My Favorite Resources For Those Who Want To Be Better Moms…

By February 1, 2012General, Get Inspired

There have been a few key parenting books and resources that have helped me as a mom. I can specifically remember the change in my attitude and outlook after absorbing them.

Parenting with Love and Logic

Parenting With Love And Logic

This book just made SO much sense to me. It helped me to be a “wall of jello” when my kids got emotional and upset. It’s full of excellent, practical wisdom for parents.

Mission of Motherhood

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity
Parenting is about so much more than making our kids behave, it’s about leading them to Jesus.

Sally’s book inspired me. It made me see the nobility of motherhood and the sense of faith, tradition, security and love I can create in my home and my family.

Give Them Grace

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus
I joked with my husband that I wanted to ask Jesus into my heart all over again by the time I reached chapter 2 of this book.

It’s not just a parenting book, it revolutionized the way I see Grace.

Positive Parenting Solutions

Amy McCready’s class came at at time when my husband was out of town for a couple weeks. He was not even reachable by email or phone for the most part. I was SO overwhelmed. And, for me, Amy’s videos and lessons not only taught me a lot, but they also comforted me. I know that sounds weird, but there was just something so reassuring about sitting down after the kids went to bed and *seeing* someone older than me share wisdom and insight.

My biggest take away from Amy is the power of our presence. Spending one on one time with our kids will solve more behavior problems than any structured parenting method. It’s so simple, but so powerful.

A FREE Webinar for You

I’m excited to share that I’ll be hosting another FREE parenting webinar with Amy next Wednesday. We’ll actually do two webinars – 2pm EST and 9pm EST.

We’ve done these webinars together several times and they are always amazing! It’s wonderful to learn from Amy, but it’s also fun to chat with one another in the webinar text chat area. It’s a fun, helpful, social time. I hope you’ll join us!

To register for the FREE webinar, click here.

Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling

Why is it so difficult sometimes to get kids to listen? You know she heard you, but she ignores you. You ask again and still . . . no response.

If you’re tired of nagging, reminding and yelling to get kids to listen – this session is for you! Inspired to Action is excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar on Wednesday, February 8 at 2 PM and 9 PM Eastern Time.

Join us to learn easy to implement strategies to correct misbehavior and reclaim the calm voice you had before kids. Discover proven tools for your most frustrating discipline dilemmas including the 5 R’s of Fair & Effective Consequences.

All you need is your computer. (No webcam required.) You’ll see and hear Amy on your screen and you can even ask questions and she’ll make them part of the presentation. Parents RAVE about this session.

RSVP today and then kick back and learn from the comfort of your home.

Webinar seating will be limited so learn more and RSVP now! I’ll look forward to welcoming you.

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About Amy McCready

Parenting expert Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and a “recovering yeller.” She is a champion of positive parenting techniques for happier families and well-behaved kids. Amy reaches a worldwide audience with her Positive Parenting Solutions Online course and is a frequent guest on the TODAY Show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and elsewhere. In her most important role, she is mom to two teenage boys.

Final Note About Any Parenting Resource

First of all, I want to note that while all the books I mentioned are Biblically based, Amy’s course is not. I think it’s excellent information, but it’s just a general parenting resource, not one specifically for Christians.

Second of all, the Bible should be our first parenting resource. I haven’t read a parenting book yet, Christian or not, that I agree with and want to implement 100%.

Lastly, I would like to disclaim that those links above are affiliate links. Feel free to use them or if you’d rather not, you can simply copy the book title and search for it on Amazon. Please know that I value each of you very highly and would not waste your time or resources with something unless it has had a significant impact on my life.

What parenting resources have impacted you? Books, blogs, etc? Share them here.

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  • I have several parenting books I love and recommend regularly, such as Gordon Neufeld’s “Hold Onto Your Kids” and Faber and Mazlish’s “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk,” but “Attached at the Heart” by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker has, by far, impacted me the most. Every parent will benefit from at least reading the preface, introduction, and first chapter, and will then want to read the rest of the book as well for all the wisdom and resources it contains.

    • Kat says:

      I have that How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen book, but I haven’t started it yet. Nice to know it’s so highly recommended!

  • Meg says:

    Thank you for the valuable resources! I’ve been looking for some book recommendations, such as these. I am curious, did you read ‘Shepherding a Child’s Heart’? I just absolutely loved it.

