Online resources

Trip Forms

Center for Parent and Youth Understanding


- This is one of our favorite resources for parents of teens. It is an immense library of articles and insights into today's teen culture and how we can better relate and point students to Jesus. 

Sexual Integrity Initiative

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- Great resource for helping parents engage in conversations about sexuality and pornography. Run by CPYU. 

Digital Kids Initiative

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- Great resource for helping parents understand and set boundaries around technology. Run by CPYU. 

Focus on the Family

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- Tried and true resource for parents and families. 

Fuller Youth Institute and Sticky Faith

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- This is a great resource with a large amount of academic studies and articles about students and faith. 

REcommended reading

Grace Based Parenting

Dr. Tim Kimmel

Rejecting rigid rules and checklists that don't work, Dr. Kimmel recommends a parenting style that mirrors God's love, reflects His forgiveness, and displaces fear as a motivator for behavior. As we embrace the grace God offers, we begin to give it, thus creating a solid foundation for growing morally strong and spiritually motivated children. 

Parenting Is Your Highest Calling

Leslie Leyland

Fields explores myths that can lead to unrealistic expectations and distract us from God’s purposes. Aims to lead you to a deeper understanding of God and yourself , lift the weight of guilt and fear and free you to love your children as God intended. 

Sacred Parenting

Gary Thomas

What if one of God's primary intentions for you as a parent isn't about successfully raising perfect children, but about you becoming more holy?


Walt Mueller

Approaches youth culture from a

distinctively Christian perspective and contains chapters on a variety of topics including: music, media, sexuality, materialism, drugs and alcohol, and spirituality. 

Why Christian Kids Rebel

Dr. Tim Kimmel

Many parents have "done it all", only to see their child step away from their faith. Increase the chances that your children will develop a vibrant faith early in life and stick with it. Provides help and hope for those already dealing with a rebellious teen. 

Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens

Connie Rae

Written by a licensed counselor whose son struggled through a drug addiction, Connie offers encouragement and practical advice on what to say and do, and mistakes to avoid. Whether the situation looks bleak already, or you're just preparing for the challenges of the years ahead. 

Five Love Languages of Teens

Gary Chapman

Explores the world in which teenagers live & gives tools to help you identify & communicate in your teen’s love language. 

Smart Stepfamilies

Ron Deal

Comprehensive, common sense discussion of challenges that stepfamilies face, with biblical resolutions. Also available The Smart Stepmom, The Smart Stepdad

Co-Parenting Works

Tammy Daughtry

Addresses tough questions regarding restoring good mental health following divorce, creating a co-parenting team, and what to do when you can’t.