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But otherwise, whether you’re a new parent or an experienced mom or dad; whether it’s one kid or two kids or three; whether they’re babies or toddlers or teens – look no further.

You’ll find every parenting book below stuffed with practical, life-changing research, information and advice on how to help children (and help parents) thrive.

The 50 Best Parenting Books Of All Time

Why these top parenting books and not others? The best parenting books below are the top picks from my master database, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, the number of Goodreads reviews and first publication date. The goal is to balance what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s proven timelessly relevant advice.

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1. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk – Adele Faber (Summary)

Published 1996 // 286 pages // Rated 4.3 over 21,800 reviews on Goodreads
2. Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents – Lindsay C. Gibson

Published 2015 // 201 pages // Rated 4.4 over 4,700 reviews on Goodreads
3. The Five Love Languages of Children – Gary Chapman

Published 1995 // 224 pages // Rated 4.2 over 18,000 reviews on Goodreads
4. Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp

Published 1995 // 212 pages // Rated 4.2 over 10,900 reviews on Goodreads
5. For the Children’s Sake – Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Published 1984 // 165 pages // Rated 4.4 over 3,600 reviews on Goodreads
6. The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting – Brené Brown

Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection
Published 2013 // Rated 4.6 over 3,200 reviews on Goodreads
7. Simplicity Parenting – Kim John Payne

Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
Published 2009 // 256 pages // Rated 4.2 over 8,800 reviews on Goodreads
8. The Conscious Parent – Shefali Tsabary

Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
Published 2010 // 300 pages // Rated 4.3 over 3,600 reviews on Goodreads
9. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families – Stephen R. Covey

Published 1996 // 390 pages // Rated 4.2 over 8,900 reviews on Goodreads
10. Hold On to Your Kids – Gordon Neufeld

Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
Published 2004 // 352 pages // Rated 4.2 over 3,800 reviews on Goodreads
11. Siblings Without Rivalry – Adele Faber

How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too
Published 1987 // 288 pages // Rated 4.2 over 8,600 reviews on Goodreads
12. The Self-Driven Child – William Stixrud

The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
Published 2018 // 384 pages // Rated 4.4 over 2,000 reviews on Goodreads
13. The Tech-Wise Family – Andy Crouch

Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place
Published 2017 // 224 pages // Rated 4.3 over 3,400 reviews on Goodreads
14. Raising Your Spirited Child – Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
Published 1991 // 496 pages // Rated 4.2 over 6,200 reviews on Goodreads
15. The Collapse of Parenting – Leonard Sax

How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups
Published 2015 // 304 pages // Rated 4.3 over 2,700 reviews on Goodreads
16. How to Raise an Adult – Julie Lythcott-Haims

Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success
Published 2015 // 368 pages // Rated 4.1 over 6,900 reviews on Goodreads
17. Parenting With Love and Logic – Foster W. Cline

Published 1990 // 271 pages // Rated 4.1 over 11,600 reviews on Goodreads
18. Nurture Shock – Po Bronson

New Thinking About Children
Published 2008 // 352 pages // Rated 4.0 over 23,500 reviews on Goodreads
19. Elevating Child Care – Janet Lansbury

A Guide to Respectful Parenting
Published 2014 // 150 pages // Rated 4.3 over 1,900 reviews on Goodreads
20. Delusions of Gender – Cordelia Fine

How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
Published 2005 // 338 pages // Rated 4.1 over 8,100 reviews on Goodreads
21. Between Parent and Child – Haim G. Ginott

The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication
Published 1965 // 256 pages // Rated 4.3 over 1,800 reviews on Goodreads
22. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee – Wendy Mogel

Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children
Published 2001 // 304 pages // Rated 4.2 over 3,700 reviews on Goodreads
23. The Attachment Parenting Book – William Sears

A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby
Published 2001 // 192 pages // Rated 4.2 over 3,200 reviews on Goodreads
24. Playful Parenting – Lawrence J. Cohen

