The best books for keeping your sanity as a parent

The Books I Picked & Why

Darth Vader and Son

By Jeffrey Brown

Darth Vader and Son

Why this book?

Darth Vader and Son is a collection of very funny comics, depicting the experiences Darth Vader would have had, had he been a more engaged father. Some of the jokes require minimal knowledge of Star Wars lore, but most are just an excellent illustration of how fatherhood can turn you over to the dark-side.


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

By Louis Borgenicht, Joe Borgenicht

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

Why this book?

This humorously titled book actually takes itself pretty seriously, and contains some solid parenting advice. Like all parenting guides it is to be taken with a grain of salt, but I applaud the light-hearted tone it takes. All too often parenting books make the overwhelming experience of becoming a parent even worth by taking it too seriously, The Baby Owners’ Manual shows the right approach.


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Go the Fuck to Sleep

By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortés

Go the Fuck to Sleep

Why this book?

One of the hardest things you need to do as a parent is getting your kids to sleep. This "children's book for adults", is designed and written like a standard baby book but includes a very accurate description of the slow descent into madness that it sometimes entails. I wouldn’t worry about the profanities, your kids will never remember them.


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Toddlers Are A**holes: It's Not Your Fault

By Bunmi Laditan

Toddlers Are A**holes: It's Not Your Fault

Why this book?

Terrible two got its name for a reason. Toddlers are really difficult and this book speaks truth to power letting you know you are not alone facing the little psychotic menace. I wouldn’t use any of the advice in the book – but it is hilarious.


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Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care

By Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman

Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care

Why this book?

This classic is actually a very good guide to maintaining you sanity and for helping you through those first few month. My parents read this when they had me, and so did probably yours. Get one of the older editions though, none of this wishy-washy modern parenting for us. 


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