Rooted Parent Top Ten April 2021

Welcome to this month’s Rooted Parent Top 10 – a list of parenting articles from across the web for the Rooted community. This list represents ten articles we believe will encourage and equip you as you parent your kids. At the end of the list we have included several of the pieces that ran on Rooted Parent over the last month. If you have an article you’d like to contribute to the next edition of the Top Ten, please email Anna at

Gospel-Centered Parenting

Children Who Bloom in an Instant by Tim Challies (Challies)

Some children who were once the envy of parents everywhere are now the shame of their own.

Silencing the Diving Commentators by Carrie Willard (Mockingbird)

But if even the high-performing kids are freaked out, imagine the kids who cannonball straight through the diving competition. In short, more pressure and more analysis are probably not the answers.

How to Disciple Your Children in Their Emotions by Christina Fox (ERLC)

As parents, we can disciple our children in their emotions. We can walk beside them in their sadness, fear, and disappointment. We can use these opportunities to teach our children about the God who made them as emotional beings.

What ParentData Can Teach You (And What It Can’t) by Bryan J. (Mockingbird)

One of the great themes of Jesus’s ministry is his holy disdain for people who conflate rules and signaling. The man had harsh words for the religious lawyers of his day, a special group of ecclesiastical adjudicators whose job was to interpret the ancient Law of Moses to their modern times.

Not a Power Mom by Jane Anderson Grizzle (Mockingbird)

My children continually remind me that, for some reason, I am their mom. That despite all my failings, both silly and real, I am still their mom, and that’s somehow enough for them.

Teen Culture

Dear Therapist: I Staked My Identity on Attending an Ivy League School by Lori Gottlieb (The Atlantic)

Whenever we hope for something and it doesn’t happen, we lose an entire future we had created for ourselves. At the same time, though, consider that these futures are imagined futures.

Girl, Follow Jesus by Jen Oshman (The Gospel Coalition)

I beg you to reject Hollis’s teaching, because it’s both exhausting and damning.

To Share With Your Teen

Younger Believers, Older Saints: You Need Each Other by Tet George (The Gospel Coalition)

In many churches, small groups form around age or stages of life. But God fashioned his church as a diverse family.

Hope for Children from Dysfunctional Families by John Piper (Desiring God)

Keep in mind that God assumes that all of us come to Christ with a defaced image of God and who he is and who Christ is. In other words, don’t think it’s unusual that, because of your distorted fathering or mothering or sonship, your view of God is distorted.

The Unbreakable Bond of Training and Tenderness (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms) by Tim Challies (Chailles)

On the day the family laid her to rest, Gresham wrote, “My mother seems—to me at least—to have been the wisest and best human being I ever knew.”

Best Rooted Articles

Offering Our Children Forgiveness Instead of Fear by Ben Beswick

May we as parents be strengthened by that word of confidence; may we be all the more eager to communicate that confidence to our kids daily.

Letter to My Son Who Is Deciding About College by Anna Meade Harris

The only sure thing you have in this life is God Himself: You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Gospel Marks of a Shepherding Parent by Mark Rector

With well-defined boundaries within an adequate amount of pasture, parents and teenagers can nurture their relationships because of the grace, mercy, and forgiveness Jesus Christ provides.




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