We’ve all been there. We are in a “situation” [you name it]. Not exactly sure what to do. Sometimes we freak out, sometimes we ignore it and hope it goes away. Maybe you say a prayer, reach out for help and seek advice. The greatest thing to remember is that whatever you face as a parent. You are not alone. It is highly unlikely that you are the first or the last to experience whatever parenting challenge it is. Our prayer at Quest for you is that as you call out to God for help [wisdom, strength, patience, courage, love, peace...] you may also find community to come alongside you. And along the way, in relationship with others, there are books and websites and groups that can be of help to you as well! Here’s a few. We do not “endorse” everything on this list, but give you a variety of ideas that have been helpful to some of us on staff, or lay leaders serving in ministry to parents. If you find something that’s helpful for you- share it with a friend! Just as others encourage you in your parenting journey, you can go and do likewise!
- HomeFront Monthly- Tru parent resource
- And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives, John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman
- The Happiest Baby on the Block, Harvey Karp
- Secrets of The Baby Whisperer, Tracy Hogg
- Hold Me Tight, Sue Johnson
- Spiritual Parenting, Dr. Michelle Anthony
- Boundaries with Kids, Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
- The Five Love languages of Children, Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell.
- Grace-Based Parenting. By Dr. Tim Kimme
- Power of a Praying Parent, Stormie O’martian
- Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, John Gottman
- Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey: Nurturing a Life of Faith, Catherine Stonehouse.
- Parenting is Your Highest Calling and 8 other Myths that Trap You into Guilt and Worry, Leslie Leyland Fields
- Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours, Kevin Leman
- Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Child into the Joy of Worship, Robbie Castleman.
- Parenting is Heart Work, Dr. Scott Turansky & Joanne Miller.
- Raising Kids Who Care: About Themselves, About Their World, About Each Other, Kathleen O’Connell Chesto.
- Raising a Modern-Day Joseph: A Timeless Strategy for Growing Great Kids, Larry Fowler.
- The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance, John Trent and Gary Smalley.
- Real Kids, Real Faith: Practices for Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Lives, Karen Yust and Eugene Roehlkepartain
- How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
- Siblings Without Rivalry, Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
- Parenting with Love and Logic Seminars- www.loveandlogic.com
- The Gottman Institute Marriage Workshops – www.gottman.com
- Hold Me Tight, Marriage Workshops- www.holdmetightseminars.com
- PEPS- Program for Early Parent Support: www.pepsgroup.org
- MOPS- Mothers of Preschoolers: www.mops.org
- Parent Trust for Washington Children: parenttrust.org
- Bible Study Fellowship: bsfinternational.org
- The Center for Children with Special Needs (a program of Seattle Children’s Hospital). The Center for Children with Special Needs provides information to families and professionals focusing on children who have chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions such as asthma, cancer, autism, or cerebral palsy. http://cshcn.org/
- Asperger’s Northwest- A Seattle area community of individuals, family members, and friends whose lives are touched by Asperger’s Syndrome. www.aspergersnw.org
- Autistm Speaks- The nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. http://www.autismspeaks.org/
- CHADD- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national non-profit, tax-exempt organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD. www.chadd.org
- Seattle Children’s Safety and Wellness. Tips for parents of children of all ages on health and safety. www.seattlechildrens.org/safety-wellness/
- Seattle Children’s Infant and Child CPR. http://www.seattlechildrens.org/classes-community/classes-events/infant-and-child-cpr/
- King County Red Cross Infant and Child CPR and First Aid. www.seattleredcross.org