From the desk of Dr. Stan Ward:
Parents – Have you ever had a parenting moment when you wondered, “Gee. So what do I do now?” If so, then you will be interested in the growing library of parenting resources we have at the Bell Library. Here are just a few resources that have been personally helpful:
- How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen and Listen So Your Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (PR 649.1 FAB). When I realized that Mindy and I were raising a strong willed child, this was one of the first books I read. It helped me appreciate the importance of listening well as well as speaking wisely.
- Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Ray (PR 649.64 CLI). The author’s provide a no-nonsense guide for how to avoid being a helicopter parent, raising a child that understands the logical consequences of his or her decisions. This one must be pretty good because when our oldest daughter found it in the back seat of our car, she read it and began quoting it back to Mindy and I!
- Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas (PR 242 THO). What if marriage was not about simply making us happy, but rather about making us holy? With this premise in mind the author provides great insight into how the disciplines required for a committed marriage can change us for the better. Mindy and I read this book together and found it both challenging and encouraging. You can sample an audio recording of chapter one here.
- Margin by Richard Swenson (PR 155.9 SWE). Recommended to me when I was in a very stressful season of life, Swenson’s book helped me appreciate the need for work/life balance and provided strategies for achieving such.
Brook Hill wants to partner with you as you parent, encouraging you along the way. Please take advantage of these and other resources in our parenting resource library.