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.
A Parent's Guide to Giving the First Cell Phone
No matter how hard you try, you can't keep your kid from growing up. Somewhere along the line, you will have that conversation with your child about getting them their first cell phone. Parentzilla.com has a great resource to help parents think through all the important details that come with giving a cell phone to a child.

Get the resource here.

 
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.

 
This American Life Podcast - What to Teach Kids

 
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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