Articles & Resources

Brier Creek Parent Resources | January Edition

Jan 01, 2020 | By TJ Harris

Misconceptions of Godly Parenting, Connecting with Older Teens, and Talking to Children with Depression  

This is Partnering with Parents, where we as a student ministry believe that it is our job to walk alongside parents as the primary disciplers of their children. We believe in the promise of Proverbs 22:6, “train up a child in the way he should go; and when he gets older he will not depart from it.” 

 Our greatest desire is to help equip you with resources that we believe will help you as you lean on the Spirit for wisdom and direction in the journey that is parenting. Though we may not agree with everything that is presented in these resources, we do believe that they are challenging, thought-provoking and definitely worth your time!

Articles of the Week: 

Misconceptions of Godly Parenting, Mike Mazzalongo 

Parenting is an arena where there can be many expectations and idealization of outcomes. It is tempting to buy into the lie that as parents, we have control of everything. How can we make sure that our kids listen to good music, hang out with the right group of friends, and grow up not hating the church? The answer is, we can’t. In this article, Mike Mazzalongo addresses some misconceptions that surround parenting, and encourages parents to be faithful to their call while also trusting that God is ultimately in control. 

How to Connect With 16-18 Year Olds, Tim Shoemaker 

The latter part of the teenage years seem to be the hardest. Our children are learning how to drive, becoming more independent, and transitioning into a new phase of life. In this stage, an intentional relationship seems far-fetched, but it is vital for the well-being of our children. In this article, Tim Shoemaker gives practical steps for parents to use to connect with their teens, even if their attempts are met with resistance

Talking to Children that Struggle with Depression, Christine Chappell 

There are thousands of parenting books that cover a wide variety of topics ranging from how to get children to sleep through the night to what a biblical model of discipline looks like. Though parenting advice is abundant in many ways, there seems to be a lack of advice on how to talk with children that deal with depression. In this article, Christine Chappell acknowledges that parents cannot stand in for medical professionals, but gives five helpful insights to equip parents intentionally minister to their children well. 

Book Recommendation: 

The Power of a Praying Parent, Stormie Omartian 

We all want our children to love Jesus, be of good character, and be equipped to handle what life throws their way. Our desire as parents is to do all that we can to make that happen; however it is easy to forget that the most beneficial way to help our children is to pray for them. In this book, Stormie Omartian reflects on her experiences as a parent to help equip readers with practical ways they can pray for their children. 

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