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Hidden Christmas

I read this book last year at Christmas time and loved it! I decided it would be an annual read this time of year and I can’t wait to share it with you! Stay tuned for my full review and lots of nuggets from this book!

Stamped on Every Child’s Heart

I started this book over Labor Day weekend in the hopes to receive encouragement and some helpful advice for my little impulsive kiddo. To be honest, I never finished it. A good portion of the book is a Bible lesson I didn’t exactly expect. I enjoy reading certain devotional and Biblical studies books but that wasn’t really what I was looking for in this book. I absolutely love the association between the impulsivity I see in my child and the impulsivity of Peter. Let’s face it, Peter changed the world and I believe my child will too. If you do not know much about the Apostle Peter, I recommend this book. If you are discouraged, feeling hopeless, and need a bit of encouragement as you lead your impulsive child, I recommend this book. If you are simply looking for parenting help for an impulsive child…I’ll keep looking for you!

Favorite Resources

These are a few of the resources that have helped us!

The Jesus Storybook Bible

We first purchased this book during our first foster placement and have purchased at least a half a dozen since. It is the best children’s Bible I’ve found and it even gets me choked up sometimes when I read it to the kids. The premise is that “Every story whispers His name” and essentially the book points out how every story in the Bible points to Jesus.

Parenting with Love & Logic

This is hands down my favorite parenting book. It has challenged me to lead and discipline my children using logic so they remember the lesson. It’s all about offering choices and letting the kids experience the consequence of their choice. For example, #bambam knows that the first thing he must do in the morning is take a shower. The expectation is clear and age appropriate. The consequence is TV time (also clear and age appropriate). If he chooses to take a shower, he is able to watch TV with the others. If he chooses to play first or not shower at all, no TV. The idea is to encourage your children to do the thinking so they develop confidence and good decision making skills.

Boundaries with Kids

This book is very similar to Parenting with Love and Logic. It was recommended by our counselor. It was probably the most helpful with our kiddo who struggles with anxiety and it fit in perfectly with our family mantra:
Love God
Love People
Make Good Decisions