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For Parents

Dear Parent,

We are on this journey together. Parenthood is not easy, and we want you to know we are here for you as well. Our goal is to work alongside you to raise your son or daughter to become all that God has for them to be. We strive to give them opportunities to grow in their relationship with the Lord. Our culture is bombarding their precious minds, and we want to provide a safe place for them to belong.

We also want to come alongside you and challenge you while your student is with us.

  • Your child is watching you, yes, even your teenage child. Be their role model and example. Children are a gift from God and while alarming as it may sound, you are a steward in their wellbeing. Training up your child involves helping them navigate the cultural hold-ups that are lurking around. Parenthood is a demanding responsibility and you must be careful.

  • Talk about spiritual things with your student and don’t be afraid to get in their business. You may be saving them from great harm. “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” - Psalm 145:4

  • Instill in them honesty, selflessness, modesty, morality and manners.

  • Pray for your student and our ministry. “Pray without ceasing.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

We understand how trying parenthood can be, and we are on your team. We are raising girls of our own and we understand the demands of and pressures of being a Godly parent. If there is anything we can do to help, please do not hesitate to ask.

Love,
Joe and Shannon Messer

Are you interested in more about the lessons we teach and the Bible from which they are based? If you want to learn more about our church and what we believe, click here.

Parent Resources

Books

The Space Between
Walt Mueller

For many parents, raising children seems pretty manageable until the teenage years. Then fear, confusion, frustration, and lack of understanding begin to invade the hearts and minds of these once-confident parents. The 'normal' changes of adolescence seem to be nothing but abnormal to parents who begin to feel like helpless bystanders. But parents don't need to feel alone or paralyzed by these feelings. For nearly twenty years, Walt Mueller has studied adolescents and the culture they're surrounded by. His expertise was put to the test when his own children became teenagers. Now he's bringing wisdom from research and his own experience to help parents through the tumultuous years of adolescence. With empathy and practical tools, parents will address several important issues, including the questions: * How can I begin to facilitate a smoother adolescent period for my teen? * How can I begin to break through the walls of confusion, fear, frustration, and misunderstanding? * How can I be a positive and proactive bridge builder into the life and world of my teenager? View on Amazon.com

Boundaries With Teens
John Townsend

Teenagers! You love them to pieces ... but sometimes you feel like the pieces are falling apart Relax! Your sanity will survive these rocky teenage years, and so will your teens---provided you set healthy boundaries that work to their benefit and yours. Boundaries with Teens shows you how. From bestselling author and counselor Dr. John Townsend, here is the expert insight and guidance you need to help your teens take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions and gain a deeper appreciation and respect both for you and for themselves. With wisdom and empathy, Dr. Townsend, a father of two teens himself, applies biblically based principles for the challenging task of guiding your children through the teen years. He shows you how to: * deal with disrespectful attitudes and impossible behavior in your teen * set healthy limits and realistic consequences * be loving and caring while establishing rules * determine specific strategies to deal with problems both big and small Discover how your teenager thinks. Learn how to apply biblical principles to specific problems. Boundaries with Teens can help you establish wise and loving limits that make a positive difference in your adolescent, in the rest of your family, and in you. View on Amazon.com

Engaging Your Teen's World
Brian Housman

Parents often make decisions out of fear, trying to protect their teen from "the world," and may blame the culture for the problems in their family. Engaging Your Teen's World encourages parents to move past unhealthy "us vs. them" mentalities and lead their teen to redeem the culture instead.  This conversational book guides parents to become a greater influence in their teen's world without squelching their child's individuality. It reveals which values drive a teenager's motivations and offers practical ideas on how families can together engage the world through service and love. View on Amazon.com

Bringing Up Girls
James Dobson

Peer pressure. Eating disorders. Decisions about love, romance, and sex. Academic demands. Life goals and how to achieve them. These are just some of the challenges that girls face today—and the age at which they encounter them is getting younger and younger. As a parent, how are you guiding your daughter on her journey to womanhood? Are you equipping her to make wise choices? Whether she’s still playing with dolls or in the midst of the often-turbulent teen years, is she truly secure in her identity as your valued and loved daughter? In the New York Times bestseller Bringing Up Girls, parenting authority and trusted family counselor Dr. James Dobson will help you face the challenges of raising your daughters to become strong, healthy, and confident women who excel in life. View on Amazon.com

Bringing Up Boys
James Dobson

Sensible advice and caring encouragement on raising boys from the nation's most trusted parenting expert, Dr.James Dobson. With so much confusion about the role of men in our society, it's no wonder so many parents and teachers are at a loss about how to bring up boys. Our culture has vilified masculinity and, as a result, boys are suffering. Parents, teachers, and others involved in shaping the character of boys have lots of questions. In Bringing Up Boys, Dr. Dobson tackles these questions and offers advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles. View on Amazon.com

Magazines

HomeLife

Biblical and practical counsel that champions life-changing discipleship, dynamic marriages, and effective parenting. Offers practical, real world solutions toward maintaining the spiritual health of family members amid school, sports, work, play, and more. Inspiring monthly features and departments designed to help today’s families deepen their faith, strengthen their relationships, and manage their lives.

 

Parenting Teens

Biblical and practical counsel that champions life-changing discipleship, dynamic marriages, and effective parenting. Offers practical, real world solutions toward maintaining the spiritual health of family members amid school, sports, work, play, and more. Inspiring monthly features and departments designed to help today’s families deepen their faith, strengthen their relationships, and manage their lives.

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