Anxiety

How to Care for Someone Battling Anxiety and Depression (Podcast)
This discussion between Paul Tripp and David Powlison discusses how someone is to care for someone battling anxiety and depression. They make incredible points to change the perception of a parent who would be discussing it with their child by speaking of these states of mind in a relatable and sympathetic manner while at the same time providing practical ways to Biblically help people with these issues.

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Stressed Out: Anxiety Seminar (Handout)
Easy to read and understand, very informative, gives detailed descriptions of different types of anxiety. Also provides many additional resources (books, sermons, publications).

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Three Ways to Relieve Teen Anxiety Today (Article)
This article discusses helping children deal with anxiety.

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5 Simple Strategies to Help Teens Cope with Anxiety (Article)
This article provides five practical steps for parents to help children deal with anxiety.

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Helping Students Beat Test Anxiety (Article)
This piece offers exercises to help students, gives a balanced look at the good and bad of anxiety, actions to take to help with anxiety going forward.

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Bullying

What to Do When You Find Out Your Child is Being Bullied (Article)
This article provides practical steps to take when a child is being bullied. This is helpful to understand what is going on and keep your child from having a more difficult time with bullying later on.

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Help! My Child is the Bully! What Should I Do? (Article)
Long but informative article of things parents can do to help kids that are bullying others.

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Bullying and Cyberbullying (Article)
Article about how parents can identify bullying, and actions that can be taken to help, signs and symptoms of bullying.

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Depression

Depression & Anxiety: How Can Churches Help? (Video)
This video addresses depression/anxiety from a Christian perspective, centered on God. I thought this was a little long but had good things to say.

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How to Recognize the Signs of Teen Depression and Suicide (Podcast)
This podcast provides helpful information, especially for parents who write off depression as a phase or just part of growing up. Other resources listed, talks about suicide also and how depression left untreated can lead to suicide.

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Divorce

How do I walk with my child through separation or divorce? (Video)
This is a video in which Julie Lowe is asked the question of, “how do I walk with my child through separation or divorce?” and answers the question in an empathetic manner that offers ways that helps children through this trauma. Not only does she offer wisdom driven ways to help, but she also expresses answers to the parent who fails when discussing things with their kids and how to handle that mistake.

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Divorce Recovery: Growing and Healing God’s Way (Book)
Winston T. Smith’s short (24 pages) book acts in two parts that are guided by Biblical principles for help regarding the pain and trauma of divorce. He not only acknowledges and speaks of the unsettling changes that accompany divorce, but also speaks to the specific directions for facing even the most mundane aspects of a day for both adults and children.

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How To Parent Through Divorce (Podcast)
This podcast focuses on how to help kids through divorce. Encourages families to seek help and be available for their kids

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Drugs

Young People and the Dangerous Trend of Vaping (Article)
This article tackles the issue of vaping specifically. Through Biblical principles and practical relational aids, Julie Lowe offers practical tips to help with this issue.

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Faith

7 Tips to Help Your Teenager Develop Faith Skills (Article)
This article provides insight on how parents can encourage their children to grow in their faith, practical advice and the article is honest about how teenagers can be when approaching spiritual growth.

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For Parents of Spiritual Doubters (Article)
This article provides encouragement for parents of kids that may be struggling in their faith. This gives practical steps to teach children by example, process of spiritual growth, and the importance of prayer.

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Youth, Faith, and Church: Will They Stay or Will They Go? (Article)
This short article (and podcast) about how youth respond to faith and church post-graduation, how to communicate with them as they decide for or against church.

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Fear

3 Ways To Help Your Kid Push Past Fear (Article)
Good advice, importance of right thinking, and start young by doing hard things rather than fearing.

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Facing the Monster Called Fear (Article)
Each child is different. For some, record courageous moments and be aware that some movies or books they should not consume. I really liked this one.

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The Reality of Fear and What to Do Next (Article)
This article addresses when your kid’s fears line up with a real fear you too face and how you can walk through those fears together. Practical steps are given to address issues.

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Forgiveness

How To Forgive (Article)
Practical steps of what it looks like to forgive and keep the relationship healthy.

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Stories that Teach Forgiveness (Article)
List of stories and resources on forgiveness and how to implement and teach forgiveness to kids.

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Gossip

Shutting Down Gossip and Building Character (Article)
This is a solid practical article on gossip and the impact that seemingly small gossip can have. This is good to help stop kids from learning to talk negatively about others early on.

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Homosexuality

Homosexuality and Christian Faith (Podcast)
Rosaria Butterfield gives a detailed and transparent explanation of her story from being a heterosexual, to a homosexual, then to a Christian woman who loves Jesus. She focuses not only on her story, but also on the brilliance of the Bible and how the Word of God was her “highway to a holy God.” Great podcast to explain her path out of her lifestyle and how important the Bible and ridding of her own pride was in this process.

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What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? (Article)
Denny Burk’s review of Kevin DeYoung’s book on homosexuality is a great summary and motivator to pick up this book and read it. DeYoung’s book is the best option to be informed about the Bible’s opinion on homosexuality because it is relatively concise, confronts the opponent’s view on the issue, interacts directly with the Biblical text, and is incredibly informative on this issue.

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Is God anti-gay? (Book)
How do we relate to both Christians and non-Christians who experience same-sex attraction? In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures. Drawing on his own experience, he offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate. Includes answers to some new questions, including: Should Christians attend gay weddings? Isn’t the Christian view of sexuality dangerous and harmful? Is it sinful to experience same-sex attraction?

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Gay Girl, Good God (Book)
In Gay Girl, Good God, author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless and experienced gender confusion. Her story is about this struggle, and ultimately the redeeming power of Christ.

