Rooted Parent Top Ten December 2021-January 2022

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

Unlock the Power of Family Habits in 2022 by Justin Whitmel Earley, TGC. “The habits of the household are the engine of a family’s spiritual formation.”

Be a Parent Worthy of Honor by Tim Challies, “Children do not bear the full responsibility of the fifth commandment. If children are to extend honor to their parents, parents are to make it easy for them by living honorable lives.”

Help! My Kids Are Being Taught Unbiblical Views on Sexuality by Jen Oshman, TGC. This is a book review for what looks like an excellent resource: “Parents find immediate assistance in the chapters that explain current curricula across the United States, define new vocabulary, and describe what is now considered normal or even celebrated in secular culture.” 

Changed By Our Children: God’s Plans in Our Parenting by Jen Forsthoff, Christian Parenting. “In all your efforts to support and change your child for the better, how are you being changed? What are you allowing God to do in you to make you a better woman or man of God?”

Why I Read Aloud to My Children by David Mathis, Desiring God. “As my wife so helpfully prodded me to read aloud to our children, I would encourage other Christian moms and dads to do the same — to discover for yourself what an opportunity and joy reading aloud to your children can be. Reading aloud is, after all, a remarkably Christian pastime.”

Four Ways the Church Can Welcome Kids With Special Needs by Katie Blackburn, For the Church. “There can be an unspoken pressure in churches for parents to have well-behaved children, because it can seem like a marker of the parents’ faith and spiritual maturity. And while there is a clear biblical mandate for parents to be diligent in raising their kids, there are times when a child’s unique needs mean that the parents’ “diligence” looks very different in his or her upbringing.”

Youth Culture

How Parents Can Provide Stability As Teens Grapple With Stress and Uncertainty by Katie Hurley, Washington Post. “Despite the Surgeon General’s advisory about the current state of youth mental health across the United States, including the fact that 1 in 3 high school students report persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, we expect our youth to trudge forward as if nothing is wrong.”

A New Look at Today’s Teenagers by Kara Powell and Brad M. Griffin, Fuller Youth Institute. “All too often teenagers like Lilly find that being ‘themselves’ feels inches—or sometimes miles—beyond their reach. In part, this is because being yourself is too low of a bar. They seek a loftier goal; they want to be their ‘best selves.’”

Help! I’m Questioning My Sexuality by Stephen Roberts, Core Christianity. This one might be helpful to share with your child, or to read for yourself in order to reassure a struggling teenager. “The quest to define ourselves by our sexuality robs us of the joy of finding our spiritual identity in Christ.”

Another Virus Surge Has Colleges Fearing a Mental Health Crisis by Anemona Hartocollis, Yahoo! News. “After almost two years of remote schooling, restricted gatherings and constant testing, many students are anxious, socially isolated, depressed — and overwhelming mental health centers.”

And, a bonus article: Parents In the US Are at a Breaking Point. Parents Around the World Explain Why They Are Not by Heidi Borst, Yahoo News. “Luis Enrique Rodriguez, who lives in central Mexico, said there are moments when he feels tired, but not burnt-out. “I think culturally we have more support mechanisms than people in the US, and maybe we’re not so centered on fear, ” said Rodriguez.”

On the Rooted Blog

Body Image in the Image of God by Melissa Powell

Parenting in the Pandemic that Will Not End by Anna Meade Harris

2021 Rooted Book Awards: Best New Books Addressing Difficult Life Issues by Rooted

2021 Rooted Book Awards: Best New Books for Teenagers by Rooted

2021 Rooted Book Awards: Best New Books For Parents by Rooted

Rooted Recommends: Carved in Ebony by Jasmine Holmes by Anna Meade Harris

Rooted Recommends: In the Word, On the Go- A Podcast for Busy Families by Rooted


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