The Christian Parenting Podcast

April 02, 2024

Creating a home where kids thrive with Melissa Kruger

In this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of sitting down with Melissa Kruger, a wise and experienced voice in parenting and discipleship. As the vice president of The Gospel Coalition’s discipleship program and a mother to three adult children, Melissa brings wisdom and practical insights. Our conversation centers around her book, Parenting with Hope, and we really get into the nuances of parenting teens and children of all ages.

Melissa offers a refreshing perspective on building and maintaining strong relationships with our children. She emphasizes the importance of parenting from a foundation of values and principles, highlighting the need for us to take responsibility for our own reactions and actions. Her reminder to focus on grace and to trust in the journey God has us on is both comforting and empowering.

Here are some of my insights that Melissa shares:

  • Parenting from Values and Principles: Melissa discusses how parenting guided by core values and principles can foster a nurturing environment for children to grow and flourish.
  • The Role of Grace and Warmth: Emphasizing the power of grace, warmth, and welcome, Melissa illustrates how these elements can transform our home life and relationships with our children.
  • Trusting in God’s Word and Prayer: At the heart of our discussion is the reminder to parent with hope, leaning on prayer and God’s promises. Melissa encourages us to see parenting as a long game, where faithfulness in prayer and trust in God’s plan is paramount.

Whether you’re in the thick of parenting teens or preparing for the years ahead, Melissa’s insights offer a path to a more connected, faithful, and hopeful parenting experience.

Connect With Melissa online 

Order your copy of Parenting with Hope HERE

Or on Instagram

Resources mentioned:

Raising Mentally Strong Kids

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About The Christian Parenting Podcast

As believing parents, we know how important it is to raise our kids with love and intentionality. We want to give our kids a full picture of God’s love for them every day! But some days, it’s really hard! We are stretched thin, tired, and often feel unequipped. The Christian Parenting Podcast gives parents the space and resources to set aside perfection and grow into the perfectly imperfect parents God made them to be.

Join host Steph Thurling and her guests as they discuss practical tips and spiritual guidance for your parenting journey.

About Steph Thurling

Steph Thurling is Executive Director of Christian Parenting and host of The Christian Parenting Podcast.

Steph has her master’s in youth, family, and culture from Fuller Theological Seminary and has a background in youth and children’s ministry. She is co-author of Raising Prayerful Kids, a book that shares easy, life-giving, and fun ways to teach kids to pray. She loves helping families grow closer to each other and to God through meaningful experiences and conversations. Steph is a frequent speaker at churches and mom groups and is known for her relatable stories, practical ideas, and gentle encouragement.

Steph lives in Minnesota with her husband and three amazing and hilarious kids. When she is not hanging out with her family, you can probably find her on a walk with a friend, organizing things that won’t stay organized, or somewhere cozy reading a book.


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