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Simply peruse the offerings each month. You’ll find frank discussions of sensitive topics, honest and helpful information, and guidance for raising your students with a solid spiritual foundation in today’s world.

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Parent Resources

New This Month

School is almost over and it’s time to celebrate . . . especially if your kid is graduating to a new level. This resource has ideas to celebrate kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade graduations! Now’s the perfect opportunity for you and your family to press pause and celebrate the accomplishments and investments represented by each marker. Here are a few big and small ways to acknowledge your kid’s progression from one phase to the next!

You and your family have made it to the end of another school year. Regardless of your school situation, it feels like an achievement for all of you, doesn’t it? Think of all those early morning wake-ups, those last minute projects, the forms, and the guilt-induced volunteering you’ve accomplished over the last few seasons.

It’s a big deal! And it’s definitely something worth celebrating. Before you dive into summer, get a date on the calendar to gather your family together to talk about all the awesome things that happened this school year.

Below are some suggestions for what this celebration could look like. Don’t feel like you need to complete each step. In fact, we want you to tailor each section for what would work best for your family.

The end of school is approaching, and many schools will be giving out “end of the year awards.” But what if you had your own family celebration? And what if you acknowledge the progress everyone made. Maybe you have a child who has struggled all year academically but pulled out a C+—celebrate it. Maybe you have a teen who learned how to drive (and you both survived the instruction)—celebrate it. Maybe you have a child who keeps their room clean more days than they used to—celebrate it. Download this resource and create an event to celebrate the progress of YOUR family. 

This resource is designed to provide inspiration to parents on how they can make the most of their summertime with their teen(s)!

The car is a great place for parents to connect with their teen. This resource was created to provide parents and teens with games to play while they’re in the car, encouraging intentional engagement and fun!

Past Favorites

“Salvation” is a resource for you to help as your student starts ask questions about their faith.     DOWNLOAD

Here are some conversation starters for the dinner table.     DOWNLOAD

Prayer is such an important part of our lives as Christians.  It also should be an important part of our families, especially during the pre-teen and teenage years of spiritual development.  Often, however, during these years, parents assume that the work of teaching our children to pray is over. We might feel less comfortable or feel like praying with our children is treating them like they are younger. Here are 20 family prayer practices and experiences that can continue to unite the family and grow our children.     DOWNLOAD

The Family Actively on Mission (F.A.M.)” – This 3-part study is for parents to study and consider what it means to be a F.A.M…a Family Actively on Mission.  Each stand-alone but connected study will be based around Joshua 24:15.   DOWNLOAD

“Parental Proverbs” is a great resource for parents looking to share daily words of wisdom with their student.  You can text them, leave a note on their mirror, use them as a dinner time devotion, or whatever works!     DOWNLOAD

Family Relationship Checklist with 20 actions for building strong relationships.     DOWNLOAD

Here are the Top 10 tips that real life parents use to stop cell phone fights before they begin.     DOWNLOAD

Need some great ideas on how to make the most of the moments your family has together?     DOWNLOAD

Parent Cue Podcast

Whether you’re dealing with a teething baby or a high schooler who won’t say a single word, you can identify with the challenges of parenthood.  As a parent, you have the tremendous task of instilling your kids with a moral compass to guide them through the rest of their lives.  With such an important responsibility, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed at times.

Parent Cue is a podcast designed to help parents do family better.  By combining influences, parents, and church leaders can understand how to accomplish more for the spiritual well-being of a child than either could individually.

The Parent Cue Podcast is available for download through iTunes and other music services or at PARENT CUE PODCAST.

