Rooted Parent Top Ten April- May 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

How to Talk About Anti-Asian Racism With Our Youth, an interview with Soojin Park and Huey Lee, Sola Network. “The rise in anti-Asian violence has shown how difficult it is for our churches to talk about race. The dialogue can be so complicated that oftentimes we forget to address these issues with our children and youth students. But if the church does not address these issues to the next generation, then rather than learning a biblical view of these issues, they will be educated by the world.”

These Moms Won’t Miss the Pandemic. But Their Quarantine Habits Are Keepers, compiled by Kara Bettis, Christianity Today. “We asked ten mothers about what pandemic-inspired family discipleship habits they were hoping to cultivate or leave behind in the coming months and years.”

How to Pray for Your Teen When You’ve Run Out of Words by Michele Morin, “We were desperately trying to hold the line against hormonally fueled pressure to relax biblical standards of holiness in the home, while also negotiating the pressure of imminent college and career decisions, and it drove us to our knees.”

Keeping the Faith by Christian Smith, First Things. “The good news is that, among all possible influences, parents exert far and away the greatest influence on their children’s religious outcomes. Stated differently, the bad news is that nearly all human responsibility for the religious trajectories of children’s lives falls on their parents’ shoulders.”

How Can I Protect My Child from State Indoctrination? by John Piper, Desiring God. 

Despite the rather dramatic title (Piper is responding to a reader in Sweden, who is dealing with particular government restrictions), the scriptural principles Piper outlines here have broader applications for the benefit of parents grappling with how to educate their children. 

How reflecting on the ten years since my son’s autism diagnosis gives me hope by Sandra Peoples, ERLC. “The progress James has made may not seem like progress to most. But when I really look and observe, I see miracles.”

Teens, Parents and Culture

Intensive Parenting Is Bad for Parents’ Social Lives by Joshua Coleman, the Atlantic. “Inequality has seemingly caused many American parents to jettison friendships and activities in order to invest more resources in their kids.”

How to prepare your children to see their gendered bodies as gifts for God’s mission by Jared Kennedy, ERLC. “…parents should call both their daughters and their sons to be transformed, that is, to live in conformity with the character of Christ. As kids of both sexes grow in maturity and, if converted, transform into Christ’s likeness, the integration of their body and soul will ensure that they grow to maturity as women and as men.”

To Share With Your Teen

You Never Marry the Right Person by Tim and Kathy Keller, Relevant Magazine. “The reason that marriage is so painful and yet wonderful is because it is a reflection of the Gospel, which is painful and wonderful at once. The Gospel is—we are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared to believe, and at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope. This is the only kind of relationship that will really transform us.”

Tips for Students Facing Doubt in the Real World by Michael Kruger, Crossway. “If we are going to battle our doubts, we have to be committed to studying God’s word. And I don’t mean just studying passages of Scripture (as important as that is), but I mean diving deeply into the entire Christian worldview so that we understand not only what we believe but why we believe it.” 

And on Rooted this month…

Parenting As a Child of God by Brian Pitts

Happy Mother’s Day From Rooted Ministry

Parenting in the Dark: Biblical Truths to Remember When You Don’t Know What to Do by Tracey Rector

Four Ways to Help a Teen Fail Well by Christina Fox 

“What? You too?” Encouraging a Parent Whose Child is Struggling by Katie Polski

Rooted Resources for Parents of High School Seniors by Rooted

Advancing Grace-Driven Youth Ministry

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