Parenting Resources


Parenting Resources

Polly and I (Rachel) have now been navigating and documenting quite a bit about our “oh-so-messy yet glorious” journey of parenting for years. You can read about Polly’s family here and mine here. And, as a former Children’s Ministry Director and Family Events Coordinator for 15 years, I have had the privilege of reading, teaching and writing about many of the best parenting and family devotional resources out there for quite a while.  This page is a collection of what we deem as some of the “best of the best” parenting resources–including books, toys, articles, music and more.

Parenting Books

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp – I (Rachel) recommend parents reading this book to provide a foundational biblical, grace-based “big picture” of what is the goal of Christian parenting. I especially like the first portion and then using the Turansky and Miller books (below) to flesh out the “how” in day-to-day parenting.

A Mother’s Heart by Jean Fleming – This is another foundational “big picture”, yet practical and encouraging Christian parenting book, especially for new mothers.

Loving the Little Years and Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic – After reading this interview that we did with the author, I think you’ll understand why we are drawn to her pithy, hilarious parenting books. If your days feel impossibly long at home with children, take great joy in her light-hearted, yet poignant reminders.

The Christian Parenting Handbook and Good and Angry by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller – These are two of these most helpful, practical parenting books during the preschool through teen years of parenting. Their parenting perspective is heart-based, rather than behavior-based. Their approach helps children understand heart motives and build character, instead of just doing the right behavior on the outside.

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman – We so appreciate our friend Gloria’s theologically-rich, God-centered observations about parenting and life in general. Her honest stories and encouraging biblical reminders throughout provide much needed perspective during what can be a stressful time as a mother. (Gloria has guest posted for a us a few times here, here, here, and here.

Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Family by Michelle Anthony – Through honest personal stories and clear biblical teaching, Anthony paints a compelling big picture of a parent’s God-given role. She calls parents to depend on God for their children’s spiritual and moral growth while cultivating 10 environments (which she fleshes out) in the home that foster a heart-transforming faith.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth – Navigating the sleep schedule for young children can be nerve wrecking. This was one of THE most practical, research-based (and very grace-based) helps to both of us when our children were young. I think every new mom should own this book!

Children’s Bibles

7 Excellent Children's Bibles7 Excellent Children’s Bibles

In this post we have put together a collection of our favorite Bibles for all ages.

 

 

Kids Toys and Books We Love

Lost My Name: Personalized Books

Favorite Books for Toddlers

Favorite Books for One Year Olds

Toys and Books for Two Year Olds

Toys and Books for Two Year Old Boys

The 14 Best Hands on Educational Toys We Own

Kids Music

Seeds Family Worship 

Slugs and Bugs 

Rain for Roots

For New Moms

Baby Gear: What Do You Actually Need?

Understanding the Fourth Trimester

Newborn Gear I’m Loving

Seven Things I Swore I’d Never do as A Parent

What to Expect When Transitioning from One Kid to Two

10 Things to Do Before the Baby Arrives

Other Helpful Resources

25 Encouraging Bible Verse Cards for Moms

5 Tips to Help a Child’s Separation Anxiety

National Center for Biblical Parenting

How to Deal with a Whiny, Disobedient Child

3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong 

Make Your Summer at Home with Kids Count

Bible Learning Cards