So, it turns out when you write a parenting book, all hell will break loose in your home.
Ask me how I know.
Some days writing Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World was like writing a marriage book while considering a divorce. I found it hard to encourage parents on days when my own kids wouldn’t speak to me. Can I get a witness?
I’m not a parenting expert. But I do lean heavily on a few.
There are 3 books I keep next to my bed. They are dog-earred and stained with coffee and well loved. The first two counteract each other…One leans heavily on grace and the other on discipline. Together, they help me strike a better balance. That’s why I like to recommend them together.
The third one balances them (and me).
- Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel | I read this book years ago and it’s been a constant source of encouragement and added needed grace into my parenting. It’s a map for seeing ourselves and our children through God’s limitless tenderness – to raise our kids the way God raises us. Honestly, it’s helped me take a big chill pill and to pick my battles and I highly recommend it.
- Have a New Kid by Friday by Kevin Leman | This book (especially the last section on specific issues) has been a God-send of practical advice for some of the hardest situations. I love this book, even though it’s hard to swallow (follow) some times. There is practical and helpful advice on just about every parenting issue.
- The Holy Bible | While there may not be specific parenting advice in this book, there’s a lot of encouragement. When I’m facing a particularly challenging situation with one of my kids, I go here. God comforts and guides and gives me wisdom.
And might I suggest a bonus 4th?
4. Raising Grateful Kids in An Entitled World by Kristen Welch (me) | I’m only adding mine to this list because it adds something that’s missing: a real life perspective from a regular mom who is right there with you in the parenting trenches. If anything, this book should make you feel less alone in your parenting struggles. P.S. There are only a handful of FREE Global Family Kits left with the preorder special ($20 value). Order my new book here and get the family resource kit that will add some perspective to your home for free!
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