ABOUT THE GUIDES
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.
Phase Guides are an 18-part series of concise and interactive journal-style books that 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.
what’s changing about your kid over the next 52 weeks,
the 6 things your kid needs most,
and 4 conversations to have in this phase.
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.
The latest resource in the Phase collection, Eighteen Plus is a short guide for parents entering the new, unfamiliar phase of parenting an “emerging adult.” Whether your kid still lives at home or you’ve already converted their room into a workout studio, parenting isn’t over yet. Your kid still needs you.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PHASE GUIDES
We all know where we want to end up in our parenting, but how to get there can seem like an unsolved mystery. Through the Phase Guides series, Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy team up to help us out. The result is a resource that guides us through the different seasons of raising children and provides a roadmap to parenting in such a way that we finish up with very few regrets.
Parents who are trying to decide if they have what it takes will find encouragement, humor, and expertise in these pages from Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner. With practical advice for parents at any experience level, the Phase Guides will make life a little easier and make the big picture a lot brighter.
Not only is the Phase Guides series the most creative and well thought out guide to parenting I have ever encountered, these books are ESSENTIAL to my daily parenting. With a 13-year-old, 11-year-old, and 9-year-old at home, I am swimming in their wake of daily drama and delicacy. These books are a reminder to enjoy every second. Because it’s just a phase.
There’s nothing more precious than a newborn baby, but as a parent, you might soon begin to wonder what you have gotten yourself into. Reggie and Kristen not only show us what to expect during our kid’s life, but they give us some everyday ideas so we don’t miss the magic of a single moment. This is the beginning of something wonderful!
Kristen Ivy is the executive director of the Phase Project. Kristen blends a background in child development with a Master of Divinity and over 15 years of leading children and students. She and her husband, Matt, have three children in the preschool and elementary phases.
Reggie Joiner is the founder and CEO of Orange, an organization designed to redefine ministry approaches for churches and family environments. For nearly 40 years, he’s mentored teachers and leaders who influence the next generation. Reggie and his wife, Debbie, have raised four kids into adulthood.