers & Preschoolers Without Lectures
Author: Rachel Norman & Lauren Tamm
Goodreads Rating: 3.9 out of 5
Number of Pages: 134
This particular entry is probably going to be a bit of a controversial one. A lot of people enjoy this book, but is it one of the best toddler parenting books?
We believe so! We base this belief in one simple factor: it is one of the most practical entries on this list. ‘Helpful Phrases’ doesn’t beat around the bush too much.
The book suggests different phrases that parents can use to overcome different difficulties that are associated with raising a child. Especially difficulties with talking to toddlers.
It is one thing to just speak in front of your toddler, this book actually helps you find the right wording so that you may grab the attention of your toddler and make sure that they listen.
This simple notion is huge. The more they listen to you and the more of their attention that you have, the more you are able to influence their behavior. This is, to an extent, the philosophy of the book.
The book promotes that instead of shouting or repeating yourself, you make a plan on how you deal with misbehaving children, or how to handle ‘toddler-related chaos’.
3. How to Talk so Kids Will Listen And Listen So Kids Will Talk
Author: Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
Illustrator: Kimberly Ann Coe
Goodreads Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Number of Pages: 385
‘How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk’ is one of the most famous books for parents to ever be published.
Adele Faber and Aline Mazlish are some of the most beloved authors for so many parents, and they have done an amazing job of creating a series of books that attempt to help parents.
As you can probably guess, this book focuses on how to create a better, more meaningful way of communicating with your children.
Just like some of the previously mentioned books, although there is a lot about toddler in it, this one isn’t only meant for toddlers. It is a broad lesson on communication for parents.
Unlike other entries, many readers consider that the teachings of this book are applicable even to adults. Many have reported that they have better communication skills in general after reading this book.
Also you might have noticed that in this entry we also mentioned the illustrator. That is unique here, we just thought that Ann Coe had done such an amazing job with the illustration, that not mentioning her, felt wrong.
The book promotes an authoritative parenting style, with positive discipline. Readers are encouraged to be positive, praise the things you like, asking questions, making the children feel involved, etc.
4. How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7
Author: Joanne Faber & Julie King
Goodreads Rating: 4.4 out of 5
Number of Pages: 385
Dubbed by the Boston Globe as the “Parenting Bible”, ‘How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen’ is definitely one of the best books a parent can have.
This book has an entrance written by the above mentioned Adele Faber. It is sort of a continuation of the previous entry, but this time the focus is on children ages 2-7.
The book is written by Adele’s daughter and King. These two truly bring fresh air to these teachings and make them much more specific and more targeted in their approach.
Both authors are children experts, and they came up with ‘How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen’ by combining previous teachings, their experience, and the experience of the parents they’ve worked with.
Is it becoming obvious now why the works of these two can be constantly found in lists talking about the best toddler parenting books? They are true experts and have helped countless parents.
Communication is very important. Not only does it make the job of parenting much easier, but it also helps our children grow into confident and happy adults.
There is enough difference in the last two entries, that we felt that we couldn’t talk about the best toddler parenting books without mentioning both.
5. The Gentle Discipline Book How to raise co-operative, polite and helpful children
Author: Sarah Ockwell-Smith
Goodreads Rating: 4.1 out of 5
Number of Pages: 288
Discipline is very important in life. It is the responsibility of parents to instill it in their children. As this virtue can really help the children down the line, in their adult life.
‘The Gentle Discipline Book‘ helps the readers or listeners understand that discipline could be taught in a, as the name suggests, gentle way and manner.
Sarah Ockwell-Smith touches many different issues that parents face, and all throughout the book she tries to convey the message that you can deal with these issues while being gentle.
Some of the things that are talked about in the book include: swearing, sibling rivalry, how to fix low self-esteem, how to fix lack of self-confidence, whining, rudeness, refusal to do things, etc.
The author is somewhat ‘underground’ and not a lot of people know about Sarah. We believe that she is an awesome author and her work belongs among the best toddler parenting books.
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