One thing I noticed while reading parenting books is they seem to all contradict each other. For example, while reading baby sleep books, some of them told me that it would emotionally mess up my child to let them cry it out, while others said I would have a child with no sense of self independence if I didn’t let him cry himself to sleep at night. What’s a mom to do? I still don’t know what the right choice is, but with any self-help books in the future, I plan on choosing one author and sticking with it for my sanity.
One parenting book I came to like was Attachment Parenting by Dr. Sears. I give his wife a TON of credit. Seriously! I practiced what I could, but there was no way I could attachment parent exactly as they said I should without driving myself crazy. It was a good concept though and is a parenting book I suggest to many of my friends who are trying to decide how they’d like to parent their children. It’s worth a read and if you don’t like it, you can always go in a completely different direction and try The Ferber Method.