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  • the activity of bringing up a child as a parent.
    “the many sides of modern parenting”


Parenting is a journey full of ups and downs. Most of us want to do the best we can for our kids, yet we often feel overwhelmed and in over our heads. From helping our kids to mature and manage their emotions to simply loving them well even when life is hard, parenting is not for the faint of heart.

THRIVEtoday offers parenting support by training you in key relational skills that bring the maturity and capacity to handle the responsibility of raising children with more joy and peace. Ideally, these skills are learned from our families beginning in infancy. However, we all have gaps, and those gaps affect us and our children. 

The good news is that by developing relational skills you can fill the gaps in areas where you struggle and grow the ability to:

  • calm yourself when you experience big negative emotions, such as anger, sadness, fear, or despair… all common in our parenting!
  • stay connected with your children through the ups and downs of life.
  • better enjoy and love your children
  • remain more grounded during the difficult times
  • pass these skills on to your kids


Whether you have babies, grown children, or are mentoring other parents, our resources can help support you. Our brains are never too old to change and never too young to learn. 

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Prov. 22:6, ESV.


We tend to reflect on our own childhood as we raise our kids. This brings up a host of thoughts and feelings as we go through the stages of parenting at different ages.

Do you ever find yourself thinking or experiencing the following?

“I want to connect better with my children.”

“I want to learn how to correct my children without disrupting our relationship.”

“I struggle with helping my children process their emotions.”

“I want to learn how to help my kids build resilience.”

How do I parent well?

The goal is not perfection. The goal is to continue to grow and learn how to repair when we make mistakes. Relational skills help you learn how to do that.

If you are a Christian looking to parent with confidence and peace, relational skills can help us to receive perspective, joy, peace, appreciation, and greater awareness of God’s presence. As we develop these skills we start increasing our capacity to remain peaceful, joyful and present with our kids even during hard times.

Each of our 5 foundational skills will help you build new habits and expand your emotional capacity:

  • Skill 0 – The Relational Circuits. Checking that you are in the right frame of mind to connect relationally with others – a crucial step to all of your interactions.
  • Skill 1 – Share Joy. Learning how to experience joy in every circumstance.
  • Skill 2 – Simple Quiet. Build habits that foster peace and calm so you can rely on them later.
  • Skill 4 – Create Appreciation. Healthy minds are full of appreciation.
  • Skill 13 – See What God Sees. When we can see people and events from God’s perspective it leads to a life filled with hope and direction.


Intro Video

In this segment of ‘How The Relational Skills Address My Biggest Problems’, discover how developing brain-based relational skills can make all the difference in your parenting journey!

Free Webinar

If you are an adult walking alongside kids, young adults, or parents in your community, join Chris Coursey for a discussion on how to engage with our kids, validate the challenges they face, and equip them to be wise, relational, and tender with others. Learn tips for how to be present with them on this journey, even when it is difficult, and how to help them connect with God along the way.


Part of The 4 Habits Series, learn to make the parenting decisions that bring joy to yourself – the essential first step – and then to those young lives in your hands.