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No one is a know-it-all. We all have questions about what movies to watch, what books to read, what actions to take and even what thoughts to think about issues.
We can’t give you an answer to every question, but we’d like to help you find trustworthy resources that can help you get the answers you need to . . . bring it home.
Leading a Child to Christ
One of the greatest joys of being a parent is having the opportunity to guide your child to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You bring your child to Bible Study and other church activities where they can learn what the Bible says. You may have family devotion times as well.
When a child begins to understand that God wants them to become a part of His eternal family, he or she may start asking questions. Be aware of your child’s spiritual interests and be ready to respond.
Some of these resources may help.
The ABCs of Becoming a Christian, a simple and effective way to share God’s plan of salvation.
- A=Admit—Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent, turning away from your sin. Read Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Acts 3:19, and 1 John 1:9.
- B=Believe—Believe that Jesus is God’s Son and accept God’s gift of forgiveness from sin. Read John 3:16, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:8-9, and John 1:11-13.
- C=Confess—Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Read Romans 10:9 and Romans 9:10-13.
Some Online Resources:
From LifeWay’s website:
What do you think it takes for a person to get to heaven and have eternal life? Here is how the Bible answers this question. It is answered in one word and the word is FAITH.
From North American Mission Board website:
This site offers a list of visual resources that may help a parent explain to a child the way to connect with Jesus Christ as Savior. Explore and choose the ones that appeal to you.
From Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association website:
Tim Tebow, the football player, is a member of a family that is involved in evangelism. Here is a visual gospel presentation from their website:
If you have questions, or if you would like for your child to talk with one of our pastors, call 281-488-8517 or contact Karen Murphy
General Parenting Skills
Explore these online resources and advice for parents.
Orange Parents is a site that has articles, a daily blog from author Reggie Joiner, and a series of short parenting videos on a variety of topics parents face every day.
Focus on the Family has great websites and articles for the families to use. 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.
Parenting is an online resource for free parenting help. We answer your parenting questions with resources and guidance on how to successfully raise, praise, discipline, teach and love your child.
HealthyPlace is the largest consumer mental health site, providing comprehensive information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view.
Elizabeth Pantly gives advice, solutions,
- Kid Cooperation, by Elizabeth Pantley
- Perfect Parenting, by Elizabeth Pantley
Find out how to keep your family safe online.
Keep Your Kids Safe Online — There are an unfathomable amount of sites and apps you don't want your kid to see. Managing your child's online activity can seem like a daunting task. Now, it's easier than ever thanks to intelligent new products, handy software and built-in safety settings.
NetSmartz — Do you know what to do if your children come to you about something that happened online? This page is designed to provide you with the answers to questions you may have about teaching your children to use their NetSmartz.
Connect Safely — The forum for parents, teens, and experts to discuss safe socializing on the fixed and mobile web.
Security Baron — Social Media and Cyber Security
Safe Search Kids — As fast as the years come and go, Internet technologies change, bringing new challenges for parents and educators when striving to keep kids safe online. Here are a few of the latest tips for online safety including on sites like YouTube*, as well as privacy settings for other websites.
Resources to provide support for grieving children and families.
Dougy Center — provides support in a safe place where children and families grieving a death can share their experiences.
Care Notes — support literature that brings hope and compassion to those in need.
Hospice — exists to help those who cope with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief.
Centering Corporation — provides education and resources for the bereaved.
Compassion Books — More than 400 books, videos, and audios to help children and adults through serious illness, death and dying, grief, bereavement, and losses of all kinds, including divorce, suicide, trauma, and violence.
Take a stand. Lend a hand! How to deal with bullies at school.
KIDPOWER teaches people of different ages and abilities to be successful in learning and practicing personal safety, self-protection, confidence, and advocacy skills.
The U.S. website for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. It is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. Its goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy.
- “Bullying at School: What we Know and What we can Do,” by Dan Olweus
- “No-bullying Program: Preventing Bully/Victim Violence at School,” by James Bitney
- Bully on the Bus, by Carol W. Bosch
- Oliver is a Sissy, by Tomie DePaolo
- The Sneetches and Other Stories, Dr. Seuss
- The Bully of Barkham Street, by Mary Stolz
- Why is Everybody Always Picking on Me? by T. Webster-Doyle
Information and resources for supporting families.
Recover Your Life is one of the biggest and best Self Harm Support Communities on the Internet. We strongly believe in a free and open atmosphere here and our nonjudgemental approach to all things Self Harm has been a help to thousands of people already.
Healthy Place is the largest consumer mental health site, providing comprehensive information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view.
- The Scarred Soul: Understanding and Ending Self-Inflicted Violence, by T. Alderman (2000) Youthlight, Inc.
- Cutting Edge, by T. Suzanne Eller, in Todays Christian Woman,
- What the Cutters
Feels, Tamala M. Edwards, in Time, November 9, 1998
- The Luckiest Girl in the World, by S. Levenkron (1998) NY: Penguin Press
Online information and research concerning
The Academy for Eating Disorders is an international transdisciplinary professional organization that promotes excellence in research,
ANAD was officially launched in 1976. It is the oldest eating-disorder organization in the nation.
- The Secret Language of Eating Disorders, by Peggy Claude-Pierre
- Your Dieting Daughter: Is She Dying for Attention? by Carolyn Costin
- When Girls Feel Fat: Helping Girls Through Adolescence, by Sandra Friedman
Alcohol and Drugs
A wealth of valuable information concerning substance abuse.
Stop Underage Drinking is a comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue. People interested in underage drinking prevention—including parents, educators, community-based organizations, and youth—will find a wealth of valuable information here.
For further pastoral care regarding children, contact Karen Murphy