I recently shared some resources designed to help make your marriage better because I believe better marriages lead to better families. Today I want to mention 3 that will help make your family stronger:
“Family. We all have one. While some of us loved our ‘growing up’ years, others of us couldn’t wait to move out and start fresh. Either way, we want our Future Family to be a step up from our families of origin. Most of us want something better for our children. But what? When it comes to family, what does a preferred future look like? What exactly are we aiming for?”
Erich’s note: this is a great 6 week series that you can watch online. It also contains a discussion guide for each session that works great in small groups or classes. I’ll be taking our Young Couples 30s class through this series at The Hills Church beginning this Sunday, September 8 (10am in Room 206).
“The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family is the story of Theresa and Jude Cousins. The couple is knee deep in the chaos of managing a family, a household and raising four children. Beyond the rigors of parenting, Theresa and Jude are overwhelmed by volunteer activities, business trips, family trips, soccer games, swim practice, birthday parties, play dates, Girl Scout meetings, client meetings, parent-teacher meetings, back-to-school nights, and in-law visits. As a result, they live in a constant state of hustle, with little free time to relax and communicate with one another. Theresa bears the brunt of the situation, and she has had enough.
After numerous declarations that things must change, Theresa finally has a revelation one day when Jude says, “If my clients ran their companies the way we run this family, they’d be out of business.” Theresa decides to take a different look at her husband’s consulting practice, with her eye on family life. Ultimately, she adapts his methodology for creating healthy organizations to the Cousins family, “the most important organization of all.” During the story, Theresa struggles to operationalize her theoretical breakthrough, trying to balance theory with application in the real, messy world of family life. She experiences ups and downs along the way, but eventually develops a model that works.”
Erich’s note: I briefly mentioned this book in a recent post that dealt with organizational health. I believe you’ll enjoy the practical advice he shares. Make sure you look at the book tools located at the bottom of the Frantic Family page.
- Focus on the Family | Online Resources Dedicated to Helping Families Thrive (founded by James Dobson)
“Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles. We’re here to come alongside families with relevance and grace at each stage of their journey. We support families as they seek to teach their children about God and His beautiful design for the family, protect themselves from the harmful influences of culture and equip themselves to make a greater difference in the lives of those around them.”
Erich’s note: this one is mentioned last but definitely not the least. James Dobson and Focus on the Family have been providing resources to build stronger families for decades (you’ll want to book mark their page and go back on a regular basis for helpful resources). Take a look at this section on Parenting first.
Your turn… What are some other resources you know of that can help make families stronger?