Rooted Parent Top Ten March- April 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

Mother Yourself Out of a Job: Nurturing Children Toward Independence by Michele Morin, “As young adult children relinquish their need for hands-on parenting and take up responsibility for their own lives, there is a mirrored relinquishment for which we, as their loving parents, usually need plenty of grace.”

Excellent Parenting Is Remarkably Ordinary by Brad Hambrick, “From these pieces of ordinary advice, I think we, as parents, learn an important (but uncomfortable) lesson: parenting requires focusing on maturing ourselves as much as maturing our children.”  

No,I’m Not a Pro: How to Parent Our Children’s Souls by Faith Chang, SOLA Network. “ I could never wear any motivational mom gear because I am not #momstrong or a #bossmom by any measure. I don’t say this just because I know I should, but because I feel my own insufficiency deeply and the weighty task of caring for these souls to be increasingly heavy.”

Don’t Let the Culture Train Up Your Children in the Way They Should Go by Kevin DeYoung, Crossway. “I want my kids to understand that there are hard things people are going to say about Christianity. It starts by being explicit about those things. The ideal is that they’ve already heard some of the hardest things they could hear about their faith before they run into them elsewhere.”

Mom, Jesus Is Praying for You by Kristin Wetherell, TGC. “Take this in, mom: Jesus is praying for you right now.

Youth Culture

Protecting Children From Sextortion by Sarah Harding, “Gaining an understanding of how online predators operate can help parents more effectively prepare their children for the dangers they will encounter online, including how to detect sextortion.”

Teen Girls Are Still Getting TikTok-Related Tics—and Other Disorders by Julie Jargon, WSJ. “Weekly emergency-room visits among 12- to 17-year-old girls for various mental-health conditions rose in 2020, 2021 and January 2022, compared with the same weeks in 2019, with visits related to tics and eating disorders increasing in each of those periods. The proportion of visits among adolescent females with eating disorders doubled during the pandemic, while those for girls displaying tic disorders tripled.”

Why American Teens Are So Sad by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic. “We cannot rule out the possibility that teens are sad about the world, not only because the world contains sadness, but also because young people have 24/7 access to sites that are constantly telling them they should be depressed about it.”

Teen Overdose Deaths Have Soared, Even Though Drug Use Hasn’t by Steven Roos Johnson, US News and World Report. “Friedman says addressing the problem of adolescent overdoses will require approaches that rely less on mass incarceration and abstinence in favor of education programs that provide teens with accurate information on the dangers involved in the current illicit drug supply.”

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 The Jesus I Wish I Knew In High School by Charlotte Getz, New Growth Press. “We want students to know that while they may be lonely, they are not alone; while they may feel guilty and ashamed, they have already been forgiven; while they may feel useless and inept, the Creator God of the universe has a good plan for their lives; and while they may feel an inordinate pressure to perform, they are right now perfectly loved and called worthy by Jesus.” 

On Rooted This Month

When Darkness Seems to Hide His Face: A Holy Week Meditation by Emily Menendez

A Lasting Family Resemblance by Dawson Cooper 

Rooted Recommends: More Than a Mom by Kari Kampakis

Turning Red: Will It Be Okay If I’m Not Good Enough For My Parents? By Connie Nelson

Good News for Teens: Will Smith, The Oscars, and “The Slap Heard ‘Round the World” by Rebecca Lankford

Two Years Out: Everything Has Changed, and Nothing Has Changed by Dawson Cooper

When Our Best Efforts Fail by Carolyn Lankford

Rooted Recommends: Like Our Father by Christina Fox

Advancing Grace-Driven Youth Ministry

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