    • Kat says:

      You know, I started reading it when my oldest was a baby, but for some reason it didn’t capture my attention and I never finished it. I’ll have to go find it and finish it. There certainly have been a lot of recommendations here for it!

  • Heather says:

    What has been the most helpful for my husband and I as we parent our younger children is Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years.

  • Teresa Galashan says:

    Shepherding the Heart of a Child! I have always wanted to read multiple parenting approaches and take a bit from all of them, but this book made me want to throw every other book out. It’s so challenging but encouraging, and Biblically solid.

  • Meg says:

    Teresa, I SO agree!! And Heather, I am in the middle of that one right now and loving it.

  • Heidi says:

    Really liked this post, I loved the Parenting collection by J Dobson, as well as Hughes’ Disciplines of a godly Family, awesome πŸ™‚ Christopher Greene’s Toddler Taming was also a very very handy book!

    • Kat says:

      I have yet to read any of Dr. Dobson’s books, but I’ve been meaning to read the Bringing Up Boys one (I think it’s called). So many books to add to my list! πŸ™‚

  • Kate says:

    Greatnsuggestions. I am always looking for new books to delve into! My all time favorite book on discipline and child rearing is called “Discipline for Life: Getting it Right With Children” by Madelyn Swift. This is one book that I love 100% and I recommend it to everyone I know who is struggling with various issues. She is positive and uplifting with everything she says. FYI, it isn’t Christian.

  • Heidi says:

    Oh, 2 more I can think of.. Transforming your children into spiritual champions by Barna, and Tenny & Tenney’s How to be a God chaser & A kid Chaser. I read them over and over πŸ™‚

  • Marisa says:

    I love “Loving Your Kids On Purpose” by Danny Silk…it is a great book and it has helped me a ton with our four year old and twin 19 month olds. Great info with a Christian foundation…I would highly recommend it!

  • Meridith says:

    The Hearts at Home conference has been a huge blessing to me. I’ve heard great speakers, attended workshops that were life-changing, and plugged into a very good mom-support-system. The next conference is in central Illinois, March 16-17.

    • Kat says:

      I *love* mom conferences! I wish I didn’t live so far from Illinois. I’m attending Sally Clarkson’s MomHeart conference next week, though, and I’m soooo excited. I hope yours is incredibly inspiring too!

  • Alia says:

    These are some of my favorite parenting books as well. I also liked Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo which helped me to understand some principles in my parenting that were exasperating my children as seen in Ephesians 6:4 and Sally Clarkson’s book Educating the wholehearted child which has to do with schooling but also covers a lot of topics on discipling.

    • Kat says:

      Ah, thanks for the Educating the Wholehearted Child recommendation. I have it, but I hadn’t read it thinking it didn’t apply to me. I’ll have to pull it out and get reading.

  • I loved Simplicity Parenting (can’t remember the author right now). It isn’t Christian either (which I prefer) but it is such an amazing message for our fast society.

  • Sami says:

    “Hints on Child Training” by H. Clay Trumball. It was recommended by Sally Clarkson in the back of one of her books, and I found it so helpful. It’s old (like 100+ years), and so it does need to be taken with a grain of salt, to be sure!!! An eversion is available online, just google it!

    I am super excited about the webinar! I have read some of her things before. I love how it encourages us to go to the park, go for a walk or do a puzzle with our kids as one of the most important things we can do for our discipline strategy. IT SO WORKS!!! Goes along well with Sally Clarkson’s stuff, too. Relationship is everything!

    • Kat says:

      My husband read that book and raved about it. He highlighted it and I read his highlights, so I’ve sort of read it. πŸ™‚ Great, time tested wisdom in there.

  • April says:

    My current favorite (in addition to How to Talk so Kids Will Listen; and Raising Your Spirited child) is Easy to Love Difficult to Discipline.
    Also got some great stuff from these Christian authors:
    The Discipline Book by Dr William Sears
    The Ministry of Parenting Your Baby by Dr William & Martha Sears
    The 5 Love Languages of Children by Chapman & Campbell
    Boundaries with Kids by Cloud & Townsend
    You Can Have a Family where Everybody Wins (Christian Perspectives on Parent Effectiveness Training)
    And I really liked Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson, who is Sally Clarkson’s husband. Actually anything by Sally Clarkson has been a blessing for us! (=

    • Kat says:

      Oh…good list. I see several I need to add to my wish list. Somehow I missed that Clay Clarkson had a book too!

