Parenting / Fatherhood
Be Prepared – This book was truly indispensable for me when my first child was born. This will get you through the basics of feeding, changing, bathing and more. If you don’t know anything about babies, start here!
The Happiest Baby on the Block – This book is pure gold if all you get from it is how to get your baby (and therefore you!) to sleep and that well-rested babies are happy babies. Highly recommend.
The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old: Revised Edition – Another one from Dr. Karp (and one of the longest titles of all time). I wanted to love this book – but honestly, nothing in this book worked at all on my eldest (with the exception of “feed the meter”). When my youngest hits toddler age we’ll give it another go. I’ve seen the techniques in this book work wonderfully with other kids (hence being impressed enough to buy, read and list this book here)… your mileage may vary.
Personal Finance and Investing
The White Coat Investor: A Doctor’s Guide To Personal Finance And Investing – The best personal finance / investing book I’ve read with no qualification. It is focused on physicians and, therefore, high-income earners, but overall the lessons are sound for all.
The Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get On with Your Life – This investing book drove home (almost ad nauseam) some critical points of investing. Namely: Don’t try to beat the market, understand your investment horizon (and stop stressing about the Market!), diversification is important and pay close attention to investment fees!
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy – If I was titling this book it would be something like “Middle Class Millionaire.” The book is now more than 20 years old and does feel dated when you read it, but the message is timeless – live a middle class lifestyle, work hard and save. As an added bonus, some fantastic parenting advice under “Financial Outpatient Care!”
Books For The Little Ones
These are the essentials…
Penguins Hate Stuff by Greg Stones
Zombies Hate Stuff by Greg Stones
Zombies Have Issues by Greg Stones
Sock Monkeys Have Issues by Greg Stones
Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
Giraffes Can’t Dance: Book and Plush Toy by Giles Andreae
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Horns to Toes and in Between by Sandra Boynton
Learning to Read
Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers by Bobby Lynn Maslen