An in-the-car conversation with my 12-year-old, book-loving daughter…
She: What is a bookkeeper?
Me: It’s someone who takes care of the finances for a company.
She: (disappointed) Oh.
She: I thought it would be a viable career option. You know, someone who keeps books.
Me: I think the word you’re looking for is ‘librarian.’
As you can see, we really love books at our house. So for this end-of-the-year post, I offer you three of the best books for intentional parenting. Put any or all of them on your TBR (to be read) list for 2016.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them? Want to add or change anything? Have any suggestions for my 2016 TBR? Let me know in the comments below!
Three Great Books on Parenting
On Becoming Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo and Dr. Robert Bucknam
Some potential and new parents really resist the principles presented in this book, but I am so thankful that people in my church recommended it to me before my first child was born. While we didn’t strictly adhere to every element (especially not with our second child), we found that following Ezzo’s suggested practices gave us peace of mind and helped us establish a routine that was family-centered, not child-centered. Baby Wise II (also very helpful) has a great chapter on potty-training. Here’s what I’ve observed: There are non-Baby Wise children who are pleasant and well-behaved, but I’ve never met a Baby Wise child who wasn’t pleasant and well-behaved. I even think our kids were healthier because of their ability to sleep and follow routines.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
This has been by primary parenting resource for more than twelve years now. I’ve probably read it at least five times and referenced it many more. Here’s the main point: The condition of a child’s heart (that is, his/her relationship with God) is far more important than his or her behavior. It’s about parenting with a bigger purpose in mind—intentional parenting (applying my phrase to Tripp’s work). I wish this were required reading for Christ-follower parents around the world.
Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp
I really wanted to finish this one before I posted the list, but I haven’t yet. We’re about to have a teenager in our home, and it felt like time to address that age group more specifically. Two factors drew me to this book: the subtitle, which is “A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens” and the author’s name. Turns out that Tedd (of Shepherding… above) and Paul are brothers. I’m about one-third through, taking my time to absorb the teaching. I already know, however, that it needs be on this list. Thankfully, it looks like we’re headed in the right direction; read my posts, Wait, Wait, Don’t TELL Me and Where My Kids At? to see what direction that is.
Next to read: Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls by Gary L. Thomas. If this book is as good as his Sacred Marriage, it will definitely be on my “Best Books” list next year!
5 Best Newbery Award Books (that I’ve read)
In no particular order…
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
5 Children’s/YA books that should have won Newbery Awards (in our opinion)
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
You can read my reviews of most of these and the Newbery winners *here*. Also, sorry I didn’t put Amazon links for all these books. We’re still in holiday mode here!