If you’re a new parent, the amount of parenting help in the world can seem totally overwhelming. Thousands of books, blogs, and other parenting resources are vying for your attention. Each one claims their parenting philosophy is the one true way to ensure your child is happy, healthy, and successful.
Thanks to the internet and social media, resources for new parents are more widespread than ever. So who to turn to for parenting advice? Here are some of our favorite books, blogs, and other resources on the long, magical, difficult journey of parenting.
Books on Parenting
The first books on raising children appeared hundreds of years ago, and dozens of new ones are published every year. Parents have an intimidating amount of books to give their limited time and energy to – here are our favorites.
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen And Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
How to Talk.. has been one of the most valuable educational resources for parents everywhere. It was first published in 1980 and has since sold over five million copies.
How to Talk… focuses on understanding and empathizing with your child’s feelings. It reminds parents that child emotions are just as valid as adult ones and that they are often dealing with a world that is complex, new, and frightening. Best of all, it gives detailed instructions for approaching a range of different scenarios with your child.
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior
All Joy is more of a portrait of modern parenthood than a how-to guide. It covers how yes, this actually is a uniquely difficult time to be a parent due to high expectations and lower support than in the past.
All Joy is a great parenting book for this specific cultural moment and a biting and funny look at American life in the 2020s.
When Partners Become Parents by Carolyn Pape Cowan & Philip A. Cowan
Many new parents are so focused on the baby that they overlook their own relationship.When Partners become Parents studied the relationship dynamics of new parents over a ten-year period, from the highest highs to the lowest lows.
When Partners Become Parents is an invaluable guide to maintaining the other most important relationship in your life. Your romantic partner will thank you for reading this!
Ask Mom Parenting Books
Of course, at Ask Mom Parenting we also recommend our own books: the #1 bestseller Secrets to Parenting Without Giving a F^ck. In February, we also published our brand new (free!) ebook How To COVID-Quarantine With Kids (Without Losing Your Shit).
Parenting blogs first appeared in the early 2000s and have grown wildly since then. They are one of the biggest sources of free parenting help. But how to choose from the thousands of blogs in the world?
Here are our three favorites, focusing especially on parents helping parents.
This blog covers everything from postpartum care to picky eating with a no-nonsense, just-the-facts tone. It is long-running, easy on the eyes, and helpful in tons of different parenting situations.
Ask Dr. Sears
Ask Dr. Sears offers science-based parenting help from a family of pediatricians (plus guest posters). They’re a perfect resource for the latest scientific advice on any parenting-related subject.
Dads are often neglected in the torrent of mom-related blogs. Designer Daddy is run by Brent Almond, “a gay dad blogger, parenting with style, sass, and sentiment.” Designer Daddy is a great resource for any parent, but gay parents or parents of an adopted child will find it especially resonant and helpful.
Not much of a reader? Here are our favorite podcasts, apps, and other resources for new parents.
Mom and Dad are Fighting Podcast
Mom and Dad are Fighting is Slate magazine’s long-running parenting podcast. In weekly episodes of 45 min-1 hour, the three hosts discuss parenting infants, teens, and everything in between.
The Longest Shortest Time Podcast
The Longest Shortest Time bills itself as “Stories about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans—and being raised by them.” It covers parents of all shapes and sizes and welcomes a number of celebrity guests.
Kids love to make art and parents love to save it, but eventually, you run out of room on the fridge. Artkive helps you catalog and save your children’s art. It will even scan the art, bind it into a book and send it to you.
Best of all, Artkive is free, though the scanning and binding service costs money.
The Wonder Weeks App
If you’re constantly paranoid about your baby crying, sleeping poorly, or acting agitated, the Wonder Weeks app can help calm your fears. It tracks stages of mental and physical development in babies and can help you identify time periods that are typically tumultuous for new parents.
The Wonder Weeks uses the latest scientific approach to infant health to give you the most detailed data on what to expect during the first year of your child’s life. The app is available for Android and Apple devices for $3.99.
Real Families YouTube Channel
Real Families is a series of documentaries and short videos about modern family life from locations around the world. No matter what kind of family you are a part of, you can find a video on Real Families that speaks to your experience.
Finding the Right Parenting Help for You
No matter where you are in your parenting journey, it’s important to remember that only you know your child and what’s best for them. The wide variety of parenting help out there is great, but at the end of the day, every child is different and has different needs.
For personal attention to your parenting needs, you can also consider our Parent Mentoring program. We focus on your needs and those of your children one-on-one. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or in need of advice or mentorship, contact us today to set up a free 20-minute consultation.