PARENTS

Find what you need here to encourage and support you in your role as a parent or grandparent. 

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Nurturing Faith

How to Choose a Children's Storybook Bible (CRCNA)

Book: I Wonder: Engaging a Child's Curiosity about the Bible offers ideas for helping kids engage with the Bible, including recommendations for story Bibles and devotionals.

Imaginative Play and Spirituality (Real Kids, Real Faith)

Book: The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith is grounded in research from the Fuller Youth Institute and empowers parents to nurture family faith.

Listen, learn, speak up, and talk with your children and youth about justice and systemic racism through these anti-racism resources for all ages.

Parenting Through Difficult Situations

Book: When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics, edited by Bromleigh McCleneghan and Karen Ware Jackson

How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings (Common Sense Media)

Talking to Kids about Gun Violence (excerpted from the When Kids Ask Hard Questions book referenced above) 

Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons (Parenting Forward podcast)

Helping Children with Scary News (Sally-Lloyd Jones, author)

Naming Loss and Gratitude with Young People in These Uncertain Times (Fuller Youth Institute) 

Faith in an Anxious World
Parent Podcasts
Faith Language

Good Friday with Children: Why (and How) to Talk About the Crucifixion (Amelia Richardson Dress)

How to Talk with Your Kids about Good Friday (Beaming Books)

Why We Call Good Friday Good (Wendy Claire Barrie)

Tips to Celebrate Easter's Spiritual Meaning (Beaming Books)

Grief

Is your family facing the death of a loved one or pet? Talking about grief and faith with your children and youth is so important. But we often wonder what we should say. Use these resources to support your children and youth as they experience grief. 

Articles/Websites

www.good-grief.org

Be Honest and Concrete: Tips for Talking to Kids About Death (www.npr.org)

10 Tips for Preparing a Child for a Loved One's Death (www.good-grief.org)

How to Tell a Child Someone Died (www.good-grief.org)

Supporting Students Coping with Grief (www.mswdegrees.org)

10 Tips for Supporting Grieving Kids (www.good-grief.org)

Saying Goodbye to Pets (www.buildfaith.org)

Books

Books for Children Experiencing Loss or Trauma (National Association of School Psychologists)

Ten Essential Children's Books about Grief (www.traci-smith.com)

The Little Blue Bottle (Jennifer Grant) - beautiful book about wondering how God is near when we suffer. 

The Memory Box: A Book About Grief (Joanna Rowland, Thea Baker). A book that describes making a box of memories. 

The Memory Box: A Grief Journal for Children and Families