This past Valentine’s Day, a book titled, The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today That Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow, hit bookstore shelves and took over the parenting world. According to its description on Amazon, the book “helps parents recognize the connection that exists between their own parenting behaviors and their child’s ability to acquire valuable twenty-first-century skills.” I don’t know about you, but in that one sentence this book comes across as the answer to the root of every parenting question I hear—how do I raise my child to be a success?

As parents, the world we are raising our children in is vastly different than the one we were raised in. With how quickly our technology advances, the world is even different than the one we lived in five years ago! It makes it hard to know exactly what skills and behaviors we need our children to be equipped with, because we don’t know what the world will look like when they become adults. This is where author Laura Jana steps in.

According to her book, which is grounded in “studies and stories from pediatrics, neuroscience, social science, and childcare, as well as the world of business and innovation,” Jana believes there are an essential seven skills that we can prepare our children with within their first five years of life.

Even though this book is filled with scientific research, it is also very accessible to readers, and offers practical tips for parents of every kind. You’ll finish it feeling empowered, excited, and prepared to raise smart, adaptable, and equipped children. This is definitely a parenting book worth checking out!

Have you read any great parenting books? Let me know your recommendations in the comments!