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We might be a student ministry, but students aren’t our only priority. We strive to help our parents be more intentional at home, and more connected to a community of faith. In short, we want to help you excel at being the parent God has made you to be.

We all need a little guidance and help every once and a while. Parenting is no exception! We want to partner with you, and pair you with the right resources for your family. We are learning alongside you, and we are all stronger together than we are by ourselves.

Here we'll post some books, apps, articles, tips, and more that might just help you be a more intentional and connected parent.

Books

Here are some of the books we've read, along with some (maybe) helpful information about the content. Hopefully, we can help you find a book that's worth taking the time to read all the way through.

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Apps

In the information age, it's easy for our phones to become distractions that distance us from those around us while luring us into a false sense of relationship. What if we could use that same tool to make us more intentional, more connected parents?

As we find apps that can help shape the way we parent, we'll be sharing them here. We'd also love to hear from you! If you have a tool you love to use, and it's been helpful in your own family, please let us know.

Email Newsletters

Each month, we send out a parent newsletter. These contain upcoming event reminders, parent tips, questions, information about what we're teaching, and more.

If you missed one, you can find links to past newsletters here. If you'd like to start receiving these email newsletters, sign up for our mailing list here.

Podcasts

Podcasts are an easy way to learn more in the normal rhythm of your everyday life. Play them on your commute, while you're doing yard work, while you're getting ready for the day, or any other time.

Video Tips

Every month, we release a new video tip, designed just for our parents.

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Articles

Learn from some those who have been there and are there right now and found somethings that worked.  Below are some of our favorite articles to put parenting into focus.

Some of our favorite blogs are:

 

Never Parent Alone

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News flash! Parenting is hard. It’s probably the hardest thing you’ll ever do in your entire lifetime. Once you feel like you’ve got the hang of it and things are running smoothly, BAM! Life comes at you fast and throws yet another obstacle at you....

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Verywell Family

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Understanding your teenager is hard work. On any given day, you've probably got questions about their growth, development, behavior, emotions, safety, sexuality, and the culture that's impacting them. If that sounds familiar, Verywell Family is a great place to find tons of articles on practical topics you're already wondering about....

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How To Get Your Teenager Talking

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Have you ever struggled to have a conversation with your teenager? That was probably a stupid question. Of course you’ve struggled to have a conversation with your teenager. Teenagers aren’t exactly known for their ability to hold a conversation with their parents. Depending on the day, a question as simple as, “How are you?” might be met with a grunt, an eye roll,...

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Marko's Parent Guides

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Do you ever feel like, as a parent, it’s nearly impossible to understand all the different aspects of your student’s life? Us too! And, while we can’t guarantee you’ll learn everything there is to know about the teenage world, we’d like to help get you started. One of our favorite authors, Mark Oestreicher, has written some short, easy reads to help parents under...

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Family Open House

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Can you believe the school year is already here??! It feels like just yesterday summer was knocking on our door. We want to start this school year off right as a student ministry. We want to partner with you. Our parents. You are so much more influential in the lives of your students than anybody else. That includes me, teachers, coaches. Even their friends. You have th...

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The Culture Translator by Axis

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Have you heard of The Culture Translator by Axis? It’s a weekly podcast and email and its goal is to help you gain insight into how pop culture, technology, and media influence your teenager....

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You're The Most Important Person In Your Student's Life

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Here’s a tip: even when your teenager makes you feel insignificant, remember that there is no one more important to your kid than you. Then let that fact help you respond with wisdom, love, and kindness...

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Sticky Faith

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Nearly every Christian parent in America would give anything to find a viable resource for developing within their kids a deep, dynamic faith that 'sticks' long term. Sticky Faith delivers....

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Parenting Beyond Your Capacity

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Most parents have so many demands on their time that they can't be the kind of parent they desire to be. They need to know the Orange Factor: Two combined influences will make a greater impact on kids than just two influences. And it's true. Parents who partner with the faith community are the best way to bring the next generation into the family of God-and keep them there...

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Playing for Keeps/Losing Your Marbles

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Playing for Keeps is a book for parents and leaders (and anyone else who influences the lives of kids and teenagers). In Playing for Keeps, you will discover six things every kid needs over time, and 18 practical ideas so you can make what really matters matter more....

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