What are the best books for parents?

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    #1Pregnancy and Men: Your First Step Toward A Great Parenthood

    Pregnancy and Men: Your First Step Toward A Great Parenthood

    Pregnancy and Men by Pratik Patil is a guidebook written to help men understand the process they'll need to go through when dealing with pregnancy and to show them how they can participate in positive ways.

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    Cynthia Moore
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Pregnancy and Men has been a very good book for a lot of new parents. Clearly more targeted to men, but a nice way to prepare them for pregnancy and parenthood, offering advice and suggestions on how to be involved. It may not be the best since it is aimed more at men, but it's a worthy option in the category."
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    #2Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal

    Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal
    Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad is a nonfiction book written by Scott Benner. This book is a 2013 Mom's Choice Awards winner. Published in 2013 by Spry Publishing LLC.
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    Robert Coleman
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "If you're a parent, you will resonate with this book. Not only does it explore what being a single dad is like, it pulls you through the motivations for doing so and gives you a glimpse into how some of us are specifically trying to NOT follow the lead of our parents "
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    #3Chronicles of a Full-Time Father

    Chronicles of a Full-Time Father

    Chronicles of a Full-Time Father by James Ninness is about the real-life experiences of the author as a father. It's a collection of his experiences and thoughts about being a full-time dad.

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    Julie Cox
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a good book for parents as it tells the life experiences of the author on being a parent. It really is a look at being a parent from the viewpoint of a full time dad. Being a single parent I can relate and the book is true to heart."
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    #4The Attachment Parenting Book

    The Attachment Parenting Book

    The Attachment Parenting Book is the work of Dr. Bill and Martha Sears, the husband-and-wife who coined the term "attachment parenting". In this book, they answer various questions about parenthood. The book was published August 7th 2001 by Little, Brown and Company.

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    Sean Robertson
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The Attachment Parenting Book was very helpful when I first found out I was going to be a father. I was able to get into the head of what being a parent meant in part thanks to this book. I would recommend it for any parents."
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    #5Conscious Parenting

    Conscious Parenting

    Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents is the fifth in the Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training by Nataša Nuit Pantović and Ivana Milosavljevic. This self-help book is specifically made for parents.

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    Linda Hudson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Funny to me, as a parent. This story is one for "parents to be!" It might help SOME parents to practice mindfulness so this would be a book for them. In general children are the best teachers to parents of what they need to do. "
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    #6What's Behind Your Belly Button?

    What's Behind Your Belly Button?
    What's Behind Your Belly Button? is a book that tells about the psychology behind gut instinct and how it has a psychological intelligence of its own. The book was published on November 8th, 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform.
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    Vincent Banks
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "There's an odd book that's actually considered to be one of the best for parents. It's called What's Behind Your Belly Button? and it really explains how our stomachs impact our thinking."
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    #7A Dad After God's Own Heart

    A Dad After God's Own Heart

    When it comes to being a great dad, the first step is to have a heart for God. Jim George shares his thoughts on how to become the best dad your kids can have, helping you find parenthood a blessing and knowing what they expect you to do. 

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    Doris Welch
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A Dad After God's Own Heart is a great book for parents who have teenage kids. It teaches you to love God and incorporate that into your parenting. It teaches that parenthood is a blessing and guides you to making the best decisions as a parent."
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    #8Nlp for Parents

    Nlp for Parents

    NLP for Parents is a guidebook for parents written by author Judy Bartkowiak. It was published on November 22, 2010. It is about how parents can improve their relationship with their kids using Nlp.

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    Barbara Boyd
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I found this book interesting and useful. It contains a lot of information about NLP for parents."
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    #9Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)

    Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)
    A cool book about meditation for children. It has, however, received some complaints from Kindle users due its bad adaptation for some devices. We advise looking into this yourself before buying it
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    Lisa Green
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I like Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents). I appreciate books like Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) that help foster relationships. I have read and re-read Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) with my little one. "
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    #10Dad's Playbook to Labor & Birth

    Dad's Playbook to Labor & Birth
    Theresa Halvorsen's Dad's Playbook to Labor & Birth is a systematic and practical guide for husbands and their involvement in the whole pregnancy and childbearing experience. The book was published on  June 5th, 2012 by Harvard Common Press.
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    Deng Shi
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "with this category, i really dont think this book fits for "parents". that being said the book is well reviewed"
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    #11[TUTORIAL] How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler

    [TUTORIAL] How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler

    How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler is a book by Natasha Daniels that will help parents figure out why their toddler is acting in such way. Real life situations and examples are provided so that parents can relate.

