Raising Kids With Faith
The ideas in this book are from Australian parents who have proven that it is possible to nurture a child’s developing spirituality in the course of everyday family life. It’s a vital resource for parents of under 12’s because the faith development of kids is too important to leave to chance.
Loving Our Kids on Purpose
By Danny Silk
Silk suggests that for many parents our goal is to get children to obey and comply. Loving our Kids on Purpose makes the goal relationship. This is not however a ‘how to get your child to be your friend’ guide. It is a how-to manual for helping your child choose for themselves to take responsibility rather than just comply with your orders. Based significantly on the work of Foster Cline and Jim Fay and the importance of natural consequences and empathy, this book revolutionized my parenting.
Growing Great Families
By Ian and Mary Grant
Authors of several excellent parenting books, Ian and Mary Grant offer readers plenty of great ideas about setting the culture and atmosphere of your family. The Grants paint a picture of family as a team and children as contributors, not just takers. Extremely practical and written with children from the early years right through to the teen years in mind, it is a book you can come back to again and again.
Different Children, Different Needs
By Charles F. Boyd
“Too often we assume that what is ‘best’ means that our children should live their lives according to the script that has worked for us. Without realizing it, we try to create carbon copies of ourselves.” Dr Boyd takes the D.I.S.C. model (a behavioural style tool) and applies it to parenting. His main premise is that each of us is uniquely wired but as parents we can fall into the trap of parenting children to our own behavioural style without accounting for theirs. This book is particularly helpful where those styles are opposite and we find ourselves clashing or frustrated with our child.
By Michelle Anthony
This is a book on how to create an environment where spiritual truths can become part of your child’s identity. Rather than focusing on behaviour management like many parenting books, Anthony’s focus is on inner transformation. The stories she uses are honest and authentic. Anthony asks, “What would it look like if we parented a generation of young people who were defined not by what they didn’t do but by what they did… Without this supernatural transformation we may have moral or obedient children, but we don’t necessarily have spiritual children.” Looking at various environments parents can create to put their child on the path of the Devine; Anthony gives empowering direction to meeting the goal of nurturing our children in their spiritual lives.
The Resilience Doughnut: The Secret of Strong Kids
By Lyn Worsley
Resilience is the word when it comes to raising children today and while it may be the goal, how to get there is not always obvious. Clinical psychologist Lyn Worsley has developed a simple and practical resilience-building tool which she outlines in this book. Worsley looks at beliefs and then outlines seven factors that are found in kids who face adversity with resilience. She asserts that focusing on areas of strength helps adults right through to children as young as 5 to see that it is possible to thrive despite difficult circumstances. Easy to read and a helpful way of thinking.
Most parents would give anything to anchor their children with a vibrant faith that “sticks” and continues to mature long-term. Yet despite this deep desire, research indicates that approximately 40-50% of high school seniors drift from their faith after graduation. In response to this problem, the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) has launched the College Transition Project, a national longitudinal study following 400 high school seniors during their first three years in college. This provocative and needed research is geared to spark a movement that empowers parents, churches, leaders, and adults of all ages to develop robust and long-term faith in kids. Sticky Faith offers practical resources for parents and youth leaders to nurture long-term faith in teenagers.
Tammy’s blog focuses on Christian discipleship in families, parents making disciples of their own children, and helping our kids start off in life the way they aim to finish. It’s an excellent resource for Christian parents.
The parenting place is packed with articles and programs to inspire and equip families to thrive. From babies to teenagers, The Parenting Place has support and advice to help make your family life enjoyable and fun.
An online Christian parenting magazine with regular advice, articles and book reviews on parenting teenagers, raising families and more.
Focus on the Family Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that offers relevant, practical support to help families thrive in every stage of life though radio broadcasts, preventative education programs, seminars, counselling and a wide range of resources for families.
Crosswalk is packed with articles on parenting and family life.
This is a great website with blogs, articles and ideas for helping parents disciple and nurture faith in their children.
The Parenting Children course is a course that can be run for parents, step-parents, prospective parents or carers of children aged 0-10 years. It offers practical tools for building strong families, meeting children’s needs, setting effective boundaries, teaching healthy relationships, and passing on the values held to be important. The talks can be purchased on DVD and are interspersed with filmed clips of parents and children talking about their experience of parenting or being parented, street interviews and advice from a variety of parenting experts. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to present the talks yourself, scripts of the DVD’s are available online.
Great kids need great parents and with the right tools, anyone can be a great parent. Whether you are parenting with a partner, a grandparent, a solo parent, a blended or foster family, Toolbox has something to offer. If you are looking run a course in your church which offers practical strategies, inspiration and encouragement email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can become a facilitator.
An encouraging article for parents of young children from Yvette Wynne.
Check out this helpful article about things to start (and stop) doing to grow a culture of gratitude in your family.
Check out this fantastic article about intentionally working prayer into every day conversations with your kids.
This practical article provides excellent tips for parents and children’s workers on opening the Bible with children.