2020 is already shaping up to be a brilliant year for books and if you're looking for something a) relatable b) something that can help you transform your life (or all of the above, like many show-offs included in our round-up) you're in luck...
In this article:
- Letters on Motherhood by Giovanna Fletcher
- I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Braithwaite
- Mindfulness for Mums: Simple ways to help you and your family feel calm, connected and content by Izzy Judd.
- What Have I Done? An honest memoir about surviving post-natal mental illness by Laura Dockrill
- The Home Stretch: Why It's Time to Come Clean About Who Does the Dishes by Sally Howard
- Reluctant Adult by Katie Kirby AKA Hurrah for Gin
- No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident and Compassionate Girls by Katie Hurley
- Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims
- The Activity Journal by Mrs Hinch
- How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King
- How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn
- Confessions of a Single Mum by Amy Nickell
- The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) by Philippa Perry
We've rounded up 12 of the best parenting books that deserve a spot on your bookshelf this year.
From Giovanna's long-awaited Letters on Motherhood to laugh out loud fiction that will leave your bewildered toddler asking 'what's so funny, mummy?' we've got it all!
The best parenting books 2020:
Letters on Motherhood is a collection of heartfelt and deeply personal letters written by Giovanna to her three young sons Buzz, Buddy and Max, husband, Tom, and the family and friends who have inspired and supported her to become the mother that she is today.
Expect personal stories of her own family life, including coping with mum guilt, finding work/family life, positive body image and rediscovering a sense of identity.
Fed up with the lack of diversity in the mummy blogger community, Candice began posting her powerful observations of motherhood in society and how black mothers are wholly unrepresented.
This highly-anticipated book is a guide to life as a black mother and how to face different hurdles that aren't often discussed including white privilege, racial micro-aggression and unconscious bias. A must-read.
Perfect for mums in search of their own piece of calm, mum influencer Izzy Judd has compiled a collection of simple exercises and activities to help soothe anxious minds.
Included are exercises both for you to do alone and with your children of all ages, giving them their own tools to help remain happy and peaceful too.
Laura Dockrill had an idyllic pregnancy and couldn't wait to meet her new baby. But as she went into labour things began to go wrong and Laura started to struggle. A traumatic birth, anxiety about the baby, sleep deprivation, a slow recovery - all these things piled up until Laura (like any new mum) felt overwhelmed.
A harrowing book which will make you feel less alone if you are going through post-birth trauma.
Find yourself doing most of the cleaning, cooking and child-rearing?
The Home Stretch is a fascinating investigation into how we got here and what the future could look like for feminism's final frontier: the domestic labour gap.
Perpetually overwhelmed? You're going to love this new book from Katie Kirby, creator of parenting blog Hurrah for Gin.
From the worry spiral that keeps you up at 3AM, to maintaining a professional aura when you can't stand other people - this is for everyone struggling to stay afloat.
A must-read for anyone raising daughters, this insightful book arms you with the skills to teach girls how to love themselves, realise their talents, get along and empathise with others, find their inner courage, and lead more successful and fulfilled lives.
From author of the smash hit Why Mummy Drinks. this hilarious book will have you (and your partner) in stitches!
Gill Sims is behind the hugely-successful parenting blog and Facebook site ‘Peter and Jane’ and her content is very relatable. Add to your shopping basket, ASAP.
If you're a fan of the cleaning-mad Mrs Hinch, you will love her latest book which encourages you to take time out of your hectic schedule and breathe.
The Activity Journal jam-packed with activity ideas, mindfulness cues and plenty of dedicated space for your own 'hinching' lists.
Got a toddler who refuses to put their shoes on? A little one who will have a meltdown if they don't have chocolate buttons for breakfast? This clever book helps with real-life conflicts in an effective way, leaving everyone feeling happier.
The book also includes a chapter that addresses the special needs of children with sensory processing or autism spectrum disorders.
A hilariously candid account of one woman's quest to bring her post-baby marriage back from the brink, with life-changing, real-world advice. Part fiction, part memoir, we bet you'll devour this in a matter of days. We did!
This brilliant and joyful book is about Amy's journey after falling pregnant age 24 and how she navigates through motherhood as a single mum.
Amy’s recollections of raising her son Freddy without a father debunk the misconceptions that often surround single mums, while also providing an honest, hilarious and wonderfully frank portrait of parenting highs and lows - something all families will relate to.
Philippa Perry has been a psychotherapist for the past twenty years and sure enough, knows a thing or two about child behaviour. In her bestselling help book, she explains how to parent without the guilt and how we should be more forgiving to ourselves.
Truly, a must-have for any parent's bookshelf.