The Ambition Decisions by Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace is a terrific read for moms, new-moms, to-be moms, and even dads! This book aims to help women think about career and family in a new way. It breaks down “types” of moms into three categories: “High Achievers”, “Opt Outers”, and “Flex Lifers”. Essentially the women that are in high power jobs and are often times the bread winners in a family, the women that stay home full time, and the women that try to do it all. I think they miss a great big group of women who work as hard as high achievers because they have to. The book isn’t all that scientific, as it’s mostly a bunch of interviews the authors did with women they know. However, I still think it’s a great book for someone who is considering what their life will look like with kids, or people interested in entering the work force after a period of leave. I personally really enjoyed it.
Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman and the follow up book Bebe Day by Day are at the top of my "new-to-parenting" book list! Bringing Up Bebe is very easy and enjoyable to read. It doesn't read like the typical advice giving parenting book. The premise of the book is an American mom is raising her kids in France. She discusses the differences in parenting styles between traditional (modern day) American parenting vs French parenting. You will not find the therapy or medical jargon in this book (you will learn some French words though!). The research, in my opinion, is sound. I think it is a great book for raising a happy, healthy child while staying sane as a parent.
Bebe Day by Day is a follow up book that condenses Bringing Up Bebe into advice you can read daily. It isn't an exciting read, but it's very handy to keep around. I actually like to keep it out at our house, and read a page or two (at random) most days, just to keep the information fresh.
Some topics both books cover: delayed gratification ("le pause", "attend"), polite manners, encouraging independence, eating at restaurants, healthy eating/the culture of eating from a young age, snacks, sleep/naps, me-time, daycare/going back to work, discipline, emotional control (sois sage, literally be sage/wise).
Both of these books will help you think about your parenting style, and values that you want to instill from a young age. I highly recommend these books to new parents and parents of young children.