Motherhood is a challenging and wonderful role in which our Creator designed. It can be easy to let our human tendencies of either fear or anger rule as we parent our children. Instead, let us pursue the call of servant leadership where we as mothers are willing to learn and grow as mothers who are led and ruled by the Holy Spirit. A few resources to encourage us in this area are listed below:
The Power of Praying for Your Children (Link to FamilyLife)
Does Good Parenting Guarantee Good Kids? (Link to FamilyLife)
Depression During and After Pregnancy
This site provides information on depression associated with pregnancy, the symptoms associated with it, and the various types of treatment. [Women’s Health.gov]
The Worn Out Woman Authors: Dr. Steve Stephens, Alice Grey
This 218-page practical and biblically-based book provides simple steps that can help restore joy and energy to one’s life. The book provides many suggestions for self-soothing and coping and addresses issues such as perfectionism, unrealistic expectations, worry, and people pleasing. Suggested for women faced with life’s typical stresses and struggles.
Bringing up Girls Author: Dr. James Dobson
This 304-page book will equip parents to face the challenges of raising their daughters to become healthy, happy, and successful women who overcome challenges specific to girls and women today and who ultimately excel in life.
Bringing Up Boys Author: Dr. James Dobson
This 269-page book encourages fostering the growth of boys into the men God intended them to be.
Authors: Gary Smalley, John Trent
This 272-page book offers a fresh, updated look at the life-changing gift the Bible calls the blessing. Many of us – perhaps unknowingly – spend a lifetime striving for this acceptance. The unconditional love and approval that comes with the blessing is an important element of our self-esteem and emotional well-being.