Podcast: Preparation for Adolescence

This class will lead you to discover not only your child’s physical and mental preparedness for the next stage, but also help you to look at your approach to parenting in the coming years. As your preteen pushes for independence, the challenge of parenting is to let go, allow more personal responsibility, and expand the boundaries. At the same time, we realize that the world is very different from the one we grew up in.  Walking that fine line between guard and protect vs. experience and exposure can require more artistry than previous stages of development.  Kristi McElheney, Elementary Pastoral Leader shares her insights and experience as she walks though this transition with her own family and many families in her Ministry.   We encourage you to listen to this podcast below:

Suggested Parent Helps

Websites:
www.pluggedinonline.com – Great for reviewing movies, etc. from a Christian perspective
with detail about general subject, sexual content, language, spiritual content, and violence.
www.netsmartz.org/parents – Information about new technology, apps, etc.
www.kids-in-mind.com – Movie reviews by parents. Includes detail about what sexual
content, foul language, and violence each movie contains.

Books:
“Already Gone” by Ken Ham and Brett Beemer
“The Legacy Path” by Brian Haynes***
“Spiritual Parenting” by Michelle Anthony***
“The Power of a Praying Parent” by Stormie Omartian
“Spiritual Mentoring of Teens” by Focus on the Family
“Silver Boxes” by Florence Littauer
“Why Christian Kids Rebel” by Tim Kimmell
“Communicating With Your Teen” by Greg and Michael Smalley
“Sticking With Your Teen” by Joe White
“Visionary Parenting” by Dr. Rob Rienow
“Extreme Pursuit” by John E. Davis (This is not a Christian book, but is very good.)
*** Two of my personal favorites!

Kristi McElheney, Elementary Pastoral Leader

Kristi McElheney is the Pastoral Leader of Elementary Ministry at Stonebriar Community Church. Kristi’s passion is leading children to Christ and equipping parents to raise children who love and follow God. Kristi is earning her master’s degree in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary. When she is not busy planning the many activities at church, she enjoys picking up her guitar and leading worship. Kristi and her husband have two sons in college and a daughter graduating high school.

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