Here are some resources that might be a help for you in the midst of this season. Parents, please know that your youth ministry staff is praying for you!
- Weekly Wind Down for Parents of Teenagers
Zoom Meeting ID: 439-894-824
Parents, we want to offer you a safe place to gather and share, listen, find community, and some help as you deal with the real challenges of living with a teenager during COVID-19 shelter-in-place! We realize that this is not easy, so we will be inviting some professionals to join us on this Zoom meeting to give us some advice as we navigate this journey together.
- Mental Health Support
The Center for Youth Ministry: Princeton Theological Seminary
This site has a wealth of information in the following categories (scroll down to the gray bar on the web page to choose the category):
- Stress & Anxiety
- Grief & Loss
- Social Distancing
- Substance Abuse Support
- For Parents & Care-Givers
- The Parent Cue Blog
We never get tired of this site – simply put, it is a trusted “go to” for many on our staff as we navigate life with kids in lots of different phases!
- To the Parents of the Class of 2020
As the parent of a teen, Autumn Ward shares some of her own perspective and some ideas to help in navigating the loss our seniors and their parents are facing.
- Naming Loss & Gratitude
Fuller Youth Institute
Brad Griffin provides very practical ideas to give your family a wonderful way to cope and celebrate the realities that we are living with!
- Teens & COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities During the Outbreak
American Academy of Pediatrics
This page has some great ideas about schedule/routines, communication, support, and physical health.
- Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak
American Academy of Pediatrics
Some great ideas about embracing the reality, and challenges, of working and teaching at home! This may be most helpful for parents and for families with elementary and junior high students.
- 6 Strategies for Parenting during the COVID-19 Crisis
There are a lot of ideas and strategies out there, we found these to be simple, yet beneficial for parents with kids of all ages.
- Tips for Parenting: Ideas to help parents and caregivers do the most important job in the world.
UNICEF teamed up with the Parenting for Lifelong Health initiative to bring parents and caregivers a set of handy tips to help manage this new (temporary) normal.
- A Sacred Pause
A collection of 15 captivating images inspired by God’s Word and interpreted in drawings by (our very own) Ricky Chelette. Images in this book vary from minimal detail to highly detailed, making it perfect for markers, fine tip pens, and color pencils.
- Mindful Coloring for Uncertain Times
Letters by Lanta
Each day you can get a new coloring sheet with affirmations for anxiety.
Breath Prayers for Anxious Times: A centering practice for us in these unusual days
This may be a helpful resource for you and/or your teenagers. In the midst of anxiety and stress, this prayer practice and recitation of scripture may provide some calm in the midst of the storm.