Resources for parents

DISCIPLING KIDS (see other resources on homeschooling, Kidmin, & Preteen pages):

“Apologetics for Children: Be Ready – Always!” – by Mary Jo LeBlanc for “Creation Today”.

“How Should I Teach My Kids about the Armor of God?” – by author & professor, Iain Duguid, for “Crosswalk”.

“Three Ways to Teach your Kids Apologetics (without them realizing it)” – by Paul M. & Ethel M.” Gould for “Christian Research Institute” (CRI); taken from CRI’s magazine, “Christian Research Journal”.

“Merging Science and Scripture” DVD – by “Creation Today”; demonstrates “some of our Creator’s scientific law and scriptural applications with ten exciting experiments”; good for church or home, preteens or teens.

“Ask My Pastor: He Knows That Stuff!: A quick-start guide to what Christians believe” – by evangelist, author of preteen curriculum, & “musicianary”, Alan Root.

“Discover 4 Yourself series” – by Kay Arthur of “Precept Ministries”; many inductive Bible studies for older kids/preteens; can use at church or home.

“Eat this Book Challenge!”by Dema Kohen, pastor, speaker, & founder of “We are Kidmin”; has blog for parents/leaders; “We want them [kids] to fall in love with the Bible and develop a passionate, life-long relationship with God’s Holy Book.”; uses Facebook page; can be used at church or home.

“Explorer Series for Kids” apologetics series for 5th-6th graders – by “Apologetics Press”; 13 sessions of “full-color, 8-page lessons includes professional artwork and illustrations that appeal to young readers”; “flexible enough so that it can be used in Bible class settings, VBS classes, homeschooling, or even summer camps.”

“Follow Me” – 8-week preteen series based on book by pastor, author, speaker, David Platt, of “Radical”; study offered through “Lifeway”; can be used at church or home.


“GodQuest” DVD-Based Study for Teens – by Sean McDowell.

“Is God Real? Prove It! A Child’s Defense” – by Pam Antoun.

“Kingdompreneur Academy”“Make money – Make a Difference”; for kids to become entrepreneurs; by Dema Kohen, pastor, speaker, & founder of “We are Kidmin”; uses Facebook page.

“My Awesome Adventure” – by “Discipleland” in partnership with Karl Bastian, founder of “Kidology”; offers Disciple Guides for ages 9-12 and 6-9 and Leader Guides; bundle also available; fun discipleship Bible study for church or home.

“Patterns of Evidence for Young Explorers” – based on movie “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” (discovering evidence for the Exodus account); by Tim Mahoney; see trailer on website; can be used at church or home.

“Talking with your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have” – by Natasha Crain, founder of “Christian Mom Thoughts”; addresses apologetics for kids; see 2-minute video interview with “One Minute Apologist”.

“The Case for Christ Children’s Curriculum: Investigating the Truth about Jesus” DVD preteen study based on book by Lee Strobel; can be used at church or home; also available are series of kids’ books as well as teen books on same topics as books for adults.

“The Greatest Journey” – 12-part discipleship program for kids from “Billy Graham Evangelism Association” (BGEA).

“Truth:78” offers material for discipling kids; from “Desiring God”, founded by pastor, author John Piper.

“Unseen: The Armor of God for Kids” 7-week spiritual warfare study of Ephesians 6:10-17; “based on the Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer of “Going Beyond Ministries” and helps equip kids to put on the Armor of God to fight life’s battles. Each week develops an aspect of God’s own character, as expressed through Jesus, through Bible study and fun learning activities”; can be used at church or home.

“What’s for Dinner?” campaign kit: “a simple, fun, and powerful tool that will encourage and equip the families in your church to gather around the dinner table more often and connect with each other on a deep and meaningful level” – by Dema Kohen, founder of “We Are Kidmin”.

FAMILY EVENTS:

“Bible Bee”“to know God’s Word and Make Him Known” – 4 age groups from age 4 – 18; Summer Study registration starts in mid-March; late registration ends May 31; summer study June & July; qualifying test in early August; national competition in November.

