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GENERAL RESOURCES

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FAMILY WORSHIP/ SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

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RAISING SONS/ DAUGHTERS

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FOR DADS/ HUSBANDS

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FOR MOMS/ WIVES

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PARENTING ADOPTED CHILDREN

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SINGLE PARENTING

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PARENTING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

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BLENDED FAMILIES

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PARENTING A PRODIGAL

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SCREENS & TECHNOLOGY

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Focus On The Family - Parenting

This site provides articles and so much more for parenting training from topics like “Keeping Your Kids Healthy Year Round” to “How Do I Help My Shy Child?” This site is a wealth of information for principle-based wisdom and practical insights for your parenting journey!

FamilyLife - Parenting

There’s so much to learn from these articles for parenting, which range from topics like “Overcoming Fear” to “Rules for discipline while at grandmas” to “Raising Kids in an Outrage Culture”… Check out this spectrum of tested parenting wisdom!

Christian Parenting

This site will help you to raise today's children on solid, biblical truth. Get the encouragement and trusted guidance you need to raise your kids in the truth of God’s word.

Parenting - 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God's plan for us as parents.

Raising Passionate Jesus Followers

In Raising Passionate Jesus Followers, Phil and Diane Comer bring hope and practical help to parents, using Scripturally gleaned, time-tested guidelines as well as stories from their own lives. This book is a manual for parents to turn to as they embark on their God-given quest of raising the next generation of passionate Jesus followers.

Are My Kids On Track?

In this book counselors Sissy Goff, David Thomas, Melissa Trevathan will unveil 12 emotional, social, and spiritual milestones for your child, the unique patterns of boys and girls, and practical suggestions for supporting your child's heart and soul development on a daily basis.

Raising Boys and Girls

There’s so much here, and it’s all so great! There’s an insightful podcast. There are phenomenal books (like Are My Kids On Track?, All You Need To Know About Raising Girls, Wild Things – The Art of Nurturing Boys). There’s free resources. There’s a blog. These professional counselors maintain a great balance of counseling insights and practical parenting advice. Get ready to spend a long time learning from these professional counselors: Melissa Trevathan, M.R.E., David Thomas, L.M.S.W., and Sissy Goff, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP

GodsDesignForSexBooks.com

The God’s Design for Sex series helps parents establish a biblical view of sexuality in the home. Authors, Stan and Brenna Jones wrote this parent’s guide and the four age-appropriate books, to enable families to develop a healthy dialogue about sexuality. They provide children the foundation of truth and knowledge they need for when they are inevitably bombarded with confusing and potentially harmful messages about sex.

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GENERAL RESOURCES

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Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk

All families need encouragement. Dr. Dobson and Family Talk ministries want to help you and your family grow closer to God and to each other. There’s so much here! From books, to podcasts, to articles, get ready for a wealth of parenting knowledge.

Dr. Kevin Leman’s Resources

Dr. Kevin Leman offers parenting and marriage advice that can change your life. He brings common sense to common problems, and parenting-help books that seem to be written just for you.

Dr. Gary Chapman’s - The Five Love Languages Resources

With more books to imagine, blogs, quizzes, podcasts and so much more, Dr. Gary Chapman gives phenomenal advice on nearly every front of Parenting and Marriage. He is a wealth of knowledge, and he is certain to impact your family life for the better.

Love and Logic Parenting Resources

Love and Logic resources provide a wealth of free parenting articles, tips and advice for handling children of all ages. Trusted for over 40 years, parents can depend on the advice provided by their experts.

Focus On The Family - Marriage

Focus On The Family is a universe of resources on all things in marital and family relationships. A healthy marriage is key to a healthy family. On this site they tackle marriage as it relates to marital communication, problems, prep, finances, intimacy, tech management work-life balance and more.

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Focus on Parenting Podcast

The Focus on Parenting Podcast (from Focus on The Family) provides moms and dads with helpful tips on how to be a better parent each day and to help raise kids on the right path.

Parenting Scripts

When what you're saying isn't working, say something new. Parenting Scripts is the much-needed resource for moms and dads who are desperate to speak life to their children instead of defaulting to the same old words and ineffective consequences.

7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment

Take this insightful assessment to learn more about your parenting strategies and capabilities. You’re sure to learn more about yourself and your family than you knew before.

