I think I've found THE manual for first time parents. This book comes from the website, Sixty Second Parent. This book is a guide to raising 2-4 year olds and they cover every topic that deals with these ages. If you have a child(ren) between these ages or one on the way, you need to get this book and have it handy because you will want to refer to it on a daily basis. The first section of The Triumphant Child has different sections for each age group and breaks that down to the different parenting tips, social development and uses real parent-child stories. The other parts of the book break down to Parenting, Routines, Challenges, Changes-divorce, moving, etc., Fears and even Media suggestions.
A very important book to have for any parent and you definitely need to visit their website, which has a mountain of information, recommended toys and books to raise a "Triumphant" child!