One of the best things we did when we were young in our marriage and family journey was to become a student of how to do family God’s way. We read, we attended seminars, we joined small groups at church. Over time, we adopted and began practicing all that we learned.
Maybe we are slow learners, but it literally took years to adopt the framework for our family. It has been a constant growing process. Over the years, we had a base of knowledge and wisdom in which to build the framework for our family.
In this week’s episode, we want to share with you a few of the books that had the most impact in how we raised our children. We highly recommend these books to parents and hope that you can take advantage of any extra time you may have during our social-distancing season to become a student of family.
On Becoming Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo This book taught us to understand what our infants need and to have a plan.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp Many of the Crazy Cool Family concepts are based on much of what we learned in this book. It showed us how to get to our child’s heart through relationships.
The Five Love Languages by Gary Smalley When we learn how to love based on someone’s love language, we can love that person better. When we use their language, it’s a fast pass to their heart.
Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls by Gary Thomas Raising kids is about bringing glory to God and shaping us to be more like Jesus.
Bringing up Boys by James Dobson Boys are created differently. I (Suzanne) had to relearn how to parent Michael (our first boy) after having only raised four girls up to that point. Boys need respect, honor, and to be valued. It’s no small thing for a woman to raise a man.
Fathered by God by John Eldredge This is a book for men, but it talks about the early boyhood stages of a man’s life. It teaches dads how to help a boy have a world of exploration and wonder and that he is a beloved son of yours and of God.
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian That the most valuable thing we will ever do for our children is to pray for them. This book has specific prayers and scriptures to use as weapons against the enemy.
How to Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child’s Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days by Kevin Leman This book showed us that while we really want to change our kids, when we change ourselves our kids will follow our lead. When our kids become teenagers, they need to be parented differently. We must change the way we do things and the way we relate to them as they get older.
The Whole-Brained Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel Seigel and Tina Payne Bryson We see brain research backing up what God has said all along—we are hard-wired for relationships. Our children’s brains respond positively when we relate to them well.
Generation Z Unfiltered: Facing Nine Hidden Challenges of the Most Anxious Population by Tim Elmore This book teaches how this generation thinks so we can better relate to them and how they are impacted by technology.
Crazy Cool Family by Don and Suzanne Manning How to have a Crazy Cool Family: Pursue God, Build Relationships, Create Culture. You will see how these books have shaped our family philosophy. And reading our book, Crazy Cool Family, will give you a great start on building the framework for your family.
We hope these books are a great resource and you continue to be a student of family.
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