After my post where I sent out an SOS cry for help with handling some of the -ahem- issues we're dealing with with Brayden, I received a SLEW of helpful emails, comments and facebook messages. So many in fact, that I'm almost positive I cannot send thank-yous to all of you who have weighed in on the subject (my post was even spotlighted on BlogHer!). Thankfully with as many that have responded, I felt relieved to know there were other mommy's who have been here in this battle. Some of them were battle tested and have lived to say to me "you're ok! You'll make it!" Others were able to tell me that they were right here with me.You know, sometimes I wish moms (and I'm included, as I'm sure there are many other areas I should be more vulnerable with my inadequacies) would be open and honest about motherhood. Isn't it great and refreshing to read about someone else who is right there were you are? As women, I feel that we deal with a great amount of insecurity. It's where Satan is really allowed to take over our mental state. For me, it affects me as a mom and wife when I get in that slump where I think that I must be the only one who deals with the constant choas of life as a mom. So before I list out some of the suggestions that everyone gave, I would love to encourage everyone to be more vulnerable about where you really are as a mom (and person for that matter!). I assure you that 99% of the time you'll get someone who will sigh deeply when you open up and then respond with "And I thought I was the only one!"Also, I'd like to point out that it's only been a couple of days since we got some of this advice. I OBVIOUSLY don't have this down pat. Brayden has still had several epic tantrums since I wrote my initial post. I will say that some of these things were implemented immediately (I'll be sure to tell you which ones) and I noticed a difference in the way he reacted to me. Others we're still trying to figure out the logistics of how it will work out when we implement our new strategies. If you implement any of these things with your own strong willed wonder child, please leave a comment to let me know how you did it and what kind of response you received. So without further ado, I give you the list that you, my readers, helped me compile.Several books were suggested. I am a 50/50 person when it comes to books (my husband on the other hand is an avid reader and will almost always have a stack of at least 10 books that are on his to-read list). Here are some of the books:The Strong-Willed Child by James Dobson (I've read this and really liked it. I'm pretty sure Brayden was somehow his test child all those years ago when he wrote it.)Making Your Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Dr. Kevin LehmanRaising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel (we own this and plan on reading it)Loving Our Kids on Purpose by Danny SilkLove and Logic by Jim Fay (I also own this one on Kindle, but haven't had a chance to read it yet).