“FamBlitz LIVE” “a 1 hour and 20 minute crowd participation show that we bring to your venue. With the theme of inspiring families to think like a team, parents and kids participate on stage and from their seats in a variety of games and challenges. A Biblical message is woven in throughout games and crowd challenges with no dedicated preaching time”.

“Kids’ Celebration” church events for whole families to have fun together; can invite other families as fun outreach.

“Seeds” Family Worship Events from “Seeds Family Worship”; Word of God put to music – families memorize Scripture through fun music; also offer CDs, DVDs, and sheet music.

“Spirit West Coast”“single-day, multi artists Christian music festivals that are presented in three California cities: Ontario (Inland Empire So Calif.) Concord (Bay Area) and Del Mar (San Diego)”.; was in June in 2019; co-produced by “Transparent Productions and “Celebration Concerts”; took our kids when they were elementary & junior high ages – was a camp-out event then – created great family memories (even if I didn’t notice that I had pitched our tent on a bit of a slant).

“Yancy” family Christian music events from “Yancy Ministries”; also has CDs, DVDs, Kids’ Worship, & more.

PARENTING ARTICLES:

“3 Reasons to Teach Kids About Life in the Womb” by Danika Cooley, home-schooling mom and founder of “Thinking Kids”.

“4 Things I Want to Be for My Grandkids” – by Sherry Surratt for “The Parent Cue”.

“7 Ways to ‘Disciple’ Your Kids” – by Dr. Tim Clinton for Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.

“8 Ways to Pray for Your Children & Teens” by Elisabeth Lee (could not find bio) for “Parent Ministry”.

“12 Ways to Love Your Wayward Child” – by Desiring God” staff.

“About High Sensitivity, Autism, and Neurodiversity” – by Dr. Elaine N. Aron, founder of “The Highly Sensitive Person” (author refers to evolution in her book, but her insight of highly sensitive and autistic people is helpful).

“Apologetics for Children: How can we help our children understand evidence for the Christian faith?” – by Mikel Del Rosario, founder of “Your Apologetics Guy”.

“Dinner Time Discipleship” – by Dale Hudson of “Building Children’s Ministry”.

“Eight Tips to Help You Disciple Your Kids” – by Brian Dembowczyk, Managing Editor of “The Gospel Project”.

“Enhancing Kids’ Worldview” – by Dale Hudson of “Building Children’s Ministry”.

“Fighting for the Heart of Our Adopted Son” – by Kim Nunes for “The Parent Cue”.

“Five Keys to Setting Children Free from Fear” by Dema Kohen of “We Are Kidmin”.

“Great Parents Build Balanced Disciples” – by the Discipleland blog in 2018.

“Help! My Child is the Bully! What Should I Do?” – by Dr. Chinwé Williams
for “The Parent Cue”.

“How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Way We Teach Our Children” by the Discipleland blog in 2018.

“How I’m teaching my 6-year-olds to be critical thinkers” – by Natasha Crain of “Christian Mom Thoughts” for “North American Mission Board” (NAMB).

“Journeying Through a Tough Diagnosis” – by Toni Collier for
for “The Parent Cue”.

“Montana Students Have Constitutional Right to Go on Dinosaur Museum Field Trip Without Fearing Threats From Anti-Creationists, Says Legal Group” – by Michael Gryboski for the “Christian Post”.

“Navigating the Challenges Teens Face” – by Jim Daly, President of “Focus on the Family.

“Parenting Is Hard for a Reason” – by

Preparing Kids for the Real Worldby Dale Hudson of “Building Children’s Ministry”.

“Reaching the Heart of Your Tween Daughter” – by Rebecca Ingram Powell for “Lifeway”.

“Redeeming Love for Run-Down Parents” – by Jon Coombs (bio on same page) for “Rooted”, “a place to reflect theologically on how student ministers can ground their message and ministries more deeply in the Cross and the Gospel of grace”.

“Special Needs Parenting is Too Big to Do Alone” – by Diane Dokko Kim for “The Parent Cue”.

“Talking with Kids About the El Paso & Dayton Shootings” [note from site founder: or any other tragedy that creates anxiety in kids] – by Dale Hudson of “Building Children’s Ministry”.

