Raising kids is a fun, tiring, God-given task… one that makes life so worthwhile! If you are looking for parenting encouragement, fun activities to try out with your kids, or other supports, you will enjoy the resources outlined below.
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→ My current parenting favorite: Nancy Gutherie’s One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids. ←
My husband and I are loving a new nightly routine of reading the One Year Bible (New Living Translation) and following it up by reading the Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids companion out loud together to guide our prayers for our children. Definitely a top recommendation this year!
Bring on the Books!
Books are a great way to dig deeper into almost any topic. The books listed below are encouraging and helpful tools to deepen your parenting journey today.
The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment
by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Lisa Qualls
*Note: Not a Christian-specific resource, but it is especially helpful if your child is adopted or has a trauma background.
Use Amazon for your family
If you’re already familiar with Amazon, you may find the Amazon Family Membership a helpful resource for your family. You start with a free 30-day trial, and the program includes exclusive coupons, discounts, and deals – including 20% discounts on diaper subscriptions. You also get free streaming of movies, TV shows, and music.
If your family is growing, the Amazon Baby Registry is a great option. It’s what I used when we were expecting triplets, and it was great that it was so accessible to our friends and family! You get special discounts, a welcome gift, an extended return period, and you can add items from other websites.
Play and Activities
Our children learn, think, and grow through play and hands-on activities. These two resources will provide great support to help you love your children well… through play!
- Play Therapy Supply – Play is one of the most therapeutic and educational ways to help and love your children. This website has thousands of toys, books, sensory products, games, and art supplies that will equip you to play well with your child. There are resources for professionals, but plenty of resources for Mom and Dad to use at home. These products help children explore their world in a way that feels safe, secure, and fun. You can filter products by grade or by topic area to find exactly what your child needs.
→ Our favorite sections include their Book Lists with great topics for every age group, their Sensory Products for sensitive children or those with special needs, and their Games Section with fun ways to teach your kids about emotions, social skills, and more. ←
Note: These are not Christian resources, but they are resources popularly recommended in family therapy because they are so helpful and easy to use at home.
- Kidstir – You’ve probably heard the advice to have regularly family meals together. Kidstir is a great way to build even more quality time into dinnertime. They are a monthly subscription service that delivers hands-on cooking kits for children. You can add diet restrictions, find homeschool materials, please picky eaters, and have fun doing it. Each creation is tested with real families and there is a fun theme each month.
Training in Faith
One of our greatest privileges and responsibilities as Christian parents is teaching our children to follow Jesus.
- WORLDKids and WORLDTeen – These are Christian current event programs designed for children ages 7-10 (WORLDkids) and pre-teens and teens ages 11-14 (WORLDteen). Each provides a print magazine every other month as well as a website featuring current events and interactive content. Story by story, children and teens learn to read news accounts and other information critically, to sift for the truth and to relate knowledge and biblical wisdom to daily life. Online quizzes allow testing for reading comprehension, and homeschooling support is available.
- The Gospel Project – These Christ-centered, chronological Bible studies are available for all age groups, preschool through adult. Their print resources are intended for churches (Sunday school, etc) but their website offers a podcast, articles, and other helps that parents can use at home.