Rooted Parent Top Ten May-June 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 Pray for Your Child’s Salvation by Jason Helopoulos (Crossway)

Praying for our child provides comfort for our anxious souls by reminding us that our Father is also the God of all salvation.

Trusting God for Our Children’s Safety by Barbara Harper (

We all know of children who have died of cancer after years of prayer and treatment or teens who had died suddenly in car accidents or of unknown causes even though their parents were faithful followers.

Parents, We Get to Pray by Kathleen Nielson (The Gospel Coalition)

In Christ, we believers have open and eternal access to our heavenly Father, who understands all about parenting.

How to Talk to Skeptical Kids About Heaven by Jeremy Manley (The Gospel Coalition)

Speak of those saints in the present tense, because they’re in the presence of God and are now more alive than ever.

Parenting Like God: Tenderness, Affection, and Patience by Justin Holcomb (Core Christianity)

Just so you must set before your children their duty,—command, threaten, punish, reason,—but if affection be wanting in your treatment, your labor will be all in vain.

Parenting is for the Birds by Walt Mueller (CPYU)

Our world is full of dangers that could and would swallow up our kids. . . physical dangers, emotional dangers, relational dangers, and spiritual dangers.

In Praise of the Ordinary Fathers Making an Extraordinary Difference by Cara Ray (Medium)

Christian fathers, you are the bedrock of our homes and society, and you are extraordinary. We don’t sing your praises loudly and often enough. Thank you and Happy Father’s Day!

Teen Culture

How Do I Know if My Teen Is OK? by Carrie Goldman (New York Times)

In the pandemic, many of the traditional measures that indicate a teen is thriving have been rendered irrelevant.

Origins of Vice and Virtue: ‘Cruella’ and ‘A Quiet Place II’ by Brett McCracken (The Gospel Coalition)

The ‘villain origin story’ trend reflects a culture seemingly more interested in the aesthetics of transgression/brokenness than those of virtue/goodness.

Is sleep a ‘magic pill’ for teen wellness in a mental health crisis? by Asher Lehr-Small (The Guardian)

Even though remote school eliminated commutes for many students, 43% of high schoolers reported that they were sleeping less since the pandemic struck, compared to only 23 who reported sleeping more.

For Parents With Little Ones

Watching Bluey as an Asian American Father by Larry Lin (Sola Network)

If the doctrine of common grace is true, then it means that it’s not Bandit that I ultimately want to be like. As amazing as he is, he has shortcomings too. It’s God himself I want to be like.

On Rooted Parent

Parenting the Ordinary, Extraordinary Child by Katie Polski

A child can sense our disappointment in them, and while it’s one thing to be disappointed by behavior, it’s quite another to be disappointed because of who they are.

Do My Kids Belong in Big Church Yet? by Joey Turner

Having your children sit next to you in church will shape them in far greater ways than if they stayed out of the main worship gathering until they were older.

When You Wish You Could Go Back: A Word for Parents of Graduates by Jennifer Phillips

God’s faithfulness to my son is not contingent upon me keeping my cool, or having the exact right thing to say, or making the best decisions.

Great Read-Alouds for Families with Teenagers by Holly Mackle

When you read aloud with your family, put on your gospel goggles and find the threads of truth. After all, the gospel is the greatest story.

G00d News for Teenagers: How Naomi Osaka Is Modeling Healthy Self- Care by Anna Meade Harris

The darkest shadow cannot separate us from the Savior who walks us through, back into His light.

A Father’s Day Gift for Dead-Tired Dads by Davis Lacey

Let’s stumble our way into spiritual leadership, together, as we pursue our perfect Father who has made us his own, forever.

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