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All ages and stages: New parenting books

Need to delve into the parenting hive mind for help? Whether it’s parenting teens or feeding babies, our collection of parenting books can help you find and put words to your experiences as you navigate parenthood. Have a browse of what’s new this month!

The queer parent : everything you need to know from gay to ze / Jeffs, Lotte
“LGBTQ+ people have more options than ever before when it comes to starting a family, but a lack of both focused information and mainstream representation can leave parents, prospective parents, friends and relatives in the dark. Authors Lotte Jeffs and Stu Oakley spoke to dozens of experts and queer families, and this hugely-needed book is the product of those conversations and their own experiences of becoming parents through IUI and adoption respectively. 90% of queer parenting is just…parenting, but being LGBTQ+ when you’re a parent does bring along questions and concerns that mainstream guides — which tend to assume heterosexuality — do not address. From adoption, surrogacy, fertility treatment and other routes to parenthood, to donors, trans parenting, how to deal with family-focused homophobia, coming out at the school gates and much more, The Queer Parent is a groundbreaking toolkit for LGBTQ+ parents.” (Catalogue)

What your teen is trying to tell you / O’Malley, Stella
“Stella takes parents inside the teenage brain and provides practical advice for each of the key milestones teenagers need to tackle during adolescence to become happy, healthy adults. You will learn how to navigate many issues, including anxiety, obsession with technology, body confidence and the sexual self. Rather than always looking to ‘fix’ the situation, you will instead be empowered to know when and how to intervene and when to allow your teen to work it out for themselves. Ultimately, you will understand your teen better and learn to rekindle joy in your relationship” (Catalogue)

Feed the baby : an inclusive guide to nursing, bottle-feeding & everything in between / Facelli, Victoria
“This is a book about feeding babies. Nothing more, nothing less. How to Thrive: An evidence-based guide to feeding your baby is the first book from Victoria Facelli, the certified lactation consultant, who struggled to feed her child post-partum. With kindness and compassion, Facelli explains the science of infant anatomy and breastmilk, celebrates the medical marvels of formula and feeding tubes, and helps parents of any gender use every tool in the modern parent’s arsenal to make their own feeding choices. Her mission is to help parents feel proud of achieving what they set out to do, but equally proud of letting things go when they aren’t working.” (Catalogue)

A girlhood : letter to my transgender daughter / Hays, Carolyn
“A parent’s love letter to a daughter who has always known exactly who she is. One ordinary day, a caseworker from the Department of Children and Families knocked on the Hays family’s door to investigate an anonymous complaint about the upbringing of their transgender child. It was this knock, this threat, that began the family’s journey out of the Bible Belt but never far from the hate and fear resting at the nation’s core. Self-aware and intimate, A Girlhood asks us all to love better, not just for the sake of Hays’s child but for children everywhere enduring injustice and prejudice just as they begin to understand themselves. A Girlhood is a call to action, an ode to community, a plea for empathy, a hope for a better future.” (Catalogue)

Girlhood : how to raise our girls to be happy, healthy and heard / Dent, Maggie
“The early years of a little girl’s life will shape her future in powerful ways. Maggie Dent, Australia’s queen of common-sense parenting, has investigated the development period from birth to age eight. Drawing on nearly 5,000 survey results, the latest research, and her own extensive experience as an educator, counsellor, facilitator, mum and grandmother, Maggie shows us how to help our girls build an emotional and psychological base for life. Secure foundations, Maggie argues, will help insulate our girls against anxiety and other mental health challenges as they grow into their teens and feel more capable and resilient while keeping their own authentic voice as they enter womanhood.” (Catalogue)

Sensory parenting for sensory children / Dalen, Tanya van
“When your child dysregulates, half the battle is managing your own response. This is a short and simple guide for those with a child with sensory needs or a sensory processing disorder (SPD). Drawing on Porges’ polyvagal theory and using easy-to-follow analogies, it will empower parents to build empathy both for their child and for themselves.” (Catalogue)