It was a funny moment. Parks was sitting in his bumbo on the kitchen counter (yes, I was standing right there, it was safe) and he started reaching for the paper towels. He was able to grab them and pull them off the paper towel stand and was beginning to create a mess. I said, "No no Parks". I thought to myself, "Here we go...we are entering 'training territory'. I am no longer only responsible for cuddles and feedings. I will be responsible for training his actions, shaping his heart, and disciplining him. Lord, help!"
It was a simple moment, nothing serious...just a six month old reaching for paper towels. But it was a defining moment nonetheless. I realized that even at this early tender age, I am beginning to lay the framework for future discipline and training. Parks needs to learn early on that I am in charge. Understand that I am not talking about spanking or punishing a six month old baby, hardly! But I am talking about those little teaching moments where you start to say "no" and the baby learns that there are boundaries and they are not the decision makers, mom and dad are.
I really like the idea of preparing for what is ahead. When I was pregnant I was devouring Babywise, The Baby Whisperer and other baby books that were recommended to me. Now that I'm mothering an infant I'm reading about potty-training and godly discipline for toddlers. I know that you can't have everything perfectly nailed down from reading a book, but I want to do the best job I can at parenting. I don't want to just fly by the seat of my pants and hope it works, I want to do it well. After all, you only get one chance.
So now that the "no" word is officially in regular rotation in my vocabulary I thought I would ask what parenting books you have read that you liked or have heard good things about. On my list to read now are:
Grace Based Parenting: Tim Kimmel
Shepherding A Child's Heart: Tedd Tripp
Dare to Discipline: James Dobson
Any thoughts on godly parenting resources or books?