Recommended Books on Parenting
Our favorite parenting books, in no particular order. We may add new suggestions from time to time.
|How to Really Love Your Child
By Ross Campbell, M.D. / David C. Cook
A short, common-sense classic that is possibly my all-time favorite if you can read only one book on parenting.
By Tim Kimmel / Thomas Nelson
A grace-filled book that helps us see our kids through the eyes of grace with which God see us. It's all grace, sisters!
By Sandra D. Wilson / Intervarsity Press
In order to be good parents, we must first be whole, healthy women. Sounds a little like Mom to Mom, yes?
|Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
By Gary L. Thomas / Zondervan
I often think of parenting as the "ultimate spiritual discipline." So I love Thomas' subtitle: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls.
The Five Love Languages of Children
By Gary Chapman, Ph.D. & Ross Campbell, M.D. / Moody Publishers
|Family Building: The Five Fundamentals of Effective Parenting
By John Rosemond / Andrew McMeel Publishing
Good basic principles on common-sense parenting which establishes healthy boundaries on "who's the parent here."
|Temper Your Child's Tantrums
By James C. Dobson / Tyndale House
Not really just a book about tantrums, this is a short, helpful distillation of a few basic Dobson principles.
|Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, repackaged edition
By Dr. Kevin Leman / Baker
Don't you love the title? Typical Leman—funny (sometimes very funny) but very practical on "reality discipline" which helps consequences do the talking.
|Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons
By Meg Meeker / Ignatius Press
Very realistic but encouraging reminders of the really big difference YOU (yes, mothers, too!) can make in your child's life even amidst our cultural maelstrom.
|Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know
By Meg Meeker / Ballantine Books
Another great book by Meg Meeker. I gave this book to my son and son-in-law who have daughters. Every father should read it.
|How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
By Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish / HarperCollins
A secular book which was a great practical help to me in communicating with my kids—and my husband, extended family, and friends!
|Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
By Marc Weissbluth, M.D. / Ballantine Books
And happy mother, I might add! I wish I'd had this one with my babies! An indispensible help to all my kids in parenting their newborns—and toddlers and beyond.
|Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches
By Rachel Jankovic / Canon Press
A wonderfully wise and practical perspective which will encourage you "in the trenches."
By David and Kelli Pritchard / Regal
An excellent resource on raising "salt and light" kids—whether you choose public schooling or not.
|Somewhere More Holy
By Tony Woodlief / Zondervan
Written from the deep places of the heart but also from the daily hilarity of parenting, this is a book that will make you laugh and cry—and resolve all the more to make your home "somewhere more holy." One of my favorites.
Two Favorites for Moms with Older Kids:
|Prodigals and Those Who Love Them: Words of Encouragement for Those Who Wait
By Ruth Bell Graham / Baker Books
A wonderful triumph of a book which pours encouragement into the hearts of those still waiting . . .
|Parenting Is Your Highest Calling: And Eight Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt
By Leslie Leyland Fields / WaterBrook Press
A realistic and biblically grounded perspective (except for the omission of my favorite Deuteronomy 6 passage on parenting!) on our role—and God's—in raising our children. Their role, too. Good doses of reality, hope, truth and grace.