Published 2001 // 320 pages // Rated 4.1 over 3,600 reviews on Goodreads
25. It’s OK Not to Share – Heather Shumaker

And Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids
Published 2012 // 400 pages // Rated 4.3 over 900 reviews on Goodreads
26. How Children Succeed – Paul Tough

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
Published 2012 // 256 pages // Rated 3.9 over 22,100 reviews on Goodreads
27. The Power of Positive Parenting – Glenn I. Latham

A Wonderful Way to Raise Children
Published 1994 // 397 pages // Rated 4.3 over 600 reviews on Goodreads
28. How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids – Jancee Dunn

Published 2017 // 289 pages // Rated 4.1 over 3,800 reviews on Goodreads
29. Last Child in the Woods – Richard Louv

Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Published 2005 // 310 pages // Rated 4.0 over 10,000 reviews on Goodreads
30. Our Babies, Ourselves – Meredith Small

How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
Published 1998 // 320 pages // Rated 4.2 over 1,900 reviews on Goodreads
31. The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read – Philippa Perry

Published 2019 // 240 pages // Rated 4.1 over 3,300 reviews on Goodreads
32. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – Amy Chua

Published 2011 // 237 pages // Rated 3.6 over 49,800 reviews on Goodreads
33. Parent Effectiveness Training – Thomas Gordon

The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children
Published 1970 // 384 pages // Rated 4.2 over 1,500 reviews on Goodreads
34. Unequal Childhoods – Annette Lareau

Class, Race, and Family Life
Published 2003 // 343 pages // Rated 4.2 over 2,600 reviews on Goodreads
35. Parenting for a Peaceful World – Robin Grille

Published 2005 // 442 pages // Rated 4.4 over 200 reviews on Goodreads
36. Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings – Laura Markham

How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life
Published 2015 // 352 pages // Rated 4.3 over 900 reviews on Goodreads
37. Permission to Feel – Marc Brackett

Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive
Published 2019 // 304 pages // Rated 4.3 over 1,100 reviews on Goodreads
38. Parenting From the Inside Out – Daniel J. Siegel

Published 2003 // 272 pages // Rated 4.1 over 3,100 reviews on Goodreads
39. The Danish Way of Parenting – Jessica Joelle Alexander

What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids
Published 2014 // 224 pages // Rated 4.0 over 5,000 reviews on Goodreads
40. Raising Freethinkers – Dale McGowan

A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief
Published 2009 // 269 pages // Rated 4.2 over 1,300 reviews on Goodreads
41. All Joy and No Fun – Jennifer Senior

The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
Published 2014 // 320 pages // Rated 3.9 over 10,100 reviews on Goodreads
42. Bringing Up Boys – James C. Dobson

Published 2001 // 288 pages // Rated 3.9 over 6,500 reviews on Goodreads
43. How to Really Love Your Child – D. Ross Campbell

Published 1977 // 144 pages // Rated 4.2 over 900 reviews on Goodreads
44. The Secrets of Happy Families – Bruce Feiler

Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More
Published 2013 // 292 pages // Rated 4.0 over 4,200 reviews on Goodreads
45. The Opposite of Worry – Lawrence J. Cohen

The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears
Published 2012 // 304 pages // Rated 4.3 over 500 reviews on Goodreads
46. Free-Range Kids – Lenore Skenazy

Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry
Published 2009 // 195 pages // Rated 3.9 over 4,600 reviews on Goodreads
47. There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather – Linda Åkeson McGurk

A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids
Published 2017 // 304 pages // Rated 4.1 over 2,400 reviews on Goodreads
48. The Second Shift – Arlie Russell Hochschild

Published 1989 // 322 pages // Rated 4.1 over 1,700 reviews on Goodreads
49. Why Gender Matters – Leonard Sax

What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences
Published 2005 // 336 pages // Rated 4.0 over 2,300 reviews on Goodreads
50. The Opposite of Spoiled – Ron Lieber

Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money
Published 2015 // 275 pages // Rated 3.9 over 4,600 reviews on Goodreads
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