I’m no parenting expert, but I’m working hard at this job and finding things that work for me. Here’s what helps me the most.
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Karis Fellowships — An online training program for Christians, KF teaches self-parenting, how to stop reacting out of fear, cultivating the fruit of the Spirit, endurance, how to choose real love moment by moment, and a million other things that continue to transform my parenting.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program — This 8-week mindfulness course, taught locally all over the world and online, came to me before I became a parent, thank God, and I use the tools and techniques from the course every day to parent better. If you’re in Houston, TX, I recommend Micki Fine’s course.
Books & Blogs
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne — Though diffuse and disorganized at time, the book’s message and recommendations are priceless.
Parenting with Love & Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay — We successfully use many of the principles and suggestions in this book.
JanetLansbury.com — Lansbury’s advice is based on Magda Gerber’s RIE parenting philosophy, and while I don’t agree with everything she teaches, I find her work an excellent resource for sane, level-headed, compassionate ideas. She also has a podcast called Unruffled.
Mindfulness & Meditation — Every parent’s must-have; you can find my favorite resources on this page. One book called Breathe: Creating Space for God in a Hectic Life is written especially for Christian mothers.
Emotional Acupressure — You know how kids have that miraculous ability to get under your skin, push all your buttons, and stir up fear and trauma you didn’t know you still had? My husband and I use tapping and the Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) to cope. It’s often a daily practice in our home.
Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard J. Foster– Is it possible to parent well without prayer? It’s not for me anyway. This is the first book about authentic prayer I could really connect with. Foster has such a gentle teaching voice.