Finding time to read can be tough sometimes. Let me save you a bit of time by providing you with this list of books for stay at home moms…or the working mom. We’re all just trying to do the best we can as we raise the next generation after all!
I”m going to just jump right into our list of books for stay at home moms, and at the end I will share with you some nonsense advise on fitting reading time into your daily schedule.
Must-Read Books For Stay at Home Moms
Solid Answers by Dr. James Dobson
This book is jammed packed with questions from parents just like you and me covering topics like: Children’s health and well-being, disciplining children at different ages, education (homeschooling, public schooling or private), sex education when and how, Spiritual life of the family, sibling rivalry, teenagers, money matters, healthy marriages, and many more subjects, there’s too many to list all of them.
Answering these questions is Dr. James Dobson a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor and psychologist. He is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Dobson was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame, and received the Ronald Reagan Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a trusted voice in every issue surrounding family life.
This is such a great book to start with because you can sit and just read one or two questions and answers at a time, and you won’t feel lost if you go too long in between picking up the book again.
Praying The Scriptures for your Children by Jodie Berndt
This book is exactly what it sounds like. It teaches how to better pray for your kids using God’s word as your guide. It has stories of families from every walk of life who have dealt with different situations.
Helping us understand the power of scripture prayers is Jodie, a mom of four who has had a long career as a speaker and Bible teacher.
Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze
If you’ve read Dave’s most popular book and one I highly recommend, The Total Money Makeover, you know this book is all about money-related tips. Like for example, should you pay your kids for doing household chores? or how do you teach kids about budgeting, the dangers of debt, and building an emergency fund as they get closer to adulthood?
Somebody has to teach them about money because money is a part of life as we know it. This book will walk you through every money lesson and give you effective tips to teach your children.
Dave Ramsey is a best-selling author in the personal finance industry and is the host of the popular radio program The Dave Ramsey Show. You can also watch inspiring stories of families who after years of dedication following Dave’s seven baby steps to financial freedom have become 100% debt free over on youtube video.
This book discusses how you can love and discipline your child effectively by getting to know his or her love language.
The five love languages of children are: Quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, physical touch, and gifts.
This book will teach you what each love language is, and then it will teach you how to figure out which one or two your own children respond to. Learning in what ways your kids feel unconditionally loved and paying special attention to those will help you build strong relationships that will sustain through the tumultuous teenage years.
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The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarckson
Creating a home environment where every member of the family feels loved, welcomed, safe, joyful, a place where your family LOVES to be is not always an easy task.
This book gives us moms creative advise with practical suggestions on how to cultivate a lovely home environment. Full of love and special moments weaved into every day life. You don’t need to wait for a holiday or a special occasion to enjoy and celebrate life with your family.
This truly is a special book. I think it’s important for us to have a strong sense of personal responsibility to create as the title says, lifegivinghomes, in which we are raising the next generation.
The authors of this book are a mother daughter duo. Sally as an older mom, through her own experience and life lessons gives us younger mothers indispensable advise. Sarah her daughter, has a unique understanding of what it is like growing up in such a home as is described in this amazing book. She is now a mother of three, and shares her own practical advise.
Hands-Free Mama by Rachel Macy Strafford
The book cover explains in a nutshell what this book is all about: Put sown the phone, burn through your to-do list, and let go of perfectionism to grasp what really matters!
Does that sound like what society is struggling with today or what?
If you follow me on Instagram you know I have been trying to reduce my own screen-time. Mostly to teach my teenagers by example that there is more to life than our phones. But I have noticed how much more time I seem to have to get things done….and even more time for a great read! And believe me, it’s not always easy to do the “right thing” and put the phone down. It takes planing and determination to stay off the darn thing!
Finding life balance is hard enough as it is these days, but when you throw the phone in there it can become nearly impossible to achieve.
I have not read this book personally yet but it’s on my reading list right now. I will have to come back and let you know what I thought of it after I finish it.
How To Raise a Healthy Child….In Spite of Your Doctor by Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D.
I can’t end this list of books for stay at home moms without including this book.
It is filled with so much good information on how to take care of your kids at home for the most common illnesses. Fevers, colds, earaches, skin problems, allergies, accidental injuries, and there’s even a guide on immunizations.
Also in the book you will find chapters on the importance of nutrition for health, how to select the right doctor for your family, and the dangers of many medicines being prescribed today.
Dr. Mendelsohn gives us the knowledge we need to be equipped for many ailments at home. The book is a great reference to have in a home library.
Yes a lot of the topics in this book can be seen as very controversial, but I’m a firm believer in listening to both sides of an argument.
We don’t loose anything by staying informed and being diligent in doing our own research.
Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn was a practicing pediatrician for over thirty years and received many awards for excellence in medicine and medical instruction.
Best Books For Stay at Home Moms
Practical Tips To help you carve time to read in your daily routine as a stay at home mom
I understand all to well the tugs and pulls of busy moms. As a mom of three I have gone through seasons when it was difficult to find ten minutes when I could sit down and read.
Here are a few different ways you could squeeze in reading time as a stay at home mom:
- If you’re a new mom it’s important to take care of your mental health. The first couple of years of your child’s life feels like it’s all about meeting their needs. But you also need some extra support. Reading can be a place for you to find words of inspiration. If you’re a mom of a baby, use feeding times to read a good book instead of diving into the pits of social media on your phone.
- Wake up an hour before your kids each day and sit down with a cup of coffee to read.
- Read after your kids have gone to bed.
- Ask your husband to take care of the kids while you take a relaxing bath, read while in the tub.
- Enlist the help of grandparents. Maybe they can watch the kiddos for an hour every week.
- Read with the kids.
- Read during nap times.
- Kids no longer take naps? I know that can be a difficult transition, so start a quiet time in the early afternoon. They can color, read, or play quietly with their toys while you read.
- Read while you wait in the car at grocery pick-up, sports practices, or school pick up.
- Join a book club. Sometimes having to be accountable to someone else will do the trick.
I would love to hear YOUR tips or what other books you have found to be inspiring and helpful in your journey of motherhood. Would you please share them with me in the comments section?
Until next time friends and thanks for spending a few minutes of your day here at keeper of our home.