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU)

Articles for Parents


  • 5 Quick Ways To Help Your Kid Finish The School Year – READ
  • We’re All A Work In Progress – READ
  • High Hopes – READ
  • 7 Underrated But Essential Life Skills To Teach Teens Before They Go To College – READ


  • How To Be An Intentional Parent With Your Words – READ
  • The Suicide TalkREAD
  • How To Help Students Break Overwhelming Goals Into Doable ChunksREAD
  • Stuck In A Pit: Helping Young People Through Struggle And FailureREAD
  • The Concerns And Challenges Of Being A U.S. Teen: What The Data ShowREAD
  • 10 Tips To Connect With Your TeenagerREAD
  • Emerging adults don’t want to be anything–they want to be somethingREAD
  • How do I help busy and stressed teenagers and Young Adults? Two new rules of thumb. – READ
  • Nap Time for Teens Might Benefit Their BrainsREAD
  • Fight for the HeartREAD
  • Guiltless Lesson of LoveREAD
  • How Today’s High School Cliques Compare to Yesterday’sREAD
  • Instant gratification behind teen anxiety epidemic, but parents can helpREAD
  • New Year, New HeartREAD
  • Your One Best Thing – READ
  • Ringing in the New Year Without Fear – READ
  • What’s On Your Christmas List?READ 
  • 3 Ways To Make Sure You Don’t Miss Christmas – READ 
  • Christmas & The G-Word – READ
  • Low Expectations: A Key To Christmas Happiness – READ 
  • 5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Parent Can Keep – READ
  • A Gratitude AdjustmentREAD
  • 4 Tips to Surviving Family Holiday GatheringsREAD
  • Be Kind to YourselfREAD
  • Eight Ideas to Help You Reclaim Gratitude This SeasonREAD
  • 4 Ways to Connect with Your Kid’s TeacherREAD
  • A Checklist for A Successful School Year – READ
  • A Third Of Teens Haven’t Read A Single Book In Past Year – READ
  • Vulnerable youth stress the importance of influential adults in their school lives – READ
  • Why Family Dinners Still Matter – READ
  • Doing It for the College Resume – READ
  • The Most Common Reasons Kids Have Trouble Making Friends – READ
  • 7 Undeniable Characteristics of Middle Schoolers Parents should Know – READ
  • 4 Ways to Make this Summer Unforgettable for your Family –  READ
  • Teens need summer jobs to learn important life skills. Too bad they’re not getting them.READ
  • The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off READ 
  • Fostering Prayerfulness in Youth READ 
  • Freckling: The New Dating Trend of the SummerREAD
  • It’s Time to Tell Your Kids It Doesn’t Matter Where They Go To College – READ
  • Perfectionism among teens is rampant (and we’re not helping) – READ
  • It’s never been easy being a teenager. But is this now a generation in crisis? – READ
  • Teens feeling stressed, and many not managing it well. – READ
  • Teen Depression and Anxiety: Why the Kids Are Not Alright – READ
  • Nearly half of parents worry their child is addicted to mobile devices – READ
  • What matters most for our family relationshipsREAD
  • Earbuds Made My Teens Tune Me Out, So I Changed How We Listen to MusicREAD
  • Teens post online content to appear interesting, popular and attractiveREAD
  • Parents who give their teenagers alcohol are inviting trouble – READ
  • Perfectionism May Undermine Mental Health of Youth – READ
  • Does the Internet Change Beliefs about Religious Affiliations? – READ
  • Dating Violence – READ
  • Kids Around the World Treasure Quality Time With Family and Friends Above All Else – READ
  • 3 Myths About Your Teen’s Bad Attitude – READ
  • Why You Should Eat Dinner with Your Kids Tonight – READ
  • Mind The Gap: The Communication Mismatch Between Parents And Teens – READ
  • Help Teens Balance Jobs, College Apps During the Holidays – READ
  • Blue Christmas? For Teens, Depression Can Worsen This Time of Year – READ
  • Movement Calls on Parents Not to Give Their Children Smartphones until 8th Grade – WATCH
  • Tech Still Tops Many Consumers’ Holiday Lists READ
  • When should you make your kids apologize? – READ
  • Why today’s teens are taking longer to grow up – READ
  • Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? – READ
  • Does your kid have a ‘finsta’ account? Why it’s a big deal – READ
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