I like books. A lot. But I dont think you have to "learn" how to be a parent. I think for a lot of people, it comes naturally. Before I had DD, I planned to do almost everything I'm doing now. I had no idea that it was called anything until I got pregnant and started reading. I didnt know what Gentle Discipline was, or AP, or CLW, or any of these things that are known so well because of books that people read. These were just the things I wanted to do, and the way I intended on raising my kid because it is the way that seems most natural to me and DH. Natural as in, instinctual. I think reading helped solidify some of my opinions, but most of those opinions and feelings were formed beforehand, and not because I had a great example either.
I feel that there are men and women all over the world that do not "learn" how become parents. A lot of them know because they had good parents, and maybe some of them know what NOT to do because they didnt have good parents. But I dont think every good parent out there reads parenting books, goes to parenting classes, or had examples to learn from. I think some people just know how they want to live and how they want to treat their children.
What do you think?