If you’re looking for the best parenting books, pick up one of these that really tell it like it is! Â There are a lot of excellent books about parenting out there. Many of them are a helpful resource for any number of questions that parents may have along the way. Â These reads fall into the category that I like to call the â€œParenting In Theory Book.â€ Â They provide information, but they, unfortunately, canâ€™t help you figure out why your toddler just threw a bowl of cereal in your face. Or why your newborn has been red-faced and screaming for literally four hours when you know you’ve met all her basic needs. They also don’t tell you how youâ€™re supposed to be the spouse you once were to your partner before adding children to the mix, which literally changed EVERYTHING.
Luckily, there are a few books out there that can help with all of those things! Â The following is a short list of the best parenting books that tell it how it really is. Â Be careful, though: itâ€™s about to get really real!
Best Parenting Books that Tell it Like it Is
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â€œI Want My Epidural Backâ€ by Karen Halpert
Welcome to the world of â€œMediocre Parenthoodâ€ (how funny is that?!?), as seen through the eyes of BabySideburns blogger and writer Alpert. Â Youâ€™ll be laughing aloud and nodding in agreement along the way, while reading a book that is refreshingly honest. Â And as Alpert says, it is very difficult to find a balance between being an amazing parent and keeping your sanity. Â Luckily weâ€™re all in it together. Â Right??? Get it on Amazon.Â
â€œConfessions Of A Scary Mommy: An Honest And Irreverent Look At Motherhood – The Good, The Bad and The Scaryâ€ by Jill Smokler
Another great collection of shorts from blogger and writer Jill Smokler. Â This was the first real parenting book that I read after my son was born, and it helped me realize that even if we pretend weâ€™re raising our kids perfectly on the outside, we are all far from perfect parents. Â Â Illusions of perfection are really hard to maintain, and itâ€™s not worth it to put so much pressure on yourself as a parent. Â Â Laugh along to the hilarious â€œMommy Confessionalâ€ sections of the book. Check it out here.
â€œLife Is Short, Laundry is Eternal: Confessions Of A Stay At Home Dadâ€ by Scott Benner
A wonderful book from the point of view of Benner, a stay at home dad. Â Peppered with hilarious Dad Humor; Â this gem also manages to challenge the traditional view society has that moms should be the primary caregiver in the home. Buy it on Amazon.
â€œOperating Instructions – A Journal Of My sonâ€™s First Yearâ€ by Anne Lammot
A great read about the real life struggles of pregnancy, childbirth and single parenthood. Not all moms fall into motherhood in a zen way, enjoying every single moment with their baby. Â A must read for any mom who has struggled with being a mom, while still ferociously loving her child like a lioness. Find it here.
â€œThis Is Ridiculous This Is Amazingâ€ by Jason Good
A laugh out loud collection of lists, which captures the very real and very ridiculous things parents encounter daily. Â Parenting is hard, but itâ€™s important to see the humor in the day to day life. Â We can all use that! Grab your copy on Amazon.
Books that take a more lighthearted view of the ups and downs of being a parent are an excellent way to laugh when youâ€™re feeling overwhelmed by it all. Â Nobody is a perfect parent and no oneâ€™s children are perfect either, no matter what social media would have us believe. Â Realistic parenting books can help parents realize that they are not alone – and a good laugh never hurt anyone either!