I'm looking for parenting books that blew. your. mind.
I'm teaching a parenting class in the next few weeks, and I'm looking for parenting books to bulk up my already decently-researched experience on childcare. I am especially interested in books that clear up common misconceptions and/or go against the grain of standard parenting assumptions.
I recently read Nina Planck's Real Food For Mother and Baby
and was pleasantly shocked to read that while many pediatricians and parents believe that kids should eat starchy cereals, breads, crackers, etc., research says that this diet sets kids up for obesity and poor eating habits.
Other examples are How To Get Your Kid to Eat
(don't pressure with "one more bite," let kids decide when they're done eating, don't use desserts as a reward), Nurtureshock
(praise effort, not ability), Brain Rules for Baby
(self-explanatory), Happiest Baby/Toddler on the Block
and Pink Brain, Blue Brain
Details: most interested in books that deal with newborns to 4 or 5 years old at the oldest. I am not looking for useful but too-specific material, such as The Explosive Child or books on autism and ADHD.