The Bible – Yeah!
I have heard the comment made so many times that children don’t come with an instruction manual. Yes, they do! It’s called The Bible. There is no better instruction book to teach manners, courtesy, how to treat others and being a responsible member of your community.
The book of proverbs is a must read for you and the children. If you don’t have one, get one!
Teen-Proofing – John Rosemond
When I started reading this book, I could not put it down, I felt as if I was in an ah ah moment. The sheer wisdom of the author!
He has many suggestions on dealing with issue of drinking, driving, relationships, etc. Any issue that you will face with you teenager has been addressed here. I have been using some of the strategies very effectively.
One of my favorite is curfew. I have tailored his strategy to fit my needs. If my 13 year old is late by even 1 min, 30 mins is subtracted from his curfew time. When he meets curfew, 30 mins are added. This works!
Age of Opportunity – Paul David Tripp
This was the first book I read and went “OK, this will work!” And it did!
Paul Tripp offers advice for the smaller children through the teenage years. I have given away my first copy, and repurchased another for my collection. This book is that good, talk about parenting, it all here! He deals with all the different issues of chores, dating, driving….pretty much anything you will encounter with you children growing up.
I did not believe in giving allowance until I read this book, and I am glad I did, because what I found out is that children will spend less, and be more thoughtful when they are using their own money! I have also extended the chore list after reading this, you will find that your children are capable of doing a lot more than you think.
This is great for the tween to teen years!
Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp
I found this book to be a general how to manual. It’s basic instruction on how to get you children’s heart in the right place and making sure you have the right motives. Where it was most helpful to me was examining my communication with my children. It pointed me in the right direction regarding my communications technique, making sure I understand them by allowing them to share their struggles and motivations with me.
It’s a good book to build a solid foundation especially with toddler aged children.
When Staying Home is Not An Option – Roberta Chad, this is my labor of love!
This is my foray into the world of authorship. I wanted to share some tips that I have used over the years with my children. It is not a parenting book, just tips on how you can work outside the home, and still do things to maintain a good bond with your children. This includes finding useful activities for them that will enrich their minds; ones that you can be a participant.