Parenting One Step at a Time
You’re not in this alone! Being a parent can be exciting, joyful, frustrating, and downright complicated. Trinity wants you to know we’re with you each step of the way. You’re doing good work!
Ohhh…….now I get it…..
I remember being a naive newlywed thinking, “oh how I long for a baby”. After a few years of trying, a baby was finally on the way and soon I was flooded with advice from loving family, friends, and even the ladies in the grocery store. I listened politely, nodded a lot, and thought to myself, “oh, you’re nice, but I’ve got this…no worries, no fear… I’m going to knock this parenthood thing out of the park”.
Well, now I get it.
I was so worried about getting it right, that I didn’t really listen to those who had walked this parenthood journey ahead of me. I didn’t listen when they said things like:
“nothing can prepare you for the love you will instantly feel for that tiny human.”
“you’ll be exhausted…for years”
“don’t rush them into potty training – diapers are a lot easier to travel in!”
“don’t worry about that pacifier, no one ever stands up to receive their diploma with a binky in their mouth”
“having another child?…just watch, they’ll be so different from your oldest”
Through countless sleepless nights, picky eaters, potty training disasters, tantrums, failed hygiene lessons, sports team rejections, homework dilemmas, discipline mistakes and so much more…
Well, now I get it.
Everyone on this parenthood journey knows that it will be harder – and more rewarding – than you could ever imagine at the start. And at some point on the journey you will probably begin to feel compelled to tell others about the things you have learned. That’s why I’m so passionate about bringing the “Just a Phase” project to Trinity. We all need support, advice, compassion and insight for this parenthood journey. This page will offer some of our favorite posts, blogs, podcasts and reminders from Christian leaders around the country.
You see, now I get it….
And if you’re ready to listen, I’d love to share some thoughts with you!
~ Kelly Falck (Director of Faith Formation, Mother of 3)
Creating a New Back To School Rhythm
A new school year means a new family rhythm. Mornings, afternoons, and evenings look different. Use these tips to help your preschooler, elementary, middle schooler, or high schooler adjust to the new routine . . . and help everyone keep their sanity during the transition.
How to Read Better Bedtime Stories
When my wife and I told people that we were going to have a baby, they often asked what I was most looking forward to about being a new parent. My answer? The tax exemptions. I’m only kidding; my wife is a CPA, so that was always her answer.
No, I most looked forward to reading bedtime stories to my daughter. Once she was born, I proceeded to do just that. Even though she doesn’t yet understand the words, reading together has helped us to connect. And I ought to know the importance of stories because I wrote a book about it. (Read More)
Why You Should Let Your Kids See You Do Something You Love
I can count on one hand the amount of things I love more than I love Zumba. Zumba and me go way back: I started taking the fitness class at a point in my life when I was the most downtrodden I’d ever felt—I had been laid off from my first job after college and had been struggling for a year to find work. I didn’t have much, but I did still have my YMCA membership through my parents. I tentatively took first class and have been shaking to my heart’s ever since, even becoming an instructor back in 2012. (Read More)
Thursdays at 6:30 pm in Room 227
Trinity is pleased to offer this Christ-centered, video-based ministry designed to support those walking this difficult journey. This is 13 week session but join anytime, or tell a friend! Email the leader with any questions you have!
Don’t Miss It: Parent Every Week Like It Counts
Limited copies of Reggie Joiner’s book “Don’t Miss It: Parent Every Week Like It Counts” are available at Trinity for $5.
“If you are a parent, don’t miss reading this book. It will change how you see the potential of your kids forever. It could also change how you parent this week.”–Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author
Christian Family Blogs we love!
Just a Phase – Don’t Miss It
There are approximately 936 weeks from when a child is born until they graduate high school. That could seem like a lot, or it could seem like a very short countdown leading to a panic or depression. But, what if, in realizing our limited time, we lean in together, family and church, intentionally and covenantally, to make the most of it.
Parenting Resources from Around the Web:
The Parent Cue – A brand new way to look at parenting and our journey together. Get connected to the folks at THE PARENT CUE to find thoughtful, funny, inspiring resources to accompany you on this journey.
ReFocus – ReFocus, a Ministry for Transition, is centered around a desire to equip and support the home as the place of primary spiritual growth and faith formation by partnering with parents/caregivers. Here you can find a wide variety of informaiton for parents including newsletters, books, activities and additional websites.
Sparkhouse Family Blog – An online community for parents who want to be thoughtful about how faith shapes their home and family.
Sticky Faith for Parents (Fuller Youth Institute) – Sticky Faith Parents is designed for parents who are concerned about how faith is shaping their children’s life, what will happen to their faith when they leave home, and how to help build Sticky Faith in their kids – and provides practical relationship and programming ideas that develop long-term faith in teenagers.
ParentFurther (Search Institute) – ParentFurther is an online resource – with audio, video, and print resources – to help families strengthen relationships through shared activities; help parents understand the ages and stages of childhood and adolescents and help young people prepare for the future.
PBS Parents – PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning. It also serves as a parent’s window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs.
Tumblon – Tumblon helps parents understand, nurture, and remember their children’s development by bringing together relevant and trustworthy content, secure blogging and photo sharing, and specific, interactive developmental information.
Zero to Three (National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families) – This parent portal provides resources to help parents tune in to what makes your child tick, and to guide them in thinking about the best way to meet their child’s individual needs, including resources on ages and stages, play, socio-emotional development, getting ready for school, positive parenting, and more.