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PARENT RESOURCES

Here at Waite Park Church we believe the call of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is that parents carry the role of primary disciplemaker in the lives of their children.  But we also believe that you weren’t meant to carry that responsibility alone.  As a church, we are here to equip your family to grow in relationship with Jesus, His Church, and the world.  One of the ways we do that is through resources like these to help you in your parenting journey.

Discipling at Home

If the idea of discipling your kids feels intimidating, you aren’t alone!  One of our strategies to put practical tools in your hands is through the D6 Everyday curriculum we use in our youth group and Sunday morning KidsPark ministries.  Each week all of our kids – from preschool through youth group – are talking about the same passage or theme in their age-level classes so your family can have common points of conversation throughout the week.  And we provide you with D6’s thoughtfully created take-home guides to help shape your conversations with your kids.
 

If you’re looking for more ideas on how to grow as a family in your relationship with God, you can find entry points into a rhythm of family devotions here.  And below you’ll find a number of resources that will help you engage with your kids in a variety of other ways.

AllStars Kids Club
Bible App for Kids
Minno
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Mr. Phil TV
Splink

Conversation Guides

As a parent, you know there are conversations you need to have with your kids to help them see themselves and the world around them through the lens of God’s Word.  But how do you do that?  When?  What should you say? 

 

While don’t have all the answers and every child is unique, these age-level conversation guides can help you get started on important subjects like bullying, questions of faith, handling technology safely, and more.  Remember, these conversation guides are just that – guides.  Follow your child’s lead in where they are at and what they seem ready to talk about and use these suggestions to maximize those opportunities.

Parenting Organizations

Parenting is hard but having a helping hand along the way makes a difference.  As a church, we aim to provide in-person parent training opportunities every fall and spring (usually in October and February).  Additionally, there are great organizations out there that have made it their mission to provide hands-on resources for you as a parent.  Below are a few that we’ve found helpful.

Connected Families
Parent Cue

Discipline

We love the way Connected Families approaches discipline, guiding you to connect with your child’s heart the way God connects with us in our mistakes through their Connected Families Framework.  If you would like more training in this approach, we recommend the Discipline That Connects course, the Discipline That Connects book, or parent coaching through Connected Families.  You can also peruse several of their blog posts on discipline here.

Connected Families Framework

Creating Media-Safe Homes

Raising “digital natives” – kids who have only ever known the era of high-speed internet, smart phones, and Google – keeps you on your toes.  How much screen time is too much?  What boundaries are helpful to hold to keep my child safe online?  How can I keep up with the endless stream of new shows my kids are finding to watch online?  These questions and many more have likely crossed your mind.  Below are a handful of resources to help you think toward solutions that work for your family so you can create a media-safe home.
 

  • Bark  |  Bark helps you manage and protect your child’s online life by monitoring the apps and platforms they use for signs of digital danger.  Bark can also help you manage screen time and set up web filtering tools.
     

  • Circle  |  Circle can also help you set technological limits, block selected content, monitor your child’s online activity, and even turn off internet access for select family members during homework or bed times.
     

  • Covenant Eyes  |  Covenant Eyes provides screen accountability in the area of pornography.  Through screen monitoring, screenshot analysis, and activity reporting to a designated accountability partner, Covenant Eyes can help break pornography habits for good.
     

  • Common Sense Media  |  Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, apps, and games so you can make informed entertainment choices as a family.  They also offer a digital citizenship course to give them the skills they need to take on the challenges they face with technology and succeed.
     

  • Plugged In  |  Plugged In is a publication from Focus on the Family providing detailed information about movies, videos, TV shows, songs, and games.  Their deep dives into specific content can help you understand and navigate the variety of media options your kids will encounter.

Bibles for Kids

Looking for a Bible that will work well for your child?  Glad you asked!  Below are a few options we are familiar with that may be a fit. 

For Preschoolers

Preschool Bibles - The Beginner's Bible
Preschool Bibles - The Big God Story
Preschool Bibles - The Big Picture Bible
Preschool Bibles - The Jesus Storybook B

For Elementary Kids

Elementary Bibles - Adventure Bible
Elementary Bibles - Beautiful Word Coloring Bible
Elementary Bibles - Hands On Bible
Elementary Bibles - International Children's Bible
Elementary Bibles - The Action Bible

* Indicates a Bible we have available at church and can be provided to your family upon request

+ Indicates the Bible we give away to each child at the beginning of second grade

Scripture Memory Music

Looking for some music to get your kids singing Scripture?  These groups are definitely for you!

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The Rizers
Seeds Family Worship

Helpful Books

If you’re looking for a good read to help you in your parenting journey, below are some options we think you might find helpful.
 

ABOUT

Waite Park Church is a multi-generational, neighborhood church that strives to share the life Jesus promised in our community and around the world.

ADDRESS

1510 33rd Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN  55418

(612) 781-7434

office@waiteparkchurch.org

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