Every parent wants to raise happy and healthy kids—but that goal comes with a lot of big questions. What scientific breakthroughs should I learn about? How will this journey change me? And where does COVID fit into all of this? Fortunately, a few brand new books have answers to share—and the three page-turners below are a great place to start.
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When Children Feel Pain: From Everyday Aches to Chronic Condition
By Rachel Rabkin Peachman and Anna C. Wilson
An award-winning journalist and a pediatric pain specialist team up to dispel myths and fears surrounding childhood vaccination and opioid prescription medication, and outline a range of effective pain-relieving strategies, from cognitive behavioral therapy to parent-led soothing techniques. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Rachel Rabkin Peachman, in the Next Big Idea App
Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood
By Chelsea Conaboy
The story that exists in the science today is far more meaningful than the idea that mothers spring into being by instinct. Weaving the latest neuroscience and social psychology together with new reporting, a science jouranlist reveals unexpected upsides, generations of scientific neglect, and a powerful new narrative of parenthood. View on Amazon
The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives, and Where We Go Now
By Anya Kamenetz
During the coronavirus pandemic, tens of millions of students lost what little support they had from the government—but this crisis began much earlier than 2020. In The Stolen Year, an NPR reporter exposes a long-running indifference to the plight of children and families in American life and calls for a reckoning. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Anya Kamenetz, in the Next Big Idea App
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