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Recommended Books on Parenting

Our favorite parenting books, in no particular order. We may add new suggestions from time to time.

439124: How to Really Love Your Child 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.
905480: Grace-Based Parenting Grace-Based 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!
Shame-Free Parenting Shame-Free Parenting 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?
47343: Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls 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.
73652: The Five Love Languages of Children

The Five Love Languages of Children By Gary Chapman, Ph.D. & Ross Campbell, M.D. / Moody Publishers
Great help in "becoming a student of your child" and how he/she best receives love.

Family Building 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."
69945: Temper Your Child"s Tantrums 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.
731050: Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, repackaged edition 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.
513690: Boys Should Be Boys 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 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.
0811960: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk 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!
Happy Sleep Habits, Happy Child 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 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."
Going Public Going Public 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 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:

071553: Prodigals and Those Who Love Them: Words of Encouragement for Those Who Wait 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 . . .
074201: Parenting Is Your Highest Calling: And Eight Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt 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.
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