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20 Resources for the Overwhelmed Parent

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Just like marriage, parenting is hard. Motherhood is hard. When I believe the lie that I am alone, the loneliness coupled with feeling overwhelmed just trying to get everything done, can be crippling. When I stay on top of laundry, and actually streamline my day, it really does feel like I added hours to the day.

Here are a list of books I have either read or plan to read to help me in this journey of motherhood and parenting. Some are specifically parenting books, while others are just great books on figuring out how people work and getting to the heart issues. But be warned, you may be convicted while you read them. I know I always am.

They will help you come up with a plan. Ways to get to the heart of the problem without losing your sanity.

20 Must Read Parenting Resources

The Bible

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles by Paul David Tripp

Don’t Make Me Count to Three: A Mom’s Look at Heart-Oriented Discipline by Ginger Plowman

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart of Eternity by Sally Clarkson

The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children

Spiritual Parenting by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp

Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys by Hal and Melanie Young

Hope for the Weary Mom by Brooke McGlothlin

Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training by Louis Paul Priolo

Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home-Mom by Tricia Goyer

Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most by Brooke McGlothlin

Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom by Lisa-Jo Baker

Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic

There are at least a few books to get you started. Just remember, it’s only a season. As parents, we need to be intentional. Our children are with us for such a short time.

Which one are you most looking forward to reading? What other books would you add to this list?

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Ellen Christian

Sunday 7th of December 2014

Children grow up so quickly. It seems like only yesterday that mine were tiny.