Parenting Foundations


Book 1 of “Successful Christian Parenting”

The practical parenting skills in this Bible-based book will help you nurture with insight and discipline with love. As you read, you will learn how to raise children who are obedient, respectful, loving, happy, creative, and who know that Jesus loves them. For parents of children from one to eighteen.

Doug Britton, M.Ed., MFT. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5½ x 8½. Wire “spiral” binding. 196 pages.

Part of the “Successful Christian Parenting” series

This is the first book in the “Successful Christian Parenting” series. The two books are:

Parenting Foundations
Preparing Your Child for Life


Readers’ Comments

“This is not just a book about raising children, it’s about creating a healthy Christian family life for all members of the family. The excellent information and easy format make it ideal for a small group study for parents who want to learn new ways to encourage and raise their children the biblical way. Parents who studied it felt more equipped to handle child-rearing problems they faced and were excited to try out the ideas presented in the book.”
— Dick Rhoads, Executive Director, Sacramento Valley (California) Teen Challenge

“Thoroughly biblical, creatively simple, and remarkably practical … Doug Britton’s ‘Parenting Foundations’ should be on every parent’s ‘To Do’ list!”
— Tom Tunnicliff, Ed.D., Pastor of Chaplaincy, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI)

“Here at Bayside Church I have seen marriages and parent-child relationships improve by leaps and bounds as people studied ‘Marriage by the Book’ and ‘Parenting Foundations.’ The books use a step-by-step approach to applying biblical truths to life. By the end of each book, readers are miles from where they started. I highly recommend these and all of Doug’s books.”
— Earl Radford, Associate Pastor, Bayside Church (Granite Bay, CA)

“We have been using ‘Parenting Foundations’ in a small group of married couples and have really enjoyed it. We have found that the discussions it opens up allow us to encourage each other, as well as get to know each other better. The study is simple enough for us to handle as busy parents, and yet in depth enough for us to be challenged to grow as Christian couples raising children.”
— Jason & Freda Collier, Small Group Leaders, St. Mark Lutheran Church (Sunnyvale, CA)



Who is Parenting Foundations for?
This book is written for parents of children from one to eighteen years of age. Its practical, biblical insights help:

  • Married parents
  • Single parents
  • Traditional nuclear families
  • Blended families
  • Parents of children who are doing well
  • Parents of children who are doing poorly

How will reading Parenting Foundations help me change?
This book doesn’t just tell you what to do. It shows you how to do it, with:

  • Self-assessment quizzes
  • “Make it personal” questions throughout the book (with space to write your answers) that help you apply the lessons
  • Exercises that help you learn and practice new parenting skills
  • Personal plans that help you change

Is this book cross-cultural?
Yes. Since it is based on the Bible, its truths apply to every racial and ethnic group.

Can I use this book for a small group study?
Yes. Parenting Foundations includes a small group leader’s guide with:

  • Tips for leaders
  • Step-by-step meeting plan
  • Discussion questions for each chapter

What are some topics covered in Parenting Foundations?
In these pages you will learn many practical, biblical ways to:

  • Create a loving home.
  • Center your home in Christ.
  • Communicate with respect and love.
  • Teach with insight.
  • Exercise authority.
  • Allow your children to make more decisions as they grow older.
  • Discipline wisely—in love, not anger.

Why do readers say they like Parenting Foundations?

  • It is practical, cross-cultural, and Bible-based.
  • Text is broken into small, easily-digested portions.
  • Points are clearly identified with headings, bullets, and check boxes.
  • The writing style is direct and straight-forward.
  • “Make it personal” questions help readers apply the lessons.
  • Wire binding makes it easy to write in the book.


Digging Deeper

We can turn to God for the ultimate parenting advice. If you have read many books about parenting, you may feel hopelessly confused by the numerous conflicting theories. To make it worse, you may have noticed that every few years someone comes up with a new idea that criticizes most of what you read before. It’s hard to know what to believe.

Yet there is a dependable source to which we can go, one proven trustworthy and constant throughout history—the Bible.

The Bible covers it all, including love, communication, forgiveness, and discipline. God invented the family. He knows how to make it work. That’s why Parenting Foundations goes to the Bible and shows how you can apply its ageless truths to bring up children who know God’s word and are obedient, respectful, loving, happy, and creative.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

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