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In Top Parenting Books 2020: List 2, I’m listing books in four separate categories.

These are:


  • Parenting Styles & Techniques
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Working Mom
  • European Parenting Styles

You can find the previous list here.

As parents, we want to be the best we can be.

For instance, we don’t want to be overprotective, excessively monitoring our children to protect them (Helicopter Parenting) or always trying to remove potential obstacles from their path (Snowplow Parenting).

This is because it’s not in a child’s best interest and will hamper their ability to cope with setbacks in adult life.

So in the following list of books under Parenting Styles & Techniques, you will find a wealth of information on different ways to promote your child’s emotional well-being and social skills.

For example, how to:

  • Tune into your own psychological and emotional awareness in order to empower your children.
  • Raise happy & secure kids when parenting apart after a divorce.
  • Help children grow up to be successful, resilient and self-reliant adults by giving them the chance to experience failure.
  • Be challenged by a new perspective on children.
  • Find balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world.
  • Learn a high-impact and fast-effect approach to understanding and mastering emotions that has already transformed thousands of children.

Let’s do it!


Parenting Styles & Techniques – Top Parenting Books 2020: List 2
The Conscious Parent - one of top parenting books 2020
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Parenting Apart - one of top parenting books 2020
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The Gift of Failure - one of top parenting books 2020
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Hands Free Mama - one of top parenting books 2020
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Permission To Feel - one of top parenting books 2020
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The Conscious Parent

This book argues that we must first look at ourselves, and be mindful of our own histories, in order to build a mutual parent-with-child relationship.

For instance, taking a holistic approach to parenting, as opposed to the traditional, hierarchical parent-child relationship, where parents are perceived as ‘knowing it all’.

In addition, on Facebook, you’ll find a vibrant Conscious Parenting Facebook community, that currently has 40, 951 followers.

Published in 2010 and available in Paperback and Kindle – US$7.43


Parenting Apart

This is an excellent resource for separated and divorced parents.

This is because the book offers a comprehensive and effective guide on ways to minimize the effects of divorce on children and ways to solve some of the most critical problems raised by divorce.

The issues covered range from how and when to tell children – toddlers through to teenagers – about the divorce, to dealing with finances, to managing a challenging relationship with an ex.

Published in 2010 and available in Paperback and Kindle – US$12.99


Gift of Failure

In this book, Lahey sets out a plan to help ‘over-parenting’ parents learn how to step back and embrace their children’s failures.

As a result of using this approach, they help their children learn how to solve problems on their own.

Lahey also provides a blueprint for dealing with specific issues such as masterminding children’s friendships and interference on the sports field.

Published in 2016 and available in Paperback and Kindle – US$8.49


Nurture Shock

Nurture Shock is regarded as one of the most influential books about children ever published.

This is because it upends long-held theories about raising kids, for instance arguing we praise too much, we need to understand how kids are shaped by conflict and should know about television’s unexpected influence.

One chapter that is especially relevant today is entitled Why White Parents Don’t Talk About Race. Here it is argued that children do indeed notice racial differences. Moreover, the notion that children can be raised to be ‘colour-blind’  is both naive and dangerous.

Furthermore, by avoiding discussion of the issues, parents risk their children growing up to assume their parents are racist.

Published in Paperback in 2011 and available on Kindle – US$10.99


Hands Free Mama

Based on first-hand experience, Stafford shows how to be truly present ‘in the moment’ with our children.

She argues it’s about finding balance when we find ourselves checking our emails, multitasking, working through endless to-do lists and negotiating jam-packed schedules.

Most importantly, the emphasis is upon embracing what matters rather than foregoing technology altogether and seizing life’s little moments for meaningful interactions.

Published in 2014 and available in Paperback and Kindle – US$9.35


Permission to Feel

Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, provides a system for understanding our emotions and using them wisely to promote our success and well-being.

Importantly, understanding our emotions is a key to unlocking our full potential.

Thousands of schools have adopted his system called RULER, which stands for Recognizing, Understanding, Labelling, Expressing and Regulating.

Furthermore, we learn that the system reduces stress and burnout by:

  • recognizing emotions
  • understanding the causes and consequences
  • Labelling the emotions with precise words
  • Expressing emotions
  • regulating emotions effectively to achieve goals and well-being

Published in 2020 and available in Paperback and Kindle – US$9.99


Sibling Rivalry – Top Parenting Books 2020: List 2
Siblings Without Rivalry - on of the top parenting books 2020
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Siblings Without Rivalry

Written by the authors of How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (see the first list), this book offers practical strategies to improve cooperation and reduce feelings of competition between your children.

Moreover, by using scripts and cartoons in the book, we learn how to manage the competition in a way that seems fair to all children.

Published in 2012 and available in Paperback and Kindle US$9.04


Working Mom – Top Parenting Books 2020: List 2
The Fifth Trimester - A Working Moms Guide
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The Fifth Trimester” The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, & Big Success After Baby

This is your one-stop-shop for tips, to-do-lists and ‘take-charge’ strategies to set you up for success in your new identity as ‘Working Mom’!

And because the content in this warm and witty book is based upon interviews with 700+ candidly speaking moms in widely diverse fields, it provides personal and professional details that will inspire.

Available in Paperback and Kindle US$13.99 


European Parenting Styles – Top Parenting Books 2020: List 2
There's No Such Thing As Bad Weather: Parenting In Scandinavia
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The Happiest Kids In The World - Parenting Dutch Style
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French Kids Eat Everything - Feeding children without battles and pickiness
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Bringing Up Bebe - Why French children are so well behaved
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There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather

This is the story of a Swedish-born mother who moved to Indiana, America from Sweden.

However, because she discovered how different the parenting philosophies in America are from the nature-centric Scandinavian parenting philosophies, she subsequently decides to take her two daughters back to Sweden for six months.

Because children in Sweden play outdoors all year round, regardless of the weather, a practice considered essential to a good childhood in Sweden. McGurk wanted to know if spending time in nature would change her children’s lives.

Is it possible that the Scandinavian approach to childrearing holds the key to raising healthy, resilient and confident children?

You’ll have to read the book and draw your own conclusions!

Published 2018 and available in Paperback and Kindle – US$12.99




The Happiest Kids In The World

Would you like to know where to find these happy kids?

The answer is the Netherlands!

This book is written by an American and a Brit, both married to Dutchmen, and it is an account of what makes Dutch kids so happy and well adjusted, with Dutch families reaping the benefits.

In short, by reading this book, you’ll learn how the Dutch bring up their children with a little less ‘helicoptering’ and a little more freedom!

Published in 2017 and available in Paperback and Kindle – US$9.99



French Kids Eat Everything

Why is it that French children are less fussy eaters?

An American mother living in France wanted to know the answer to this question!

Most importantly, she explored how it was that the French fed their children without having endless struggles and pickiness.

As a result, this part memoir, cookbook and how-to handbook will teach you 10 easy tricks to getting your own child to eat a veggie now and then!

Published in 2014 and available in Paperback and Kindle – US$9.49



Bringing Up Bebe

This book is based on the experience of an American mother bringing up her baby in Paris.

For instance, she observed that French children tend to sleep through the night by two to three months, eat what they’re given and happily play without drama and are still boisterous, curious and creative.

Consequently, she spent three years researching and in this New York Times bestseller, you’ll learn the secrets behind France’s well-behaved children!

Published in 2014 and available in Paperback and Kindle – US$9.99 

So that’s it!

I hope this, and the previous list, have you covered when it comes to parenting help.

Love to get your feedback on what you think of the two Top Parenting Books 2020 posts!

Did you find what you were looking for?

Happy parenting!

Kisane xxx

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