So I thought I’d share my favourite parenting resources so far. I have a teensy weensy bit of experience since I only have a 17 month old and a 2 month old, but what I’ve read or listened to has been helpful for what has been, and sounds helpful for what will be. Here they are:
1) The Importance of Biblically Disciplining Children This sermon by Voddie Baucham is excellent. He outlines three different stages in parenting: the discipline phase, the catechism phase and the discipleship phase. This is something I will listen to many times while I am a mother and I have children in my home!
2) Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick. This book turns the idea of “do these things and you will have good kids/Christian kids/well-rounded kids” on its head. Yes we must train the up in the way they should go, but we must also model grace to our children in the way we parent. We are God’s representative to our children so we must show them grace as God has shown us grace. This is much harder to practice and takes more time, but it is truly loving our children when we show them grace. It was a convicting read as it kept bringing me to the foot of the cross and convicting me of sins in my life and also reminded me that this parenting thing is only enabled by God’s power in me, as 2 Corinthians 4:7 says: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”
3) The Faithful Parent by Martha Peace and Stuart Scott. This book is broken into two sections. The first section addresses the fundamental and primary need of the Gospel in our children’s lives. The second section outlines practically how to train our children in each stage of their growing up years. I found this to be an easy and fast read but well worth the time and something I will read again.
4) Parenting by God’s Promises by Joel R. Beeke. So full of Scripture and the Puritans! I loved reading this book. It was deep and rich, yet intensely practical. I am a Baptist, so I skipped over the Presbyterian section at the beginning, but I still found it extremely helpful. Another book I will reread!
5) Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic. This book isn’t so much a parenting book as it is a little book of encouragements during the baby and toddler years. This woman has five children 5 years old and under! She made me laugh and encouraged my heart as I read about her joys and mishaps with her littles. It’s a small book but definitely well worth every penny!
Let me know what you think of these resources! Have you read any of these books or listened to the sermon? What did you think?