  • April says:

    Samanth & Sami,
    Where is the “like” button when I need it? (LOL)
    The books you recommended are such amazing books! They go beyond just discipline, to discipling. Your suggestions are love love loves!!

  • Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo, unfortunately the title makes it seem like it’s about anger, which addresses when things go wrong. But the second chapter is an invaluable checklist of 25 ways parents provoke kids to anger. My own parents only failed in 3 of these, whereas I think I have hit all 25 at one point or another.
    Power of a Praying Parent, by Stormie Omartian is the other, totally best book. Again, sorry about the title. Seemed sappy to me, so not until a friend opened it to me did I delve in and find true help here! Scripture, story, prayer.

  • Suzie (from Sydney) says:

    Thanks so much Kat. I’ve just signed up for the free webinar (hey, my first ever webinar!!) and am excited I can do it at a great time in Sydney πŸ™‚ -the 9pm one ends up to be 1pm on the Friday for us, Thank you so much!

  • Evonne says:

    We have found ‘Have a New Kid by Friday’ by Kevin Leman (?) really helpful. No nonsense approach that has really helped us to calm down as parents…have seen that he has also written “have a new husband by friday” too… :o)

    • Kat says:

      ” really helped us to calm down as parents”

      Isn’t it funny how that’s really the key? So often we think of parenting books as being about how to calm our kids down, but really it’s about controlling ourselves and focusing on right responses to our children.

  • Amy Martin says:

    The Come Along series by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo has helped us tremendously. We are also going through Growing Kids God’s Way by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo. It’s old school but VERY good.

  • April says:

    I have read the Ezzo’s works, both religious and secular versions. Many do not know that the Ezzo’s have the unique distinction of being named by the American Academy of Pediatrics as teaching methods that are dangerous to the life & health babies. (
    There are many books written that provide the helpful bits in these books that are Scripturally, developmentally, and phsychologically sound, and avoid the bits that are not.
    May we, as mamas, pray that God lead us to resources that reflect the truth about God’s Way with us – filled with undeserved grace, peace, gentleness, costly sacrifice for weaker vessels, and connection through the indwelling of the Spirit, and that we may pass that heritage on to our children!

  • I LOVE parenting with love and logic! πŸ™‚ I first used the book by the title ‘Teaching with Love and Logic’ when I worked in an elementary school classroom (pre-kids in our own home) I was so impressed with the results that I knew I had to check out the parenting book when our little family began to grow.

    I was so pleased to take part in the positive parenting webinar by Amy that I was invited to by YOU! She had so many practical take-aways that are easy to over-look the amazing impact small simple changes can make when your in the trenches day in and day out.

    One resource that you didn’t list but has been SO encouraging/insightful into my parenting world is ‘Raising Your Spirited Child’. We’ve got a firecracker of a boy in our home and this book made me feel so much more normal and less alone in my struggle to interact with him in the most productive/loving way.

    I look forward to looking into the other books you mentioned as well. I’ve heard so many glowing reviews about Sally’s book in-particular.


    • Kat says:

      Mmmm…I need that Spirited Child book. Yes I do.

      And I can’t recommend Sally highly enough. I’ve gotten to know her a little over the last couple of years and her heart is just precious. She has such a passion to help young moms and such wisdom to share.

  • Thank you for these suggestions Kat (and I have read all the comments too!)
    I have signed up for the Webinar (my first!). The 2pm one is 9pm here in South Africa, which is perfect.

    I really enjoyed The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. I found that it really challenged me, but also inspired me to do better!

    Georgia πŸ™‚

    • Kat says:

      I’m so glad you’ll be joining us! We’ll have quite an international group, I think. Can’t wait to “chat” with you next week!

  • Stacey says:

    I really enjoyed The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity. Another favorite is Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel. I know I will be re-reading these books often.

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  • Amanda Arjmandpour says:


    Could you let me know how long the webinar is? I think it would be 5am Tokyo time and I’m not sure if I could catch the whole thing before work.


  • I follow your blog and saved this post as I was highly enouraged to add these books to my reading list. I have a goal of reading 1 new book a month and after reading this post I promptly went out and purchased two of them. I read The Mission of Motherhood first and loved it. Sally does write sooo beautifully as you stated. I wrote about it here: as I write about my yearly goals. I’m anxious to read the others as well. Thank you for writing about these.