Recommended Resources:

The Bait and Switch is an ebook that helps parents talk with their teenagers about sex

Family Discipleship Tips gives you ideas of how to pray, read the Bible, talk about God, and serve together as a family

How to Have Hard Conversation is a resource to help you have conversations in this divided world peacefully and easily. 

Lunch Box Notes is a resource parents can use that is filled with 100 encouraging notes to help pass down faith. The notes are pre-written, include a scripture, and divided into helpful categories. All parents have to do is add their own personal touch, and it’s ready to go.

Mental Illness Resource is a resource to help you understand and see warning signs of anxiety disorders (GAD, Seperation Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, OCD), attachment disorders (RAD, DSED), ADHD, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, conduct disorder, depression, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Dual Diagnosis: Co-occurring Brain Disorders & Substance Abuse Disorders, Eating Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, and Self-Injury. This resource talks about suicide prevention and how to talk to to teens about suicide. It also gives you information of what to do when seeing warning signs (mostly you should seek help from trained professionals). 

One Year Bible Reading Plan is a plan you can take on with your youth to read the whole Bible in one year. This plan gives you four different scriptures to read from during the day. 

Parental Proverbs was created to allow you to share daily words of wisdom and blessing with your children. Each “Parent Proverbs” has a heading, personal message and includes a few key verses from that day's chapeter. Use these as a “lunch box” or “mirror” note, as part of a dinner time devotional/discussion, or in whatever way you feel fits your family best.

Pocket Prayer Book is a book of prayers you can read with your family. 

Preparing to Launch is an eBook for parents giving you 10 ways to have better conversations with your children about the future. One goal of this material is to help create opportunities for you to engage in intentional and meaningful conversations with your teenager about adulthood. Preparing to launch well involves building constructive communication habits with your emerging adult that include good listening skills and a desire to understand their thoughts and feelings. Modeling these skills is generally the most effective way to initiate genuine conversations, stay emotionally engaged, and help your adolescent feel safe about sharing their journey into adulthood.

The 7 Powerful Habits of Highly Effective Christians is an ebook that helps you discover the Godly habits that transform ordinary people to Extraordinary Christians

The Talk Sex ebook is a good way to learn how to approach the sex talk with your teen. 

What Now? (How To Respond When Your Teenager Gets Dumped) is an ebook for parents whose teenager has gone through a break up. This book will help parents know how to empathize with their teen and know what steps they need to take to walk their teen through their feelings of brokenness. This is such an awkward and difficult time in the life of a teen. This book will be a timely gift to parents whose teen is dealing with a broken heart.

 

Contract/Boundary Resources:

Each contract below serve as a communication tool to set teenagers and their parents up to succeed in some of the major transitions teenagers will go through.

Cell Phone Contract is a document that will help  parents and teens agree on the kind of choices teens can make that will earn their trust and give me the freedom that they want when it comes to their cell phone use. Do you want to revamp the contract as your own? Create your own with this blank template.

Home Alone Contract is a document that will help  parents and teens agree on the kind of choices teens can make that will earn their trust and give me the freedom that they want when it comes to being home alone. Do you want to revamp the contract as your own? Create your own with this blank template.

Request For App is a worksheet made for teens to request permission to download a new app. This resource gives parents more information about what is going on their child's phone as well as their intentions of getting the app.

Screen Time Boundaries helps parents answer the question “How do I know how much time to allow my kids to be on their phones/tablets/computers when they’re at home?” Circle by Disney is also a great resource to make sure these commitments that are made actually are followed.

So Your Kid is a Gamer: Videogames are shaping the way your child thinks. So what can you do about it? Find out with this resource

Technology Contract is a document that will help  parents and teens agree on the kind of choices teens can make that will earn their trust and give me the freedom that they want when it comes to their technology use. Do you want to revamp the contract as your own? Create your own with this blank template.

Video Game Contract is a document that will help parents and teens agree on the kind of choices teens can make that will earn their trust and give me the freedom that they want when it comes to their video game use. Do you want to revamp the contract as your own? Create your own with this blank template.

 

 

Recommended Websites:

https://axis.org/

Sign up for the Culture Translator Newsletter. The Culture Translator provides weekly insight into how pop culture, technology, and media are influencing your teenagers while equipping you to start biblically based conversations. 

https://www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/new-parents/here-are-10-ways-to-pray-as-a-family.html 

Here's 10 ways to pray together as a family. 

https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/parents/

This website is a free resoure that provides information about substance abuse and mental health issues. It helps inform parents about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, preventing substance abuse, warning signs of teens who abuse drugs, supporting recovery, and more. 

https://www.infoforfamilies.com/

Helping families have conversations with their kids about sex

http://www.iparent.tv/

iParent.tv informs parents about what certain websites, apps, social media and devices are. For most websites, apps, social media and devices, you get answers to the questions:

https://www.pluggedin.com/

Plugged In is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate, and impact the culture in which they live. Plugged In is for people looking for detailed information about what's really in popular movies, videos, television episodes, songs and games. Entertainment industry ratings only tell you so much. We go deeper, diving into specific content and the meaning behind it.

http://www.recoveryourlife.com/index.php?categoryid=43

This is the place to come to get articles and other types of help on a variety of topics surrounding slef harm, including slef injury, eating disorders, mental health issues, abuse and bullyinig, as well as drungs, alcohol, and first aid.

https://www.operationparent.org/resource-manager/

Ebooks, website links, pdfs, videos, and webinars on specific topics your child/teenager is going through and how to navigate or attack those issues.

http://theparentcue.org/ and app (Parent Cue)

Every parent has 936 weeks of influence from the time their child is born until they graduate. Parent Cue helps you count the weeks and connectsyou with practical things to read, do or say to help you engage with the heart of your child this week. Designed for parents of babies through high schoolers, these prompts will come in the form of videos and things to talk about in the morning, at meal time, or while you are cuddling with your toddler or driving in the car. Each week there’s even a Phase Cue to help you understand the developmental phase your child is in today.

https://sharedhope.org/resources/

A website about the dangers of Human Trafficking and resources to combat it.

 

Recommended Book:

Disciple Making Parent by Chap Bettis

The Talks: A Parent's Guide to Critical Conversations about Sex, Dating, and Other Unmentionables by Barrett Johnson

The Young Man's Guide to Awesomeness: How to Guard Your Heart, Get the Girl and Save the World by Barrett Johnson

a free web resource that provides information about substance abuse and mental health issues.