10 Life-Changing Parenting Books

The early years of parenting are exhausting, overwhelming, and just plain confusing at times. Over the years, there moms have gifted us their wisdom through books they have loved. With three girls now, all at different ages and stages, this is our current growing list of books we love and keep going back to.

Baby Years

Happiest Baby on the Block

One of my best friends gave me this book after our first daughter was born, and it was such a life-saver! It goes through the small, subtle developmental stages that change very fast, and helps you know how to prepare for them.

Because the babies grow develop so much the first year, and you forget what they need from month to month with each child, I’ve used this book for all three kids. It’s been a true gem!

On Becoming Baby Wise

I started reading this book when I was pregnant with our first daughter. The parenting strategies are not for everyone, but we use them and have found them very helpful. I enjoyed them so much I bought On Becoming Toddler Wise when our older girls were toddlers.

James Dobson’s Parenting Collection

This book is another that was gifted to me. This is a book I treat more like a parenting encyclopedia when one of my kids are going through a tough season. This book has advice for all the ages and stages. If you have multiple kids, this is a great resource to have on hand.

Toddler and Early Childhood

Shepherding a Child’s Heart

I’ve learned a lot in my seven years of parenting. The main thing I’ve learned is that parenting is hard. Much harder than I anticipated.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart helps parents understand the importance of nurturing growing our children’s hearts towards wanting to follow God and make decisions that honor Him.

This book is full of encouragement and great advice for how to shepherd our children’s hearts so they will continue to want to seek God in their choices as adults.

Parenting with Love and Logic

We have one child who goes with the flow, and another who needs an explanation for everything. One wears what we lay out, the other insists on dressing herself. One eats what is served (for the most part), the other only likes about three certain foods.

This book gives great guidance on when and how to insists on age appropriate boundaries, and when to let kids “fail forward.”

Teach Them Diligently

This is one of the most challenging parenting books I’ve read. After reading this, I realized we were not using scripture in everyday conversation with our kids. Teach Them Diligently has great examples of how to use scripture when discipling, encouraging and doing everyday life with your kids. I re-read this at least once a year.

Simplicity Parenting

If your kids struggle with anxiety, I highly recommend this book. We are constantly decluttering not only our toys, but also clothes, shoes and schedules.

Our kids thrive when their rooms aren’t overflowing with stuff, and they have lots of time to play outside and be creative.

For the Parents

Missional Motherhood

Motherhood is such a great privileges and high calling, but each day can seem so mundane. Missional Motherhood shines light on motherhood as a daily ministry. It’s a great read for moms looking for purpose or contentment in their day to day while raising littles.

The Circle Maker

The Circle Maker has such great Biblical insight on how to pray in faith. If you like The Circle Maker, you will also love Praying Circles Around Your Children.

What books do you recommend for Christian parents? We would love to know!

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