Rooted Parent Top Ten for 2020


Welcome to the Rooted Parent Top 10 for 2020- a list of the best parenting articles from across the web for the Rooted community. This list represents ten articles we believe will encourage and equip you as you parent your kids. If you have an article you’d like to contribute to the next edition of the Top Ten, please email Anna at [email protected].

Gospel-Centered Parenting

Six Ways to Ruin Your Children by Jeff Robinson, TGC. “I am at my worst as a father when I assume the role of sinless savior.”

The Rightful Risks of Motherhood by Gloria Furman, Core Christianity. “The greater concern about helicopter parenting is not that children will not learn independence, but that we will inadvertently model to them that God’s faithfulness is not dependable.”

8 Reasons It’s Essential to Teach Kids Theology by Joshua Cooley, ERLC. “While 21st-century American parents live a far different life than that of the ancient Hebrews, our calling has not changed. We must worship the Lord with all our being and increase our knowledge about him in order to live faithfully, and teach our children to do the same.”

Parenting is About Treasuring: Four Ways to Nurture Joy in God by Ryan Lister, DesiringGod. “When God calls us to be fathers and mothers, he calls us to be stewards of our children’s joy. Which means that a lot of what we do centers on helping our joy-obsessed children find their greatest joy.”

Teen Culture

The Nuclear Family Was A Mistake by David Brooks, The Atlantic. “The shift from bigger and interconnected extended families to smaller and detached nuclear families ultimately led to a familial system that liberates the rich and ravages the working-class and the poor.”

How to Give Children Joy, Even During a Pandemic by Esau McCaulley, NYTimes. This mixture of Safety and peril and difficult decisions about a child’s freedom to play: It is familiar to me. COVID-19 has given all parents a small taste of what it is like to be a Black parent.”

Community Heals by Amy Crouch, “And at some beautifully invisible moment, we both just started to laugh. We laughed because we suddenly saw the smallness of these insecurities; even the very worst pain our doubts put us through was nothing compared to the light and love of God.”

To Share with Your Teenager or Young Adult

Sex Is Not the Best Part of Life by J.D. Greear, J.D. Greear Ministries. “True joy isn’t found in sexual fulfillment; it’s found in intimacy with him. After all, it is worth remembering that the most joy-filled man ever to walk the face of the earth never had sex.”

How College Students Can Belong to the Church by Cole Shiflet, “It is helpful to remember that belonging to the local church is not something that begins when you graduate college. Rather, your entire life should be lived under the authority of a gospel-preaching local church.”

Christians Aren’t Allowed to Cancel Anyone by Anne Kennedy, Patheos. “But 2020 is the year when all of human sin is gathered up and displayed mainly by means of social media. It is the way that people are cancelled. The wickedness of human desires is right there, in real life, and on the screen, and humanity recoils from having to see it, trying to shield the eyes of the heart from enduring any such sin.”



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