Expanding you background knowledge on parenthood can be very beneficial.

These books below will help parents learn how to raise sons, allow their children to express their feelings and learn the racially prejudiced history of African American motherhood.

Why Knowledge Matters

Why Knowledge Matters: Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories

E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

This important book argues that while students have been taught how to read, they have not been taught what to read and that cultural literacy matters far more than vague notions of 21st century skills. Should there be a greater focus on what we are teaching instead of how we teach it?

Make it Stick

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III & Mark A. McDaniel

If you want to read a lively and engaging book on the science of learning, this is a must. It benefits greatly from its use of stories about people who have achieved mastery of complex knowledge and skills. This is a rich and resonant book and a pleasurable read.

The Teenage Brain

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

Frances E Jensen

A groundbreaking book about adolescent brain function and wiring, and it explains the science of stress, memory, sleep, addiction and decision making on the teenage brain. Practical advice helps adults and teenagers negotiate the mysterious world of adolescent development.


Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons

Cara Natterson

A powerful, eye-opening book about the struggles of raising boys and how to overcome them. Natterson teaches parents to steer their boys in the right direction, touching on lessons such as managing video game time, avoiding irrational decisions and coping with puberty.


Permission to Feel

Marc Brackett

Working as an emotional scientist for 25+ years, Brackett describes how his uncle (when growing up) gave him ‘permission to feel’. His book educates parents on how to grant their children the freedom to do the same and to monitor their mental wellbeing.


Motherhood So White

Nefertiti Austin

A powerful book confronting the racially prejudiced history of African American motherhood. Austin breaks the chasm between white and black mothers and debunks the stereotype that, in America, ‘Mother = White’.

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