Parenting Back to School Tool Kit

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Jul 152013

I’ve found that at the heart of schooling, education and teaching is parenting, haven’t you? Our group of writers here at Habits for a Happy Home are offering you, dear readers, resources to equip you in your parenting journey!

Parenting Tool Kit at We gathered a basket of items we know are trusted parenting books. And we are giving it away! Be sure to enter to win via the rafflecopter widget at the end of this post.

Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates. Deuteronomy 6: 7-9

What is included in our Back to School Parenting Tool Kit?

1) 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler – I have so enjoyed this being on my nightstand this summer. I’ve soaked up snippets here and there – just when I needed it! “God created the family to be a powerful, life-shaping force in the lives of your children – to be the place where their potential can be energetically and effectively nourished and cultivated. Sadly, in today’s culture, kids and parents alike often view the home as the spot to recharge their cell phones, change clothes between activities, and then crash at night…. learn to use the toold the Master Gardener has provided for tending and teaching all your children. She will help you recognize the signs of potential in each child, signs that are easy to miss yet are ripe for cultivation. As you read, you will find exciting ways to enable your kids to establish a godly identity, discover their purpose, develop a biblical worldview, and build leadership and communication skills.

2) How to Have a Heart for Your Kids by Rachael Carman (read Richelle’s review at The Curriculum Choice) “How well do you really know your kids? What has God shown you about who they are and who they will become? He has sent these children into your home at this specific time for His glorious purposes. Indeed, you have been invited on the adventure of a lifetime, a journey on which you will see walls fall, seas parted, and giants slain. You don’t need special skills or training for this journey – you need only seek God and hold tight to His mighty hand!”

3) Parenting the QBQ Way by John G. Miller author of QBQ! the Question Behind the Question – How to Be an Outstanding Parent and Raise Great Kids Using the Power of Personal Accountability – ” Why don’t my kids do what I say? Who made the mess in here? When will my teen make better choices? The solution: Learn to parent the QBQ way. Ask the right questions to eliminate blame, complaining and procrastination from your family! Bring personal accountability to life within our families.

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We invite you to browse all the parenting posts here at Habits for a Happy Home!

iHN-Back-to-School Don’t miss all the fabulous back-to-school took kits by iHomeschool Network bloggers!

(1) Back to School Toolkit from Milk and Cookies
(2)†Back to School Toolkit from These Temporary Tents
(3)†Back to School Toolkit from Spell Outloud
(4)†Back to School Toolkit from Great Peace Academy
(5)†Back to School Toolkit from Gricefully Homeschooling


(6) Back to School Toolkit from Raising Lifelong Learners
(7) Back to School Toolkit from WriteShop
(8) Back to School Toolkit from Preschoolers and Peace
(9) Back to School Toolkit from Starts at Eight
(10) Back to School Toolkit from Joyful Mothering


(11) Back to School Toolkit from Harrington Harmonies
(12) Back to School Toolkit from Ponder the Path
(13) Back to School Toolkit from Forever, For Always, No Matter What
(14) Back to School Toolkit from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
(15) Back to School Toolkit from Habits for a Happy Home


(16) Back to School Toolkit from Curriculum Choice
(17) Back to School Toolkit from See Jamie Blog
(18) Back to School Toolkit from Beautiful Motherhood
(19) Back to School Toolkit from Sam’s Noggin
(20) Back to School Toolkit from This Reading Mama


(21) Back to School Toolkit from Teaching Mama
(22) Back to School Toolkit from Adorable Chaos
(23) Back to School Toolkit from The Pelsers
(24) Back to School Toolkit from Hodge Podge
(25) Back to School Toolkit from Sallie Borrink


(26) Back to School Toolkit from The Kennedy Adventures
(27) Back to School Toolkit from Flourish
(28) Back to School Toolkit from Our Journey Westward
(29) Back to School Toolkit from Meet Penny
(30) Back to School Toolkit from On Faith and Coffee


(31) Back to School Toolkit from Our Abundant Blessings
(32) Back to School Toolkit from Holistic Homeschooler
(33) Back to School Toolkit from The Encouraging Home
(34) Back to School Toolkit from Motherhood on a Dime
(35) Back to School Toolkit from The Homeschool Scientist


 What is your favorite parenting tool and/or advice?

