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#1 of 19 Old 07-17-2002, 05:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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If you had only one book on parenting to recommend - what would it be? Thanks so much.

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Operating Instructions by Ann Lamott. It's not a how-to, it's a very honest journal about the first year of her son's life. It was wonderful before I even thought about having kids, and even better once I had my colicky ds. That's for parenting itself. For a broader scope, I'd recommend The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins. I think once you've got nursing down, everything else works itself out during babyhood.
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Babywise by Gary Ezzo.


KIDDING!!!

Now for my real answer: The Baby Book by Dr. William Sears. That's the one.

As a side note, his Family Nutrition book is amazing and I highly recommend it.
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Another vote for The Baby Book by Sears and Sears. I gave all my other ones to chariy and just saved that one!

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Another vote for The Baby Book.

Also, if needed Nighttime Parenting by Sears

I also got a free book from Publix from the AAP. I find it useful for medical things, "what is this rash?" That kind of thing.

Thumbs down for:

What to Expect the First Year-ugh!!! I liked the pregnancy book okay, so I bought this one. Not AP at all. It called night nursing "baby's greedy nightime habit" UGH!!!

And any other "----wise" piece of poop book.

I guess I picked more than one for different times of parenting.
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_The Baby Book_ by Sears. Does anyone see a pattern emerging here? I think he does such a great job of supporting new moms in a pretty comprehensive overview of attachment parenting. There are a lot of good books you can check out from the library, but this is one that I would always have on hand for those times when you just need to be reminded that you are doing just fine.
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Okay, can I pick two?!

The Baby Book, by Sears, of course.

and...

You Are Your Child's First Teacher, by Rahima Baldwin Dancy. Awesome, awesome book!!!
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The Sears book was my fave when my guys were babies, but my oldest is now 11 and my youngest is 5. The best book for the stage I find myself in now is "Our Last Best Shot - Guiding our children through early adolescence" by Laura Sessions Stepp. The early adolescent years are critical and how you nurture your children during this time takes a lot of work and thought. This is a great book!
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"How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk."

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playful parenting!
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I love Natural Family Living.
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The Baby Book
You Are Your Child's First Teacher
Parenting With Love and Logic
Children Learn What They Live
Natural Family Living

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Any book by Dr. Sears....
Baby book
Attachment Parenting
Healthy Eating....

He is amazing!!
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Another vote for "How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk", not much help with babies but great for older toddlers and up.
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Another vote for "How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk", not much help with babies but great for older toddlers and up.
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I don't have one favourite... I have several

"The Baby Book" "The Discipline Book" "The Family Nutrition Book " and "The Successful Child" all by the Sears
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What a terrific thread! I've copied and pasted some of the suggestions into
a post-it note as a reminder to get these from Amazon...

my vote is for Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful
Parenting



edited for spelling...
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'Kids are worth it! - Giving your child the gift of inner discipline" ' by Barbara Coloroso.

Love this book! It's more about parenting than baby care, so I would say if your child is around 3 or older.

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I really like "Kids are Worth it!" by Barbara Coloroso. Also, "Summerhill School" by A.S. Neill (the revised edition) because it made me more mindful of the humanity of children.

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