Tools for Parents

Tools For ParentsIn our world today, the task of parenting can be difficult to say the least.  The barrage of influences and voices vying for the attention of our children and teenagers can complicate this task ten-fold.  The Youth & Children’s Ministries at Sandy Run wish to come alongside parents in ministering to the young of our community.  One of the many ways we wish to do this is by providing access to resources to help guide you and your family through the often murky waters of culture.  Below you will find a list of these resources with a brief description of each one.  Each of these resources have been carefully selected by our Youth & Children’s Minister for wealth of insight they bring to the parenting table.  If you have questions about any of these resources, or need further guidance, contact our Youth & Children’s Minister, Morgan Oliver.

Tools For Parents – Plugged In is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live. Through our reviews, articles and discussions, we hope to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”

Each month, Plugged In is visited more than 1 million times by people looking for detailed information about what’s really in popular moviesvideosTV episodessongs and games. Entertainment industry ratings only tell you so much. We go deeper, diving into specific content and the meaning behind it. Our award-winning website also offers news (Culture Clips), pollsblogspodcasts and hands-on parenting tools (Family Room). – I AM SECOND is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others.  Actors.  Athletes.  Musicians.  Business leaders.  Drug addicts.  Your next-door neighbor.  People like you.  The authentic stories on provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living.  These are stories that give hope to the lonely and hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled.  You’ll discover people who have tried to do it alone and failed.  Find the hope, peace, and fulfillment they found.  Be second. – Why do marriages struggle?  Why do parents argue with their kids?  Why do family events lead to fights and hurt feelings?  Why can’t that person in the office just get along with you?  It all comes down to relationship.  And that is where things get tough.  Ever wish you could ask someone all those tough questions….and get real answers?  Now you can!  Everyday Relationships is a daily, hour-long call-in program hosted by Dr. Gary Smalley of Focus On The Family and Susie Larson of Faith Radio.


www.thriving – Thriving Family is a ministry of Focus On The Family.  Thriving Family helps families thrive in Christ, offering reliable and time-tested solutions, practical advice and sensible marriage and parenting guidance.  Thriving Family encourages, teaches, and celebrates God’s design for the family and inspires people to better parents and spouses.
 – Want to know what your kids are saying?  Urban Dictionary is a user-submitted online dictionary full of today’s slang words and everyday lingo used by teenagers.

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