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When our children hurt, we hurt: Resources for parents
Inside this Series

It’s one of the most basic truths of being a parent: whatever your child is going through, you are also going through. Whatever pain they’re carrying – whether it’s physical, emotional, mental or spiritual – you are carrying. We wish we could take their pain away, but we know we can’t.

So we feel at a loss.

If this rings true for you and your family, we want to tell you that you are not alone. And you don’t have to walk this path by yourself. The following collection of resources provide practical help for not only learning to care for yourself in the midst of a difficult parenting journey, but also how you and your family can navigate specific challenges.

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Caring for yourself in the midst of a difficult parenting journey

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You Are Not Alone: Hope for Hurting Parents of Troubled Kids 

In this book, author Dena Yohe speaks from experience as she offers healthy ways to maintain your other relationships, suggestions for responding to friends who don’t understand, and ideas for keeping up your emotional and spiritual well-being when your world feels as if it’s crashing down. Buy now

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Resources for specific parenting issues

When your child is self-harming or drug addicted

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Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Children 

Author Allison Bottke seeks to help parents and grandparents of adult children who continue to make life painful for their loved ones. Writing from firsthand experience, she identifies the lies that kept her, and ultimately her son in bondage, and how she overcame them. Buy now

You Are Not Alone: Hope for Hurting Parents of Troubled Kids

In this book, author Dena Yohe speaks from experience as she offers healthy ways to maintain your other relationships, suggestions for responding to friends who don’t understand, and ideas for keeping up your emotional and spiritual well-being when your world feels as if it’s crashing down. Buy now

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When your child is depressed

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Is Your Teen Stressed or Depressed?

It can be a difficult task for parents to determine whether their teenage child is suffering from depression or just being an ordinary hormone-raging teen. Psychotherapist Dr. Catherine Hart Weber and psychologist Dr. Archibald Hart team up to help you tell the difference and take appropriate action. Buy now

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When your child is the victim of sexual assault

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When your child is being bullied

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The Bullying Breakthrough: Real Help for Parents and Teachers of the Bullied, Bystanders and Bullies

Jonathan McKee shares his own heart-rending story of bullying and offers a sobering glimpse into the rapidly changing world of bullies, bystanders, and the bullied while providing helpful ways to connect with these kids, open doors of dialogue, and give them the encouragement they need and the validation they're searching for, too often in all the wrong places. Buy now

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When children are impacted by divorce

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“Co-Parenting: Helping Your Child Thrive After Divorce”

Counsellors Ron Deal and Tammy Daughtry bring advice and insight into the world of the divorced parent desiring to raise their children in a healthy, loving environment, while cooperating as much as possible with the former spouse. Buy now

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When your young adult is a prodigal

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Abandoned Faith

Alex McFarland and Jason Jimenez's research and conversations will shed new light on what Christian parents must do to reach their young adult children. This book offers a strong voice of hope for parents, church leaders, and others who serve the Millennial generation. Buy now

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When your child has an illness or disability

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