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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:

Introduction: The Parenting Resolution: Make 2016 the Best Year!

Challenge #1: The Parenting Resolution: Creating a Learning Plan

Challenge #2: How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids

Challenge #3: How to Say More Yes and Less No

Challenge #4: How to Let Your Children Know They Can Depend on You


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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, and Deliberate Homeschooling. 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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