Posted on August 20, 2012
I got a few messages asking about other books I’d recommend in the parenting realm. I made this list of books that have been covered on here so far. I should also say, sorry for the absence! Unexpected turn of events on the home front but we’re back xoxo
A zine by a cool chick.
Edited by Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler
Though the whole book of essays is worth your time, Chapter 5: Domestic Arrangements is perfect for feminist parents.
Interested? Pick up issues of this quarterly magazine.
By Alyson Schafer
Read this for that much needed sigh of relief. Oh, and fuck being the “perfect” woman. Schafer is a psychotherapist, host of The Parenting Show, writes for Today’s Parent and author of some other good reads.
Check out her other stuff: Honey, I Wrecked the Kids and Ain’t Misbehavin’: Tactics for Tantrums, Meltdowns, Bedtime Blues and Other Perfectly Normal Kid Behaviors.
By Peggy Orenstein
Orenstein is a feminist writer with a well-researched knowledge of the female world. Orenstein takes a good look at girlie-girl culture, using her own parenting experience and whether it is harmful or not.
If you dig Orenstein, and you will, also read: SchoolGirls, Flux and Waiting for Daisy.
By Lenore Skenazy
Skenazy is an author, blogger, journalist and host of Bubble Wrap Kids. An advocate for letting our children have childhoods she writes this on her blog, “Here’s to common sense parenting in uncommonly overprotective times!”
By Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cortes
“All the kids from daycare are in dreamland. The froggie has made his last leap. Hell no, you can’t go to the bathroom. You know where you can go? The fuck to sleep.”
I usually don’t agree with most when it comes to what is funny, but this is fucking funny.
By Deborah Copaken Kogan
The first book I read about parenting that wasn’t mind numbingly stupid. Copaken Kogan shares her experiences with unsolicited parenting advice, parenting insecurities and other adventures parenting can take you on.
Fan of her style? Shutterbabe, Between Here and April and The Red Book.
Edited by Leslie Morgan Steiner
18 mama writers put in their two cents about working momhood, stay-at-home mommydom, having a foot in each camp and the stigma of each while being pitted against one another.
Also read: Crazy Love by Steiner
Edited by Yantra Bertelli, Jennifer Silverman, and Sarah Talbot
An amazing book of essays by parents raising children with special needs. An emotional experience, I myself laughed and cried with every page.
By Craig and Marc Kielburger and Shelley Page
Craig Kielburger has been an idol of mine since I was eight, so of course I ate this book up. This experience will help you realize your child’s potential without micromanaging it and help you teach them the important of compassion.
Check out: Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World, Free the Children: A Young Man Fights Against Child Labor and Proves That Children Can Change the World, Living Me to We: The Guide for Socially Conscious Canadians, It Takes a Child, Take Action: A Guide to Active Citizenship and Free the Children