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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.

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Your Child’s Most Annoying Trait May Just Reveal Their Greatest Strengths

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For many teenagers, the difference between success and failure is an adult who can see the potential in all of their madness. Here’s a quick video from Josh Shipp about how a kid’s most annoying traits might actually be their greatest strengths. Keep loving those kids of yours ...

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Watch For Mental Health Warning Signs

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When it comes to your teenager's mental health, don't ignore your concerns, and don't be afraid or ashamed to admit that your kid might need to see a medical or mental health professional. Your church community is here to support you and help you find what you need to make sure your kid is healthy and safe. So please, let us know if we can help, because your teenager’...

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Connect With Church Leaders

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Parents, you can’t do this alone. You need other adults to help you love and influence your kids. One thing we try to do for your family is to connect your kid with adults who love them and who can be trusted. If you haven’t met some of the adults who invest in your kid at church, this month is a great month to meet them!...

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Know Your Teenager's Friends

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At this age, I know they want their privacy, and I know they're hard to talk to sometimes. But your teenager's friends are influencing them in big ways right now, so you've got to understand who's in their circle of friends ...

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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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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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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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