Parent Resources

Here are some resources that we recommend for youth and families. We will continue to add resources to these lists as we find others that would be helpful. All of these resources are available for check out in the church library.

These resources are read and reviewed by various adults in the congregation. If you are interested in helping preview some resources, please contact Chris.
Parent Resources on "Parent Portal"
Check out our document archives for more resources for parents. From the homepage, go to "Resources" and click on "Flyers, Information, and Documents". Click on "Parent Portal" found in the drop-down menu.

Click here to go directly to the Document archives.

 
A Parent's Guide...
We know that parenting isn't easy and that no one gets a Parenting guide when they bring their child home for the first time. But occasionally we come across a parenting guide that helps you navigate the turbulent waters of parenting. Here are a few guides that we have found useful.

Talking about Sex and Sexuality with Children
Parent Guide to Giving First Cell Phone
Helping Your Kids Handle Peer Pressure
Parent's Guide to Social Networking
Parent's Guide to CyberBullying

 
Grieving Youth
When children and teens experience the loss of a loved one, it is an overwhelming time for both the youth and the parents. Here is a brief collection of resources to help you in the grieving process.

How To Help a Grieving Teen
5 Things Parents Can Do To Help a Grieving Teen
Helping Teens Cope With Grief


 
This American Life Podcast
This wonderful podcast covers a wide variety of topics from politics to social concerns. On occasion, they cover a topic that has a lot to say about youth and families. Here are a few podcasts that we think you should check out:

Middle School episode
What to Teach Kids episode

 
Top Ten Ways Teenagers Want You to Connect with Them
When Search asked teenagers themselves what they need from adults, here was their top ten list:
1. Look at us.
2. Spend time talking with us.
3. Listen.
4. Be dependable.
5. Show appreciation for what we do.
6. Relax.
7. Show that you’re interested.
8. Laugh with us (and at yourself).
9. Ask us to help you.
10. Challenge us.

Here is the original article from Sticky Faith.

 
Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent
Author: Jonathan McKee
Topics: Practical parenting advice

We have all stumbled through different parenting ideals and styles. Statements like, “I will NEVER do that when/if I am in that situation”, usually prove false when we are confronted by certain events. No one has parenting down to a perfect science. We need to adjust our techniques to each child and each situation, while keeping God in the forefront of our communication.

Knowing who are children are is important to keeping the lines of communication open. We need to make the time and effort to speak to and ask questions of our children on a regular basis. Making our family decisions on solid biblical truths is also a key component to parenting success. We have a responsibility as parents to set boundaries and guidelines for our children. It is our job to give them the tools they will need to navigate into adulthood. We need to focus on being a parent first, no matter how hard the decisions can feel at the time. Our children need to know that we hold them accountable for their actions and there are consequences to every decision.

Most importantly our children crave our attention. They want us to know and understand them. They want us to be involved in their lives, and available as council. If we are not there to guide them, someone else will. It is our duty to make sure they don’t learn the facts of life from rap videos.

None of us are perfect, but with a solid effort and some time we can have open communication and set ourselves as the influence that will shape our children into adults.

Click here to get more information on this book.

 
Why do they act that way?
Author: Dr. David Walsh
Topics: Understanding teens, biological changes in adolescence

Even though each and every parent has gone through adolescence, each and every parent struggles to understand their teenager. It seems, at times, as though our children become someone else when they move from childhood into adolescence.

Dr. Walsh’s book outlines the biological changes that are happening in the brain of a teenager so that a parent will better understand how the actions of their teen are influenced by the drastic changes in their brain. He writes that his goal is “explaining the adolescent brain: how it’s different from a child’s and an adult’s brain, and how its growth and development affect mood and behavior, among other things. (pg. 27) For example, at one point he talks about how the prefrontal cortex is the executive center of the brain in charge of limiting impulsiveness and understanding consequences; the prefrontal cortex, however, goes through a major change throughout adolescence, which leads to impulsiveness and not seeing potential consequences. In the book, he covers topics like impulsiveness, communication, sexuality, media, rest, mental illness and more.

This book describes the changes that are going inside of the brain and offers some points to help parents respond and understand the dynamics at work. David Walsh’s book is a great book for any parent who struggles to understand the actions and reactions of their teenager.

Click here to get more information on this book.

 
The Teenage Brain - National Geographic Magazine
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With so many new developments in medical technology, we now know more than we ever have about what makes the teenage years so frustrating and so interesting. In this article by the National Geographic Magazine, David Dobbs talks about the newest research involving the teenage brain and how this research is providing us with answers about what is going on in the lives of teenagers. This is a must read for anyone with, or soon to have, teenagers.

 
How to talk to your Teenager about Sex
Worried or not sure about how to talk to your teen about sex? Here is a good resource from Fuller Youth Institute to help.

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