Recent parenting picks!

Have a browse of our latest selection of parenting books — including the new collection from New Zealand blogger Emily Writes, as well as some thought provoking memoirs, and (as always!) books to help parents navigate the tricky task of raising children.

Is it bedtime yet? : parenting … the hilarious, the hair-raising, the heart-breaking / Emily Writes and friends
“The experience of parenthood is different for everyone. And every day can be different too. Read a hilarious and moving collection of perspectives from the well-loved Emily Writes and her friends. Some of them are experienced writers, others have put pen to paper for the first time. If it takes a village to raise a child, then this writing comes from the whole village. Yet every experience is a real one, and you will feel the joy, the horror, the love and the heart-ache as you read about birthday parties, vasectomies, hugs, hospitals and, of course, sleepless nights.” (Catalogue)

The yes brain : how to cultivate courage, curiosity, and resilience in your child / Siegel, Daniel J.
“When facing contentious issues such as screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. This is what New York Times bestselling authors Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson call a No Brain response. But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. When kids work from a Yes Brain, they’re more willing to take chances and explore. They’re more curious and imaginative. They’re better at relationships and handling adversity. In The Yes Brain, the authors give parents skills, scripts, and activities to bring kids of all ages into the beneficial “yes” state.” (Catalogue)

101+ baby hacks : essential tips & tricks for every parent / Rafferty, Margaret
“Being a mum is a full-time job, and can sometimes seem a little overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. With 101 Baby Hacks we share with you all our time-tested shortcuts to make the parenthood journey easier – from simple tricks to get your little ones to sleep, practical advice to make meal times easier and smart advice to keep your sanity in check. With ‘real life’ tips from other mums, 101 Baby Hacks makes the perfect gift for any new parent.” (Catalogue)

The self-driven child : the science and sense of giving your kids more control over their lives / Stixrud, William R.
“A few years ago, Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson started noticing the same problem from different angles: Even high-performing kids were coming to them acutely stressed and lacking motivation. Many complained they had no control over their lives. Some stumbled in high school or hit college and unraveled. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives. But this doesn’t mean giving up your authority as a parent. In this groundbreaking book they reveal how you can actively help your child to sculpt a brain that is resilient, and ready to take on new challenges.” (Catalogue)

Breaking mum and dad : the insider’s guide to parenting anxiety / Williamson, Anna
“With more than 1 in 10 new parents experiencing post-natal depression and anxiety, and after suffering the traumatic birth of her son, and herself being diagnosed with post-natal anxiety and birth trauma, Anna Williamson uncovers the real thoughts, feelings and behaviours that many of us experience in those first few weeks and months after becoming a parent. Breaking Mum and Dad is a little pocket guide of empathy, sympathy and above all, hope.” (Catalogue)

The mumsition : your friendly companion to the first year of motherhood / Mohan, Isabel
“Becoming a mum (i.e. your mumsition) is one of the biggest things that you’ll ever go through. That’s why the milestones in this book aren’t just about your baby smiling or walking or sleeping through the night for the first time, but everything YOU’RE going through too: the first time you manage to leave the house, the first time you get on a bus with your little one and the first time you have sex again. The Mumsition is clued-up without being judgemental or patronising, funny without trying too hard and sympathetic and supportive without being saccharine. From the moment you go on maternity leave until your baby’s first birthday, this book has got your back.” (Catalogue)

Part-time working mummy : a patchwork life : tales of heartache, hope and humour for every kind of family / Hambleton, Rachaele
“Want to know the truth about what life is like as a mum and step-mum with a chaotic patchwork family? This book is everything I’ve been through that’s made me who I am, plus the lessons I’ve learned from many mistakes. I hope that it will make you laugh as well as give you strength to keep going when times get tough. After all, we are all in this together.” (Catalogue)

Raising boys in the 21st century / Biddulph, Steve
“First published in 1995, Raising Boys was an instant bestseller and to date has sold over a million copies world wide. Few books have stayed in the hearts and minds of parents everywhere as much as Raising Boys. Now in an increasingly complicated and nuanced world, raising boys to become emotionally strong, kind and resilient men is even more important and relevant. In response to calls from parents around the world Steve Biddulph has completely updated and revised his seminal work to include all the latest international information and advice for parents on all the key issues of today. Enjoy your boy, love him well, and set him free to fly in his own special way.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Raising Rosie : our story of parenting an intersex child / Lohman, Eric
“When their daughter Rosie was born, Eric and Stephani Lohman found themselves thrust into a situation they were not prepared for. Born intersex – a term that describes people who are born with a variety of physical characteristics that do not fit neatly into traditional conceptions about male and female bodies – Rosie’s parents were pressured to consent to normalizing surgery on Rosie, without being offered any alternatives despite their concerns. Part memoir, part guidebook, this powerful book tells the authors’ experience of refusing to have Rosie operated on and how they raised a child who is intersex. The book looks at how they spoke about the condition to friends and family, to Rosie’s teachers and caregivers, and shows how they plan on explaining it to Rosie when she is older. This uplifting and empowering story is a must read for all parents of intersex children.” (Catalogue)

Voice lessons for parents : what to say, how to say it, and when to listen / Mogel, Wendy
“Renowned speaker, parenting expert, and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Wendy Mogel offers an essential guide to the new art of talking to children, showing how a change in tone and demeanor can transform the relationship between parent and child. Most parents are perfectly fine communicators — unless they’re talking to their children. Then, too often, their pitch rises and they come across as pleading, indignant, wounded, outraged. In tone and body language they signal, I can’t handle it when you act like a child. Dr. Wendy Mogel saw this pattern time and again in her clinical practice. In response, she developed a remarkably effective series of “voice lessons,” which she shared with parents who were struggling with their kids. The results were immediate: a shift in vocal style led to children who were calmer, listened more attentively, and communicated with more warmth, respect, and sincerity.” (Catalogue)

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