The book my sister gave me.
One of my older sisters suggested that I get a parenting book of some sort since this is my first child. She gave me one of the books that she already had and said it can help educate you about all that you need to know about becoming a mom and caring for an infant. While I was reading the book that she gave me at work one of my older co-workers told me I chose the wrong parenting book. My co-worker suggested that I read a parenting book written by Dr. Spock because he wrote “the Bible on parenting.” Well since I had never heard of any other Dr. Spock than the one on Star Wars and since this co-worker is a man with only one child who is now an adult and he did not raise her I decided to challenge his “knowledge.”
The parenting book that I have heard the most about is What to Expect When Your Expecting but that was not the book that my sister gave me to read. Now, a great alternative to parenting books are e-newsletters that can be sent to your e-mail as often as every day giving you advice on parenting and updating you on the growth of your unborn baby or child as he or she grows. There are many different parenting e-newsletters that you can sign up for. The hospital you go to for your prenatal care might even have one.
So the question remains: With all of these options which give the best advice?
Well the truth is there is no right or wrong way to parent a child. Every child is unique and different techniques will work for some children but not others. However, parenting books and newsletters can be helpful when it comes to keep the baby alive and healthy especially for first time parents. They are also great to reference when trying to determine how to handle something that you’ve never encountered before. Instead of deeming any one or few publications “the best” we’ll just go with the most popular.
What to Expect When Expecting
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90% of pregnant women read this book.
The Daily Kick
I really like this e-newsletter from parents.com sends you advice on very interesting topics throughout your pregnancy.
The Baby Book
While I have never read this book it is highly recommended and a best seller on amazon.com. It gives you parenting advice from birth to age two.
Baby Center Pregnancy Bulletin
This e-newsletter gives you the same information that you get from Baby Center’s smart phone app but it is easier to get to other articles when using a computer.
Baby and Child Care
This is Dr. Spock’s book that was claimed to be the “Bible on parenting.”
This is a weekly e-newsletter that I have never tried but I have heard is really good.
Where are you getting your parenting advice from? Comment and let me know.