It’s a double-edged sword living in a time where we have SO MANY RESOURCES at our fingertips, literally, yet we’re so isolated from the (actual, real life) social networks that moms just 100 years ago had as a support system. Think about it… there were once neighborhoods (or villages/tribes/communities) where moms lived in close proximity to one another and shared every experience as it related to motherhood. Air conditioning wasn’t a thing, windows were open, extended families lived together (or at least nearby) and you learned motherhood based on the examples you were shown day in and day out.
Today, many moms work outside the home (which I think is amazing, for the record!) and even moms who stay at home are in their homes, alone, more than I would imagine they were 75 years ago. <– not a sociologist (obvi) but this is my theory. Basically, we have the advantages of books, podcasts, blog posts, and resources but we’re lacking the in-person, real-life application of all these theories. Which isn’t to say that they aren’t helpful, just that we’re living in a different time.
A note about books and parenting philosophies in general… they’re contradictory. They’re not one size fits all. Sometimes you have to try a couple parenting methods and see what works. For instance, the 1-2-3 Magic philosophy totally goes against Love & Logic… Neither method is right or wrong, you just have to find what feels right for you, your family and what actually works on your kid.
So let’s take advantage of all the information we have at our fingertips as it relates to being a better, happier, more peaceful mom! Here are the best resources for moms, determined by you (and a little research I did myself 😉 ):
THE best parenting resources for moms – BOOKS
How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk similar to the book above but targeted to younger kids ages 2-7
Desperate – Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe – one of my readers said “this book was a game changer for me! Highly recommend!
THE best PODCASTS FOR MOMS
Respectful Parenting – Janet Lansbury Unruffled – a podcast realistic expectations & the ability to put yourself in your child’s shoes. She has 128 episodes so you’re bound to find something good!
Mindful Mama – Inspiration to Thrive Not Just Survive – I’ve listened to the episode called “How to Discipline Your Kids Mindfully” and it’s definitely worth a listen! Insights like, “yelling at someone (aka your kids) never makes them do what you want them to do” – something everyone KNOWS but, for me, it was really helpful to hear it from someone else’s mouth.
Quiet Power of Introverts – this isn’t applicable to every parent but if you have an introvert in your household, there are some great episodes here… like “Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child” and “Parent/Child Fit”.
Little Sprigs Podcast – this one is on my list! They focus on childhood education, communication and mindfulness – basically all the things I need help with…
THE BEST COURSES & WEBINARS & BLOG POSTS for moms
Positive Parenting Solutions – a webinar + membership for $9.99/month with access to a support group on Facebook – some of you swear by this philosophy!
Simply On Purpose – an Instagram account some of you LOVE for positive parenting tips! I started following her and love her account as well 🙂
In the spirit of us being in this motherhood thing TOGETHER and getting through the ugly moments, I’ve got a series of posts to help you. Here’s everything in my series about yelling at your children less and being a happier mom. I have one more coming next Monday – sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss it!
Confessions from Moms Who Yell + My Story as a Yeller – Read it Here
My Game Plan for Being a Nicer, Happier Mom – Read it Here
Actual Ways to Help You Stop Screaming at Your Kids – Read it Here
The Best Resources, Books, Blogs & Podcasts for Moms
Tricks to Use on Your Kids to Help Them Behave Better and Drive You Less Insane