If you take a look at the books listed on the Resource page in our Family and Parenting section, you will notice there are a couple of authors we really like. John Rosemond, Paul David Tripp, and anything written by Sissy Goff LPC-MHSP, David Thomas LMSW or Mellissa Trevathan MRE. Fortunately, there is an abundance of good family and parenting material out there. With a little investigation, you will easily be able to find an author that clicks with you and your style of parenting.

John Rosemond is a licensed psychologist who currently spends his time writing and speaking. He takes a very no-nonsense, “because I said so” approach to parenting, unlike many of today’s parenting professionals. Much of our current culture is very child-centered, perhaps to a fault. When my girls were little and I was still figuring out the whole parenting thing, Dr. Rosemond was the author who gave me the permission I needed to parent the way I really wanted to in my gut. I am grateful for his wisdom and although I don’t agree with absolutely everything he says, most of his advice and opinion is excellent. Also, he’s been married for over 40 years to the same woman and is the father of two successful adults and seven grandchildren. That says a lot too!

Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author and conference speaker. He’s also written one of the best books on parenting teenagers that I’ve ever read. His book Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, reveals the heart issues that impact parents and their teenage children during the adolescent years. Tripp is a humorous writer, whose wisdom, humility, and compassion has the potential to influence how parents can seize the innumerable opportunities to deepen communication and learn and grow with their teens.

Sissy Goff M.Ed, LPC-MHSP, David Thomas LMSW and Mellissa Trevathan MRE are all counselors at DayStar Counseling in Nashville TN. I met Sissy and David several years ago at an event and have since read everything they’ve written. Their books are my number one go-to resource for parenting and family issues. Their new book Are My Kids on Track? will be released in February of next year, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. According to the description at Amazon, Are My Kids on Track?” helps you identify and measure 12 key emotional, social, and spiritual milestones in your children’s lives. Moreover, you will discover practical ways to guide your kids through any stumbling blocks they might encounter and help them reach the appropriate landmarks. Along the way, the authors pinpoint the different ways boys and girls develop, so you can help your child flourish in his or her own way.” 

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