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    Dennis Salazar
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This is a good book to read if you have a toddler who has anxiety. It gave me some insight into what my daughter thinks in social situations and such. Very informative book."
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    #12Secrets of the Baby Whisperer

    Secrets of the Baby Whisperer

    Secrets of the Baby Whisperer is Tracy Hogg's insightful bestseller about newborns and how parents can communicate with them. The book was published on July 26th, 2005 by Ballantine Books.

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    Lisa Russell
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is a solid book for parents, 4.2 rating on amazon which offers different media formats at an affordable price. The reviews say there's really good tips inside and they really believe it helped them so I believe it will help other parents as well."
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    #13Child of Mine

    Child of Mine
    Ellyn Satter's Child of Mine is a book about child nutrition, breastfeeding and practical advice about parenthood. The book was published on March 1st,  2000 by Bull Publishing Company.
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    James Harper
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Having a child can be a daunting task and this book eases the unknown of bringing a child into the world and raising them properly; with it's encompassing education material, ranging from nutrition and healthy diet habits, to encouraging your new born how to play with toys and game while having fun."
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    #14How To Win As A Stepfamily

    How To Win As A Stepfamily

    How To Win As A Stepfamily is a book by Emily Visher and John Visher. It was first published in 1992. This is a guidebook for foster parents to know how to be well in being a parent. 

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    Barbara Sandoval
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A guide into fostering and how to help kids. Tells a lot of funny anecdotes."
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    #15Becoming A Stepfamily

    Becoming A Stepfamily

    Becoming A Stepfamily is a book by Patricia Papernow. It tells how a stepfamily will stay together. It includes the challenges of being in a stepfamily and how it can be as happy as a biological one. 

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    Debra Freeman
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I was looking for best books for parents with teenage kids and was given the solution of Becoming A Stepfamily. It doesn't specify if this is teenager specific but this looks like a good parenting book if you are working on blending a stepfamily. "
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    #16I Can, Can You?

    I Can, Can You?
    I Can, Can You? by Marjorie Pitzer is a parenting board book that presents babies and toddlers  with down syndrome eating, playing, and laughing, in full color photographs. This family-oriented book proves that children are always a gift.
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    Benjamin Thomas
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I Can, Can You? is one of the best books for parents.One of the few board books specific to disabilities while being authentic and realistic for young children. This is a must have for an infant if you want to introduce children of all abilities at home or in your classroom. Great for teachers!"
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    #17Parenting By Heart

    Parenting By Heart
    Parenting By Heart is a nonfiction birth parenting book written by Pinky McKay as a guide for mothers. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Lothian Books.
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    Daniel Richards
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you are a new parent that happens to be a bit nervous, this is for you. I enjoyed the book because it gave me a great deal of useful information regarding the needs of babies. Basically, it helped me become more confident in my current skills while also teaching me a few new things."
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    #18Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World

    Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World
    Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World is a nonfiction and parenting book that offers a wide spectrum on down syndrome and life in general through shared experiences and passionate stories.
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    Joe Murray
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World is such a touching and informative book about down syndrome. It really puts the life of someone with down syndrome into perspective and their struggles that they deal with. It is an excellent read and I reccomend it to any parent that has a child with down syndrome. "
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    #19Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

    Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

    Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Mothers is a collection of short stories by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and others. It is composed of heartwarming stories about mothers.

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    Ann Dixon
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I got this book as a Christmas gift from my son, and I love it! Some of the stories were heartbreaking, but this book is uplifting overall. I recommend this book, and would buy for a mom or mother figure! "
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    #20Build a Co-Parenting Team: After Divorce or Remarriage

    Build a Co-Parenting Team: After Divorce or Remarriage

    Build a Co-Parenting Team: After Divorce or Remarriage is a book by Peter Gerlach. This is a guidebook for divorced couples and how they will manage to nourish their child even after the separation.

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    Michelle Howard
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is about parenting during and after divorces. I wouldn't say it's just for teenagers. It is just okay."
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    #21The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance (Owner's and Instruction Manual)

    The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance (Owner's and Instruction Manual)

    The Baby Owner's Manual by celebrated pediatrician Louis Borgenicht and his son, Joe Borgenicht is a funny and enlightening parenting book, designed as an owner's and instructions manual for babies.

