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8 Insightful Books About Child Development

Find the optimal way to raise them right.

Parenting is hard, on top of that we live in a very fast changing world, probably unrecognizable from the one you grew up in. For such fast-changing times, what worked before might not work as effectively anymore, and that applies to the ways to raise your children.

For these times, a new way to raise them has to be found, and what better than a way based on the latest, most precise science on child development. Study the specifics of every stage of development children go through and leverage that knowledge with your parenting style to make sure you raise those children right. Learn all about child development with these books.

#1 The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp
Dr. Karp’s book, The Happiest Baby on the Block, is based on the idea that a newborn stage is more like a 4th trimester, in that a baby still seeks a protective, or womb-like, atmosphere. He explains a calming reflex that all babies have, and his combination of the 5 S’s work together to calm and soothe the crankiest babies. I have used his book with babies and his methods work.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Read more reviews and buy the book here (Amazon)

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#2 Making Sense of It: A Guide to Sex for Teens by Alison Macklin

Making Sense of It: A Guide to Sex for Teens by Alison Macklin
Talking about sex with your children can be cringeworthy, but learning to navigate their own sexuality safely is crucial for children to develop into healthy, functional adults. Since every parent has their own perspective on what is appropriate for their own child, that is exactly why this book so useful.

Each chapter is meant to address different topics from anatomy, to STIs and STDs, to sexuality, and to even developing healthy relationships and learning how to avoid unhealthy relationships. With this book parents can take sex education into their own hands and guarantees to help provide them with accurate and accessible information.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Read more reviews and buy the book here (Amazon)

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#3 Daddy Saturday by Justin Batt

Daddy Saturday by Justin Batt
Fatherhood is no longer a playground–it’s a battleground. The demands placed on fathers have never been greater, yet neither has the importance of a father’s role in the life of his child. This creates a dilemma: how can fathers balance career and family while connecting with their children in a meaningful and intentional way?

In Daddy Saturday, Justin Batt will show you how. Justin has spent over 13,000 hours on Saturdays over the past 11 years engaging his children with intentionality. In this easy-to-follow guide, Justin walks fathers through the steps to creating their own Daddy Saturdays–from how to achieve peak performance as a dad, to connecting with your child’s heart and mind. You’ll learn tactical ideas to implement daily with your children, and understand how to create epic memories that will change the trajectory of their lives forever.

Being seen as a great father in the eyes of your children and raising fantastic kids who become productive, confident, happy adults is the dream of every father. Daddy Saturday is a national movement every father can join to help them bring that dream to life.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Read more reviews and buy the book here (Amazon)

Search for the audiobook here (Audible)

#4 The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel

The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel
This book explains how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. A child’s brain has many different parts. Each part develops at different speeds. Understanding the differences can help you better deal with tantrums and arguments. This will help you raise calmer and happier children. It features age-appropriate illustrations and strategies to help you explain these concepts to your child.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Read more reviews and buy the book here (Amazon)

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#5 Oh Grow Up: Toddlers to Pre-Teens Decoded by Kathy Fray

Oh Grow Up: Toddlers to Pre-Teens Decoded by Kathy Fray
What makes OH GROW UP so unique, is it promotes revolutionary wholistic triadic parenting, that is:

  • Parenting their Body using Physiological IQ
  • Parenting their Mind using Intellectual IQ
  • Parenting their Spirit using Soulful IQ

Everyone these days is soooooo focused on parenting a child’s body, mind and emotions, unless the parent is devoutly religious or devotedly spiritual, then we are parenting today’s children practically utterly evading the topics of Who they Are and What they Stand For … yet we don’t fall in love with our child’s body or mind – we fall in love with their Spirit! … Their life-force.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Read more reviews and buy the book here (Amazon)

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#6 Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham
Reading “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” will teach you some of the lastest research on childhood brain development ranging from infants through tweens. But just as important, Dr. Markham offers specific tools to help you navigate the changes and challenges.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Read more reviews and buy the book here (Amazon)

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#7 Brain Rules for Babies: How to Raise and Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina

Brain Rules for Babies: How to Raise and Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina
Dr. Medina has the unique ability to explain brain science about young children in an relatable way to the average parent. Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, incorporates humor and personal stories. You’ll learn a lot and enjoy doing it!

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Read more reviews and buy the book here (Amazon)

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#8 Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science by Tracy Cutchlow

Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science by Tracy Cutchlow
Journalist Tracy Cutchlow offers some of the best parenting research in short, easy to digest snippets. Parents can read a single page and walk away better informed on topics ranging from feeding children to how emotional regulations develops. I recommend this book to parents who tell me, “I’m not a reader!”

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Read more reviews and buy the book here (Amazon)

Search for the audiobook here (Audible)

Contributors to this article
Emily Cheng from Logo

Allyson Fields from Viva Editions

Ken Canfield from Fathers

Adina Mahalli from EnlightenedReality

Kathy Fray from Intl Integrative Maternity HealthCare Org

Lisa Howe from Becoming Peaceful

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Written by Zak Parker

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