Parenting Online Bonus Section
Thank you SO much Reverend Laurvick of Highlands United Methodist Church and the wonderful people of his fellow churches for so graciously allowing me to speak with you all! I hope you find some of these resources useful in your parenting, mentoring, and ministry! :-)
This area is a supplement to my parenting CDs, "Parent Training Course" and upcoming book. Anywhere in the book where you see the graphic to the right, this is where you can come to find that content. New content is continually added so check back from time to time.
Articles & Handouts
Parenting Blog Articles
Video: The Parenting Interview Series
Eight videos of a Q&A interviewing Jonathan on various parenting topics.
Jonathan's hand-picked music collection of songs that highlight the best (and worst) of what it means to be a parent. Songs of encouragement and cautionary tales.
YouTube or Spotifiy Playlists (make from my iTunes playlists)
- Papa Songs
- Mama Songs
Blog sections with music (vid or audio), lyrics and commentary:
Recommended Reading for Parents
Sherman Family Silly Connections
Be prepared for silliness. If you're expecting a composed, seriously-minded and dignified relationship guru you will be sorely disappointed. If, instead, you like being a goofball with your kids like I do then you'll feel right at home with us. Welcome to the family...
- MORE TO COME:
- Pep Songs
- Kara Songs--we did this for her 40th bday...
- Kara's Star Wars Theme Song vid
- Chicken version of Lovesong by The Cure
- Unloading the Christmas Tree
- Waverunners vs. AC
"7 Ways to Honor Mothers" eBook
This beautiful free eBook features:
- 7 strategies to honor mothers
- The timeless mother and child artwork of Mary Cassatt
- Hundreds of quotes honoring mothers.
- FREE DOWNLOAD HERE
The Parenting Masters
Jonathan's collection of great examples of real-life parenting from all-over. These folks have inspired me in my own parenting.
The GREAT Dads
Cheerios #HowToDad Commercial
After decades of depicting dads (and parents) as inept on TV, Cheerios nails it with a great father. To all you dads who wear the title "Dad" as a badge of honor: This one's for you!
The Council of Dads
Visit their site and read about this father diagnosed with cancer, Bruce Feiler, and how he brought together six of his closest male friends who would be his daughter's fathers/mentors after he passed. He called them The Council of Dads. Great ideas here for all fathers who love their kids just as much. Watch Bruce's TED Talk describing how he organized The Council of Dads:
The "Dress Up Dad" story and Wave at the Bus website. In short, this local father dressed up in a different costume every school day for several years to embarrass his teenage son. His son took it all in stride, and now as an adult knows without a doubt he had no ordinary dad, but a dad who loved him that much to devote some serious long-term silliness for his sake. Talk about making memories and creating a GREAT Relationship Brand!
JRR Tolkien: The Father Christmas Letters
Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or painting. The letters were from Father Christmas.
Tolkien and his wife were both orphans growing up. When the married they decided their children would have extra special childhoods since they didn't. And they did.
Hear his son, John Tolkien, talk about their experience of this as children in this video.
Funny vid celebrating dads proud to be dads. This is where my daugthy and wife got the phrase about my "dozens of dollars..." Be sure you watch this bunch of dad's pseudo-rapping about being dads... sounds cheesy, I know. It's not. It actually works and is hilarious.
The GREAT Moms
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Over the years we've had lots of fun parties: Birthday parties, end of school parties, late-night kids just hanging out parties, etc. Maybe some of our ideas will inspire you for your own fun parties with your kids and their friends.
- Jedi Academy & Light Saber Building Party
- Food Fight Party
- Swim Party
- Space Center
- Laser Tag
- Christmas Tree Bonfire
- School's Over Bonfire
- Look through google docs, HD and awesome note for ideas...
Foam Sword/Light Saber Tutorial
Making the best play sword ever is super easy. These are the best because you and your kids can whack the heck out of each other safely, they are durable and super fun.
Parenting Articles by Other Authors
- Disciplining Your Child: A Developmental Guide by Age
- Nine Steps to More Effective Parenting
- Fatherhood Is Sacred by Sean Brotherson
Upload these after I organize them all... and add more to this...
Enjoy this collection of parenting-related humor I've collected over the years that I use in my various parenting and family-related workshops.
Upload parenting humor ppt here
Building Strong Families with "A-TRIPLE C-T-S" Series
I have a series of articles based off my popular workshop of the same name.