Confessions of a #GoodEnoughMom Tuesdays: Parenting Books



It’s Confessions of a #GoodEnoughMom Tuesdays and I’m up to my ears in boxes.  We’re officially moved into our new house after several hairy weeks of dealing with broken this and we need to replace that, but here we are sleeping in a house that feels like we’re intruding and every little squeak in the night jerks us up out of bed.  Even still, someday soon we’ll feel right at home.

I spent most my day rearranging and rummaging through boxes looking for my favorite parenting books, but didn’t find all of them, and now that I think about it, I don’t even know if I have them anymore, but here are some that I do have that I love.  These have been great resources for me and my parenting.




The New Strong-Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson: For so many years Dr. Dobson has been a parenting guru of the Christian world.  My mom said she raised me on all of his parenting advice, and I think I turned out just fine, so after having Charis, who came out of the womb asking, “Who used to be in charge here”, I knew I needed a professional with this one.  I read advice that gave me courage to defend my leadership at a parent, but also, to do it in a loving way.  Dobson gives vast advice on how to reign in a defiant will without damaging a strong spirit.

Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson:  When I had Porter I knew nothing about raising boys.  I didn’t experience a boy until my brother was born when I was 13, but then I’m pretty sure I was dealing with my own raging hormones to learn anything about boys.  I love how Dobson speaks frankly on the unique way boys are wired.  He challenges parents to not be swept away by social norms for boys, but to see and understand boys for who they are and how to raise them to be strong, fierce leaders in their world.

Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein: I know this isn’t a parenting book, but this book has brought our family together for many laughs and several times I was surprised to walk in a room with all of my kids cuddled around this book giggling over the silly poems.

Her mama said, “don’t eat with your fingers.”
“OK,” said Ridiculaous Rose,
So she ate with her toes!.

The Mother of all Meltdowns by A Bunch of Hot Mamas Losing Their Cool: Ok, if you’re a #GoodEnoughMom like me and you often feel like you’re going to lose it all and have a meltdown, then this is the book for you.  Thirty mommy bloggers share their real life mommy meltdown moments that will keep you laughing and saying, “me too”!  It’s the best medicine for those days when I feel like you’re the only mother who’s screwing it all up!

So, how about you?  What are some of your favorite parenting books or blogs?  If you’re a mommy blogger too, then please link-up and share your gems with us.  Or if you’re not a blogger, then leave a comment below, I’d love to hear what has helped you get through mommyhood.

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You know I’m not going to make this link-up ridged with rules, but those participating I encourage to:

1.  Add a Confessions of a Good Enough Mom Tuesdays badge to your post.

2. Let’s not just expect to receive love.  Let’s dish it out!!  Take some time to read other blogs linked here, leave meaningful encouragement, and share some of their posts on social media with the #GoodEnoughMom hashtag.

3. We’re all on an imperfect journey, so let’s be real, honest and raw with our posts.  Leave your perfect at the door.

4. Be yourself and let’s have fun!

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Next week, the writing prompt for July 15 will be


Do you have tricks or tips on how you organize or keep up on the mountain or are you like me and you’ll be sending out an S.O.S. next week.  Either way, leave your perfect at the door and let’s talk dirty — laundry that is.


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10 thoughts on “Confessions of a #GoodEnoughMom Tuesdays: Parenting Books

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  2. Rhonda Ortiz says:

    We love Shel Silverstein, too! We also have a book of nonsense poems—a pop-up book, for that matter!—that our kids LOVE. Your point about sharing the sillies is a great one.

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  4. Chris Carter says:

    Oh how I just love meeting new friends!! Especially ones that immediately touch your heart!! I also love love love that you shared MOAM for your book choice!! I was the mom who made the grilled cheese without the cheese. Ahem.

    It is just so lovely to meet you Charity!! I can’t wait to read more about you and grow our friendship! Thanks to Cristina for leading me here… 🙂

    • Charity says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad you came by! I really do love this book. It’s exactly what I need for my #GoodEnoughMom posts. And I just have to save BRAVO! on your grilled cheese. I laughed so hard when you told her to eat it like toast (and that it was better than eating grass). Classic.

  5. christa sterken says:

    When my kids were little, this book REALLY helped me feel like I wasn’t the only one who blew it. She’s Gonna Blow!: Real Help for Moms Dealing with Anger Paperback by Julie Ann Barnhill. The one that really helped most of all and was dog eared and highlighted was Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic Paperback by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

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