Commonsensemedia.org

Check out these reviews for what your kids want to watch before they watch it. Before watching a movie, checking out a new video game, or consuming any other media, check to see if this resource has already given you a parenting “green light,” “yellow light,” or “red light”.

PluggedIn.com

Plugged In exists to help you and your family make family appropriate entertainment choices. Before you watch a movie, check out a new video game, or consume any other media content, check to see if this resource has already given you a parenting “green light,” “yellow light,” or “red light”.

The Parent Cue

This blog is a cue. A prompt. Because really, we know you’re already busy doing all you can to invest in your kids and help them on their way to adulthood. Our goal is to make it easy for you to remember what’s important.

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FAMILY WORSHIP & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

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YouVersion Bible App

The Bible App offers a free Bible experience for smartphones, tablets, and online at Bible.com. For any and all screens in your home, everyone in your family should not only have this app, but also share together in its features.

The Bible Project

Bible Study has never been more interactive and easier to engage.  The Bible Project exists to help people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus. Use their videos as bible study tools and family worship challenges.

Raising Kingdom Kids

Pastor Tony Evans writes to every dad and mom who wants to fulfill the parenting role God has given them—not just in raising healthy kids intellectually, physically, and socially, but in contributing to their child’s relationship with God and alignment under His plan.

Leading Your Child To Christ: Raising Children And Promoting Spiritual Growth

Check out this great conversation-guide that Focus on the Family has put together to help resource and equip you in your conversations of leading your children to and closer to Christ.

Levels Of Biblical Learning

From young preschooler to high school student, see what LifeWay Christian resources has put together to help you understand where your child is and can be, spiritually and developmentally.

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Parenting Tomorrow's Leaders Podcast

For any parent that is feeling inadequate and wanting guidance and wisdom, we strive to ask the questions that every parent is dying to know the answers to, in order to equip them to have the confidence to raise tomorrow's leaders in a positive family structure today.

The Ology: Ancient Truth Ever New

The Ology, by best-selling children's author Marty Machowski, is a stunningly illustrated beginner's theology book to help kids of all ages understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to Him.

How Great Is Our God: 100 Indescribable Devotions About God And Science

This daily devotion for children, by renowned Pastor Louie Giglio, shows and explains awe-inspiring connection between the natural world and the God who created it.

I’m a Christian, Now What?

This devotional for children helps kids learn how to locate Scriptures and grow in their relationship with God. This journal provides kids with 90 days of quiet-time guidance and includes topic-related articles, games, activities, and much more.

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FOR RAISING SONS & DAUGHTERS

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Bringing Up Boys 

Dr. James Dobson offers parents of sons a guidebook through the land of testosterone by providing an improved view of masculinity, which has been so distorted in our culture. He also helps you learn how to teach your boys to make wise choices and much more.

Bringing Up Girls

Dr. James Dobson recognizes that our culture can have damaging effects on our daughters and steps in to offer help. Discover why the three “T’s”–Talk, Touch, and Time–are so important in our relationship with our daughters, and how to have a positive generational impact on her.

FOR DADS/HUSBANDS

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Man Up Message

Fathers, carve out 33 minutes in your schedule to listen to this compelling message and challenge from internationally known Pastor Jack Graham from Prestonwood Church in Dallas, TX. You’ll be better for it!

Point Man: How a Man Can Lead His Family

This bestselling classic, by renowned men's author Steve Farrar, encourages and equips Christian men to lead their families successfully through hazards and ambushes like divorce, promiscuity, suicide, and drug addiction. Men will find practical insight on topics such as a father's influence, maintaining purity, and much more.

Dad Tired

Dad Tired is a community of men who are taking their faith, family, and marriage very seriously. Engage with their podcasts, blogs, and many other great resources.

Five Minute Fatherhood Podcast

Podcast hosts Jeremy Pryor and Jeff Bethke take five minutes every day (M-F) to chat about quick tips and encouragements that will equip you as you build your multigenerational family team to live on mission!

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FOR MOMS/ WIVES

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Today’s Christian Woman

TCW provides stories of women putting God first in the grit of real life, to challenge and equip you to reach others. Our mission is to provide a place where together we can guide one another through the joys and difficulties of life to live beyond ourselves for God's glory.

Risen Motherhood Podcast

This weekly podcast is for the imperfect mother, still learning, still growing and still fully recognizing she doesn’t have it all together - but comes every day, to the base of the cross, to seek the One who does.