~written by Tricia, Hodgepodge

  157 Responses to “Parenting Back to School Tool Kit”

  1. One of my tried and true is the Bible and prayer of course but also a mentor mom who can give weathered and seasoned advice and point me in the right direction! I have really enjoyed this blog, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  2. My favorite parenting resources are Parenting From the Heart y Marilyn Boyer and any parenting books from Teri Maxwell.

  3. I seem to collect books on parenting :)…my main tried and true resources are the Bible and prayer. I also get inspiration from Sally Clarkson’s books.

  4. this is an awesome gift basket.

  5. I have to agree….Sally Clarkson’s books are very helpful as well as Stormie Martian’s books on praying. It’s your lifeline to God to be able to go to Him in prayer for everything.

  6. Tried and true is always the Bible and prayer…we also enjoy Charolette Mason’s teachings. This is my first time here…very glad I found you!

  7. My tried and true resource is the Bible coupled with lots and lots of prayer!

  8. I would have to say my new favorite is the Child Training Bible

  9. Right now I am rereading Teri Maxwell’s Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit. I need to keep this on constant reading rotation.

  10. I would love to read those resources.

  11. The Bible.

  12. My favorite parenting book is Boundaries with Kids by Drs. Cloud and Townsend. It has been a lifesaver!

  13. Give them Grace is one of my tried and true parenting resources

  14. Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

  15. Anything from Sally Clarkson has been a huge help to me. The book she co-wrote with Sara Mae is my all time favorite!

  16. prayer and patience 😀

  17. My first tried and true parenting resource is the bible. I also love John Rosemond and Kevin Lehman’s books, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Raising Real Men, Boundaries with Children, and Raising Great Kids.

  18. A sense of humor is my best parenting resource.

  19. My favorite parenting resources have been Ministry of Motherhood and Grace-based Parenting. Both expanded my ideas on parenting!

  20. My tried and true is always the Bible and praying, but there are so many great supplemental resources!

  21. Very cool giveaway. Those are actually books I have had on my wish list!

  22. The Bible, of course, is the only true resource. However, a book that has helped me and other parents that I have loaned it to is The Key to Your Child’s Heart by Gary Smalley.

  23. The Bible, Shepherding a child’s heart, Give them Grace.

  24. What a great collection of encouraging books! I would love to win this basket! 🙂

  25. Prayer! I am a single parent of one beautiful 10-year-old and since day one have always prayed that I would be exactly what she needed to be. I look back and see that there are things that I did without understanding why, but can see how beneficial they were to her.

  26. Shepherding a Childs Heart, No Greater Joy, Focus on the Family, Family Life Today.

  27. The Bible!

  28. The Bible, prayer and The Child Training Bible

  29. I use the Bible for guidance but would love some additional resources. Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Looking forward to homeschooling my 3 kids for the first time this fall!

  31. obviously, the Bible. also, shepherding a child’s heart and full-time parenting.

  32. God, the Bible, and a sense of humor.

  33. The Bible, Doorposts books, Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Trip, Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp

  34. My mother in law.

  35. Love what Jeanette said! And Shepherding a Child’s Heart and Dr. Dobson.

  36. Prayer! God always answers prayer with what we need. (Not always what we think we need though)

  37. My tried and true resources are my friends, family, and of course reading what the Bible tells me about parenting!!!

  38. The best source for my parenting is the Bible and prayer. With God’s help I can calm and help any situation as long as I remember to lean on Him it always works out. Also friends who are also Christians help to figure out different ways to go about discipline.
    Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!!!

  39. Yep…the Bible and prayer!

  40. Prayer! <3

  41. Very neat titles. Thanks for the giveaway.

  42. The Bible. I do need help with my son (11y). These books look sooo wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  43. The Well Trained Mind By Susan Bauer
    Teaching The Trivium by the Bluedorns

  44. The bible… I also like to read Jill Savage and Karen Ehman writings.

  45. Bible

  46. Would love to win this!!!

  47. The Bible is always a great parenting resource and For the Children’s Sake is a great parenting resource for homeschoolers.

