Welcome to Restoration Counseling Parent Resources!

This is an ever-growing library of resources we have created or curated for you. It is a great honor and privilege to journey with you.

As you start your Parent Coaching, we recommend watching the following short video, Parenting 101: How to be an Intentional and Present Parent -- The 4 Postures of a Heart-Focused Parent. Then, spend some time looking through the other resources, and check back often and ask questions often, as we add to this library regularly. And while we may not agree with all the views represented in all the materials or links provided, we trust you will be able to "chew up the meat and spit out the bones." 

What's Next?

As you begin this journey, here are a few practical things you should do:

1. Set up your appointment

Your Parent Coach will be contacting you shortly. Find a time that works for you, where you can be fully focused and present to the coaching session. Also, make sure your space is free from distraction, and that you have a computer with video-chat capability.

2. Get a free Zoom account (online video-conferencing platform)

You will need a Zoom account for your sessions. You can get FREE by visiting zoom.us or by clicking on this button. Familiarize yourself with the platform. It's really quite intuitive and easy. Once you set the appointment, you will receive an "invitation" from your coach via email to your meeting. Simply click the link in the invitation at the meeting time, and it will automatically connect you.

3. Ask for help

If for any reason you need assistance, please call Restoration Counseling at (970) 672-7974. We are here to make your life easier. Parenting can be hard enough.

4. Get Connected -- Join the Facebook Group

We all need others to cheer us along in this journey of parenting. Join our private Facebook Group for ongoing conversations with other parents, insights and tips from our coaches, links and interesting articles, and updates and information about important events.

Want to better understand the world your student inhabits? The Culture Translator provides weekly insight into how pop culture, technology, and media are influencing your students while equipping you to start biblically based conversations.

Sign up for this weekly resource from our partners over at Axis.org.

It is with great honor that we partner together with Axis. Their hopeful and innovative approach to helping parents understand the world of their teen, and the engage the next generation with vision and faith is inspiring.

Check out their extensive library of resources, including their most recent online summit, The Parenting Teens Summit

With a simple desire to make an impact on the world, we used science, facts and personal accounts to help spread the message about the harmful effects of pornography.

We love what Fight the New Drug is doing, and utilize their resources and videos often in our work to eradicate pornography and raise awareness with both teens and adults. Check out their extensive resources, including videos to watch and share with your children, as well as research-based articles and helps.

Man Maker Project: Boys are Born, Men are Made
by Chris Bruno

Now more than ever, the reality of unfinished men confronts us at every turn. Without intentional fathering, a boy's core question--Am I a man?--forever echoes in his soul. Every boy needs to hear his father's clear ''yes'' in response. While many fathers know they should do something for their maturing sons, they have little idea how to create such an initiatory process.

Also check out Restoration Project (restorationproject.net) for father-child experiences!

A Voice Becoming: A Yearlong Mother-Daughter Journey into Passionate, Purposed Living
by Beth Bruno

A Voice Becoming guides moms in crafting a yearlong journey to lift their daughters' eyes out of the era of teendom, with delayed responsibilities and an obsession with bodies, boys, and besties, and instead cast a vision for who they were created to be. (Available January 2018)

For more information, visit BethBruno.org

How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your Family
by Dan Allender

Parenting with Humility...We often realize that we learn as much from our children as they learn from us. So why don’t parents approach the task of child-rearing as a learning experience, rather than a mandate to make sure their kids succeed in life? 

Parenting with Love and Logic
by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

This parenting book shows you how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Learn how to parent effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character. Establish healthy control through easy-to-implement steps without anger, threats, nagging, or power struggles.

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know
by Meg Meeker

In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than twenty years’ experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman’s relationship with her father is far more important than we’ve ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father’s attention, protection, courage, and wisdom.

Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys
by Stephen James and David Thomas

Playing off the themes in the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book Where the Wild Things Are, this informative, practical, and encouraging guide will help parents guide boys down the path to healthy and authentic manhood. Wild Things addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of a boy, written by two therapists who are currently engaged in clinical work with boys and their parents and who are also fathers raising five sons. 

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