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MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY PHASE IN YOUR CHILD’S LIFE

You have approximately 936 weeks from the time your child is born until he or she graduates from high school. It goes by fast, and kids change and grow quickly. It’s as if they shift or move on just as you’re starting to figure them out. It all makes the responsibility to shape a child’s faith and character feel overwhelming.

In a concise and interactive way, Phase Guides simplify what parents need to know about each phase of a kid’s life and give them the opportunity to discover more about their children—so they can make the most of every phase. As an 18-part series, there’s a guide for each year of a kid’s life—from birth through their emerging adult years. 

The Phase Guides are a byproduct of The Phase Project, which is a synthesis of personal experience, academic research, and gatherings of leaders and educational experts from across the child development spectrum. Created in partnership with Parent Cue, these guides are designed to help you parent your child through every year.

Parenting Your Kindergartener

PARENTING YOUR NEW BABY

Parenting Your New Baby simplifies what you need to know about new babies in general and gives you a place to discover more about your own baby to help you make the most of this phase.

Sleep is hard to come by and you’re cleaning up more messes than you thought possible, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN NOBODY SLEEPS, EVERYBODY SMELLS, AND ONE MESMERIZING BABY CONVINCES YOU, “I NEED YOU NOW.”

Parenting Your One-Year-Old

PARENTING YOUR ONE-YEAR-OLD

Parenting Your One-Year-Old simplifies what you need to know about one-year-olds in general and gives you a place to discover more about your one-year-old—so you can make the most of this phase.

Your toddler insists on feeding themselves spaghetti and gets covered in it from head-to-toe, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN NOBODY’S ON TIME, EVERYTHING’S A MESS, AND ONE EAGER TODDLER WILL INSIST, “I CAN DO IT.”

Parenting Your Two-Year-Old

PARENTING YOUR TWO-YEAR-OLD

Parenting Your Two-Year-Old simplifies what you need to know about two-year-olds in general and gives you a place to discover more about your two-year-old—so you can make the most of this phase.

You can’t get out the door because your toddler won’t budge until they put on their own shoes, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN NOBODY’S ON TIME, EVERYTHING’S A MESS, AND ONE EAGER TODDLER WILL INSIST, “I CAN DO IT.”

Parenting Your Three-Year-Old

PARENTING YOUR THREE-YEAR-OLD

Parenting Your Three-Year-Old simplifies what you need to know about three-year-olds in general and gives you a place to discover more about your three-year-old—so you can make the most of this phase.

You catch yourself singing the lyrics to preschool songs—even with no kids around, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN ANYTHING CAN BE IMAGINED, EVERYTHING CAN BE A GAME, AND ONE CURIOUS PRESCHOOLER WANTS TO KNOW, “WHY?”

Parenting Your Four-Year-Old

PARENTING YOUR FOUR-YEAR-OLD

Parenting Your Four-Year-Old is a concise and interactive guide that simplifies what you need to know about four-year-olds in general and gives you a place to discover more about yourfour-year-old—so you can make the most of this phase.

Your house is regularly inhabited by a self-proclaimed princess, pirate, or superhero, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN ANYTHING CAN BE IMAGINED, EVERYTHING CAN BE A GAME, AND ONE CURIOUS PRESCHOOLER WANTS TO KNOW, “WHY?”

Parenting Your Kindergartener

PARENTING YOUR KINDERGARTNER

Parenting Your Kindergartner simplifies what you need to know about kindergartners in general and gives you a place to discover more about your kindergartner—so you can make the most of this phase.

You often feel like the school day is too long for your kid, and maybe a little too short for you, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN UNFILTERED WORDS MAKE YOU LAUGH, SCHOOL DROP-OFF MAKES YOU CRY, AND LIFE BECOMES A STAGE WHERE YOUR KID SHOUTS, “LOOK AT ME!”

Parenting Your First Grader

PARENTING YOUR FIRST GRADER

Parenting Your First Grader simplifies what you need to know about first graders in general and gives you a place to discover more about your first grader—so you can make the most of this phase.  

Your house is inhabited by a stellar knock-knock-joke comedian, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN UNFILTERED WORDS MAKE YOU LAUGH, SCHOOL DROP-OFF MAKES YOU CRY, AND LIFE BECOMES A STAGE WHERE YOUR KID SHOUTS, “LOOK AT ME!”

Parenting Your Second Grader

PARENTING YOUR SECOND GRADER

Parenting Your Second Grader simplifies what you need to know about second graders in general and gives you a place to discover more about your second grader—so you can make the most of this phase.

Your kid thinks every game is fun—as long as they win, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN FAIRNESS MATTERS MOST, DIFFERENCES GET NOTICED, AND YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC KID THINKS ANYTHING “SOUNDS LIKE FUN!”

Parenting Your Third Grader

PARENTING YOUR THIRD GRADER

Parenting Your Third Grader simplifies what you need to know about third graders in general and gives you a place to discover more about your third grader—so you can make the most of this phase.

Your kid now has more permanent teeth than baby teeth, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN FAIRNESS MATTERS MOST, DIFFERENCES GET NOTICED, AND YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC KID THINKS ANYTHING “SOUNDS LIKE FUN!”

