“Almost with that exception, those young people who are growing in their faith as adults were teenagers who fit into one of two categories; they came from families where Christian growth was modelled in at least one of their parents, or they had developed significant connections with an extended family of adults within the church.” -Mark DeVries writes in his book Family-Based Youth Ministry
Listed below are resources to help families with the faith formation of their children.:
Parents and families Resources in the Home:
- Six ways to maintain routine at home
- What can they do ? A Safe online guide for parents at home
- Conversations waiting to happen
- D6 Family APP
- Free Resources for Parents at Home this Sunday
- Coronavirus, children, anxiety and the church (BuildingFaith)
- Explaining coronavirus to kids and the science of soap
- Talking to kids about coronavirus
- On-line ministry when church is replaced
- 100 ideas for ministers and ministry leaders
- Helping Kids with Special Needs understand the Coronavirus.
- Kitchen Table Project
- Faith Resources for Families
- Strandz (great ideas for faith at home)
- Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents
Free Resources for Worship/Church at Home
- Church at Home resources (Grow Ministries)
- Flatten the curve (Illustrated Ministry)
From Fuller Youth Institute
- Naming loss and gratitude with young people
- Re-imagining partnership with parents
- Stress and anxiety – 3 warning signs
- Youth ministry during a pandemic
- Inviting young perspectives
Catholic Mom – Catholic Mom celebrates all things faith, family, and fun with columnists and contributors, a book club, music, Sunday Gospel activities for children, and a weekly Catholic Moments Podcast.
Common Sense Media – Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology; and empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives – including reviews of movies, videos, apps, and video games.
Faith Gateway – Family Devotionals & Articles (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) – FaithGateway is an online community for readers to discover great content and engage with their favorite Christian authors. FaithGateway has a section on Family with family devotions, faith practices, family life activities, and articles for parents. Sign up for the blog to receive the family activities via email.
Family Fire (ReFrame Media)– Family Fire is a community of fellow-strugglers in marriage and families, led by Steven & Deb Koster, whose goal is to encourage people and stoke the Holy Spirit’s flame in their home. The website has articles and resources in several sections: Dating, Christian Marriage, Parenting, Spirituality, and Sexuality. There is a also a weekly blog on a family topic, and a free daily devotion.
Family Resource Center at Loyola Press – Find ideas, resources, and activities on how to integrate God into daily family life through prayer and other activities.
- Family Resource Center
- Catholic Kids
- Catholic Teens
- Family, Faith, and Fun
- Holidays and Special Occasions
- Praying as a Family
For Your Marriage (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) – For Your Marriage is an online resource center for couples who are dating and engaged, Catholic married couples, and Catholic families and parents that includes articles, blogs, daily marriage tips, practical strategies, and faith practices.
HomeWord – HomeWord by Jim Burns educates, equip, and encourages parents and churches to build God-honoring families from generation to generation by offering resources, seminars, webinars, daily devotional, and a culture blog.
Living Well: Christian Practices for Everyday Life (LifelongFaith Associates)– The Living Well resources includes twelve essential practices for living a Christian way of life: Caring for the Body, Celebrating Life, Discernment, Dying Well, Eating Well, Forgiving, Keeping Sabbath, Managing Household Life, Participating in Community, Praying, Reading the Bible, and Transforming the World. There are learning activities and study guides for each chapter.
Strong Catholic Family Faith – This curated website has been created by staff from the Catholic dioceses of Jefferson City, MO; San Jose, CA; and St. Petersburg, FL to provide parish and school leaders with high quality resources to build strong Catholic families. The website has links to resources organized into the following categories: Faith Practices, Church Year, Media, Parents, Sacraments, Leadership Training.
Vibrant Faith at Home (Vibrant Faith) – Vibrant Faith at Home is a multi-age faith formation resource center – young families, teen families, young adults, adults/couples – with hundreds of faith forming activities to equip and empower households to: talk with each other about their faith, pray together, ritualize their important moments, reach out in service and support of others, learn about the Christian faith, and explore and read the Bible.
Boys Town “For Parents” Center – Parenting.org provides valuable resources, articles and tips offering parenting help in today’s world, including sections for Parenting Tools and Parenting Guides.
Center for Parent-Youth Understanding – CPYU is committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers, helping parents understand and respond to the complex world of their children and teens from a distinctively Christian point of view, and equipping teenagers to deal with the challenges of adolescence – by providing resources, articles, and a Youth Culture Today Podcast.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) – MOPS exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ through a local MOPS group; the website includes ideas and a blog.
ParentFurther (Search Institute) – ParentFurther is an online resource – with audio, video, and print resources – to help families strengthen relationships through shared activities; help parents understand the ages and stages of childhood and adolescents and help young people prepare for the future.
PBS Parents – PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning. It also serves as a parent’s window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs.
Sticky Faith for Parents (Fuller Youth Institute) – Sticky Faith Parents is designed for parents who are concerned about how faith is shaping their children’s life, what will happen to their faith when they leave home, and how to help build Sticky Faith in their kids – and provides practical relationship and programming ideas that develop long-term faith in teenagers.
Tumblon – Tumblon helps parents understand, nurture, and remember their children’s development by bringing together relevant and trustworthy content, secure blogging and photo sharing, and specific, interactive developmental information.
Zero to Three (National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families) – This parent portal provides resources to help parents tune in to what makes your child tick, and to guide them in thinking about the best way to meet their child’s individual needs, including resources on ages and stages, play, socio-emotional development, getting ready for school, positive parenting, and more.
Review lab – A Parenting Guide
At Reviewlab you’ll discover 50 high-quality and informative parenting resources for children ages 0 to 18 that can help you become a better parent.
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