Because I said so
Just about every new parent laments that babies don't come with an instruction manual. These books fill the gap.
The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting (Scribner), by Bunmi Laditan, based on a Twitter feed, offers irreverent advice from a kid's point of view, like "Cake is nature's vitamin" and "When you love someone, accept them as they are — pants or no pants."
I Am So the Boss of You: An 8-Step Guide to Giving Your Family the Business (McClelland and Stewart) by Kathy Buckworth (The BlackBerry Diaries and Shut Up and Eat) brings business principles to child raising. But remember, you can't fire your kids.
Machiavelli for Moms: Maxims on the Effective Governance of Children (Touchstone) by Suzanne Evans humorously adapts the Renaissance political philosopher's sometimes ruthless precepts to running a family.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor