Below are some resources that can help you take next steps as a family:
RANDOM TIPS THAT COULD HELP YOUR FAMILY
Everyone in the family has to eat. Schedule some nights for a special family dinner...even if it's just mac-n-cheese & hot dogs.
Create conversations. Have a jar where everyone can put in questions or try doing "Would you rather..." and have two options to discuss. Do it at dinner or maybe turn off the radio & phones in the car for some time together.
When playing ball with your kids, always video tape it. It will be treasured down the road. Also, if they hit you with the ball, you might win big bucks on Funniest Home Videos.
BOOKS FOR NEXT STEPS WITH YOUR FAMILY
Kid CEO by Ed Young
Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman
Living in a Step-Family without Getting Stepped On by Dr. Kevin Leman
Parenting Beyond our Capacity by Reggie Joiner & Carey Nieuwhof
Jesus Calling: Devotionals for Kids by Sarah Young
For Parents Only: Inside the Mind of Kid by Shaunti Feldhahn
Parenting with Love & Logic by Jim Fay & Foster Cline
The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman
The Five Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman
What's The Big Deal? Why God Cares about Sex by Stan & Brenna Jones - This book is for parents to talk with their kids about sex. (Also check out this blog by Vince Antonucci about having The Talk or this blog on Things I Wish My Parents Told Me about Sex.)
BIBLE APP FOR KIDS
See more details or download this Bible for Kids here.
FAMILY VISION WORKSHEET
If we were to build our dream home, we would work with a builder and follow a blueprint. So what if we could have a plan to build up our families? This form will give you an outline to create a vision for your families future. You can find the form here and more about creating a vision in our Building Your Dream Home series.
JOURNEY MESSAGE SERIES
Kids and Families are an important part of The Journey. As part of Child Dedication, we have set up a process to support parents. We have two special sessions for parents & two events for dedications each year. Get more details on our Child Dedication brochure.
JOURNEY KIDS & TEENS
We have age-specific opportunities for your kids & teens. We want these groups to be a benefit for parents. We want to team with you to help your children grow in the way they should go. Our kids learn about life lessons and virtues (like knowledge, kindness, being a good friend...). Sessions are designed to build character. Our teens groups are designed to relate to their needs and to help them take next steps with God, parents and with their peers. For more thoughts, resources & ideas, click the button below:
We offer a few different courses on parenting & families like on how to influence your child to single parenting to marriage classes. Journey Night Classes are a great place where parents can encourage and support each other as they deal with similar challenges.
WINNING AT HOME
Winning At Home encourages people at all ages and stages of family development. They offer a variety of resources designed to offer hope and renewal to individual lives. Check out their radio podcast, videos and their store for other great ideas and resources.
Laura L. Ecker, MA, LLPC: firstname.lastname@example.org. ph: 231-730-3239.
Winning at Home Wellness Center 300 S State St, Ste 13, Zeeland, MI 49464. ph: 888-wah-team.