Top Parenting Posts of 2013… A Few of My Favorites

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iStock_000000144849SmallWow! What a year 2013 has been! I’m so thankful to all of our readers at TRU Parenting. In just the last three months of 2013 I have made so many new friends and had the opportunity to talk with so many wonderful parents and other parenting writers and experts. I have been truly blessed to be surrounded by supportive and strong parents that believe that we, as parents, have the power to improve and shape the world.

As a token of appreciation to all the readers and those that have helped so much with the growth of, I wanted to share some of the top posts from TRU Parenting as well as some of my favorite articles and resources that have touched so many of us throughout 2013. Hopefully, this post can pose as a great resource to share with friends some amazing content that can bless and change parents’ lives!

Top 10 TRU Parenting Posts

1. 10 things I need to teach my kids before they leave home

2. 7 inspirational and useful blogs every parent should know

3. 10 things parents should know about kids and stop freaking out about, part 1

4. TRU Parenting Manifesto

5. 43 Simple ways to make your kids day

6. 4 Differences a Song and a Dance Can make

7. Treat your family like they’re dead in 5 good ways

8. 3 ways to keep romance alive in your marriage, even with kids

9. 2 words to replace good job

10. The 3 Part Formula for Connecting Without Any Words (My favorite)

I’ve learned so much from writing each of these posts and from the email and responses I’ve gotten from all of you. Thank you for your insight and simply for reading and challenging yourself to continue learning and growing each day!

Top 10 favorite parenting posts or resources across the web in 2013

1. Hands free Mama: The Book by Rachel Stafford. You can pre-order the book or stay tuned to TRU Parenting because we will be giving away copies of the book in the weeks to come. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book and I will be writing about my experience with the book. That review, along with the contest details will be published January 13th.

2. Katie Hurley: 7 Secrets of Highly Happy Children. Katie has a no nonsense sort of way to her writing and this article was one of my favorites in offering some practical explanations of what make happy children. These 7 things are not complicated but are not always easy to follow through with either as a parent. It is a great reminder of some simple things we can do to make home a little happier.

3. Amy McCreedy: How to Discipline Your Child. In this short and simple article Amy McCreedy share 3 doable tips for disciplining without punishment. Amy’s tips fit so nicely with the TRU Parenting philosophy because they include more than just simply intervening directly with behavior. Her tips include advice about our interactions before and after the behavior occurs.

4. Rachel Martin: 13 Mom Truths. 13 Mom Truths was the inspiration behind one of TRU Parenting’s early posts, 13 Dad Truths. I’ve continued to follow Finding Joy throughout the year and still feel that this is one of my favorite posts I’ve read. When I first met Rachel I appreciated her impact on mothers but feel even stronger now that her words can have a powerful effect on Moms and Dads alike.

5. Sarah Chana Radcliffe: Author of “Raise Your Kids Without Raising Your Voice.” “Anger sets the House on Fire. It doesn’t matter why you lit the match.” This was a quote taken recently from Sarah’s facebook page. The wonder of Sarah’s site and blog is not found in one particular post but in the great quality of information found throughout her site. She has high quality therapeutic information for parents that may be struggling with mental health concerns, their own or their child’s.

6. Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend. This video was one of my greatest Aha moments of 2013. Not only did it teach me some incredible things about stress but also about connection and the power of people to heal wounded hearts (literally and figuratively) and to lift our children to be more successful and happy regardless of what come their way in life.

7. Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD: What is a Role Model? 5 Qualities that Matter to Teens. I just recently became acquainted with Marilyn Mitchell PhD. I don’t write a lot about teens but this article was an excellent look into the mind of a teenager and guide for traits that are effective in teaching them skills they need to be “engaged citizens” as parents so badly hope and pray for. It outlines 5 qualities that teens and people in general look for in a role model.

8. Andrea Nair: 7 Steps to Being Less Hard on Our Kids. This is a great checklist to calming down and “being less hard on our kids.” I believe there isn’t one “right way” of disciplining or interacting with our kids but I find that there are general patterns that can be helpful and there are true principles that just work. How you put these skills, patterns and principles together is up to you as an individual. Different words, tactics and actions can resonate with different people and these words by Andrea definitely resonated with me and many others.

9. Kelly Bartlett: 3 Tips for Shame Free Discipline. There is a significant difference between guilt and shame as is taught by Brene Brown in her TED talk on vulnerability. Kelly Bartlett highlights Brene Brown’s work in this article on shame free discipline. These simple and actionable 3 principles can have an amazing impact on effectiveness of our discipline and our ability to maintain and strengthen our relationships with our kids, even when discipline is necessary.

10. Ariadne Brill, Thoughts and Ideas for Parenting Stubborn and Determined Young Children.When I teach parenting classes or meet with parents and teach some of the simple disciplinary and teaching techniques in TRU Parenting, parents will often say, “but will that really work with my stubborn, defiant kid?” The answer is yes and Ariadne writes a piece written directly to the parents with that question. She begins the article with an example of her daughter demanding a different cup at dinner time, a situation that I’ve lived through myself and I’m sure other parents have experienced as well. The skills she teaches and her response to the cup problem are fantastic.

I’m planning on putting together a resource page with outside sites, blogs and resources for parents that fit within the TRU Parenting framework. I hope that you have enjoyed the resources listed in this post. Thank you to each of these great writers for their contribution to parents everywhere and I wish I could include all of my favorites. There are so many others that I would love to include but fear it would be far too long.

Thanks again to everyone that has helped us make our first few months a success. We are excited for things to come in 2014!

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