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. Learn how to raise children who are obedient, respectful, loving, happy, creative, and who know that Jesus loves them.

In this book, Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist Doug Britton draws from the Bible and his experience counseling over 1,000 families.

For parents of children from one to eighteen.

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

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1   Creating a Loving Home

2   Centering Your Home in the Lord

3   Communicating with Respect

4   Teaching with Insight

5   Exercising Authority

6   Disciplining Wisely

Bonus Section: Guidelines for Blended Families

My Plan

Looking Forward


Small Group Leader’s Guide

Tips for Leaders

Step-by-Step Meeting Plan

Discussion Questions


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)

This Christian parenting book gives Bible-based advice that works. In these pages, Marriage and Family Therapist Doug Britton shares practical, biblical guidelines that will help you nurture with insight and discipline with love.


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


Discover practical, biblical ways to:

  • Create a loving home. Create a positive environment — Encourage, support, and nurture your children.
  • Center your home in Christ. Help your children know God’s love, and introduce them to Jesus.
  • Communicate with respect and love. Actively listen to your children. Use communication tools that work.
  • Teach with insight. Make each day a learning adventure.
  • Exercise authority. Take a position of authority, but slowly give your children more decision-making authority as they grow older.
  • Discipline wisely. Discipline or chastise in love, not anger.


Each chapter is interactive

The “personal application” questions in each chapter help parents identify changes they want to make. They also help parents write their plans to achieve these goals.

The book is detailed, yet easy to read and practical.


Parenting Foundations is ideal for small groups and parenting classes

Parenting Foundations can be studied by individuals, parents, or small groups. It is ideal for a six-week study. It includes suggestions for small group leaders, a recommended meeting plan, and discussion questions for each chapter.


This book is part of the “Successful Christian Parenting” series

You can read this book on its own. However, you may be interested in also reading the second book in this series Preparing Your Child for Life. In this book, you will read how to build on what you learn in Parenting Foundations. Topics include:

  • Cultivating character
  • Encouraging responsibility
  • Encouraging responsible decision-making
  • Helping your child thrive in a non-Christian culture
  • Preparing for dating, marriage, and sex



In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:

Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.

Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.

Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.

Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.

Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.

Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.

Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.

“Three-in-one” — great for small group studies.This book has all the information you would expect to find in three separate books:

  • Book — with practical, Bible-based information,
  • Workbook — with “personal application” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
  • Small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions at the end of the book.


This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.

Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.

He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.

Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.

Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.

More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.

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