  48. Dobson’s ‘Bringing Up Boys’. I have four of them.

  49. The Bible is my best resource.

  50. I agree with several others who have commented, the Bible and prayer! So important in our family!

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win 🙂

  51. Prayers and patience!

  52. Prayer.

  53. The Bible, prayer, and some great books on homeschooling I’ve read are “Homeschooling: The Right Choice” by Chris Klicka & Homeschooling 101 by Confessions of a Homeschooler! 🙂 They are super helpful!!!

  54. I feel like I really need this.

  55. I like Dr. Dobson and the Bible!

  56. The Word! And a number of seasoned mama! The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis, Loving Your Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk, Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel.

  57. Doorposts, Shepherding a Child’s Heart and definitely the Holy Spirit!

  58. I always need mor whelp full information.

  59. Tried and true resources: first and foremost is the Bible. Second are both of our parents. Third are trusted friends at church who have grown children and have made it through the rough spots we may be going through or those who have kids the same ages who are going through the same stuff.

  60. I love Focus on the Family.

  61. The Bible, my husband, and my best friend

  62. Other parents are my tried and true parenting resources. =)

  63. Prayer!

  64. The Bible and prayer! 🙂

  65. getting a lot of benefit from “6 ways to keep the good in your boy”.

  66. I don’t have any tried and true parenting resources, but I did buy Rachel Carmen’s HEART book at my convention this year. 🙂

  67. The Bible aside, Christ in the Chaos and Spirit-Led Parenting. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  68. I am a book collector, but tried and true…. GRACE. Just as the grace our Father gives so must we give.

  69. The Bible, other Christian moms, and other resources that are encouraging towards positive parenting and shaping our children’s hearts not just making them mind in the moment. 🙂

  70. Favorite resources: the Bible, my parents, & church family. Thanks for the giveaway

  71. Bible, prayer, and prayers from others.

  72. the bible

  73. Sheperding a Childs Heart

  74. Thank you for sponsoring this. Appreciate the chance to win.

  75. Always true is Scripture.

  76. The Bible and flexibility!! 🙂

  77. Definitely the Bible!

  78. Bible and prayer along with encouragement and practical guidance from wonderful friends God has given me in the various places we have lived and through a few great Christian blogs.

  79. I mostly look to Christian blogs on parentin, the bible and prayer as my parenting resources.

  80. Scripture first and foremost. Have been influenced by many through the years like Reb Bradley, James Dobson, the Boyers, the Clarksons, the Pearls, the Maxwells

  81. The Bible. We also have learned a lot from Elyse Fitzpatrick and Paul Tripp.

  82. It depends on the issue at hand. I pull from wherever I can, most notably friends and relatives who’ve been there before.

  83. Ack! This is our first year! We are trying to glean anything and everything from all these blogs!!! 🙂

  84. I have really encouraged by Titus 2 ministry.

  85. I would have to say bringing out the Bible was always important while I was growing up!

  86. Go to parenting resources? I think some have changed, I no longer have little little ones so Dr. Sears books aren’t looked at any more. I do still like Kevin Leman though. and of course The Bible. and I love Sally clarkson and the Moores for lots of Homeschool help.

  87. The Bible and James Dobson

  88. Hmmm…the Bible and my husband are my go-to’s for parenting advice. I have read a few others, though and I am always interested in practical application 😉

  89. In this order:
    The Bible
    My Mom
    Trusted friends

  90. I don’t have any. Hubby and I can’t agree on anything. Pray for us and our children.

  91. Seek God first with everything still growing and learning every day. Always a beautiful reminder to go back to God’s love letter for us through every season ( the BIBLE)

  92. The Word and many beautiful blogs encouraging parents.

  93. Shepherding a childs heart

  94. The Bible, Shepherding a child’s Heart

  95. I love parenting books! Any way to get insight into my kids.

  96. I would have to say that what was working for awhile was our Child Training Bible and For Instruction of His Righteousness. I need to try something new. We are dealing with more misbehaviors and a refreshing look or perspective may be in order now, because what we were doing is no longer as effective.

  97. The Bible. And advice from my mom and from my close friends who are godly mothers.

  98. I would have to say anything by Dr Dobson and the Bible!!!

  99. Don’t Make me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman

  100. The Bible and prayer

  101. Not any one book except the Bible. Luckily, our church hosts parenting seminars at least once a year. And A LOT OF PRAYER.

