We believe in the Jesus' great commission to go make disciples. And we believe that starts in the home with our own families. As parents, we know that spiritually leading and developing our kids is our most important responsibility. Well, that and keeping them alive. We also know, from experience, that's a lot easier said than done. Life happens. Distractions get in the way. "I'll do it tomorrow" turns into "next week" which turns into "I can't remember the last time we..."
Building spiritual rhythms and disciplines for your family can feel overwhelming and thus we put off starting or doing them. That's the evil one saying "you can't do it" or "it's too late" or "that's what the church is for." Those are lies.
You were created to do this. It's never too late to start. Even if your kids are 17. Just do something. Take one small step. And build on it. Something is better than nothing. And your kids are hungry for it. AND MAKE IT FUN!
The goal isn't producing seminary graduates. It's about creating simple, repeatable, Gospel-centered patterns for your family. And that's gonna look different for each family.
Also consider getting together with another parent or two or five and talk about all this stuff together. We were meant to do life in community. And that includes this "discipling our kids" piece.
Below are some resources to help you get started or try something new or simply to encourage you as a parent. We'll continue to grow this list as we come across things we think will be helpful for you. And if YOU find something that has worked well for your family, let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll consider adding it to the list.
Family Friendly Bibles:
Right Now Media Kids library (the "What's in the Bible" series is really informative)
Blogs & websites:
Worship music (used in PBF Kids):
King COVID and the Kids Who Cared
King Covid and the Kids Who Cared is a story about the novel coronavirus (nicknamed 'King Covid') and the superpower that kids can use to fight back! My hope is that the story might inform, encourage, and empower kids to take part in caring for themselves and others amid the pandemic that we're facing.
Meditate on God’s Word— Daily meditations and guides for Christians. Pick your favorite soothing background and a meditation length. Be led through God’s word and a time of prayer every day. Choose topics and guided series as well.
Right Now Media
Christian Programming for Kids— Gain access to a huge library of discipleship content for pastors, leaders, small groups, adults, students and of course for kids!
Managing Fear and Anxiety
Fear and Anxiety During a Health Pandemic— If you’re struggling with how to manage your family’s increasing anxiety about the current public health crisis, you’re not alone. Knowing how to handle our kids’ worries (and our own) isn’t easy. Here are a few simple ways of managing anxiety during any number of life disruptions.
These fun indoor family games are good alternatives when everyone is stuck inside— All of these are super simple so players of all ages can learn quickly! Family games are often more fun when everyone cooperates towards a common goal. Who doesn’t want to enjoy life just like a kid again.
Mo Williams—Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence and New York Times best-selling author and illustrator will be releasing a new “Lunch Doodle” video each weekday at 1 PM. This livestream will virtually invite “learners of all ages” into Mo’s studio and encourage them to draw and write with him.
Get Practical Homeschooling Advice from Experts Who’ve Been There— MomPossible is a community of women who celebrate that the task of raising the next generation can not only be survived, but a place where we all thrive. This is an experienced homeschooling resource making homeschooling possible by encouraging, equipping and bringing out the best in one another.
Crazy fun Family Games
Silly games to help you bond—Make family time crazy fun with games! You can make a fun game up in any situation… but we’ve found 50 simple family games that you can play anywhere, with supplies you have around you!
Anxiety Conversation Guide
Tips to help them navigate—When our kid’s anxiety is heightened, it’s common for us as parents to want to remove that discomfort. Find out how to help your elementary schooler confront their fears and develop their own tools for managing anxiety.
10 morning routines to get your kids up and moving— These days it can be challenging to get your family out of bed and ready for the day, but having a consistent morning routine can help.
Hygiene for Kids
Importance And Habits To Teach— Covid-19 has shown us how personal hygiene not only helps in keeping oneself clean but also prevents the spread of infectious diseases. Most infectious diseases spread through the orofaecal route or through droplet infection through the nose. Teaching children about hygiene and creating a personal hygiene routine for them early on is important.
Helping Kids Navigate Anxiety
Naming the Worry Monster— Listen to this podcast featuring Sissy Goff, Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee, joins hosts Mike, Gina, and Kellen to share tools for helping kids process anxiety.
Social Apps for Kids
Best Social Media Apps for Kids— Find ways for your quarantined children to be the social butterflies they are. Kids are keen to use social media to stay in touch with their friends. Set the social media profile up with your child, so that you and they understand about the privacy settings.
Youth Group Games
Top Ten Games With No Preparation and No Supplies—This is a list of ten quick and easy youth group games to play that need no preparation, no resources, no supplies and no materials. Just straight up, goof fun youth group games - as simple as they come. Perfect for the self-quarantined family!
Quick Games to play
Quick 5 minute Games— Don’t worry about your lack of board games or creativity, we’ve got you covered. This is a very simple list of games that require no special equipment!
Recipes for Kids
40 Creative and Healthy Recipes Kids Will Love— It can be tough to get kids to eat healthily under normal circumstances. Especially if you’ve got a fussy little eater. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. If you’ve got the right tricks up your sleeve, it can be surprisingly easy.