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Parent Resources

As a parent at Heritage Christian, we are pleased to provide ongoing support for you. We've compiled a list of resources below that we hope will help you during your child's academic and spiritual journey.

Websites

Parenting

  • Focus on the Family - Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. They provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God's design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

  • FamilyLife Today: Parenting Resources - FamilyLife provides multiple resources that help people build stronger homes and communities. Here, they list numerous resources about parenting with specific topics of interest such as character development, praying for your children, raising boys, raising girls, and much more.

Teen Culture

  • CYPU Parent Page - The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers. Here, you can subscribe to a monthly newsletter designed to help keep parents informed about the latest happenings and trends in the world of youth culture.

  • Axis - This organization's goal is to empower the next generation to think clearly and critically about what they believe and to take ownership of their faith. They do this not by outsourcing parents, but by resourcing them to disciple and transfer legacy to their children as they face life’s questions and challenges. Those resources can be found on their website.

  • Parenting Teens Summit - This is a free online conference designed for parents and grandparents to understand their teens and preteens and better connect with them by providing practical advice from Christian leaders and authors on how to disciple your teens into lifelong faith in Jesus.

  • Parenting Today's Teens - The Parenting Today’s Teens radio program and daily newsletters offers biblical insights and practical wisdom for parents wanting a deeper relationship with their teen.

Services

  • DivorceCare for Kids (group counseling for children dealing with divorce): Are your children angry, hurt, and confused about your separation or divorce? A DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) group is a safe, fun place where your children can learn skills that will help them heal. DC4K groups blend, games, music, stories, videos and discussion to help kids process the divorce and move forward. The local Indianapolis group meets at St. Lukes United Methodist Church on W. 86th Street.

  • Brooke's Place Grief Support Groups (group counseling for children dealing with grief): For children and adolescents, sharing their experience with peers can provide healing for those grieving the death of a loved one. Brooke’s Place provides peer support groups for young people who have experienced the death of a significant person. These groups meet at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on W. 86th Street.

Books, Articles, Devotionals and Media Resources

Screaming Data–How To Hear Your Kid’s Passions And Strengths By Observing Their Actions With Frank Tate

In This Together Podcast Episode #47 with Frank Tate
Too often, we don’t listen to our kids’ passions or see their strengths because we’re too busy trying to make them into the people we want them to become. In this podcast episode, Frank Tate shares how to listen to your kids’ screaming data; why parents should be editors, not authors; how to avoid GPS (Generational Peer Stress) Parenting; what “goodwill shaming” is and why we do it; why you should give data-based praise; and how to champion your child’s inner genius (and potentially save lots of money on a college education).

No Regrets Teen Connection Toolkit: How to Know Teen Culture and Pass on Faith Confidently Every Day

Video Series
In these free videos, Axis shows you how to build a flourishing connection with your teen. These principles will help you join the conversation, guide the conversation, and deepen the conversation. These videos will help you by: giving you a practical framework to think about the culture your teens inhabit, teaching you the 4 keys to connect with your teens, helping you see where you are today and where you want to go in the future with our Teen Connection Map, and showing you our powerful 3 step process for teen conversations.

Gospel-Centered Parenting

A FamilyLife Today Broadcast with Todd Friel
Author Todd Friel, host of the syndicated program “Wretched TV,” talks to parents of prodigals who feel they are to blame for their child’s waywardness. Friel reminds parents that it’s their job to be faithful parents and live the gospel in their child’s presence. It’s God’s job to bring their children to repentance and faith.

In This Together Podcast

Podcast with Dr. Josh + Christi
With a transparent and non-shaming approach, this podcast uses story and offers realistic next steps on every family topic they cover. They also go behind the scenes to interview leaders to draw out the secrets they use to be families who live free, love well, and lead with excellence.

A Parent's Guide to Today's Technology

by Daniel Huerta, Focus on the Family Vice President of Parenting & Youth
The goal of this resource is to encourage you to stop and think about the technology your family uses. It will also help you understand and navigate the pitfalls of today’s most popular digital platforms and games. Technology will capture our children’s attention. As parents, we need to educate and support them in developing healthy technology habits. God, through His Word, tells us to be attentive, be authentic and pursue unity with one another. That’s great advice on how to live - and how to act in our use of technology.

Mental Health and Teens

Dr. Whitni Buckles - Powerpoint from Chapel
Periodically we use the chapel time as an assembly designed to address a particular topic relevant to teens today. In the state of Indiana, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-34 year olds. To address the topic of suicide prevention, we were grateful to have Whitni Buckles, Ph.D., speak at chapel on November 2, 2017 for both middle school and high school students.  Whitni is an HCS parent and works at Family Counseling Associates.