Parenting Resources


Parenting our children with love and inspiration is one of the best ways to pass on our faith to the next generation.


COVID-19 Resources  |  Still face experiment  |  Parenting book  |  Help! I'm a Parent  |  Parenting Seminars  |  HandsOnScotland Parenting teenagers 


COVID-19 – Resources

Helping children with their anxiety  |  Listening Well | I Miss Grandpa book  | #COVBOOK | 75 ways to share joy 


Helping children with their anxiety


Helping Children With Their Viral Anxiety from SNEC TV Vimeo on Vimeo.

Helping children with their 'viral' anxiety 

Power Point Presentation accompanying the webinar. 


Presentation Handouts

Listening Well - webinar

In a time of crisis, it can be a gift of incredible kindness to call someone and just listen to them, especially if they are alone, distressed, frightened and anxious. Here are some resources to sharpen your listening skills and infuse them with kindness. There are some handouts and the recording of a live Zoom seminar on listening skills created by Karen Holford (family therapist) and Helgi Jónssen (our health director and psychiatrist). It's not a polished presentation, but it will help you to be a channel of God's love when you are listening to others in crisis. We hope that you find this useful. If you would like to translate these materials, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to access the original non-pdf files.

Homework: Practising your listening skills.
Listening skills for trained listeners
Sample listening carefully script
Suicide assessment
Telephone listening skills Training

This project is being developed. Come back and check this space for kindness journal pages, kindness devotionals and inspiration, stories of kindness, children’s live:kind log page, and much more


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I Miss Grandpa by Karen Holford

A book to help children understand death—and eternal life. Stevie loved visiting Grandma and Grandpa on their farm! Grandpa let Stevie feed the chickens and lambs and ride on the tractor. They always had so much fun together. One day not long after a visit to the farm, something went wrong with Grandpa’s heart and he died. Stevie had lost his best friend. He missed his Grandpa and wondered what it was like to die. Death is a fact of life and yet there is hope beyond the grave. Parents sometimes find it hard to communicate that hope to small children. This book was written with you, the Adventist parent, in mind. I Miss Grandpa tenderly tells a story of love, loss, and a butterfly that helps children deal with loss and understand the good news about those who sleep in Jesus.

 Click here to read the book online.




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Supporting and reassuring children around the world

A short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.

For more information and to download the book, click here



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Being at home with your child gives you a great opportunity to show them love and have fun together. Here are some creative and simple ways to give you some special moments together when you have limited time and resources. 

Click here to download the document.


More resources for activities and study lessons can be found on the TED Children's Ministries page.



 To purchase the full video, please visit IngiterMedia website.

The still face experiment


Why the way we respond to our small children is so important:



Parenting book

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This book has been written to help parents nurture happy and positive children. It has been written in short chapters, with many lists of simple and practical ideas. At the end of the book is a list of 75 quick ways to increase your child’s joy. You can read them here.


Parenting seminars

Parenting seminars are a simple and effective way to encourage and inform the parents in your churches. They are also effective and simple ways to reach out to the families in your community.


North American Division Parenting Seminars

Help Im a Parent


The Help! I'm a Parent series will inspire and encourage parents, grandparents, and caregivers on your yourney as disciple-makers of your children.




For more information, please visit Help! I'm a Parent Christian Parenting in the Real World website


Care for the Family UK Parenting Seminars


Care for familyThese seminars have been created by Christians to help churches reach out to parents in their community. They have fun, simple-to-use videos, which can be used in your own home or in a larger context. The videos are a great resource to provide plenty of opportunities for discussion and help parents to build friendships and networks.



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 Click on the pictures above to see more, or visit Care for the Family website for more information. 


Helping children to flourish and helping children with their troubling behaviours




Hands on Scotland is a useful website for parents and family ministries leaders. One section of the website focuses on helping children with their troubling behaviours, such as eating disorders, bullying, self-harm, etc., and one section focuses on helping children to flourish, by building their character, confidence, emotional balance, gratitude, etc.

Some of the activities on the website were written by Karen Holford, TED Family Ministries Director.


Parenting teenagers

Understanding the teenage brain.

Parenting teenagers can be challenging because their brain is developing and going through some significant changes. When we understand what these changes are, we are better able to help and support our teenagers through these potentially turbulent years.

Here is a link to some recent research about teenage brains and how parents and adults can be supportive:


 Parent/teenager conflict


Scottish centre for conflict resolution


Conflict between parents and teenagers is one of the highest causes of homelessness in young people.


This website, developed by the Scottish Cyrenians, contains ideas and resources to help you understand and reduce the conflict between you and a teenager, or any other person. It contains quizzes, research, videos and useful information.