What websites you have bookmarked in your internet browser? You probably have Facebook, your email, and maybe a news site bookmarked. But how many parenting resources do you have bookmarked? It can be hard to find sites that are actually helpful. Here are eight parent resource websites that you’ll want to bookmark as you continually learn how to be a better parent for your child.
1. Discovery Education
This site offers high-quality free parent resources on homework help, motivating your kids, and all things math. From resources on social studies to articles about navigating sibling rivalry, this is one site you’ll want to visit often.
2. Concordia Publishing House’s Education Blog
As you may know, Concordia Publishing House is the publishing center of all things Lutheran. Their books and resources are invaluable for Christian parents, but their Lutheran education blog is a fantastic resource for parents looking to integrate the Christian faith into their discussions and family life. In particular, Joe Willman’s Teaching the Faith at Home series provides tools and ideas for teaching your children about the Lutheran faith, from hymns to the Ten Commandments to Luther’s Small Catechism.
3. Common Sense Media
It’s almost impossible (or at least very time-consuming) to vet every single TV show, YouTube video, or movie before you let your kids watch them. Common Sense posts reviews of movies, TV shows, books, apps, and more that highlight if there are bad things (violence, sex, language) and good things (positive role models, positive messages) in each content. Parents, you can trust this site to provide an honest review and decide if you should let you child read or watch something. The site also publishes articles and research about children and technology and how parents can help their children navigate the online world.
4. Bedtime Math
Think about all of your favorite things to do together as a family: sing in the car, watch movies, bake cookies, read books out loud…and do math? If you enjoy doing math — or, more importantly, want to help your kids improve their math skills — Bedtime Math is your site. It offers daily math problems (and their answers!) that your kids will enjoy more than drills and worksheets.
5. Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Daily Devotions
Lutheran Hour Ministries provides you with a daily devotion for every day of the week in both a written and audio format. Each devotion takes just a few minutes to read or listen — what a great way to start or end your day! The site also has an archive of past devotions in case you want a little extra food for thought for the day.
6. Higher Things’ Family Devotions
After you’ve read your daily devotion from Lutheran Hour Ministries, you can share these reflections with the whole family. Higher Things provides daily devotions for youth and their families through many sources — audio, online, printable PDFs, even ePub format for e-readers.
7. BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper
It’s almost time for school to start again. We know it’s tough when your child asks you for help on her math homework and you have no idea how to do it. That’s where a resource like BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper comes in handy. The site is actually a collection of resources for parents and students in the subjects of math, science, English, and computers, and boy is it useful. Keep this bookmarked for easy access next time you’re on homework duty.
8. Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family has articles and other resources on a variety of topics and issues regarding parenting, from age-appropriate chores to sharing the Gospel with your child. The organization’s Christian approach to current trends and problems makes this a valuable resource for parents.