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Professional Development for Moms

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  James 1:5

As a licensed teacher in the state of Arkansas, I am required to complete 60 hours of professional development on a yearly basis.  Every profession has requirements for continuing education so that the individual stays up to speed in their area of expertise. 

 My current “profession”, of course, is Motherhood.  When my first child was born, I read all the books I could get my hands on.  I was clueless!  Now, however, I rely more on my experience, my weekly e-mail from  and the research that I do to help answer  the big issues that concern the situation at hand.

I always have good intentions.  There is a stack of books on my night stand that address topics ranging from the dietary needs of a preschooler to disciple of a strong-willed child.  Needless to say these books have a thick layer of dust on them.  At the end of the day, when I have spent all day taking care of my children and husband, the last thing that I want to do is read about my struggles. 

I have told my husband that I need a professional development day.  When I taught, we would have whole days designated for just that.  The kids would get a day off and the teachers would learn.  When the students returned, the teachers had new perspectives. 

We want to hear from you!  What books have helped you in the area of parenthood?  How do you make time to read those said books?  Are there any books that you would like the MOMS to review? 

by Jennifer Mullen