Student Ministry Parents

Our desire is to partner with parents to disciple the next generation. As we partner together, we want to give you tools to use as you spend time in conversation with the student(s) in your home. Below is a list of resources that will be helpful to both students and parents. 

Beyond these resources, we want to connect with you and pray with you about whatever challenges you may be facing. If you would like to start a conversation, have a suggestion for a topic, or a question you would like for us to engage, we would love to hear from you at .

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Milestone Storehouse Parent Resources

Parents, we celebrate that you are the primary influencer in the life of your children and teenagers. As we seek to help our families move into life giving rhythms, we acknowledge that parenting is not an easy calling. We see you and are in your corner! We know that many parents today want to do the right thing, but many lacked examples of spiritual leadership when they were children and still more can feel overwhelmed by the pressures their families face today.

That is why we are excited to share these resources below to encourage and equip you as parents. These parent equipping articles and videos will explore key topics families deal with in areas such as parenting, communication, spiritual growth, emotional health, technology, and life skills. Simply click on a “Read” or “Watch” link below each topic that interests you to explore practical ideas and resources that will help you lead your home. We have offered the same content in both a video and written format so you can choose what works best for you. Check back often as we will update this material with new topics monthly.

PARENTING

How Can I Care for My Family When I Feel Overwhelmed as a Parent?
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What to Do When I Feel Lonely as a Parent?
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How Can I Relationally Invest in My Teenager as They Grow Older?
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How Can I Maintain Perspective as a Parent?
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How Do I Know the Difference Between Guiding and Controlling My Teenager?
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How Do I Keep Focused when I Get so Frustrated with My Teenager?
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SPIRITUAL GROWTH

How Do I Parent My Teenager when they Question their Faith?
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What Are Some Practical Ways Busy Parents Can Spiritually Invest in their Teens?
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How Can I Encourage My Teen to Spend Time in God’s Word?
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How Can I Get My Teenager Talking More With Me About Their Faith?
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COMMUNICATION

How Do I Show Authority In My Home Without Pushing My Teenager Away?
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How Do I Develop Healthy Communication with My Teenager?
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How do I have a conversation about Gender and Sexuality?
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EMOTIONAL HEALTH

How Can I Better Respond to My Teenager’s Emotional Outbursts?
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What Can I Do to Avoid Shaming My Teen?
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Helping My Teen Deal with Stress
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TECHNOLOGY

How Do I Help My Family Navigate Social Media?
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How Do I Guide My Teen in Dealing with Cyberbullying
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How Do I Help My Family Navigate Technology in My Home?
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LIFE SKILLS

How Do I Help My Teen Learn Responsibility?
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How Do I Help My Teenager Make the Right Choices?
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Small Group Material - Grade-Based Content

In order to best disciple students we started an endeavor a few years ago and that plan is finally coming to fruition. There is grade-specific content for 7th, 8th, and High School students. All of the content is based on Scripture, the Milestone Path, and our ABLE strategy. You can download the material onto your favorite device by clicking the links below.

Other Resources

Suggested Books for Students

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
John Piper provides insight into why God created us and reminds us that to live is Christ and to die is gain. A life lived for Christ is a life not wasted.

How to Stay Christian in High School by Steve Gerali
How to handle the everyday temptations and pressures of high school are addressed as this author engages the student’s minds in a way that will lead to transformation and hope.

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
Learn about the teenage rebellion against low expectations.

Suggested Books for Parents

Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis
Learn the father’s role in guiding his son to authentic manhood.

Youth Culture 101 by Walt Mueller
This is a modern day primer on today’s culture: How media is shaping kids; push and pull of peer pressure; understanding our sexualized youth culture; teens and substance abuse. The last chapter is dedicated to helping your teen find their place in God’s story.

Confident Parenting by Jim Burns
Confident Parenting gives practical advice with God honoring principles. Jim Burns addresses overcrowded lifestyles, overcoming negative family patterns, and raising kids who love God and themselves.

Internet Safety

Tech Guide by PluggedIn
Regular conversations are key in helping your student navigate the digital world we live in. Resources like this one help too. "Tech Guide by PluggedIn" is a comprehensive guide to all things technology, apps, and general knowledge for parents on technology. Below are some additional links to some resources that might help specific needs for parental controls.

  • Norton Online Family: This parental-control filter shows sites your kids visit, provides app supervision and blocks inappropriate sites.
  • Net Nanny: This parental-control filter blocks unwanted apps, filters content and allows parents to monitor children’s web usage. 
  • FamiSafe: This parental control app for kids’ smartphones (iOS and Android) enables parents to track children’s location, as well as blocking in appropriate content and setting screen-time limits. 
  • Qustodio: This cross-platform (Windows, iOS, Android, Nook, Kindle) program provides content filtering, app blocking and an online activity log.  
  • Covenant Eyes: This accountability and filtering software sends a report of your internet activity to an individual you select. It’s especially targeted at helping users to “live porn free.” 

 

Online Privacy - It’s time to discuss online privacy with your kids.

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