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    Johnny Gordon
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "There is no book that can teach you how to raise your own child. I believe a step by step guide is completely ridiculous because every baby has different needs and wants. This book makes it seem like the baby is a robot and not a living and breathing person. This book should have been less manual and more nurturing to your child's specific needs."
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    #22Fortysomething Father (The Stay-at-home Dad Diaries)

    Fortysomething Father (The Stay-at-home Dad Diaries)
    Fortysomething Father is book 1 of The Stay-at-home Dad Diaries by Jason Ayres. This is the book version of the diary Ayres kept about his experiences and musings about being a dad.
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    Joan Webb
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a really good book for anyone starting a new family at maybe an older than typical age, especially if you're in the rare (in our society) group of stay at home dads. It has a lot of personal anecdotes that make it easy to connect and understand how a relationship might look."
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    #23Austerity Dad (The Stay At Home Dad Diaries)

    Austerity Dad (The Stay At Home Dad Diaries)
    Austerity Dad is book 2 of The Stay At Home Dad Diaries by Jason Ayres. It's an account of his humorous musings about being a stay-at-home dad, with money-saving tips that range from reasonably sensible to those no one should ever try.
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    Alan Sheng
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The main aspect about being a stay-at-home dad are very intriguing. The best book for parents may carry some weight here and I want every parent to give it a try!"
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    #24When Love Is Not Enough

    When Love Is Not Enough
    When Love Is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting With RAD-Reactive Attachment Disorder is a nonfiction psychology guidebook on the reactive attachment disorder written by Nancy L. Thomas. Published in 2008.
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    Patrick Simpson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Phew, there is a lot wrong here. And some right. Could there be a more controversial topic than how to treat RAD? There are some ideas in here that sound great, but others sound abusive, especially if not implemented correctly. Most professionals shy away from this because of abusive ways these types of therapist have been used in the past. Not really for me nor would I recommend to parents. However, I cannot deny 1) RAD children are exceptionally difficult to cure. 2) There may be a few ideas in here that are somewhat helpful, such as strongly structuring the child's life and getting respite, etc... However, some ideas seemed just like teasing the child or being overly authoritarian. Not recommended. Instead I would recommend seeking out a therapist who specializes in RAD, there truly are many success stories as well out there and children can heal over time!"
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    #25HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method

    HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method

    HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A Natural Approach to a Safe, Easier, More Comfortable Birthing is a nonfiction parenting health book written by Marie F. Mongan. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2005.

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    Janet Sims
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Childbirth is not something to be feared; it is a natural expression of life. With HypnoBirthing, your pregnancy and childbirth will become the gentle, life-affirming process it was meant to be. In this easy-to-understand guide, HypnoBirthing founder Marie Mongan explodes the myth of pain as a natural accompaniment to birth. She proves through sound medical information that it is not our bodies but our culture that has made childbirth a moment of anguish, and that when we release the fear of birth, a fear that is keeping our bodies tense and closed, we will also release the pain. HypnoBirthing is nature, not manipulation. It relaxes the mind in order to let the body work as it is designed. The HypnoBirthing exercises―positive thinking, relaxation, visualization, breathing and physical preparation―will lead to a happy and comfortable pregnancy, even if you are currently unsure of an intervention-free birth. Your confidence, trust and happy anticipation will in turn lead to the peaceful, fulfilling and bonding birth that is your right as a mother. More than 10,000 happy couples have had their lives changed for the better by HypnoBirthing. More than 500 news organizations―including Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dateline, The Richard & Judy Show, Time, Newsweek, Parenting and Better Homes & Gardens―have joined the movement for better birthing. Why is HypnoBirthing changing the way the world gives birth? That's simple. Because it works."
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    #26A Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome: Toward a Brighter Future, Revised Edition

    A Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome: Toward a Brighter Future, Revised Edition

    A Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome: Toward a Brighter Future, Revised Edition is an educational and parenting book catered to parents and professionals. It provides innovative services, programs, and latest prenatal testing methods.

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    Sarah Jensen
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Receving a diagnosis of Down SYndrome for your child can be a life changing experience. The book "A parents guide to down syndrome: towards a brighter future" can help what feels like an impossible situation seem more possible. The book has many differnt educational chapeters to help put parents more at ease. A great read for both expecting, new, and seasoned parents as well"
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    #27The Official Lamaze Guide

    The Official Lamaze Guide

    The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence is a nonfiction parenting health book written by Judith Lothian, Charlotte DeVries, and Christine Zuchora-Walske. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2005.

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    Willie Brewer
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "good and nice novel"
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    #28Chicken Soup For The Kid's Soul

    Chicken Soup For The Kid's Soul

    Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul: 101 Stories of Courage, Hope and Laughter is a collection of short stories by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. It includes tales about the struggles of growing up and golden childhoods.

