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An Overview Of Parenting Books

Aug 17, 2007
The best parenting books are the ones that are written by those with a story to tell about their own experiences. It can be difficult to want to even look at a parenting book featuring authorship by a person that is not even a parent, as his or her advice is typically coming from a place of general ignorance.

As parents, it is common to wonder how a person with no child-raising experience is at all qualified to write parenting books. Instead, most parents want a book written by someone with knowledge of parenting and all of the trials involved in the most harmful and dangerous of life's professions.

Many parenting books tend to take a viewpoint that looks at it as parenting from the inside out. This simple philosophy refers to the notion that authors of these books are reflecting on their own personal experience as a parent and are, therefore, offering parenting advice from someone experienced with parenting from the inside out. As someone who has been down many of the same roads before, parenting advice can typically be well-founded when it comes from an experienced parent.

Of course, not everyone that writes a parenting book needs to undergo systematic training for effective parenting. Often in lieu of systematic training for effective parenting, an author of parenting books may have a degree in pediatrics and may be experienced in child psychology. The author can then approach the prospect of writing parenting books from a position of expertise and not necessarily a position of experience.

In this matter, the advice and words from an author with such expertise would be well-founded, but the matter of whether or not it would be as broadly accepted as the same advice from an author that was an actual parent is another matter altogether.

Various BBC parenting specials, for example, often utilize the advice of several of Britain's highly trained pediatricians in their construction. These BBC parenting specials ask for advice from several of the UK's top experts on parenting and piece together a feature documentary based around that qualified information. The BBC then also asks the advice of parents.

In many of these specials, it is often amusing to examine the differences in advice given from the childless experts in comparison to the seasoned veteran parents. While both pieces of advice are typically genuine and can be considered "right", it seems that the advice from the actual parents in these cases is generally more realistic and based on actual experience as opposed to potential theory.

Parenting books are put together in the same fashion sometimes. Sometimes, a parenting expert will write a book based on the theory that they know of. Other times, a parent may pen a good parenting book.

Both books will contain good selections of advice and both books will be carefully researched, but parents may find that one type of parenting book may be more paramount in terms of their particular needs than another.

Regardless of the point of view, parenting books are often very helpful to parents who have lots of questions. Seeking out good advice can be difficult, but most of the parenting books on the market either contain advice based around specific experience or around specialized training from a proud academic.

Parenting books can be extremely helpful in developing a variety of parenting techniques and can offer new choices and solutions to parents in need of change.
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