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How to be a Parent

Philippa Perry

This is a parenting book for people who don't buy parenting books

With straight-talking advice from renowned Psychotherapist Philippa Perry, How to be a Parent is the definitive guide for any parent looking to navigate their past, avoid repeating their own parents' mistakes, and ensure they don't land their own kids in therapy.

Through the combination of case studies, her own experiences as a parent, and therapeutic insight gained from a career spanning over 20 years, Perry tackles the wider issues of what it actually means to be a parent, rather than getting bogged down in the little details.

This isn't a book about meeting developmental milestones, training your child to have enviable manners, or how to get the much idealised 'perfect' family, it's about creating functional relationships with your children so that they grow up feeling secure, knowing who they are and what they want - giving both them and you a shot at real happiness.

Full of refreshing, sage and sane advice on the bigger picture of parenthood, How to be a Parent is the only book you'll ever really need to ensure you don't mess your kids up.

Playgroups and Prosecco

Jo Middleton

Bridget Jones for parents - a funny, relatable debut novel about the misadventures of a single mother...

January 3rd
Jaffa Cakes - 7. Times I was forced to watch a small child do a dance involving a dusty piece of ribbon found under the sofa - 4. Inappropriate thoughts about Zac Efron - undisclosed.

Single mum Frankie’s whole life revolves around her kids. But when your teenage daughter goes on more dates than you and your toddler has a more active social life, something has to change. Forget ‘me-time’, Frankie would settle for some adult conversation, and watching something other than the Disney channel.

The local playgroup may be ruled by Instagram mums with perfect husbands but Frankie accidentally forms a splinter group of single parents. After all, Mummy really needs a playdate of her own. (Now pass the prosecco.)

The Fertility Book

Adam Balen (and others)

The book you can trust to help you achieve a healthy pregnancy.

Whether you are trying for a baby now or preparing for a family in future, The Fertility Book is the no-nonsense guide you need to help you to optimize your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

Leading NHS consultant and fertility expert Adam Balen dispels the myths in this comprehensive guide to reproductive health, explaining in easy-to-understand terms the genetic and lifestyle factors at play. He takes an honest look at the evidence for both conventional and alternative approaches, equipping you with powerful tools to improve your chances of a natural conception and an understanding of how to create the best environment for a healthy pregnancy. If you do decide to seek help through assisted conception, this book will be with you every step of the way, explaining what treatments are available and how to approach them, so that you can come to an informed decision about what is right for you.

Professor Adam Balen has decades of experience helping couples on their journey to conception and beyond. Now in this, his first book for a general readership, he explains everything you need to know to understand your own fertility.

Know Your Baby Poo

Matt Roach

The easy way to understand your baby’s poo (and have a good laugh along the way!)

Most parents become poo-obsessed for the first few months of baby’s life – baby poo turns an astonishing array of colours in a very short time and is a key to understanding whether baby is healthy and getting enough food.

This clever and unique swatch book plays into this rather bizarre (but incredibly important) aspect of early parenting, turning the poo ‘palette’ into both a source of entertainment and a genuinely useful source of medical information. Packed with tips, remedies and all the while lifted by the author’s effortless humour, this handy little colour swatch book makes the perfect light-hearted gift and is set to become an essential part of every new parent’s baby kit!

Hold on to Your Kids

Gabor Maté (and others)

Children take their lead from their friends: being ‘cool’ matters more than anything else. Shaping values, identity and codes of behaviour, peer groups are often far more influential than parents.

But this situation is far from natural, and it can be dangerous – it undermines family cohesion, interferes with healthy development, and fosters a hostile and sexualized youth culture. Children end up becoming conformist, anxious and alienated.

In Hold on to Your Kids, acclaimed physician and bestselling author Gabor Maté joins forces with Gordon Neufeld, a psychologist with a reputation for penetrating to the heart of complex parenting. Together they pinpoint the causes of this breakdown and offer practical advice on how to ‘reattach’ to sons and daughters, establish the hierarchy at home, make children feel safe and understood, and earn back your children's loyalty and love. This updated edition also addresses the unprecedented parenting challenges posed by the rise of digital devices and social media.

By helping to reawaken our instincts, Maté and Neufeld empower parents to be what nature intended: a true source of contact, security and warmth for their children.

Happy Parent, Happy Child

Genevieve Von Lob

An essential 10-step plan for a stress-free family life.

We all know that raising happy, confident and resilient children can be a tough job in this fast-paced world – and there’s never any shortage of well-meaning advice on how to be a better parent. So, if you’re anxious and struggling to cope with the pressures of school and family life – or if you worry that you’re not doing enough to support your child through their problems – give yourself a break: this book really can help you.

Clinical psychologist Dr Genevieve von Lob draws on her extensive experience working with hundreds of families to provide a simple 10-step plan for a stress-free family life. As she helps you to tackle the dilemmas every parent faces and defuse tension and anxiety in the home, Genevieve also aims to bring a sense of confidence, calm and balance both to you and your child.

This is a practical, down-to-earth guide – and essential reading for every parent.

Ladbaby – Parenting for £1

Mark Hoyle (and others)

If you've ever stood in the baby section of a department store and thought 'WTF! How on earth can they charge £200 for a miniature wicker basket for my baby to sleep in?' then this is the book for you!

Becoming a parent is a life-changingly brilliant (brutal) experience that's totally worth the hard work ... but why is it so EXPENSIVE? We're all warned that having a baby will push our bank balances to the limit but it's not until you're taking out a second mortgage to buy a buggy that you realise you have no idea what you've let yourself in for. If only there was a way to enjoy being a parent without every 'essential' putting you further into your overdraft.

Facebook sensations LadBaby have taken the internet by storm with their genius money-saving hacks and now they're ready to show you how you can do it too. Parenting for £1 and Other Baby Budget Hacks will not only help you dodge some of parenthood's biggest expenses but keep you smiling while you do it. From alternative Moses baskets to free nappy stations you can pick up on your weekly shop; from soft-play ball pits you can create at home to a do-it-yourself newborn photo shoot, no stone will be left unturned as they tackle babyland head on.

With full colour photos to accompany every hack, Parenting for £1 is the ultimate money-saving guide for parents and parents-to-be, promising to steer you through the early years without completely emptying your wallet.

The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums

Beccy Hands (and others)

Read this book for an instant pick-me-up.

Whether this is your first or fifth baby, The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums is your handy survival guide to managing the emotional and physical rollercoaster of becoming a new mum.

Bringing together decades of experience from a midwife and a doula, you'll find invaluable tips and tricks to boost confidence and calm frazzled nerves - plus answers to all those questions you may be too embarrassed to ask. From creating cooling breast pads with chamomile tea and quick stretches to relieve aching muscles, through to easy recipes to nourish your postnatal body and 5-minute fixes to restore your sense of humour, this is the book you can turn to when the overwhelm sets in.

Beautifully illustrated in full-colour, it covers everything you need to know about the postnatal period to feel supported, empowered and understood.

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