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Kids driving you nuts? The best parenting books

And we all thought parenting was hard BEFORE lockdown. Jeez! We've got five brilliant new books that promise to help.

Even Mother Teresa would struggle to be saintly towards her charges three long months into lockdown – so what hope is there for us mere mortals? You don’t need me to tell you that parenting is tougher than it’s ever been right now. If you’re also battling with sad little ones, restless teens and/or the fact that there’s too many people rattling around your house 24/7, here are some new parenting books, crammed with useful advice, that might just help. Hang in there!

For dealing with teens: How To Grow A Grown Up by Dr Dominique Thompson & Fabienne Vailes

Dr Dominique was a university campus GP for nearly two decades so she’s seen it all when it comes to troubled teenagers and bad behaviour. She’s brilliant on dealing with anxiety, social media, perfectionism, drugs and much more. We’ve got an interview with the good doctor coming soon – watch this space.

For little worriers: First Aid For Your Child’s Mind by Alicia Eaton

This experienced Harley Street parenting psychologist has advice galore for parents of anxious children. Kids will remember the pandemic for the rest of their lives, she says, so let’s start shoring up their mental health now for maximum resilience.

For those who need to step away from the iPad: 101 Things For Kids to do Screen-Free by Dawn Isaac

Lockdown has made screen addicts of the best of us but this book is full of imaginative ideas to lure smaller children away from the electronic babysitter. From making a mini golf course to microwave mug cakes, there’s something for everyone here.

For stressed working parents: The Work/Parent Switch by Anita Cleare

This was written just before many of us were forced into becoming unqualified teachers while simultaneously doing our actual jobs but there’s plenty of relevant advice here. Cleare reckons we can be be better parents by doing less rather than more – it’s all about parenting smarter rather than harder.

For the hopeless homeschooler: Extraordinary Parenting by Eloise Rickman

If you’re as terrible at teaching your kids as I am (which I highly doubt but still), this is worth a look. Rickman, a parent educator (@mightymother_ on Insta), writes empathetically about how to homeschool in a way that works for the entire family.

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