Friday Family Resources #1

Following is a list of great resources that are meant to do a number of things:

  1. Inform parents on the world of youth a little more
  2. Recommend resources for family worship
  3. Articles on current issues to equip for conversations with your student(s).
  4. Recommend resources for youth to grow in their spiritual walk

These resources will range in free to a moderate cost. I will provide links.

On tap this week:

The Washington Post recently published an article about Teen Depression, Suicide, and Smartphone use. This article reports on some incredibly important work. IF you attended 2nd Conference, you may remember Andrew Zwart talking about how teens are less likely to partake in risky behaviors, such as alcohol and drug use, and are less sexually active, but are more depressed. This article will point you to some great research being done. I hope this encourages you to have a talk with your student about tech use and hopefully motivates you to evaluate your relationship with tech.

Link: Teenage depression and suicide are way up — and so is smartphone use

Next is Walt Mueller’s recent post on CPY.org. Mueller offers a take on the recent sexual misconduct scandals and the potential impact it has on our youth. He encourages parents to talk to their students about this issue and not to act like it isn’t happening.

Link: MATT LAUER. . . TEACHABLE MOMENTS. . . AND THEOLOGIZING ABOUT SEXUALITY AND SIN. . . .

Lastly for this week is a book resource. I recently was able to read through Parenting By God’s Promises by Joel R. Beeke. I recognize this coming from a non-parent doesn’t hold much weight, but Beeke does a great job at painting a biblical picture of what parenting looks like. Everything he is pulling out can be pulled out of scripture. I wholeheartedly encourage family discipleship and I think this is a great book to start.

About Dr. Beeke:

Dr. Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. He has written and co-authored eighty books, edited fifty more, and contributed 2500 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His PhD is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Mary have three children.

About Parenting By God’s Promises

Dr. Joel R. Beeke explores what this nurture and admonition looks like and offers gems of practical wisdom for parents on topics such as instituting and leading family worship, teaching children, modeling faithful Christian living, and exercising discipline. However, he carefully puts parental responsibilities in their proper perspective and guides mothers and fathers to lean not on their own abilities but to trust more fully in the God who knits children together in the first place. Above all, he affirms, parents must look to the one true God, who promises to provide everything His people need and to bless them and their families.

I highly encourage supporting Reformation Heritage Books by purchasing the book HERE but you can also purchase the book from Amazon where you can get a kindle edition or a more affordable used edition.

ResourcesMindy Madrid