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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gospel- Centered Parenting
I Frequently Feel Like a Father Failure by Mark Ward, Growing Fathers. “I build my life on the rock, so I believe even when parenting is unpleasant that it’s a blessing from God. I am participating in what my creator is doing in the world.”
As for Me and My House: The Delightful; Duty of Family Religion by Greg Morse, Desiring God. “Not a day should pass when God’s ways, God’s gospel, and God’s return should go uncontemplated and unspoken in our families.”
Relationships Don’t Just Happen. They Take Training by Jen Pollock Michel, Christianity Today. “Belonging isn’t like breathing. There is nothing automatic about it, especially given the changing conditions of modern life. The skills for relationships can’t simply be caught today. Habits of belonging must be taught.”
The Power of a Praying Mother by Scott Hubbard, Desiring God. “Hannah’s story does teach us, however, that God loves to put gifts in open hands. He delights when a mother, welling up with maternal affection, wells up still more with desire for Christ and his kingdom.”
Children Who Bloom in an Instant by Tim Challies, challies.com. “Parents do well to be patient with their children, and not to be overly concerned with those who seem to be blooming slowly.”
Youth and Culture
How to Talk to Kids About the War In Ukraine by Justin Whtimel Earley, TGC. “Few things embody gospel hope more than play. Think of play as a liturgy against evil.”
Raising Girl Athletes in a Transgender World by David Prince, TGC. “…this erasure of biological sex is a gross injustice—not only against the athletes forced into co-ed competition, but also against the God who created male and female bodies to be beautifully different.”
To Share With Your Teenager
Why We Love March Madness by Brian Smith, TGC. “Watch how a month of basketball reveals what we hope in—all of us, from the most religious to the least. We are inescapably hopeful creatures.”
5 Questions for Young Christians About Their Media Choices by Brett McCracken, TGC. “… the average young Christian spends upwards of 40–50 hours per week looking at screens and social media. They’re on TikTok almost constantly. And it’s forming them powerfully.”
Don’t Miss This
When We Were Your Age, We Needed Jesus Too by Mike McGarry, Christianity Today.
One of the strengths of the book is the genuine diversity among the authors. Whatever the makeup of your students, they will find themselves represented here. Even more surprising are the ways they will find themselves identifying with stories by those who are different. In this way, the book presents more than tokenism. By keeping the gospel front and center, it highlights what we have in common through Christian unity and fellowship, even while acknowledging the particularities of our different backgrounds and experiences. This book will resonate with Gen Z, a true melting-pot generation.
Editor’s Note: In the name of disclosing our biases, this article reviews Rooted’s new book, The Jesus I Wish I Knew in High School. We are so excited to get this resource into the hands of teenagers and the adults who love them!
Parent Your Teen Like God Parents You by Christina Fox
Letter of Recommendation for the Pandemic College Student by Melissa Powell
5 Things to Pray for Ukraine by Rooted