Thursday, February 24, 2011

Did any of you catch the Super Nanny episode this past weekend that involved a family with children from Ghana?   This particular episode grabbed my attention as it was a chance to witness some of the adjustments encountered by adopted children. The thoughts rolling through my mind quickly went from “we can handle this” to “wow- that chaotic confused family could easily be ours -what can we do to ensure that we don’t have to resort to calling in “The Nanny?”" As I was praying about that very thing, words that had just been uttered in Bible study a few days prior came racing back to my brain: “God doesn't ask us to be perfect parents, He asks us to be faith-filled, Christ-seeking parents.”  With those thoughts in mind, I am praying that our faith will grow and that our hearts' desire will be to seek Christ. 

In closing, we’re interested in your thoughts.  Have you discovered any great books or websites that have been helpful on the topic of raising kids?  Feel free to comment below.



Timothy said...

I love that quote Amanda. That was really encouraging. So often I feel like I'm doing everything wrong. I was talking with a mother of 9 recently who still feels like she's "flying by the seat of her pants". It's wonderful to know that God will give us wisdom if we ask for it.

As far as books go, one of the most practical I've read so far is Raising Godly Tomatoes by Elizabeth Krueger. The whole book is online as well as available in book form. She's approaches real life child training situations and character building from a Biblical perspective. Its been so helpful.

Jennifer said...

Keeping Our Children's Hearts by Steve and Teri Maxwell

Pfeiffer Pfive said...

My Favorite Parenting Books:
"Don't Make Me Count to Three" by Ginger Plowman
(with the companion chart "Wise Words for Moms")
"Teach Them Diligently" by Lou Priolo
"Heart of Anger" by Lou Priolo
"Shepherding a Child's Heart" by Tedd Tripp
"Instructing a Child's Heart" by Tedd Tripp
"Age of Opportunity" by Paul Tripp (on parenting teens)

Other Highly Recommended Reads:
"Treasuring God in Our Traditions" by Noel Piper (purposeful family fun)
"Calm My Anxious Heart" by Linda Dillow (contentment)
"Heaven at Home" by Ginger Plowman (the godly homemaker)
"A Life That Says Welcome" by Karen Ehman (genuine hospitality)

Kathleen said...

Abby gave me Don't Make Me Count to Three before Brady was born. It's an easy read, and full of great principles.

On a different level, keeping them active is also helpful. Websites like offer suggestions for activities (they also have a magazine). There's also Slow and Steady Get Me Ready (also an Abby suggestion) and The Busy Book for Toddlers by Kuffner.

You'll do just fine. Sometimes things get a little hairy, but it all works out. Just make sure you buy "machine washable"... =)

Kathleen said...

One other encouraging book is A Mother's Heart by Jean Fleming. It's an older book, but very practical. She and her family were missionaries.