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The Parenting Resolution: Creating a Learning Plan

I remember dreading the appointment with the career counselor at my university, but I knew it would be a cornerstone of my future decision making and educational success. It turned out that the appointment proved to be one of the best investments of time I had ever made.

Whenever we want to achieve something, a plan is necessary. So when I made my 2016 Parenting Resolution, I knew one of the most important steps I could take is make a learning plan.

It’s hard to make a change when you lack inspiration. I get most inspired when I am in a “learning” mode. Whether it’s a book, a thought-provoking conversation, or a class, learning inspires me.

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January’s parenting resolution challenge is to create a learning plan.

I have already decided that my learning plan will include reading one parenting book every two months. This means I will have read six parenting books by the end of this year. I’m a slow reader – that’s why I chose to give myself two months to finish each book.


At first, it was a daunting task to come up with the six books for this challenge. There are loads of parenting books to choose from! After doing some research, and reading other bloggers’ reviews and suggestions, I decided on the following:

Loving our Kids on Purpose – Danny Silk (started in October, but I need to finish it)!

The 5 Love Languages of Children – Gary D. Chapman & Ross Campbell

Raising Your Spirited Child – Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Hands Free Mama – Rachel Macy Stafford

Simplicity Parenting – Kim John Payne

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids – Dr. Laura Markham

If I finish these early I will read:

Parenting the Wholehearted Child – Jeannie Cunnion

Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline – Becky A. Bailey


The other part of my learning plan is to complete at least a few parenting workshops or seminars.

In the age of the internet, it’s easy to find online classes to attend.

While developing my learning plan, I stumbled across The Center for Parenting Education and their archive of FREE parenting webinars. I may try to attend a live session as well.

Some of the webinars I hope to listen to are:

“You’re so Mean – I Hate You!” – Taming the Angry Monster in Childen

Skills of Healthy Communication

Setting the Stage for Discipline that Works

The Right Attitude for Discipline that Works

Isn’t that such a cool resource?!

In addition, my church belongs to RightNow Media, so I may do a couple learning seminars from their collection.

I’m interested in:

Have a New Kid By Friday – Kevin Leman

The Power of Love – Gary Thomas

5 Keys to Better Kids – Michael & Amy Smalley

Each of these studies has over five video sessions, so there’s a lot of content to watch and learn.


The last part of my learning plan is to document my learning and reflection. I will start a parenting journal and write my thoughts about what I’ve learned and how I’m applying concepts to everyday life with my children. I find journalling to be remarkably edifying, as it’s a way to capture the growth and changes that are taking place.

So this is the challenge for January. Will you join me? Perhaps you would like to read some parenting books this year? Please share your recommendations, your thoughts, etc.

Also, make sure to use the hashtag #parentingresolution with any of your social media shares… you can even take a picture of your books and share it on Instagram!


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This post is part of The Parenting Resolution series. The entire series is here:

The Parenting Resolution: Make 2016 Your Best Year Ever!

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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care. 

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16 thoughts on “The Parenting Resolution: Creating a Learning Plan

  • Janine Huldie

    What a great plan for January and do actually have a parenting book I have been meaning to read. So you just gave me that extra push here. Happy Monday and have a wonderful week ahead now xoxo :)

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      I thought it would be a good start to this challenge to map out how each of us plan to “learn” throughout the year. I would love to hear which parenting book you’re reading. My collection of parenting books is growing by the day – lol.

      Wishing you a lovely week as well!

  • Miranda

    The 5 Love Languages of Children is on my reading list for February. I think I have Raising your Spirited Child somewhere on a bookshelf, waiting to be read as well. I think I will add that for either this month or March.

    This is an interesting challenge and I look forward to participating!

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      I’m so excited for the 5 Love Languages book! I thought developing our own learning plans for the year would be a great way to start the parenting resolution – because we need knowledge to make a change.

      I hope that these challenges inspire and encourage parents to be the best parents they can be and I hope you can join us at the beginning of February for the next challenge!

  • Lauren

    Love this! I want to read some more parenting books.. i will have to pin this for later. I loved “how to talk so your kids will listen and how to listen so your kids will talk”

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      I’m so excited to be launching this challenge but I felt we all needed to start from a place of willingness to learn and carve out our own learning goals. I’m almost done my first book… it’s going to be tough to decide which one to read next. Oh, and if you have a chance, check out one of those free online parenting workshops – they’re so good!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the first #parentingresoution challenge Lauren!

  • Amanda || Growing Up Madison

    Sounds like you have a great plan in place already. When we were in NY a friend of mine had that book, the 5 love languages of children and she recommended it to me. I plan on picking up a copy myself and reading it. Those were some great suggestions and webinars as well. Maybe I can listen in and read a few of the books right along with you.

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      I am so excited about this #parentingresoution Kristen! 2015 was far from calm and peaceful for me – I want to be the safe place, the calm steady rock, the parent unwavering with patient guidance and undeniable love. I really hope you join us in this challenge. I just know it will revolutionize our parenting!

  • Karen

    I LOVE this!! A few months ago I went to a seminar on Becky Baileys Conscious Discipline…it changed me that day and the techniques work! It takes me a long time (just finding time) to read books. I hope to follow this challenge.

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this Karen! I think an investment in time to train and inspire ourselves is so important. I put the free parenting workshops into my learning plan because I can always seem to find time to watch or listen something… even if I’m simply prepping dinner.

      I’m delighted you’ll be following along with this challenge. I hope to invigorate and inspire us to be the parents we long to be!

  • Tiffany

    I’m so excited you chose to read Raising Your Spirited Child! I’m almost done with it and it’s been so helpful. There are a lot of learnings and things to apply but I think it’s helping a little already. I think I’ll add the 5 Love Languages of Children to my reading list soon.
    Great plan for this month Jennifer!

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      Well it was you who provoked me to read it! I’m really looking forward to that read too.

      I loved the first Love Languages book – so I can’t wait to read the children’s one.

      I’m excited you’re on this journey with me my friend!