Tough Stuff Parenting

Make a lasting connection with your kid by learning how to effectively discuss life’s most complicated topics.

Tough Stuff Parenting will equip you to have thoughtful, age-appropriate conversations with your child.

The biblically-based wisdom and Everyday tools you’ll find inside will help you confidently engage your kid in meaningful dialogue. And when questions arise, your child will look to you first for answers instead of friends or the Internet.

Gay marriage, terrorist attacks, pornography, police shootings, and yes, sex, are just some of the complex issues children will encounter in our current culture. When your child asks questions, will you have answers?


Tough Stuff Parenting Video Resources

The Tough Stuff Parenting book was inspired by a sermon series at Preston Trail Community Church called What Do I Tell My Kids About…

To experience a few of the topics discussed in the book, watch the series below.

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“Overall, I hope that I am able to approach my kids with love and grace over the next few years when I want to defer to others on the harder topics. I hope I can lead them well. I am thankful for Tough Stuff Parenting for being an awesome resource and for giving me so much food for thought on this journey. ” 

— Courtney Solstad, My Crazy Savings Blog

“Tough Stuff Parenting is the book every parent needs. If you are looking for thoughtful ways to engage in meaningful conversations with your kids, or if you want a cheat sheet for talking about the real and important topics related to being a human, then Paul and Jim have you covered. With Everyday tips, deep theological insights, and real-life stories, this book will help you feel equipped as a parent and ready to engage in some of the most important cultural conversations of our time.”

— Mandy Arioto, Prestident and CEO, MOPs International

“Paul and Jim bring their considerable wisdom, biblical insight, and life experience to bear on critical issues. If I were a pastor, I’d make sure every parent in my church had a copy of this book…and I’d preach it too! Tough Stuff Parenting will strengthen our family bonds and help us leave a legacy of kids and grandkids who follow Jesus and make a kingdom impact in our world.”

— Reggie McNeal, Leadership Consultant and Author of Kingdom Come and Kingdom Collaborators

“Using biblical instruction, Paul Basden and Jim Johnson tackle the really tough stuff in their book on parenting, including sex, partying, divorce, racism, porn, drugs, alcohol, suicide, and other issues parents of teens must deal with. This is also a good resource for grandparents, as more grandparents are raising grandchildren full-time and need current, up-to-date information on problems their grandkids will likely encounter. Tough Stuff Parenting will help arm the caregiver, giving biblical answers to today’s tough and sometimes life-threatening issues. I highly recommend this book—as an author, as a parent, and as a grandparent.”

— Denise George, Bestselling Author of more than 30 books

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