A couple of great parenting resources

I had the chance to review several Christian parenting resources lately that I wanted to tell you about. The first is a set of DVD’s called Effective Parenting in a Defective World. The DVD’s are put together by Chip Ingram, the president of Walk Through the Bible.

It took me quite awhile to find enough time to review these DVD’s. For me books are more accessible, easier to pick up in small amounts of time. (Today as I sat down to write this review, I discovered that this is also available as a book. But once I finally got around to making the time to look at these DVD’s, I was impressed. This was designed as a 9 week Bible study for a group. The DVD’s are well done and interesting, and cover topics such as relationship building, discipline, and raising optimistic kids.

One pearl that I got from the sessions on discipline is the reminder to focus on the 10 year benefit to your child, rather than always trying to make them happy right now. I am an experienced mom, but in these videos I found welcome reassurance that John and I are on the right path in our parenting. I highly recommend this resource.


The second resource that I wanted to tell you about is a book called Logged On and Tuned Out by Vicki Courtney. This book addresses the challenge of keeping kids safe in the Internet age.
I thought of myself as a fairly tech-savvy person, but I found lots of helpful information in this book. For example, did you ever think of setting a Google alert to your child’s name?

If your kids are making connections with others via the internet, you will most likely find this book extremely helpful and interesting. Just FYI: ‘Tuned Out’ in the title of the book refers to parents, not kids. There are too many hazards out there for us to be tuned out parents. I highly recommend this book as you work to allow your kids the benefits of new technology while still keeping them safe.

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  1. thanks mary – the second half of your post ties into what has been on my mind this week with regard to the upcoming television season…parents need educate/be aware with what is coming up.

  2. Thanks for recommending some good parenting resources! I’m pregnant with our first child, a boy, and I’ve been reading some different parenting books… the one I’ve been most impressed with is Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. It’s just a totally different perspective on parenting than anything else I’ve read- not just focusing on behavior, but on the child’s heart & attitude! 🙂 Just curious if you’ve read it or use principles from it!