Don’tMomAlone.com

Home of the God Centered Mom Podcast and more. Moms comment that these resources (podcasts, blogs, books) are helping change their motherhood, that they are refined instead of just left as broken. One mom wrote, “You helped me feel like I can do better, but all my efforts matter.”

FamilyLife.com – Articles for Wives

The Family Life Team has so much to offer any parent! Check out some of these refreshing articles on being the best wife and mom that you can be. Some titles include “Ways to Pray for Your Husband,” “Tips for Investing in Your Husband,” “When Your Spouse Breaks Your Heart,” plus so much more.

Praying For Your Husband From Head To Toe

Regardless of where your relationship falls on the continuum---from "terrible" to "terrific"---there's always room for improvement! Author, Sharon Jaynes, shows wives how to intercede for their husbands using an easy-to-remember head-to-toe pattern."

PARENTING ADOPTED CHILDREN

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Focus On The Family – Adoption Articles

Check out these insightful articles regarding the many questions that surround the topic of Adoption.

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Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child’s Life story

Authors Susan Tebos and Carissa Woodwyk help you take the guesswork out of how and when to tell your adopted child about their beginnings, when you create a "life-book" together that celebrates their birth, and so much more.

Castaway Kid: One Man’s Search for Hope and Home

Heartbreaking, heartwarming, and ultimately triumphant, this true story, about author Rob Mitchell, shows how, with faith, every person can leave the past behind and forge healthier, happier relationships.

Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care

Authors, Tony Merida and Rick Morton, unveil the grassroots movement that’s engaged in a comprehensive response to serve hundreds of millions of orphans and “functionally parentless” children. You’ll see a breadth of ways to care with biblical perspective and reasons why we must.

The Connected Child

Karyn Purvis, Ph.D., David R. Cross, Ph.D., and Wendy Lyons Sunshine all wrote with an aim to help bring hope and healing to adoptive families who have welcomed children from other cultures, from troubled backgrounds, and with special behavioral or emotional needs.

SINGLE PARENTING

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Help and Hope for the Single Parent

No doubt being a single parent is very difficult, but there is also hope and joy that comes in this season. Dr. Tony Evans gives you the encouraging reminder that you are not alone! God can—and will—help you live a satisfying life and succeed in parenting. There is hope and help for the single parent; discover it today.

Single Parenting That Works

Dr. Kevin Leman, shines a little light on the topic of single parenting and brings help and hope to the legions of single parents struggling to raise happy, healthy, well-adjusted children in a loving, caring and biblically grounded way. Leman shows parents how to build healthy, mature relationships with their former spouses, how to develop their children's self-esteem, and how to discipline and relate to their kids in accordance with their unique God-given personalities.

Going Solo

Learn from Robert Beeson, former Christian music industry executive, as he shares his story of divorce, his seven years as a single father, and his transition into a second marriage and a blended family. Beeson offers readers some hard-learned lessons and insights on being an effective, empathetic, and empowered single parent. Readers will learn five helpful habits and practical healing principles they can immediately apply in this season of life.

DivorceCare for Kids

Are your children angry, hurt, and confused about your separation or divorce? A DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) support group is a safe, fun place where your children can learn skills that will help them heal. Be sure to check out the ParentZone resource library that DC4K offers!

Single & Parenting

If you’re a single parent, you’re probably tired, overwhelmed and feeling a bit underappreciated. That’s why we created Single & Parenting support groups—to share tips and parenting wisdom that will help you find rest, hope and encouragement.

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When Happily Ever After Shatters

When Happily Ever After Shatters will be a comfort to those who grieve in solitude, and a hope-filled practical guide for those whose lives have changed irrevocably. Susan Birdseye will help readers learn to honor God when there is no hope of restoration, survive abandonment in and out of marriage, glorify God during a divorce, and much more.

Dating and the Single Parent

When children are involved, dating gets complicated. Let Ron Deal guide you through the emotional ups and downs of dating with kids. "This book will help you see beyond the tingly feelings to determine if a dating partner will help you form a healthy family." --from the foreword by Dr. Dennis Rainey, President, FamilyLife

Helping Children Survive Divorce

How can children successfully survive the trauma of divorce? In friendly, heart-to-heart language, Archibald Hart offers divorced parents specific ways to help children cope with the psychological and social damage that comes with divorce.

