If you are reading this blog (and of course, you are), then you are reading it with one goal in mind: To become a better parent. 

That’s a great goal.  Your kids will be cheering you on.

As you work toward that goal, you will probably find yourself reading books (or blogs) on the topic of parenting and families to provide you with encouragement, wisdom, perspective, and helpful ideas for leading your family and handling parenting situations.

I’m sure you will find that not every parenting book or idea fits with your personality, style, or faith.  Just because an idea is put into print does not mean that it is a good idea.  You may also find that a book can have many helpful ideas, even though you don’t agree with everything the author says.  For instance, I have found Dr. James Dobson to have many wise, well-informed, and helpful insights with regard to raising children and nurturing a close family, while at the same time, I hold a somewhat different view of spanking than he does. 

A few books that I have found helpful in my own parenting journey are:

·        -The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey

·        -How and When to Tell Your Kids About Sex by Stanton Jones

·        -Point Man by Steve Farrar

·        -Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking by Jerry Wyckoff and Barbara Unell

·        -How to Behave So Your Children Will Too by Sal Severe

·        -Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel

Often, I find a thing or two that I would handle differently than the author suggests or perhaps I find something that I view very differently than the author does while I find other suggestions quite helpful.  You may be the same way.  But the books above all contain ideas that I have found to be informed, creative, and have been helpful to me in my efforts to be a better parent.

With that in mind, what parenting books have been the most practical and helpful to you? 


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