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Dear parents,

We’re thrilled to partner with you by offering an online parenting class each month. We’ve taken the time to figure out REAL issues families are dealing with at the Preschool, Elementary, and Jr./Sr. High age levels and packaged some great resources in regard to those. Our hope is that these would help you on your parenting journey .

We have created an archive for previous classes, too, so you may refer back to them or check them out if you missed them.  Here are the links to the previous classes by age range:


Here are the 3 ONLINE CLASSES FOR AUGUST 2017! I hope you will find them beneficial.

I want to remind you that I love and care about each of you. Please let me know how I help you, and how I can pray for you and our family. 

Your partner,

Sharon Guard, Director of Family Ministry   

Email:            Phone: 513-231-4172


When You’re Frustrated with Your Child

 PART 1:

This month’s Online Parenting Class is on Frustration.

Hey, I get it. Parenting is hard no matter how well-behaved or easy your kids are. And there are times when you want to throw in the towel, lock yourself in the bathroom, or go to the mall or golf course and pretend you don’t even know those little stinkers exist. But it never takes long for those feelings to go away does it? Especially when you hear, “Mommy, I just love you so much.” Or “Daddy, I need you to kiss me goodnight.”

Most of the time our frustration as parents stems from our lack of trust in ourselves—we don’t think we’re getting things right or are afraid our preschooler’s meltdown is a sign that we’re failing as parents. Not true! Preschoolers are a unique and wonderful species all their own. So relax, take a deep breath, keep on praying.  I pray that you can gain some reassurance from watching.



Handling Frustration, Anger, and Arguments


This month’s Online Parenting Class has been focused on handling frustration, anger, and arguments in the home. John 16:33 says, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Tribulation is great trouble or suffering. Though you will have days as a parent when you will feel like indeed you are experiencing great trouble and suffering resulting from your child’s intense moods, Jesus said “take heart” for He has overcome the world. He has overcome the tension in your home! However, you may have to muddle through those difficult times as you raise your child hand in hand with God!

Frustration and anger are common emotions. Parents can help their child learn to manage feelings of frustration that bubble up into burst of anger by trying to master a few tips themselves:

Let your child know you are on his side. Stress that you love him no matter what. “I don’t love your behavior right now, but I love you.”
Give your child words to express their anger: “I know you are disappointed (or sad, or frustrated).”
Acknowledge challenges your child may be experiencing.
Redirect anger by offering other outlets to express it like jumping on a trampoline or painting.
Teach persistence. When your child is struggling with something, whether it’s homework, chores, or getting along with a sibling, help him develop strategies for success.
Nurture “cooling” buttons. Figure out what words or phrases “cool” your child’s frustration or anger, and revert to those first when things heat up rather than bursting out in an angry response yourself. If your child responds to compassion, “I understand how frustrating this is, Joe . . .” or humor, “Yes, this pile of toys looks like that mountain we hiked last week!” go there first.

Most importantly, listen, listen, listen. As parents, we tend to want to speak and fix, rather than hear what is going on in a child’s heart that is making them frustrated. Consider James’ words: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” (James 1:19). Consider memorizing this verse with your child—and having a conversation where both of you will commit to trying to be better listeners.

Help your child to connect this verse when things heat up. The best way to do this is by modeling it yourself. Listen intently, and respond with affirmation.

Dealing with frustration and arguments in the home is not easy, but there is hope! 



The 3 Seasons of Being a Teenager


Our video this month discusses the three seasons of being a teenager. In it you hear about a season of calm waters, chopping waters, and storms and how understanding what season a teen is in will help make sense of where your teen is coming from.

You may have decided your response needs to be one of teaching because life for your teen seems to be somewhat smooth! What an excellent time to pour into your teen’s heart and soul. Psalm 71:17–18 says, “O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous deeds. And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.” As your teen’s parent, you are representing God, who is the ultimate teacher!

However, in ancient biblical culture, parents weren’t the only ones who took on a mentoring or teaching role! Older members of the community trained children and youth, too. Though you are called to be the primary teacher and mentor in your teen’s life, don’t underestimate the powerful influence others have; look for other models and mentors that could be involved in molding and shaping your teen—youth group leaders, grandparents, even young adults.

Perhaps your son or daughter is in a season where they need encouragement. The writer of Hebrews tells us how important this is for everyone—but it is vital for teens who are trying to figure life out: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:24–25). Seek out ways to encourage your son or daughter, but remember teenagers long for community. Are there places where your teen can be with people their own age who will lift them up and challenge them too?

A teen’s life will go through seasons, and some might be rocky. Take advantage of those calmer seasons to guide and direct your teen’s paths in a way that will give them a firm footing to stand on when things do get rough.

 Check out the online parenting class for this month: