parenting resources
You were never meant to parent alone! Our church is dedicated to ministry not just to kids, but to entire families, starting with you as the parent. Below are some of our go-to, favorite resources that we point families to for all the struggles of parenting life. If you would like more personal advice or just a listening ear, feel free to reach out to our Pastor for Youth and Families, Matthew Geary at matthew@covenantsharon.org.
 
GENERAL PARENTING
Sticky Faith: Everyday ideas to build lasting faith in your kids
Kara Powell/Chap Clark
These two have done the research on what it takes to build opportunities for lasting faith in our kids. It is God who does the work, but we have a role to play. Powell and Clark help parents see what that role could look like practically in your kids’ everyday life.
Growing With | Baker Publishing Group
Growing With: Every parents’ guide to helping teenagers and young adults thrive in their faith, family, and future
Kara Powell/Steven Argue
For parents of teenagers, this book gives wise counsel and spiritual encouragement to parents who struggle with how to make that shift from parenting kids to parenting teenagers. You cannot parent teens and young adults the same way you did your kids and this book reveals what that change looks like and how to cope with some of those hard changes.
The Family Discipleship Podcast on Apple Podcasts
The Family Discipleship Podcast
Join hosts Adam Griffin, Cassie Bryant, and Chelsea Griffin as they cover topics from “Talking with Your Kids about the Trinity” to “Who Gets to Influence My Kids.” Through such a grace-oriented perspective, you will get to learn not from experts, but from imperfect parents who make the same mistakes we do, but want to share the wisdom from those mistakes with us. Guest appearances on the show include Matt Chandler, Jen Wilkin, and Trillia Newbell
EMOTIONAL
DEVELOPMENT
What Am I Feeling?
What am I feeling? 
John Gottman
Parents can read this simple book to help understand their own parenting style in regards to emotion and what steps they can take to guide their children in emotionally healthy ways
What Am I Feeling? by Josh Straub
What am I feeling?
Josh and Christi Straub
This kids book helps your child understand the importance of naming their emotions and developing empathy and self-control all through a simple story based in a biblical framework.
 
 
THEOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
The Ology: Machowski, Marty: 9781942572282: Amazon.com: Books
The Ology 
Marty Machowski
A brilliantly developed systematic theology for young readers. If you’re looking for a book your child can read from 1st grade to 5th grade and continue to learn new concepts about God and his Word, this book is for you and your child.
 
 
Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and learning the greatness of God
Bruce Ware
For parents of kids 6 to 14, this day-by-day chapter book, allows parents and kids to talk about key concepts in theology in a way they understand. 
SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT
Angry Birds and Killer Bees: talking to your kids about sex
Todd Bowman
It’s hard to talk with your kids about sex. But with the culture around us, it’s better they here from you than anywhere else. This short book gives you simple ways to think about how and when to begin the conversation with your kids about this beautiful, God-given gift.
Sex + Christian Parents - Kids Podcast | Podchaser
Sex+Christian Parents
You should be the authority on sex in your household. If you aren’t something else will be for your kids. On this podcast, Jason Soucinek and Thomas Anderson interview folks like Sam Alberry, Sean McDowell, and Kara Powell who are passionate about equipping parents to have regular conversations about sex with their kids. You are not in this alone!