Thursday, October 30, 2008

online meanderings and resources: parenting

While we're on the topic of loving our children, here's some useful posts and resources on parenting and motherhood I've come across during the last few months.

In Nicole's discussion of chapter 3 of Feminine Appeal at EQUIP book club, she gives some helpful observations about viewing our children as a joy, not a burden, and about showing love for our children through discipline.

Here's some of Nic's other posts on parenting which I enjoyed: finding joy in the drudgery, praying with children, the benefits of sending kids to a local school, and caring for kids when they are sick.

Prue encourages us to remember the value of motherhood (it's always good to have a reminder!).

Jess, as always, gives us plenty of thoughtful, practical suggestions: see train them until you like them, managing time with 4 young children, and an alternative to parenting psychobabble.

We could all do with help as we teach our children about God. Covenant Fellowship Church give some great suggestions for family worship when you have little children involved. And here's a couple of useful posts on choosing a children's Bible. Those of you who are new to this blog might also enjoy my posts on children's Bibles and teaching theology to your kids.

But sometimes kids don't seem all that responsive to God's truth. Here's an encouragement from GirlTalk on persevering in teaching kids about God. I also liked their post on singing to your kids.

I like what Gordon wrote on teaching kids about the Trinity; Craig on how to bring your kids to faith; and Challies on how he made his children cry.

There have been plenty of great reflections on parenting at the father's business, including thinking of kids as a blessing, caring for other people's kids in our community, teaching kids to persevere in the face of trials, talking with your kids about death, and when kids blame others.

Because we're all sinners as well as parents, I loved this post on dealing with the gap between what you say and what you do.

And here's a little glimpse from Ali into the life of children of the olden days.

As for talks on the subject of parenthood and motherhood, can I suggest you listen to Carolyn Mahaney's A Mother's Responsibility, which I enjoyed more, and found far more comprehensive, than her talk Loving Your Children in her series To Teach what is Good.

If you want to do some reading, here's some parenting books I've been enjoying:
Tedd Tripp Shepherding a Child's Heart
Tedd and Margy Tripp Instructing a Child's Heart
Tedd Tripp Age of Opportunity (on parenting teenagers)
Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre Girl Talk (on raising girls, written to be read with teenagers, but good for mothers of daughters of all ages)

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