Parenting Your Fourth Grader

PARENTING YOUR FOURTH GRADER

Parenting Your Fourth Grader simplifies what you need to know about fourth graders in general and gives you a place to discover more about your fourth grader—so you can make the most of this phase.

Your kid seems interested in their friends—even more than their family, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN FRIENDS ARE BEST FRIENDS, GAMES ARE FOR COMPETITION, AND YOUR CONFIDENT KID WILL INSIST, “I’VE GOT THIS.”

Parenting Your Fifth Grader

PARENTING YOUR FIFTH GRADER

Parenting Your Fifth Grader simplifies what you need to know about fifth graders in general and gives you a place to discover more about your fifth grader—so you can make the most of this phase.

Your kid is growing increasingly confident and competitive, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN FRIENDS ARE BEST FRIENDS, GAMES ARE FOR COMPETITION, AND YOUR CONFIDENT KID WILL INSIST, “I’VE GOT THIS.”

Parenting Your Sixth Grader

PARENTING YOUR SIXTH GRADER

Parenting Your Sixth Grader simplifies what you need to know about sixth graders in general and gives you a place to discover more about your own sixth grader—so you can make the most of this phase.

Your kid’s humor is on a scale from silly to really silly, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN THERE’S NEVER ENOUGH GROCERIES, TOO MANY HORMONES, AND A DRAMATIC KID WHO NEEDS SOMEONE TO PROVE, “WHO CARES.”

Parenting Your Seventh Grader

PARENTING YOUR SEVENTH GRADER

Parenting Your Seventh Grader simplifies what you need to know about seventh graders in general and gives you a place to discover more about your seventh grader—so you can make the most of this phase.

You are suddenly receiving fashion advice and culture lessons from your own kid, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN NOTHING YOU DO IS COOL, WHAT THEY FEEL RIGHT NOW MATTERS MOST, AND ONE SUDDENLY SOCIAL KID WANTS TO KNOW, “WHO’S GOING?”

Parenting Your Eighth Grader

PARENTING YOUR EIGHTH GRADER

Parenting Your Eighth Grader is a concise and interactive guide that simplifies what you need to know about eighth graders in general and gives you a place to discover more about your eighth grader—so you can make the most of this phase.

You find yourself wondering, Where did my kid go? and Who is the grown person in my kitchen?, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THE PHASE WHEN IT’S COOL TO HAVE CHOICES, IT’S NOT COOL TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, AND ONE SMART KID WILL REMIND YOU, “YEAH . . . I KNOW.”

Parenting Your Ninth Grader

PARENTING YOUR NINTH GRADER

Parenting Your Ninth Grader is a concise and interactive guide that simplifies what you need to know about freshmen in general and gives you a place to discover more about your ninth grader—so you can make the most of this phase.

You aren’t sure you can name your teen’s new friends (or where they met them), but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN FRIENDSHIPS SHIFT, GRADES COUNT, AND INTERESTS CHANGE SO OFTEN YOUR TEENAGER HAS TO EXPLAIN, “THIS IS ME NOW.”

Parenting Your Tenth Grader

PARENTING YOUR TENTH GRADER

Parenting Your Tenth Grader is a concise and interactive guide that simplifies what you need to know about sophomores in general and gives you a place to discover more about your tenth grader—so you can make the most of this phase.

You know which families are most likely to host high school parties on a Friday night, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS THE PHASE WHEN EVERYONE ELSE CAN . . . , NOBODY ELSE HAS TO . . . , AND YOUR RESOLUTE TEEN WILL PUSH YOU TO ANSWER, “WHY NOT?”

Parenting Your Eleventh Grader

PARENTING YOUR ELEVENTH GRADER

Parenting Your Eleventh Grader is a concise and interactive guide that simplifies what you need to know about juniors in general and gives you a place to discover more about your eleventh grader—so you can make the most of this phase.

Your teenager’s social calendar is busier than your own, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN THERE’S LESS DRAMA, MORE STRESS, AND YOUR VERY BUSY TEENAGER ANSWERS ALL YOUR QUESTIONS WITH, “JUST TRUST ME.”

Parenting Your Twelfth Grader

PARENTING YOUR TWELFTH GRADER

Parenting Your Twelfth Grader is a concise and interactive guide that simplifies what you need to know about seniors in general and gives you a place to discover more about your twelfth grader—so you can make the most of this phase.

You find yourself sorting through your kid’s old kindergarten photos and feeling nostalgic, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. THIS IS THE PHASE WHEN YOUR EMERGING ADULT PULLS AWAY, GETS CLOSER, DOES THINGS FOR THE LAST TIME, AND YOU BOTH START ASKING, “WHAT’S NEXT?”

A GUIDE FOR EVERY PHASE OF YOUR KID'S LIFE

Every 52 weeks, your child is changing, and it's hard to keep up. Phase Guides help you discover what’s changing about your kid, the 6 things your kid needs most, and 4 conversations to have each year to make the most of every phase in your child's life. With series of 18 guides, you'll have help parenting your child through every year. So, unless you’ve figured out a way to freeze time and keep your child in their current phase forever, you might want to check out every guide in this set.

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