Parenting

Parenting: In Community and At Home

All of the resources below are as helpful for those who work with parents, children, and youth as they are for parents and caregivers. 

Books

Courses

  • The 7-session study Home Grown Study Guide and its companion the Home Grown Handbook for Christian Parenting helps parents discover how to form faith in the everyday details of family life.

  • Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home author Traci Smith has created a four-session study guide to help introduce parents to the faith practices found in her book. Access the guide for free here.

  • Parenting for Faith offers a free video-based course to help parents discover that they are perfectly positioned to show their children the reality of a life with God and to empower them to have their own vibrant two-way relationship with him. It’s suitable for use with small groups or individual families.

  • At Beth Lyon-Suhring’s church they use Ted Talks as their parenting curriculum. Read the post Ted Talks for Parents to find out how they do it and to access a list of the talks they’ve used.

Videos

  • Every Day in December introduces families to an idea for preparing their children for the birth of Jesus.

  • A Normal Day is an ode to moms and a powerful reminder of how children experience love.

  • “Racism is our inheritance. It doesn’t have to be our legacy. But we had better do something about it,” says pastor Scott Neely. In his Tedx Talk What Will I Teach My Son? he shares his family history of white privilege, describes what he’s learned about racism, and explains the three things he’ll teach his children. (For more resources on racism see the resources in the Justice section of this toolkit.)

  • It’s Just a Phase reminds parents, grandparents, and all others who have the opportunity to influence children and teens to be present in their lives today.

  • The Joy of the Mundane encourages families by pointing out that faith formation doesn't only happen in clean houses with perfect children at weekly designated discipleship times. It happens in the ordinary details of everyday life.

Websites

  • The Parent Cue site and the free Parent Cue app feature a multitude of blogs and podcasts on topics like phases and stages, family life, faith, technology, and more.

  • The goal of Parenting for Faith is to resource and equip parents and caregivers to confidently parent for faith in the midst of the mundane everyday bits of parenthood.

  • The tagline of the Practicing Families blog is “Real families. Real life. Real grace.” It provides families with liturgies and thoughts on experiencing God in the midst of family life.

  • growchristians.org aims “to create an online community of discipleship focused on the practical details of life at home” through its stories and reflections on family faith formation.

  • Worshiping with Children by Carolyn Brown is intended primarily for worship planners but contains wonderful, lectionary-based tools for families who worship together.

  • Bread Not Stones, a blog written by a mother and Presbyterian pastor, provides practical suggestions for parents and others who seek to nurture kids’ faith.

  • Family Fire and HomeFront are searchable sites with a wealth of encouraging posts for parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

  • The CRCNA Network’s section on Parenting is a helpful place for parents to find and share outstanding resources on family faith nurture.

  • ParentFurther.com is an online resource to help families strengthen relationships through shared activities.

  • The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. Although the video content is aimed at older teens and adults, we’ve included it here as a way to support parents who would like to become more familiar with the Bible.

ⓒ 2018, Faith Formation Ministries, from the Family Faith Formation Toolkit (crcna.org/FaithFormation/toolkits)