Intentional Parenting

Life Stage: Intentional Parenting

Recommended Books:

  • It Starts At Home (by Kurt Bruner and Steve Stroope) helps parents understand the process of faith formation at home and a practical plan for becoming intentional.

  • Parents’ Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children (by John Trent, Rick Osborne and Kurt Bruner) offers a road map for parents to shape the faith of children under twelve years old.

  • Parents’ Guide to the Spiritual Mentoring of Teens (by Joe White and Jim Weidmann) helps parents coach the faith formation of older children.

  • Your Heritage (by Kurt Bruner & J. Otis Ledbetter) shows how to give children a strong spiritual legacy – including an assessment of the legacy parents received themselves.

Recommended Websites:

  • provides resources to help parents instill faith in their children such as the Family Night Tool Chest series.

  • recommends films and spiritual discussion ideas for parent/teen movie nights.

Parenting a Child with Special Needs

Life Stage: Raising a Child With Special Needs

Recommended Book:

  • Special Strength for Special Parents (by Nina Fuller)

Disciplining Young Children  

Life Stage: Discipline With Young Children

Recommended Books:

  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart (by Tedd Tripp) explains the process of shaping a child’s heart rather than simply correcting their behavior. 

  • Don’t Make Me Count to Three (by Ginger Plowman) provides specific, practical strategies for discipline.

  • The Strong-Willed Child (by Dr. James Dobson) helps parents who are dealing with a particularly strong-willed child.

Introducing Child to Christ

Life Stage: Introducing a Child to Christ

Click on each link to find out information about baptismconfirmation, or to visit our Child Care, Nursery, Tiny Tots, PreSchool, or Concordia Kids pages.

Child’s Education

Life Stage: Child’s Education

Recommended Book:

  • The Handbook on Choosing Your Child's Education: A Personalized Plan for Every Age and Stage (from Focus on the Family) helps readers survey today’s educational choices and then make an informed decision about the best path for their children. Features include a checklist to determine individual pros and cons for each child, reproducible worksheets, a resource list, and Frequently Asked Questions. The book also includes information on children with special needs and gifted children.

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Preparing for Adolescence

Life Stage: Preparing for Adolescence

Recommended Books:

  • Preparing for Adolescence (by Dr. James Dobson) is the classic Christian resource for this transition.

  • Raising a Modern Day Knight (by Robert Lewis) focuses on fathers preparing their sons for manhood.

Recommended Website:

  • provides suggestions for parents to help their children win at purity. (Type ‘sex education’ in search field).

Recommended Kit:

  • Passport to Purity (by Dennis and Barbara Rainey) provides tools for a meaningful getaway in which parents discuss puberty, sex and other “preparing for adolescence” issues with a son or daughter.

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Difficult Teen

Life Stage: A Difficult Teen

Recommended Books:

  • Boundaries with Teens: When to say yes, How to say No (by Dr. John Townsend) offers advice on how to deal with disrespectful attitudes and irresponsible behaviors in your teen, how to set healthy limits and realistic consequences, how to be loving and caring while establishing rules, and how to determine specific strategies to deal with problems, both big and small.

  • Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy (by Michael Bradley) explains that the most advanced parts of brain development aren't completed until adolescence is nearly over. As a result, teens can appear unstable, dysfunctional and unpredictable, with temporarily impaired judgment and decision-making processes. The good news is that parents do make a difference, and Bradley clearly explains how parents can encourage and guide their kids through these tumultuous years. (Disclaimer: This book contains some strong language describing difficult situations.)

Click here to visit our youth page or contact a counselor at Concordia.

Launching Young Adults

Life Stage: Launching Young Adults

Recommended Book:

  • Life on the Edge (by Dr. James Dobson) offers Biblical principles to help young adults face “crucial questions about identity, education, marriage, career, God’s will” and more.

Recommended Website:

  • webzine provides young adults with a community of mentors and fellow believers throughout the season of transition from high school to starting a family.

Click here to visit our young adults page.

Prodigal Kids

Life Stage: Prodigal Kids

Recommended Book:

  • When They Turn Away: Drawing Your Adult Child Back to Christ by Rob Rienow, is a book that provides much needed encouragement and practical advice to parents dealing with the grief and challenge of an older “prodigal” child.

Click here to visit our young adult page or contact a counselor at Concordia.

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