PARENTING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

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AnchoredSouls.com

Our mission is to minister to moms who have children with disabilities. Whether your child has a cognitive or learning disability, a physical disability, or an emotional or psychological disability, we're here for you.

SpecialNeedsParenting.net

The special-needs parenting path can be a lonely one to walk. We want you to know you don’t have to walk it alone. We are a group of special-needs parents who are walking that path with you.

DianeDokkoKim.com

Diane is a Christian wife, special-needs parent, disability ministry consultant, author, and speaker. Her passion is to encourage and comfort others with the comfort received from Christ, and to speak up for those who cannot. See her free resources, blogs, and speaking schedule.

Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special-Needs Parent

When a parent hears that their child has a disability, hearts and hopes are broken. But faith doesn’t have to be. Diane Dokko Kim comes alongside families, in her book, as a fellow special-needs parent to help reconcile the premise of a good God with the gritty realities of raising a child with a disability.

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Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Packed with encouragement, this daily devotional gives Godly guidance for parents raising a child with special needs. Authors Kimberly M. Drew & Jocelyn Green show how the truths of God's Word are relevant, regardless of the diagnosis. Their devotional illuminates the unique lessons and perspectives to be gained as a result of raising a child with special needs.

Sharing Love Abundantly In Special Needs Families - The 5 Love Languages

Having a special needs child shouldn’t mean sacrificing a full family life. Jolene Philo and Dr. Gary Chapman show you how the 5 love languages can help strengthen your marriage and family life—whatever your needs. They share dozens of stories from parents of children with special needs.

Spiritually Able: A Parent's Guide to Teaching the Faith to Children with Special Needs

Both memoir and manual, from authors David Rizzo & Mercedes McBride Rizzo, Spiritually Able: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching the Faith to Children with Special Needs is a life-preserver to parents who are seeking ways to grow and nourish a deeper relationship to God and their faith for their child with special needs.


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PARENTING IN BLENDED FAMILIES

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Family Life Blended

Providing biblically-based resources that help prevent re-divorce, strengthen stepfamilies, and help break the generational cycle of divorce.

Smart Stepfamilies

Our goal is getting you smart about blended family living. Whether dating or married with stepchildren, a stepmom or stepfather, a stepgrandparent, ministry leader, mentor, relationship coach, or therapist, we can help.

The Role of a Stepdad

Step-parenting isn't for the cowardly… Hear Ron Deal, licensed marriage and family therapist, tell stepdads positive ways to impact their new families and how to avoid causing division.

PARENTING A PRODIGAL

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Reaching Your Prodigal: What Did I Do Wrong? What Do I Do Now?

Writer Phil Waldrep helps his readers to understand that when someone you care about makes poor choices in their lifestyles, relationships, or moral decision making, there is a way to love them back to the wholesome life that will bless them beyond imagination.

Love Like You've Never Been Hurt: Hope, Healing and the Power of an Open Heart

Authors Jentezen Franklin and Cherise Franklin show you how to find the strength and courage to work through your hurt, see others as God sees them, repair damaged relationships, reach out in love, and more.

FOR SCREENS & TECHNOLOGY

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The Tech Wise Family

Drawing on in-depth original research from Barna Group, Andy Crouch helps readers ask deeper questions about tech and family life. This book is for anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer amid technology’s distractions and wants to reclaim a real family-life in a world of devices.

Circle (Screen Time Management System)

From mobile phones and tablets to smart TVs and video game consoles, Circle’s parental controls let you set limits and filter content across every device — all from one app.

Plugged-In Parenting

Bob Waliszewski (Director of Plugged In, a branch of Focus on the Family) writes this book to make a powerful case for teaching kids media discernment.  He shows how to use teachable moments, evidence from research and pop culture and Scripture.

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Plugged In Parent’s Guide to Today’s Technology

This online article provides a spiritual foundation for technology use. Better understand latest trends in apps, social media, and technology, plus grow your insights on technology tools, filters and parental controls, and more.

Protect Young Minds

Protect Young Minds’ mission is to empower parents, professionals and community leaders to protect young kids from pornography and promote healing from any sexual exploitation.

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

Do you control your phone — or does your phone control you? Drawing from the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed us — for good and bad.

Connect – Real Help for Parenting Kids in a Social Media World

If you’re committed to raising kids who will make an impact in this world, get your copy of CONNECT and find real help for parenting kids in a social media world. Join Kirk Cameron, in this documentary, on this important journey

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