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    Kyle Martinez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Raising children is a tremendous challenge, especially teenagers. At times wanting to pull your hair out or wanting to hide until they turn 21! This book deals with so many issues facing parents for these troubling times with humor, stories and giving parents hope that all is not lost. A very good read."
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    #29A Labour of Love

    A Labour of Love

    A Labour of Love: An Australian Guide to Natural Childbirth is a nonfiction parenting health book written by Gabrielle Targett. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2006 Fremantle Arts Centre Press.

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    Rosario Salinas
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "If you are looking for a parenting book A Labor of Love is great, it tells a lot about health of children. "
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    #30Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul

    Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul

    Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul: Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirit of Educators is a collection of short stories by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. These stories are proof of how teachers influence lives.

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    Kathryn Woods
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I don't think this book is really geared towards parents with teenager's. This book is for teachers and educators that may have been burnt out from teaching or just need to relax a little bit. This book is for teachers to help them destress and unwind a few minutes from their day at school."
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    #31Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

    Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

    Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: 101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning is a collection of short stories written by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. It tells uplifting stories about the wonders and struggles of being a teenager.

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    Justin Castro
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Chicken Soup for the Teenage soul is a good look into the mind of a teenager. It's intended to be read by teens, but an adult can use it to get some perspective on what a teenager might be good for. It's one of the better chicken soup books."
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    #32How to Get Your Children to Clean Their Rooms

    How to Get Your Children to Clean Their Rooms

    How to Get Your Children to Clean Their Rooms Using Rubric Rules: A Teacher's Strategy is a nonfiction parenting book written by Katie Ely and illustrated by Hunter Hobbs. Published in 2015 by Createspace.

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    Karen Mitchell
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book was part of the curriculum for a parenting class that I attended. Before attending the class and reading the book, there were things that I had not considered when it came to teaching, training and disciplining kids. After attending the class, I had the training necessary for a more effective means of getting kids to better perform and respond accordingly to my instructions / commands. The main thing that I took away from this book and the class was how to develop a consistent routine that leads to kids being trained in a manner that will follow them into adulthood. Lastly, the book taught how to properly administer discipline to discourage disobedience and reinforce the training goals and routines. This book is highly recommended and encouraged for parents in need of a proven gameplan that can start as early as the toddler years."
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    #33The Science of Getting Rich

    The Science of Getting Rich

    The Science of Getting Rich is a nonfiction self-help book written by Wallace D. Wattles. This nonfiction self-help book was published on May 1, 2007 by Tarcherperigee.

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    Carolyn Woods
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a self help book that is very helpful for parents with teenage kits."
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    #34Are We Normal?

    Are We Normal?
    Are We Normal? Funny, True Stories From an Everyday Family is a nonfiction anthology of short stories about parenting written by Christina Scalise. With over 100 pages, this book is published in 2014 by Brighton Publishing.
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    Maria Andrews
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book is a collection of stories most of which are funny. A short read and perfect for parents of teens who can relate to the unique situation of having a teen. I found it pretty amusing and very real life."
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    #35The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive

    The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive

    The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive is a book by Ron Dea and Laura Petherbridge. This book is a guide for step-mothers who are having a hard time dealing with their step-children. 

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    Ao Shi
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I needed a good book for parents with teens. I have teens and have been struggling with them. It's so different from when they are little kids. I found The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive. This book has been such a blessing. It's helped me, as a step mother, deal with my teenage step kids. I love all the tips and tricks it teaches you. Really highly recommended!"
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    #36Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul

    Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul

    Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul: Stories to Celebrate the Lifelong Bond is a collection of short stories written by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. The stories are all about the special bond between a mother and her son.


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    Frances Soto
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Like all the other Chicken Soup books these stories are well chosen and evoke the intended feelings. I honestly can not get in them too much. However, I've been getting this series for my mom for years. She really likes this book."
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    #37Duct Tape Parenting

    Duct Tape Parenting

    Duct Tape Parenting: A Less Is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient Kids is a non-fiction book written by Vicki Hoefle. This was originally published in 2012.

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    Sarah Hayes
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I bought this book after my kids were born, but it has helped me so much! I definitely recommend this book to all parents!"
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    #38The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be

    The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be
    The second edition of Armin A. Brott's The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be describes the changes that come with each month of a pregnancy. It also covers financial concerns, emotions, and ways to support one's partner.
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    Billy Ross
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I got this book for my son since he is having his first child soon. When I looked through this book it reminded me of all of the questions and uncertainties I had when we brought him into this world. It seemed like the only book that looked at things from the male's point of view. And the month-to-month organization works great."
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