So far, as a parent, I really haven't read very many parenting books. I've heard both good and bad about parenting books, and that you have to just take what you want out of them. And, I always felt like I could just do what came naturally. But, as my son is getting older, I'm finding a need for SOME advice on certain areas such as discipline, potty training, basic learning, activities to do with my him, and overall just what to expect as he grows up.
Some of the books I have read in the past are:
"Babywise" by Gary Ezzo
"What to Expect: When You're Expecting" by Heidi Murkof
And I just started reading "1,2,3 Magic!" Dr. Thomas W. Phelan
I'm sure most of you readers have read or at least heard of "Babywise" and "What to Expect When You're Expecting". "1,2,3 Magic" is about discipline and the whole "counting before going to time-out" method. My sister-in-law has been using the method in "1,2,3 Magic!" for about a year now and it has proven to work well for her and her son who is almost 3. I haven't read the whole book, but plan on it and hope to use that method.
So, my questions to you are:
What are your feelings about parenting books? Good or bad?
What are your favorite and not-so-favorite parenting books?
Why do you like/dislike the book(s)?
Would you rather use the books or just advice from others?