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Parenting

How to Respond to Your Child When You Find Out the Unexpected (Article)
This article provides insight on parenting, encouraging relationship between parents and children, and how to work out situations in a healthy way.

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An Escape Plan For Teens (Article)
The x-plan provides phrases ready for teenagers to use in situations they want to avoid. Emphasizes the importance to empower them to say no in situations they don’t want to or should not be a part of.

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Pornography

Talking to Your Kids about Pornography (Podcast)
This podcast between Jason Soucinek and Walt Mueller focuses on how parents, grandparents, mentors, etc., can talk to their kids about pornography. This podcast is EXCELLENT because it is so informative in such a brief 10-minute podcast.

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My Child Was Caught Viewing Porn! What Do I Do? (Article)
This article provides practical information and steps for parents that may have children struggling with pornography. Lays out how to start the conversation well and be aware that it will happen with their kids earlier than when the parents were growing up.

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Lies the Culture Tells Us about Porn (Podcast)
This podcast gives steps for parents to take in conversation and beyond when they find their kid has seen pornography, also addresses the biblical standard of sexuality.

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Pornography & Our Kids (Article)
This article provides a straightforward approach to talking to your kids about pornography, how parents should be real and help their children understand God’s design for sex (and how porn isn’t that). Discusses how it is healthy for parents to check their child’s phone. Most of all focuses on how everything should come back to Christ.

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Relationships/Friendships

When a Friendship Becomes Co-Dependent (Article)
This dynamic article confronts toxic friendships when they begin to exist in a co-dependent state. The article provides a narrative to learn from, a brief diagnosis of this issue, and then three steps of repentance to shift our focus from co-dependency to falling more in love with Christ.

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Real Vs Virtual Relationships (Podcast)
This podcast directly deals with the possible danger of virtual relationships and how they can influence real relationships. True connection does not come from being connected to the virtual world, but rather in connection to others in reality.

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31 Things to Say to Help Teens Navigate Relationships (Article)
This article provides practical rules and help for parents and teens to navigate all relationships. (Not just dating) Many items on this list provide safety nets for temptation, much focuses on God’s creative work and love for all people. (Meaning that we should respect all people.)

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How to Help Preteens Navigate Friendship Drama (Article)
Practical advice for parents to help children navigate friendship drama.

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Self-harm

Self-Injury: When Pain Feels Good (Book)
This short book (30 pages) is an incredible piece that is focused on the audience of someone who is experiencing self-harm or to someone you may know who is experiencing this cycle. Not only does he help family and friends understand the self-harmer’s world, but he also gives a cure to the harmer that rests in the Gospel message.

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Kids Who Cut (Article & Handout)
This handout describes that often there is deep emotional pain, or an attempt to feel something. Cutting is something that can be controlled and often provides temporary relief.

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What Parents Need to Know About Kids Who Self-Harm (Article)
Article on self-harm to help parents understand what causes an individual to self-harm. It is a symptom of emotional pain that is often unbearable. There is a detailed list of information, actions parents can take, and practical help.

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Sex

Have You Talked to Your Kids About Sex? (Article)
This article may seem a bit odd at first but is excellent in our culture. It speaks to how parents need to talk to their kids about sex at a young age due to technology, other kids, etc. Laying this foundation not only informs them about the truths of sex, but it also solidifies the parent as a safe source to discuss these matters with.

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Teens & Sex: How Should We Teach Them? (Book)
This brief book (32 pages) discusses not only the pragmatic ways in how parents should teach their kids sex but is also very informative in explaining characteristics that are extremely sexually tempting for teens.

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Social Media

Young Teens and Social Media (Article)
Julie Lowe speaks to the harmful influence that inherently rests within social media. She does an excellent job comparing parents just giving their children phones as being similar to handing a child keys to a truck. These good things can be lethal and must be met with proper guidance and wisdom from a parental figure.

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Social Media and Depression (Podcast)
This short one-minute podcast shows the connection between social media and depression. It shows statistics regarding the connection between social media and depression while offering solutions to this problem in a brief manner.

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How Social Media is Molding Your Child (Article)
Article discussing how social media has changed from “a thing” that is part of life, to a lifestyle. Social media influences almost every aspect of how kids see themselves, see others, and see the world. This article also discusses practical steps to monitor social media, create real values and connections as a family, and help your kid navigate this world.

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How to Parent in a World of Social Media (Podcast)
33 min podcast discusses how to protect family time and be involved in children’s social media lives. Discusses how social media can actually be used to enhance parenting and help.

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Suicide

How to Recognize the Signs of Teen Depression and Suicide (Podcast)
Really good, practical advice, real things to do that I think would actually work versus surface-level advice, warning signs, community depression, preventative measures, gives additional resources as well.

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Rising Suicide Rates (Podcast)
Using statistics, this short podcast references the rising suicide rates in our culture and points to the risk factors that lead to this decision. The podcast concludes that no matter the factors, parents must preach to their kids that the Gospel is the solution to the darkness they are experiencing, not the act of suicide.

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Suicide: Understanding and Intervening (Book)
This short book (40 pages) speaks Biblical truth into the confusing and tragic decision of suicide. Dynamic in that it both speaks of the signs of suicide and the guidelines for intervening when the signs come to fruition, this brief book is a very powerful tool.

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The Suicide Talk (Article)
Really good info, not being judgmental or shameful. Having conversation with own kids when their friends try suicide. Listening more than talking.

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Technology

Five Technology Rules Every Parent Must Follow (Article)
Practical advice for social media usage for parents. This article discusses how the way parents manage and use social media may significantly affect the parent-child relationship. Parents should be aware of what they are posting and how it impacts their children.

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Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Instagram (Article)
This article provides the basics of how Instagram works, and how parents can help their children use it wisely and safely.

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