This devotional helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers to lead their family in a Bible-focused discussion.
The Parent Cue website and App were developed to specifically help raise kids in faith and character by strengthening the relational rhythm of your home, elevating important topics of conversation, and connecting you with local leaders who can support your family as you navigate complex parenting issues.
The Culture translator by axis
Culture translation is how Axis helps you understand your teens’ world, and speak their language. Every day, Axis sorts and sift throughs what’s happening in social media, entertainment, technology, sports, and other cultural trends, then curates what they believe is directly or indirectly shaping your teen’s heart and mind. Their goal in doing this is to make it easier to start conversations about the issues that matter most to your kids in ways that gently guide them toward truth, beauty, goodness, and God Himself.
books for parents
Here are some book options for parents at CFC to read that will help with grace-filled parenting, starting (or re-starting) family discipleship, and a gospel-honoring view of purity. May the Lord bless you and your family as you seek to honor God with how you parent your child/children!
Parenting by paul david tripp
In Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, author Paul David Tripp explores 14 practical and gospel-centered principles that will help parents see their role through the lens of God's Word and change the way they interact with their children. Principles include grace, identity, lies, authority, foolishness, and character.
Family discipleship by matt chandler
The most important disciple you'll ever make as a parent is within your own home! Through this guided framework, Chandler and Griffin will help you design a personalized discipleship plan focused on time, moments, and milestones. Each of these sections provides Scriptures to consider, questions to answer, structures to implement, and ideas to try out.
talking back to purity culture by rachel joy welcher
The generation born into evangelical purity culture has grown up, and many have started families of their own. But as time goes on, it's becoming more evident that many still struggle with purity culture's complicated legacy—its idolization of virginity, its mixed messages about modesty and lust, and its promise of a healthy marriage and great sex for those who follow the rules. In Talking Back to Purity Culture, Rachel Joy Welcher reviews the movement carefully, examining its teachings through the lens of Scripture. Compassionate, faithful, and wise, she charts a path forward for Christians in the ongoing debates about sexuality—one that rejects legalism and license alike, steering us back instead to the good news of Jesus. It's time to talk back to purity culture—and this book is ready to jump-start the conversation.
bible options for younger kids
Here are some Bible options for younger children to help with family discipleship, personal discipleship, etc.
the big picture story bible
Everyone loves a good story especially children! But what we sometimes overlook is that the Bible is more than a collection of great stories. It is the real account of God's love for the world.
The Big Picture Story Bible presents this remarkable true story. Simple words and striking illustrations unfold the story line of God's Word and His love for the world from Genesis to Revelation. All ages will enjoy this exciting discovery of a God who keeps his big promise! Especially recommended for ages 2-7.
"Handing down the faith" book by christian smith
- Crucial in the parental transmission of religion to children is having generally warm, affirming relations with them. Parents can be very invested in and intentional about religious transmission, but if they have emotionally distant and critical relationships with their children, their efforts are likely to fail or backfire.
- The quality of conversations and interactions about religion between parents and children is more important for influencing children than the particular content that parents try to instill or teach. How parents and their children interact about religion has more influence on the outcomes than the particular substance that parents try to communicate.
- The most effective parent conversations about religion with children are children-centered rather than parent-centered. In them, children ask questions and talk more while parents mostly listen; the questions about religion are clearly related to children's lives; parents try to help children understand their religious faith and practices; the conversations are open, not rigid or highly controlled; and, the larger relationship between parents and children is thereby nurtured.
- The role of fathers is especially important in forming children religiously. Both parents matter a lot in faith transmissions, but the role of fathers appears to be particularly crucial, providing dads (when they are present) with extra influence and responsibility in the matter.
- Parents who share the same religious faith and practice are more effective in socializing their children in that religion than parents who differ.
- Two-parent households are most effective in transmitting religious faith and practice to children. Parents who are never married, separated, or divorced are, on average, less likely to pass on their religion to their children.
- Grandparents (and sometimes other family relatives, such as aunts, uncles, and cousins) are also influential in shaping the religious lives of their grandchildren, potentially substituting for, reinforcing, moderating, or even subverting the impact of parents.
- Too much or too little religious socialization by parents tends to undermine the transmission of religious faith to children. Religion seems most effectively passed on to children by parents who are intentional, consistent, and actively engaged, but neither hands-off nor overbearing.
- Parental consistency in word and deed, rules, and meaningful intentions affects the success of religious transmission to children.
- Children influence the religious lives of parents reciprocally and are not simply the recipients of one-way parental influences.
- Parental influences that strengthen the faith and practice of children have long-lasting effects on their psychological adjustment, romantic lives, and future family functioning as adults.