Lately, I have heard from parents that there are so many parenting resources they don’t know where to start. I decided to compile a list of my favorite “go-to” resources to share. The overall theme of this list of parenting resources is positive parenting.
As I continue this blogging ride, I excavate more and more people whose zone of genius is some subheading of parenting. I will continue to update the list as I uncover more best of the best! I pray this list is a blessing to your family.
If I could only have one thing on this list, it would be this book. Tripp gives readers a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. He outlines 14 foundational principles centered on ideas and verses from the Bible. Parents will realize that just as our children need God’s grace and our grace, we need God’s grace equally so. Lastly, his explanations on how most matters stem from a “heart problem” were revolutionary to my parenting mindset. See my post on what the book means to me.
This book is another must own. The book is written by a fellow parent who is not claiming to be an expert, but she is passing on what she has learned from her own research to overcome her parenting struggles. This book helps parents to foster an emotional connection with their child that encourages children to learn self-discipline, confidence, and emotional intelligence. Again, this is another book that you can implement very easily.
Every parent should read this book because its contents contain something every child will consider and something every parent is up against- our children looking to their peers for direction in their values, identity, and codes of behavior. Additionally, it teaches about how our children may believe that being cool matters more than anything else. This updated edition also specifically addresses the unprecedented parenting challenges posed by the rise of digital devices and social media. In this book, you will find ways to establish a hierarchy in your home, make your kids feel safe and understood, and earn your children’s loyalty and love. Priceless!
This book includes:
• strategies that help parents identify their own discipline philosophy—and master the best methods to communicate the lessons they are trying to impart
• facts on child brain development—and what kind of discipline is most appropriate and constructive at all ages and stages
• the way to calmly and lovingly connect with a child—no matter how extreme the behavior—while still setting clear and consistent limits
• tips for navigating your child through a tantrum to achieve insight, empathy, and repair
• twenty discipline mistakes even the best parents make—and how to stay focused on the principles of whole-brain parenting and discipline techniques
Self-Improvement Resources That Will Benefit the Whole Family
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Dr. Laura Markham creates Aha! moments for parents of kids from babies through teens. She trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University, but she’s also a mom, so she understands kids — and parents! And she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want. She wrote the book I rave about, Peaceful Parent, Happy Child. Her specialty is parents connecting with kids.
Fatherly is the leading digital media brand for dads. Our mission is to empower men to raise great kids and lead more fulfilling adult lives. From original video series and deep dive reports to podcasts and events, Fatherly offers original reporting, expert parenting advice, and hard-won insights into a challenging, but profoundly rewarding stage of life. This site is just as enjoyable for moms.
Motherly is a lifestyle brand that informs and inspires Millennial women through the journey of motherhood. This is my favorite site as far as it is so diverse and it has multiple writers. You’re not just getting one opinion.
Rachel’s decision to reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly, and what she’s learned as she’s worked to transform herself, has lasting impacts on her readers. Rachel’s lessons are easy to connect to and they help others move towards a lifestyle that makes sure your focus and heart are about your children. Rachel Macy Stafford is a mom with wonderful, priceless…insight and intention. Rachel is known for her quote, “Only Love Today”, and her 3 best-selling books.
Avital is a mindful parenting coach, childhood designer, and mother. She is dedicated to empowering intentional parents who face chaos, clutter, and conflict, through online tools to reclaim peace and presence. Her specialty is children playing independently & creating an environment that supports it.
You can also find insight on meditation, marriage, and how to choose the right schooling for your family. Much of her material can be found on video, so you can listen or read. Her Facebook Group is worth a join as well.
First of all, I recommend the free webinar Amy McCready offers. From backtalk to bedtimes. Tantrums to power-struggles. Toddlers to teens. Get the help you need to feel EMPOWERED and PROUD at how you handle anything parenthood throws your way, and raise strong, respectful, considerate, and even HELPFUL children. And you can start TODAY. No cost. No stress. Just real-world solutions you can implement IMMEDIATELY to create a happier home. Specifically, Amy’s specialty is communicating with your children in a respectful manner to get the results you want.
Amanda Morgan is an early childhood teacher with a master’s in human development. She is also the mother of 4 boys. Particularly, what I appreciate about her blog, is that it is textbook meets real-life, and she gives the outcome. Her specialty is intentional parenting about whole child development.
Susan always writes blog posts that I am able to relate to and read through easily. I can also apply them easily. Some of my favorites have been: How to Get Kids to Listen, 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Raising a Son, and Words to Inspire a Happy Marriage. Susan is related to iMom as well.
Rachel of A Mother Far From Home is a mother to five children. Obviously, this gives her plenty of opportunities to test the strategies that she shares. Her goal is to take the chaos out of parenting, and she can help you do so if you use her ideas on mindsets, routines, and habits. Not to mention, she has plenty of printables for sale to help you with any of these categories. I encourage you to check out her blog. There’s something for everyone. There’s plenty to learn from her newsletters as well.
Podcast Parenting Resources
The Home and Family Culture Podcast with Jodi Chaffee
Jodi interviews experts who offer tips and tools that help families discover and design what their vision, values, beliefs, and traditions that shape their family culture are. Additionally, she interviews individuals who are making an effort to live with intention and mindfulness about their family culture. I was blessed to be interviewed by Jodi for Making FUN a Part of Your Family Culture.
The Messy Table with Jenn Jewell
Jenn Jewell interviews Christians who talk about a challenge they face or are facing. They discuss how God got them through the circumstances or is getting them through still. I find all of the stories super duper inspirational.
5 Inspirational Parenting Podcasts by Shelly Stasney
I was asked to write a blog post for Podcast Maniac about parenting podcast. These were the 5 that I chose. Whether you’re a brand new parent or have an already established family, learning how to be the best parent is always a work in progress. Without a doubt, these inspirational parenting podcasts will help you feel great about your parenting skills and help you develop new ones.
The Bodaciously Awesome Family Show is the only show dedicated to helping parents maximize their kids’ experiences and for kids to reap the fun! Join Adam, Anthony, and Zachary as we discuss what we’re doing and where we are going. Adventure, excitement, laughter, and awesomeness commence!
If you’re intentional about adding fun to your family culture, this is the podcast for you!
Your Child’s Health
Dentist 4 Kids: Dentists4kids.com is an internet directory of pediatric dentists, focused on helping parents find the best pediatric dentist in their local community, and building healthy smiles to last a lifetime. The blog has topics that all parents have from the beginning stages of teething to all teeth are in.
As a parent, you are one of the biggest influences on your child’s decision to try alcohol or other drugs. Most importantly, there are several effective ways to discourage your kid from trying addictive substances, and you can be the biggest source of support if your child needs help recovering from addiction. Learn about teen drug use, preventing substance abuse, warning signs and symptoms of teen drug abuse, finding help for your teen, supporting your teen’s recovery and helping yourself.
Activities for Kids Websites Resources
The websites below provide activities that are:
- easy and practical to implement
- don’t take many ingredients or supplies
- can be done by a toddler and preschooler
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Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours! Remember to have fun, laugh and give God the glory! I love you! SS