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Parent Resources

At Heritage Christian, we are pleased to provide ongoing support for the parents of our students. 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

Your Teenager Is Not Crazy: Understanding Your Teen's Brain Can Make You A Better Parent

by Jerusha Clark and Dr. Jeramy Clark
Organized by what we hear teens say--things like I'm boredYou just don't understandWhy are you freaking out?I hate my life!, or Hold on . . . I just have to send this--this book helps parents develop compassion for their teens and discernment in parenting them as their brains are progressively remodeled. Rather than seeing the teen years as a time to simply hold on for dear life, Dr. Jeramy and Jerusha Clark show that they can be an amazing season of cultivating creativity, self-awareness, and passion for the things that really matter.

The Art of Parenting: Aiming Your Child's Heart Toward God

by Dennis and Barbara Rainey
Experience God's truth and apply his Word in your family by focusing your attention on four crucial elements in your children's lives:
1. Identity: understanding who they are in Christ 
2. Character: learning to live wisely and honorably
3. Relationships: fostering godly connections with others
4. Mission: understanding why they are here
When you apply biblical truths in these four areas, you can feel confident your children will have a foundation they can build upon for the rest of their lives.

The Fine Line Between Excellence and Obsession

by Tim Elmore
There is a fine line between the healthy and the unhealthy. Excellence is a healthy goal—to excel and exceed previous performances. Obsession is unhealthy. When obsession occurs, that goal begins to harm us; we become emotionally unhealthy people who cannot engage well in other categories of our lives.

What To Say — And Not To Say — To Your Young Adult

by Kara Powell & Steve Argue
*Specifically chosen for parents of seniors
Adapted from their new book 18 Plus: Parenting Your Emerging Adult, Kara and Steve discuss how words are a big deal. They have the power to tell us who we are and shape our life direction. Think about this in your own life. Good or bad, what words have shaped you? As your emerging adult walks into a season of the unknown, more than ever he or she needs someone to tell them not what to do—but who they are.

Back To School Series

from Focus on the Family
This series includes 3 articles where you can find some great ideas for getting back into your family's school routine:
- Back To School Blues
- 10 Easy Ideas For A Better Back To School
- Back To School With Purpose

Raising Kingdom Kids: Giving Your Child a Living Faith

by Tony Evans
From the bestselling author of Kingdom Man and Kingdom WomanRaising Kingdom Kids equips parents to raise their children with a Kingdom perspective and also offers practical how-to advice on providing spiritual training as instructed in Scripture. This book is for every dad or 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.

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