There are lots of resources out there to help as you parent your children. Here are some of my favorites to get you started:
MOPS – Mothers Of Preschoolers is such a great organization! It really helped me when I was going through a time of anger toward my kids. I could get together with other moms and share the joys and frustrations of being a mom. Check their web site at http://www.mops.org to find out if there is a MOPS group near you.
Hearts at Home – Hearts puts on a wonderful conference for moms with children of all ages. Check out their website for information on their conferences and lots of information and support for moms. (www.hearts-at-home.org)
She’s Gonna Blow! by Julie Barnhill (Harvest House, 2001) I’ve had the privilege of meeting Julie in person – her book offers real help for moms dealing with anger. She compares our anger to different types of volcanoes and gives practical advice for taming “Mount Momma.” You can visit Julie’s web site and find out when she might be speaking in your area at www.juliebarnhill.com
Breaking Free by Beth Moore (Broadman and Holman, 2000) “Making Liberty in Christ a Reality in Life” Beth’s book presents a biblical basis for breaking free from the lies that keep you in bondage. You’ll learn to believe God’s truth instead.
Emotions: Can You Trust Them? by Dr. James Dobson (Regal Books, 1980) Dr. Dobson’s book includes a chapter on anger with good study questions which can really help you learn to deal with anger in an effective way.
Getting Out of Your Kids’ Faces and Into Their Hearts by Valerie Bell (Zondervan, 1994) The note on the cover says, “Become the Warm, Loving Parent You’ve Always Wanted to Be.”
Good and Angry by Scott Turansky and Linda Miller (WaterBrook, 2002) Very good ideas and advice.
The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo (Calvary Press, 1997) An excellent resource to help parents deal with their own anger and then address it in their children’s lives.
And Then I Had Kids by Susan Alexander Yates (Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1988) I’ve reread this one many times! She writes especially for mothers of young children – and has five kids of her own so she speaks from experience. She especially reminds us that we live our lives in “seasons” and that we need to enjoy the season we’re in now (whether that means toddlers or teens!)
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (Shepherd Press, 1995) The things your child does and says flow from the heart. Learn how to shepherd your child’s heart into the right paths with this practical, very helpful book.
When Anger Hits Home -Taking Care of Your Anger Without Taking It Out on Your Family by Gary Jackson Oliver and H. Norman Wright (Moody Press, 1992) Great helps for dealing with anger.
When You Feel Like Screaming by Pat Holt & Grace Ketterman (Harold Shaw Publishers, 1988) Let’s face it, we all scream at times, but this book can help you stop and use more effective methods to motivate your children.
Music by Steve and Annie Chapman – especially A Mother’s Touch (songs: Survivor, Goodnight Kiss), and two concert recordings – An Evening Together , and The Greatest Gift (All by S & A Family, Inc.) Steve and Annie Chapman really have a heart for the family, and their music will convict and inspire you. (www.steveandanniechapman.com)