Top parenting books
While the kids enjoy some light reading this school holiday, why not do the same and enjoy some books of your own?
Raising children of any age is challenging at best. Add to that school holidays and the current world climate and it can be overwhelming.
Here are some great parenting books we’ve compiled to give you a head start and help you navigate raising children while juggling the rollercoaster of life.
By John Marsden
John Marsden has spent his adult life engaging with young minds in this book he pulls together all he has learned from over forty years' experience working with and writing for children. He shares his insights into everything - from the role of schools and the importance of education, to problem parents and problem children, and the conundrum of what it means to grow up and be 'happy' in the 21st century.
By Dr Justin Coulson
Parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson shares the ten things every parent needs to know to raise their children in positive ways. They are also ways to make parenting easier for you - so you don't have to keep 'making it up as you go along'.
By Luke Benedictus, Andrew McUtchen, Jeremy Macvean
This book celebrates the growing tribe of hands-on dads who are discovering that becoming a father is the greatest opportunity a man can have to be better than he's ever been before; stronger, wiser and more compassionate. The Father Hood is the guide to helping modern dads thrive and survive in the only job that really counts.
Babies and infants
By Robin Barker
This book offers expert advice for the first 12 months of every baby's life and full of Robin Barker's wisdom and humour, this classic guide has been fully revised, including new material on nutrition, food allergy and intolerance, and updates on safe sleeping, breastfeeding, reflux and immunisation.
By Kaz Cooke
This book has reassuring info, helpful suggestions, answers to your worries and is backed by the professional advice of more than thirty medical and other experts. Fun, practical and updated every year, Babies & Toddlers has everything you need to know about looking after babies and toddlers.
By Collett Smart
Teens and tweens are struggling with social media, relationships, and so much of what modern life is throwing at them. It's impossible for parents to be experts on every challenge their child is facing. This book is for parents of young people who want to keep their children safe, whole and happy.
By Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
This book contains all the thorny issues that confront families with teenagers, such as technology, social media, risky behaviours, school and study problems, and much more.
By David Gillespie
This book sets out clear, reasonable and effective rules to help you confidently manage your kids' use of screens at this critical point in their lives.
By Sarah Macdonald, Cathy Wilcox
This book is a straight-talking, not entirely sarcastic, informative guide to what for many parents are the most challenging - but interesting and exciting - years.
By Michael Grose and Jodi Richardson
Anxious Kids offers parents a new perspective on their children’s anxiety, encouraging them to view each episode as an opportunity to empower their kids with the skills to manage anxiety, and thrive.
By Michelle Mitchell
In this book, Michelle shows every family how they can cultivate resilience in their children or adolescents by focussing on 7 key traits – courage, gratitude, empathy, self-awareness, responsibility, self-care and contribution.
By the way, not all the books on this list will suit all parents’ needs, and you are in the best position to decide what advice and support will work best for you and your family.