“Teach Them About Marriage Before the World Does” – by Jani Ortlund of “Renewal Ministries” for “Desiring God”.

“The Biblical Way to Build Your Child’s Self-Worth” – by Erin Davis for “Lifeway”.

“Understanding How Your Teen Thinks” – by Jim Daly, President of “Focus on the Family”.

“What are the Colors of Sin, Sorry, and Saved? (Teaching Children About Salvation)” – by Shari Abbott of “Reasons for Hope* Jesus.

“What Kids Really Need” – by the Discipleland blog.

“What practical advice would you give to parents as they shepherd their children’s use of technology?” 2-minute video answer – by R. Albert Mohler.

“Why Showing Kindness to Your Spouse Matters to Your Kids” – by Ted Lowefor “The Parent Cue”.

PARENTING BIBLE STUDIES:

“Grace-Based Parenting” small group DVD study – “raising spiritually strong children who grow up with a sense of calm and a heart full of purpose“; by Tim Kimmel, founder of “Family Matters”, “whose goal is to see families transformed by God’s grace into instruments of restoration and reformation by equipping families for every age and stage of life”.

“Visionary Parenting” – DVD 8 session small group study by Rob Rienow, founder of “Visionary Family Ministries”.

PARENTING BOOKS:

“Big Truths for Young Hearts” – by professor, author, & theologian, Bruce A. Ware.

“Boundaries with Kids” – by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, founders of “Boundaries Books”; excellent book on creating and maintaining healthy relationships with kids.

“Boundaries with Teens” – by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, founders of “Boundaries Books”; excellent book on creating and maintaining healthy relationships with teens.

Heaven Help the Home” – by master teacher, Howard Hendricks.

“Talk Now & Later: How to Lead Kids Through Life’s Tough Topics” – by Brian Dollar, pastor, author, conference speaker, & founder of “High Voltage Kids”; learn more at “talknowandlater.com”; also has small group video study for parents.

“The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms Them” – by Dr. Elaine N. Aron, founder of “The Highly Sensitive Person”; God created each of us with unique personalities and characteristics with 15 – 20 % of people as highly sensitive; can be easily misunderstood by others; be aware that the author references evolution as fact, but the research and insights may be helpful for parents, teachers, & leaders of a highly sensitive child.

“Who Should We Then Read?”, Volumes 1 & 2 (image of Volume 1) – by Jan Bloom, co-founder of “BooksBloom” (listed under websites).

“Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul” – by John Eldredge of “Ransomed Heart” (not just for guys – I found it helpful as a wife; would be helpful for moms of boys as well).

“Wonderfully Made: God’s story of life from conception to birth” – by Danika Cooley of “Thinking Kids Press”, a blog with multiple resources for other parents in raising kids with a biblical world view.  Check out the “Bible Road Trip”, a 3-year journey through the Bible (could be used as kids’ or teens’ Bible study material as well.

PARENTING EVENTS:

“Blended and Blessed” – “one-day live event & livestream for stepfamily couples, single parents, dating couples with kids, and those who care about blended families”; from “Family Life”.

“Family Matters” live events ; intro video explains the goals of grace-based parenting; the “house model” is described in more detail on their website; online training also available; one of their parenting studies is listed above under Parenting Bible studies.

“National Center for Biblical Parenting” (NCBP) – intro video; offer “Parenting Seminars”; also offer “THRIVE!”, “a 12-session video training program”; “THRIVE” live events; “Thriving Kids’ Connection”, a subscription online community with articles, coaching, research, etc., & churches can be a “Parent Training Center”.

PARENTING MAGAZINES:

“Families Online Magazine” – main site is not set up as a Christian magazine, but link is specific to Christian parents.

“Focus on the Family Magazine” – monthly subscription magazine – by “Focus on the Family” (scroll down page for free family monthly resource).


“Home Front Magazine – online articles, resources, and parent curriculum; can learn about ministry online.

“Jelly Telly” – email access subscription for parents & kids from “What’s in the Bible?, founded by Phil Vischer (creator of “Veggie Tales”).


“ParentLife Magazine”– print subscription from “LifeWay”.


”Thriving Family Magazine”  – free email weekly newsletter.

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