  102. The Bible and prayer, the child training Bible

  103. Educating the whole hearted child!

  104. Pretty much anything by the Clarksons! I love their stuff and the fact that their kids are old enough to prove the results!

  105. the Bible and my parents.

  106. I really love the love languages for children.

  107. The Bible and LOTS of prayer. 🙂

  108. Bible, my mother in law, and common sense 😉

  109. My best parenting resource is my mother. <3

  110. The Bible and my close homeschooling friends.

  111. Omg do I ever need this !!!

  112. My tried is true is take it to God. Let Him lead the way and follow! I also like Sally Clarkson, Beverly Bradley, and Norm Wakefield.

  113. The Bible and I also like Shepherding a Child’s Heart

  114. On Becoming Babywise, Child Training Bible

  115. I love Clay Clarkson’s Heartfelt Discipline!

  116. My tried and true are Stormie Omartian’s “Praying for Your Kids.”

  117. I have read a few books but mostly I rely on my inner mothering instinct and God. But I don’t turn down a book – it could teach me something that I have not considered yet….

  118. Thanks for a great gift basket.

  119. Prayer, the Bible and my husband!

  120. A sense of humor, my mom’s wisdom that she passed on to me and the Bible.

  121. I often go to Don’t Make me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman. My mother is also frequently called for advice too!

  122. My tried and true parenting resource are my close friends that are parents.

  123. My Bible and prayer 🙂

  124. The Bible, prayer, patience and positive parenting solutions.

  125. Prayer, along with any books by Clay and Sally Clarkson and John Rosemond.

  126. Give them Grace by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and the Bible of course 🙂

  127. My parenting go-tos are the Bible and other parents. It would be great to have other resources to turn to!

  128. I have really appreciated The Mission of Motherhood lately. Also, Loving the Little Years has been breathtaking for me. Thanks for the giveaway

  129. My parenting resources are prayer, my mom and mother-in-law.

  130. This basket of mother supporting material looks great. I dont have any of these resources yet so this would be great. Thanks for putting together such a great package

  131. The Bible, my Mom, and The Five Love Languages book–rocked my world!

  132. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tripp

  133. My tried & true resources: The Bible, and studying it in depth, checking responses against it, looking for ways to bring it to life in each situation and conversation. My husband, our prayers together and parenting together is both encouragement and help when I need to change – he sees me through eyes of love even in the midst. Prayer in the midst of circumstances. Surrounding myself with friends who parent is ways I want to model, who struggle in the same steps, who seek the same Lord Jesus for Truth.

  134. My greatest parenting resources are other moms who have been where I am now and lots of prayer!

  135. prayer. LOTS AND LOTS of prayer

  136. 1 st and for most the Bible! Then the Duggar books! Love them and have use them tons

  137. Stormie O’Martians prayer books, Sally Clarkson, and homeschool blogs!

  138. My tried & true parenting resources are the Bible & my close friends.

    Thank you for this wonderful give away & for taking the time to put it together! 🙂

  139. Hands on learning…we use manipulatives A LOT, and my son loves it!

  140. These look like great books. I love Zan Tyler.

  141. My tried and true resources for parenting are following God’s directions, my parents, my friends, books like the Love and Logic series, and my kids. I feel one of the things God has directed my husband and I to do is listen to our kids. Yes, they get disciplined when they need it, but sometimes they are acting out because a need isn’t met. It is the hardest thing to do, just stop and listen, but God wants us to do that for him too.

  142. QBQ – awesome book but I’ve never seen the parenting one! I’d love to read that.

  143. Love Languages For Kids and Love Dare: Parenting

  144. Prayer, always prayer!

  145. I love Sally Clarkson’s books. Thanks for this opportunity!

  146. The Bible and a study that I love called Motherwise.

  147. my grandmother! she is an amazing teacher & inspiration

  148. Bible, prayer & my quiet time!

  149. Laugh as often as you can

  150. Teaching textbooks for math!

  151. I really don’t seek any source outside of the Bible, prayer, discussion with my husband, and occasionally a grandparent. Maybe I should check out some of the book suggestions above?! Thanks for the giveaway!

  152. The Bible and my hubby

  153. I don’t really have any other then the Bible.

  154. The Bible, wise friends and family, and ministries like Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, etc. Thanks for the chance!

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