Ideas, inspiration and information to help those of us aspiring to parent with progressive values in a Christian spirit.

Blog: 10 Signs You are an UnFundamentalist Christian Parent

Trying to parent as an Unfundamentalist Christian? The term is a mouthful and the meaning a little fuzzy. This blog by Cindy Wang Brandt offers a checklist on what its mean to be, or aspire to be, an Unfundamentalist Christian parent. It also includes a Christian parenting manifesto that helps us guide children into healthy spirituality + the most helpful parenting resources with progressive values.

Facebook Group: Raising Children Unfundamentalist 

This Facebook group started as Christian parents who are committed to raising their kids in a faith that isn’t hierarchical, controlling and fundamentalist. The group includes parents who want to see their children desire mercy and not sacrifice, to grow up walking in the ways of Jesus for peace, righteousness, and wholeness. But as the group has grown and evolved, they now want to include everyone, parents and grandparents and non-parents and anyone who loves children, to commit to treating children with justice. They believe that if we change the way we parent, we can change the world.

Links: Fabulous Progressive Spirituality Children’s Books 

Cindy Wang Brandt is often asked for recommendation on progressive spirituality children’s books. She has pulled together a list of all 23 such books she could find on Amazon. She wishes there were more – but its a great start!

Youtube video: Holy Trouble Makers and Unconventional Saints 

The author, Daneen Akersauthor, reads the Florence Nightingale’s chapter from her new book, “Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints”, an illustrated children’s anthology about people of diverse faiths who have worked for love and justice, even when that rocked the religious boat. You’ll probably be surprised what you learn, even about the very familiar Florence Nightingale. Worth getting the whole book for primary school kids (and their parents).

Blog: How to Raise a Feminist Son 

This New York Times article by Claire Cain Miller is easy to read but helpful advice, distilled on  interviews with neuroscientists, economists, psychologists, and others, based on the latest data and research on gender.

Blog: 3 Effective Ways to Raise a Grateful Child 

Gratitude is a superfood for our physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Lisa McCrohan blogs about three ways to help make it a habit for you and your child, and includes a free printable Gratitude Cube as a bonus!

Book: When Kids Ask Hard Questions 

This handy little book (also available as an e-book) will help you create safe spaces for hard conversations and craft faithful responses on 30 tough topics – contributed from a divers group of young Christian parents and ministers. Topics include: gender, race, bullying, mental illness, death, divorce, money, technology, and generosity. Each chapter includes a handy resource list for further exploration. 

Event: Qtopia Whānau | For under 13’s & Rainbow Whānau

Every second Sunday of the month, 1:30pm-2:30pm, at Tūranga | Christchurch City Library.

This is Qtopia Christchurch‘s social support group for young people under the age of 13 years and Rainbow families/parents/caregivers (with children of any age!) The group offers whānau a place to connect to community and resources and share their stories. Youth librarians will host activities for young people who feel like joining in, and whānau have the opportunity to connect with one another.

Call/Text: 020 4080 1084 or Email connect@qtopia.org.nz for more information.

Event: ‘Parenting Forward’ On-line Conference 

This on-line conference on the intersection of progressive faith and parenting will be broadcast from 11:30am Tues 21 April to 2:30pm Thursday 23 April 2020 (NZT).

It used to be that faith, a certain set of propositions and practices were passed down generation to generation, new parents following the lead of their predecessors without questioning the tenets of those doctrines. 

Today, we find ourselves at a time when church attendance is falling, the number of nones and dones are rising, and an increasing population of people becoming new parents who are at a loss for how to nurture their children’s spirituality and well-being when the foundations of their own faith are shaky.

This follows on the successful Conference Cindy Wang Brandt organised in 2019.

 

More ideas, inspiration and information on the way…

 
If you have some favourite progressive parenting links or resources you have found helpful, we’d love to hear and be able to share them.
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